An adventure into the past. Touring North Dakota is an awesome experience. Especially the further north you venture. The wind swept terrain, the abandon buildings and towns make for inspired photographic opportunities. The challenge for the independent photographer out on their own is making the most of your time finding places to shoot rather than searching. North Dakota is a vast land and there can be many miles of nothing.
Well we have done the searching for you and we still are with local intel providing us with continuous updates and new hot spots. Ghost Churches, Ghosts buildings, old barns, school houses and rusty old cars dot the upper plains of North Dakota. In the right light and cloud formations some of these location explode with inspiration. Join up on this 6 day adventure capturing life on the prairie in North Dakota as we visit 6-12 locations per day to fill your portfolio and learn shooting techniques and composition structure to improve your images and raise your comfort level behind the camera.
HOW DOES THIS WORK
Participants will be flying into Bismarck ND on the morning of Sept 17th and flying back out on the afternoon of the 22nd. Keith and Tony will be meeting you there and then we'll get our rental vehicles and begin our trip shooting at locations while working our way north towards Minot. Why not Minot? Glad you asked. Flights and availability into Bismarck are more frequent and non-stop. Minot is a much better base of operations, however, for our over all tour. Think of it as the hub on a wheel and each day we'll wander out a spoke after breakfast and return back to our same hotel by dinner time and not have to pack and unpack every day. Staying at the same place also allows us to negotiate a nice price for a block of rooms and a long stay.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
You should !! If you have read this far you are interested and if you are comfortable outside and don't mind a little wind in your face. If you have a desire to improve your photography, locate new places to shoot, and spend 6 days with like minded people who have much to share and offer within the arena of photographic skills and abilities, this is exactly what you need.
Most of our locations are with in short walking distances from the parking areas. There may be a few spots with some terrain. Nothing to harsh or what would require cross fit training.
This workshop is designed to accommodate all levels of photographic experience. So novices to professionals are welcome. It is important, however, that participants be as familiar with their equipment and its operation as possible. This workshop will emphasize practical applications and techniques for all cameras but it is important you know the basics of how yours works. Know your buttons, and your menus so we can spend more time teaching you about capturing and setting up the shot vs. learning your camera manual.
The weather can vary quite a bit on the ND prairie. This is a light rain or shine workshop, so come prepared for combinations of wet, dry, cool and warm conditions. The mornings heat up fast and the evenings cool down fast so you'll want to use the layering effect to dress. Regardless of the temps, you will want to make sure you have a wind stopping outer layer. Which usually means water proof too. The wind can be quite strong on the prairies. So make sure you are checking the weather forecasts before you pack and leave home. We will be going out in light rain so make sure you pack rain gear. We also recommend a good pair of waterproof hiking boots. We may run into mud and dry feet makes for a more comfortable day. Either Keen or Merrell make great hiking footwear. I prefer Keen, they just have more toe room.
TRANSPORTATION MEALS and LODGING
All of the lodging arrangements will be made ahead of time taking advantage of the group size to negotiate a discount and is included in the workshop fee. If you are registering with a friend and want to split a room please inform us directly. The transportation during the workshop is also covered by the registration fee and includes the rental vehicles and the gas. We'll be putting 3-4 people to a vehicle and encourage everyone to switch around from day to day. If you want to be a driver please inform us directly. Food and airline costs are separate from the workshop fee and will be the responsibility of the participant. Flight information will be posted soon. Requested arrival into Bismarck before 1: PM Sunday Sept 17th
For 6 days of instruction, 5 nights of lodging, ground transportation and more memories than your brain can handle, the registration fee is only $1700. We are limiting this to only 10 people. Sorry no pets.
ABOUT YOUR HOSTS
Tony spends a great deal of time in airports. He travels between 70 and 90 days a year. His love of landscape photography usually keeps him within the US, traveling from border to border. His images tend to evoke a sense of quiet thoughtfulness in the viewer.
Tony has been serious about photography for the last 10 years. Five years ago he started a small side venture to sell his images and merchandise his teaching work. Three years ago he sold his national search company and became a full time pro. He has two companies that sell to industry: one that sells traditional imagery and one that sells room-sized panoramas.
Tony is equally passionate about teaching composition and post processing. Although he has about 10 different presentations that he has given to CAPS, the Out of Chicago Conference and to local organizations, he would much prefer to lead a photowalk or teach one-on-one to a few committed students. His teaching philosophy is “if you are not having fun as you learn, we are wasting time”.
Many novice and amateur photographers begin their love affair with photography in nature. Keith was no different. A few years after learning how to control his camera Keith took a tour of the Smokey Mountains in the early spring, the camera opportunities were abundant in all directions. He was hooked. Not yet a full time photographer, Keith carried his cameras everywhere, Asia, Europe, Australia, both US Coasts, and the desert southwest and Canada. At the same time Keith was getting requests to photograph people, products, events, and saw each new opportunity to branch out into other aspects of photography. After 18 years of self teaching, and mentoring under professional photographers, Keith became the owner of an existing retail camera store and photo studio in 2002 and used that opportunity to accelerate his now professional career in studio photography. It wasn't long before camera classes were being held at the store to share the passion on a regular basis. Comfortable in front of a class from his military days, Keith has had hundreds of customers take his beginning photography class. An experienced outdoors-men and land navigator trained by the Marine Corps, and an experienced teaching photographer make the transition to this type of outdoor, moving classroom a natural progression.
Keith French at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-401-2017
Tony Reynes at email@example.com or 847-778-6989
As you tour this site you will see that with Keith French it's more than just taking photos and doing some fancy post production editing to create stellar images. Keith is passionate about preserving and archiving your memories. Not only will your new images be printed on the longest lasting archival images known to exist but Keith will work with you to repair your damaged images, your attic treasures of family memories, and he is willing and able to teach you what he has learned to make your photo taking experience fulfilling and fun.