The Lake Michigan coastline is dotted with many photographic beauties. Light houses being no exception. Here is your chance to visit some of the most iconic lighthouses in the Midwest! Each of them represents classic maritime architecture carried out in stone, brick or steel. Most can be shot from the beach. Join us on a 2 day 1 night workshop on the Wisconsin side, June 2rd & 3rd, 2018. Also 3 days and 2 nights on the Michigan side, July 20-22, 2018 . You will not only get to see these majestic structures but you will learn composition, exposure settings, and various shoot techniques, all while creating images that will look splended in any collection.
For Wisconsin we will be starting off our adventure in Racine and work our way up into Door County. For Michigan we will be starting off in Benton Harbor and working our way up to Point Betsy.
We are targeting 5 to 10 light houses and plan to spend about 1-2 hours at each location. During each stop I will work with any and all participants willingly to assist, direct, and teach composition, and techniques. For this reason the workshop is limited to the first 10 people with a paid registration. We will start the day around 8 AM and finish around 5 PM. These are not hard times but good suggestions based on the group and the weather. At some point during the day we will break for lunch. Each of the nights we will be staying in a different hotel and will plan on dinner after check in. Food is separate from the workshop fee and will be the responsibility of the participant.
Many of your questions will be answered in the emails we send you before the trip starts, such as clothing and gear suggestions.
Safety is always our first concern, so if the wave conditions are dangerous, we will come up with a shooting Plan B.
If you have special needs, be sure to let us know immediately so we can be sensitive to them. The physical requirements are fairly low except for one site. If you have any mobility issues please contact us prior to registration.
Our door is always open: e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
If you want to room share, let us know so we can reduce your hotel cost.
WHAT TO BRING
A digital SLR with a wide-angle lens for scenery; a telephoto lens for isolating structures and any possible wildlife that may wonder in. A sturdy tripod for sure as on the coast the winds may get strong. Plenty of memory card storage, depending on your shooting style; You certainly do not need one but if you have one you may bring a laptop. Other recommended accessories include your camera's operation manual, a quality polarizing filter, extra batteries, Neutral Density Filters ( ND ), an LCD loupe to avoid LCD glare, lens cleaning cloth, blower to clean lenses, cable release/remote control, sun screen bug spray/lotion and ground cloth &/or knee pads for low angle work. While we may not do a lot of flash photography, if you have a flash – bring it. If you are considering purchasing any equipment before the workshop, feel free contact me for suggestions.
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 vigorous walking. If you have a desire to improve your photography, locate places to shoot, and spend 3 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 or some stairs. 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 be quite unpredictable on Lake Michigan, and this is a light rain or shine workshop, so come prepared for combinations of wet, dry, cool and warm conditions. So make sure you are checking the weather forecasts before you pack and leave home.
TRANSPORTATION MEALS and LODGING
The participants are responsible for their own transportation to the area and throughout the workshop. Carpooling is encouraged and I can help coordinate it pre-workshop, if you make it known you are interested in ride sharing. Food is separate from the workshop fee and will be the responsibility of the participant. 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.
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.