Are you looking to expand your capabilities with your digital or film camera? In additon to learning how to compose images in an outdoor setting, this class will help increase your comfort level with your equipment.  Geared toward beginners and intermediates from teens to seniors, attendees have included hobbyists, birders, artists, and carvers seeking to improve on the gathering of reference material and nature lover’s looking to expand their capabilities. At the end, you will be able to take your camera off automatic and take the photograph you want instead of what your camera thinks you want…..and done right, there is little need for software manipulation!!

Currently Scheduled Workshops for 2019 (check back for others)

DatesLocation/sponsor Registration information
 Sep 12,19,26
6:30 pm – 9 pm
(plus photoshoot @ Duke Gardens on Sat., Sep 28)
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC

Durham Arts Council Class Registration Information 
or call 919-560-2787 

Sep 21
10:30 am – 4:30 pm
Including an optional
Sertoma Arts Center
1400 W Millbrook Rd
Raleigh, NC

Info & Registration: 
City of Raleigh RecLink

Oct 12
9:30 am – about 4 pm
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 West Ballentine Street
Holly Springs, NC
Holly Springs Cultural Center
and click on registration link

What’s the workshop about?

f-stop? Shutter speed? What do these things do? Manual or automatic? Printing a photograph? Wide angle vs. macro vs. telephoto? Are any of these questions you have asked or photography questions you have ever asked? They and many more will be answered in this outdoor and nature photography workshop. We’ll talk what fools those automatic light meters (and how to compensate for them), coping with changing light conditions outdoors, compostion and more. You’ll get notes, reprints, have some fun, learn a lot and walk away taking photographs rather than having your camera snap a picture for you.

We’ll look at maximizing equipment at minimal costs and the trade-offs on equipment, metering, etc. We’ll have optional shooting sessions included in many classes.

Open discussion and questions are encouraged, allowing participants to get some specific questions answered. The free exchange of information and ideas has proven to be helpful to all participants.

What do you get? Each participant gets a binder containing the discussion notes, reprints of many articles to reinforce some of the discussion and other information.

What do you have to bring to the workshop? 

Some enthusiasm for photography, a willingness to learn and some patience. Depending upon the time and location,  participants are asked to bring a bag lunch  Most people bring a camera if they want some specific questions answered about it or if they plan to shoot as part of the workshop. (Everything from disposables to the top-of-line have been in the same workshop). 

More information: Contact the location noted above or Sol Levine at naturpix@mindspring.com

Can you set up a workshop? What are the sponsoring organization’s responsibilities?

Contact me…….we’ll work out the dates!

Advertise the workshop……I do some via this website and flyers at camera stores and developing shops. Provide a room capable of being darkened, a projection screen and power for a slide projector.

Some organizations register the participants; others leave that up to me.   One organization adds a fee to my charge as a small fundraiser; another has a fee for members and non-members, with the non-member rate including a year’s membership in the organization. Another yet adds a fee and provides snacks and even lunch. If developing is used, the cost must be added to any fees.