Join me and my co-leaders Doug Brown and Keith Bauer (both Albuquerque natives and excellent photographers) for a 3 1/2 day workshop at the Bosque del Apache this December! The workshop experience will be broad-based, emphasizing manual exposure for long lens flight photography (either hand held or with a tripod). The other major emphasis will be on image optimization with Lightroom and Photoshop. All 3 instructors are well versed in image processing, but Keith is a true expert who teaches classes on both Lightroom and Photoshop. We'll be doing formal and informal computer sessions every day. Additional workshop highlights will include environmental avian photography (one of Greg's specialties), landscapes (including sunrises, sunsets, nighttime shoots), long exposures, and silhouettes. We'll also devote some time to captive raptor photography with a fantastic collection of birds from a local nonprofit raptor education and rehabilitation center (Hawks Aloft). A contribution of $1,000 from the workshop proceeds will be donated to Hawks Aloft to help support their important educational and research programs.
Full-time instruction from Doug, Keith, and Greg
All shooting and processing sessions as described below
One-on-one time with instructors to answer any specific questions or to work on any particular techniques
Does Not Include:
Air travel • Rental car • Lodging • Meals • Refuge entrance fees
We have reserved a block of rooms for our participants at the Holiday Inn Express. This is where our meeting sessions will be based. The Econo Lodge would be a good second choice.
Day 1, Monday November 30
Participants arrive to Socorro by late afternoon. Group cocktail and dinner followed by introductory slideshow by your trip leaders.
See Links at the bottom of the itinerary for the suggested hotels.
Day 2, Tuesday, December 1
Meet very early this morning at the refuge to shoot birds at the pond near the flight deck or at the Crane pools. We'll photograph until around 9:30 this morning and then take time to return to our hotels to download images.
After lunch, we'll review the morning's images with an eye toward ensuring that you are obtaining optimal photos in the field. We'll focus especially on how proper exposures can help you to draw out maximum detail in your bird images with Lightroom and Photoshop. We'll also enjoy a presentation from your leaders on proper exposure.
Mid-afternoon, we'll gear up and return to the refuge, where we'll concentrate on shooting geese and cranes at the fly-in. We'll continue shooting until sunset and will head back to town. Dinner is on own this night.
Day 3, Wednesday, December 2
We'll meet again early this morning at the refuge for the sunrise, blastoff, and/or Crane pools, and then we'll take the rest of the morning to hone our handheld flight skills.
Later this morning, we have a special treat for you. We've arranged a captive raptor shoot with a local raptor rehabilitation center. For the next two hours, you'll have fun getting great shots of local raptors.
After lunch, we will meet again for presentations on creative shooting and Lightroom-based digital workflow.
We reconvene mid-afternoon and spend the afternoon exploring the refuge with a special focus on creating environmental avian images. You don't always need a super telephoto; in fact, some of the most memorable bird images can be made with shorter lenses, and we'll be there to show you how.
Near sunset, we're going to try something new – shooting longer exposures with groups of birds on the water after twilight. Afterwards, we head back to town where we can relax and enjoy dinner on our own or as a group, depending on people's energy level after this busy day!
Day 4, Thursday, December 3
We'll take the very early morning again to photograph the refuge's avian inhabitants at dawn, and we'll continue shooting until mid-morning. After this morning's photo session, we'll have some classroom time devoted to Photoshop-based workflow and image optimization techniques. Our goal is for you to take home a few of your favorite images ready to print and display proudly in your home or office.
Mid-afternoon we head back out to the refuge for our last afternoon of shooting.
Please note that each of your leaders has been photographed with a big lens. You need no further proof that we are expert photographers!