NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY 101 Workshop ~ 2017 ~ SOLD OUT

September 23, 2017
RED BELLY RANCH, SMITHVILLE, TEXAS

Nature Photography 101 Workshop with Jeff Parker

SOLD OUT ~ Please email me if you’d like to be on the wait list.

Join me for this full-day Nature Photography 101 Workshop designed to firm up your foundation in today’s digital wildlife & nature photography techniques.

You’ll enjoy classroom time and field time with lots of one-to-one guidance throughout as you can try out what you learn in a country setting at Red Belly Ranch in central-Texas.

During this focus on nature photography fundamentals, I’ll share lots of pro tips, while helping to take the mystery out of your camera’s technology** as we examine:

  • Which camera settings matter most for nature & wildlife photography & other photos of the natural world (and why)
  • Which lenses work best for wildlife (including birds) and nature photography (and why)
  • A review of digital basics to firm up your foundational knowledge
  • How color affects your image
  • Composition techniques for photographing nature’s bounty
  • The importance of backgrounds & how to make sure your images have great ones
  • Lighting techniques & tips
  • An introductory look at how to have more control over what you photograph

Workshop begins at 10:00 A.M. and ends at 4:30 P.M.

Jeff Parker’s “Nature Photography 101 Workshop” INCLUDES:

  • A full day of instruction covering the topics listed above at an introductory level
  • Jeff’s one-on-one instruction as you practice what you’ve learned at Red Belly Ranch’s country setting
  • Helpful hand-out packet
  • Lunch on-site (vegetarians welcome ~ please just let us know when you register)
  • Beverages throughout the day
  • Snacks

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

Lodging or transportation to and from workshop

If you’re interested in lodging nearby, check out the list below. There are B&B’s and other choices in Smithville (8 miles away), La Grange (17 miles away), and Bastrop (23 miles away).

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT:

Getting tired of the good images getting away? Have a DSLR camera and still puzzling it out? That camera — and the lens with which you want to work with most — are pretty much all you need to bring. And your camera’s manual (or your laptop with the link to the PDF for it marked).

If your camera of choice is an iPhone or other smartphone this probably isn’t the workshop for you. This workshop is designed for those wanting to master the technology of today’s DSLR cameras, with an emphasis on how that relates to nature and wildlife imagery.

Here’s the EQUIPMENT CHECKLIST (PDF) for this workshop.

LOCATION:

Red Belly Ranch is located 8 miles from historic downtown Smithville, Texas’ first certified Film Friendly Community where “Tree of Life” starring Brad Pitt and at least a dozen other films have been made. While visiting us, be sure and put aside some time to check out Smithville’s wonderful historic Main Street, including its nice collection of artisan shops and other unique shops, as well as the Lost Pines Artisans Alliance.

Where’s Smithville?
On a map, connect the dots for the cities of Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. Smithville sits about in the middle of the triangle you formed by connecting those dots.

Travel Time:
FROM HOUSTON: About 1 ¾ hours
FROM SAN ANTONIO: About 1 ½ hours
FROM AUSTIN: About 1 ¼ hours
FROM DALLAS/FT. WORTH: About 4 ½ hours

The Red Belly Ranch is located 8 miles from historic downtown Smithville.

It takes about 15 minutes to drive to Red Belly from Smithville.
It takes about 25 minutes to drive to Red Belly from La Grange.
It takes about 35 minutes to drive to Red Belly from Bastrop.

SMITHVILLE has three B&B’s and one budget motel. It takes about 15 minutes to drive to Red Belly from Smithville.

B&B: Smithville Inn
B&B: Katy House B&B
America’s Best Value Inn

LA GRANGE (17 miles to the EAST of Red Belly) also has lodging. It takes about 25 minutes to drive to Red Belly from La Grange. La Grange is worth a visit, too ~ with The Bugle Boy (a very special music venue), a unique historic town square, and a gorgeous courthouse built in 1891, we recommend scheduling time for exploration. This is a sample of what they offer:

B&B: Brendan Manor
Chain hotels:
Best Western Plus
Hampton Inn

BASTROP (23 miles to the NW of Red Belly) has lots of lodging. It takes about 35 minutes to drive to Red Belly from Bastrop. We’ve listed a couple of our favorite B&B’s and these chain hotels:

B&B:Morris Mansion
B&B:Pecan Street Inn
Days Inn
Quality Inn
Holiday Inn Express
Hampton Inn & Suites
Comfort Suites
Best Western
Super 8

GENERAL INFO / SIGN UP:


DATE: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 10:00 am ~ 4:30 pm
PRICE: $95 for one person ~ OR ~ $150 when two register at the same time (that saves you each $20).
SOLD OUT ~ Please email me if you’d like to be on the wait list.

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