NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY 101 Workshop ~ 2018

November 10, 2018
RED BELLY RANCH, SMITHVILLE, TEXAS

Join Jeff Parker in central Texas for his one-day Nature Photography 101 Workshop, designed to firm up your foundation in today's digital wildlife & nature photography techniques.

SPACE FOR:  Eight (8) ~  FOUR (4) spots left

Join Jeff Parker in central Texas for his one-day Nature Photography 101 Workshop, designed to firm up your knowledge of the fundamentals   in today’s digital wildlife & nature photography techniques.

This workshop is perfect for both intermediate photographers & beginners — & anyone else wanting to strengthen their digital photography foundation. Getting tired of the good images getting away? Have a DSLR or mirrorless camera and still puzzling it out? Then this is your workshop!

Those with intermediate skill sets will benefit by filling in the “holes” in their knowledge base. Beginners benefit from a warm & friendly teaching style that encourages you to ask all the questions you want (remember: if you have a question someone else probably does too!).

Enjoy both structured instruction inside as well as activity-based learning outside. Throughout, Jeff provides plenty of one-to-one guidance as you try out what you learn in the country setting of his small central-Texas nature preserve, Red Belly Ranch.

Nature Photography Basics Workshop with Jeff Parker in Central Texas
During this focus on nature photography fundamentals, Jeff shares plenty of pro tips, while helping to take the mystery out of your camera’s technology (** please refer to SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT below) 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 & landscape photography (and why)
  • A review of digital basics to firm up your foundational knowledge
  • A review of color theory & 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

Nature Photography 101 Workshop with Jeff Parker in central Texas.Workshop begins at 10:00 A.M. and ends at 4:00 P.M.

YOUR WORKSHOP INCLUDES:

  • A day of instruction covering the topics listed above at an introductory level
  • An extensive hand-out packet
  • Jeff’s one-on-one instruction throughout
  • Lots of hands-on practice in Red Belly Ranch’s country setting
  • A chance to learn what’s missing from your nature-photography foundation
  • A delicious lunch, on-site (vegetarians, Paleo, etc welcome ~ please just let us know when you register)
  • Beverages & snacks throughout the day

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).

Nature Photography Basics with Jeff Parker in central Texas

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT:

Getting tired of the good images getting away? Have a DSLR or mirrorless 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 and mirrorless cameras, with an emphasis on how that relates to nature and wildlife imagery.

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

Learn Nature Photography in Central Texas during this one-day workshop

LOCATION:

The workshop is held at my Red Belly Ranch, which is located 8 miles from historic downtown Smithville.

Smithville was 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 collection of 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 workshop is held at my Red Belly Ranch, which is located 8 miles from historic downtown Smithville.

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

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

B&B: Katy House B&B
B&B: Smithville Inn
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 Ranch from La Grange.

La Grange is worth a visit, too! With The Bugle Boy (a very special music venue), a unique historic town square, a gorgeous courthouse built in 1891, and the Texas Quilt Museum we highly recommend scheduling time for exploration. Here are some of their choices for lodging:

B&B: Brendan Manor
Independently-owned hotels:
The Oak Motel
River Valley Motor Inn
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 Ranch 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, November 10, 2018, 10:00 am ~ 4:00 pm
  • PRICE:  $95 for one person ~ OR ~ $150 when two register together (that saves you each $20)
  • SPACE FOR:  Eight (8) ~  FOUR (4) spots left

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Nature Photography 101 Workshop in central Texas, November 2018