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Saturday, June 29 • 5:30AM – 8:30PM • $95 ($90 Member)
Point Reyes National Seashore remains the only National Park unit where Tule elk can be found. Their image has been expressed in the local folk art and numerous local and nationally published photographs. These majestic animals shape the landscape around them, and embody the restoration of the dominant native herbivore to the California coastal ecosystem. This class will cover the process of taking better pictures of the wildlife that abounds in the park through direct practice in the field. Efforts will focus on the Tule elk reserve at the northern reaches of the seashore to cover topics including composition, exposure, white balance, using filters, perspective, and many more! The day will start with a sunrise session out at Pierce Point to capture the elk in the glowing dawn light and then head to the Red Barn for a wildlife shooting lecture, tips and tricks and then back to Pierce Point for an optional sunset Tule elk photographing safari. All skill levels welcome.
July 6 & 7 • Saturday, 11AM – 6PM; Sunday, Sunrise - Sunset • $370 ($350 Members)
Aerial Photography is not for the faint of heart, but for those with a sense of adventure. It offers a dramatic vantage point and a new avenue for imagination. Barrie Rokeach, author of the definitive aerial photography manual, offers a rare opportunity to explore that perspective and lets you in on some of his secrets learned over the course of a 30-year career behind the lens and in the cockpit. Rokeach will pilot you through his Kodak Guide to Aerial Photography, telling you everything you need to know to produce stunning, crisp images from 2,000, to 20,000 feet! He’ll discuss the basics of aerial photography, from lenses and cameras to composition and lighting, exposure techniques, safety considerations and aviation regulations, flying jargon, weather issues, flying situations to avoid, the peculiarities of helicopters and light planes and how to hire a pilot/instructor at your local airport. Each student will have a 45 minute flight, one-on-one with the instructor, exploring the unique landscape surrounding Point Reyes National Seashore. The knowledge and experience you will gain in this class is pivotal for future flights: either by hiring a pilot/instructor at your local airport or flying on an aerial tour over the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Hawaii or other national park. All levels welcome.
August 2-5 • 5:00 PM Friday – 10:00 AM Monday • $790 ($760 Members)
Join award-winning photographer Harold Davis, author of bestselling Creative Night: Digital Photography Tips & Techniques (Wiley), for a once in a lifetime adventure high in the White Mountains of Eastern California. This workshop will be co-lead by Steven Christenson, a 2010 Astronomy Photographer of the Year and co-founder of Star Circle Academy, and have the assistance of Eric Harness, a light painting expert and faculty member of Star Circle Academy.
The gnarled, ancient, and beautiful Bristlecone Pines are the oldest living things on earth - but their isolated location makes photography, particularly at night, logistically difficult. The White Mountains are among the least light polluted in the continental United States and a frequent favorite destination of astronomers. This class is timed to coincide with the dark phase of the moon in order to maximize the potential combination of star circle photography with imagery of the ancient trees. Classroom demonstrations include instructions on using an intervalometer (interval timer), how to minimize noise in long exposures, nighttime safety considerations, and post-processing night photographs.
Lodging at the 10,000 foot Crooked Creek Research Station allows participants ample time for night photography of the ancient Bristlecone Pines in the Patriarch Grove, as well as daytime photography in the magnificent environs of the White Mountains. The dramatic scenery includes views of the grand Sierra Nevada crest, Nevada’s dramatic basin and range country, the desert landscape of Death Valley, a nearby picturesque abandoned mining settlement, and local wildlife including Bighorn Sheep.
Comfortable dormitory-style lodging and delicious house made meals are included.
Please note: The drive to Crooked Creek includes a stretch of 15 miles of primitive unpaved roads along the crest of the White Mountains where cell phone coverage is not available.
This class is full, please call (415) 663.1200 x 373 to be added to the waitlist.
August 9-11 • 6PM Friday - 2PM Sunday • $320 ($300 Members)
Join David for an all-access workshop on successfully shooting stunning seascapes. Learn composition principles, exposure tricks, natural history features, favorite locations, and specialized techniques for mesmerizing light and amazing exposures. Field sessions include photography around Point Reyes National Seashore, a magical realm of picturesque beaches, Seaside Mountains, and romantic sunsets. Classroom sessions will focus on professional techniques for envisioning, compositing, and creating stunning images. Sigma will provide an array of loaner lenses in popular lens mounts for use by participants. Over $1,000 in door prizes! All levels welcome.
Accommodations included at the historic Lifeboat Station.
Saturday, August 17 • 9AM – 4PM • $80 ($70 Member)
Do you want to have more fun with your smartphone camera and learn new skills you can use every day? Do you want to explore and capture the beauty of Point Reyes National Seashore? It’s been said that the best camera is the one that’s with you. For many of us, the one that we have with us is our smartphone. With better image sensors, higher quality lenses, unparalleled portability, and a plethora of apps to enhance and share images, today’s smartphones are a worldwide boon to photographing and sharing images. Students will learn the fundamentals of composition, point of view, as well as form, texture, and color principles common to all forms of photography. You’ll also learn how to enhance images using either free or very affordable apps to add creative effects and to share them through social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, or via email. Emphasis will be on the iPhone, although principles apply to all smartphones. This class is open to all levels.
Also open to youth (age 15-17) with attending adult.
We offer gift certificates for specific classes or the dollar amount of your choice. Email or call 415.663.1200 ext. 373 and we can create a certificate for you to give as a gift.
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This page last modified June 18, 2013.