December 5, 6, & 7, 2021
Three Days, December 5, 6, & 7, 2021
People come from all over the world to see and photograph the birds of South Florida. And some of the best locations for bird photography are close by the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. In this class Lewis Kemper is going to teach you how to take your bird photography to the next level. Instead of just taking textbook images of birds we are going to concentrate on Depth of Field, backgrounds, shutter speeds, light and shadow, camera angle, and post processing to create artistic, captivating images of birds in their natural habitat.
We will spend sunrise and early morning photographing birds at Wakodahatchee and Green Cay Wetlands and the afternoons critiquing and processing our images. Each day you will enter the field with more knowledge and experience about how to take a bird photograph that transcends the ordinary and becomes a work of art. The techniques we learn in this class will be useful in not only bird photography but all wildlife and nature images as well.
In the digital darkroom we will learn techniques to making the star of your image the most import element of the photograph. Through techniques to control the light in your image using the new masking tools in Lightroom and Photoshop, including Select Subject, Select Sky and the old favorites, the Graduated Filter, the Radial Filter and the Adjustment Brush. You will learn how to guide the viewer’s eye through your photograph. We will also explore techniques for controlling Depth of Field after the fact using layers, mask and the Blur Filter Gallery. While working in the classroom at Palm Beach Photographic Centre, you will be required to wear a mask. Outside photographing masks will be optional.
If you are tired of being a snapshooter and want to become a creative, artistic photographer then this class is for you!
Wednesday we will meet in the classroom at 10 am and have a slideshow/lecture on bird photography and after lunch we will head out to Peaceful Waters in Wellington, or Wakodahatchee in Delray Beach for an afternoon shoot. I will stay through sunset, but you can leave when you want!
Thursday We will meet at Wakodahatchee Wetlands in Delray just before sunrise and stay about 2-3 hours and then meet after lunch at the center to process images
Friday we will meet at Green Cay in Boynton Beach just before sunrise and stay about 2-3 hours and then meet after lunch at the center to process images
Telephoto lens – for birds the longer the better! (minimum 300mm)
Tripod – optional
Cable release – optional
Wide angle to midrange zoom for environmental shots
A comfortable way to carry your equipment. Roller bags work for Wakodahatchee and Green Cay, they won’t do as well at Peaceful Waters. We will mostly be walking on Boardwalks but you need to carry your gear for about 1- 1 ½ miles over several hours.
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Good walking shoes, sunhat, sunscreen
Memory cards, spare batteries, camera manual
Notebook for classroom
Per CDC guidance and following the City of West Palm Beach policy, the Palm Beach Photographic Centre requires facial coverings and 6-foot social distancing while indoors on Centre property. This is applicable to those who are vaccinated and unvaccinated. If you or someone in your household are feeling sick, feverish, have a cough, have been exposed to COVID-19, or have been required to self-quarantine, we ask that you not visit the Centre. Our goal is to keep our staff, instructors, and customers as safe as possible. We appreciate your cooperation.
For workshops at the Centre, all deposits will be refunded IN FULL if a workshop is canceled. If you decide to withdraw from a workshop, please inform us at least 30 days before the first day of class; we will refund your deposits, less a $100 withdrawal fee. Our obligations to the professionals who teach at the Centre dictate that no refund of payments will be made to you if you do not notify us of your withdrawal 30 days before the start of the workshop (120 days for travel workshops). In the event that a replacement is found to fill your vacant space, all payments, less the withdrawal fee will be refunded. No refund of fees will be made for no-shows or for withdrawal after the workshop begins. Membership fees are non-refundable.
ONE DAY SEMINAR FEES ARE NON REFUNDABLE.