Capture Your Moment: Figuring Out Flash

Amy Horn will be presenting two learning sessions at Arizona Highways Photo Workshops’ 30th Anniversary Symposium.  Here’s more about  “Figuring out Flash” by Amy Horn.

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I know we all treasure the warm light in the golden hour of the day, but there are many occasions that I can’t find that light in a previously scheduled portrait shoot. So, I use flash. And not just for portraits, I use flash in macro, food and nature photography. Flash certainly won’t help me light the Grand Canyon, but if it is a smaller subject, flash is my best friend. With a flash unit for my camera, I can control the quantity, quality, color, and direction of light.

In a recent senior photo shoot, a cloud rolled in just as the photo shoot began. I was stuck with heavily shadowed canyon light. Luckily, I had my flash unit and wireless triggers. In a short minute or two, I was setup with artificial light and captured my shot. In comparing the “with and without” flash images, I like how the artificial light filled in the shadows on his face and the contrast to the background draws my eye to him. During my breakout session on Flash, I will demonstrate five tips on how a small burst of flash can turn a snapshot into a work of art.

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Look for a future post about Amy’s second learning session, “iPad Workflow for Photographers” and for more information on the individual sessions visit our “Capture Your Moment” page.

Capture Your Moment: Travel Photography: Domestic and Abroad

Joel Wolfson will be presenting two learning sessions at Arizona Highways Photo Workshops’ 30th Anniversary Symposium.  Here’s more about his “Travel Photography: Domestic and Abroad” session.

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Most of Joel’s best selling work is travel photography.  He faces special challenges when traveling, and those who also travel to capture images are familiar with these challenges. One of the biggest ones is that we are limited on time in any one place so we don’t have the luxury of ideal lighting or weather. Add to that the differences in language and culture when traveling abroad, and you have your work cut out for you to capture top notch images.

One of the best ways to deal with this is research ahead of time.  Make use of bookstores, libraries, the internet, appropriate exhibits in your area, or any other means of familiarizing yourself with your destination. This way you not only have an idea what there will be to photograph and how you might tell your stories, but it will also give you inspiration which is a key element for a creative endeavor like photography. For overseas travelers, having researched the culture and knowing a few words of the language will greatly decrease frustration and equally increase your success rate of great images.

Look for a future post about Joel’s second learning session, “Essential Plugins for Post Processing” and for more information on the individual sessions visit our “Capture Your Moment” page.

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Joel Wolfson is a photographer and instructor for Arizona Highways Photo Workshops.

For more information and to register for sessions like these visit the AHPW’s 30th Symposium website.

Capture Your Moment: Hummingbird Photography

Bruce Taubert will be presenting two learning sessions at Arizona Highways Photo Workshops’ 30th Anniversary Symposium.  Here’s more about his “Hummingbird Photography” session.

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How do you take a stop action photograph of a 2 inch long, fast flying hummingbird whose wings beat in excess of 60 times each second?  After you figure that out make sure that the background has a pleasing out of focus look and get the hummingbird to feed on a colorful flower.  Well, you cannot just sit next to a beautiful flower in hummingbird habitat and wait for the perfect moment; you need to set up an “outdoor hummingbird photo laboratory”.

The outdoor lab consists of three to five flashes set at a reduced power, an artificial backdrop, a few light stands, one hummingbird feeder, and normal camera gear.  The feeder attracts the hummingbird so that the photographer knows exactly where it is going to eventually fly.  Flashes set with reduced power go off at a faster rate (at 1/16 power the flash duration will be approximately 1/20,000 sec.) and stop the blur of the birds wings.  The artificial backdrop is set about 5 feet in back of the feeder so that the background does not turn our black.  After the hummingbird is accustomed having its portrait taken replace the feeder with a nice flower and when it feeds on the flower take a photo.  Keep the flower “salted” with sugar water to entice a returned visit.

The only issue with taking stop action, high-speed hummingbird images is getting over the very short learning curve.  In other words, just get out there and do it!  You will have the opportunity to at the “Hummingbird Photography” session!

Look for a future post about Bruce’s second learning session, “Macro Photography.”

Bruce Taubert is a photographer for Arizona Highways Photo Workshops.

For more information and to register for sessions like this visit the AHPW’s 30th Symposium website.

Capture Your Moment: Finding and Shooting the Milky Way

Beth Ruggerio-York will be presenting two learning sessions at Arizona Highways Photo Workshops’ 30th Anniversary Symposium.  Here’s more about her “Finding and Shooting the Milky Way” session.

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At the “Find and Shoot the Milky Way” session, you will learn all you need to know about shooting the Milky Way including when and how to find it and some specific techniques. You will come away ready to get out in the field and create your own exciting images. The Milky Way is one of the best shows in the night sky, and after this session you will be equipped to photograph it successfully!

Look for a future post about Beth’s second learning session, “Light Painting for Landscape and Architecture” and for more information on the individual sessions visit our “Capture Your Moment” page.

For more information and answers to all your questions about night photography, check out Beth’s new book, Fun in the Dark: A Guide to Successful Night Photography.

Beth Ruggiero-York is a photographer for Arizona Highways Photo Workshops.

For more information and to register for sessions like these visit the AHPW’s 30th Symposium website.

RECHARGE YOUR (CREATIVE) BATTERIES

Author: David Huffman
Photography can be a solitary experience or a group one. I often enjoy my time alone, on the trail or in the studio, where I can think, visualize and execute a picture from my mind’s eye.
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But, after 30 year’s experience, I find it invigorating to be together with other photographers discussing and practicing our craft.  In fact, I need this interaction to drive me to new explore new ideas and images.  I find it particularly interesting and

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useful to be with other photographers, now that we’ve entered the digital age of photography, where so many of the tools and techniques are in the hands of the photographer, and not in the lab.  And digital imaging has opened up a vast cornucopia of new techniques for managing the image in the camera and afterwards on the computer.

One exciting way to recharge your creative batteries is to attend a workshop, or even better an event about photography.  This year, Arizona Highways Photo Workshops celebrates 30 years in the business of providing education, inspiration and creativity to students of photography.

November 7-8, 2015 in the Phoenix metro area we will host the first “Capture Your Moment Symposium.”  This action-packed event, over two days, will feature some of the best-known photographers in the area teaching and sharing their knowledge.  Our special guest speakers include Guy Tal, Alan Ross, Jack Dykinga and Joel Grimes, among others.  You’ll be able to choose among 26 learning sessions.  Come join us at the Photography Event of the Year and check out our fantastic lineup of workshops for 2016!
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For more information on Arizona Highways Photo Workshops visit us at www.ahpw.org.
David is a AHPW Volunteer Trip Leader, visit him at www.HuffmanPhotoArt.com