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Digital Underground: Las Vegas

  • Apr 10, 2014 · 9:00 AM
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Digital Underground: Explore Fabulous Las Vegas with Jason Odell and Deborah Sandidge

In the Digital Underground, you'll explore the creative and edgy side of digital photography in urban settings. In this workshop, you'll travel to Las Vegas, NV, to explore creative photographic techniques in an amazing setting of light and desert landscapes with Deborah Sandidge and Jason Odell. We'll be focusing on twilight/night photography, creative long exposures, HDR, and also infrared imaging. Along the way, you'll not only learn these techniques but get creative feedback on your images from your two instructors. We've also scheduled a special private shoot at the amazing Neon Museum Boneyard at night. They say what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but you'll return from this adventure with a lot of amazing images and newfound knowledge about photography!

Locations Include

• Las Vegas Strip, architecture, lights, and fountains

• Fremont Street Lights

• Neon Museum Boneyard Private Nighttime Shoot with tripod access (the general public is not allowed to use tripods or carry camera bags; we've arranged special access)

 Nelson Ghost Town: An old mining town with lots of cars, buildings, and other derelict subjects to photograph

• The Historic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign


• Thursday, April 10th: Meet at 9am for orientation and classroom session. Afternoon and evening shooting on the Las Vegas strip.

Friday, April 11th: Morning Shooting at Nelson Ghost Town. Evening Shooting at Fremont Street, followed by special private night photography session at the Neon Museum Boneyard.

Saturday, April 12th: Morning image review and critiques with Jason & Deborah. Afternoon and evening shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.

Sunday, April 13th: Early morning/ sunrise shooting at the Historic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign." Depart for home.

Workshop Fee

The workshop fee of $1099 per photographer covers all classroom and field instruction, private access to the Neon Museum, and image critique during and after the workshop. After the workshop is over, each student will receive a personalized image critique from Jason and Deborah. 

The workshop fee does not include transportation to the shooting sites, meals, or lodging.

A deposit of $300 reserves your space on this workshop. We are limiting enrollment to 10 photographers for maximum contact and instruction. Your deposit is non-refundable unless the workshop is cancelled. The remaining balance will be due by March 1, 2014.

Group Hotel

We have arranged for discounted accommodations ($77/night + taxes and fees) at the Aliante Hotel and Casino. You will receive booking information after you RSVP.

Nearest Airport: Las Vegas McCarran International Airport

About Your Instructors

Jason P. Odell, Ph.D.

Dr. Jason P. Odell is a professional photographer from Colorado, USA. Jason's passion for photography started at a young age when his parents built a darkroom in their garage. Jason's interest in the outdoors and nature led him down the path of science, and he earned a doctorate in biology from the University of California Riverside. 

Jason is probably best-known for his comprehensive imaging software guides, which he started publishing in 2006 at Luminescence of Nature Press. Jason's guides have taught thousands of photographers how to tackle software like Nikon's Capture NX2 and Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro 2. Jason's ability to present technical material clearly, without losing focus of the creative process, is why his books and workshops are extremely popular with hobbyists and enthusiasts world-wide. Jason's work has been featured by Studio Photographer Magazine, Nik Software, and Tiffen, Inc.

Deborah Sandidge

Deborah Sandidge is a professional photographer specializing in travel and freelance work.  Deborah enjoys sharing her insight and creative ideas through workshops, seminars and writing. She is highly respected for her ability to simplify challenging technical issues for her students and workshop/seminar attendees. Deborah is frequently requested as a guest speaker as she has the unique ability to blend both the technical and artistic elements of photography, and to enthusiastically share her passion with others.  She is the author of Digital Infrared Photography, published by Wiley. Deborah teaches online courses including Long Exposure Creativity, Infrared Photography, and Artistic Imagery.

Deborah has been a guest instructor for NIK software, Topaz labs, Naturescapes, and collaborated with the Nikon Learn and Explore site demonstrating star and star trail photography, along with long exposure photography. Deborah’s images have been used by Nikon in brochures, product guides, and for three years, the Nikon World calendar. Her photography is represented by Danita Delimont, Alamy, Novastock, Positive Images, and Aurora. 


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  • Jeffrey S.

    Excellent! Both Jason and Deborah are great instructors and of course Vegas was a fun place to go and learn. Learned a lot more about night lights with slow shutter speed and motion.

    2 · April 16, 2014

    • Jason O.

      Thank you, Jeff! It was great meeting you!

      April 17, 2014

  • Jason O.

    I had a great time meeting all of you in Las Vegas. I hope each of you came away with some wonderful images and some new creative ideas.

    April 17, 2014

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  • the Meetup is cancelled

Additional notes: The $300 deposit is non-refundable unless the leaders cancel the workshop. The remaining workshop balance will be due by March 1, 2014.

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