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If you love to travel and want to get the most out of your photography, then this group is for you. We travel to great places where you can make fun photos while being guided by a professional photographer. Plus we have local and regional outings where you can photograph cool locations that you might not know about. From beginners to professionals, everyone can learn, share and make beautiful photos.

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Night Skies and Light Painting in Vermont Photography Workshop

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This is a paid workshop, please don't RSVP until you have registered at https://bit.ly/3kjXjsZ

Join professional photographer Loren Fisher, as we get away from city lights and explore photographing at night, astrophotography and light painting. We’ll go to remote Vermont locations that offer tremendous views of the sky. I have mastered the technique of light painting: using flashlights to illuminate large objects in the dark. The combination of stars and light painting make for incredible images.

Even if you have never photographed at night, this is will be an exciting exploration of your capabilities, it is much easier than it seems, if you follow the proper steps.

Photos of the night sky can be pretty boring if there isn’t something in the foreground. We’ll make traditional shots with silhouettes but we’ll go beyond that and do light painting to illuminate large foreground objects. I’ll have different flashlights we will use including my big one that can light things up from more than a ¼ mile away.

I’ll show you how to find the Milky Way’s galactic center – the brightest and most colorful section – which will be visible from about 10:45 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. during our workshop.

One of the trickier things about night photography is focusing your camera, I’ll show you some great methods to make sure you are in focus. We’ll delve into long exposure noise reduction and when it should and shouldn’t be used. You’ll learn how the focal length of your lens affects how long you can leave the shutter open without seeing movement in the stars. We will photograph star trails using multiple exposures and learn how to put them together in Photoshop and the StarStax program.

If we happen to hit a cloudy night, we will still make some fun and exciting photos by doing creative light painting of Vermontish things like a covered bridge, a cemetery, a barn or a pond.

You don’t need a lot of specialized equipment for photographing the stars but you need a camera that makes clean images with ISO higher than 2000. A wide and fast lens is needed, I use a 16-35mm f/2.8 zoom on a full size sensor camera. If you are using a crop sensor, you want at least a 12mm lens or wider. F/2.8 is important, you can get away with f/3.5 but any slower and you won’t be happy with your results. If you don’t have a fast wide angle lens this might be a good time to rent one. You’ll need a sturdy tripod and a remote shutter release, I recommend a wired one. Wireless work but you better have spare batteries! An intervalometer is needed to shoot star trails. Many newer cameras have one built in, but if yours doesn’t, you’ll want to pick one up, it can also serve as your remote shutter release.

We will be based at my art gallery in Woodstock, VT, a quaint New England village named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the most beautiful towns in America.

We won’t be doing much hiking or walking, you’ll be pretty close to the car the whole time unless you like to wander away from the group. I recommend wearing hiking boots since we will be out in fields, around ponds and in rough ground in the dark. You’ll receive more clothing suggestions after you register.

Since we will be out late, I won’t have any planned activities during the day but I’ll give you an extensive list of great sites to visit for other photo opportunities.

Local transportation is included in Loren’s 12 passenger Mercedes Sprinter. Or, you can drive your own car.

Maximum number of participants: 11

May 28-31, 2022
$499 for returning clients
$529 for early registration by March 30
$579 Regular registration

For more info and to register go to https://bit.ly/3kjXjsZ

There will be participants who are not members of this Meetup.

I'm hosting this workshop four times in 2022, the May and July sessions will be at the same locations and the June and August sessions will be similar but we'll photograph at locations different than in May and July.

Night Skies and Light Painting in Vermont Photography Workshop

Needs a location

This is a paid workshop, please don't RSVP until you have registered at https://bit.ly/june-milky

Join professional photographer Loren Fisher, as we get away from city lights and explore photographing at night, astrophotography and light painting. We’ll go to remote Vermont locations that offer tremendous views of the sky. I have mastered the technique of light painting: using flashlights to illuminate large objects in the dark. The combination of stars and light painting make for incredible images.

Even if you have never photographed at night, this is will be an exciting exploration of your capabilities, it is much easier than it seems, if you follow the proper steps.

Photos of the night sky can be pretty boring if there isn’t something in the foreground. We’ll make traditional shots with silhouettes but we’ll go beyond that and do light painting to illuminate large foreground objects. I’ll have different flashlights we will use including my big one that can light things up from more than a ¼ mile away.

I’ll show you how to find the Milky Way’s galactic center – the brightest and most colorful section – which will be visible from about 10:45 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. during our workshop.

One of the trickier things about night photography is focusing your camera, I’ll show you some great methods to make sure you are in focus. We’ll delve into long exposure noise reduction and when it should and shouldn’t be used. You’ll learn how the focal length of your lens affects how long you can leave the shutter open without seeing movement in the stars. We will photograph star trails using multiple exposures and learn how to put them together in Photoshop and the StarStax program.

If we happen to hit a cloudy night, we will still make some fun and exciting photos by doing creative light painting of Vermontish things like a covered bridge, a cemetery, a barn or a pond.

You don’t need a lot of specialized equipment for photographing the stars but you need a camera that makes clean images with ISO higher than 2000. A wide and fast lens is needed, I use a 16-35mm f/2.8 zoom on a full size sensor camera. If you are using a crop sensor, you want at least a 12mm lens or wider. F/2.8 is important, you can get away with f/3.5 but any slower and you won’t be happy with your results. If you don’t have a fast wide angle lens this might be a good time to rent one. You’ll need a sturdy tripod and a remote shutter release, I recommend a wired one. Wireless work but you better have spare batteries! An intervalometer is needed to shoot star trails. Many newer cameras have one built in, but if yours doesn’t, you’ll want to pick one up, it can also serve as your remote shutter release.

We will be based at my art gallery in Woodstock, VT, a quaint New England village named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the most beautiful towns in America.

We won’t be doing much hiking or walking, you’ll be pretty close to the car the whole time unless you like to wander away from the group. I recommend wearing hiking boots since we will be out in fields, around ponds and in rough ground in the dark. You’ll receive more clothing suggestions after you register.

Since we will be out late, I won’t have any planned activities during the day but I’ll give you an extensive list of great sites to visit for other photo opportunities.

Local transportation is included in Loren’s 12 passenger Mercedes Sprinter. Or, you can drive your own car.

Maximum number of participants: 11

June 25-28, 2022
$499 for returning clients
$529 for early registration by March 30
$579 Regular registration

For more info and to register go to https://bit.ly/june-milky

There will be participants who are not members of this Meetup.

I'm hosting this workshop four times in 2022, the May and July sessions will be at the same locations and the June and August sessions will be similar but we'll photograph at locations different than in May and July.

Night Skies and Light Painting in Vermont Photography Workshop

Needs a location

This is a paid workshop, please don't RSVP until you have registered at https://bit.ly/july-milky

Join professional photographer Loren Fisher, as we get away from city lights and explore photographing at night, astrophotography and light painting. We’ll go to remote Vermont locations that offer tremendous views of the sky. I have mastered the technique of light painting: using flashlights to illuminate large objects in the dark. The combination of stars and light painting make for incredible images.

Even if you have never photographed at night, this is will be an exciting exploration of your capabilities, it is much easier than it seems, if you follow the proper steps.

Photos of the night sky can be pretty boring if there isn’t something in the foreground. We’ll make traditional shots with silhouettes but we’ll go beyond that and do light painting to illuminate large foreground objects. I’ll have different flashlights we will use including my big one that can light things up from more than a ¼ mile away.

I’ll show you how to find the Milky Way’s galactic center – the brightest and most colorful section – which will be visible from about 10:45 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. during our workshop.

One of the trickier things about night photography is focusing your camera, I’ll show you some great methods to make sure you are in focus. We’ll delve into long exposure noise reduction and when it should and shouldn’t be used. You’ll learn how the focal length of your lens affects how long you can leave the shutter open without seeing movement in the stars. We will photograph star trails using multiple exposures and learn how to put them together in Photoshop and the StarStax program.

If we happen to hit a cloudy night, we will still make some fun and exciting photos by doing creative light painting of Vermontish things like a covered bridge, a cemetery, a barn or a pond.

You don’t need a lot of specialized equipment for photographing the stars but you need a camera that makes clean images with ISO higher than 2000. A wide and fast lens is needed, I use a 16-35mm f/2.8 zoom on a full size sensor camera. If you are using a crop sensor, you want at least a 12mm lens or wider. F/2.8 is important, you can get away with f/3.5 but any slower and you won’t be happy with your results. If you don’t have a fast wide angle lens this might be a good time to rent one. You’ll need a sturdy tripod and a remote shutter release, I recommend a wired one. Wireless work but you better have spare batteries! An intervalometer is needed to shoot star trails. Many newer cameras have one built in, but if yours doesn’t, you’ll want to pick one up, it can also serve as your remote shutter release.

We will be based at my art gallery in Woodstock, VT, a quaint New England village named by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the most beautiful towns in America.

We won’t be doing much hiking or walking, you’ll be pretty close to the car the whole time unless you like to wander away from the group. I recommend wearing hiking boots since we will be out in fields, around ponds and in rough ground in the dark. You’ll receive more clothing suggestions after you register.

Since we will be out late, I won’t have any planned activities during the day but I’ll give you an extensive list of great sites to visit for other photo opportunities.

Local transportation is included in Loren’s 12 passenger Mercedes Sprinter. Or, you can drive your own car.

Maximum number of participants: 11

July 28-31, 2022
$499 for returning clients
$529 for early registration by March 30
$579 Regular registration

For more info and to register go to https://bit.ly/july-milky

There will be participants who are not members of this Meetup.

I'm hosting this workshop four times in 2022, the May and July sessions will be at the same locations and the June and August sessions will be similar but we'll photograph at locations different than in May and July.

Iceland Summer Photography Workshop

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This is a paid workshop, please register at https://bit.ly/Loren-Iceland before RSVPing

Join professional photographer Loren Fisher on his ninth trip to Iceland since 2018. We’ll have seven days of glorious photography as we explore the beauty of Iceland in the summer. There are many reasons why Iceland has become one of the world’s premier photography locations: the people are friendly (most speak English!), the scenery is unmatched and the locations are unique. We will explore well known and little known parts of the country, getting the most out of the long summer days. We’ll shoot as many sunsets and sunrises as we can and grab naps when we need to during the day. We will be there right at the beginning of Aurora Borealis season, so if we are lucky we’ll see the Northern Lights! We will cover a lot of territory, see lots of sites and make many memorable photos.

We will start on the Reykjanes peninsula where we’ll photograph historic sod roof houses and then head to the Snaefellsjokull Peninsula for a special waterfalls and mountain scene, rock formations, black stone beach, rock bridge, a black church and quaint villages. Next are more spectacular waterfalls, Europe’s largest glacier up close, black sand beaches reaching out to haunting sea stacks, glacial lagoons and the amazing diamond beach where chucks of ice float up on the black sand making for amazing compositions. Even if you aren’t a wildlife photographer you’ll have fun shooting puffins, those crazily cute birds that have a permanent sad face. You won’t need more than a 300mm lens to get great shots. Sunrise and sunset on black beaches make for special photos. We’ll see so many spectacular things that even the worst photographer ever would make great photos!

There is a limit of six participants so you won’t be crowded as we drive or shoot. We will be in a large passenger van, we’ll have plenty of space for you and your equipment.

Who should attend
If you want to see the beauty and splendor of one of the world’s most spectacular places, this trip is for you – your photographic experience doesn’t matter. Loren will be working with you to help you improve your photography, no matter your level. If you need it, Loren will help with mastering your camera settings, using the proper lens, composition and how to capture what you are seeing with your camera. Most of our shooting locations will near our van, some walking up to 1/2 mile will be required, including wandering on sand beaches and up to glaciers. There won’t be long, strenuous hiking but you could be walking over rough and narrow paths. One waterfall requires hiking about 1/2 mile but great shots can be made on the way if you don’t want to walk that far.

What’s included:
• Professional photography instruction
• Transportation in a spacious van offering ample room for you and your photography gear
• Single occupancy in some of Iceland’s nicest hotels. All rooms have private bathrooms
• Breakfast each day
• Loren’s Guide to Iceland detailing what to bring and what to expect

Not included:
• Flight to Iceland
• Meals, other than breakfast

Dates
August 13-19, 2022
Most flights from the U.S. arrive before 7 a.m. and we’ll be shooting around 9 a.m. Many people opt to arrive a day early to adjust to the four hour time difference and overnight flight.

Rates
Registration is $4100. Previous clients: $3800. Registration fee includes professional photography instruction, Loren’s Guide to Iceland, lodging (single occupancy), ground transportation and breakfast. There is a discount of $400 per person for couples sharing a room. Registration does not include airfare to Iceland, other meals, alcohol, snacks and beverages. Rates are net, per person, in U.S. dollars. Final payment is due May 1, 2022.

Maximum group size: 6

Photo Equipment
You’ll want to have a wide angle, telephoto and possibly a macro lens. Make sure you have lots of memory cards, spare batteries and charger and maybe a polarizer filter and neutral density filter. You’ll need a sturdy tripod, don’t skimp here either on quality or size. I suggest staying away from light “travel tripods” since we are going be shooting things you probably won’t see again in your lifetime and getting a fuzzy photo because of shaky tripod would be criminal. I also suggest bringing a laptop to download your photos and a way to have a backup, either on the original cards or an external hard drive. If you aren’t absolutely sure of everything that your camera does, bring your instruction manual so I can help you fix any problems.

If a workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of any money paid. If I need to cancel the workshop, I will not be held responsible for your other expenses, such as airline ticket, that may be associated with the canceled workshop. I suggest you purchase trip insurance to be safe.

There will be participants who are not members of this Meetup.

For more info, including a full itinerary, go to https://bit.ly/Loren-Iceland

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