1 send after registration, Woodstock, VT
Workshop focus: Getting perfect exposures and seeing geometric lines in your photos.
Starting at 2 p.m. on Friday, ending at noon on Sunday.
$379 Regular registration
$329 for early registration by Dec. 31
$309 for returning clients and Premium Members
Limit: 8 participants
I think winter is the most beautiful time of year to be a photographer. I love seeing the simplicity created by a heavy blanket of snow and photographing the clean lines and the pureness of the countryside that only appears in winter.
I have spent years driving the backroads of Vermont finding great locations for winter photos and now I will share them with you.
Join me for this unique photographic experience as you learn the tricks and techniques involved in capturing those special winter scenes.
You will learn how to get proper exposures in the snow, which is one of the hardest conditions to get the right exposure. Once you learn how to photograph on a sunny day in the snow, you’ll never have trouble getting the perfect exposure again.
We will extensively talk about using geometric lines in your photos to improve your composition. Simplifying your photos by concentrating on lines can turn ordinary images into “wow” pictures. Winter is the best time to learn to simplify and what you learn will carry over into the rest of the year.
We will be based at my house in Woodstock, VT, which is one of the most beautiful towns in New England. We will photograph historic covered bridges, one of America’s most photographed farms, rural scenes and classic small town Vermont.
Just so you know, I’m not one of those people who loves freezing, I know how to dress properly and I have found locations that don’t require a great deal of time outside the car. If you get cold, you’ll always be near a warm place to take the chill off. I’ll teach you how to stay warm, including your hands and how to keep your camera and lenses from freezing or fogging up from condensation when bringing them in from the cold.
You’ll get a ton of information before the workshop to help you be prepared, it won’t involve spending money on lots of new things but maybe the right gloves. I’ll help you winterize your tripod for less than $5 so it doesn’t freeze your hands.
It is mostly a shooting workshop, we’ll start inside on Friday for about an hour as we get to know each other and talk about composition and shooting in the snow. We’ll shoot for the rest of the afternoon and then we’ll do light painting on a covered bridge at dusk. Saturday we are out at sunrise and shooting all day (with breaks of course!) and then after it gets dark we get together back at my house for pizza and look at photos we have taken. Sunday it is shooting from sunrise until noon.
Although I can’t guarantee the ground will covered with snow, it usually is in Vermont in February. There will be snow at nearby ski resorts and plenty of great visual things to photograph. No matter the weather, we’ll be able to work on proper exposure and making better photos by visualizing the diagonal, vertical and horizontal lines that make for stronger composition.
About Woodstock, Vt.: Woodstock, Vermont, population 3,000, was the winner of a 1997 national contest conducted by the Ladies Home Journal magazine as the “Prettiest Town in America.”
It is home to Marsh-Billings National Park, the only working farm National Park and has three covered bridges. It is a visual town, with visitors coming by the busload to snap pictures. The village and the surrounding countryside will provide us with many unique photo opportunities. Download their Visitor’s guide.
From Frommer’s: For more than a century, the resort community of Woodstock has been considered one of New England’s most exquisite villages, and its attractiveness has benefited from the largesse of some of the country’s most affluent citizens. Even the surrounding countryside is, by and large, unsullied — it’s pretty difficult to drive to Woodstock via any route that isn’t pastoral and scenic, and by the time you’re here you’re already feeling as if you’re back in some other, slower-paced era. Few New England villages can top Woodstock for sheer grace and elegance; its tidy downtown is compact and neat, populated by galleries and boutiques. The lovely village green is surrounded by handsome homes, creating what amounts to a comprehensive review of architectural styles of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and you could literally throw a stone (but don’t) from the town center and hit a fine covered bridge. Read more: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/woodstockvt/2183010001.html#ixzz20Wutif6Z
Lodging: A block of rooms have been reserved at the discount price of $128 per night at a fine motel in downtown Woodstock, you will receive info about it once you register. If you would rather find your own lodging, Woodstock is home to many B&Bs, motels and the large, but expensive, Woodstock Inn. There are some chain hotels nearby. I can help suggest other places to stay. If you would like to share a room, please email me and I can try to coordinate that with other participants.
Getting to Woodstock, Vt.:
Driving to Woodstock is 2.5 hours from Boston, 4.5 hours from New York and 1.5 hours from Burlington. Woodstock has nearby access to I-89 (heading north to Burlington, VT south to New Hampshire and Boston) and I-91 (heading south to Hartford). For online driving directions, Click Here.
Flights arrive daily in Lebanon, New Hampshire (20 minutes from Woodstock). Click Here for more information. Domestic flights arrive daily in Manchester, New Hampshire, or Burlington, VT (both 90 minutes from Woodstock). International travelers may fly into Burlington, VT, Boston or Hartford, CT. There is a quality bus service from the Boston airport (and New York) to nearby Lebanon, NH, I can help you get to Woodstock from there.
Amtrak stops daily at White River Junction, 14 miles from Woodstock. Click Here for schedules to and from Washington, D.C. (via New York), Montreal, Canada and Boston. Again, I can help you get to Woodstock from there.
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