• Pixels in Your Pocket: Creative iPhoneography with Charles Needle

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    This workshop is sold out, please put your name on our waitlist if you would like to be notified of an opening. Thank you for your interest! Learn how to craft creative, expressive images using nothing more than your iPhone! Join Charles Needle in this fun, educational, 8 hour hands-on workshop in a beautiful private studio on a small pond in Plymouth, MA. Charles will cover some of the technical aspects of smartphone photography — including equipment, accessories, workflow, and printing considerations. All photos copyrighted by Charles Needle While in the field, Charles will offer hands-on assistance and demonstrate the use of several helpful shooting apps, including Camera+, Burst Mode, Slow Shutter, VividHDR and more. Then, through “live” demonstrations with his phone projected on a screen, Charles will show you step-by-step methods to help you magically translate your creative vision into pixels. During the course of the day, Charles will cover basic editing apps, such as Snapseed and Touch/Retouch, as well as more advanced compositing and masking apps such as Image Blender and Stackables. Also, Filterstorm, Autopainter, Distressed FX, and many more. The workshop includes group assignments, lectures, live classroom and field demonstrations, and lots of individualized instruction. Participants will also have the opportunity to have their images reviewed and critiqued. You’ll leave with an expanded creative vision, new ideas, and all the necessary tools and skills to make artistic, jaw-dropping iPhone images. Check out Charles Needle's website link to see more of his work: http://www.charlesneedlephoto.com We will cover the following topics during this in-depth 8 hour class (with an hour break for lunch) - How to get the most from your iPhone’s built-in native camera (via live demos) - An in-depth demo of “Snapseed” (a key editing app that’s super powerful and easy to use) - Shooting apps, such as: vividHDR, Camera +, Burst Mode, Slow Shutter, LongExpo Pro, and Panorama - On location photography outdoors by the pond to try out our new skills - Creative post-processing apps, such as: Image Blender, Autopainter, Distressed FX, Glaze, Waterlogue, Stackables, Filterstorm, etc. - Workflow (including PhotoSync app, if time permits) - Sharing images using AirDrop, Facebook and Instagram (suggestions and tips) - A brief discussion of printing considerations -Optional informal image sharing at the end of the day Suggested apps to have on your iphone before you arrive: Snapseed VividHDR Camera+ (not "Camera Plus") Panorama (yin/yang symbol) Burst Mode Slow Shutter LongExpo Pro Autopainter I Image Blender This class will be taught using an iPhone 7Plus, other iPhones will work fine, too. Android and other smart phones may not have access to all the same tools, but are welcome to join us. Workshop fee. Hope to see you for this fun workshop in July!! Charles Needle Biography Charles Needle is an award-winning, California-based fine art photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide. In 2011, Charles was selected as a finalist, among 15,000 entries worldwide, in the International Garden Photographer of the Year photography contest, sponsored by The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (London, England). This exhibition traveled throughout the United Kingdom. He was also a semi-finalist in the 2014 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards photo contest. Charles has authored three cutting-edge instructional books: Tiny Worlds: Creative Macro Photography Skills (Amherst Media, January 2015), Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush (March 2014), and Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques (2011). An accomplished speaker, photography juror and teacher with international workshops in Monet's Garden (Giverny, France for 10 years in a row, with exclusive private access), Keukenhof Gardens (Holland) and The Butchart Gardens (Canada), Charles is a FujiFilm USA Talent Team member and North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) Showcase Award winner six years in a row. Charles’ photographs have selected for publication in Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer magazine, Nature Photographer magazine, Inner Reflections Engagement Calendar, The Chicago Tribune, SELF Magazine and are in private and public collections nationwide and abroad. To learn more about Charles' work, including his workshop and private lesson offerings, visit www.charlesneedlephoto.com.

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  • Creative Photography Retreat on Cape Cod 2017

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    $178.00

    Two days of creativity and camaraderie in a charming Inn on Cape Cod in the coastal town of Sandwich, with an emphasis on capturing, editing and post processing techniques. Join us for a few fun-filled days in a comfortable meeting room where the focus will be on getting together to create new images or turn those chosen images on your computer into amazing photographs. Do you have thousands of images waiting to see the light of day? Would you like to devote a few days to optimizing your workflow, creating original still lifes, editing your images, getting feedback, and seeing what possibilities are out there to make them better? Would you like a second set of eyes to review your work? Adobe Photoshop and Elements and Adobe Lightroom options will be explored (most, if not all, software can be downloaded on a trial basis) as we play, learn and share in the digital darkroom. This creativity workshop will be facilitated by Amy Davies with contributions from all who attend to help and support each other. The process of creative exploration AND sharing will be encouraged. We will have set ups to photograph and then edit those images. Create and photograph a still life work of art that makes you proud. Macro or abstract images will be covered. Add new techniques to your photographic options, play with light and texture. Time permitting we will cover as much of the following as possible: Instruction using Adobe post processing software, Lightroom, Photoshop CC[masked] and/or Photoshop Elements. Google NIK software or Topaz. Photoshop Brushes: download and use creative brushes to add birds, trees and other elements to your images. Lightroom Presets. How to create your own unique signature brush. Adding textures for artistic effects. Adding Fall color using Lightroom. Painting effects through the use of creative plug-ins such as Topaz Impressions. Using in camera multiple exposure effects to create an artistic look. Start a Flickr account, a blog, an Instagram account or other social media option. You will be post processing your own photos on your laptop (or desktop) using the software you have on your computer and learning how to do it efficiently to achieve a beautiful finished image. This 2 day creativity workshop is designed to get your creativity flowing, giving yourself time to work on your photography and to have fun in the process. We will be doing some shooting outside in the morning and evening weather permitting, and during the day we’ll be sharing, playing, and enjoying ourselves while we're learning new software and processing techniques. The workshop will conclude with a celebratory slideshow of everyone’s finished images (your choice) on the last day. Our setting is an elegant, comfortable Hotel in Sandwich, a perfect winter escape to spend a weekend with fellow photographers. The charming Cape Cod town of Sandwich is right out the front door of our hotel. Walk to the Dexter Grist Mill, Sandwich Glass Museum, Churches, shops, antique stores, the Cape Cod central railroad, charming restored homes, and even a Tea Room. Sandy Neck is also close-by. 5 minutes away is the iconic Sandwich Boardwalk, The Cape Cod Canal visitors center and marina. We hope you can join us for a fun learning event. Bring your camera, any images that have been tucked away waiting to be processed, and your laptop and let’s see what we can create together! When: Saturday, January 21st at 10:30am until Sunday, January 22nd at 5:30pm. Where: An elegant hotel with a comfortable meeting room and plush sleeping rooms, a tavern with a fireplace, beautiful gardens and a first rate restaurant and spa. Costs: Before January 1st $158 retreat fee, includes support and instruction in the classroom and on location, with a comfortable meeting room for all of us to set up our laptops and other gear. Hotel sleeping rooms and meals are extra. On January 1st the workshop fee goes to $178 and room availability/rates at the hotel changes December 20th. Hotel information will be sent when payment is received for this workshop/retreat. We have reserved a block of rooms with a rate of $170/nt for Friday and Saturday nights, and $137 for Sunday night. These rates include taxes and one breakfast voucher per room. Limited rooms at this price, so the earlier you sign up and reserve your room, the more choices you will have. Amy will be booking for 2 nights, Saturday and Sunday, please feel free to stay until Monday. Those staying over on Sunday can gather after dinner and Monday morning depending on group motivation. Of course, you may join us for the retreat and not stay in the hotel. If you would like to room with someone, let Amy know and she will try and match you up with someone. Best for: Photographers with experience using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Lightroom software. Not geared for beginners. What you'll need to bring: A well running laptop computer with recent versions of Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, and Adobe Lightroom installed and familiarity with these programs is recommended. Your camera of choice, a tripod if you have one, and a willingness to learn and play. Not necessary but feel free to bring flowers, produce, objects of art, fabric or anything you'd love to photograph that speaks to you. We'll have lighting and fabric options as well as set ups to inspire. A little shooting, a lot of processing, LOTS of creativity and LOTS of Fun. Feedback from past events and workshops: "Thank you Amy for providing us with such great learning opportunities, I really appreciate all the time and attention you give to every event you plan". LL "I loved this class. Lots of information and hands on help. Thanks Amy!!" MS "Many thanks to Amy for her fun approach to photography! The weekend was everything one could ask for." SV Our Refund Policy: No refunds after 6 days from purchase, or if you book less than 30 days before the event. If you are not able to make it, you may find someone else to give your space to. Please let Amy know if someone else is coming in your place. Full refund if we have to change the date or cancel. Amy Davies https://www.flickr.com/photos/99348549@N00/ Before processing, straight out of the camera. After processing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC2015 Before processing, straight out of the camera After using a preset in Lightroom, adjustments with cloning and a texture added in Photoshop CC2015. Example of Still Life possibilities:

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  • Beginner Adobe Lightroom Classes: 3 sessions

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    $145.00

    New start date of January 17th. Learn how to get the most from your photographs and how to organize them using the most popular software program for photographers! Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud (CC) can be downloaded for a free trial if you don't already own it. This hands on class is scheduled for 3 consecutive Tuesday mornings at 9:30am-12:30am The Three Dates are Tuesdays, January 17, 24, 31. Small class size of 5. Best for Mac users, as I am not well versed on the workings of a PC. If you are good at navigating around your PC, please do join us. Geared for beginners looking to set up their Lightroom catalog and learning about all the amazing ways to process their photos to their maximum potential. We will cover: Importing and organizing your photos in Lightroom External hard drives Backing up to keep your images safe Finding your images easily Making amazing adjustments to your photos Getting them ready for the internet or printing and much more If this interests you, send me a message or sign up below. What you will need: A well running laptop with some room on the hard drive. Preferably macbook :-) Adobe Lightroom or CC[masked] installed and running Cost for all 3 3hour sessions (8 hours plus an hour celebration at the end) is $145 Classes are held in a private studio in Manomet, Plymouth. Directions will be sent after payment. Practical teaching you can use in your workflow by Amy Davies who uses Lightroom and Photoshop every day. Refund: No refund after 24 hours from signing up. Learn how create an image like this: From an image that started out like this: What this image would like like if you just brightened it: All you need to get the same results is a current version of Adobe Lightroom and some know how. Bring your photos and let's see what we can do with them! ~Amy Davies

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  • September Fun in Provincetown on Cape Cod.

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    $185.00

    Improve your image making and enjoy a Photography Workshop exploring Provincetown on Cape Cod with Amy Davies in September! If Cape Cod excites you, join us for a fun learning experience with your camera over a weekend in Provincetown, located at the very tip of the Cape. We will cover various locations from the picturesque wharf area, to the beautiful beaches, sand dunes, and eclectic streets of P-Town. We'll be looking for beautiful light all the while having an enjoyable and fruitful time making many wonderful images at one of the Cape’s most scenic destinations. We will be adding some new locations this year, as well as revisiting some of our favorites from previous years! A wide variety of subjects are offered on this workshop, a lighthouse, a vineyard, street and night photography as well as the iconic scenes at the wharf. You will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity. September is a wonderful time to be on the Cape to take advantage of the changing colors, fewer crowds and nice weather. MacMillian Wharf by Amy Davies Highland Lighthouse by Amy Davies Provincetown by Amy Davies Where: Provincetown, also known as P-Town, at the very tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. When: Starting at 2:30 pm on Saturday, September 17th, and ending on Sunday evening after sunset. For those staying over Sunday night, we will have an informal walk about on Monday morning after breakfast, weather permitting. Cost: $165 if you register before September 1st. $185 if payment is made after September 1st. Fee includes all photographic instruction, inspiration, critique, a photo processing session and guided tours by Amy to beautiful locations. Louise Landers will also be providing logistical support, and we will have some room in our vehicle for a few photographers to ride with us. Who should attend: Beginner to advanced photographers interested in improving their photography, getting acquainted with Provincetown, and capturing wonderful images. iPhones and smart phone camera users are also welcome. Description: Activities include meet and greet, on location photo tips, sunset and sunrise shoots, boat refections, iconic P-Town images, vineyard, street photography, night and blue hour photography, a lighthouse, sand dunes, hidden nooks and crannies of Provincetown, help with your camera settings, and a photo processing session. Enjoyable meals at great locations (not included in workshop fee). A break of 2 to 3 hours for lunch and exploring on your own, (or a nap) is built into our schedule on Sunday. Capturing action with a blurred background in camera will also be covered. Bicycling on the River Siene by Amy Davies Lodging: Lodging is not included in our workshop fee. All rooms at our hotel have been booked as of August 1st, unfortunately you will have to find other accommodations nearby or maybe you live close enough to commute? No longer applicable as of Aug 1 (We have booked a block of recently renovated, very nice oceanfront or courtyard rooms at a reduced rate of between $120/nt to $140/nt plus 11.7% tax at a hotel a mile from McMillian wharf, the center of Provincetown. The regular rate for this hotel is around $180/nt. Breakfast and free parking are included. Hotel details will be sent upon receipt of payment for the workshop, and it's a first come first serve special for the waterfront rooms.) Hopefully it will be warm enough this year for us to enjoy the outdoor fire pit after sunset. Other options in P-Town are available, you do not have to stay at the hotel we have reserved, although it is more fun if you do :-) Meals: Breakfast is included if you book at our hotel. We will choose some nice places to eat together as needed, which are not included in the workshop fee. Maximum Group Size is limited to 10 people. Refunds: Refunds only 7 days from the purchase date of your ticket if it is more than a month before the event. This means you have 7 days after you buy a ticket to change your mind and get a refund, but after that the ticket is yours. No refunds after the 7 days of purchase, unless we need to cancel. One month or sooner before the event the 7 day rule does not apply. You may find someone else to purchase your ticket on your own, if this is the case please let us know. If you find you can not attend, it is up to you to contact someone on the waiting list, or a friend and make arrangements with them to take your place. Thank you for understanding this is the only way we can run these workshops. Transportation: Transportation in your own car and/or carpooling to local destinations is encouraged. Any parking fees at the wharf or downtown are not included in the workshop fee. Significant Others: Partners, friends, spouses are welcome to stay with you, and can come along as non photographers on our outings and meals. Let Amy know if you are bringing someone who wants to join in. Contact: Any questions, please email Amy Davies... amydav at gmail.com Amy will be emailing you using your Paypal email address, if that is not an address where you receive your email, please let Amy know which one to use so she can send information to you. amydav at gmail.com P-Town Street Scene by Amy Davies To see more photography by Amy Davies, check out these links: Blog: Capture My World (http://whereareamyandiannow.blogspot.com) Flickr Page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/amydav/ Further details on the workshop, along with equipment suggestions, etc. will be emailed to all attendees prior to the workshop date. A tripod is highly recommended for sunrise and sunset photography. A laptop is handy, but not required, if you wish to follow along during our post processing session. This is a small group for a fun, relaxed workshop that you won’t want to miss. We hope you can join us for a great time where you will go home with special images and memories. Let's hope for a glorious weekend, if there is a little rain we will still hold the workshop! 2 days of heavy downpour will cause us to reschedule or cancel and refunds will be issued. ~Amy Sunset 6:42pm Sunrise 6:25am Low tide 11am Blue hour on the Wharf by Amy Davies

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  • Creative Photography Retreat on Cape Cod

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    $156.00

    Two days of creativity and camaraderie in a charming Inn on Cape Cod in the coastal town of Sandwich, with an emphasis on editing and post processing techniques. Join us for a few fun-filled days in a comfortable meeting room where the focus will be on getting together to turn those chosen images on your computer into amazing photographs. Do you have thousands of images waiting to see the light of day? Would you like to devote a few days to optimizing your workflow, editing your images, getting feedback, and seeing what possibilities are out there to make them better? Would you like a second set of eyes to review your work? Different software options will be explored (most, if not all, can be downloaded on a trial basis) as we play, learn and share in the digital darkroom. This creativity workshop will be facilitated by Amy Davies with contributions from all who attend to help and support each other. The process of creative exploration AND sharing will be encouraged. During this retreat, you will be encouraged to set yourself an achievable goal such as: Go through your photos to find the best ones and make them fantastic! Print ready and worthy. You choose how many. Creating a small portfolio of your best work. Start a Flickr account, a blog, an Instagram account or other social media option. Time permitting we will cover as much of the following as possible: Instruction with Adobe post processing software, Lightroom, Photoshop CC2015 and/or Photoshop Elements. Google NIK software or Topaz. Photoshop Brushes: download and use creative brushes to add birds, trees and other elements to your images. Lightroom Presets. How to create your own unique signature brush. Adding textures for artistic effects. Adding Fall color using Lightroom. Painting effects through the use of creative plug-ins such as Topaz Impressions. Using in camera multiple exposure effects to create an artistic look. You will be post processing your own photos on your laptop (or desktop) using the software you have on your computer and learning how to do it efficiently to achieve a beautiful finished image. This 2 day creativity workshop is designed to get your creativity flowing, giving yourself time to work on your photography and to have fun in the process. We will be doing some shooting in the morning and evening weather permitting, and during the day we’ll be sharing, playing, and enjoying ourselves while we're learning new software and processing techniques. The workshop will conclude with a celebratory slideshow of everyone’s finished images (your choice) on the last day. You could leave with many finished images you love that are ready to print or post online. We'll help you upload them to a printing website so they can be shipped to your home. An elegant, comfortable Hotel in Sandwich is the setting, a perfect place to spend a weekend in winter with fellow photographers. The charming Cape Cod town of Sandwich is right out the front door of our hotel. Walk to the Dexter Grist Mill, Sandwich Glass Museum, Churches, shops, antique stores, the Cape Cod central railroad, charming restored homes, and even a Tea Room. Sandy Neck is also close-by. 5 minutes away is the iconic Sandwich Boardwalk, The Cape Cod Canal visitors center and marina. We hope you can join us for what promises to be a fun learning event. Bring your images that have been tucked away waiting to be processed, or make new ones, and your laptop and let’s see what we can create together! When: Saturday, January 30th at 10:30am until Sunday, January 31st at 5:30pm. Where: An elegant hotel with a comfortable meeting room and plush sleeping rooms, a tavern with a fireplace, beautiful gardens and a first rate restaurant and spa. Costs: $156 retreat fee, includes support and instruction in the classroom and on location, with a comfortable meeting room for all of us to set up our laptops and other gear. Hotel sleeping rooms and meals are extra. Hotel information will be sent when payment is received for this workshop/retreat. We have reserved a block of rooms with a rate of $140/nt for Friday and Saturday nights, and $110 for Sunday night, plus taxes. Limited rooms at this price, so the earlier you sign up and reserve your room, the more choices you will have. Amy will be booking for 2 nights, Saturday and Sunday, please feel free to stay until Monday. Those staying over on Sunday can gather after dinner and Monday morning depending on group motivation. Of course, you may join us for the retreat and not stay in the hotel. If you would like to room with someone, let Amy know and she will try and match you up with someone. What you'll need to bring: A well running laptop computer with recent versions of Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, and Adobe Lightroom installed and familiarity with these programs is recommended. Your camera of choice, a tripod if you have one, and a willingness to learn and play. A little shooting, a lot of processing, LOTS of creativity and LOTS of Fun. Feedback from past events and workshops: "Thank you Amy for providing us with such great learning opportunities, I really appreciate all the time and attention you give to every event you plan". LL "I loved this class. Lots of information and hands on help. Thanks Amy!!" MS "Many thanks to Amy for her fun approach to photography! The weekend was everything one could ask for." SV Our Refund Policy: No refunds after 6 days from purchase, or 30 days before the event. If you are not able to make it, you may find someone else to give your space to. Please let Amy know if someone else is coming in your place. Full refund if we have to change the date or cancel. If there is enough interest we can do a photo retreat just like this one during the week, let me know if you are interested and prefer midweek to a weekend. Amy Davies https://www.flickr.com/photos/99348549@N00/ Before processing, straight out of the camera. After processing in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC2015 Before processing, straight out of the camera After using a preset in Lightroom, adjustments with cloning and a texture added in Photoshop CC2015.

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  • Impressionistic Photography: How to Create Painterly Images In-Camera

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    $235.00

    Looking for a unique way to capture original images in landscapes and flowers, as well as other subjects? Unlock your creative potential and discover how to craft impressionistic-looking photographs using nothing but your digital camera (and/or smartphone!). We are pleased to announce award-winning Seattle, WA-based fine art photographer, Charles Needle (http://www.charlesneedlephoto.com/about.html), is visiting our area this Fall and will conduct a special 6-hour workshop in Plymouth, MA. In this two-part workshop, Charles will describe the process of using long exposure and multiple-exposure techniques to transform an everyday scene into imaginative visual masterpieces. Impressionistic Photography: How to Create Painterly Images In-Camera with Charles Needle DATE: Monday, October 12, 2015 TIME: 9 am to 4 pm (with a 1-hour lunch break, food not included, but a deli is nearby or bring your own) PLACE: A private studio and garden in Manomet (address will be emailed to those that sign up) COST: $235 We are very fortunate to be able to offer this workshop at a deeply discounted price as Charles normally charges $395 or more for this type of 1-day workshop. Maximum of 9 students with Charles and an assistant, Amy, to ensure the best learning experience for everyone. Unfortunately, no refunds after 6 days from purchase of your ticket or after September 18th, unless the class is canceled or moved to another date. The workshop will begin with a short inspirational slide show, followed by a lecture covering techniques, such as Long-Exposure Pan/Tilt, "Multiple- Exposure Monet" (a technique he invented), Multiple-Exposure Rotate & Zoom, Soft-Glow Montage and Composite Montage. Charles will also demonstrate how to use a free script in Photoshop to accomplish this same look in post processing, if your camera does not have a built-in multiple exposure feature, or you wish to learn another way of creating painterly images. Then, for the second half of the day, we will venture outside on the beautiful grounds of Amy Davies' studio where Charles will demonstrate each of these painterly techniques in the field, and you'll have the opportunity to try them out yourself with lots of 1-on-1 help from Charles. The workshop will include assignments, supportive image evaluations (where we'll digitally project and discuss your images from in the field), classroom demo using the Photoshop Multiple-Exposure script, discussion of which subject(s) work best for these techniques, and a handout for reference after the workshop. Charles' books also will be available for purchase at the workshop: Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush, Tiny Worlds: Creative Macro Photography Skills, and Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques. Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn from a visiting Impressionist master photographer! Suggested (but not required) equipment to bring: Digital camera (SLR, mirrorless, etc. or your iPhone) Telephoto zoom lens [masked] or 300mm range works best) Tripod is handy, we will have extras if you don't have one A laptop computer with a recent version of Photoshop or Lightroom installed, or you can take notes and follow along. Thumb drive for sharing images during the optional participation critique session. Bio: Charles Needle is an award-winning, Seattle, WA-based fine art photographer, author, speaker and workshop leader with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. His popular “Art of Nature” creative macro workshops have attracted students nationwide. Charles has authored three cutting-edge instructional books: Impressionistic Photography: A Field Guide to Using Your Camera as a Paintbrush (released March 2014), Tiny Worlds: Creative Macro Photography Skills (released in 2015) and Creative Macro Photography: Professional Tips & Techniques. He is known for his clear, thorough teaching style, which ignites passion among his students. Charles’ photographs have been selected for publication in Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer magazine, and are in private and public collections nationwide and abroad. A sought-after speaker, Charles has presented keynote presentations and breakout sessions at more than 50 camera clubs and photo conferences. Visit www.charlesneedlephoto.com (http://www.charlesneedlephoto.com/workshops.html) to see more of Charles' inspiring photography!! The address of Amy's studio and a what-to-bring email will be sent to those that have signed 10days before the event. The studio will be reconfigured from our last workshop to provide more space for each student. As Charles is in our area for such a short time, this Monday, Columbus Day, or Tuesday, October 13th are the only dates available. If Tuesday suits you better, please let me know. Amydav at gmail. com

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  • September Fun in Provincetown on Cape Cod!

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    $165.00

    Improve your image making and enjoy a Photography Workshop exploring Provincetown with Amy Davies in September! If Cape Cod excites you, join us for a fun learning experience with your camera over a weekend in Provincetown, located at the very tip of Cape Cod. We will cover various locations from the picturesque wharf area, to the beautiful beaches, sand dunes, eclectic streets of P-Town. Looking for beautiful light all the while having an enjoyable and fruitful time making many wonderful images at one of the Cape’s most scenic destinations. A wide variety of subjects are offered on this workshop, a lighthouse, a vineyard, street and night photography as well as the iconic scenes at the wharf. You will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity. September is a wonderful time to be on the Cape to take advantage of the changing colors, fewer crowds and nice weather. MacMillian Wharf by Amy Davies Highland Lighthouse by Amy Davies Provincetown by Amy Davies Where: Provincetown, also known as P-Town, at the very tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. When: Starting at 2:30 pm on Saturday, September 19th, and ending on Sunday evening after sunset. For those staying over Sunday night, we will have an informal walk about on Monday morning after breakfast, weather permitting. Cost: $165 if you register before September 1st. $185 if payment is made after September 1st. Fee includes all photographic instruction, critique, a photo processing session and guided tours by Amy to beautiful locations. Amy's husband, Joe, will also be providing logistical support, you can view his blog posts on Provincetown here: Joe's Retirement Blog (http://joesretirementblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Provincetown) Who should attend: Beginner to advanced photographers interested in improving their photography, getting acquainted with Provincetown, and capturing wonderful images. iPhones and smart phone camera users are also welcome. Description: Activities include meet and greet, on location photo tips, sunset and sunrise shoots, boat refections, iconic P-Town images, vineyard, street photography, night blue hour photography, a lighthouse, sand dunes, hidden nooks and crannies of Provincetown, help with your camera settings, and a photo processing session. Enjoyable meals at great locations (not included in workshop fee). A break of 2 to 3 hours for lunch and exploring on your own, (or a nap) is built into our schedule on Sunday. Capturing action with a blurred background in camera will also be covered. Bicycling on the River Siene by Amy Davies Lodging: Lodging is not included in our workshop fee. We have booked a block of recently renovated, very nice oceanfront or courtyard rooms at a reduced rate of between $100/nt to $140/nt plus 11.7% tax at a hotel a mile from McMillian wharf, the center of Provincetown. The regular rate for this hotel is around $180/nt. Breakfast and free parking are included. Hotel details will be sent upon receipt of payment for the workshop, and it's a first come first serve special for the waterfront rooms. Hopefully it will be warm enough this year for us to enjoy the outdoor fire pit after sunset. Other options in P-Town are available, you do not have to stay at the hotel we have reserved, although it is more fun if you do :-) Meals: Breakfast is included if you book at our hotel. We will choose some nice places to eat together as needed, which are not included in the workshop fee. Maximum Group Size is limited to 10 people. Refunds: Refunds only 7 days from the purchase date of your ticket if more than a month before the event. This means you have 7 days after you buy a ticket to change your mind and get a refund, but after that the ticket is yours. No refunds after the 7 days of purchase, unless we need to cancel. One month or sooner before the event the 7 day rule does not apply. You may find someone else to purchase your ticket on your own, if this is the case please let us know. If you find you can not attend, it is up to you to contact someone on the waiting list, or a friend and make arrangements with them to take your place. Thank you for understanding this is the only way we can run these workshops. Transportation: Transportation in your own car and/or carpooling to local destinations is encouraged. Any parking fees at the wharf or downtown are not included in the workshop fee. Significant Others: Partners, friends, spouses are welcome to stay with you, and can come along as non photographers on our outings and meals. Let Amy know if you are bringing someone who wants to join in. Contact: Any questions, please email Amy Davies... amydav at gmail.com P-Town Street Scene by Amy Davies To see more photography by Amy Davies, check out these links: Blog: Capture My World (http://whereareamyandiannow.blogspot.com) Flickr Page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/amydav/ Further details on the workshop, along with equipment suggestions, etc. will be emailed to all attendees prior to the workshop date. A tripod is highly recommended for sunrise and sunset photography. A laptop is handy, but not required, if you wish to follow along during our post processing session. This is a small group for a fun, relaxed workshop that you won’t want to miss. We hope you can join us for a great time where you will go home with special images and memories. Let's hope for a glorious weekend, if there is a little rain we will still hold the workshop! 2 Days of heavy downpour will cause us to reschedule or cancel and refunds will be issued. ~Amy Sunset 6:42pm Sunrise 6:25am Low tide 11am Blue hour on the Wharf by Amy Davies

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  • Jim Curran's Secrets to Creating Composited Images in Photoshop: Morning Session

    A composite photograph n 1. (Photography) a photograph formed by superimposing two or more separate photographs. Join us for a 3 hour fun and informative class on creating composite images in Photoshop with Jim Curran. Compositing is everywhere in the world of photography. From big-budget ad campaigns to adding flare to your photographs, compositing is a technique used regularly to craft images to the exact vision of the creator. Jim’s workshop is designed to make you familiar with the fundamentals of compositing and teach you the necessary techniques to compositing images together. From placing your subject in another background, saving a problem exposure issue, to removing simple unwanted blemishes or background interferences, adding convincing graphics and text to your images, this hands on, step-by-step class will cover some of Photoshops’ strongest features and some of the lesser known techniques Jim has used in his professional and personal imaging. What we cover: *Review some before and after images of Jim’s commercial, portrait and fine art composite work. *Discuss uses for when an image can be improved using compositing techniques * Demonstration of compositing techniques, process and workflow. * Subtracting by adding- Adding layers to remove things *Adding believable shadows, reflections and color adjusting *A class guide explaining the steps to creating a composite image *Image files distributed for hands-on learning and following along in class *Working on compositing images you bring to class to make a new image. Maybe create a movie poster, or enhance the best of several images? Instructor’s Bio: Jim Curran is a very skilled and talented freelance photographer and graphic designer living in Plymouth, MA. He is a graduate of Butera School of Art and his career is a combination of photography, illustration, graphic design and filmmaking. He has also studied film making at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Center for Digital Arts in Waltham Mass., and American Graphic Institute. Jim’s work has been featured in Photoshop User, USA Today, and Highlights for Children Magazine. To see more of Jim’s work click on these links: *Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimcurran/ *Artist’s Website http://www.jimstagram.com (http://www.jimstagram.com/) *Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jim-Curran-Fine-Art-Photography/96711672326 Who should join us: Photographers who use Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements that want to learn new skills, gain better control over the skills they already have, and shorten the time needed to optimize your images using Jim's composite techniques to enhance images. This will be a hands-on workshop where you will bring your own laptop and work on sample images, step-by-step. The goal is for you to leave this workshop with a good understanding of how to use layers to create composite images. A handout will be provided to workshop attendees. When: Saturday, August 15th this class will be held twice. Once in the morning and again in the afternoon. Choose the time that works best for you! Prerequisite: A working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop CC or other version. Photoshop Elements (version 9 or higher) is needed for this class. You need to have good basic computer skills, know how to open and save a file and know how to navigate and utilize the tools and menu bar in Photoshop or Elements, and are somewhat familiar with opening layers in one of these programs. Students should have some familiarity with either program although proficiency is not required. This is not a computer class however and students will need to know how to access files and navigate the computer. Our small class size is limited to 8 people to ensure individual attention from 2 instructors, Jim Curran and Amy Davies. Best To Bring: A laptop or a portable desktop with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (version 9 or higher) installed. Bring images you may want to work on to create a composite image (type of images will be specified) You can also follow along with another student and take notes if you don't have a laptop with this software installed. Refund Policy: No refunds after 3 days from purchase, or 20 days before the event. If you are not able to make it, you may find someone else to give your space to. Please let Amy know if someone else is coming in your place. Full refund if we have to change the date or cancel. Cost: $78 per person payable through PayPal with a credit card or PayPal account. An email will be sent to those that are registered a week before the event with details on what to bring, address and other pertinent information. Hope to see you here for a fun and extremely informative event!! Amy Davies and Jim Curran

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  • Presentation by Essdras M. Suarez: Cuba from Havana to Trinidad.

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    Come see the amazing country and culture that is Cuba!! (Our date of June 29th will need to be changed due to scheduling issues. If you sign up here, an email will be sent to you when we have the new date, hopefully for July, and you will automatically be on the new date's list. You can opt out if it does not fit your calendar. Unfortunately, we need a marker on our calendar to post a meet up, but we will not actually be meeting on June 29... apologies if this is confusing....) Essdras M. Suarez, Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist and previous Boston Globe photographer, has led many photography groups to Cuba and will share his images and impressions with us from his time there. If you have ever considered going to Cuba or are interested in the culture and country of Cuba, join us for an entertaining and enlightening evening with a dynamic speaker! Essdras M. Suarez Photos by Essdras M. Suarez Essdras' last presentation for PDP filled up quickly, so don't delay signing up. Please keep your RSVP up to date as a curtesy to other members and the organizers. To Sign up for this Presentation: RSVP by clicking on YES under the "Are you Going" tab, and your name will be added to our list of attendees on the right side. This event will also be cross posted on our sister site, Photography Events by Amy. No need to say YES on both websites. Website to see Essdras' Cuba work: http://www.essdrasmsuarez.com/#!/portfolio/G0000eheo6LMBOZM Amy Davies and Essdras will be leading their second photography workshop to Cuba from December 3 - 11th, 2015. Details of the upcoming trip to Cuba can be found here (http://www.meetup.com/Photography-Events-by-Amy/events/222157600/) and there will be flyers at the meet up as well as an opportunity to get answers to your questions from other people who have been to Cuba with us. Check for any last minute cancelation of this meetup due to weather. $5 donation at the door is appreciated. Guests are welcomed. Hope to see you for this interesting and inspiring evening! Amy and Essdras

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  • Photography in the Present Moment by Dawn Surratt on Monday

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    $145.20

    Saturday's class is now full, we are delighted to offer this workshop on a NEW DATE....Monday. A special 6 hour workshop from photographer Dawn Surratt of North Carolina to develop your photographic vision and inspire you in your creative journey. When we fully immerse ourselves in the moment and are present to the world around us, we begin to see differently. When we see differently, we create images from a place of mindfulness and emotionality that is as unique and individual as we are. Photography is the art of receiving what is before us and we must be still enough to benefit from that experience. What we cover: * This course will introduce you to the concept of mindfulness and its benefit to photography. *Demonstration of imaging techniques , process and workflow. * How to tap into your awareness and receptivity using Dawn's exercises for preparation and shooting. * Hands on session for creating an image that resonates with you through use of textures, layers and composite imaging. *Lensbaby lenses and other types of 'Toy Lenses' will be covered. * Photographic walkabout and exercise for implementing mindful photography concepts. *Overview of using Lightroom or Camera Raw for tonal changes, and selective adjustments * Reading materials and list of mindful photography resources. Instructor's Bio: Dawn Surratt is a freelance photographer and graphic designer. She received her B.A. in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia. Her art has been exhibited in shows throughout the United States. Dawn is an artist for Getty, Trevillion , Arcangel, Demurez, Image Conscious, Fine Art America and Flickr Marketplace. Her images have been published worldwide and in magazines such as Time, Bella Grace, Good Housekeeping, Bloomberg Business Journal and Artful Blogging. To see more of Dawn's beautiful work click on these links: *Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/laughingrabbit/) *Artist's Website (http://www.dawndhanna.com) *Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DawnDHannaPhotography) *Instagram (https://instagram.com/ddhanna/) Who should attend: Artists and photographers of all styles and skills base who wish to challenge their photographic vision and gain insight into their motivations as a photographer and artist. All types of cameras/imaging devices can be used. When: This workshop is offered both on Saturday or Sunday, June 20 and 21st, same workshop on 2 different days. From 9am to 4pm with an hour lunch break. Lunch not included, you can bring your own or visit other eateries near by. Choose the date that works best for you, both meet ups are available on this website. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of Photoshop CC, or Photoshop Elements using layers and camera of your choice if you want to do the photography processing part of this workshop. Encouraged to bring: Camera, notebook for note taking, writing utensil, laptop for hands on session. LensBaby if you have one, or other toy lenses. Maximum Attendees: A small class size of 8 for maximum attention to students by Amy and Dawn. Location: At a private studio in Plymouth on a pond. Cost: $145.20 You can pay via PayPal with a credit card by RSVPing yes, or send Amy an email for other arrangments. Refund Policy: No refunds after 6 days from purchase, if before June 1st. If you are not able to make it, you may find someone else to give your space to. Please let Amy know if someone else is coming in your place. Full refund if we have to change the date or cancel. Contact: Amy's email amydav at gmail.com All photos by Dawn Surratt

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