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Everglades Day Trip

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  • Understand Photography Studio

    2383 Linwood Ave #302, Naples, FL (map)

    26.136082 -81.777496

  • Price: $239.00 /per person

    Refund policy

  • $239 Early Registration (up until 2 weeks prior) 
    $269 Regular Price December 15 to 28 

    The Everglades, called Pa-hay-okee, the grassy water, by the Seminoles, is the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. At its heart is a slow moving freshwater river, 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long. Its 1.5 million acres contains a wide variety of plants and animals, many threatened or endangered.  Wildlife is everywhere.  The Everglades is host to 350 species, as well as the ever present alligators will provide you with unique photo opportunities.

    You will capture spectacular images of all this and more when you join Understand Photography in the Everglades for a day-long photography workshop.  Your day long adventure will start when board our van at the Understand Photography Studio in Naples.

    During our drive to the Everglades, Joe will share interesting facts and insights about the area and the wildlife we will be photographing as well as the best techniques to capture memorable images.  We will spend the morning in the Shark Valley section  of Everglades National Park,an area known for an abundance of wildlife.  We will take a mid-day break for lunch.  You may pack your own or join Joe at the Miccosukee Restaurant which is located across from the park entrance.  After lunch we will journey to Chokoloskee, FL to visit the historic Ted Smallwood Store.  The Smallwood Store, located in the heart of the Everglades 10,000 Islands, was where the regions inhabitants could gather to buy supplies and trade goods.  The store is a treasure trove of historic memorabilia of the early 1900s.  You will delight in capturing images of the artifacts and the historic store and its surroundings.

    Have fun, improve your photographic skills and return home with memorable images.  At each location Joe will share his techniques, enabling you to overcome exposure, lighting and compositional challenges.  With his guidance you will learn to control the complex features of your camera.  Joe’s easy to understand style of instruction will help you to become the photographer you long to be.  This trip is limited to five participants so that everyone will receive personal attention.

    Everglades Photo Adventure – Stuff You Want to Know

    $239 Early Registration (up until 2 weeks prior)
    $269 Regular Price December 15 to 28

    Where will we meet?  We'll meet at Understand Photography Studio at 7:45 a.m. to leave promptly at 8:00 a.m.

    When will we return?  We'll return back to Understand Photography Studio about 6 p.m.  Please don't make any immediate plans after in case we run late due to traffic.

    How will we get around? 

    We will be taking our mini van to travel to and within the Everglades.

    What about lunch? 

    You can join Joe at the Miccosukee Restaurant or pack your lunch if you prefer.  Cost of lunch is not included in trip. 

    What will we be photographing?

    The morning will be spent photographing wildlife.  The Everglades has an abundance of birds and alligators.  The afternoon will encompass a a variety of subjects; landscapes, historic buildings and artifacts at Smallwood Store.

    What skill level is required?

    This photo adventure is geared to photographers of all skill levels.  Our proven  5 to 1 photographer/mentor ratio allows every adventurer from beginner to advanced to proceed at their own pace.  We strongly suggest that you take our beginning DSLR course if you are not familiar with the basics of exposure: shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

    What will I learn during the Photo Adventure?

    At every step of your Photo Adventure  Joe will be at your side, sharing his techniques.  Our ratio of a maximum of 5 photographers per leader assures that you will receive personal attention and allow you to learn at your own pace. We will cover:

    Which of your camera’s exposure modes is preferred for each shooting condition. Which metering mode works best for each subject.Using the histogram to improve your exposures.How to take advantage of your camera’s various auto focus modes. Composition. Filters .Advanced techniques tailored to your level of knowledge.

    What equipment should I bring?

    This Photo Adventure encompasses a wide range of subject matter; from very large, the sweep of the river of grass, to very small, a dragonfly alighting on a flower. We suggest:

    DSLR camera or advanced compact (bridge camera). Ideally, lenses to provide the equivalent coverage of full frame lenses from 24mm to 300mm or longer. For “crop” DSLRs this means lenses in the range of 17mm to 200mm or longer.  A lens with close focusing ability so you can fill your frame with a flower or butterfly is useful.  A speedlight will be useful at the Smallwood store.  Our National Park Service Permit specifically forbids use of flash in the park.

    A circular polarizer if you own one.

    Tripod

    Remote shutter release. Useful, but your cameras timer will suffice in a pinch.

    Memory cards, bring them all!

    Batteries, you will need spares.

    To register call or email us at [masked] or (239)[masked]

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  • Peggy

    Anwer Dhali (under Peggy's rsvp)

    October 15

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  • Joe F.
    Lead Instructor, Co-Organizer,
    Event Host

    Former Philadelphian,­ now retired and living in Fort Myers since 2006. Fell in... more

  • Peggy
    Peggy Farren, Organizer

    I've been a fulltime professional photographer for 16 years. I started Understand Photography...­ more

Your organizer's refund policy for Everglades Day Trip

Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
  • the Meetup is rescheduled
  • you can cancel at least 14 day(s) before the Meetup

Additional notes: Please read the refund policy carefully. There are NO refunds or transfers to other classes within 14 days of the event. So sorry if an emergency comes up. We cannot refund your money unless we can sell your spot.

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

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