Are you wondering where you're going to go for the 2024 eclipse? Does the idea and pressure of not capturing this event to your fullest potential add a little extra burden?
Let me guide you through capturing this event and sprinkle in a few adventure filled days. Welcome to a much different type of workshop than you might be used to seeing.
This year everything is lining up to capture not only peak blooms of Texas's State Flower "Bluebonnets" (aka Smurfs) but also the TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE. In case the Eclipse isn't a big enough draw to visit Texas this Spring.
Gain a true Texas experience chasing the smurfs and some of the biggest Longhorns you've ever seen. We will have exclusive access to a private ranch that houses over 40 lemurs that run free on the property and their week old babies clinging onto their mothers backs.
This experience is like no other, getting the opportunity to get up close and personal, hand feed and photograph many animals that include: kangaroos, foxes, skunks, bobcats, raccoons, baby goats, sheep and much much more. Ok, we won't be hand feeding the bobcats but many of these are super friendly and raised by human hands feeding them.
Get up close and personal with all your favorite furry friends. Bottle feed some baby goats, hand feed lemurs on your shoulders and meet some house tamed foxes, skunks and raccoons. This is literally what I envision Heaven to look like haha.
Learn the art of how to capture the Total Solar Eclipse in true fashion to get the highest quality data using the gear you have. As a bonus, I will have star trackers set up for students to use as well but please feel free to bring your own if you'd like.
April 6th - 9th, 2024
LIMITED TO A SMALL GROUP SIZE OF 5
BEGINNER - ADVANCED
Our workshop begins at 2pm with a meet and greet at location TBD. After we go over the agenda and get to know one another, we will grab our gear and head out to explore some of the peaking bluebonnets for sunset.
Sunrise shoot followed by a classroom session that begins after lunch. After class, we will pack our camera gear and adventure out to see the animals and bluebonnets on property for sunset. Time to set up and align our star trackers to be ready for the Total Eclipse the next day.
Total Eclipse day is here after a morning filled with animals we will stay on property and get ready to capture the Eclipse and then head to a classroom session. Followed by our final sunset together capturing more bluebonnet compositions.
Our last morning together will be spent with all your new best furry friends.
Planning your shoots
•How to use a Star Tracker
• Expose properly for the Solar Eclipse
•Scouting and evaluating conditions
•Composing an image to grab the viewer’s attention
•Composing an image with a person in frame to show scale and tell a story
•Utilizing apps, such as PhotoPills, for more efficient planning
•Choosing the right lens and filters for the job
•How to shoot with a plan and vision for editing your image
•Histogram - how to read for perfectly exposed images
•Exposure control - how to use ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed in different scenarios
•Bracketing, Perspective Blending and Focus Stacking
•Focusing at night to capture pin sharp stars and foreground
•Long Exposure - how to capture blue hour & Milky Way
•Stacking Stars for Noise Reduction - how to shoot the proper frames to stack
•Lightroom and Photoshop - learn our post-processing workflow
•Dodging and Burning
•Understanding layers and masks
•Finishing touches using clone stamp and removing distractions
•Creating Orton glows and painting with light
•Build Social Media Presence - how to maximize engagement
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
A Dry Camping Spot
We have access to Dry Camping on the property with all the animals otherwise YOU are responsible for your own hotel/airbnb accommodations, tents, etc.
All Photo Instruction
From the field to the computer, we will cover it all. We will teach you techniques on how to capture a better image and our unique workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Social Media Insights
Instagram and growing your social media has been a huge interest for many. We will be touching on the ever changing algorithm of Instagram and how to successfully grow your presence as a photographer in the world of social media.
Our goal is to leave you feeling confident, motivated and passionate about your photography with a new set of ideas and perspective!
We will teach simple and actionable techniques to scout out incredible compositions and the process of how to approach and execute unique photos in any environment or conditions.
The classroom portion of this adventure will teach you a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop workflows and methods that will allow you to create some powerful images.
We decided to keep the group small and intimate, thus allowing us to focus and give you much more access to the instructors and 1-on-1 attention.
We will always be with the group providing thoughts and real time critique as the light changes from sunset to the enchanting night skies as well as our Day photographing the Total Solar Eclipse.
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
Transportation / Lodging
Flights, car transportation, and lodging are not included (except Dry Camp Spot).
Meals will often be on the go as we chase light, you will be responsible for your own food.
With any trip/adventure, it is recommended you have travel insurance, especially for medical emergencies.