Iceland : Birds, Waterfalls, Mountains, and More!
May
18
to May 31

Iceland : Birds, Waterfalls, Mountains, and More!

Photography Tour

Maximum of 7 Participants : FULL (contact me for wait list)

Join me for this whirlwind photography tour of some of Iceland’s “greatest hits” as well as several off the beaten path locations.  Starting at Keflavik airport just west of Reykjavik, we will drive along the entire south coast, go part way up the east coast,  and then cut inland to the north. Bird photography will be a major emphasis , but we will also spend a significant amount of time on scenics.

A detailed itinerary is available upon request but here are some of the locations we will visit along the way : 

Waterfalls : Seljalandfoss, Gljúfrabúi, Skógafoss, Svartifoss, Godafoss
Mountains : Vestrahorn, Eystrahorn
Other Scenics : Reynisfjara Beach, Dyrhólaey, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Beach, Námafjall geothermal area
Bird Hot Spots : Djúpivogur (migration stopover), Mývatn (waterfowl), Grímsey Island (a million seabirds, including puffins!), Hrísey Island (ptarmigan nesting area)

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Demystifying Flash
Mar
24
8:30 AM08:30

Demystifying Flash

We will cover a wide range of topics ranging from the fundamentals and basic mechanics of flash operation to some of the more advanced concepts and techniques.  Topics will include : Powering the flash, Inverse square law, Camera sync speed, Front, rear, and high-speed sync, Using flash to freeze motion, Relationship between flash & ambient exposure, Flash zoom, Flash as main, balanced, and fill light, Manual flash vs. Automatic/TTL flash, Flash Exposure Compensation, Flash metering, Flash Exposure Lock, Use of Better Beamer.

The main goal is to teach you what you need to know to make effective use of a single hot shoe flash. But you will also gain a strong foundation of general flash knowledge which will serve you well if you choose to go on to learn more about multi-flash setups or studio lighting.  Bring your digital SLR, external hot shoe flash, a small lens (e.g. 24-70), and all of the corresponding instruction manuals to class. 

In order to allow for more individual attention and to be able to do some hands-on testing, the class size will be reduced to a maximum of 8 participants.   Fee : $125.00

Hampton Inn, 25 Middlesex Turnpike, Billerica, MA

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Focus on Sharpness
Feb
10
8:30 AM08:30

Focus on Sharpness

This class will explore a variety of tools and techniques which help to maximize image sharpness, ranging from proper tripod and handholding technique to the advanced autofocus tuning and configuration features of today’s DSLRs. Topics will include : Tripods and heads, Long lens technique, Handholding, Effects of lens choice, Single vs. continuous AF, Depth of field, Depth of field preview, Focus and recompose, Phase-detect vs. contrast-detect AF, Types of AF points, Accuracy vs. precision, AF Area Modes, Custom AF settings, Image Stabilization, Mirror blackout time, Mirror lockup, Electronic first curtain shutter, Live view AF, Back button focus (pros, cons, and variations), Microfocus adjustment, and AF fine-tune.  Please bring your camera and a small lens to class.

Hampton Inn, 25 Middlesex Turnpike, Billerica, MA

Maximum class size of 18.    Fee : $75.00

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Manual Exposure : It’s Easier Than You Think
Nov
11
1:30 PM13:30

Manual Exposure : It’s Easier Than You Think

This session on metering and exposure begins with the basics and builds on them in a step by step manner which makes it uniquely geared toward all skill levels.  In certain situations, Manual exposure mode provides many advantages over the automatic modes and mastering its use can dramatically increase your percentage of "keepers".  Once you grasp the underlying concepts, you will see that working in Manual mode is no more difficult than working in any other exposure mode and, in many situations, it is actually easier.  Please bring your camera and a small lens to class.   Fee : $45.00.

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Focus on Sharpness
Nov
11
8:00 AM08:00

Focus on Sharpness

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One of the the main objectives in avian photography is to capture the fine detail in a bird’s plumage. This class will explore a variety of tools and techniques which help to maximize image sharpness. We will take an in depth look at the many features and tuning options of today’s autofocus (AF) systems and how they can be best utilized for bird photography. Other topics will include live view AF, back button focus, tripods and heads, long lens technique, handholding, and microfocus adjustment.  Please bring your camera and a small lens to class.  Fee: $45.00.

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