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Saturday, April 1, 2006

The Workshop Experience


Master new skills, explore spectacular locations and make new friends who share your passion as you learn together from experienced pros


Workshop Tips

Once you've made the decision to attend an international workshop, follow this advice from the pros; some of this advice can be applied to domestic workshops as well. First, thoroughly understand how your camera operates. "Don't come to a workshop not knowing what a button does," Zuckerman suggests.

Know your other equipment, too. Bring the owner's manual along; instructors are photography experts, but can't possibly know the intimate details of every camera model. And when you're in the jungles of New Guinea, for example, there's no tech support hotline to call for help.

Pack very light. Transportation often is via small planes that enforce strict weight limits. Check the local weather several times before departure and pack accordingly. Choose durable garments that can be worn more than one day. Bring more equipment than clothing. Don't underestimate the number of shots you'll take. NeJame recommends that for a one-week trip you should carry at least 6 GB worth of memory cards, extra batteries and two devices to back up images on a daily basis.

Jim Zuckerman points out that after the New Guinea excursion, several people vowed they'd never take a notebook computer on a workshop again. While it may be convenient to have a computer at hand, Zuckerman instead recommends bringing a portable hard drive that can download and archive images directly from the camera or memory card. In fact, he says, "Bring two—one for backup. Don't be burdened by extra weight or the problem of lugging something as vulnerable as a laptop computer along."

How To Choose
If you're looking for expert instruction in a beautiful and photogenic location while enjoying the camaraderie of others who are just as passionate about photography as you are, you should attend a workshop soon. But how do you choose the right one? There are some obvious considerations, cost being a prominent one. A two-week international travel workshop can cost more than $7,000 while a local workshop can cost as little as $200 per day.

Another clear deciding factor is the workshop destination. Once you've narrowed the field to a handful of candidates, you should base your decision on the instructor. Participants, sponsors and group leaders unanimously agree that the most important factor to consider is the instructor. Ask the workshops for permission to contact previous students for recommendations. Was the group leader a good a teacher? Was he or she approachable and willing to share information? Choose the instructor carefully and the workshop will be an experience you'll savor for a lifetime.

Resources

Adventure Canada
www.adventurecanada.com
Adventure Photography
www.advenphoto.com
Africa Wildlife Photography
www.africawildlifephotos.com
Albion River Inn
www.albionriverinn.com
Arizona Highways Photo Workshops
www.azphotoworkshops.com
Boyd Norton's Wilderness Photography Workshops/Tours
www.nscspro.com/ workshops.htm
Colorado River and Trial Expeditions
www.crateinc.com
Cold Snap
www.coldsnap.com
Cory Nature Photography
www.tomandpatcory.com
Coupeville Arts Center
www.coupevillearts.com
Dolphin Charters
www.dolphincharters.com
Dramatic Light Nature Photography
www.dramaticlightphoto.com
Exposure36 Photography
www.exposure36.com
First Light Photography
www.firstlighttours.com
Fradenburgh Photography
www.jpfphotoart.com
Frontiers North
www.tundrabuggy.com
Galapagos Travel
www.galapagostravel.com
Grand Aleutian Hotel
www.grandaleutian.com
Great Alaska Fish Camps
www.greatalaska.com
Great American Photography Workshops
www.gapweb.com
Great Smoky Mt. Institute at Tremont
www.gsmit.org
Jess Lee Photography
www.jessleephotos.com
Jim Cline Photography
www.jimcline.com
Joe Englander Photography
Workshops & Tours

www.englander- workshops.com
Joseph Van Os Photography
www.photosafaris.com
Light Fantastic Photography
www.light-fantastic.com
Lepp & Associates
www.leppphoto.com/ leppinstitute
Maine Photographic
www.theworkshops.com
McDonald Wildlife Photography
www.hoothollow.com
Moab Photo Symposium
www.moabcity.org/ photosym
Munsey's Bear Camp
www.munseysbearcamp.com
Nature's Images
www.lanephotoworkshops.com
New Mexico Photography Field School, LLC
www.photofieldschool.com
New River Photographic
www.newriverphotography.com
Nikon, Inc.
www.nikonschool.com
Northlight Photography W.S.
Represented by

www.ordovergallery.com
Obe, Inc.
www.dr-nynphotoschool.com
Palm Beach Photographic
www.workshop.org
Photo Explorer Tours
www.photoexplorertours.com
Photo Safari Workshops
www.photosafariworkshops.com
Photo Traveler
www.phototraveler.com
Photographers Formulary
www.photoformulary.com
Port Townsend
Photography W.S.

www.ronlongphoto.com
Pullman Chamber of Commerce
www.pullmanchamber.com
Ralph Paonessa Photography
www.rpphoto.com
Rocky Mountain Photo Adventures
www.rockymountain photoadventures.com
Rocky Mountain School of Photography
www.rmsp.com
Santa Fe Photographic
www.santafeworkshops.com
Scenic Sensations
www.scenicsensations.com
Schwartz Nature Photography
www.schwartznature photography.com
Stormextremes
www.stormextremes.com
Strabo International
www.phototc.com
Tamron Industries
www.photographybydon.com
The Cozad Ranch
www.cozadranch.com
The Nature Workshops
www.natureworkshops.com
Travel Images
www.travelimages.com
Urban Workshops
www.urbanworkshops.com
Wild Wings Safaris
www.south-african-safari.co.za
   



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