What’s the closest airport? We will begin the workshop in Jackson, Wyoming. The Jackson Hole Airport is located just 8 miles north of Jackson and 10 miles from our hotel.
How much time will be spent in the field? We will have you on location 30-45 minutes prior to sunrise and after sunset until the light is gone. We will try for secondary shoots after sunrise and before sunset if weather conditions permit.
Will you be discussing composition? Yes, and more. With each location, Don will offer suggestions and go over technical (craft) questions. I will be there to assist you in finding and fine-tuning your compositions.
What are the times for the class sessions? We will start with an orientation and some classroom training on the first day of the workshop at 2 pm., followed by a sunset shoot. Class times for remainder of the workshop: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
What time will the workshop end? We will wrap-up after our sunrise shoot on the last morning - no later than 10am.
What topics will you cover? We will utilize class time to discuss the following topics: Adobe Camera RAW (and Lightroom), global corrections, localized corrections, Levels, Curves, color enhancement, proper sharpening techniques, layers and masking techniques, HDR techniques (both with Lightroom, and Photoshop). I will also teach the latest techniques in image blending via layers and masks and luminosity masks.
Will there be an Image Review Session? Yes, we will have (2) image review sessions!
Will the latest software be discussed? Yes, Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC and Topaz, ON1 and Luminar 4 along the TK7 Action Panel.
When do we eat? There will be a buffet breakfast served at the Marriott included in the price of the workshop. If the light is holding, our priority will be to stay in the field and shoot; thus, we may not always get you back on time for the complimentary breakfast so bring snacks.
What’s the weather like? Typical weather in September is cool, with highs in the low 60s and and lows in the low 30s. There could even be a slight chance of precipitation (snow and/or rain) and a chance of afternoon thunderstorms.
What camera should I bring? Most participants will have a digital SLR or mirrorless camera, but bring the camera or cameras with which you’re most comfortable shooting.
Do I have to shoot digitally? Much of the training will assume you’re shooting digitally, but digital isn’t required.
What lenses do you recommend? Lens choice is a very personal thing. You could probably find a use for every lens in your bag. So bring as much as your luggage will hold, even if you won’t take it in the field for every shoot. We suggest at the minimum you have the range from 24mm to 200mm (full frame) covered.
What filters should I bring? Polarizers are the number one recommendation. Beyond that, GND filters are useful but not necessary. We will show you alternate ways of solving expanded dynamic range without filters.
Is a tripod required? While not required, a tripod will greatly enhance your opportunities and your images.
Will I need a laptop? Without a laptop you won’t be able to participate in most of the interactive classroom training sessions. A notebook is recommended.
I’m a beginner—is there a minimum skill level required? All skill levels are welcome. Some of the material may be beyond your current level, but much will benefit photographers of all abilities.
Can my wife/husband/friend join me? You’re welcome to share your room and all meals and non-workshop activities with a friend or loved one at no charge. Only paying participants will be able to join the workshop activities. With all there is to see and do in the area, there will be plenty to occupy any non-participating guest during workshop hours.
How much hiking will there be? Our photography activities will require virtually no hiking. There will be some walking to and from our shooting locations, but nothing more than an easy ¼ mile. There are also locations where some hiking is possible for those who are interested.
Will there be time for sightseeing? Each day will be pretty full, but there will be a little down time too. And no workshop activity is required.
Will I need to rent a car? Yes, individuals are required to provide their own transportation.
Can I carpool with another workshop participant? Any carpooling needs to be arranged by the carpoolers themselves.
Can I share a room with another participant? You’re welcome to share a room with another workshop participant, but we’re not able to arrange that for you.
Do You Carry the Proper CUA Park Permits and Insurances? Yes and yes. We follow the rules - no exceptions allowed.
Will accommodations be made for people with mobility limitations? The host hotel offers full handicapped access in accordance with Wyoming law. Many of the locations we’ll photograph are close enough to parking that very little mobility will be necessary. A few places involve short trails and beaches that may limit your access. We’ll do our best to offer alternatives.
Liability Disclaimer: Due to the inherent nature of outdoor photography, participants agree to join the workshop at their own risk. We will never lead you to an area that is dangerous, and certainly, we need to know if you don't feel comfortable at any time.