Monday, October 4, 2010

Now Accepting Registrations!! OBX Workshop

Outer Banks Photography Workshop

Come join us for an incredible winter weekend photographing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. No more summer crowds and traffic. Welcome migratory birds, deserted beaches and wonderful winter surprises! Workshop will include in-the-field instruction and classroom presentations from Jamie Konarski Davidson, professional freelance nature photographer, and Chris Barnes, professional photographer and Adobe Certified Instructor. Prepare to be filled to overflowing with amazing photo opportunities, learning and sharing with fellow photographers, and plenty of subjects to photograph!

We’ll cover vast stretches of beach, windswept dunes, shorebirds and waterfowl, and even a few lighthouses! Think landscapes, scenics, sunrise, sunset, wildlife, macro and more! By the end of the workshop, you will have explored the Outer Banks from North to South and leave wanting to come back for more.

See the brochure for the registration form and all the information you should need. There is no web sign-up, you need to complete the form and send to Jamie. Dropping us an email to tell us you've sent your money would be appreciated too.

Thanks for your continued interest, and I look forward to seeing many of you in this Winter!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Outer Banks Winter Photography Workshop—Jan 27-30, 2011

AWESOME! Yes, in a word, that’s what it’s like to spend a winter weekend photographing on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Gone are the summer crowds and traffic jams! Hello to brisk days, migratory birds , deserted beaches and wonderful wintery surprises!

If you missed your chance to join me and my co-leader, Jamie Konarski Davidson, for the Richmond Spring Gardens or NC Falls & Foliage workshops, you’re in for a treat with this long weekend of photography on the Outer Banks.

We’ll cover the long stretches of beach, windswept dunes, migratory birds, and oh, yes, a few lighthouses. Think landscapes, scenics, sunrise, sunsets, wildlife, waterfowl, macro and more. You’ll have image sharing and critiques as well as classroom sessions that include image processing & editing. With two instructors, there’s plenty of us to go around for personalized in-the-field instruction.

To get on the mailing list for this workshop, send an email to

More details coming soon!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Check Out PhotoVision

PhotoVision is absolutely awesome. Outside of my NAPP membership, this is the training I crave! What NAPP does for my Photoshop skills, Photovision does for my photography. I talk about Photovision with photographers and students anytime I can to get them informed and onboard. Now because of a special sale, anyone can receive PhotoVision's 6 DVDs for just $39 by using the promo code: PVFAN. If you are not currently receiving PhotoVision, now is your opportunity to get in on this fantastic educational series at an unbelievable price. From now until September 30th, PhotoVision is on sale at 70% off, just $39 for the entire year when you use the promo code: PVFAN. I look forward to my bi-monthly, 2-hour photo educational fix arriving in my mailbox chocked full of info and inspiration. To find out more, click here.

I promised to only bug you when there was a good deal - this is a good deal. Order today and thank me later!

Wishing you good light,

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Scott Kelby's 3rd Annual World Wide Photowalk Report

So today is the big day. It's my third time leading a walk in Scott Kelby's famous Worldwide Photowalk. I'm excited, I've got my biggest crowd yet. I went out twice last week to check out the route and check-in with the restaurant. We're all set.

I pull into the meeting location 30 minutes prior to the start of the walk this morning, and the entire place is surrounded by CRIME SCENE TAPE!!! Police are everywhere and so are the local TV cameras. I'm guessing the place got robbed - it's a local favorite. So I go up to one of the officer's and explain what I'm doing there and to feel out the situation. Trying to make an 'on-the-scene' decision as to whether I need to regroup and move the walk last minute.

I learn that 30 minutes earlier, a guy shows up for work and out of nowhere a guy pulls up beside him and shoots in in the head! Point blank range. Another worker comes out to see what's going on and pulls out his gun and the two of them literally get in a gunfight. Unreal.

Broken glass, crime scene tape, cops, blood and local media all over the place and all I can think running thru my head is Scott's mantra of SAFETY, SAFETY, SAFETY.

By now I've got 15 walkers and cameras all over the place and the media is enthralled and the cops are nervous. LOL

Long story short, the "hit" (quite literally as it turns out) was personal and gang related, so I didn't feel I was endangering my walkers (Police Station across the street!) and the walk went off without a hitch. I even got a good shot of a walker running across the tracks while an Amtrak train barreled by - I probably shouldn't have said that...

Totally kidding - kinda - the train was stopped and we staged the photo.

Oh, and after the "thrill" of the shooting died down, the local media came over and interviewed us and asked all about the walk, and at noon on Tuesday they're airing the footage! The cameraman kept zooming in on my Photowalk Leader shirt! Can't wait to see the awesome Rob Jones designed shirt get airtime!


WHIG-TV RM POLICE: Assault with a Deadly Weapon Inflicting Serious Injury132 S. Church St. - Central Café Victim: Gary Morris, age 52
Suspect: Unknown black male, approximate age range in 20's, 5 ft. 6in. to 5 ft.10 in., medium build to large build, dark complexion, close cut hairstyle, wearing a white t-shirt and dark jeans An unknown male suspect approached an employee, Morris, in the parking lot of Central Café.
Before Morris could exit his vehicle, the suspect fired one shot and injured Morris in the chin. Morris was transported to Nash General Hospital for treatment of his non-life threatening injury. This case is an ongoing investigation. If anyone has information on this crime, contact Crime Stoppers at 977-1111, or case investigator, Detective John Denton at 972-1680.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Quick Monday Updates

Hey guys!
Back in town and have a lot of work to catch up on, but wanted to give you a quick update on a couple of things:

1) My Rocky Mount, NC Photowalk is getting nice early response. Three of the people signed up are new walkers, and I've spoken to several more that have yet to sign up but are planning on doing so. Please remember to sign up soon.

2) Early registrations are pouring in for the NC Falls and Foliage Photography Workshop. Looks like it's going to be a great workshop! Space is limited so if you're interested - sign up NOW!

3) I'm thrilled to announce that I'm going to be teaching Adobe Photoshop to a ton of photographers in Greenville, NC in association with ASAP Photo and Camera Store. The training will be two half day sessions in late July. Stay tuned for direct sign up - or contact the fine folks at ASAP Camera.

4) And finally this morning, I feel like I've hit the "big time!" ;-) A good friend of mine, David Ziser, runs the incredibly popular and super blog Digital Pro Talk. David just has TONS of readers and followers (and deservedly so). He's one of the blogs I read EVERY morning to start my day. So imagine my surprise while reading this morning to see this:

Hey, There's A New Lighting Book In Town

It's not by me but it's about lighting. While surfing' the web this past weekend, I came across a post by Chris Barnes at his digital imaging blog. In addition to giving my CBTL book a nice nod, he went on telling his readers about another book he had discovered on lighting entitled, Lights, Camera, Capture. Here is the link to his post.

I got to know Chris when he attended my Master Class a few years ago. In addition to being a really nice guy, he also really knows his stuff. He is an Adobe Certified Instructor and Certified Internet Webmaster/Instructor. Chris’s blog is easy to follow as he has a nice way to find little nuggets of good info out there for photogs. I just ordered my copy of Lights, Camera, Capture Chris is raving about and I can't wait to receive my copy.

I have this "Mama said I'd see my name in Lights" feeling. :-) Thanks David for the mention.

And with that, I'm going to head over here and edit this maternity session since the baby was born Saturday! Yikes!

Wishing you Good Light,

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Book Review: Bob Davis' "Lights, Camera, Capture"

Hello students and fellow followers. A few weeks ago I got my copy of Bob Davis' new book Lights, Camera, Capture - Creative Lighting Techniques for Digital Photographers. I had hoped to dive right in and consume the book over the weekend, but as often does, life happened and I didn't finish the book. However this week I resumed my devouring of this book and here's a little review for your consumption.

This book comes out hot on the heels of another book that I thought just knocked it out of the park - David Ziser's Captured by the Light. Both deal with the issues of off camera lighting, but David's is centered around wedding photography (although the topics can be applied to any situation) and Bob's is centered around practical situations (although the topics can be applied to wedding photography).

Both authors are Canon shooters, as am I, so both were really helpful to me, but both go to great lengths to explain Nikon's solutions as well. Both are real light on theory (thank goodness) and real heavy on practical applications. Both use personal shots as demonstrations that both teach and inspire, and both have a section dedicated to gear and what's in their bags (really helpful). Usually, one reads a book and then meets the author, but in both of these cases, I was privileged enough to take workshops under both of these guys and then read their books! So in fairness, I may be biased on both counts!

So let's dive into Bob's book. I pre-ordered this book MONTHS before it hit the presses, and due to my teaching status got it before it hit the shelves of my local bookstores. I was dying to get my hands on this book, and it doesn't disappoint!

First Impressions:
The book is beautiful. Well laid out and easy to read, and the photography is, of course, stunning! Bob is a laid back, hip, stylish, extremely nice, eager to help, Christian man - and it shows in his writing as much as it does in person. And it's all those reasons that he's been an idol of mine from the first 5 minutes I got to know him. Bob photographs the superstars (Oprah, Eva Longoria, etc.) and he's never once not replied to an email, tweet, or Facebook message in the four years I've known him. Now if I can just get him to come down and let me host him and his lovely wife while they hold one of their Love Story Workshops on the Outer Banks of North Carolina..... But I digress....

The book has sample photos as I've mentioned, but each photo has a recipe settings and complete EXIF data so you can see exactly how the shot was captured. This is an unbelievable tool to help you in training.

The book is primarily to teach beginners the advantages and options of flash lighting techniques, but I believe almost anybody could get something out of the content. I think I learn something new from Bob every time I purchase one of his materials or hear him speak - so there! There's an introduction, a chapter on Understanding Light, Getting the Basics Right, Lighting Equipment, Getting the Most From Your Lighting Kit, Controlling the Light, Creative Lighting, Traveling Light, A Glossary, A Collection of Websites Worth Visiting, and a DVD full of additional info and training. The DVD is a semi commercial, but I swear it's almost worth the price of the book itself.

The only one I can come up with (but it did annoy me to death) is that most of the time the recipe and EXIF data for the photo and/or any additional info Bob wanted to point out about the photo was usually found on the next page (or several pages later) and I had to constantly flip back and forth. I wish it had been at the bottom of the picture or on the facing page.

The book was so worth the wait. The positives really outweigh the one negative I had. The way he writes is easy to understand and each and every page is filled with remarkable images one can't wait to go out and try for themselves, putting his/her own artistic twist on it. I have adopted the book as a standard for my photography classes, so my students will get "carry home notes" packaged in a nice book!

There have been a lot of really good photography books come out in the last few years, and this one is right there among my favorites!

Good Job Bob! So when are you and Dawn going to let me host you at the Outer Banks?

Happy reading everyone,

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

North Carolina Falls and Foliage Photography Workshop

As promised, here is the official announcement of our North Carolina Falls and Foliage Photography Workshop!

Come join us for jam-packed days of photographing all that the North Carolina mountains have to o­ffer - i­ncluding W­aterfalls, Fall foliage, White Squirrels, the Blue Ridge Parkway and much more! Workshop will include in-field instruction and classroom presentation from Jamie Konarski Davidson, professional freelance nature photographer, and Chris Barnes, professional photographer and Adobe Certified Instructor. Prepare to be filled to overflowing with amazing photo opportunities, learning and sharing with fellow photographers.

We will be taking you to some of the most beautiful, yet e­asily accessible locations in western North Carolina. The locations we will be visiting have been carefully selected for their unique ­characteristics, easy accessi­bility, and captivating formations. All hiking will be “easy to moderate level”, come ­p­­repared.

Few things in the natural world are as awe-inspiring as the sight of water pouring off the side of a high stone ledge and clamoring into a rocky pool beneath. Though our first inclination may be to simply stand and marvel, we’re going to be there to photograph these incredible wonders!

On this workshop we will explore a land that offers over 250 waterfalls and countless streams that have taken centuries to carve the very faces of the mountains. A temperate rain forest supports some of the rarest plant and animal species on the planet. We will likely have opportunity to photograph white squirrels - whose population started from a pair of white squirrels on the lam from a traveling carn­ival in the 1950s and now spans generations.
In short, this is a place like no other on earth. Fall foliage will only serve to enhance the experience. Won’t you join us for an extended weekend capturing some of the most beautiful scenes imaginable?

Learning Opportunities in the Field and in the Classroom
Our first night will include an orientation program that covers where we will be going, waterfall safety, and how to capture images that you’ll be proud and thrilled to take home and share. Most of our days will be spent shooting in the field, including plenty of hands-on instruction such as practical techniques for capturing waterfalls and moving water, filter tips and tricks, High Dynamic Range (HDR) techniques, and more.

Back at the hotel, our evenings will include Adobe Lightroom basics, HDR processing techniques, and plenty of image presentations and critiques. A list of recommended equipment and supplies will be provided so you’ll be ready for the adventure.

See the brochure for the registration form and all the information you should need. There is no web sign-up, you need to complete the form and send to Jamie. Dropping us an email to tell us you've sent your money would be appreciated too.

Thanks for your continued interest, and I look forward to seeing many of you in the Fall!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fall Photography Workshops - NC Mountains and other possibilites!

Hi Everyone,

Well I'm fresh off two awesome photography workshops and now I'm busy planning for the Fall. Will I ever get the new blog off the ground? It's looking doubtful, but hey - hang in there!

Just wanted to let you know that Jamie and I are planning a Fall NC Mountains Workshop in October (14-17). Will be based at the Hampton Inn in Hendersonville and will have waterfalls, fall colors, the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway and other cool things on deck. Just wanted to give you a heads up. Will have full days of shooting and evenings with lots of image sharing and critiques.

More info coming soon!

Hope all is well and the shooting is awesome!


Friday, April 9, 2010

Final SGPW Update!

Hi gang! The Spring Gardens Photography Workshop I'm co-hosting at the end of the month is fast approaching and I wanted to let you know one last time in case you wanted to fill one the remaining seats, before the cutoff!

I'll be teaching 3 classes during the workshop:
1) On all the options available for Image Editing along with recommendations
2) A Complete Digital Workflow from Shot to Print
3) From Photo to Photographic Art.

We've adjusted the price due to a hotel error and offered the option of joining us on Friday (at a reduced rate) for those who couldn't travel during the business week.

Contact me if interested!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

SGPW Update!!

Hey everyone!

I've been working hard on a new blog (not a post, a whole new blog!) and haven't had the desire to post anymore here for a bit, but....

I did want to update you on the Spring Gardens Photography Workshop. We nearly had to cancel the thing due to the hotel backing out of their agreement, but Jamie was able to muscle them around (OK, she was nice but this sounds cooler). Anyway, the prices changed a little bit. We still have the $39.99 rate for Thursday, but it went up to $49.99 for Friday and Saturday.

As a result and incentive for you to grab one of the last few remaining seats, we have lowered everyone's workshop registration fee to $350.

See the brochure linked to this post for all the information you should need. There is no web signup, you need to complete the form and send to Jamie. Dropping us an email to tell us you've sent your money would be appreciated too.

Thanks for your continued interest, and I look forward to seeing many of you in Richmond!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Spring Gardens Photography Workshop - Richmond Virginia

Greetings my fellow photographer friends,

So where have I been? Here's just one of the many things I've been working on in my hiatus!

Many of you have been asking me "what's next." So, it is with great pleasure that I can finally and officially announce to you that I will be co-anchoring a Spring Garden Photography Workshop in Richmond, Va. April 29-May 2. Many of you will remember Jamie Konarski Davidson from some of my classes in Wilson. We have teamed up together to bring you what I think will be an awesome photography workshop.

This will be an action-packed workshop where we will include plenty of hands-on instruction in the field so you can learn and fine tune shooting techniques. Then 'retire' back to the hotel for classroom sessions that focus on photography and image processing, and if that weren't enough of a day for you, we will also have time for image sharing & critiques. Our days will run from 7am to 10:30 pm with all the photography goodness I know many of you crave!

During the daylight hours we're shooting at three incredible locations: Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, Maymount Park, and the Agecroft House and Gardens. I can't say enough about how cool these locations will be to shoot - just see for yourselves. Then when night falls, we've packed in SIX (6!) classroom workshops to help you obtain better images. You should come home with a ton of wonderful shots! Come join us, it's going to be a blast!

We've reserved an incredible deal with the 'Base' hotel Baymont Inn and Suites for just $39.99 per night (single or double!) with breakfast included! We will also be including a couple of your meals AND admission to the shooting locations in your registration fee! The hotel is conveniently located very close to our shooting locations and there are several nice restaurants in the near vicinity too including an Olive Garden in the parking lot!

Don't delay! We're limited to 14 participants and it will sell out fast. The last workshop wound up with 14 on the waiting list. See the brochure linked to this post for all the information you should need. There is no web signup, you need to complete the form and send to Jamie. Dropping us an email to tell us you've sent your money would be appreciated too.

Thanks for your continued interest, and I look forward to seeing many of you in Richmond!