Charleston & Savannah Photography Workshop
March 21st - March 26th, 2023
Biennial Workshop - Next one held Spring, 2025
Instructor Andy Cook
Join us as we photograph many iconic scenes from Jekyll Island and Savannah, Georgia to Charleston, South Carolina. During the workshop we'll focus on photographing a beach with tree skeletons, oak lined avenues, plantations and historic districts of both Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA. The workshop is timed to correspond with the tides, with the Azalea bloom; a dominate feature at many locations we visit, and with two weekend mornings in the historic district of Charleston.
The 2023 workshop starts on Tuesday, March 21st at 6:15 P.M. with introductions and a brief meeting in the breakfast room. At 6:50 P.M. the group will leave the hotel to preview and practice shooting the next morning's photo location.
Lodging Location: Seafarer Inn and Suites, 700 Beach View Drive North, Jekyll Island, GA 31527. 912-635-2202
Check-in Tuesday, March 21, 2023; Check-out Wednesday, March 22, 2023.
Courtyard Marriott, Savannah/Midtown, 6703 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31405. 912-354-7878
Check-in Wednesday, March 22, 2023; Check-out Friday, March 24, 2023.
Comfort Suites West of the Ashley, 2080 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407. 843-769-9850
Check-in Friday, March 24, 2023; Check-out Sunday, March 26, 2023.
We have extra rooms reserved at each hotel for participants who register near the start of the workshop.
The workshop ends after the morning shoot on Sunday, March 26, 2023.
Generally, participants can expect to be at a shooting location for the start of civil twilight and we'll stay at that location through sunrise (about 7:20 A.M.). We will provide snack bars and water for the early mornings. We will go to breakfast after the morning shoot. On at least one day midday post processing aid will be available to those who bring a laptop with Photoshop installed. We have dinner in a restaurant scheduled for each day before or after the evening's photography. Despite this area not easily lending itself to sunset photography, we have two sunset locations selected and three afternoon/evening locations. Photo locations are spread out in this region so there is a bit more driving required on this workshop as compared to our typical workshops.
LODGING: We think it is convenient for you to stay in the same hotels as the instructor, but it is not necessary. There are many nearby hotels in each location we visit, so please select a hotel that makes you feel comfortable. Participants need to contact hotels directly and reserve their rooms upon registering for the workshop. Also, consider remaining a day or so after the workshop to revisit locations that interest you and see additional locations not visited during the workshop. We are happy to offer a few suggestions.
During this workshop many shooting locations will be just beyond the parking lot, while others will require a 10 to 15 minute walk to reach. Elevation gain is not a factor, the walking is deemed light activity. Trail hiking surfaces and those beyond the parking lot are generally uneven, hiking boots are recommended. Our longest trail is about .5 mile each way. One doesn't have to be in tip-top shape, but a participant's enjoyment will be enhanced by good health and preparation. Please consult with your doctor before attending our workshop.
Be prepared for possible temperature extremes and sudden changes in weather. Be aware that mornings can be very chilly. Often we will be out in darkness before sunrise and after sunset, please bring a flashlight. We plan to arrive at our morning location most days around 6:15 A.M. When at the beach participants should be prepared to get their feet wet, wear appropriate foot gear and pants, For one sunset we will be in the famous Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA.
Equipment Recommendations: Bring all camera equipment including the camera's manual. We recommend using a polarizing filter with many photographs on this workshop. Andy combines images of various exposures in post processing. Andy will be happy to teach participants his field (requires a cable release with some cameras) and post processing techniques for doing so (bring a laptop with Photoshop installed).
A lens range from 18mm to 200mm after the lens multiplication factor is recommended. However, we think participants should bring their entire range of lenses. To blur wave action into a mist, at the beach in the morning, bring a 6-stop (1.8 filter) or higher neutral density filter, this filter can be the screw on type. Andy carries both a 6-stop (1.8) and a 10-stop (3.0) in his bag. Note: Andy highly recommend this filter when shooting coastal scenes. It allows one to create compelling, longer exposure photographs. If bringing this filter, also bring a cable release. Note: Many variable ND filters have issues with banding and differential darkening, Andy does not recommend using variable ND filters. Bring lots of memory, 64 to 128 gig if downloading and formatting cards for reuse. 32 to 64 gig per day if not formatting and reusing cards.
One should shoot with a sturdy outdoor tripod that can adjust from standing height without cranking up a center post, to very close to the ground. This type of tripod does not have attachments from the legs to the center post; i.e. the legs move independently. Please use a cable release or know how to work the camera's timer delay to avoid camera shake. Unless the camera has a built-in level, we recommend having a 2 axis flash shoe bubble level for this workshop, it is the easiest way to make sure photos are level; the ocean looks level. Please buy these at a reputable dealer; they run about $35.00.
To be as prepared as possible for this workshop, please review the 2 videos, 7 lessons and 10 workshop handouts found at the link below:
Below please find the PDF handouts recommended for this workshop. One needs to print or download to a digital device these documents before the workshop from the link above.
For this workshop we recommend that participants:
*Print: Blank Workshop Locations Visited.
*Print or download to field digital device: CFDER Field Reminder (This is useful to those new to our workshops and/or trying to develop a useful field workflow.)
*Print or download to field digital device: Steps to Capture Panorama Photographs
*Print or download to field digital device: Hyperfocal chart for camera’s LMF. (Unless you already have a depth-of-field app on your smart phone.)
*Print or download to digital device: Andy’s Camera Settings (Only if unsure about what the camera’s settings should be.)
*Print or download to digital device: Tripod Tips and Techniques (Only if one is new to tripod use or are considering a tripod purchase.)
2021 Charleston Savannah Workshop Group Photo
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