Charleston & Savannah Photography Workshop
March 27th - April 1st, 2021
Biennial Workshop - Next one held Spring, 2023
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 2021 workshop starts on Saturday, March 27th at 6:15 P.M. with introductions and a brief meeting in the hotel lobby / breakfast area. At 6:50 P.M. the group will leave the hotel to preview the next morning's photo location.
Lodging Location: Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island, 200 South Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island, GA 31527. 912-635-3733
Check-in Saturday, March 27, 2021; Check-out Sunday, March 28, 2021.
Courtyard Marriott, Savannah/Midtown, 6703 Abercorn Street, Savannah, GA 31405. 912-354-7878
Check-in Sunday, March 28, 2021; Check-out Tuesday, March 30, 2021.
Comfort Suites West of the Ashley, 2080 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407. 843-769-9850
Check-in Tuesday, March 30, 2021; Check-out Friday, April 2, 2021. When making a reservation here, please tell them you are taking one of the rooms reserved by Rocky Mountain Reflections.
The workshop ends after shooting sunset on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
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 7:00 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 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.
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 now 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.)
2019 Charleston Savannah Workshop Group Photo
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