Autumn in Colorado Photography Workshop
Fall Colors in Southwest Colorado - San Juan Mountains
September 26th - 30th, 2020 - Workshop Full!
September 26th - 30th, 2021
Below is information for 2020, after this workshop passes it will reflect 2021 information.
Instructor: Andy Cook
Participants should check in with Andy, Saturday (September 26th, 2020) in the Instructor's Hotel Lobby at 7:00 P.M. for a meeting and introduction.
Instructor Lodging Location: Chipeta Solar Springs Resort, 304 S. Lena, Ridgway, CO 81432. 800-633-5868.
Alternative Lodging Location: Ridgway-Ouray Lodge & Suites, 373 Palomino Trail, Ridgway, CO 81432. 800-368-5444.
Check-in Saturday, September 26th; Check-out Thursday, Oct. 1st.
The formal workshop ends after shooting sunset on Wednesday, September 30th.
Since peak color may extend past our workshop, consider staying and photographing for a few days afterwards.
LODGING: We think it is convenient for participants to stay anywhere in Ridgway. Participants need to contact the hotel of their choice and reserve their room upon registering for the workshop. This is a busy season, participants should make hotel reservations as soon as possible.
This workshop does not involve trail hiking, however, it does involve walking along roads. Walking surfaces are generally uneven. One doesn't have to be in tip-top shape, but one's enjoyment will be enhanced by good health and preparation, hiking boots are recommended. The elevation range of our shooting locations is 7,000 to 12,000 ft. Please consult with your doctor before venturing to higher elevations. We require a waiver (for injuries) be signed before going into the field. We will send the waiver upon registration, please return it at the start of the workshop.
Proper hydration is a must at higher elevations. Without it one will lose strength, energy and may develop a severe headache. To avoid dehydration one MUST drink beyond their thirst; drink even though not thirsty. We will provide water.
Be prepared for possible temperature extremes and sudden changes in weather. Be aware that mornings and evenings can be very chilly in September; snow is a possibility.
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 and post processing techniques for doing so (requires a cable release with some cameras). To receive post processing assistance please bring your laptop with Photoshop installed.
A lens range from 28 mm to 400 mm after the lens multiplication factor is recommended. However, we think participants should bring their entire range of lenses, which may include macro capability for close-up work.
We recommend shooting 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 can move independently. Please use a cable release or know how to work the camera's timer delay to avoid camera shake.
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 a 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.)
ADOBE® PHOTOSHOP® & POST PROCESSING VIDEOS
Series of video lessons teaching post processing for Landscape and Nature Photographers. Excellent for beginners and intermediate users of Adobe Photoshop.
2019 Group Photo
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