2014 Photography Workshops
2014 Photography Workshops
I’ve put together another exciting photo workshop schedule for 2014 with several new locations and a few good old standards. The new schedule is especially designed for those of you who keep coming back! From dramatic landscapes brimming with wildflowers, roaring waterfalls surrounded by golden autumn colors, to the human elements of cityscapes and architecture, there is something for everyone.
Photography workshops are priced at $850.00 for 4-day classes (except for Texas).
Pricing is for instruction only. Workshops participants are responsible for their own lodging, meals and transportation. Participants generally choose to carpool to photo locations from the hotel where we are based. I do not block a set or rooms at hotels so ensure you make your reservations early!
Cancellation Policy: A full refund if at least a 30 days advance notice is given. If less than a 30 days notice is given, a 60% refund. If the workshop has less than 3 signups, I reserve the right to cancel the workshop 30 days in advance with a full refund given.
Spousal Policy: Spouses (and friends) that wish to join the "field sessions" of the class are required to pay full price. Your spouse is welcome to join our group for meetings and meals. We have a big break between sunrise photo sessions and the afternoon reviews, so you will have plenty of time to spend with your "significant other”.
The photography workshops are based out of hotels near our photo locations, listed under information for each workshop, below.
All workshops convene on the first day at 6pm at the specified hotel. The evening meeting is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and go over our plans for the next three and a half days. Please bring some examples of your favorite photography on your laptop or prints to share with the group.
Each day we vary our shooting locations according to the weather conditions for the day. No matter what the weather, I will have a plan for something to shoot. If the weather is favorable, we go out for a sunrise photo shoot in the mornings, have breakfast together, then take a break from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. We reconvene for a Photoshop/digital session in the late afternoon to review our photos, followed by an evening/ sunset photo shoot. You can expect to spend approximately 30 hours with me and other students over the course of the workshop
All workshops conclude after the morning shoot of the final day allowing you time to check out of your hotel.
About the photography locations:
I research each location prior to organizing a workshop to ensure that we get to prime locations at the best times. I am a knowledgeable guide who knows when the wildflowers are blooming and the autumn leaves are at peak. For more detailed information about the travel locations for each workshop, please scroll down the page.
Making the best of the photo workshop:
Please be prepared to be outside in a variety of weather conditions. We do adjust our photo locations based on the weather, but are typically outdoors, sometimes in cooler weather and light rain. For clothing I recommend that you bring warm clothes, a rain jacket, dry sturdy footwear and an umbrella.
My classes accommodate participants with a variety of fitness levels. Though most of the classes stick close to the roadway, you should be fit enough to hike at least 3-mile round trip with a certain amount of elevation gain. When this is not possible, I will make suggestions for alternate shooting locations in close proximity to the car and the group.
Since the class size is small you will have an opportunity to bond with the other students who share your passion for photography. We learn technique and composition skills from each other through daily portfolio reviews.
My teaching experience and philosophy:
I’ve been teaching photography workshops for over twelve years and have a great track record of past students who have made significant strides in their photography skills. For more information about my photography experience and qualifications please see: http://www.chuckhaney.com/meetchuck.html
Class sizes range from 3-9 students so you are guaranteed focused personal attention to meet your interests and learning needs. Should a class size exceeds 9 students a second qualified professional photographer will assist the class.
I aim to create a low-stress, fun learning environment with a laid-back teaching approach. No matter what skill level, I try to inspire each student to learn new things while working at their own pace.
My main approach involves teaching camera basics in manual mode so you, rather than the camera, can control how the final image looks. I will attempt to teach you the art of “learning to see”, by slowing down and looking at things more closely. I will show you the benefits of shooting digital images in the RAW format. You will be amazed at how much better your images will look after a weekend!
Equipment suggestions for the workshops:
A sturdy tripod is a necessity for good landscapes. Participants should have a working knowledge of their equipment (know which button does what!) before the workshop. I suggest a SLR camera with a wide-angle lens, (17-35mm range) and a zoom or fixed lens, like a 70-200 or 300mm. I have had some students using point and shoot cameras attend as well; so don’t feel you have to buy that latest and greatest equipment.
Please remember to bring your laptop if possible. We will review our images using Photoshop during our afternoon sessions.
Wildflowers of Texas Hill Country
Embrace spring with your camera in the scenic Hill Country of central Texas when fields of wildflowers will be at their showy best. We will begin the class in San Antonio where we will spend the first evening photographing an amazing array of historic Spanish Missions, including the Alamo. By evening we will be shooting scenes along the city’s famous Riverwalk. You will be amazed at the shots you can get at dusk in a city environment when ambient light mixes perfectly with city lights. We will then move on to the heart of Texas Hill Country in Fredericksburg where wildflowers, especially fields of bluebonnets will be awaiting our lenses. In addition to all the wildflowers there is the amazing pink granite domes at Enchanted Rocks Natural Area, longhorn cattle and the music scene at night in small towns like Luckenbach. We will even venture further west to the Caverns of Sonora where we will get a private tour of the amazing crystal-like formations. All in all spring in Texas will keep our cameras humming and you will learn many different techniques for capturing very memorable images.
We will meet at 4 pm on Thursday, April 10, San Antonio Holiday Inn Express Downtown
April 11,12,13 Fredericksburg
Price for this workshop is $975.00 (includes private 3- hour cavern tour fee)
May 15-19 Mission Valley of Montana
May is one of my favorite months to shoot images in Montana. It’s greening up in the valley floor, there is abundant water with lots of migrating birds and there are dramatic snow-capped mountains looming over the spectacular landscapes. One of the best places in which to capture this picture postcard environment is the Mission Valley of Montana. The valley is extremely striking with the Mission Mountain Range rising abruptly in the east from the valley floor. There really aren’t too many places in Montana that can rival this setting. From our base in Polson, we will have amazing opportunities to capture springtime in Montana at its finest. Flathead Lake, the largest freshwater natural lake in the west should have cherry orchards in bloom, the National Bison Range will just be opening and there will be newborn bison calves amongst the herd. In the valley there are cool looking clay cliffs along the Flathead River and plenty of rural roads with access to the Ninepipe and Pablo National Wildlife Refuges with their wealth of birds are just some of the possibilities with this special workshop.
Lodging; We will meet at 6pm on Thursday, May 15th at the Best Western lobby in Polson Kwataqnuk Best Western Inn, 1-800-882-6363 or 406-883-3636
Price for this workshop is $850.00
June 5-9 Rocky Mountain Front Range
The dramatic front range of the Rocky Mountains serves as our backdrop for a most compelling weekend of photography opportunities. The Front Range is one of the most protected and well-loved areas in all of Montana. The transition between a thousand miles of prairie to the abruptness of a wall of mountains is very dramatic! Fields of arrowleaf balsomroot wildflowers will be blanketing the prairie grasses with snow capped mountain peaks looming in the background. Quiet lakes can often lead to stunning reflections at daybreak. We will also travel to waterfalls in the mountains and visit old barns and granaries out in the prairie. You will be blown away by the immense beauty of the area and come back with many memorable images. Our base is the quaint small town of Choteau where the pace of life ensures a relaxing weekend.
We will meet at 6pm on Thursday, June 5th at the Stage Stop inn in Choteau.
http://www.stagestopinn.com/ 406-466-5900Workshop Price $850.00
Glacier National Park, Montana
I am again offering this wonderful class on the east side of Glacier National Park based in St Mary. This is the best time to be in the park as the wildflowers are at their peak blooms in the meadows of scenic valleys like Many Glacier and St Mary. There will great opportunities to photograph large game such as moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and bears (from the safety of the road). If you haven’t been to Glacier before, now is the time. It is truly my favorite national park and basically in my backyard. I have been photographing the park for over 20 years and know it well. We will also spend an evening in nearby Browning for the annual North American Indian Days celebration where we will be able to photograph pow wow dancing in colorful regalia and capture a real fast moving rodeo. This class offers a great opportunity to sharpen and improve many aspects of photography skills. Though most of the locations are near the roads, be prepared for some hiking as that is when Glacier really reveals its beauty.
Last year this workshop sold out rather quickly so make sure to register early to ensure your spot.
We will meet at 6pm on Thursday, July 10th in the lobby at the St Mary Lodge
St Mary Lodge; http://www.glacierparkinc.com/st_mary_lodge_and_resort.php
Glacier Trailhead Cabins
Red Eagle Motel;
KOA (cabins and tent sites)
There is also camping in Glacier National Park
St Mary campground; http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/reservations.htmWorkshop price $850.00
October 14-18 Autumn Leaves of Brown County, Indiana
I have coming to this Midwest gem for many years. Brown County is one the best destinations in the country for outstanding autumn color. Our base will be in Nashville, a charming little town with lots of character. The town has a true art scene, funky eating establishments and many shops. There are numerous great vistas in Brown County State Park where the hardwood trees just burst with reds, oranges and yellows in mid- October. There are quaint covered bridges in the area and plenty of quiet back roads where farmers will be harvesting corn and the lure of small town rural charm still exists. This is truly a workshop not to be missed, as the photo opportunities are everywhere. Make sure to book your lodging early as this area is extremely popular in autumn (with good reason). This popularity is the reason why I am scheduling the workshop for the weekdays.
We will meet at 6 pm on Tuesday October 14th at the Hidden Valley Lodge in Nashville.
Price for this workshop is $850.00
Portland Japanese Gardens and waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge, Oregon
You will learn a lot of different skills at this fantastic autumn workshop. We will spend the first evening photographing the city skyline of Portland where long exposures will yield stunning results with the just the right mix of ambient light and city lights. Next morning we will visit the famed Japanese Gardens with their fantastic landscapes brimming with autumn color! Then we will head east to the famous Columbia River Gorge. Of course, the main attraction to the gorge is the many waterfalls located in lush forests environments that will be peppered with accents of bigtooth maple leaves turned yellow and gold. We will base out of the cool outdoorsy town of Hood River where we can also photograph mountain lakes with dramatic snow-capped Mt Hood looming in the backdrop. As I mentioned everything from cityscapes to landscapes to intimate detail shots. This workshop will make you a better photographer and you will come back with many outstanding images.
This is optional, but I would highly suggest joining the Japanese Gardens with a photo membership when we arrive in Portland. http://japanesegarden.com/learn-more/photography/membership/ It is $155.00, but the only way to get quality shots before the general public arrives (you can get in 2 hours early with the membership).
Portland; October 23 &24 meet at 5pm Park Lane Suites and Inn in Portland
http://www.parklanesuites.com/ 800-532- 9543
Hood River October 25 & 26- Best Western 541-386-2200Price for this workshop is $850.00
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