Digital Photography Workshop Series

With year-round opportunities to take great photos and expert instruction from accomplished amateur photographer Jim Henderson, Callaway Gardens is the perfect venue for learning digital photography. Our Digital SLR Photography Workshop Series features a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on practice in our spectacular woodland surroundings. Classroom instruction takes place in either the Discovery Center Auditorium, featuring theater seating and lighting, and a state-of-the-art overhead projection system; or the Discovery Center Classrooms, where table seating and electrical outlets for laptop computers facilitate a productive hands-on environment.

About the Instructor
Jim Henderson
brings an encyclopedic knowledge of digital photography’s technical aspects, a mastery of the discipline’s artistic side, and an incredible knack for teaching and inspiring his participants in a fun and enthusiastic manner. Using custom PowerPoint presentations, Jim presents each topic in easy-to-understand fashion and illustrates concepts using his own photography. For more information and to contact Jim personally, visit his website.

About the Foundations in DSLR Photography Workshop Series
The Foundations series was developed with a simple goal in mind: to free the aspiring photographer from reliance on the automatic exposure mode. The camera’s automatic exposure mode is fine for snapshots and sometimes okay for postcards. It is, however, rarely useful to the creative photographer, who uses ISO, aperture and shutter speed like a painter uses paint and brushes. At the conclusion of the series, you will have the knowledge and skill to use your camera’s advanced features and take your own photography to a new level of creativity!

About the Adventures in DSLR Photography Workshop Series
The Adventures series was developed for intermediate and advanced level students who have mastered the fundamentals of photography and are ready to conquer the various specialty areas of photography. Classroom instruction builds on content covered in the Foundations series. The amount of workshop time devoted to the classroom varies considerably depending upon the topic. See the individual course descriptions for more information.

Enrollment is limited and preregistration is required. Bring your digital camera, owner’s manual, charged batteries and storage media. Dress casually in layers for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. 

REGISTRATION DETAILS
Enrollment in all DSLR workshops is limited and preregistration is required. To register online, CLICK HERE. Or, contact the Education Department at 706.663.5153 or education@callawaygardens.com. Within a few days of registration, participants will receive a confirmation email with more information about the workshop and details to request a digital handout from the instructor.

Overnight accommodations are available at a discounted rate to workshop participants. Call 1.800.852.3810 and ask for the $99* Workshops and Hikes Rate at the Mountain Creek Inn.

*Rate is based on two people in a Non-View Room at the Mountain Creek Inn. Not valid Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 4-7, 2015)

Participants should bring their digital camera, owner’s manual, charged batteries and storage media. Dress casually in layers for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.
 

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SERIES SCHEDULE:

Foundations III: Mastering Focus and Exposure
Saturday, June 27th| 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Lily Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center
Building on the concepts mastered in the Foundations II workshop, this course includes instruction in: understanding autofocus and manual focus, achieving an accurate focus with stationary subjects and subjects in motion, understanding exposure, understanding exposure meters and metering modes, evaluating exposure, understanding histograms, using exposure compensation, using automatic exposure bracketing and using automatic exposure lock. These topics are covered in class and then students have an opportunity to practice in the field. The workshop concludes with a presentation and discussion of dynamic range and high dynamic range (HDR) photography.
Fee: $75/Guest; $69/Annual Pass Holder
Includes lunch and digital handout
CLICK HERE to Register

Foundations III: Mastering Focus & Exposure Skill Builder Photo Shoot with Instructor
Sunday, June 28th | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Location To Be Announced
The Foundations III: Mastering Focus and Exposure continues with an optional photo shoot with the instructor. Participants get more practice in the field working with new concepts from the previous day’s session. The extra time in the field and additional coaching by the instructor helps solidify the concepts.
Fee: $40/Guest; $36/Annual Pass Holder
Must attend June 27th workshop
CLICK HERE to Register

 

Mastering 4th of July Fireworks
Saturday, July 4th| 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Mountain Creek Conference Center, Room 110
This workshop begins with a two-hour discussion on discovering the possibilities and overcoming the challenges of night photography. Then on to the fireworks display. Tripods and cable releases are required.
Fee: $85/Guest; $75.50/Annual Pass Holder
Includes digital handout
CLICK HERE to Register

Mastering Night Photography at the Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival
Friday, September 4th through Sunday, September 6th
The photo opportunities are abundant at this event.Participants begin in the classroom to discuss camera and exposure settings then shoot the balloon glow. Saturday morning includes balloon launch and classroom session. Then, participants will shoot balloon launches on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, followed by a final classroom session on Sunday morning. Tripods and cable releases required.
Instructor: Jim Pettit
Fees: $175/Guest; $157.50/Annual Pass Holder
Includes digital handout
CLICK HERE to Register

 

Mastering the Nightscape: Fantasy in Lights
Monday, November 16th|5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Mountain Creek Conference Center. Room 110
Join us for a unique opportunity to visit Fantasy In Lights before it opens to the public and shoot the most spectacular holiday light and sound show in the South arranged in over a dozen themed displays! With our own private transportation, we will have multiple opportunities to stop, set up our tripods, and get truly amazing shots not possible from a moving vehicle. The workshop begins in the classroom, where we cover camera and exposure settings and tips for getting great images.
Fee: $100/Guest; $92.50/Annual Pass Holder
CLICK HERE to Register

 

Introduction to Lightroom
Saturday, November 21st| 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 22nd | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center
This two-day workshop is a great introduction to Adobe’s newest software solution for digital photographers. Bring your laptop and work along with the instructor. Once you start using Lightroom, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without it. This workshop often sells out quickly, so register early to reserve your spot!
Fee: $115/Guest; $105/Annual Pass Holder
Includes Saturday lunch and digital handout
Laptops welcome

CLICK HERE to Register

 

Mastering Digital Photography in Three Weekends: A Fun & Easy Introduction to Digital Photography
CLICK HERE to Register

 

Weekend I: The Beginning
Saturday, August 1st| 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 2nd | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center
-Artistic composition for digital photographers
-The Fundamentals of Photography
-Guided Photo Shoots at Callaway Gardens
Fee: $120/Guest; $109.50/Annual Passholder
Includes lunch Saturday

Special: All three weekends $300

Weekend II: The Journey Continues
Saturday, August 15th| 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 16th| 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center
-The Fundamentals of Photography Continued
-Leaving the Auto Mode Behind
-Working in Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual Modes
-Guided Photo Shoots at Callaway Gardens
Fee: $120/Guest; $109.50/Annual Passholder Includes lunch Saturday
Special: All three weekends $300

Weekend III: Getting to WOW
Saturday, September 12th| 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 13th| 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Violet Classroom, Callaway Discovery Center
-Mastering Focus, White Balance and Metering
-Understanding and Using Histograms
-Uploading Digital Images
-Understanding Digital Image Types (JPG, RAW, TIFF, PSD)
-Post-processing Digital Workflow
-Computer Back Up Strategies for Digital Photographers
-Guided Photo Shoots at Callaway Gardens
Fee: $120/Guest; $109.50/Annual Pass Holder Includes lunch Saturday
Special: All three weekends $300

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