Our Chase the Light Photography Workshop in Southeast Utah and Arizona: 5 days/4 nights photographing the monuments of Monument Valley and the spires and buttes of Valley of the Gods. Eight participants attended the photo workshop. Our first location was at the Goosenecks of the San Juan River, where I taught about using the widest focal length lens to capture the big scene. The day was blustery to say the least, so handheld photography from the overlook rim was in order. Students determined how wide they could photograph, set up their wide-angle lenses and chose an ISO for obtaining deep depth of field as well as a shutter speed that would avoid camera shake.
As the week progressed, lessons included metering properly for balancing indoor and outdoor lighting (we used a hogan in Monument Valley for that lesson). By using the digital camera’s “live view” or LCD, to assist in metering challenging scenes, students learned to balance and choose the correct exposure.
Some students were working with advanced Point and Shoot cameras, some DSLR, some played with their iPhones and when we had service, uploaded their images to instagram and social networking sites.
More participant examples to follow. I’m prepping up for a two week adventure, a photo and road trip to California. More to follow.