Archive for 2010

Summer Garden Photography Weekend Workshop, August 27-29

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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I will be at Chanticleer: A Pleasure Garden to offer a Friday evening lecture on The Joy of Photographing Flowers followed on Saturday and Sunday by a two-day workshop on Flower & Garden Photography. The lecture presentation will take you on a visual journey that begins with my early attempts at flower photography and will trace the path I traveled learning the craft necessary to create dramatic floral close-ups. During the intensive two-day workshop, we will enhance our photographic skills by exploring the variety of flower beds, water gardens, woodlands and other world-class settings at Chanticleer at the peak of summer. Through lectures, field sessions and review sessions, you will receive in-depth instruction on making the best use of natural light throughout the day; mastering floral close-ups; portraying flowers in their garden setting, including the lotus water gardens; and understanding the technical potential of digital cameras and after- capture techniques for achieving creative outcomes.

For more information, go to the Chanticleer Garden website or contact Anne Sims, aws@chanticleergarden.org.

Click here to view some of my images of Chanticleer.

Mastering the Art of Flower and Garden Photography – September 3-5

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

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I will be at The Coastal Maine Botanical Garden to offer a Friday evening lecture on The Power of Natural Light followed on Saturday and Sunday by a two-day workshop on Mastering the Art of Flower and Garden Photography. The lecture presentation will explore the many qualities of light that photographers encounter and how to make the most of every kind of light. The intensive two-day workshop will take advantage of the amazing photographic opportunities at The Coastal Maine Botanical Garden. We will enhance our photographic skills by exploring the stunning ornamental gardens plus some of the miles of trails that allow us to experience Maine’s exceptional natural beauty, complete with waterfalls, pristine woodlands and incomparable coastal vistas. We will also have access to quaint waterfront towns and classic stonework that are quintessentially Maine. Through lectures, field sessions and review sessions, you will receive in-depth instruction on making the best use of natural light throughout the day; mastering floral close-ups; portraying flowers in their garden or natural setting; and understanding the technical potential of digital cameras and after- capture techniques for achieving creative outcomes.

For more information go to the Maine Gardens website:

Fall Foliage at the New York Botanical Garden: October 17 & 20

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Fall Foliage

You don’t have to travel to Vermont to photograph brilliant fall foliage. You can find spectacular color right here at the amazing New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), with its fiery oranges, reds, yellows and magentas. The challenge is working with your digital camera—getting the right exposure, color saturation, and rendition– to capture the splendor of the fall landscape. He will provide hands-on demonstrations and on-location personalized instruction emphasizing how to create glowing color in every kind of light throughout the day, by understanding exposure compensation, white balance, ISO settings, and the use of filters.

For details and to register go to: http://www.adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=ws_SignUp&sid=1280856553614951

Fiery Color: Fall Foliage Photography Workshop: October 22-24

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Fall Foliage

Timed for the peak fall colors of Winterthur’s landscape, this intensive weekend workshop is designed for intermediate photographers and beginners with basic knowledge. Through lectures, field sessions, review critiques, and individual consultations, you will learn many digital camera techniques and creative approaches to help capture the beauty of nature in dramatic images of fall color. For details and to register go to:

http://www.winterthur.org/?p=568

Digital Fall Foliage Weekend Workshop: October 29-31

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Fall Foliage

In this two-day intensive workshop targeting advanced beginner to serious photographers, we will explore and capture the beautiful gardens and landscape of the Dallas Arboretum at the peak of autumn color. Through lectures, field sessions, review critiques and individual consultations, you will stretch your photographic skills, understand your digital camera better, and learn approaches to light, composition, exposure etc. that will enable you to create dramatic outdoor photographs that make viewers take notice and leave a lasting impression. For details and to register go to:

http://www.dallasarboretum.org/Learn/Photography.html

Bernheim Ablaze: Mastering Fall Landscape Photography: November 5-7

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Fall Foliage

In Kentucky’s most beautiful fall landscape, this two-day intensive workshop targets advanced beginner and all serious photographers who want to learn digital camera techniques to capture the essence of nature at the peak of color. Through lectures, field sessions, review critiques and individual consultations, this workshop will take you from identifying the vision in your mind’s eye to realizing that vision with your digital camera to after-capture techniques that can improve your final image. For details and to register go to:

http://www.bernheim.org/bernheimAblaze.html

The Joy of Photographing Flowers, July 9-11

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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I will be at The Chicago Botanic Garden to offer a Friday evening lecture on The Joy of Photographing Flowers followed on Saturday and Sunday by a two-day workshop on Floral Close-Up Photography. The lecture presentation will take you on a visual journey that begins with my early attempts at flower photography and will trace the path I traveled learning the craft necessary to create dramatic floral close-ups. The intensive two-day workshop is scheduled at the height of the summer bloom. We will concentrate on close-up techniques using macro lenses, inexpensive extension tubes and close-up filters on lenses you already have, all to help you create dramatic and aesthetic images of flowers as you have rarely seen them.

For more information and to register go to the Chicago Botanic Garden Website. Click the Botanical Arts & Humanities link, then scroll down to find the workshop listing.

Or, look at some of my recent photos from the Chicago Botanic Garden on flickr.

The Great Lakes: A Voyage through America’s Magnificent Inland Seas, July 17-24

Monday, June 21st, 2010

This is a unique opportunity to improve your photography while aboard a 7-day cruise of The Great Lakes: A Voyage through America’s Magnificent Inland Seas. We will be sailing on the Clelia II, a luxurious small cruise ship that will be making daily stops at fascinating ports of call. I will be offering a series of photography-related lectures on the key elements of travel photography and instruction to help you create memorable photographs of your voyage using your digital camera.

For more information go to the Travel Dynamics website.

The Magical World of Floral Close-Ups – March 12 & 13

Friday, March 5th, 2010

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I will be at The Chicago Botanic Garden to offer a Friday evening lecture on The Magical World of Floral Close-Ups followed on Saturday by a full day workshop on Floral Close-up Photography. The presentation will take you on a visual journey that begins with my early attempts at flower photography and will trace the path I traveled learning the craft necessary to create dramatic floral close-ups. The Saturday workshop will show you how to use macro lenses, as well as inexpensive extension tubes and close-up filters on lenses you already have, to help you create dramatic and aesthetic images of flowers as you have rarely seen them.

Click here for more information and to register.

Or, look at some of my recent photos from the Chicago Botanic Garden on flickr.

Capturing the Beauty of Orchids – March 21 & 23

Friday, March 5th, 2010

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For a chance to photograph one of the great floral spectacles in New York City, join me at The New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show for Capturing the Beauty of Orchids. This full day Workshops@Adorama field workshop will offer on-site instruction to help you create stunning photographs of these magnificent flowers. There will also be an eveing review session at Adorama, the huge camera store on W. 18th St. which is sponsoring this workshop. For details and to register, click here. Scroll down to the March listings.

You can see some of my photos from the New York Botanical Garden on flickr

Photographing Texas Wildflowers – April 8-11

Friday, March 5th, 2010

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The Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden is sponsoring my intensive 31/2 day workshop on photographing Texas wildflowers. Every spring, the Texas hill country bursts into a spectacle of color as bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush and other wildflowers come into bloom. Located in the heart of this wildflower country is Brenham—a charming town in its own right and a perfect base for exploring wildflowers in the surrounding hills. For a taste of what’s in store, you can find a sampling of my Texas wildflower photographs on flickr.

To make sure you get the most from your visit, I will scout in advance to find the top wildflower locations and bring you there at the best light. We will go on two daily outings and you will have many opportunities to develop your skills in flower, landscape and travel photography. In addition to the on-location instructions you will receive, we will hold two critique sessions to evaluate and improve your photography and help you set goals for the next outing. You will also learn simple “after capture” techniques to increase the impact of your images.

Click here to register. Scroll down a bit to find the workshop.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact me at allen@allenrokach.com or call me at (646) 519 1751; or email Joy Ijams at the Dallas Arboretum: jijams@dallasarboretum.org

Focus on Flowers: Creating Floral Close-ups – May 14-16

Friday, March 5th, 2010

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I will be offering an intensive weekend Spring Photography Workshop at the magnificent estate and gardens at Winterthur in Wilmington, Delaware: Focus on Flowers: Creating Floral Close-Ups. This workshop for intermediate students of photography will give you the chance to discover the many approaches to shooting floral close-ups and meeting the challenges they present. A mix of classroom presentations, critique sessions and outings around Winterthur’s beautiful grounds will help you define your own aesthetic vision and master the techniques needed to serve that vision. For more information and to register, click here.

Take a look at some photos from Winterthur on my flickr page.

The Hidden Beauty of Floral Photography – May 28-30

Friday, March 5th, 2010

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Join me for a lecture on The Power of Natural Light on Friday, May 28, followed by a weekend workshop, Focus on Flowers: Discovering the Hidden Beauty of Floral Close-Ups at the United States Botanic Garden in the heart of Washington, D.C.

Registration Information:

Focus on Flowers – June 13-19

Friday, March 5th, 2010

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I will offer my workshop Focus on Flowers for the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. Designed for intermediate to advanced photographers, this workshop will explore innovative digital techniques in floral close-up photography during classroom presentations, critique sessions and field outings in the coastal Maine environment. For more information and to register click here.

Mastering the Photographic Assignment – June 25-July 3

Friday, March 5th, 2010

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Looking for a chance to explore the fascinating landscape of Iceland while learning the tricks of the trade of magazine photography? Then sign up for my exciting 8-day workshop on Mastering the Photographic Assignment for Focus on Nature. This workshop will simulate a magazine travel & feature assignment and show you how magazine photographers go to a new location and come back with a variety of dramatic, telling photographs.

Click here for a full description and to register.