Skill Level(s): Level I, II, and III Students
Location: Kingsland Point Park, 299 Palmer Ave, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 map
Instructor: Scott Dengrove
Date and Time: Saturday, May 2nd, 4:30PM - 8:30 PM (Rain Date May 3rd)
Do you love the idea of taking amazing landscape photos, but can't find those jaw-dropping locations? Perhaps you've played around with photographing landscapes but they just fall flat of the image you've conjured up in your mind?
During this special workshop, you will learn not only to take gorgeous landscape photographs but also some history about the park and the amazing Tarrytown Lighthouse, constructed in 1883. Kingsland Point Park offers gorgeous views of the Hudson River, Tappan Zee Bridge, Hook Mountain State Park, and features the only dental themed playground in the United States!
Topics include exposure controls, white balance, depth of field settings for landscapes, composition and perspective techniques, metering for sunsets, and blue hour photography.
This workshop is open to all levels of photographer with any type of camera, though a DSLR or mirrorless camera with manual settings is preferred; no smart phones or tablets please. A tripod and wide angle lens would be useful if you have them.
Please bring your fully charged camera, and a notebook with you.
This workshop takes place exclusively at Kingsland Point Park in Tarrytown. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from and you will meet your instructor there. Kingsland Point Park is easily accessible by car, and train. The Philipse Manor Metro North station is located directly across from the park. A $10 parking fee is charged at the entrance to the park.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The workshop will begin with an introduction and then we'll dive right in to the material. For approximately the first 2 hours of the workshop, photography skills and techniques will be taught with a mix of lecture, demonstrations, and plenty of hands-on exercises throughout the park.
For the remaining time you will be given free time to create your own photographs using the techniques you have learned. During this time, your instructor will be roaming around providing individual attention to each participant to help make your photographs the best they can be.
All participants, no matter what type of digital camera (no smartphones or tablets please) they have, will find enjoyment and learn something from participating in this workshop. However, we do have some recommendations that will help to ensure you get the most value out of the workshop.
If you are using a DSLR or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses, we recommend bringing both wide angle lenses as well as telephoto lenses. Wide angle lenses are great for taking sweeping vistas during sunset. Longer lenses work well for detailed shots of the lighthouse and structure.
A sturdy tripod and cable release would be helpful to have as well once the sun starts to set and we get towards blue hour.
Further equipment recommendations will be provided in a detailed email prior to the field trip.
As this workshop is 4 hours in length and is being given in a public park, you should be prepared to do quite a bit of walking. The park is 18 acres in size and we will be exploring it fully, comfortable shoes are a must! Although we will be sticking to designated paths and grassy areas, as expected in any nature setting, you may encounter rough terrain, insects, dangerous plants such as poison ivy, animals, and might even get a little dirty, so please plan accordingly.
Registration cancellations and refund requests must be submitted in writing no less than 7 days prior to the start of the workshop. Refunds will not be given for no shows or latecomers. In the case of inclement weather, there is an alternative workshop rain date available. If you cannot attend the alternative workshop date a credit will be given for use towards a future Dengrove Studios workshop.
Questions? Feel free to contact us before you register.
Saturday, May 18th, 4:30PM - 8:30 PM (Rain Date May 19th)
What type of photographer are you?
Level I - Students are new to photography and either have no formal training in photography or perhaps took a class a long time ago. Level I students are unsure of the operation of their gear or may feel intimidated by taking their camera out of "auto" mode and playing with the manual settings. Photographs of Level I students show significant technical issues as well as compositional issues as they have not yet received training. There's nothing wrong with being a Level I photographer, we all started there, and remember what it's like.
Level II - Students have some understanding of photography principles and may have taken a class or two. Level II students are somewhat familiar with their gear and try to use manual camera settings when they can. As a result, they have gotten lucky from time to time by creating great photographs that were the result of "happy accidents". Although their pictures are applauded by friends and family, they are still at the beginning of learning their craft and their images may have technical issues. Additionally, they can be so caught up with using the right settings they may forget to focus on the artistic side of photography such as composition and lighting.
Level III - Students have a solid understanding of photography principles, thanks to some formal training, and are completely comfortable using their camera in Manual Mode. Level III students have overcome most technical issues relating to exposure and sharpness and are starting to play with interesting lighting and compositions. Most of their photos look better than the average persons and are starting to be thought of as a photographer by friends and family. Level III students may be starting to think about doing some low-end paying photography work or upgrading their gear to full frame sensors and pro lenses.
Level IV - Students have significant experience making, capturing, and processing images that more often then not exhibit a complete understanding of photography principles and creative artistic qualities. Level IV students no longer worry about camera settings, they just happen automatically in their head, and all of their photos are sharp and well exposed. In addition, Level IV student photos exhibit consistently decent lighting and composition and a few of their very best photos exhibit these qualities that can be described as dynamic, beautiful, and awesome. They are not afraid to try unusual or extreme techniques but sometimes use them as a crutch to give their photos that "wow" factor. Level IV students are regarded as "really serious about photography" and may have considered going pro.
Level V - Students have advanced skills and knowledge of photography. Their work is consistently at a professional level with no image quality issues and technicals are spot on. Level V student photo compositions have a maturity about them with a clear style and creativity. A Level V student is capable of shooting in almost any lightning condition and bringing back great photos that are interesting and well exposed. Level V students may or may not be working professional photographers but based on their level of work certainly are capable of being a pro.