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, Oct 16th, Class: 12PM - 1:30PM, Onsite: 4PM - 7PM (Rain Date Oct 17th)
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, Mario Cuomo 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.
WHO IS THIS WORKSHOP FOR?
This workshop is open to all levels of photographer with any type of actual camera, though a DSLR or mirrorless camera with manual settings is preferred; no smart phones or tablets please. A tripod and wide-angle lens are useful if you have them. High school students are welcome but anyone 18 or under must be accompanied by an adult.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The workshop will begin with an online virtual class, hosted on the Zoom platform earlier in the day. We'll start with an introduction and then we'll dive right in to the material. During the online lecture, photography skills and techniques will be taught with a mix of lecture and demonstration.
The workshop will continue with the hands-on portion on-site at Kingsland Point Park, later in the afternoon. We will answer questions, review techniques from the online class as well as practice new skills. 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.
The safety of our participants and instructors is of the utmost priority. As such, all of our workshops are run in accordance with guidelines and standards set forth by governmental agencies on the Federal, State, and County level including the CDC, NYS Dept. of Health, NYS Office of the Governor, and Westchester County Dept. of Health.
In order to limit group gatherings and promote social distancing we have split up the workshop into a class portion and hands-on practice portion. The class portion of our workshops is now given virtually, online, through the Zoom platform. The hands-on portion will be given at the workshop venue. Participants will be required to attend both portions, and no refunds will be given for missing either the virtual class, or hands-on meeting.
All participants will be required to bring with them a face mask, that fully covers the nose and mouth, secures underneath the chin, and fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face. Participants will be required to wear their mask while in close proximity with others. When photographing alone and not near other people your mask may be removed. No exceptions will be made, and any participant that does not provide a face mask meeting these requirements or chooses not to comply will not be allowed to participate. No refunds will be given for lack of proper mask or refusing to comply.
When on-site at the workshop venue all participants will agree to maintain proper social distancing keeping a minimum of 6' between themselves and others around them whenever possible. It is further recommended that participants refrain from sharing camera equipment and accessories in order to limit exposure.
Participants will be required to sign a COVID-19 Waiver. Participants also agree to refrain from attending the workshop if they are not feeling well, they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have knowingly been around others that have tested positive for COVID-19 or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring your fully charged camera, and any accessories you'd like to have, see "Equipment Recommendations" below for details. A pen is helpful in case you'd like to take notes.
All participants must bring, a face mask that fully covers the nose and mouth, must be secured underneath the chin and fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
As we'll be standing most of the time and walking through a public park that could include rough terrain a good comfortable pair of shoes is a must!
Due to the length of this workshop you may find it helpful to bring a water bottle and a light snack especially if it's a warm day. There are no concessions available in the park. There are full restroom facilities, however, they are not always open, in which case a port-a-potty is available. We suggest bringing hand sanitizer as well.
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.
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, that is not easily affected by wind and a cable release, would be helpful to have as well once the sun starts to set and we get towards blue hour. We recommend a wired release instead of a wireless as they do not require batteries nor depend on line of site for their operation.
Further equipment recommendations will be provided in a detailed email prior to the field trip.
As this workshop is 3 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. In most cases, refunds will not be given for no shows, latecomers, or missing either the online class portion or hands-on portion of the workshop. However, should there be a COVID-19 related reason for not attending, a possible refund will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 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. In the event that official guidelines regarding COVID-19 change in a way that prevents us from holding the workshop or the venue cannot open due to COVID-19 guidelines, a full refund will be provided.
Questions? Feel free to contact us before you register.
Leading up to the workshop you will receive several email communications from us. In order to ensure they get delivered properly and do not get filtered or blocked we suggest adding the following emails to your safe sender list or address book, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Saturday, Oct 16th, Online Class: 12pm - 1:30pm, Onsite: 4pm - 7pm (Rain Date Oct 17th)
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.