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Lighthouses of Lake Michigan

Capture Incredible Images of Historic Lake Michigan Lighthouses!

October 24th - 27th, 2024

Improve your photography skills and capture stunning images of West Michigan's lighthouses .

This very special workshop will focus on the artistic side of architectural photography. Four full days of photographing old and new, interiors and exteriors, skyscrapers, and capturing the essence of this incredible urban environment.

 

This is a three-part photography workshop with an online presentation a few days before the meeting in Chicago. A week later, we will meet again online and have a review session of the images you captured.

 

You will come away from this workshop capturing many iconic images, learning new ways to visualize your subject, and making new friends!

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Itinerary

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Day 1  |  Holland Lighthouse

Oct. 24th 2024

 

  • 10:00 am Meet First Hotel

  • Go over locations and tips on composition

  • Lunch

  • Daylight shoot Holland Lighthouse (Special Location)

  • Sunset and light painting of Holland Lighthouse

  • Dinner

This is a tentative Schedule that may change depending on conditions.

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Students Will Learn

You will learn a variety of techniques—both in the field and in the post-processing tutorial—that will allow you to advance both your technical skills and artistic vision. We focus on a number of professional field techniques to help you create dramatic and powerful images.

 

The post-processing tutorial will teach you a number of professional “digital darkroom” secrets to enhance your images. Once the workshop is finished, we will meet a week later to review your and the class’s photos and answer any lingering questions you may have.

Hotel and Transportation

"Join us for an immersive photography workshop that includes three nights of hotel accommodations. While transportation to the workshop is not provided, we can carpool to different photography locations. Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your photography skills and connect with fellow enthusiasts.

The workshop starts in Holland, Michigan, and ends in Frankfort, Michigan, so if you are flying in, plan your flights accordingly, or stay a few more days, and taste Michigan wine or photograph the fall colors (hopefully.)

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The Information

Space limited to 7 participants
Days & Times: October 5th - 8th

Tuition: Workshop – $2999 Full payment is due upon booking.

What's Included:

Included: online presentation, in-person on-location instruction, three-night hotel, breakfast, and entry fees of workshop destinations, post-processing tutorial, and online review session. 

Activity Level: Light to Moderate:
Workshop Participants should be in good health, wear comfortable shoes and clothing, and be ready for lots of walking and standing for extended periods of time.

Dress:
The weather in Western Michigan can be somewhat unpredictable in October but beautiful — it's not hot with highs in the low 60s F°, but it can get a little chilly at night, getting down as low as 41°, so bring clothes that you can layer and warm cloths for the evening shoots. As with any outdoor event, the weather is somewhat unpredictable, so be prepared if it rains.

Why Attend?

  • Learn to see architecture with clear, actionable tips that you can apply during the workshop, and come home with portfolio-worthy images.

  • Get individualized attention in this small group format; workshop is limited to 7 participants.

  • Learn to shoot without complicated settings or techniques so you can improve your images in a single weekend, even if you’ve never shot architecture before.

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  • Learn post-processing techniques for architecture so you can save time in front of the computer.

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  • Improve your entire creative process from shooting to post-processing and get your images noticed!

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  • Create amazing images with on-location guidance and feedback and win competitions!

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  • Learn in the best conditions without having to worry about the logistics of a big city.

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  • Get inspired by world-class architecture so you can take your images to the next level.

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  • Connect with like-minded people and build lasting friendships.

FAQ's

What do I need to bring to the workshop?
A DSLR or Mirrorless Camera; a sturdy tripod with ballhead; wireless remote or cable release; a wide-angle lens (24mm or wider); a telephoto lens. You'll need a laptop with either Lightroom or Photoshop (both is better) for the post-processing segments. If you need to rent gear, we recommend http://www.borrowlenses.com

What level of experience is required?
All levels of experience are welcome, but participants should be familiar with their camera and lens and have some experience in either Lightroom or Photoshop.

Are there other expenses will I need to cover?
As mentioned earlier, one lunch or dinner is on your own. There will be a few instances where you'll need to pay a small entrance fee to an exhibit or location. Also, if our shooting location is not within walking distance (as will be the case some days), you'll have to pick up a bus/subway pass. Outside of those minor costs, we don't anticipate any additional costs.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The hotel offers Airport Shuttle to/from for an additional fee. The Roma Termini railway station is a 10-minute walk to the hotel.

What's the refund policy?
If you have to cancel the workshop, a $1,000 deposit is non-refundable unless we are able to fill your spot: After Sept 10, 2018 refunds will not be available.

What if I have questions that aren't answered here?
Please contact Randy at: randy@randyvanduinen.com

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