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Saturday, May 14, 2016
"Nature Photography Field Techniques for a Digital Age"
    with Rod Planck

    Photo by Rod Planck  

Ages: Adults, teens
Experience Level: Beginner/Advanced
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016
Time: Noon - 3:00 pm
Location: Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer
                  314 Main St., Manistique
Cost of Class: $50 for General Public
                        $40 for Lake Effect Arts members

For more information contact:  Stephanie Reese, 283-1001; Email: artclass@lakeeffectarts.org

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Special note: Rod Planck Photography will provide a free copy of Rod's book Nature's Places and a CD containing three e-books (in PDF format) to all enrollees - a $29.85 value of purchased separately.


1. Thinking Digital

The class will begin with a quick overview of the basics of exposure.  Rod
will discuss the correlation between aperture, shutter speeds and the roll
that ISO plays in modern digital photography. He'll also explore exposure
modes and suggest which exposure mode is most useful for digital
photography. The program will then transition into a discussion specifically
about exposing RAW captures. Rod will illustrate the exposure requirements
for RAW captures and how to get them quickly and consistently in-the-field.
With this knowledge photographers can take full advantage of the benefits of
RAW captures and do it with confidence. A minimal amount of post-processing
of a RAW capture will be discussed and illustrated. Jpeg exposure will also
be discussed during this program.
(This program deals with single exposure captures only. Other contrast
control methods such as merge to HDR, exposure blending or the use of split
neutral density filters will not be covered.)
Topics Include:
Proper Exposure and Digital Capture
What is a Histogram?
Is There Really Such a Thing as a Bad Exposure in Digital Photography?
Correct Exposure for a JPEG
RAW Capture: Exposing to the Right
Which Exposure and Meter Modes to Use
Speed Up Exposure Compensation in Aperture Priority
Plus more.

2. Composing world Class images in the field

The second session covers how to see and compose strong images in the field to
eliminate the need to use the crop tool and other forms of image
manipulation. During this program Rod will outline methods to refine your
creative vision.

This program is designed to give the photographer a better understanding of
why certain compositions "work" and why some don't. This will also
be useful in the editing process. Even with the "instant feedback" of camera
monitors many times photographers find during editing that some images are
not satisfying compositionally. With the knowledge gained 
you'll be able to get to the heart of why an image works compositionally or

Another benefit of having an understanding of composition is that it will
help you compose better images in the field therefore minimizing editing
time afterwards.

Topics Include:
Defining Image Quality
Defining Composition
The Visual Mechanics of Composing in the Field
Seeing Compositional Planes in an Image
Traditional verses Non-traditional Framing
Subject Placement and the Elements of Design
Visual Movement
The Hallmarks of a Great Image: Simplicity, Balance and Visual Harmony
The importance of precise camera placement
Plus more.

Rod Planck
Instructor: Rod Planck has taken over 30 years of field experience photographing nature and condensed it into several programs. These instructional programs follow the field process of nature photography-from the moment you find a subject that inspires you to the creation of an image that is properly exposed, razor sharp (where and when it needs to be) and dynamically composed with strong visual integrity.

Rod teaches field techniques that work for digital photography. You will discover new ways to explore and experience the wonders of the natural world from Rod's unmanipulated and non-commercial perspective. Regardless of your skill level or imaging format these programs will help you take your photography to a higher level.

More about the instructor:  Rod Planck on the Web


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