The Art of Seeing Creatively: The Cape from Dawn to Deep Night
Instructor: Mark Bowie
Day: April 27-April 30
Time: Times Vary (starts 4/27 6:00pm, ends 4/30 12noon)
This workshop will also be held Oct 19-22nd
With intricate details in the landscape and sky — from the brilliant orange-golds of sunrise to the theatrical colors of sunset, the luminous blues of twilight and the otherworldy light of midnight — the latest digital technologies allow photographers to push the bounds of what can be captured with a camera. Creative vision and good field craft are also paramount to creating compelling images. In this power-packed workshop, professional nature photographer Mark Bowie will examine in-depth the fine art of seeing, offering innovative strategies, tips and techniques for looking deeper, refining your personal vision to create expressive imagery. He’ll also share processing techniques to convey the desired effect.
Mark will lead day and night photography field sessions to some of the Cape’s finest scenery: the ocean, beaches, marshes, woods, lighthouses and fishing villages. During indoor instructional sessions, he’ll explore the beautiful interaction of light and subject that speaks to somewhere deep within us. He’ll cover field and digital darkroom methods for:
- Reading weather and shooting the light
- Shooting at sunrise and sunset, twilight and at night
- Photographing the night landscape in relation to the celestial skies
- Previsualizing images for artistic result
Seeing from different vantage points
- Designing and fine-tuning powerful compositions using the principles of visual flow, dynamic tension, balance, leading lines, shapes and patterns
- Using exposure to control mood and atmosphere
- Determining exposure at night
- Achieving critical focus day and night
- Using Live View
- Working creatively with your full suite of lenses
- Varying shutter speed for artistic effect
- Targeting color and tonal palettes
- The artistry of long exposures
- Creating expressionistic abstracts
- Planning and shooting multiple exposures: layer masks, panoramas, HDR’s, star trails and time-lapse sequences
- Focus stacking to maximize depth of field
- Blending multiple exposures with state-of-the-art software
Informative and inspiring, this workshop is geared for both amateur and advanced photographers who want to learn to envision the image-making potential of a variety of landscapes and translate it into compelling imagery. Join Mark to explore wonders of the Cape — from dawn to deep night.
Mark Bowie is a professional nature photographer, writer and much sought after public speaker. His work has been published internationally in books, on calendars and posters, and in advertising media. His first two coffee table books, Adirondack Waters and In Stoddard’s Footsteps have become landmark regional publications. They were followed by The Adirondacks: In Celebration of the Seasons. He is an expert on night photography and has produced two comprehensive e-books on the subject: The Light of Midnight: Photographing the Landscape at Night, and After Midnight: Night Photography by Example. His latest e-book, Finding November, is full of lessons on the art of seeing. Mark does presentations, photography workshops and seminars for camera clubs and other groups. For more on his work, see www.markbowie.com.
What To Bring-
For questions contact Mark Bowie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Equipment Suggestions
In addition to all your basic equipment like cameras and lenses, I consider the following items important. You can learn more about them at the workshop, but I made this checklist as a reminder to bring them if you already own them. Items essential to this workshop are in bold:
Camera – and extra camera body if you have one, just in case.
Lenses – Lenses from wide-angle zooms to telephotos will be of use on this workshop. Also consider bringing your other favorite lenses, including macro and fast super wide-angle lenses in the 14-24mm range, especially for night photography.
Tripod – Light levels are usually too low early in the day and at night to photograph properly without a sturdy tripod. If you need to purchase one, I can offer recommendations. Hunt’s Photo often offers discount specials to my students.
Lots of Memory Card Storage.
Camera Battery Charger and Extra Batteries.
Non-abrasive Lens Cleaning Cloth and Wipes.
Neutral Density (ND) Filters, Graduated Neutral Density Filters – To extend exposure times. Mark uses Tiffen 3- and 6-stop IR neutral density filters. See www.tiffen.com. Lee Filters also makes quality filters. See www.leefilters.com.
Graduated Neutral Density Filters – Primarily for daytime use. Mark uses Singh-Ray 2-stop soft and 3-stop hard-edge graduated filters. See www.singh-ray.com/grndgrads.html.
Shutter Release – You can use a locking cable release, a wireless remote, or the camera’s self-timer (usually good only for exposures up to 30 seconds). Shutter releases are available for specific camera models, from simple units that only trip the shutter, to more advanced units that allow the photographer to program exposure time, count down the exposure, shoot multiple exposures and timed intervals. These are available from photo retailers, including Hunts Photo and Video. Mark uses a wireless remote shutter release, the hahnel Giga T Pro II, about $99.
Intervalometer – For time-lapse photography. If you are a Canon shooter, consider the Canon TC-80N3 Remote timer, or an equivalent. See
Here’s a less expensive alternative, but identical in structure and function: http://www.amazon.com/Cowboystudio-Timer-Remote-Control-Shutter/dp/B003PFYKGW/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1378831815&sr=8-6&keywords=canon+remote+timer.