Walking Bear Photography, LLC is pleased to offer courses of instruction to the public to enhance the level of photographic knowledge of the general public. The courses of instruction are designed to assist the student in reaching a greater level of understanding of the course topic and enhance their overall photographic experience. Our courses of instruction typically involve meeting on Friday evening with an introduction and classroom instruction lasting approximately 3 hours with breaks.
On Saturday the class commences early, generally around a half hour after dawn (earlier if students would like to photograph the sunrise) and training continues at a location chosen to enhance the learning opportunities and building on the classroom instruction from the previous evening. The location shooting will continue until mid-afternoon when we will break for clean up and dinner (individually or as a group). We will reconvene Saturday evening in the classroom for a presentation and critique or selected images from that days shoot.
Sunday we will return to the field location to take advantage of critiques from the previous nights work and will break in the early afternoon for clean up. A group dinner at a local restaurant to wrap up the weekend is available for those who wish on a pay as you go basis.
Workshop Sign Ups
Upon completion of submitting a request for a seat in one of our courses you will receive an e-mail confirming your request was received and whether or not the class is currently full. If the class is full and there are enough people interested beyond the maximum of 8 for the class another class will be scheduled. If your request is received before the class is full you will be sent an invoice for the amount of the course via PayPal. You will not be considered registered for the course until payment is received. A course will not be considered full until payment for 8 seats has been received.
Workshop fees include the instruction and a booklet with the information presented. The booklet will be sent to your address prior to the class convening. The deadline for payment is two weeks prior to the course dates. This is to allow for the shipping of the course book so the students can review the material prior to arrival. Course fees do not include transportation or any lodging fees the student may incur. The course fee does not include the cost of meals either. Workshop fees are refundable in full up until the two week deadline for payment. After the deadline a 50% refund of the cost of the course will be made.
Workshop Equipment Requirements
Each workshop has its own set of equipment requirements. Items listed are considered a minimum recommendation and these are by no means all inclusive lists. The recommended equipment list is for course work only. It is assumed that things such as seasonal appropriate clothing will be included in your list of things to bring as well as notebooks, writing instruments and other such items necessary to a learning environment.
Fundamentals of Photography
Camera – Any type of camera will suffice based on how much you want to get out of the course. The more sophisticated the camera the more you will be able to accomplish. This course was designed for those who still shoot film (as I do) and those who shoot digital (which I also use). Any camera from a pinhole type to a disposable to a digital point and shoot to the most sophisticated 35 mm, medium format or large format camera can be used in this course.
Filters – A polarizer for color shots is all that is recommended. If you are shooting black and white film I recommend bringing an orange or red filter as well.
Cable Release (if available) – This comes in very handy. You can use the timer feature to take the shot, however, timing can be everything and waiting even 2 seconds for the shutter to go can waste all the set up time or the spontaneity of the shot you are trying to create. It’s better to be able to trip the shutter when you want than it is to wait for a timer and hope nothing changes.
Flash Unit – Optional if you don’t have a built in flash on your camera.
Tripod – An absolute must have item.
Extra digital media cards – Whether your camera uses SD or CF or any other digital media format it is always good to have more cards. We do not recommend cards or greater than 2GB in size as cards can go bad or, even worse, get lost. A 2GB card will hold an average of 120 images in RAW format.
Digital media holders – This is strictly for the care and protection of your digital media cards.
Laptop with small portable hard drive – This is so you have a place to dump your images at the end of the day. An 80GB or higher 2.5 inch drive with an enclosure and cable can be purchased on-line for a very reasonable amount of money and is very handy for dumping images to.
For those shooting film we will make every effort get your film processed prior to the Saturday evening classroom session so your shots can be scanned and viewed digitally. To this end we recommend using print film vice slide film to facilitate timely processing.
For this course we recommend all of the items listed in the Fundamentals of Photography class plus the following:
Macro filters/Extension tubes/Macro capable lens – This course of instruction teaches the art of getting up close and personal with the subject to be photographed. To this end one or all, if you so desire, of the items should be in your toolkit. Any of these items can be purchased from web sites such as B&H Photo Video or Adorama.
For this course a sturdy tripod and cable release are an absolute must as is a good quality 35 mm camera with interchangeable lenses. We recommend a ball head mount for your tripod also although a pan head arrangement will work also.