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Gualala Arts Workshop
Digital Nature Photography Weekend: Basics to Advanced
Instructor: Kathy Adams Clark

Saturday & Sunday
October 2 - 3, 2010
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Kathy Adams Clark
Register by:   September 17, 2010
Tuition:   $200 members, $225 non-members
Materials fee:   $5
Materials list:   Digital Nature Photography

This weekend workshop will be a blend of classroom presentations and outdoor shooting.

Classroom sessions will take participants from the basics to more advanced techniques. Nature photography will be the emphasis with tips on photographing landscapes, birds, butterflies, flowers, and other things in nature. Level of discussion will be based on knowledge and skills of the group. Outdoor sessions will allow time to practice and experiment.

Session 1: We're All On The Same Page
The workshop begins with an overview of camera operations and nature photography. The overview covers camera operations, including light meters, shutter speed, f/stop, ISO, and helpful camera settings. Equipment used by nature photographers will be covered. This session is designed to ensure all participants are using the same vocabulary and feel comfortable with basic concepts of photography.

Session 2: Image Critique
Participants will bring five images to the critique session. (Submission instructions upon registration.) Kathy will critique the images without knowing who took each photo. Then the photographers will be revealed and the images discussed in more detail. The objective of this session is to let participants share their work, see what other people photograph, and understand how others view photography.

Session 3: Putting The Pieces Together
What makes a good photograph? What's needed to get a winning photo to bird, flower, or landscape? During this session, we'll go though the different types of nature photography and discuss equipment, settings, composition, styles, angles, and other things that lead to a good photograph.

Kathy Adams Clark     Kathy Adams Clark

Session 4: Adding Light and Pushing the Envelope
Using your flash, how the camera and flash communicate, working with off-camera flash, and working with multiple flashes. Reflectors, flashlights, and other forms of light will also be discussed. Pushing the envelope includes long exposures, filters, light painting, high-dynamic range photography, panoramic photography, and video with a digital SLR.

Session 5: Evening and Morning Shoot Outdoors
Photography in the field in the afternoon light to end the day. Morning photography the following day.

Session 6: What Did You Get?
Download at our classroom in the Gualala Arts Center. Share experiences and photographs.

Session 7: Digital Workflow & Processing
Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom 3 are get tools to process and manage digital images. Learn how the software packages are designed, what they can do for you, and how to develop a streamline workflow to get digital photos processed, catalogued, and moved off your hard drive. Overview of processing traditional images as well as HDR, Panoramic, and Video. Hands-on processing.

Session 8: Image Presentation
Participants present five images from the weekend shoot. Critique, discussion, and celebration of the images. Questions and answer concerning what went right and what didn't work.

Kathy Adams Clark

About Kathy Adams Clark

Kathy Adams Clark has been a professional nature photographer since 1995.

She runs a stock agency that represents the work of fifteen outstanding nature photographers. Kathy's work has been published in many places including Nature's Best, New York Times, Birder's World, Texas Highways and Family Fun. Her photos have also appeared in a numerous books and calendars.

Her photos appear every week in the "Nature" column in the Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express News written by her husband, Gary Clark. Kathy and Gary have published four books and have two more in the works that combine their photography and writing skills.

Kathy teaches photography at local and national events. She leads photo workshops to Costa Rica, Ecuador, Italy and Morocco through Strabo Tours. Kathy is Past-president of the North American Nature Photography Association.

See also: Gualala Arts Workshop Registration, Payment & Cancellation Policy.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.