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Winter Nature Photography for Beginners: February 25, 2017

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Winter Nature Photography for Beginners

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Rick Sheremeta, M.E., P.E. 

Glacier Park in winter presents many unique opportunities for the outdoor photographer.  Glacier’s stillness throughout the winter months only punctuates the scale and beauty of the mountains and waters we will photograph throughout the day.  Beginning and experienced photographers alike will find ways to challenge themselves and develop their photographic abilities through the skills gained in this one-day workshop. 

This program will be a comprehensive introductory course for beginners in photography set in the beautiful and grandiose Glacier National Park. In this course, you will learn not only the basics of “How to make a photograph” versus just taking a snapshot, but also advanced techniques that will help you improve your overall photographic skills.  You will learn how to develop your own creative vision through use of composition, working with natural lighting, control of motion, use of perspective and depth-of-field, plus other valuable skills all intended to help sharpen your photographic capabilities.

Meeting time: Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Meeting place: Glacier National Park Community Building

Itinerary:  We’ll begin with a one-hour slide show and discussion to introduce you to the basics of photography.  After the introduction, we’ll spend about an hour in the field along the shoreline of Lake McDonald exploring detailed exposure and composition techniques.  We’ll then return to the Community Building for a warm-up and lunch.  After lunch, we’ll snowshoe out to Lower McDonald Creek for more fieldwork, and return by about 2:00 PM.  Back in the classroom, we’ll spend the remainder of time reviewing what we learned, and conducting a review/critique of images shot.  The class will end by about 4:00 PM.

Food:  Students are responsible for their own meals.  Please bring a sack lunch and ample snacks (fatty foods will help keep you warm).

Required Equipment (all seasons): Warm Inner Layers

Course Equipment:

  • Please bring basic photo gear – camera body, lens(es), tripod, memory card(s), extra batteries, polarizing filter and holder (if you have them), and gear bag.  The most important equipment during winter in Glacier is good outdoor clothing including warm footwear and gloves.  Snowshoes will also be required.  Please call the Glacier Institute in advance if you will need to borrow a pair of snowshoes.  Bring your laptop and memory card reader for download of images for wrap-up review.

 

Prerequisites: Please be familiar with the functions and menus on your camera. Due to time constraints, it is not possible for the instructor to devote limited time trying to figure out for you how your camera works.  Please know where your controls are, and if necessary, have your camera manual on-hand. 

            MANDATORY CONTROLS TO KNOW:

  • How to turn camera on and off;
  • How to set camera MODES – Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, etc.;
  • How to change ISO;
  • How to change Exposure Compensation in Aperture/Shutter Priority Modes;
  • How to activate Histogram on Image Preview Screen – PLEASE HAVE IT TURNED ON

Physical Requirements: Short Easy hikes.   We’ll walk about a mile along Lower McDonald Creek and/or lake shore in Apgar Village.  The elevation gain will be less than 100 feet.

Transportation: Students are responsible for travel between the Community Building and Apgar. We will be walking and snowshoeing in Apgar.

Recommended Reading:

Mountain Light. Galen Rowell.

The Art of Photographing Nature.  Martha Hill and Art Wolfe.

The Nature Photographer’s Complete Guide to Professional Field Techniques.  John Shaw

Exploring Glacier National Park: A Natural History Guide.   David Rockwell, Falcon Publishing, 2002.