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June 29 - July 2

Flower Techniques Workshop

Single Supplement - $250

Flight Destination: Denver, CO

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Let your creative juices flow and think outsie the box where field instruction emphasizes creative macro, impressionism, multiple-exposure, focus stacking, and high dynamic range photography techniques as well as extreme close-up work.

This workshop includes several very interesting and different post-capture classroom lectures and stimulating assignments to make you think differently while shooting.

This workshop will be the perfect trip to train your eye to find amazing subtleties in flower photography as well as learning abstract techniques to take flower photography to the next level.

During this workshop seeing and translating what we see into the camera will be stressed. Some of the highlights you will walk away with include:

- Understanding the difference between beautiful and photogenic
- Learning to pre-visualize your image
- The use of selective focus
- Understanding the importance of the background
- Composing flowers and plants as abstracts
- Design elements such as lines, shapes, textures and color
- Controlling depth of field
- Exposure control to make the subject pop
- Using ambient light to its fullest
- Taking advantage of recent watering to have water droplets be a major element
- Special post-processing techniques

All of the techniques from these sessions will translate to any type of flower photography desired in the future, whether it be at a botanic gardens, arrangements at home or in a beautiful field of wildflowers.

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In the room we will explore new techniques in post procoessing to create artistic beauty of your flower photography. You won't believe how simple it is to turen an ordinary flower photo into an impressionistic body of work. Some techniques may create images you will never try again but knowing the capabilitiesand learning new things will provide a sense of adventure.

We'll also have a night session where we will work with a group of flowers to work in controlled settings for some extreme macro work, looking at the intricacies and anatomy of a flower, which is exactly where most of the beauty is found.

Nestled in the historic Cherry Creek area of Denver, the Denver Botanic Gardens is one of the premier botanical gardens in the United States. The gardens present a wide range of collections that illustrate a wide diversity of plants and define and celebrate its Western identity of its unique high altitude climate and geography.

Filled with elegance and rich tradition, the gardens feature plenty of both outdoor and indoor displays and is a living expression of all its designers knew visitors would enjoy. With an ever-changing palette of colors, awe-inspiring discoveries await at every turn as we explore the gardens.

The program consists of three full-morning sessions at the Denver Botanic Gardens, two evening sessions of programs, working with images on the computers and other instructional programs. The workshop begins with a wonderful dinner and an instructional program highlighting the wonders that will be included in the upcoming sessions. We may even sneak out to a wonderful rose garden one of the evenings.

* Hotel, transportation and some meals included in cost
* Pick-up and drop-off from designated airport
* Hands-on help in the field
* Our aim is to help you capture great images in a relaxed atmosphere and teach material that will help you take better photos the next time you go into the field

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