Fall through the Lens – Photography Workshop at The Holden Arboretum – October 18, 2014

For most photographers, when they have mastered some basic technical skills, finding attractive subjects, composition and lighting are the most challenging aspects of nature and landscape photography. This will be the theme of “Fall through the Lens “, a 1-day workshop on Saturday, October 18, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, at The Holden Arboretum in Lake County, Ohio. I’ve been a Holden member for more than 30 years, and have visited and photographed every corner of this beautiful, 4000-acre area of woodlands and wetlands, rivers and streams, gardens and meadows in northeast Ohio. I was honored to produce the photographs for a book, The Holden Arboretum, with text by Steve Love, published by The University of Akron Press in 2002, which celebrated the 75th anniversary of the founding of The Holden Arboretum in 1931.

View near Carver's Pond, The Holden Arboretum
View near Carver’s Pond, The Holden Arboretum

We’ll begin the workshop with a classroom session on learning how to “see” photographically, followed by a slide program that will help you to answer compositional questions like:

* How do I pick the best viewpoint for photographing a subject?

* Is a horizontal or vertical format best?

* Where do I place the main subject in the picture frame to get the maximum impact?

* Where should the horizon be placed, in scenic photography?

* How can I maximize depth-of-field, in scenic photographs, or minimize it, for close-ups?

* What is “visual energy” in a composition, and how do I control it?

* What should I leave out, when composing a photograph?

* How do I best compose with color?

Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Black and Yellow Garden Spider
Crabapples, The Holden Arboretum, Lake County, Ohio
Crabapples, The Holden Arboretum, Lake County, Ohio

Great lighting is just as important as an effective composition when photographing landscapes and close-ups. Contrary to what many beginners in photography may think, bright sunshine is usually the worst lighting for expressive landscape and close-up photography. We’ll review the different types of ambient lighting, and discuss the use of flash in outdoor photography.

Bear's Tooth Fungus, The Holden Arboretum, Lake County, Ohio
Bear’s Tooth Fungus, The Holden Arboretum, Lake County, Ohio

After the classroom session, we’ll break for lunch and spend the rest of the day visiting some of the best locations at Holden for fall photography. This workshop includes a review/critique session at Holden on Saturday, October 25, from 2-4 pm, to view your best images from the afternoon photo shoot, provide you with feedback, and share some tips for fine-tuning and sharing your fall photos using Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and other image editing software.

To register, visit the Holden Arboretum’s website at www.holdenarb.org, or call Vonna Vecchio or Joy Totedo at (440)-602-3833.

For more information about the workshop, send an email to: ian@ianadamsphotography.com or call Ian Adams at (330)-920-7401.



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