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Pocket Camera Flower Photography

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Sat., May 18, 2013 | 9 am – 5 pm
$75 Burke Members/$89 general public (Class size limited to 15)

You love wildflowers and the natural landscape. You have a pocket digital camera, but aren’t quite sure how to use it to capture great wildflower and scenic photos. Sound familiar? Then this course is for you!

Photographer Mark Turner will help you learn new ways to see the flowers, create strong compositions, separate subjects from distracting backgrounds, control natural light, and take charge of your camera’s many features. This course includes an illustrated lecture, demonstrations, and field practice with individual guidance and feedback to help guide your learning.

Class Schedule:

9:00 am Welcome, introductions, and illustrated lecture on the art of seeing and photographing (in Hitchcock Hall, Room 246).
10:30 am Photograph in the University of Washington Medicinal Herb Garden.
12:00 p.m Lunch (students provide their own).
2:30 pm Return to Hitchcock Hall, download images to computers, edit, and group critique.
Clothing: Dress comfortably for a day working outside. Be prepared for the weather, including the possibility of rain. Layers are best, and comfy shoes are a must. We’ll be on paved, gravel, or lawn surfaces.
Lunch: Bring a sack lunch. Weather permitting we will eat in the garden. Don’t forget your refillable water bottle.
Questions: Be prepared with your questions. This is an interactive, hands-on class and you’ll get the most out of it when you ask questions about anything you’re unsure about.

Mark Turner is a freelance editorial photographer specializing in botanical subjects, especially Northwest wildflowers and gardens. He photographs extensively for books and magazines both in gardens and in a wide range of native plant environments. Mark is the photographer of the award-winning Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest and Bellingham Impressions. He lives in Bellingham, Washington where he also runs a successful portrait business.

CAMERA EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES: Please feel free to contact Mark via telephone (360-671-6851) or email (mark@turnerphotographics.com) if you have any questions or concerns regarding equipment.

  • Digital camera. The focus of this course is on working with pocket-size digital cameras. However, you are welcome to bring a digital SLR if you prefer.
  • Camera manual. There may be features of your camera that you weren’t aware of, or that you’ve forgotten how to use. Having the manual handy is very helpful.
  • Extra batteries for your camera.
  • Extra memory cards for your camera.
  • Tripod. Optional. A small tripod is a composition tool as well as a way to hold your camera steady. But many people don’t bother with one when using a pocket camera.
  • Laptop.
  • Card reader or your camera-to-computer cable to copy files to your laptop.
  • Photo editing software. We will be reviewing and editing our photos after our field session in the garden and then sharing them on the big screen for group critique. Your instructor uses Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, and BreezeBrowser. If you don’t already own a program, consider Google Picasa (free), IrfanView (free), or Adobe Photoshop Elements. If you use a Mac, iPhoto should do the job. Note that this is NOT a class on using the software tools, so you should be familiar with whatever program you use before you come to class.

Preregistration is required by May 10th.   To register, please send a check made out to the University of Washington to the following address:

c/o David Giblin
Box 355325
University of Washington
Seattle, WA  98195-5325

For further information or questions please contact David Giblin at dgiblin@uw.edu or call 206-543-1682.

Photo: Mark Turner