Basics of Nature Photography w/ Robert Clark in the West Virginia Highlands
Build a solid foundation on the techniques and art of nature photography all the while photographing some of the finest mountain & waterfall scenery the East Coast has to offer.
Robert Clark is a fine art nature and landscape photographer. Born in North Carolina, he is a graduate of the University of Georgia and Georgia Institute of Technology. His love for photography began with his first camera, a Yashica Rangefinder, a Christmas present from his parents while in the 8th grade. A graphic designer, architect, landscape photographer, and teacher, he works as a media designer and manager for the National Park Service. His work can be found in private collections, interpretive exhibits and publications for the National Park Service, museums, galleries, and internationally for corporate clients. In 2009 he was selected to be a MOAB Master by MOAB Paper Company, a division of Legion Paper.
Robert’s view of the landscape and how to photograph it has been tempered and inspired by many people. Early in his life he devoured the work of Ansel Adams. It was these iconic images that set the early stage for a life of chasing light in the American landscape. For him there is great challenge, and often great pleasure, in experiencing that moment when a landscape reveals something of itself that no other photographer has managed to see or capture.
- Dates: TBD
- Location: Canaan Valley, WV
- Instructor: Robert Clark
- Tuition: 995.00
During this week of learning the basics, you explore the craft of photography with an instructor who makes the process fun. Split between classroom lectures, hands-on field shoots, and lively critique sessions, you listen as topics are thoroughly explained indoors—and then actively explore them through trial and error outdoors. Your instructor teaches you the building blocks of photography: Shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and how they all work together to determine exposure. You learn how to interpret your camera’s histogram, adjust the white balance, and use various metering modes. An A–to–Z equipment lecture covers cameras, lenses, tripods, and more. Learn how to use depth of field to stunning creative effect, and how techniques for composition can make your images sing. Group critiques help you identify areas you can improve while letting you see the work of your classmates.
The Basic Photography Workshop is where it all starts. If you’re new to photography look no further, this is the first block in your photographic pyramid. F-stops and Shutter Speeds will be demystified and you’ll be using your camera in Manual Exposure Mode by the second day! You’ll learn about how to control Depth of Field and Focus as well as how shutter speed affects movement. Need to understand the difference between JPEG and RAW or struggling with the basics of White Balance? This workshop has you covered. The main focus of this week is taking control of your camera and getting consistently good exposures and sharp images. You’ll learn why your camera continually gives you exposures that just don’t cut it and how to outsmart your camera to get better photographs. And if you are already familiar with some of these concepts but lack the confidence to consistently utilize them manually – meaning using your brain rather than relying on the camera’s very limited computer brain – this may be the way to go for you to help solidify your understanding.
This workshop will be held at the Canaan Valley Lodge & Conference Center, Canaan Valley, West Virginia. Your class will meet in the TBT Room at the hotel. This workshop begins Sunday at 7 p.m. and ends Thursday after sunset.
We suggest that you stay at this location during the course of the workshop. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel directly. Be sure to indicate that you are a student of Rocky Mountain School of Photography.
Canaan Valley Resort State Park
230 Main Lodge Rd.
Davis, WV 26260
North 39 degrees 01.450′ • West 079 degrees 27.889′
Toll Free: 800-622-4121
Rates: Rooms have been blocked at the rate of $TBT per night + tax for a standard room for Saturday, April 11 and $TBT per night + tax Sunday – Thursday, dates TBT
Cutoff date: Be sure to make your reservations by TBT, 2015. After this date, reservations will be based on availability.
Cancellation Policy: Please check with the hotel regarding their cancellation policy.
Free parking is available at the hotel.
AIL is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or other emergencies or reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets/hotel rooms in the event of a course cancellation. Please consider the purchase of trip/travel insurance.
The nearest airport for this workshop is the Dulles International Airport, located approximately 160 miles from the hotel. For information about carrier and flight schedules visit the airport website.
Major car rental companies are available at the airports. Contact information and links can be found by visiting the airport websites.
Travel During Workshop
You are responsible for your own transportation during the workshop. For transportation to and from field shoots, we suggest that students carpool to get to know fellow students. Your final email will include a car share list of interested participants.
You are responsible for your own meals during the workshop. Your instructor will allow plenty of breaks in the schedule.