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Morning: Photo Walk Session through the streets of NY – 8:00am -11:00am ~ First we will head to Ferrara’s Bakery for a fresh baked pastry and coffee before hitting the streets.
Lunch together at one of Little Italy’s popular restaurants.
Grand Central Terminal: 1:30pm- 3:30pm, We will spend 2 hours photographing inside the palatial terminal where our emphasis will be on HDR Capture; special tripod permits have been granted.
Late Afternoon Photo Session ~ 3:30pm -5:30pm
Break: Back to hotel for a short rest, dinner on your own.
Evening: Photograph the Flatiron Building at night from the top of the Empire State Building 9:00pm*
Morning: Photo walk session through the streets of NYC ` 9:00am -11:30am
Lunch together at one of New York’s popular restaurants.
Afternoon Photo Session: Rockefeller Center*
Break: Back to hotel and dinner on your own.
Times Square at night, 9:00pm *
*Schedule subject to change, a detailed information sheet will be sent upon registration, including accommodations and travel tips. * use of tripods may be difficult and not permitted in some areas of NYC, I have included some options for using tripods in the additional info sheet. A strict limit of 10 participants with an 8 person minimum. Two restaurant lunches with the group, admission to the top of the Empire State Building, Ferrara’s pastry and coffee, Subway fees included in price. Limit 10/4 spots available
Nickerson Beach, 2 last minute semi-private workshop days. May 28th (evening shoot 4:00pm-7:30pm ) or May 29th (morning shoot 6:00am-9:30am). Photograph American Oystercatcher, Piping Plover, Common Terns, Black Skimmer and more. Each session includes image review during lunch with the small group. $200.00 per person, or both sessions for $375.00.
Join me along with Rick Sammon and Kevin A. Pepper for Lavender Fields, Provence and the legendary Camargue Horses ~ June 6 to June 12, 2013
Locations: Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Carmargue stallions at the Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, Marseilles, Gordes, Plateau de Sault, Gorges de la Nesque, Cistercian Abbaye de Senanque. ochre valleys Luberon valley.
Dates: June 6 to June 12, 2013
Price: $4795 USD. Deposit Required to secure spot: $750
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I will be conducting a one day HDR Photography Workshop on June 16, 2013 at Pennhurst Asylum. We will photograph for 4 hours inside the Mayflower building and maybe one or two other buildings. This will be my first visit to this asylum so those joining me will be receiving this workshop at a discounted price. It will sell for $250.00 after the first trip. We will not be photographing in any of the “Haunted House” areas as that does not appeal to me at all. This workshop has a minimum of 15.
Place: Pennhurst Asylum in PA
Date: June 16, 2013
Time: 10:00am- 2:00pm
Price: $195.00 which includes the $100.00 entrance fee.
Tripods recommended, a detailed information sheet including location and meet up spot will be provided upon registration.
Pennhurst first opened its doors in November of 1908 and quickly became over crowded. By the 60′s the asylum housed 2,791 people, most of them children with disabilities including mental retardation and autism. In 1987 Pennhurst closed its doors due to overcrowding, lack of funds, inadequate staffing and decades of rumored reports of abuse and neglect.
GALAPAGOS Photo Cruise of a Lifetime IPT/The Complete Galapagos Photographic Experience
July 2-16, 2013 on the boat. 13 FULL and two 1/2 days of photography: $12,749. Limit 13/FULL.
Included three nights in the luxury hotel–the Hilton Quito Colon, round trip airfare to and from Baltra, all meals on the boat–the food is great, lunch times 2 and one dinner on Peurto Ayora, our hotel on Puerto Ayora, all park fees and related costs, all ground transfers, and a five star thank you dinner on the evening of July 17th.
In-the-field photo instruction and guidance. The greatest-ever itinerary. By far. We visit every great spot on a single trip. The great spots include: Tower Island (including Prince Phillips Steps and Darwin Bay), Hood Island (including Punta Suarez, the world’s only nesting site of Waved Albatross, and Gardner Bay)—each of the preceding are world class wildlife photography designations that rank right up there with Antarctica, Africa, and Midway), Fernandina, Peurto Ayora for the tortoises, Puerto Egas—James Bay, North Seymour, South Plaza, Black Turtle Cove, Floreana, Urbina Bay, and China Hat. Plus tons more. And lots of snorkeling for those who wish to partake.
And the world’s greatest Galapagos guide. By far. We will be the first boat on each island in the morning and the last boat to leave each island every afternoon. If we are blessed with overcast weather, we often spend 5-6 hours at the best sites. And as noted above, midday snorkeling on most sunny days depending on location. Note: some of the walks are strenuous. Great images are possible on all landings with a hand held 70-200mm lens. I always bring a big lens also as that fits my style.
Not included. Your round trip airfare from your home to and from Quito, beverages, phone calls, and the $500 (US cash) per/person tip for the guide and crew; that breaks down to roughly $35/day shared by the 8 folks who will be waiting on us hand and foot every day for two weeks. The service is so wonderful that many folks choose to tip extra.
If you would like to sign up for this workshop email me
Skimmer Feeding ~ Nickerson Beach
Nickerson Beach-Nesting Birds Instructional Photo Tour
Co-leaders: Arthur Morris & Denise Ippolito ~ July 23-25, 2013 ~ $1099
Introductory slide program on Monday July 22, 2013. Limit 12/Openings 1.
Join Arthur Morris and me on Long Island, NY this summer to photograph Common Tern chicks, baby American Oystercatchers, and just-hatched Black Skimmer chicks along with the adults. The opportunities will include chances to photograph a variety of breeding behaviors including courtship feeding, display flight and combat, and copulations. To sign up for this action packed, fun workshop e-mail me and I will send you a detailed PDF upon registration which includes gear recommendations, hotel and much much more.
9:00 am -9:45am – John Barclay ~ Discovery & The Creative Choice
Have you ever arrived at a location and wonder what there is to photograph? Discovering worthy images can be a challenge. John’s inspirational program is filled with ideas that will help you overcome your feelings of F.U.D (Fears, Uncertainties and Doubts} and create your own unique images no matter where you are.
short break for questions
10:00am -10:45am – Denise Ippolito ~ “Before & After the Filters”
During this 45 minute program Denise will share some of her favorite creative filters and effects; she will show the base image before the filter has been applied and then the finished image after the effects have been applied. Seeing the before and after will be a great way to help you learn to choose the right filter for each image.
short break for questions
11:00am -11:45am – Tony Sweet ~ Loosen Up!!
Break out of the box of traditional photography. It’s always about the image, but modern photography is much different than it used to be. With modern software and hardware, we can do whatever we can imagine. Fasten your seat belts for a fast paced, information packed presentation guaranteed to expand your creative reach!
15 minutes of questions and answers
LUNCH BREAK 12:00noon- 1:30 pm
1:30pm-2:15pm -John Barclay – Crafting Images with Topaz, Nik and Totally Rad.
John will do a live processing session where he will demonstrate concepts and share ideas of how to use Plug-Ins from Nik, Topaz and Totally Rad.
short break for questions
2:30pm-3:15pm- Denise Ippolito -Lightpad Photography, Denise will share some of her favorite flower images that she has created using a Lightpad to illuminate them from underneath. She will also share her tips and techniques, so that you too, can create unique works of art from your flower images. Bring your camera and give it a try or two. No tripods please as we won’t have time for everyone to set them up.
short break for questions
3:30pm -4:15pm- Tony Sweet – The Invisible Worlds of Photography
There is a whole other world out there that we live in, but cannot see, and can only be seen when captured using an altered camera, extreme density filters, and software voodoo. Photographing things we cannot see is thrilling. Tony will illustrate and delve into, as much as possible in 45 minutes, the worlds of very long exposure photography, movement, traditional and color infrared photography.
15 minute question and answer time
*All Day Seminar on Saturday July 27th – price is $79.00 there will be boxed lunches available at an additional cost.
200 Leeder Hill Drive
Hamden, CT 06517
*Sunday Follow up Workshop at the Bannerman Castle $275.00. Participants will join all three leaders on a private island tour photographing the castle ruins. We will work on creative in-camera techniques as well as HDR capture and IR. Bring your love for photography and your willingness to try new ideas for this one of a kind workshop opportunity. A detailed info sheet will be provided upon registration. Price includes the boat ride to and from the island. You may bring a picnic basket if you like. Sunday July 28th from 4:30pm-8:30pm. This workshop has a minimum of 15 participants and we expect it to fill quickly.
Island historian Thom Johnson will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about the history of the site. Thom is also a member of the Bannerman Island Trust.
About the castle:
After the Spanish-American War, arms merchant Francis Bannerman bought 90 percent of the U.S. Army’s decommissioned weapons. Bannerman then constructed an arsenal on an island in the Hudson River. Built in the style of a Scottish castle, the arsenal featured a gateway once outfitted with a drawbridge. Long neglected and devastated by fire in 1969, the castle is now the focus of local preservation efforts.
Join me for my fourth workshop at the Lonaconing Silk Mill in Maryland. I have chosen to return again in August because I don’t want to wait for another winter to pass as the roof is in bad shape. The owner of the mill is looking into funding for the roof and if that happens then all will be good. I just don’t want to chance it as there is still so much to uncover at the silk mill… We will photograph on Saturday August 3rd from 1:00pm till 5:00pm inside the mill, then outside of the mill till 6pm. During the pizza party I will spend time sharing some of my images and post-processing tips with the group, I will also be offering image critiques for those who want to share some of their images from the day. This will aid us all in seeing different views, perspectives, etc.. Sunday morning at 9am we will head back out to the Silk Mill to capture all of those images that we missed. This will give us one full afternoon and one full morning to photograph. To see some more of my images from this great location click here. This workshop needs a minimum of 12.
*Anyone wishing to spend the morning photographing with me in the mill for a semi-private pre-workshop can sign up for the private session (August 3rd 9m- 1pm) for an additional $300.00 per person limited to 4/ 2 spots left.
Rain or shine
Date: Saturday & Sunday August 3rd and 4th
Time: Meet at 12:45pm sharp Saturday afternoon at the Silk Mill
Place: Lonaconing Silk Mill, Lonaconing Maryland
Cost: $399.00pp (which includes the $150.00pp admission fees and Pizza Party on Saturday night with the group).
I recommend that you bring a sturdy tripod and an assortment of lenses. My gear bag for this workshop will include: Oben CC-2320L 3-Section Carbon Fiber Lateral Tripod Legs-this is a reasonably priced sturdy tripod that I will be testing out for B&H, Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital Camera Body, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens, Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Autofocus Lens, Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM AF Lens, Canon 15mm fisheye lens replaced by the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Fisheye Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens, Lowepro Urban Photo Sling 150 (Black), Lowepro Pro Roller x200 Case , a foot stool, knee pads and a drop cloth.
A detailed PDF with additional instructions and hotel recommendation will be sent out upon registration.
About the Silk Mill:
The Lonaconing Silk Mill or aka the Klotz Throwing Company is located in Lonaconing, Maryland within the National Lonaconing Historic District along the Cumberland and Pennsylvania Railroad’s mainline. It is the last intact silk mill in the United States and was in operation from 1907-1957. Initially, silk was imported from Japan and China and the factory produced silk thread. During World War II that changed to rayon. The mill shut down operation in 1957 and has fallen into disrepair. The owner of the silk mill is trying to raise money to restore the mill and he allows photographers to enter the dilapidated building for a fee. After speaking with the owner the opportunity to photograph here may be lost forever if he is forced to sell.
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Sunflower Field Workshop
Join me on August 10th for a half day workshop at a beautiful Sunflower Field in Northern NJ. We will have the opportunity to view the field from a raised platform as well as close up and personal . Bring your macro, wide angle, fisheye and medium telephoto lenses because you will want to use every lens you have here! Emphasis will be on creative and imaginative photography. This workshop needs a minimum of 10.
Date: August 10, Saturday with a rain date of August 11th
Time: 7:30 am – 11:30am shooting session – then lunch
Price: $195.00 includes lunch with the group.
Tripods recommended, a detailed file will be sent with additional info needed to make the most of your workshop.
Bear Boat/Bears Catching Salmon IPT: September 2-9, 2013 from Kodiak, AK: $6699.
Maximum 6 + two leaders: Arthur Morris and Denise Ippolito. Openings: 1. (It is mandatory that you be in Kodiak no later than the late afternoon of September 1 to avoid missing the float plane(s) to the boat on the morning of September 2. With air travel in AK being what it is, with the chance of fog or other bad weather–being on Kodiak on August 31 is an even better plan). I will take the group out to dinner in Kodiak on the evening of September 1. Denise and I will plan on being on Kodiak on July 31 to avoid any potential disaster.
We will take one or more float planes to the boat mid-morning on September 2. We will photograph bears that afternoon and every day for the next six days (weather permitting of course). We should have bears catching salmon every day. In addition, we will get some nice stuff on Mew Gull and Glaucous-winged Gulls dining on roe and the remains of predated salmon. we may–depending on where the concentrations of bears are–get to photograph Harbor seals and some hauled out Steller’s Sea Lions (an endangered species). Halibut fishing (license required) is optional. On September 9, our last morning on the boat, we will photograph in the early morning and then return to Kodiak via float plane.
The eight days will consist of six full days (Sept 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8) of photography featuring lots of Coastal Brown Bears catching salmon as above plus a variety of other natural history subjects plus some nice scenic photography that I forgot to mention above. Plus the first afternoon and the last morning.
What’s included? 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS on the boat as above. All meals on the boat. (The food is quite excellent.) National Park fees. One night’s double occupancy lodging on Kodiak; arrive: Sept 1/depart: Sept 2. The thank-you-in-advance dinner on Sept 1. In-the-field photo tips, instruction, and guidance. An insight into the minds of two top professionals; we will constantly let you know what we are thinking, what we are doing, and why we are doing it. Small group image review, image sharing, and Photoshop instruction on the boat. Denise’s creativity will amaze you.
What’s not included: Your round trip airfare to and from Kodiak, AK (almost surely through Anchorage). All necessary lodging other than the cost of your double occupancy room on the night of August 31 should you opt to arrive early–we can arrange that in advance for you. We will let you know the cost of a single supplement if so desired. The cost of the round-trip float plane to the boat on September 2 and back to Kodiak on September 9. The cost of a round trip this year was $500. The suggested crew tip of $210.
A $2,000 per person non-refundable deposit by check only made out to “Arthur Morris” is required to hold your spot. Please click here and then scroll down and read our cancellation policies. Then please print, read, and sign the necessary paperwork here and send it to us with your deposit check.
Deposit due immediately. That leaves a balance of $4499. The first payment of $2499 is due January 15, 2013. The final payment of $2000 is due on April 15, 2013. The trip needs four folks to run. We have three already. We will however hold your deposit check until we have four in hand. At that time you will be notified that your check will be cashed and that you will have two weeks from then to purchase trip insurance.
If you would like to sign up for this workshop email me
A Creative Adventure/BIRDS AS ART Swan Island Dahlia Farm Instructional Photo-Tour
September 11-15, 2013: 5 DAYS: $1649
Join Denise Ippolito and Arthur Morris at the Swan Island Dahlia Farm in Canby Oregon (just south of Portland) for a great learning and photography experience. Swan Island features more than 40 acres with over 350 varieties of dahlias in a plethora of colors, shapes and sizes, making it one of the largest growers in the United States.
Daily Photo Schedule
We will enjoy four morning (7:00am till 10:30am) and five afternoon (3:30pm till 6pm) photography sessions. While we will do most of our photography at the Swan Island Dahlia Farm, we will also visit the Portland Rose Garden and/or the Portland Japanese Garden on this IPT. The in-the-field instruction will include seeing the situation, the use of selective focus, creative use of depth of field, histogram and exposure guidance, designing creative images, choosing your background, isolating your subject, lens options, and the use of reflectors and diffusers. Our field sessions will include challenging photography assignments geared to make you think creatively. Both personalized and small group instruction will be provided. All times are tentative and subject to change based on weather and local conditions.
Seminar Morning: Friday, September 13: 8:30am till 12:30pm.
Denise will begin by presenting her “Bloomin’ Ideas” program, an overview of the in-the-field and post-processing techniques that she has used and developed over the past few years to create her signature look. Artie will follow with a Photoshop session that will be geared towards all levels. He’ll be sharing some of his favorite techniques and tips while working on images from the first two days of the IPT. Denise will conclude the seminar portion of the IPT with a Photoshop demo; she will share her creative workflow using a variety of Photoshop filters and effects. The entire morning is designed to give you a peek into the minds of two very skilled and creative folks.
The group will have lunch together daily. All are invited to bring their laptops for image sharing.
We hope that you can join us for an intense five days of learning and some of the best flower photography to be had in North America.
Deposit Info and Cancellation Policies
A $449 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your slot for this IPT (Instructional Photo Tour). Your balance is due 5 months before the date of the IPT and is also non-refundable. If the trip fills, we will be glad to apply a credit applicable to a future IPT for the full amount less a $100 processing fee. If we do not receive your check for the balance on or before the due date we will try to fill your spot from the waiting list. If your spot is filled, you will lose your deposit. If not, you can secure your spot by paying your balance.
*Non-photographer spouses/companions may join most North American IPTs tours for $50/day. This fee includes all slide programs, lunches, and in-the-field sessions.
Old Car City Creative Photography In-the-Field HDR Workshop: Sunday, October 13, 2013/ 9am till 1pm. White, Georgia: $250 plus a $15 entrance fee donation (cash only on the day of the event) that will go to charity. Limit: 16 photographers.
On October 13, 2013, Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART and Denise Ippolito/A Creative Adventure will be conducting an In-the-Field HDR Workshop at Old Car City in White, Georgia. Old Car City is about an hour north of Atlanta, GA and an hour south of Chattanooga, TN where they will be doing a full day seminar for the Photographic Society of Chattanooga on Saturday, October 12th.
We are both very excited about photographing at this new location which boasts 4,500 old cars on 34 acres mostly along wooded trails. The property is usually closed on Sundays but the owner is graciously allowing two small groups private access that day; we are thrilled to be one of them!
Bring your tripod and a variety of lenses from fish eye through 70-200mm at least. Folks who assemble their HDR images on their computers will learn the steps needed to create the very best originals. Folks using Canon or Nikon cameras that create in-camera HDRs will receive guidance as to exactly how best to do that. Folks with the Canon 5D Mark III will learn our favorite in-camera HDR settings. All will receive in-the-field guidance on seeing the situation, choosing the best perspective, image design and composition, setting up their gear, and getting the right exposure. Bring your old jeans and dirty sneakers and prepare to roll up your sleeves!
To register, call BIRDS AS ART at 863-692-0906, or, send a personal check for $250 made out to “Arthur Morris” to Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART, PO Box 7245, Indian Lake Estates, FL, or, send a Paypal to us at BirdsAsArt. In the latter two cases be sure to note that your payment is for the Old Car City In-the-Field Workshop and be sure to include your name, e-mail address, and phone number. We hope that you can join us.
November 21- 25, 2013
Join me for 4 full days of photography at Bosque del Apache, NM. I have co-led three Birds As Art workshops with Arthur Morris at Bosque in the past. This workshop will be geared towards flight photography & creative photography. I’d like to get you beyond the “regular shots” that are so common at Bosque and get you thinking of ways to make your images stand out from the crowd. Emphasis will be on using the amazing sky colors that are a Bosque hallmark to our advantage.
Action, action-we want action! Yes, we do! However missing those shots over and over again can be frustrating. Nothing is more exhilarating then capturing a Sandhill Crane coming in for a landing with beautiful last light. Let me get you into position and help you with your camera settings.
Our goal will be to capture the gorgeous morning sunrise colors and the beautiful sunsets of Bosque and everything in between! We will experiment with a variety of techniques and shutter speeds; creating everything from pleasing blast-off blurs to tack sharp flight shots.
Thursday November 21st – Afternoon/evening shoot. Slide program/Lecture.
Friday November 22nd – Early morning/ morning shoot, BREAK, informal laptop session, afternoon/evening shoot, dinner with the group.
Saturday November 23rd- Early morning/morning shoot, Photoshop session & pizza with the group, late afternoon shoot.
Sunday November 24th- Early morning / morning shoot, BREAK, afternoon/evening shoot, dinner with the group and image critiques.
Monday November 25th- Early morning shoot before heading home.
A total of 8 shooting sessions, 2 dinners & 1 lunch with the group, Photoshop session with image optimization, individual image critiques. Schedule is subject to change depending on conditions, wind and weather.
Individual attention will be paramount.
This course covers the basics of creating pleasingly blurred images, the factors that influence the degree of blurring and a variety of both in-the-field and Photoshop techniques that can be used to create visually appealing images. I will teach you many creative ways to move your lens during the exposure to create a variety of artistically blurred images of flowers, trees, water, birds and landscapes. I will teach you to recognize situations where subject movement can be used to your advantage. You will learn how shutter speed affects the degree of blurring and how to control the amount of blur.
Today we live in the digital world and creating pleasingly blurred images is a great way to express your creative side. Join me for this online course and unleash the artist in you.
How does this course work? Each week you will be sent a PDF of information outlining your assignments along with all the information you will need to complete the weekly assignment. At the end of the week you will submit images for critique to the instructor. Your instructor (in this case Denise) will critique the images and give you her thoughts and suggestions for improvement. You will then move onto the next step. Due to schedules and time constraints students will be asked to complete the weekly assignment in a timely manner.
4 WEEK COURSE $179.00
What This Course Covers:
Week 1: What key elements are needed to create pleasing blurs.
In this week we will cover the fundamentals of blurs. We will go over aperture, shutter speed, lighting conditions and tripod use.
We will also go over what you should look for in the field and what conditions are best for blurred images. An outline of equipment that can be helpful but not necessarily needed. We will get started creating just the right amount of blur. Learning to control the amount of blur will be paramount.
Week 2: Getting started.
For this week we will cover camera movement and start to get more
creative with our images. Lots of different camera movements to
go over and try. It should be a fun week!
We will cover tips and tricks for capturing flocks of birds
as well as groups of flowers. Camera settings, lighting and composition will
all be covered this week also.
Zoom Blurs, Panning Blurs and Motion Blurs will be our focus for this week.
There are lots of different motion blurs including water and
wind blurs. We will be covering all of the above during this week..
Week 4: Fine tuning Your Blurs.
This week we will cover processing your blurs with the help of
Photoshop. Cropping and sharpening as well as noise reduction. Adding more
drama to your blurs in Photoshop. How to create a zoom blur in Photoshop.
Detailed critiquing of your images from the week.
• A digital DSLR camera
• Zoom lens (you can still take this course without one)
• Photoshop Elements or CS. (It is not required but it can be helpful in the processing)
General Workshop Info:
Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of their equipment including but not limited to exposure, f-stops and shutter speed.
A 50 % deposit is required to confirm your registration.
The full balance is due 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. To sign up for a workshop you can simply make a deposit by Paypal or credit card by clicking on the ADD TO CART button that is directly under each workshop listing. If you have a misc. amount due that is not listed please use the BUY NOW button that is listed just below and follow the easy directions that are posted there.
My Cancellation Policy: Deposit and balance paid will be fully refunded if cancellation is made prior to 60 days before the workshop start date and your slot is filled. No refunds will be given if cancellation is made less than 60 days before the workshop start date. I reserve the right to bring additional clients along on any given workshop.
I am available for private one, two and three day workshops. My rate is $750.00 per day and that will include two shooting sessions and one laptop session per day. My travel expenses and lodging if applicable will be priced accordingly.
I am offering afternoon workshops for camera clubs and other groups. These are a 3-4 hour hands on workshop at the location of your clubs choice. The workshop would be conducted on a Saturday or Sunday and would require a 10 person minimum. Entrance fees to the location would be separate and not included in my fee. Travel expenses and lodging for Out of State Clubs will be priced accordingly.
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How to Make the Most of Your Workshop Experience
If you are taking a workshop the very first thing to do is come prepared. Make sure you have all your gear in working order and back-up gear in the event something goes wrong. A spare Camera body, extra batteries and additional memory cards, multiple lenses and a camera strap (in case you hand hold). Tripod, flash, flash batteries, camera manual, etc…. If this is a multiple day workshop you will most likely want to bring your laptop to download your memory cards-most folks forget their card readers and hard drives. I also bring a multi-outlet plug so that if the hotel has limited outlets I am prepared. Plenty of extra dry cloths, a spare pair of shoes and large plastic bags in case of rain. Cell phone and charger. If your workshop is in the summer months don’t forget to bring water, sunblock, hat and bug spray. All kinds of things can and will go wrong on a workshop -it just happens so do try to be prepared.
When we start off the workshops we have enough time (we are not pressed for time) to set up our gear and walk out to our starting position. As soon as I arrive I usually start rambling off things for folks to do-Like check their camera settings, adjust their tripods, check their batteries and cards, check for proper footwear, etc… I am never trying to bark out orders my intent is to keep the group moving-some folks like to poke around and while that is fine if you are on your own it is not really fair to the others in the group. If you are someone that requires a lot of time setting up and going to the bathroom and re-lacing your shoes or reorganizing your trunk THEN you may be doing all of that on your own in the parking lot and meeting up with the rest of us. I recommend if you are someone that likes to take your time – get to the shooting location extra early!
Folks sign up for workshops for a variety of reasons. Some clients sign up just to be brought to a location at the right time of year and to know in advance what they might expect. There are clients that join a workshop to shoot with others and make new friends. But most sign up to learn and in order to learn you will need to stay close by and listen. Be open to suggestions and try to concentrate on improving your weak points. Let me know in advance what you are having trouble with in the field. It makes no sense to tell me after the workshop that you would have liked to work on your compositions more…..
If this is a bird photography workshop please be respectful of the birds and their environment. We will go over the guidelines for each specific location that we will be photographing at as well as some general rules: No harassing, feeding, touching the birds, eggs or nest scrapes. No loud music will be allowed and no alcoholic beverages. No food permitted during the workshops so eat in advance. All of my workshops are non-smoking and I do ask that you refrain from smoking even in the parking lot as we are setting up.
I hope this information helps you make the most of your upcoming workshop, remember the most important thing is that you have fun and enjoy yourself
One of my bird photography workshops at Nickerson Beach
Swan Island Dahlia Farm Workshop
One of my Graffiti Underground Workshops
One of my Macro Workshops at Chanticleer Gardens
One of my Manhattan Skyline Workshops
Image copyright Scott Vincent
One of my Camera Club Group Workshops
What some of my clients have to say:
Mark Donaldson writes:
It was a fantastic workshop. I know I learned a lot and spent most of my time watching and listening because both of you had so much to offer. Your enthusiasm and sincere enjoyment of photography came through! It was great that you presented complementary approaches to the subject (f2.8 vs f32) and you did it with great professionalism and humor. You both were attentive to your students and tailored your presentation to our interests. I would highly recommend it to others and wouldn’t change a thing!
hope to see you both again soon!
John Jakubik writes:
I enjoyed the workshop and can think of several things that I will definitely need to get going to try on my own. Such as the in camera high key, the matte prints for quick “fake” backgrounds, tips on using Fractalius. It may have been nice to get to other areas in the gardens but with only 3 hours there is only so much ground that can be cover and you kept things moving. You and Denise make a good team. Both of you got everyone involved and gave them chances to get the image.
I believe the price point and number of participants of the workshop was reasonable.
If you and Denise each have mailing lists please add my address to both of them, as I would attend another workshop with either of you.
Thanks for a good learning experience.
Hali Sowle writes:
Thank you so much for a wonderful workshop this morning, you were just fantastic. I’ve got some wonderful pictures (and am seriously contemplating a 500mm lens. I’m going to see if I can talk my husband into your July workshop (if there are any openings left) or you may just see me again there, I learned an incredible amount along with taking some great images and good company.
Betty Wiley writes:
First of all, I want to thank you both so much for such a terrific workshop yesterday morning at Nickerson Beach. What a wonderful experience and I learned so much from both of you. I am going through my images this morning and I have so many shots that I just love. It was a great time and you are both superb instructors. I really liked your teaching style and you are both so approachable that I never felt uncomfortable or stupid asking questions.
Secondly, I would like to sign up for the next workshop at Nickerson beach at the end of July. I think you said it was July 24, but I am not sure. Let me know if you still have openings and I will send you the deposit.
Thanks again & best regards,
It was a great shoot. I really appreciate your leadership, composition tips, post-processing advice, guidance on specific locations to shoot within the prison, and management of the group. Kudos! I will be continue to learn from you by referring to your blog and galleries.
Again, many thanks for guiding us at ESP!
I was on the Ft Myers IPT and you were very patient helping me with my camera settings. You have a gift.
I know people that are very knowledgeable but can’t explain things and don’t have the patience.
Take care, Brent Bridges
Linda Federico writes:
I wanted to thank you for your expert help at the William’s Nursery Macro class.
Your site is amazing b. t. w…. your photography is pure art. I have no expectations of ever taking pro quality bird images but I sure enjoy the hobby aspect for myself. I realized that I was afraid of the camera before I took the class, I’ve got over some of that fear now so thanks again!
Steve Berkowitz writes:
Denise – I think I am going to buy a yearly pass to Longwood Gardens after the workshop yesterday. It really opened my eyes that I can do this stuff. You did a great job together.
Wayne and Chris Kliewer write:
Chris and I wanted to thank you and Denise for a wonderful morning at
Nickerson Beach. We picked up some pointers.
Thanks again for a wonderful class experience yesterday. Please pass
on our thanks and appreciation to Denise
Mike Lotito writes:
Just wanted to thank you for organizing a fun and informative workshop. We had a very nice group of people and I think everyone had to walk away with something.
Please sign me up for the morning workshop at Longwood Gardens. I look forward to joining the group.
Carole Wiley writes:
I would not have missed the workshop for anything. You did a great job. You both have a nice style and compliment each other nicely. I did get a number of images I like and I got a lot out of the morning.
Wow, you get such a special thank you. I am sure I have never taken any class where someone checked in with me and set me on the right course as often as you. Amazing and super appreciated. I hope you had a good a time as I did.
Denise – Thanks for the great workshop and all the help. I have sent you a friend request. I hope we meet again – maybe at Longwood or Eastern State Pen or ? Nickerson Beach will definitely be on the list of favorite places.
Good morning Denise,
Just want to say thank you for all the hard work that you put in at Nickerson Beach. From your great presentation (love your artistic approach) on Tuesday nite until the farewells on Friday, you were fantastic. I have been shooting a lot of landscapes this year and had become sloppy in my approach to bird photography….you and Artie have gotten me tuned up (translated…kicked my butt) again and i feel much better about my readiness for my trip to Africa on Friday.
I am looking forward to joining you on some of your other workshops in the near future.
Wishing you well as you ramp up your career… I know it will be a successful one.
Phil Witt writes:
Hi Denise–Just want to thank you for an enjoyable workshop at Longwood. I want to thank you, in particular, for your patient coaching with Becky. She enjoyed your instruction and is well on her way to mastering the mysteries of f/stops, DOF, ISO, etc. Please email me with any future workshops of yours.
Your HDR presentation at the Ocean county Camera Club this past Monday was excellent. You have convinced me to take a second look at HDR as a very positive tool.
Douglas Bolt writes:
I appreciate the attention that you devoted to the group. Very helpful morning.
MORE WORKSHOP KUDOS:
Thanks for a great time Saturday. It was much more than I expected. Already using Lightroom and PS tricks. Look forward to shooting again with you soon.
Thanks for yesterday. I had a wonderful time. The Purple Sandpipers were an extra treat.
Just wanted to send a quick note of thanks.
Thank you so much for all your teaching and guidance and friendship over
the last couple of weeks! I really enjoyed getting to know you better, and
learned a lot from you. I now have the books to peruse, and Topaz and
Fractalius to play with.
Thanks for everything!
What an excellent workshop—well organized and run.
The only thing I can say is, thank you for being an inspiration. You are not only a great teacher but
a wonderful person who really cares about teaching. Florida was a great experience with you and above
all I learned from you, Patience
Thank you so very much, see you in Galapagos!
Love and regards,
I have to tell you I really enjoyed your presentation tonight at the Orlando Camera Club. Your work is absolutely stunning and very diverse!
I am one of your newest admirers and look forward to seeing more of your work.
Orlando Camera Club
From one of the participants at the Garden Club of America’s Photography Study Group Seminar which was held in Sarasota Florida. Denise was a great instructor and great person. I learned so much from her. I hope I can take another workshop from her. And I love her photography!
Thanks for all of your coaching and assistance last week. You definitely made the trip better and added to the experience. You give a good balance to Artie’s intensity. I look forward to being with you in Homer.
Just wanted to thank you for all your help at the IPT last week. It was really great to hang around listening to your suggestions throughout. I really did learn so much more this trip, although maybe it’s just taken longer for it to sink into my thick skull! I really feel my images are getting better, I’m seeing better things out of the camera and attribute that to you and Artie and of course all the co-leaders. You guys put together a really good group, lots of fun and great teachers. I do have to say your creativity really does inspire me, it just may take me awhile to get there. At Bosque I wasn’t quite so sure about the blurs, now I think it’s pretty neat, something to work on. I really hope we get the chance to shoot again sometime, maybe a trip east to your neck of the woods. Take care, and good luck with all your future projects.
Had meant to e-mail you after the Long Island IPT but things got really busy as soon as I got back. The holidays have given me some chance to catch up. Many thanks for the advise and instruction during the IPT – it truly was very helpful and appreciated. I did purchase the blur guide and am anxious to start trying some blurs (many of my photos are already unintentional blurs so I figure it won’t be too hard). Best wishes for the very best New Year.
I had such a wonderful time last week at Bosque and just wanted to thank you for all your help. I learned so much and had such a great time, It was a real hoot!! We had such a good group and an even better group of leaders, so willing to share their knowledge and help out at all times. The photography was spectacular but the people really made this trip special for me. I’ve always been pretty straight forward in my photography, but your creative influence has really got me thinking about new and different roads to follow and for that I’m forever grateful. I hope your future is bright and successful and I look forward to seeing and working with you again. All the best in the upcoming holiday season, take care.
Thanks so much for the Blurry day at Bosque and for a good dinner. I enjoyed myself and obtained some good ideas.
Thanks and hope to meet again,
Hello friend! I just wrote a short note to Art to let him know that my first IPT was a great adventure! I enjoyed your insights and ideas, and truly grew more confident in my knowledge of the tools that are available. It’s one of those things that you want to have as a “do-over”. I wish I was better at the beginning, but that’s why there are more beginnings. The photo’s that you posted from the week are exceptional. Thanks for the introduction to blurs, and know that I wish you well!
Thanks again, Deb Keller
It was a great pleasure to meet you in Bosque as I mentioned I love your creative images and indeed photo’s reflect the photographer, you are very nice too!
Hopefully you had a nice Blurry day in Bosque, a pitty I had to go back home, but I will enjoy the pictures on your website soon,
Hi Denise! It was so fun to meet you this week and I learned tons and tons! I am excited to get back out and practice some more. Maybe I will see you again if you come back to Portland to see the iris gardens! Be sure to let me know!
Thank you again,
Hi there Denise.
You are on the leading edge of trendy!!
Your workshop was refreshing. A welcome addition to the BAA line-up.
Keep in touch.
Hi Denise, Thanks for a great workshop. I had a terrific time and learned a lot under your teaching and organization. I have a lot of photos I am happy with. I wish I could take a class with you more often . I would really like to learn some of your photoshop techniques with the filters and papers. I have your books, but there is nothing like seeing it in person. Thanks so much.
I would like to say to you also that it was a pleasure spending time with you during the trip. And thanks for all the tips on composition in the field and Photoshop. I can tell you that I now am very aware of the background for a picture, as I realize that if there’s a tree right behind the bird’s head, it’s not a good picture. Believe it or not, I didn’t even see the background before, and your advice has made a big improvement in my technique.
I just wanted to thank you for an enjoyable time yesterday at Longwood Gardens.
I appreciate the insight you provided and the opportunity to shoot with you.
I love the fact that you have so much energy and enthusiasm for photography. . . A kindred spirit!
If you happen to be in my area of NJ or if you want to shoot in NYC some time, let me know and I’ll be happy to join you.
I hope to see you again soon.
Oh, and hopefully I’ll get to process my images in the near future.
This week I actually had to chance to practice what I had learned at the weekend seminar in Tampa/Brandon.
You (Artie) & Denise have no idea how much I learned…but more importantly, how much I was inspired, during those two days…I genuinely can’t thank you two enough!
Thank you so much Denise, it was wonderful to be on the workshop with you again, you are a great mentor, and photographer and just plain fun to be around, you definitely made it a great weekend.
As said previously by my colleagues this was a fantastic IPT and I really loved every minute of it. One of the many reasons I attended the IPT was to get inspirations for my future workshops and this was definitively achieved and more.
I feel it will be difficult to be surrounded by a better group of talented and dedicated photographers in the future.
Thanks again Denise and Artie, you are great leaders and both of you models to follow for my own business.
Kind regards to all.
Just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed the shoot and workshop Saturday night. Being my first ever workshop I did not really know what to expect. Both you and Scott were very helpful and I learned several new things, especially with regards to night photography. I am considering joining your Christmas Longwood Gardens workshop, if our schedule works out.
I especially appreciate how both of you were so friendly to my wife Dorothy, making her feel included, when she really was not a part of the workshop. She is the biggest fan of my photography and it always helps me to have her along on my trips.
Denise, I so enjoyed your energy information and admired the most amazing photography….. I got a lot out of your presentation and it left me with wanting more….. The most important message of all was that you were willing to share and teach everything you have learned. That was huge for me. Thank you for all you do in improving the artist in us all. YOU ROCK!!! ?
Jackie Miller Brady
Denise, thank you so much for an amazing presentation! Your commentary and visuals were fabulous!
It was great meeting you and a really nice group of fellow students. I also learned a few tricks to keep me thinking, and plan to return to Weehawken for a sunrise or moonrise in the near future.
Thanks for an excellent and fun workshop.
Thank you for the EXCELLENT, dynamic presentation you made last night at the Chester County Camera Club. You provided a LOT of useful information. You inspired me to experiment more. An especially big THANK YOU for being a creative, innovative, energized and happy photographer, who shares her tips and joys.
Cheers and thanks,
I can only begin by saying Thank You!!! What a wonderful opportunity you provided all of us with this mornings workshop. The high point for sure was meeting you and seeing Artie again, it has kept me smiling ever since. The site was spectacular!!! I am very grateful for this morning, for your time, knowledge and eagerness to teach and share. We are lucky to have had time with both of you and i feel new inspiration after our ‘play time’ in the field! The site was wonderful and even the morning fog added that unpredictable light element….got some interesting shots as the sun broke through. I look forward to shooting again with you and discovering another venue that holds new images to capture. I’ve been busy processing the images….more to learn there…and yes, perusing the B&H site for a 5D mark lll!!! Oh boy!!
Thank you very much….today was bliss….pure bliss.
Just wanted to thank you for an excellent workshop last Sunday. I thought the Graffiti Underground – Mugsy’s – Eastern State Penitentiary mix made for a perfect day of shooting. And thanks for the excellent composition and exposure tips – I’ve already seen some improvements in my ability to “see the shot”.
Thanks again – looking forward to my next workshop adventure.
I wanted to thank you for an amazing day of learning and fun. Your workshop was truly inspirational and fun. I will certainly be scheduling another one with you.
I really enjoyed the session especially the practical aspect of working with you at the Jetty — the on-going tips and guidelines you provided for composing, analyzing as you go, using the histogram and watching the blinkies will be invaluable and change my approach —- the hands-on with you there is so much more valuable than reading about techniques or just hearing about the techniques … all in all it was a great time ….
I am still telling “photo friends” about your amazing work as presented at the MLCC earlier this month. I am so glad to have met you and hope MLCC will be featuring a Photoshop workshop by you, as I will definitely be attending! Viewing your photography is like an escape into a perfect world!
Thanks for a wonderful day!
Because of that day I have a renewed interest in Nature Photography. Thanks!
Hope to see you out there.
Thanks for a GREAT workshop, Denise. The mill was a fabulous photographic adventure. I’m loading more than 600 images on my iMac right now —
Thank you for a wonderful Saturday afternoon. Again, I totally loved every minute. Still going through all the photos. Thank you again and again. It was really fun and I learned a lot.
Thank you for the two days of great photography and lessons.
I had a blast. I learned some new techniques and went manual and I was actually comfortable doing so. It’s something I rarely do.
Thanks for a great workshop.
Thank you so much for your fabulous presentation(s) in Sarasota for the GCAPSG group. You were the shining star and everyone got such value out of your program, expertise and willingness to be helpful.
Jeanne and I thoroughly enjoyed last night’s presentation at the Lehigh Valley Camera Club. Not only did you present wonderful images but the stories and the post-processing behind them made the talk all the more entertaining and informative.
Thanks for coming to the Lehigh Valley Photo Club last night. Your ornithology images are spectacular. I was so much reminded of John James Audubon’s Folio paintings. The light colored backgrounds you use make the birds really stand out. It was a pleasure listening to your enthusiasm as well as a feast for the eye looking at your gorgeous images.
First of all I want to thank you for all your help and encouragement. I had a wonderful time and loved working with you. I can’t believe how organized you are and already have images on your blog. They all look fabulous. It was a treat meeting you and working with you. I look forward to getting together again.
I apologize for not getting a chance to say thank you for the wonderful workshop at the mill on Saturday and Sunday. It was amazing!! I had the greatest time and met some really nice people. You are a wonderful host and facilitator. Please be sure to include me on your future outings.
See you along the way.
It was a GREAT workshop! You and Scott did a fantastic job. I really enjoyed it. Thanks so much for all your hard work and effort. The location is beyond awesome!!!
I just wanted to say on behalf of the Board and myself thank you for coming to our club and doing such an awesome presentation.
I have heard many great comments from the members about how much they enjoyed your presentation and seeing your stunning images. It is speakers like yourself that have helped make our club a great place to learn and become better photographers.
Hope you made it back last night! Please let me know if you are ever back in Orlando and we can get a group together for dinner!
Best to you,
Katrina H. Guensch-Bennett
Thank you so, so much for such a marvelous presentation and sharing your skill and gift with all of us last night. Your photography is just exquisite and so inspiring. Anyway, we all truly loved your time with us, your energy and your spirit.
Thank you again,
Main Line Camera Club
This was one of the most enjoyable and productive trips we’ve had. You and Artie make a great team. Great to see your business doing well, couldn’t happen to a nicer person. This doesn’t say enough, but you’ve probably noticed I’m not very loquacious.
Thank you sooo much for your enlightening, inspirational and informative presentation last Monday. We all enjoyed your presentation and your easy approach to all the items covered. Very easy to follow and understand. You clarified many issues that we have been dealing with so now we can go out and try them. I especially appreciated the artistic approaches that can be used on all our photos.
Thanks From the Lansdale Camera Club Members
Canon Everglades Workshop
Denise Ippolito was a huge help. We dealt with pretty much every imaginable problem in a span of four hours. As always, the folks that stayed close to Denise and to me and asked lots of questions learned the most. It was Denise who actually led most of the group into the field well before sunrise while I stayed behind dealing with a variety of tripod, tripod head, and plate issues.
Thanks for you help. The folks loved you and I would
have been dead in the water without you there.
I am late thanking you but, I want to thank you for making our 2011 Spring Foto Fun day such a success. Everyone there really enjoyed having you be part of our special day. We’ve never had a speaker who enveloped the day from the beginning to the end, from being one of our judges, interacting with attendees, providing a wonderful program, and providing door prizes and bringing handouts etc.
And thank you for my bag of goodies…that was very thoughtful of you.
Please keep us abreast of your successes in the coming years and I hope to catch up with seeing you at one of your programs.
Our speaker, Denise Ippolito was delightful, entertaining, engaging and very informative. She showed a collection of incredible bird photographs and explained her secrets for capturing such amazing images, including – ‘be on the scene first’ to get the best shots. She also showed a number of images which were manipulated in a Photoshop plugin called Fractalius. It creates unusual, eccentric artworks in a single step. The effects are based on extraction of so-called hidden fractal texture of an image. With it, you can also simulate various types of exotic lightings and high realistic pencil sketches. Everyone in attendance was mesmerized by Denise’s work. Check out Denise’s website for blogs, workshops and to download her amazing e-book tutorials.
Main Camera Club Blog
I’m a member of the Ocean County Camera Club and attended your presentation Monday evening. I couldn’t stay after the meeting so I decided to drop you an email to tell you how wonderful your presentation was. In my opinion is was the best presentation we’ve had at the club in the few years I’ve been a member. It was informative, interesting, and presented in a very friendly manner.
It was great, I loved it! Thank you! I was so caught up in taking the photos the time evaporated. I got so many great shots. Definately I’d like to go back, I have to see if that weekend in August is going to be a conflict in terms of other travel.
Thanks again, you ran a nice workshop!
I am surely the one to be offering a thank-you for this past week-end! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and only occasionally felt the cold as you did prepare us well and once engaged in a photoshoot, there is no pain.
I am very pleased with my shots and have just ordered your video on creative multiple exposures.
I will be interested in further meet-ups with you, hopefully up here in Canada.
Cheers from an admirer,
I can’t tell you how much I not only enjoyed, but learned at your presentation … I’m looking forward to working with you some day when the weather gets nicer … your photos were great and your presentation was second to none … thanks again …
Thank you so much for all your help and inspiration during the Lonaconing Workshop. You made the experience very informational, creative, and fun! I hope to be able to learn from you again in the future! Here are a few photos for you. I love what you did with the “leaf on the windowsill” – the feeling the texture gave to it is quite soft and romantic. My next step is to learn more about post processing and textures – I would love to be able to create the same magic that you can!
Thank you for an awesome weekend! Your presentation was fantastic and all of the feedback has been awesome! Beginners and advanced photographers alike enjoyed it! Your workshops both days were great too! Thank you so much!!!
I thought the weekend was just wonderful. I learned alot, got some awesome shots, and just plain had a fantastic time. I can’t thank you enough for all of the personal help you bestowed upon me. I’m sure each attendee felt the same, but I really felt it was one on one rather than a group event. Now I have material to draw from for a long time to come. It means so much to an advanced beginner like me to be able to work with and watch you work, listen to how you think and what you are looking at, and then teaching me how I can make my shots better. I received more than I could have imagined from the workshops.
So thank you for the weekend,