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What to Bring:

  • Camera: This is a digital-only workshop, but you do not necessarily need a digital SLR. Mirrorless models and interchangeable-lens compacts are also appropriate. All students should bring spare batteries, a battery charger (if appropriate) and instruction manuals.

  • Lenses: A normal 50-55mm lens or middle-range zoom lens is all that is necessary. A moderate wide angle lens (24-35mm) and/or a moderate telephoto or telephoto zoom (80-200 or so) will increase your creative options.

  • Tripod: Essential for sunrise and sunset shots at shutter speeds that cannot be hand-held.

  • Cable release: Always a good idea.

  • Graduated neutral-density filters: If you already own graduated neutral-density filters, please bring them. If you don’t own them, please hold off on any possible purchase until after the workshop. You may find that the digital alternatives you’ll learn have made such filters unnecessary.

  • Polarizing filters: If possible, students should bring polarizing filters, particularly in sizes that fit their medium focal-length and telephoto lenses.

  • Digital media: Plan on bringing more memory cards than you think you will need. You don’t want to be frantically scrolling through your last card looking for pictures to delete when the light is peaking!

  • Laptop: Students should bring their own laptop and the appropriate hardware (cable or card reader) for downloading their images. Be sure your laptop is loaded with image-editing software. The instructor will be demonstrating processing techniques using Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC.

  • Flash drive: If you already own a flash drive, please bring it. It will make it convenient to transfer images to the instructor’s laptop for the final slide show. This is not a requirement.

  • Smart phone or tablet: If you already own a smart phone or tablet, you may wish to install Sun Surveyor, available for both iOS and Android devices. The instructor will demonstrate the use of this app during his lecture on scouting. If you have it installed you can follow along. This is not a requirement.

  • Compass: If you already own a baseplate-style compass, sometimes called a protractor-style compass, please bring it. (By compass, I mean a device for determining direction, not a device for drawing circles.) This style of compass has a rectangular base and a circular capsule containing the compass needle. This is not a requirement.

  • Samples of your work: If desired, students can bring a sampling of their work containing no more than 10 favorite images. Portfolio images can be in the form of prints or digital images. Students will be able to make appointments for 20-minute individual portfolio critique sessions. Alternatively, students can schedule one-on-one sessions to discuss any aspect of photography that particularly interests them. If you bring a digital portfolio, please bring it on a flash drive.We can then view it on my well-calibrated laptop. If appropriate, I can then open selected images in Photoshop to show possible ways to improve them.

  • Flashlight or headlamp: Field sessions will start early and end late. You’ll want either a headlamp (preferred) or a small flashlight to illuminate the trail.

  • Appropriate clothing: The average high temperature on Madeline Island in late August is about 75 degrees F. The average low is about 55 degrees F. We will primarily be shooting in the afternoon and at sunset. The temperature will drop quickly as soon as the sun dips below the horizon. Please bring layers of warm clothing, sturdy footwear, a water bottle, snacks, mosquito repellent, and sunscreen.

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