What can I expect?
You will be learning how to use your manual settings on your DSLR camera to create ghostly apparitions. This is a creative workshop so be unique, think outside the box and get ready to learn!
2 hours with a live model dressed in vintage Victorian attire
2 hours of free roam photography. You will be allowed to roam within the safe areas of the castle and grounds to explore and create on your own if you choose.
You will have hands-on mentoring throughout the workshop
You just might see a real ghost so always have your camera ready!
What you should bring and other useful information
• Camera(s): All Studio 18 Gallery DSLR workshops require a Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera with interchangeable lenses. You may bring a point and shoot or film camera as well to use during your free roam time. The lighting is such that you may want to bring 400 ASA film.
• Lens: Bring as many lenses as you want to carry. You can never have too many choices. You never know what you are going to find. However, for this course, I recommend a wide lens like a 17-40mm or a fisheye 10-20 or so, for a more dramatic effect. A fast lens of 1.8 or 2.8 would be ideal.
• Tripod: A tripod is essential for long exposures and low light situations. It doesn't need to be expensive but a tripod is required for all workshops.
• Filters: A graduated ND (neutral density) filter is a must have tool in any photographers bag. If you don't have one it isn't crucial for this workshop, but it will be for our outdoor workshops. I recommend the Cokin P Series kit. A circular polarizer would also be a good idea for our outdoor excursions.
• Storage Devices & Batteries: Bring at least 4 gigs of camera cards. You may bring a laptop however there is probably no electricity available for charging anything. So make sure all your batteries are fully charged and that you have extras.
• Flash: You might want to bring a flash for a little light on the subject, however, It is not necessary, the flash on your camera might work depending on the diameter of your lens as it can cast a shadow.
• Lunch or money for lunch: Bring snacks, non alcoholic beverages and a lunch. We break for lunch. Usually food is not far away but it can be, so it is best to bring a bag lunch or small ice chest.
• Please arrive on time: As a group, it is important to be on time so as not to hold up the rest of the group. Be considerate of others and try to work together and draw your inspiration from one another. Believe me, you will not want to waste a minute of creating time in this "Haunting Castle".
• Transportation: Each student is responsible for their own transportation to the workshop location. However, car-pooling during the workshop is encouraged both to minimize the number of vehicles at shooting locations and to get to know one another - and it isn't bad on the pocket book either.
• Weather and Clothing: Poor weather can make for dramatic photographic opportunities, so if rain is in the forecast, pack a light jacket or rain poncho and bring something to keep your camera dry like a shower cap or a plastic bread bag. Dress in layers as weather can be unpredictable in the Sierras. An umbrella is always good whether it is raining or sunny as it provides shade and comes in handy for various shooting uses.
• Refunds & Cancellations: Our workshops are limited to 10 people. Once a spot is filled it is considered no longer available. Therefore we can not offer a refund. This policy is necessary to assure that those who sign up are serious about the adventure and will not back out, ruining the opportunity for someone else.
If for some reason we have to cancel due to severe weather, etc. you will have the option to reschedule or request a refund.
Contact us at 209.257.1761 for more information