Learn to Be a NINJA With Your Camera!

If you are joining me at the Improve Photography Retreat in March of 2018 in Charleston, South Caronlina and would like to become a ninja with your camera then consider our post-Retreat workshop.  The workshop will be held on March 24th 2018 in the afternoon just after the Retreat has finished.  Read on to find out what we will be doing in the 7 hour workshop from 1pm through 8pm (1 hour break for dinner) and why it is this is the least expensive way to improve your photography!

Who Is This Workshop For?

Beginners are very welcome and will no doubt make significant strides towards learning how to use their camera, but this workshop will most benefit the photographer who knows their way around their camera but isn't quite getting the results they want.  If you feel like you are getting an occasional photo you are proud of but want more consistent results then this workshop is for you.

Learn How to Level Up Your Ninja Skills!

If you have listened to the Photo Taco podcast on the Improve Photography Network you have heard me talk about how it is far more important to learn everything there is to know about how to use your camera than it is to buy newer and more expensive gear.  The very best there is from Canon, Nikon, Sony and the like won't mean much if you don't know how to use it.  As a hobbyist photographer I fully understand how important it is to get the most out of every precious dollar spent on photography.  Price to performance is a critical thing and in this workshop you will learn how to improve the performance you get out of the gear you already have.  Your gear is better than you think.  Invest in this workshop and learn how to use it better.

At the 2017 Improve Photography Retreat I did a similar workshop as well as two different hour long sessions during the Retreat on this same topic.  Almost without fail photographers seem to over-estimate how much they know their camera.  They think they are a ninja when they are not.  To start things off we will meet in the building where the Retreat was held and walk through the Improve Photography level assessment so that all of the attendees can figure out where they are and what they should be working on to level up.

Be An Exposure Ninja!

Are you fully comfortable and confident shooting in manual mode?  Not that manual mode is ALWAYS the right mode, because it isn't (and we will go through why).  Some of you considering this workshop will be interested because you know you are not an exposure triangle ninja.  Others are thinking this part of the workshop will be something you already know and are thinking this workshop might not be for you.  I can almost guarantee you will be surprised as we go over this in the workshop.  The common them from my workshop attendees last year and those who attended my sessions at the Retreat was surprise about how much they got out of the training.

During this part of the workshop we will go over significant detail of the exposure controls and use hands-on shooting to improve your decision making of what aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings to use.  We will give you the tools to become an exposure ninja so that you can approach a shot knowing what settings you need to use to get the results you want.

Become A Focus Ninja!

The most common problem photographers struggle with longer than exposure is getting tack sharp focus.  What many don't realize is that not truly understanding exposure leads to focus issues as much as choosing the right focus mode and points.  In this workshop each attendee will learn how to improve the frequency of getting sharp focus.  Like exposure, through a combination of discussing the details and hands on shooting attendees will come away from the workshop armed with the tools to be a focus ninja and improve the percentage of keepers from your shoots.

Test Out Your Ninja Skills!

Armed with your exposure and focus ninja skills, we will go as a group to a nearby plantation and shoot together.  The cost to shoot the plantation is included with your purchase of the workshop.  You will be able to ask Jeff and Suzie all of your questions.  Get help with the camera settings and more importantly the WHY behind those settings to get great photos.

Basic Lightroom Instruction

After a break for dinner (not included in the purchase of the workshop) we will head back to the college where the Retreat was held and Jeff will take one photo from each attendee and it do his edits of the photo in Lightroom.  He will walk through exactly why he is making each adjustment.  You can see an example of this instruction in a YouTube video here.

What Gear Do You Need?

Jeff is a HUGE proponent that you can accomplish IMPRESSIVE results with inexpensive equipment.  You will need the following:

  • A digital camera that has a manual mode (you don't need to know how to use manual mode yet, that is what the workshop is for) like any DSLR or mirrorless camera.  This is not a workshop to learn to better use your phone or compact/point-and-shoot camera.
  • An interchangeable lens.  This means a lens that can come off your camera.  Any lens.  That kit lens that came with your camera will be just fine for this workshop.  We will teach you how to get the very most out of it.  Even better if you have a "fast" lens that can open up to an aperture of f/2.8 or wider (f/1.8, f/1.4, etc).  If you don't have a fast lens, and it is in your budget prior to the workshop, we do recommend the "nifty fifty" lens from your manufacturer.  The nifty fifty is a 50mm prime lens that usually opens up to at least f/1.8.  They are usually $100 or less and having a lens that can open up wider will be beneficial but is NOT required.
  • A laptop computer with Lightroom installed will help you to get the very most out of the workshop.  Jeff will be demonstrating how he would edit photos that you have taken and it is best if you can follow along and get your own hands-on experience doing the edits as he goes along.  Not required, but if hands-on experience helps you to learn then this is a definite plus!
  • We will meet as a group before the workshop to work it out, but we will need some help with drivers who can help us go from the college where the Retreat is being held out to the plantation and back.

Have Any Questions?

If you aren't quite sure if this post-Retreat workshop is for you, don't hesitate to ask Jeff.  He loves to work with fellow photographers and would love the opportunity to answer any questions you have by hitting that Contact link at the top of the page.



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The cost for this post-Retreat workshop, your own personal Photo Taco experience, is only $250.  There are only 10 seats available and several have already sold so buy your seat to this workshop today