Tampa Bay Photo Shootout

Save the date for the first Tampa Bay Photo Shootout РApril 10-12, 2015! 

We are working diligently to finalize all of the workshops and open registration.  Please note: All information is tentative until registration opens.  

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The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout brings photographers from across the country to Tampa Bay for photography, education, sightseeing, and camaraderie.  The event showcases the natural beauty of Florida along with the photography expertise of highly respected professional photographers.  The Shootout is organized and managed by Outdoor Photo Workshops (OPW) in conjunction with Pinellas Technical Education Centers (PTEC).   With this partnership, we are able to mesh the facilities of a fantastic photography education program with the expertise of a professional photography workshop and tour leader.

The first question we often get, and you may even be asking, is, “So, why Tampa Bay?” The Tampa Bay¬†area of Florida is one of North America’s gem’s for outdoor and nature photography, abounding in wildlife and beautiful scenery. ¬†Through this event we are able to showcase the beauty and diversity the area has to offer both visitors and residents while providing attendees a great weekend packed full of informative workshops, great networking opportunities, unbelievable outdoor photography subjects, and most of all, fun!

Proudly Sponsored By:

Tamron

 

Think Tank

A photography festival for Tampa Bay!

Schedule

Friday

Photography 101 (included!)

2:00-3:30 PM

Registration

4:00-7:00 PM

Keynote Presentation by Jim Clark (included!)

7:00 PM

Saturday

Workshop Session 1 (included!)

7:00-11:00 AM

Lunch ‘n’ Mingle¬†with Instructors and Vendors¬†(included!)

11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Portfolio Reviews

11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Workshop Session 2 (included!)

3:00-8:00 PM

Sunday

Workshop Session 3 (included!)

7:00-11:00 AM

Lunch Photography Presentation & Q&A (included!)

12:00-2:00 PM

Workshop Session 4 (included!)

3:00-8:00 PM

Your workshop registration includes the following:

  • Photography 101
  • Friday’s keynote presentation by Jim Clark

  • 1 admission to each of the 4 workshop sessions

  • Saturday’s¬†Lunch ‘n’ Mingle
  • Sunday’s lunch presentation

All sessions have limited space and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis based on online registrations.

Schedule is subject to changes, cancellations or additions.

Workshops

Session Information

Workshop Locations

All workshop locations along with directions will be provided at check-in.  The Pinellas Technical Education Centers (PTEC) St. Petersburg Campus  will be our main hub for the Shootout.  Classroom sessions will be held on campus.  Outdoor sessions are an hour or less drive from the campus.

Workshop Times

All workshops will be within the timeframe listed.  Each workshop is 3-3 1/2 hours and exact times for each workshop will be provided at check-in.  Meeting times for each workshop will be earlier and will also be given at check-in.

Outdoor Workshop

Outdoor workshops are held outside in the field and led by experienced photographers. The instructors will provide participants with knowledge of the area and instruction on specific topics.

Studio Workshop

Studio workshops will be conducted indoors in a classroom/studio type setting led by experienced professionals.  There will be photography time during the workshop.

Classroom Workshop

The classroom workshops are held indoors in a classroom setting and led by experienced professionals. The instructors will provide participants with instruction on specific topics. They will not have shooting opportunities unless otherwise indicated.

Special Events

All special events (non workshop sessions) will be held at PTEC. Exact location will be given at check-in.

Friday

Bonus Workshop – Friday PM
Event Instructor Time Type Notes
Photography 101 Jillian Bell Classroom

Saturday

Workshop Session 1 – Saturday AM Classes
Event Instructor Time Type Notes
Beachscapes Tiffany Briley & Keith Briley Outdoor
Birds at the Beach Marina Scarr Outdoor
Birds of Prey Jason Hahn Outdoor
Blossoms, Birds, and More Charlie MacPherson Outdoor
Classics and Chrome – Vintage and Classic Cars Jeff Donald Outdoor/Studio
Macro Lighting – Flowers and Foliage Fred Rodgers Classroom/Studio
Outdoor Action – Cowboy Mounted Shooting Dick Kettlewell Outdoor
Scenic Skylines – Downtown and University of Tampa Joseph Gamble Outdoor
Stunning Portraits on Location David Guy Maynard Outdoor
The Art of the Classic Portrait Michael Landes Studio
Timelapse Techniques Jim Caldwell  Outdoor/Classroom
Weedon Island Expedition Chad Anderson  Outdoor

 

Workshop Session 2 – Saturday PM Classes
Event Instructor Time Type Notes
Bikinis on the Beach – A Location Photography Workshop David Guy Maynard Outdoor
Composition Through Exposure Charlie MacPherson Outdoor  
Outdoor Action – Cowboy Mounted Shooting Dick Kettlewell Outdoor
Critter Close Ups – Frogs, Bugs, and Reptiles Fred Rodgers Studio
Hillsborough River Landscapes Chad Anderson Outdoor
Monkeys, Tropical Birds, and More Jim Caldwell Outdoor
Setting the Stage – Backyard Birds Chris Klapheke Classroom
Smartphone Photography Jeff Donald Outdoor/Classroom
Street Shots – Ybor City and the Tampa Trolley Joseph Gamble Outdoor
Swamp Shots РWetlands Photo Hike Jason Hahn  Outdoor
The Art of the Black and White Landscape Tiffany Briley & Keith Briley  Outdoor

Sunday

Workshop Session 3 – Sunday AM Classes
Event Instructor Time Type Notes
Abstract Nature Impressions Chad Anderson Outdoor
Birds at the Beach Marina Scarr Outdoor
Birds in Action Charlie MacPherson Outdoor
Birds of Prey Jason Hahn Outdoor
Digital Darkroom – Lightroom Jim Caldwell Classroom
Dry Creek – The Old West in Florida Dick Kettlewell Outdoor
Glimpses of the Past – Pioneer Town Jeff Donald Outdoor
Light, Lines, and Form – The Art of Composition Tiffany Briley & Keith Briley Outdoor
Macro and Nature Photography David Guy Maynard Outdoor
River Landscapes Joseph Gamble Outdoor
Trains, Tracks, and Tripods Fred Rodgers Outdoor

 

Workshop Session 4 – Sunday PM Classes
Event Instructor Time Type Notes
Coastal Landscapes Chad Anderson Outdoor
Photo Trek – Sawgrass Lake Charlie MacPherson Outdoor
Guerilla Photography – Minimum Gear, Maximum Photos David Guy Maynard Outdoor
Dry Creek – The Old West in Florida Dick Kettlewell Outdoor
Monkeys, Tropical Birds, and More Fred Rodgers Outdoor
Swamp Shots – Wetlands Photo Hike Jason Hahn Outdoor
Photography – The Business Side Jeff Donald Classroom
Lightpainting Techniques Jim Caldwell Studio
Street Shots – Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks Joseph Gamble Outdoor
Presenting, Marketing, and Selling Your Images Tiffany Briley Classroom
Digital Darkroom – Photoshop and Nik Filters Keith Briley Classroom

Workshop Descriptions

Abstract Nature Impressions

Instructor: Chad Anderson

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Unleash the creative potential of your camera through abstract photography. Abstract nature photography focuses on the impression of the image, not a literal representation of it to convey the mood, color, or movement of a scene. Chad will guide participants through Florida Botanical Gardens looking for intimate scenes to create unique images using a variety of techniques such as shutter speed and motion blur to create painterly effects.

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Beachscapes

Instructor: Tiffany Briley and Keith Briley

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Learn how to get beautiful photographs of the beach, from serene ocean views to stunning sunrises.  Capturing sun, sand, and sea in one exposure can be a real challenge, as well as providing a tough environment for your camera gear.

On this workshop we will be in position for some of the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets on Florida’s west coast. There are miles of white sand beaches with elements like waves, driftwood, sea oats, and dunes to work into your compositions. Our instructors will help you tackle this tough environment, giving you tips and tricks to get great exposures and discover compositions unique to these coastal locations.

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Things to know: There is a $5/vehicle park entrance fee.

What to bring: Your DSLR camera.  Tripods are recommended.  Wear comfortable walking shoes you don’t mind getting sandy or wet.

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Backyard Birds

Instructor: Chris Klapheke

Type: Classroom Workshop

You don’t have to travel far or to exotic places to get a good bird image. With a little setup work and a few simple guidelines, you can get some great shots right in your own backyard. This class, designed for the beginner bird photographer, covers the basics on how to consistently get great bird images close to home. Starting with the fundamentals of setting up your backyard for success, moving to training your local birds, adding image composition tips, and providing techniques to capture great images, this class gives a great overview of backyard song bird photography. Topics covered include: setting up your yard for success, use of feeders and water, perch selection, train and outwit your local birds, quality bird image composition rules, use of backgrounds, basic camera settings, gear overview and recommendations.

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Bikinis on the Beach – A Location Photography Workshop

Type: Outdoor WorkshopInstructor: David Guy Maynard

In this hands-on location lighting workshop you are going to learn how to pose, light and shoot your subject to create beautiful bikini beach images.  Spend the late afternoon into sunset with award winning photographer David Guy Maynard on a beautiful beach with gorgeous models and simple, direct instruction.

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Topics will include:

  • Speedlite/lighting setups
  • Use of Speedlites on- and off-camera
  • Flash modification using simple, lightweight tools
  • How to overpower harsh sunlight with style
  • Color balancing techniques
  • Lens choice and usage
  • Meaningful time and space saving ideas

With David’s guidance and the help of the models, you will experiment with lighting techniques, light modifiers (David will have some modifiers to loan!) and much more.

Don’t worry, to keep it fair ¬†there will be both a female and male model for the shoot.

Boost your portrait taking skills, improve your lighting techniques, get some amazing images, and have a great time!

 Sponsored by Tamron, Nissin, Expodisc, and Rogue

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Things to know: here is a $5/vehicle park entrance fee.

What to bring:  Bring your camera and flash(es)!  Wear comfortable walking shoes you don’t mind getting sandy or wet.

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Birds at the Beach

 Instructor: Marina Scarr

 Type: Outdoor Workshop

For an avian photographer, Fort De Soto is one of those places that borders on the magical. It is one of the top birding spots in Florida, possibly the East Coast.  While tourists flock here for the beaches, photographers and birders flock here for the population of birds.  On this workshop, you’ll learn tips and techniques to find great bird photography opportunities as well as choosing the best settings to capture bird behavior and action.  Fort De Soto is a photographer’s playground, so while you may be here just for the birds, plan to encounter a variety of other subjects including reptiles, small mammals, butterflies, sea creatures, and more.

Activity Level:  Low.

Things to know: here is a $5/vehicle park entrance fee.

What to bring: Your DSLR camera.  Wear comfortable walking shoes you don’t mind getting sandy or wet.

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Birds of Prey

Type: Outdoor WorkshopInstructor: Jason Hahn

Join us for a unique opportunity to photograph birds of prey such as Owls, Hawks, and Falcons. This workshop will allow you to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures, photographing them in a controlled environment, using a variety of natural backgrounds. Likely subjects include the American Kestrel, Red Tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Eastern Screech Owl and Red-shouldered Hawk. Exact birds will be determined by the preserve. The hands-on, in-field instruction will also help you improve your animal portraiture skills for not just birds, but all manner of wildlife.

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Activity Level:  Low. There will not be a great deal of walking, as we will be very close to our subjects. Light hiking (walking on a dirt path really) will be required for distances of approximately 200 yards or less.

Things to know:  There is a $3/person park entrance fee that the instructor will collect at the beginning of class (cash please) to get everyone checked in faster.

What to bring:  A good telephoto lens of a minimum length of 150mm (or equivalent) will get a workout here. A good tripod and head will also be of benefit. Adding fill flash can also help make the photos really pop but flash is not a requirement.

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Birds in Action

Instructor: Charlie MacPherson

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Join us at one of the top birding locations in Florida, the Venice Rookery, for a morning chock full of flight, nesting, and action opportunities.  Your instructor will share tips and techniques on how to get great bird action shots at this iconic location, including how to best capture the ever challenging flight shots.  The are plenty of additional opportunities here as well, including nesting behavior, courtship displays, and possibly shots of chicks at the nests.

Activity Level:  Low

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What to bring:  A good telephoto lens of a minimum length of 300mm (or equivalent) is best here.   While you can get great shots with wider lenses, to really isolate individual birds you will need the greater range a longer telephoto will offer.  A good tripod and head will also be of benefit.   Adding fill flash can also help make the photos really pop but flash is not a requirement.

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Blossoms, Birds, and More

Instructor: Charlie MacPherson

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Combining 30 acres of beautiful gardens nestled next to a natural area that is home to 150 types of bird, mammals, and reptiles, the Florida Botanical Gardens offers a wealth of great opportunities for photographers.  Join our instructor as he leads you through this photographic gem, giving you tips and techniques for close up, wildlife, and landscape photography.

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Classic Portraiture

Instructor: Michael Landes

Type: Studio Workshop

Learn classic lighting and posing for classic portraits in a professional studio environment. Lead by Master Photographer Michael Landes, he will teach you tips and techniques to make your portrait work stand out in the crowded photography business.  Some of the topics he will cover include:

  • Classic Facial Angles

  • Classic Lighting Patterns

  • Lighting Ratios

  • Male and Female Posing

  • Full Length to Head and Shoulder Posing

  • Model Direction Techniques

  • Studio Psychology

  • Light Quality

  • High/Low/Medium Key

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 Classics and Chrome РVintage and Classic Cars

Instructor: Jeff Donald

Type: Outdoor and Studio Workshop

Gleaming engines, polished chrome, slick interiors Рthe very things that many of us love about cars are the very things that can make them a challenge to work with for photographers.  In this class you will explore the world of automotive photography, where you have special access to a huge collection of classic and vintage cars as your subjects. Your instructor will cover lighting techniques, angles, how to deal with challenging exposure situations, and unique ways to achieve creative composition with each car.  This workshop will focus on picking out the small, eye catching details of each car rather than full car shots.

Activity Level: Low. The class will take place both indoors and outdoors with small amounts of walking necessary.

Things to know:  Tripods will not be allowed inside the showroom, only for the outside portion of the shoot.

What to bring:  A wide angle lens to short telephoto would be the most used but a closeup, macro style lens could be beneficial for detail work. Fill flash could also be helpful. Tripods are always a benefit and you will likely be able to do both tripod and handheld work.

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Composition Through Exposure

Instructor: Charlie MacPherson

Type: Outdoor Workshop

In this class you will explore how your technical settings on your camera can be used as a creative element to achieve creative compositions. ¬†During this photo workshop you will explore the ‚Äúexposure triangle‚ÄĚ in depth, and learn how these settings can be used to get the look you want as well as produce stunning special effects in your photos. ¬†You will explore the effects of motion, long and short shutter speeds, creative depth of field, and more.

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Coastal Landscapes

Instructor: Chad Anderson

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Shoot the sunset at Ft. Desoto state park, one of the most beautiful beaches in Florida. Chad will lead the tour focusing on composition, techniques, and story-telling to create images from dramatic to serene.  Ft. Desoto is not only a great birding spot, but has a number of habitats which exist within a small area such as intertidal marsh, beach berm, and coastal hammock for an array of shooting options.

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Critter Close Ups – Frogs, Bugs, and Reptiles

Instructor:  Fred Rodgers

Type:  Outdoor and Studio Workshop

Photograph spectacularly colored frogs, exotic reptiles, and insects in a setting of real plants, flowers, and natural environments. In this class learn how to take natural looking photos in a studio like setting, where you can control the lighting and backgrounds to get great images.  Possible subjects include, Red Eye Tree Frogs , Gaboon Viper, Eastern Diamond Back Rattlesnake, Tortoise, Tarantulas, Geckos, and more.  You also learn key techniques in closeup and macro photography including:

  • How to expose when only inches from your subject
  • How to protect the highlights from blowing out in your pictures
  • Equipment options for macro photography
  • Using flash in macro photography
  • How to choose the best settings for composing very small subjects

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Presenting, Marketing, and Selling Your Images

 Instructor: Tiffany Briley

 Type: Classroom Workshop

Tiffany will teach you everything you need to know to present, market, and sell your images in today’s photography market.

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Digital Darkroom – Lightroom

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Instructor: Jim Caldwell

Type: Classroom Workshop

The world of photography has changed dramatically over the last decade, the digital revolution has transformed the way we take photos and think about photography. ¬†We now talk in terms of megapixels and write speeds, and somewhere along the line “photoshopping” became a verb. ¬†While we are firm believers in getting it right in the camera, the modern digital darkroom is a powerful tool to make your photos look their best, or to rescue ones that are close to great, but would have otherwise been destined for the recycle bin.

Our digital darkroom class reveals our process for getting the best results for all the great pictures you take, using Photoshop and Lightroom. You will receive a thorough crash course in using Lightroom as a fundamental workflow to organize and develop your images, as well as more advanced technique’s using Lightroom and Photoshop together to assemble HDR’s and stitch together panoramic photos. We will explore Lightroom’s Develop features in depth, how they differ from Photoshop, and when to use one program over the other.

This class will provide you with a complete digital workflow from organization to preparing files for print, stock, or the web. We’ll unveil tips and techniques to make your workflow smooth and easy, and to get you away from the computer and back out in the field!

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Digital Darkroom – Photoshop and Nik Filters

Instructor: Keith Briley

Type: Classroom Workshop

photoshop_cc__june_2013__logo_by_balochdesign-d64kxfiThe reality of photography is, that while the composition is started in the field with the camera, it is truly finished by the photographer in the darkroom. ¬†In this class you will learn how to ‚Äúfinish‚ÄĚ your photos, getting the best results for your photos from ‚Äúdigital darkroom‚ÄĚ, aka your software and computer.

You will learn how to achieve great results using Photoshop, and as well as the family of Nik Software plugins that provide creative solutions for adjustment layers, color correction and retouching.  Your instructors will give you a variety of tips and techniques to optimize your images and realize your creative vision, while minimizing the time you have to spend on the computer, instead of behind your camera.

Activity Level:  Low

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What to bring: We recommend that you bring a laptop with Photoshop installed as well as a few images that you can work with in class. If you don’t already own Nik Software plug-ins, you can download a free 15 day trial version of the Nik plug-ins at: ¬†http://www.google.com/nikcollection/.

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Dry Creek – The Old West in Florida

Type: Outdoor WorkshopInstructor: Dick Kettlewell

Cowboys and the Old West hold a special place in the hearts and minds of many Americans. For photographers, the opportunity to photograph cowboys is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed. Few people think of Florida as cowboy country, but It was here four centuries ago that Spanish settlers founded the first ranches in the future United States. One might say this was where the West began.

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Dry Creek is a tribute to this spirit of the old west in Florida.  Built as a replica of a western town from the 1800’s, a variety of photography opportunities are available here, including old west buildings, wagons, horses, and portraits.  Join our instructor as he leads you through on this  glimpse back in history, giving you tips and techniques for close up, architecture, landscape and portrait photography.

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Glimpses of the Past – Pioneer Town

Instructor: Jeff Donald

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Located in the heart of Pinellas County, a unique living history museum provides a glimpse into the past.  During this photo tour you will be able to explore dozens of the area’s most historic buildings which have been relocated to this tranquil setting.  Here you will capture unique photos of the way life once was in Florida.  Your instructor will cover a variety of techniques for how to best capture these scenes, including the best setting choices, HDR techniques, natural and artificial lighting, and composition concepts.

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Guerilla Photography – Minimum Gear, Maximum Photos

Type: Outdoor WorkshopInstructor: David Guy Maynard

In this hands-on location class you will join David and explore the infinite possibilities for amazing images wherever you are. Using only the gear you can fit into a backpack (or single camera bag), you will seek, find, and capture images ranging from textures and patterns, archo, nature, you name it.  There are no limits.

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This class is not about your normal everyday captures of your normal everyday subjects. This is about taking minimal gear, and producing artistic, eye catching, and sometimes, surreal images of things we often do not even notice.

What will those subjects be? Who knows? And that is the point of this exercise. Learn to create art from the ordinary, to extract beauty from the mundane, and to capture form from chaos, no matter where you find yourself.

Think – light and shadow, textures and angles, and even ironic composition. This is where the abstract becomes art.

Along the way, David will share tips and tricks on gear selection and use, controlling and modifying light, exposure control and balance, and much more. Improve your normal photography while expanding your artistic side.

Sponsored by Tamron, Nissin, Expodisc, and Rogue

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What to bring: David suggests you bring your camera, a couple of lens choices, preferably one fast glass (f/2.8) if you have it, and at least one flash. Then add whatever toys you’d like, as long as it fits into your bag/backpack. He will show you how to get the most out of them.

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Hillsborough River Landscapes

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Type: Outdoor Workshop

Big beautiful cypress trees and flowing rapids offer unique Florida scenery. Well known as one of the most scenic State Parks, a number of compositions await. Your instructor will guide participants through the most scenic rapid runs to work on long exposure landscape techniques and composition framing.

Activity Level:  Moderate

Things to know: There is a $6/vehicle (2-8 people) or $4/vehicle (1 person) park entrance fee.

What to bring: Bring water shoes if possible, some of best scenes require walking along the edge of river, but many shots can be had from the boardwalk also.

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Light, Lines, and Form – The Art of Composition

Instructor: Tiffany Briley & Keith Briley

Type: Outdoor Workshop

‚ÄúIt is an illusion that photos are made with the camera‚Ķ they are made with the eye, heart and head.‚ÄĚ – Henri Cartier-Bresson

‚ÄúA composition is an arrangement, built out of parts, that aims at seamlessness.‚ÄĚ – Eric Maisel

As photographers we can be very conflicted artists, having to balance the technical/logical side of our brains, with the artistic/creative sides, as we use technology to realize our creative visions. Your goal as a photographer is more than just getting the settings ‚Äúright‚ÄĚ, its an attempt to express your vision and your emotional response to a scene

In this class you will discover the elements of design, how to put together the various components of an image,  Join our instructors as they explore concepts of composition for fine art photography, providing tips and techniques that will help you create works that are visually appealing, moving, and which reveal your creative vision.

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Lightpainting Techniques

Instructor: Jim Caldwell

Type: Studio Workshop

In this fun and informative workshop you will learn the tips, tricks and techniques to get unique images using long exposures and lighting tools. Light painting is a technique where the photographer works in a darkened environment, and by using common flashlights can light the scene over time and in a manner that would be difficult or even impossible to do using conventional lighting or strobes. This technique isn’t limited to studio work, it can even be used for landscapes after nightfall. This hands-on workshop will cover: theories of good lighting, equipment needed for light painting, tips and techniques, demonstration of the two major approaches to light painting.

Activity Level:  Low, this is a classroom workshop.

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What to bring: ¬†Telephoto and wide angle lenses will both be very handy in this workshop. A tripod is virtually a must due to the long exposures. Knowledge of your camera’s exposure bracketing capabilities and manual exposure ahead of time will come in handy.

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Macro and Nature Photography

Type: Outdoor WorkshopInstructor: David Guy Maynard

Capturing the detail of small subjects requires careful attention to photographic technique. To produce standout images you need to know how to light, focus, and compose your image.  Join David Guy Maynard as he guides you through the lessons and techniques he has learned over the years as a Macro/Nature photographer.

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Topics covered include:

  • Lens choice and usage
  • Depth-of-Field
  • Lighting your subject
  • How to use flash effectively
  • Tips for better Composition
  • Tips on finding your subjects (Bugs, frogs, flowers, etc.) in the wild
  • Tips on safety for nature shooters

This is a hands-on location shooting class with practical setups using available light and strobe.  You will have the opportunity to experiment with various techniques with David’s direct guidance.

Sponsored by Tamron, Nissin, Expodisc, and Rogue

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What to bring: We suggest you bring your camera, macro lens/es, tripod (if you have one), and flash. Keep weight in mind as you will be walking.

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Macro Lighting – Flowers and Foliage

Instructor: Fred Rodgers

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Close-up and macro photography of plants both exotic and sublime can be fun, but very challenging. Join us as we explore ways to capture your plants’ and flowers’ best side using existing, speed-lite (flash), reflector and portable lighting. Come away from this workshop with a whole new light on plant photography.

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Monkeys, Tropical Birds, and More

Instructor: Jim Caldwell (Sat PM),  Fred Rodgers (Sun PM)

Type: Outdoor Workshop

For the past 50 years, the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary Foundation and its predecessor organizations have provided a safe haven for animals in need of sanctuary.  Home to over 100 animals including Chimpanzees, Orangutans, Monkeys, Reptiles, Tropical Birds, and more, the Sanctuary provides these magnificent animals with a safe haven to spend their lives in peace and with dignity.

During this workshop, we will tour the sanctuary and photograph the monkeys, tropical birds and more that call the sanctuary home.  Your instructor will provide hands-on, in-field instruction to help you improve your animal portraiture skills, as well as tell the story of this special place.

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Outdoor Action – Cowboy Mounted Shooting

Instructor: Dick Kettlewell

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Cowboy Mounted Shooting is one of the fastest growing equestrian sports in the nation. The object of the sport is to shoot ten balloon targets while riding on a horse through a variety of challenging courses using specially loaded blank cartridges fired from Old West-style single-action revolvers. It’s a high-speed, timed spectator sport in which the competitor who rides the fastest with the least amount of missed targets wins.

During this workshop, you will get to photograph this high energy, action packed sport.  We will cover composition, exposure, proper lighting, correct shutter speed and techniques for getting great action photos.  In addition there will be plenty of opportunities for closeups and portraits of the people, horses, and gear.

The Bay Area Bandits Mounted Shooting Club, who call the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds home, will be in period dress and some members will be available for portraits, detail shots, etc.

Activity Level:  Low

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The morning session will have some of the Bay Area Bandits available for portraits followed by a flag entry and their monthly points match.

The afternoon session will be set up to do exhibition rounds with both pistols and rifles. Specific Mounted Shooting maneuvers maybe repeated upon request.  Some of the Bay Area Bandits will also be available for portraits.

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Photography 101

Instructor: Jillian Bell

Type: Classroom Workshop

Photography 101 is for beginners with little or limited experience in photography.  It is also for the semi-pros or avid photographers looking for a refresher on concepts and settings. A large part of this course is focused on Exposure and Composition.  We will discuss the different shooting modes used in DSLR cameras and being comfortable with shooting in Manual.  We’ll set up your camera properly so you can get the most out of the Tampa Bay Shootout Weekend.  Bring your camera for hands on instruction, all brands and models welcome.

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Photo Trek – Sawgrass Lake

Instructor: Charlie MacPherson

Type: Outdoor Workshop

An oasis for nature in busy central Pinellas County, Sawgrass Lake Park is home to a tremendous variety of wildlife.  Join us as we explore trails winding through maple swamps and oak hammocks in search of wildlife photo opportunities.  A bird lovers paradise, opportunities  include wading birds, songbirds, and raptors.  A host of other wildlife also calls the park home such as alligators, turtles, butterflies and more.  Your instructor will share his tips and techniques for getting great wildlife photos, sharing his years of experience to help you get great shots.

Activity Level:  Low

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Photography – The Business Side

Instructor: Jeff Donald

Type: Classroom Workshop

Jeff will cover all of the things you need to know to start or run your business right including copyright, when it’s necessary to have a release, best business practices, registering your business, business and loan resources and more.

Activity Level:  Low

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River Landscapes

Instructor:Joseph Gamble

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Big beautiful cypress trees and flowing rapids offer unique Florida scenery. Well known as one of the most scenic State Parks, a number of compositions await. Your instructor will guide participants through the most scenic rapid runs to work on long exposure landscape techniques and composition framing.

Activity Level:  Low

Things to know: There is a $6/vehicle (2-8 people) or $4/vehicle (1 person) park entrance fee.

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Scenic Skylines – Downtown and University of Tampa

Instructor: Joseph Gamble

Type: Outdoor Workshop

One of the distinct parts of the Tampa skyline are the iconic minarets atop the beautiful buildings of the University of Tampa campus.  Join us as we explore Downtown Tampa, capturing views of the unique architecture and street scenes here.  As you explore this area your instructor will provide you tips and techniques on how to creating great street photography images that capture the people, culture and history of this unique location.

Activity Level:  Low

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Smartphone Photography

Instructor:  Jeff Donald

Type: Outdoor and Classroom Workshop

iPhones and Droids are quickly replacing the common point-n-shoot as the go to camera for millions of photographers. After all the “best camera” is the one you have with you and we have our iPhones with us all the time.

But while we have our phone with us almost all the time, the cameras are not the easiest to learn and use. This workshop covers all the basics, from built in editing software to sharing and uploading photos. The instructor covers various camera settings and techniques specific to the iPhone.

The first hour of the class covers basic operation, settings and functions of your camera phone. Topics for discussion include:

  • Camera menus and settings

  • How to focus and zoom your camera

  • HDR (High Dynamic Range) settings and use

  • Video mode operation and settings

  • Basic operation of the iPhone camera from picture taking to uploading and deleting photos

The second hour of the course picks up where the first hour left off. The instructor will cover the next step in improving your photos, composition. Topics covered in the second hour include:

  • Accessories such as add-on lenses, tripods, filters and remote release that can enhance your creativity and improve your photos

  • Basics of composition such as “rule of thirds,” “golden mean” and other compositional techniques will be taught.

  • 10 basic guidelines for more creative photos are also covered and include diagonal/leading lines, shoot high and shoot low, S curves and more.

The third hour continues with a demonstration and discussion of some intermediate level topics such as the creative use of the built in flash and basic editing of your images. Covered in the last hour of the workshop is topics such as:

  • Flash settings and creative flash photography

  • Basic photo editing with the built in camera app

  • Discussion of several of the free apps for the iPhone and their basic use to supplement the iPhone

At the end of the workshop students will receive a free DVD that includes class notes, several video tutorials covering basic photo operation and iPhone photography tips, tricks and techniques for better photos.

Our instructor is a former Apple employee and he helped lead the first iPhone launch. He has been an avid iPhone user since the beginning and his iPhone photos have been published both on the web and in print. He also is a former university photography instructor and has over 30 years of photography and teaching experience.

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Street Shots – Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks

Instructor: Joseph Gamble

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Join us on a tour of vibrant Tarpon Springs, home to the Sponge Dock District and the largest Greek culture in the United States.  When Greek immigrants first settled in the area, they found the waters off Tarpon Springs to be rich with highly sought-after sponges. Today the area is a focal point of local Greek culture, with the historic sponge docks,  marina, restaurants and shops  providing a tremendous variety of street photography opportunities.  As you explore this colorful area your instructor will provide you tips and techniques on how to creating great street photography images that capture the people, culture and history of this unique location.

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Street Shots – Ybor City and the Tampa Trolley

Instructor: Joseph Gamble

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Known as Tampa‚Äôs Latin Quarter, Ybor City is one of only two National Historic Landmark Districts in Florida. ¬†Also known as ‚ÄúCigar City‚ÄĚ, it started as a melting pot of immigrants from Spain, Cuba, Germany and Italy who came to work in some of the world’s most famous cigar factories. ¬†Today its red brick buildings, wrought iron balconies and narrow brick streets are the backdrop to an eclectic mix of history, culture, and entertainment. ¬†As you explore this colorful area your instructor will provide you tips and techniques on how to creating great street photography images that capture the people, culture and history of this unique location.

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Stunning Portraits on Location

Instructor: David Guy Maynard

Type: Outdoor Workshop

In this hands-on location photography workshop you are going to learn how to pose, light and shoot your subject to create beautiful portraits in the field.  David Guy Maynard is a world-class photographer and his workshops are an absolute blast!  With the help of live models, David will demonstrate and assist you in the following skills:

  • Use of Speedlights on- and off-camera
  • Flash modification using simple, lightweight tools
  • How to pose and create a rapport with your subject

  • Color balancing techniques
  • Lens choice and usage

  • Meaningful time, money, and space saving ideas

Boost your existing portrait taking skills, add some new skills to your bag of tricks, get some great photos, and have a great time!

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Swamp Shots – Wetlands Photo Hike

Instructor: Jason Hahn

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Experience the mystery and wonder of Florida‚Äôs wetlands first hand on this hike into a cypress strand. We will “wet-walk” on this tour where we will photograph a variety of wildlife, scenery, and rare plants. ¬†¬†Jason will take you to a variety of locations to photograph the amazing wildlife, plants, and landscapes found throughout this delicate and beautiful ecosystem, educating you not just on photography techniques but on the natural history of this area as well.

Activity Level:  Moderate to High

Things to know:  If we are doing it right, you will definitely get muddy and wet.

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The Art of the Black and White Landscape

Instructors: Tiffany Briley & Keith Briley

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Mention black and white landscape photography, and you often conjure up thoughts of the great masters and their large format cameras.  Today there are new opportunities for photographers who wish to explore the possibilities for black-and-white landscapes using digital technology.

Join us on this landscape photography workshop where you will learn how to find and use the best light to make expressive black and white photographs.  Your instructors will cover elements of composition, technical settings, the quality of light, and how to pick scenes that produce the great best black and white landscape opportunities.

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Timelapse Techniques

Instructor: Jim Caldwell

Type: Outdoor/Classroom Workshop

Timelapse photography is becoming more and more popular with the advent of digital photography and can make for great imagery either by themselves or as an ‚Äúadd on‚ÄĚ to a multimedia show. ¬†We will walk you through the process of making striking timelapse image sequences in the field and give direction on how to turn them into movies to be later inserted into a movie format or multimedia show.

Activity Level: Low.  Light hiking of up to 1/4 mile could be required for the best angles.

Things to know: We will first go out to capture frames, then come back to the classroom for instruction on how to assemble them into a finished video

What to bring: Lenses from wide angle to telephoto work great and a good tripod is a must. Bring LOTS of memory cards and batteries as Time Lapse photography eats lots of both.

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Trains, Tracks, and Tripods

Instructor: Fred Rodgers

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Florida has a deep railroading history, with the first railroad coming to the state in the 1860s.  On the workshop you will explore the Railroad Museum of Florida, which celebrates the history of railroading here with their collection of locomotives, railroad cars, and railroad memorabilia.  While the engines may be huge, they are chock full of little details, providing you with countless ways to capture creative railroad compositions.  Your instructor will cover a variety of techniques for how to best create compelling images, including the best setting choices, HDR techniques, natural and artificial lighting, and composition concepts.

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Weedon Island Expedition

Instructor: Chad Anderson

Type: Outdoor Workshop

Stay flexible and expand your shooting options as Chad guides participants through the diverse habitats of Weedon Island. Weedon Island is rich in history, wildlife, and habitats which offer an array of shooting options. Highlights include wildlife such as wading birds, raptors, gopher tortoises, and several species of butterflies. Landscape and macro opportunities abound also in rare Florida scrub habitat, pine woods, and ancient oak hammocks.

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Events

Friday

Keynote Presentation with Jim Clark

Jim Clark

7:00pm  at PTEC

We will be kicking off the 1st Tampa Bay Photo Shootout with a keynote presentation by noted photographer, instructor and lecturer, Jim Clark!

For more than thirty-eight years Jim has used his photography, writing, speaking, and teaching to inspire and motivate others. A naturalist first and foremost, Jim’s workshops always include a bit of natural history. He believes the more you know about your subject, the more your photography will stand out.

A contributing editor for Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Jim’s articles and images have also appeared in magazines such as Nature’s Best, Defenders, Wildlife Refuge, Wonderful West Virginia, Birders World, Country, Photo Media, and Wild Bird. Other clients have included Nikon, Nik Software, National Wildlife Federation, Zeiss Optics, Nature Conservancy, Washington Post, Charleston Gazette, Fujifilm and the Today Show on NBC.To date, Jim has had more than 35 articles published in Outdoor Photographer.

Jim currently serves as nature photography instructor the Chincoteague Bay Field Station at Wallops Island, Virginia.

Jim is the author and photographer of five books: West Virginia: The Allegheny Highlands, Mountain Memories: An Appalachian Sense of Place, Between Ocean & Bay: A Celebration of the Eastern Shore and the children’s books, which he co-authored with his son Carson: The Adventures of Buddy Beaver: Buddy Explores the Pond and The Adventures of Buddy the Beaver: Mystery of the Missing Friends.¬†Jim is also one of the co-author/ photographers for The Ultimate Guide to Digital Nature Photography. Jim was a major photographic contributor to the book, Coal Country . Jim’s images and writing have also appeared in a host of other books.

Jim is Past President of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) and in 2000, he received NANPA‚Äôs Outstanding Recognition Award. Jim currently writes a column – Nature’s View – for NANPA’s e-newsletter.

Jim also serves on the advisory board for Nature’s Best Magazine and from 2000-2008, he was a member of the Fujifilm Talent Team. Jim has also been interviewed on Nik Radio.

The documentary film, Mountain Memories, profiled Jim’s life and career as a nature photographer. The film, which aired on PBS in August 2003, was also shown at the prestigious 2005 American Conservation Film Festival.

Jim has been a naturalist ever since his days growing up in the coalfields of southern West Virginia. He parlayed that passion into a 30 years career as a wildlife biologist, most of that time with the National Wildlife Refuge System with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has degrees in wildlife biology from Tennessee Tech (BS) and West Virginia University (MS). Jim has also been a member of the faculty for West Virginia University, St. Mary‚Äôs College of Maryland, and University of Alaska ‚Äď Fairbanks.

To see Jim’s work, click here.

Please join us on Friday night for an amazing presentation by Jim.  We will also have some great doorprizes for Shootout attendees!

Things to know

This event is free and open to the pubic.  If there is enough interest, we will have dinner available at the campus restaurant.  Please RSVP on the registration if you are interested.


Saturday

Portfolio Review

Saturday and Sunday Midday

Ever wanted to know how to take your photography to the next level? ¬†Want professional feedback on your imagery? ¬†Sign up for a portfolio review and get feedback and input from the pros. ¬†You will have ¬Ĺ hour with the workshop pro of your choice who will give you their undivided attention and input on your imagery. ¬†This is one of the best ways to advance your photography and learn what ideas and techniques to apply to your images. Sign up early as this option will fill quickly as each instructor only has 3 spots.

Things to know

There is a fee of $30 for this one-on-one, personalized portfolio feedback.  Your time will be assigned to you at check-in.  Each participant may currently sign up for one review.  If you are interested in signing up for a second or third review, please email us and we will add you to a wait list for any open spots as we get closer to the Shootout.

What to bring

A digital or printed portfolio of up to 10 images.  If you are presenting your images digitally, you will need to provide your own laptop or tablet for viewing.

Portfolio Reviews
Instructor Specialty Notes
Chad Anderson Wildlife, Landscapes  
Tiffany Briley Landscape, HDR, Nik Software, Photoshop, Adventure Locator
Keith Briley Landscape, HDR, Nik Software, Photoshop, Adventure and Light Seeker  
Jim Caldwell Travel, Nature, Wildlife, Videography
Jeff Donald Birds, Landscapes, HDR
Joseph Gamble Environmental Portraiture, Higher Education, Travel, Architecture, Archaeology
Jason Hahn Wildlife in action, Nature, Outdoor Adventure Sports, Landscapes
Dick Kettlewell Photojournalism, Sports, Nature, Wildlife, Landscapes
Chris Klapheke Avian
Charlie MacPherson Wildlife, Nature, Birds, Arctic Wildlife & Scenery  
David Guy Maynard Fashion, Beauty, Event, Fine Art, Nature, Macro, Commercial, Astro
Fred Rodgers Wildlife, Macro, HDR, Portraiture, Florida Plants, Media, Video
Marina Scarr Avian, Wildlife

Lunch ‘n’ Mingle with Instructors and Vendors (included!)

12:00-2:00 pm

Saturday at lunchtime we will be having a Lunch ‘n’ Mingle where instructors and vendors will be available to talk, show their latest projects and products. Portfolio reviews will also be during this time. The Lunch ‘n’ Mingle is included with your registration.

Besides all of the time with the instructors and vendors, we will have some great doorprizes, so don’t miss out!

Things to know

This event is free for Shootout attendees! Lunch will be available for purchase in the PTEC restaurant area and can be brought into the Lunch ‘n’ Mingle area. ¬†Please RSVP on the registration form so the restaurant has a headcount.

Sunday

Sunday Lunch Presentation

12:00-2:00 pm

We will all meet on Sunday during lunch for a presentation by all of the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout instructors.  There will be time for questions at the end.

Besides the fantastic presentation, we will have some great doorprizes, so don’t miss out!

Things to know

This event is free for Shootout attendees!  Lunch will be available for purchase in the PTEC restaurant area and can be brought into the presentation.  Please RSVP on the registration form so the restaurant has a headcount.

Registration

2015 Tampa Bay Photo Shootout Registration

2015 dates and registration will be announced shortly.  To be sure you know when registration opens, please click on the contact us page and submit your information and you will receive an email as soon as everything is set.  See you at the Shootout!

To register for the Tampa Bay¬†Photo Shootout, please click the link below. ¬†If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by clicking on the Contact Us page. ¬†We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Tampa Bay¬†Photo Shootout!

Please note: When you click the “Sign Me Up!” button above, you will be redirected to the Outdoor Photo Workshops website for registration.

2015 Registration Information

Registration Fees for 2015

  • Event Registration – $225
  • Student Registration – $112.50¬†
      • *Must be a full time student, student ID required. Please¬†Email Nicole¬†with documentation of student status prior to registering to receive your discount code.

Things covered by the registration fee:

  • Photography 101
  • Friday’s keynote presentation by Jim Clark
  • 1 admission to each of the 4 workshop sessions
  • Saturday’s¬†Lunch ‘n’ Mingle
  • Sunday’s lunch presentation

Things not covered by the registration fee:

  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Travel to and from sessions
  • Park entrance fees
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Saturday Lunch
  • Pre or Post Workshops
  • Other add-on’s¬†
  • Other fees as noted

*The keynote presentation is free and open to the public. 

Cancellation Policy

  • There is a $35 fee for cancellations prior to December 31, 2014. ¬†After December 31, 2014, 50% of the registration¬†fee will be charged for any cancellation.

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FAQs

Tampa Bay Photo Shootout FAQs.
 

Who can attend the shootout? Anyone with an interest in photography at any level is welcome. Although many of the sessions will be aimed at advanced amateur photographers, we try to have something available for everyone. The photo workshops will be a chance for people of all levels to mingle, learn and enjoy photographing the beautiful Tampa Bay area. The Friday keynote session is open to the general public. 

What is the Shootout registration fee and what is included and not included with that? The Shootout registration fee is $225. ¬†The fee includes Photography 101,¬†the Friday keynote,¬†one admission to each of the four workshop sessions, the Saturday lunch Open House and attendance at the Sunday lunch presentation. The fee does not include entrance fees to parks, food, lodging, transportation, portfolio reviews, or any other optional, add-on. If an event has an additional fee, it will be noted in the “Things to know” section within the description.¬† There is a discounted student registration fee of $112.50. ¬†Students must be full-time and a student ID is required. Please email Nicole¬†with¬†documentation of student status prior to registering to receive your discount code.

How can I get an awesome 2015 Shootout t-shirt? You can order your discounted Shootout t-shirt during registration.  As long as you order your shirt prior to March 10th, you can pick it up at check-in on Friday night with no shipping charges.  There will be an extremely limited number of shirts available at the event, so if you want one, you will need to pre-order it when you register for the event.  After the date we place the order, if there are extra shirts available, they will be listed on the website, so if it allows you to place the order, you will receive the shirt.

Is transportation provided? No. Unless otherwise indicated, participants are expected to provide their own transportation. In some places, participants might be encouraged to carpool due to limited parked or vehicle entrance fees. Participants should be aware of travel times between areas. We will provide directions for each of the workshop locations upon check-in.

Where will classes be held? The Pinellas Technical Education Centers (PTEC) St. Petersburg Campus will be our main hub for the Shootout.  All classroom sessions will be held on campus at PTEC.  Outdoor sessions are within an hour drive or less of the campus.

Where should I stay?¬† That is up to the individual.¬† The 2015 Shootout will be based around St. Petersburg, Florida. ¬†So places like St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach will be the closest to activities. However, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tampa, and Sarasota are within a reasonable distance, but you should check driving times between locations. Here’s a starting point for hotel and lodging reservations in the area.

Are meals provided? No, none of the sessions include meals. Some of the socials might have snacks, but you should plan on eating on your own.   

Is tipping okay or expected? If you are attending a workshop where there are models (human or animal), we do highly recommend tipping these people.  Tipping of your instructor is never expected, but always appreciated.

What will the weather be like? It can be many things. But for the norm that time of year will be sunny and dry during the days with highs in the upper 70’s to low 80’s. At night, you can expect temperatures to drop to low to mid 60’s. Overall, it is a fantastic time of year to be in Florida! However, we can have a heat wave or even a cold front that time of year, so check the forecast before you pack! ¬†We always recommend dressing in layers that you can add or remove as the weather changes throughout the day.

What time zone will we be in? We are on the west coast of Florida which is in the Eastern time zone.

What should I bring with me to the Shootout? Here is a link to a suggested pack list for the Shootout.  Please keep in mind that each workshop is different, so you will want to make sure you have the appropriate gear and clothing for the workshops you have registered for and that you keep an eye on the weather before heading out.  If there is something unique recommended for a specific workshop, it will be listed in the what to bring section under that workshop.

Model Releases All participants are responsible for supplying/obtaining any needed model releases or property releases for their photographs.  No forms will be available at the workshops.

Other information Photographers will retain all rights to their images taken during the weekend.¬† The Tampa Bay¬†Photo¬†Shootout and it’s partners claim no ownership of any images from any photographers attending the Shootout.¬†¬†

What is the Registration Deadline? We don’t have a deadline for the event as long as we still have workshops available. ¬†However, there may be earlier deadlines for some of the special events such as the Saturday lunch and t-shirts. ¬†While there is not a deadline, please understand that we do have to print things like nametags 1-2 weeks before the event, so if you register after they are printed, your nametag will be handwritten (with fair warning that I have terrible handwriting!)

Are there any other Photo Shootouts in other areas of the country? Yes! We also have the Black Hills Photo Shootout in South Dakota on September 26-28, 2014.

Instructors


Chad AndersonChad Anderson

Specialties

Wildlife and Landscapes

Website

http://www.ExposingFloridaPhotography.net

http://www.Facebook.com/chadsnature

About

Chad Anderson grew up in Dade City and is a eighth generation Floridian. The rapid development of Tampa Bay and the surrounding areas pushed Chad toward a career in environmental science, and eventually photography. After years of kayaking and hiking the natural preserves of the state from the panhandle to the keys, Chad decided to bring a camera along. A passion grew instantly. He currently works as a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but dedicates his free to time to conservation through photography. Frame by frame, Chad seeks to document the relict remains of the beautiful land his ancestors first laid their eyes upon so that his photos might inspire others to experience and preserve the biological richness that still remains.


Charlie MacPhersonCharlie MacPherson

Specialties

Wildlife and nature with a particular focus on birds and arctic wildlife & scenery (in the summer!)

Website

www.TheAmazingImage.com

 About

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Charlie MacPherson is an award-winning wildlife and nature photographer as well as a prolific author, popular speaker and photo tour guide. As unlikely as it seems for someone raised in the big city, he has – inexplicably – developed a passion for the people, landscapes and wildlife of the arctic. To that end, he and his camera have traveled from northern Alaska to Labrador, to Eeyou Istchee and Nunavik to Iceland in search of wildlife and arctic photo subjects. He has a deep respect for the First Nations and aboriginal people that he has encountered in Labrador, Quebec and Alaska. His favorite photographic subjects are Polar Bears, Alaska Brown Bears, Musk Oxen, Arctic Fox, Snowy Owls, Wolf and Caribou.

 Not entirely immune to freezing, he also travels south in the winter for bird photography in Florida and conduct numerous tours near his home in New England in the spring and fall. His company, The Amazing Image, is dedicated to taking photographers who range from complete beginners to accomplished professionals on these same journeys, where he offers expert photo coaching on every trip.


Chris KlaphekeChris Klapheke

Speciality

Avian

Websites

http://www.outdoorphotogear.com/

http://www.chriskphotography.com/

About

Chris Klapheke is a bird and wildlife photographer hailing from Louisville, KY. After many years on the workshop trail, Chris turned his photographic avocation into a business, and now owns and operates Outdoor Photo Gear, which provides specialized equipment for bird and wildlife photographers worldwide. In addition to seeking out the best gear for his store, Chris conducts bird photography workshops in the classroom and on an individual basis. Youll find Chris images in places ranging from textbooks to corporate installations, and Chris has been featured in Outdoor Photographer Magazine.


David Guy MaynardDavid Guy Maynard

Specialties

Fashion, Beauty, Event, Fine Art, Nature/Macro, General Commercial, and Astro Photography.

Websites

www.dmaynardphotography.com

www.dgmp_presents.com

About

David Guy Maynard is an award winning, internationally published photographer working in Fashion, Beauty, Event, Fine Art, Nature/Macro, and General Commercial photography. His work has been seen in numerous magazines and publications around the world, as well as being featured on respected web based business sites, in galleries, and exhibits.

David is also known to many in the industry for his former work as a Photographer and Consultant for a well known photographic lighting manufacturer, and as an author of articles and videos on photographic technique. David travels internationally delivering Seminars and Workshops on subjects ranging from Studio and Location Lighting, to Color Management and Workflow. These popular events have earned the reputation of being as entertaining as they are informative.


Dick-KettlewellDick Kettlewell

Specialties

Photojournalism, Sports, Nature, Wildlife, Landscapes

Website

http://springcreekchronicles.blogspot.com/

About

Dick Kettlewell has been a professional photographer for 28 years, having worked both as a photojournalist and a nature photographer while earning numerous awards.

 As a photojournalist he spent many years on daily newspaper staffs including the Albuquerque Journal and the Rapid City Journal during which he was primarily a sports photographer, covering sporting events from high school level to professional. He has also worked for numerous major newspapers on a contract and freelance basis, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, etc.

While with the Rapid City Journal, he produced a photo column for that paper’s outdoor page entitled “Spring Creek Chronicles” which featured images and stories about the region’s wildlife and landscapes. This column was also the recipient of many journalistic awards for both photography and writing. Kettlewell continues to publish that column for the Rapid City Journal and is currently working on a book of the same name and theme.

In addition to publishing his nature images in other well-known publications such as the Smithsonian Magazine, the Discovery Magazine, the Natural History Magazine, etc., Kettlewell has also published two books about the wildlife and landscapes of the region entitled Black Hills Impressions and South Dakota Wildlife Impressions. Both are produced by Far Country Press and are available in major bookstores such as Borders and on the Amazon network.


Fred RodgersFred Rodgers

Specialties

Wildlife, Landscapes, HDR, Macro, and Videography.

Website

www.thefotobug.com

About

Fred has been an avid photographer from the day that he first picked up his grandfathers Kodak 35 and started capturing landscapes near his home in Memphis, Tennessee. After high school, he was considering the study of photography but ended up pursuing horticulture as a career with a minor in mass communications. After a few years in the industry, he returned to school to become an educator in his chosen field. His camera was never far from his side. He compiled pictorial catalogs of different plant species and captured hundreds of images of the insects and other pest problems to assist students in their horticultural studies. His love of nature was a key factor in his continued interest in landscape and later, wildlife photography. Fred has traveled throughout Florida to capture the unique beauty of its flora and fauna.

His experiences with film and cinematography in college led him to add videography to his skill set. He has worked on several educational projects that combined elements of photography and videography. As a result of these experiences, he spent 6 years teaching video production to middle school students in the Pinellas County School District. He currently teaches horticulture at Pinellas Technical Education Center in St. Petersburg, Florida and is co-host of The Fotobug Podcast.


Jason-HahnJason Hahn

Specialties

Wildlife in action, Nature, Outdoor Adventure Sports, and Landscapes

Website

http://www.hahnnaturephotography.com

http://www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com

About

Originally from Maryland, Jason grew up near the mountains on a small farm that was practically a wildlife preserve, and it was that backdrop which helped fuel his interest in nature. Today he is a professional nature photographer, and Florida Master Naturalist, specializing in capturing photographs of the creatures and scenery that make Florida such a special place.

¬†His photography has also taken him to some of the most remote and beautiful areas our country has to offer. He has been widely published in books and magazines nationwide including “Outdoor Photographer” Magazine, “Popular Photography” Magazine and “Florida Wildlife” Magazine and has been involved in projects with organizations including the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the South Carolina Waterfowl Association. Jason’s photography can be seen at www.HahnNaturePhotography.com

In addition to his photography, Jason regularly conducts nature photography workshops and seminars for amateur and professional photographers, and is a lead instructor and owner of Outdoor Photo Workshops, www.OutdoorPhotoWorkshops.com


Jeff DonaldJeff Donald

Specialties

Everything, especially birds, landscapes, HDR.

Website

http://www.meetup.com/Florida-Center-Creative-Photography

About

Jeff Donald is the Executive Director of the Florida Center for Creative Photography. Jeff is an avid nature and wildlife photographer, experienced instructor, videographer, travel expedition leader, and business manager. His work has been published in national nature and conservation publications. He has traveled extensively in Africa and Asia in pursuit of his natural history studies.In 2003, Jeff created as a sole proprietorship, the North Pinellas Photography Forum and the Tampa Photography Forum, which together have grown to over 1800 members and offer a wide variety of photography classes, workshops, PhotoWalks, and other activities. In 2011, these entities are being merged and reincorporated as a non-proÔ¨Āt 501(c)3 corporation known as the Florida Center for Creative Photography. In addition to his role as Executive Director of FCCP and its predecessor organizations, Jeff teaches photography and Photoshop editing classes to individuals, small businesses and corporations ranging from short several hour classes on speciÔ¨Āc topics to multi-day and multi-week courses and workshops.


Jim PicJim Caldwell

Specialties

Travel, Nature, Wildlife, Videography

Website

http://elusiveimage.net/

www.thefotobug.com

About

Jim is an award winning photographer who traveled the country in the 1970s and 1980s as a motion picture cameraman making TV commercials, industrial films and documentaries. He is also a stock photographer and his images have appeared in many national and international publications such as Popular Photography, Audubon Magazine, and The London Times in addition to hundreds of textbooks, calendars and travel brochures.

Jim has also has a passion for teaching photography and sharing his many years of experience. He has arranged photo tours and traveled and photographed many parts of the world such as China, Tibet, Turkey, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica and many others. He grew up camping, photographing and exploring the Florida countryside.  Jim has earned his Florida Master Naturalist Certification and currently sits on the Pinellas Friends of Florida Master Naturalists board.

Jim has been an active member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) for over 35 years as well as National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), and the North American Nature Photographer’s Association (NANPA).

Some of Jim’s photography can be found at his website, www.elusiveimage.net and he hosts a podcast for nature and travel photographers at fotobug.podbean.com.


Jillian Bell

Jillian BellSpecialities

Commercial Still Life, Macro, Interiors

Website

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jillian-Bell-Belltamronusa/368972623994

About

Tastefully merging form and artistic flare, Jillian Bell uses her keen sense of detail in every photograph.  Although a versatile photographer with any subject or camera, her favorite photographic style involves commercial still life, macro, and interiors.  Being a Technical Representative with Tamron USA, Jillian has traveled the country leading workshops, teaching seminars, and training employees to keep them knowledgeable of ever-changing technology.   Photography is a useful tool, and her goal is to inspire others and build on photographic knowledge to create better, more consistent results.


Joseph GambleJoseph Gamble

Specialities

Environmental portraiture, higher education, travel, architecture and archaeology.

Website

www.josephgamble.com

About

Joseph C. Gamble is an advertising and editorial photographer and writer based in Tampa, Florida specializing in portraiture, higher education and archaeology. His work has appeared in Fortune 500 annual reports, newspapers, magazines, and web sites including The Christian Science Monitor, CNN, Fortune, Garden & Gun, MSNBC and USA Today. Joseph holds an MFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art Design and is an adjunct professor of photography at the University of Tampa and leads workshops and photo walks at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts His writing on photography appears weekly online at Fstoppers.com and on his personal Blog His online portfolio of higher education photography appears at www.higheredphotographer.com He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the Explorers Club, the National Press Photographers Association, the Society for Photographic Education and the University Photographers’ Association of America.


Keith BrileyKeith Briley

Specialties

Landscape, HDR, Nik Software, Photoshop, Adventure and light seeker.

Website

http://www.keithbriley.com

Twitter: @kbrileyphoto

About

Born in Dallas, TX and growing up with a camera in his hand, Keith combined his love of the outdoors, adventure and wildlife with his passion for photography.

In 2013, Briley entered the Professional Photographer’s Association’s, International Print Competition for his first time. In doing so, he received the honor of having his image, Waiting For The Sun, included in the prestigious 2013 Loan Collection.

Just a few months prior, he met his wife through the PPA. Together, both Keith and Tiffany travel throughout the United States capturing light and chasing adventures.

His vision is to hopefully share some of the emotions and have you wonder what he experienced while capturing the moment. He believes that photographs work when people feel, even for a moment, that they are somewhere else, taking them far from the pressures of everyday life.


Marina ScarrMarina Scarr

Specialities

Avian, Wildlife

Website

http://www.marinascarrphotography.com

About

Marina Scarr is an award-winning nature photographer and certified Florida Master Naturalist based in Tampa, Florida. Avian subjects are her favorite with a primary focus on chicks and nests, but she also enjoys a wide range of genres including wildlife, macro, zoo and event photography. She is an active avian moderator on the popular nature photography forum www.birdphotographers.net. Throughout the year, she finds great joy and learns a tremendous amount while volunteering for the birds with the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission and through various local rehabilitative facilities. She has won several awards and been published in magazines including Nature’s Best, National Wildlife, Living Bird, Popular Photography, etc.


Michael-LandesMichael Landes

Specialties

Classic Studio Portraiture

Websites

https://www.facebook.com/michael.r.landes

About

Michael Landes credits his 30 years of membership in the Florida Professional Photographers Association and its membership for his successes. He is a Master of Photography, a Photographic Craftsman, a Certified Professional Photographer and holds the Florida Degree of Photographic Excellence, the Florida Service Award and the Florida Lifetime Membership Certificate.

Michael has had images included in the PPA Traveling Loan Collection, the Disney Epcot Exhibit and the Photokina International Exhibit. He has over 100 combined salon First Place Awards and over 100 combined salon Merits and has been awarded Photographer of the Year 10 times from the Professional Photography Guild of Mid-Florida and the 2012 Digital Artist of the Year. This is the second consecutive year receiving the Tampa Photographer of the Year Award and the Portrait Category Award. He has also received the Social Function Category and the Unclassified Category Awards.

He is currently the Commercial Photography Program Instructor at the Pinellas Technical Education Center in St. Petersburg and one of his greatest joys is seeing his students succeed in TAPPA, FPP and Skills competitions.


Tiffany BrileyTiffany Briley

Specialties

Landscape, HDR, Nik Software, Photoshop, Adventure Locator.

Website

http://www.tiffanybriley.com

Twitter: @tiffanyreed

About

Growing up in the beautiful scenery of Alberta, Canada, it’s no coincidence that Tiffany Reed Briley found her passion for photography, specifically, capturing the beauty and magic of landscapes.Tiffany has received the distinguished title of Diamond Photographer of the Year from the Professional Photographers Assocation, having submitted four images that were entered in the Loan Collectiona rare honor for a first time entrant. Today, Tiffany’s talent resides in the south, calling Charleston, South Carolina home. She continues to travel locally, nationally and internationally to capture her award-winning images. Tiffany also is the Director of Advertising for North America for the world’s leading online photography magazine, Landscape Photography Magazine and Wild Planet Photo Magazine.

 

Sponsorship Thank you for your interest in sponsoring the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout!  The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout brings photographers from across the country to Florida for photography, education, sightseeing, and camaraderie.  The event showcases the natural beauty of Florida along with the photography expertise of highly respected professional photographers. Our 1st event will be held in the spring of 2015 at the Pinellas Technical Education Centers in St. Petersburg, Florida and we are expecting hundreds of photographers from across the country.

Participants will have the opportunity to attend a keynote presentation by Jim Clark, four photography workshop sessions, and several other informational and social events throughout the weekend. The event is sponsored and run by Outdoor Photo Workshops, a well respected leader in professional photography instruction, in partnership with Pinellas Technical Education Centers (PTEC).   Their event planner and instructors will coordinate all of the details for this one-of-a-kind event making it a memorable experience for all. We hope you will consider partnering with us for this fun, unique event.  For more information about the event, please visit www.ThePhotoShootout.com.  If you have any questions about the event or your sponsorship, please contact Nicole at (813) 956-8702 or email Nicole. Thank you and we look forward to partnering with you at the Shootout!

Please click here to view the sponsorship packet.

~OPW Owner, CEO, Founding Father, Guy Who Thinks He’s in Charge, and Lead Photography Instructor… Jason Hahn

2015 Event Sponsors

opwptec

Tamron