Tampa Bay Photo Shootout

Save the date for the 2017 Tampa Bay Photo Shootout!

March 3-5, 2017 (tentatively)

***Please note that all information listed on this page is from the 2016 event. We keep the previous event information up until we are ready to open registration for the next event so you can get an idea of what to expect. If you have been to a Photo Shootout previously, you will be emailed as soon as registration for 2017 is open. If you are new to the Photo Shootout, please fill out the form on the Contact Us page and we will add you to our email list and let you know when registration is open. Looking forward to seeing you in Tampa Bay!***

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The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout is a photography festival which 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 College (PTC).

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 outstanding weekend packed full of informative workshops, great networking opportunities, unbelievable outdoor photography subjects, and most of all, fun!¬†Unique courses, exceptional instructors, incredible photo opportunities, all in one weekend in the beautiful outdoors‚Ķ who could ask for more!?!

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Schedule

Friday, April 8, 2016

Photography 101 (included!)

3:00-4:30 PM

Check-In

Between    4:30-7:00 PM

Photo Shootout Welcome and Special Instructor Panel Presentation (included!)

7:00 PM

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Workshop Session 1 (included!)

Range Between 6:00-11:00 AM

Lunch ‘n’ Mingle & Photography Fun¬†(included!)

11:30-2:00 PM

Portfolio Reviews

12:30-2:00 PM

Workshop Session 2 (included!)

Range Between 3:00-8:00 PM

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Workshop Session 3 (included!)

Range Between 6:00-11:00 AM

Lunch Photography Presentation & Q&A (included!)

12:30-2:30 PM

Workshop Session 4 (included!)

Range Between 3:00-8:00 PM

Your full weekend workshop registration includes the following:

  • Photography 101
  • Friday’s Welcome and Instructor¬†Presentation

  • 1 Admission to Each of the 4 Workshop Sessions

  • Saturday’s¬†Lunch ‘n’ Mingle & Photography Fun
  • Sunday’s Lunch Presentation

Your one day workshop registration includes the following:

  • Photography 101
  • Friday’s Welcome and Instructor¬†Presentation

  • 1 Admission to Each of the 2¬†Workshop Sessions on EITHER Saturday OR Sunday

  • Saturday’s¬†Lunch ‘n’ Mingle & Photography Fun OR 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 College (PTC) Clearwater 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 time frame listed.  Each workshop is 3-4 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 Photo Workshop

Outdoor photo 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.  You will be photographing during these sessions.

Indoor Photo Workshop

Indoor photo workshops are held inside in a classroom or off-site facility and are led by experienced photographers. The instructors will provide participants with knowledge of the area and instruction on specific topics.  You will be photographing during these sessions.

Classroom Photo Seminar

Classroom photo seminars are held indoors in a classroom setting and led by experienced professionals. The instructors will provide participants with instruction on specific topics. There will not be photography opportunities during these sessions, however, it may benefit you to have your gear with you to follow along.

Special Events

All special events (non workshop sessions) will be held at PTC in the Culinary Arts Building.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Bonus Workshop – Friday PM
Event Instructor Type Notes
Photography 101 Jason Hahn Classroom Photo Seminar

Saturday, April 9, 2016

 

Session 1 – Saturday am Instructor Workshop Type Notes
Beachscapes Tim Gilbreath Outdoor Photo Shoot
Birds at the Beach Kathryn Dow Outdoor Photo Shoot
HDR Done Right Fred Rodgers Outdoor Photo Shoot
Composition Concepts: Art Isn’t by Accident Jason Hahn Outdoor Photo Shoot
Photo Trek: Celery Fields Matthew Cicanese Outdoor Photo Shoot
Planetarium: Night Photography Techniques Jim Caldwell Indoor Photo Shoot
Telling the Story: Ybor City and the Tampa Trolley Vanelli Outdoor Photo Shoot
The Little World: Macro Photography David Guy Maynard Outdoor Photo Shoot

 

Session 2 – Saturday PM Instructor Workshop Type Notes
Bio-Blitz: Photography for Conservation Matthew Cicanese Outdoor Photo Shoot
Critter Close Ups: Frogs, Bugs, and Reptiles Fred Rodgers Indoor Photo Shoot
Digital Darkroom: Beginner Lightroom and Photoshop Jason Hahn Classroom Photo Seminar
Fast Forward: The Art of Timelapse Photography Jim Caldwell Indoor Photo Shoot
Indoor Portraiture: A Simple Approach to Amazing Results David Guy Maynard Indoor Photo Shoot
Photo Trek: Sawgrass Lake Kathryn Dow Outdoor Photo Shoot
Riverscapes Tim Gilbreath Outdoor Photo Shoot
The Art of the Black and White Landscape Vanelli Outdoor Photo Shoot

 

Sunday, April 10, 2016

 

Session 3 – Sunday am Instructor Workshop Type Notes
Birds of Prey Fred Rodgers Outdoor Photo Shoot
Building a Bulletproof Backup System Vanelli Classroom Photo Seminar
Cowboys and the Old West David Guy Maynard Outdoor Photo Shoot
Seeing the Unseen Matthew Cicanese Outdoor Photo Shoot
Patterns in Nature Jim Caldwell Outdoor Photo Shoot
Pitcher Perfect: Behind the Scenes of a Microbrewery Beth Reynolds Indoor Photo Shoot
Telling the Story: Downtown Tampa and the University of Tampa Matt Marriott Outdoor Photo Shoot
Water, Wings, and Wild Things Kathryn Dow Outdoor Photo Shoot

 

Session 4 – Sunday pm Instructor Workshop Type Notes
Advanced Landscape Techniques Beth Reynolds Outdoor Photo Shoot
Avian Afternoon Adventure Kathryn Dow Outdoor Photo Shoot
Digital Darkroom: Advanced Lightroom and Photoshop Vanelli Classroom Photo Seminar
Flowers and Foliage Fred Rodgers Outdoor Photo Shoot
Outdoor Portraiture: A Simple Approach to Amazing Results David Guy Maynard Outdoor Photo Shoot
Painting with Light Jim Caldwell Outdoor Photo Shoot
Photos in Motion: Videography for Photographers Matthew Cicanese Outdoor Photo Shoot
Telling the Story: Tarpon Springs and the Sponge Docks Matt Marriott Outdoor Photo Shoot

 

Workshop Descriptions

Advanced Landscape Techniques

Instructor: Beth Reynolds

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

Creating a great landscape photo is one of the greatest challenges in photography.  In this class, you will learn key concepts and techniques to take your landscape photos to the next level.  Learn advanced techniques such as panoramics, multi-row panoramics, hyper-focal distance, filters, portable lighting, reflectors, diffusers and more.

Activity Level:  Moderate

Things to Know:  Free admission, donations welcome.

What to Bring:  Tripods are recommended.  Sunscreen and bug repellent are also recommended. Wear comfortable walking shoes you don’t mind getting sandy or wet.

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Avian Afternoon Adventure

Instructor: Kathryn Dow

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

Join me for a productive afternoon photographing birds in flight along the beach. We will focus on composition, focus point selection, focus settings, manual exposure. Brief walking. I will guide us to many subjects. We will shoot until last light and conclude with sunset silhouetting remaining subjects. Absorbing color saturation and rich blacks with proper camera settings on manual exposure and live view when necessary.

I will teach them how to photograph respectfully. We will photograph birds in flight and resting birds too as light sweetens on them ending for sunset silhouettes and teach them live view camera settings shooting into sun setting behind our subjects. Manual exposure to saturate color and acquire rich blacks.

Wherever you go at Fort De Soto, you find yourself absorbed in the abundance of natural beauty for as far as the eye can see. The complexity of the ecology is not immediately apparent, but the park offers the greatest diversity of systems just about anywhere. Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wildlife and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto.

The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). These keys are home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and scores of native plants. Each of these species plays a vital role in the preservation and protection of the natural environment.

Another amazing example of the importance of the park’s natural ecosystems is the more than 328 species of birds that have been documented over 60 years by ornithologist New species are being added every year. The beach also provides refuge to the loggerhead sea turtle, which nests between April and September.

Activity Level:  Moderate

Things to Know:  There is a $5 per vehicle park entrance fee, which can be paid by cash or credit.  There are also 2 nominal tolls on the way into the park so we suggest having change or a Sunpass handy.  Due to the fees, we recommend carpooling for this location.

What to Bring:  Medium to long range lenses.  Sunscreen and bug repellent are also recommended. Wear comfortable walking shoes you don’t mind getting sandy or wet.

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Beachscapes

Instructor: Tim Gilbreath

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

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.

Wherever you go at Fort De Soto, you find yourself absorbed in the abundance of natural beauty for as far as the eye can see. The complexity of the ecology is not immediately apparent, but the park offers the greatest diversity of systems just about anywhere. Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wildlife and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto.

The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). These keys are home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and scores of native plants. Each of these species plays a vital role in the preservation and protection of the natural environment.

Another amazing example of the importance of the park’s natural ecosystems is the more than 328 species of birds that have been documented over 60 years by ornithologist New species are being added every year. The beach also provides refuge to the loggerhead sea turtle, which nests between April and September.

Activity Level:  Moderate

Things to Know:  There is a $5 per vehicle park entrance fee, which can be paid by cash or credit.  There are also 2 nominal tolls on the way into the park so we suggest having change or a Sunpass handy.  Due to the fees, we recommend carpooling for this location.

What to Bring:  Wide angle to Telephoto lenses,  generally we bring a 16mm-35mm lens, a 24-75, and a 70-200.  However, feel free to bring whatever you have to experiment with. Tripods are recommended.  Sunscreen and bug repellent are also recommended. Wear comfortable walking shoes you don’t mind getting sandy or wet.

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Bio-Blitz: Photography for Conservation

Instructor: Matthew Cicanese

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

In this workshop, learn how to conduct a basic rapid survey of biological diversity using field studio macrophotography techniques to document everything from flowers to microbes. We will all work together to collect specimen to photograph (all specimen will be returned, unharmed, to their natural habitat). After the fieldwork, I’ll show you how to process the photographs in Adobe Lightroom and then create a “portrait of biodiversity” in PhotoShop. ¬†

The Circle B Bar Reserve is a former cattle ranch that today boasts a wide variety of plants and animals. You can see several distinct ecosystems in this reserve of only 1,267 acres. You’re almost guaranteed to see alligators in Lake Hancock, often considered the headwaters of the Peace River, which flows more than 100 miles from Polk County southwest to the Gulf of Mexico.

Circle B Bar Reserve has 3 Main Habitats: Oak Hammock, Freshwater Wetlands, and Banana Creek Marsh.  The ongoing restoration in the Banana Creek Marsh has provided foraging and breeding areas for a number of species never recorded on the site before. In 2008, the Reserve was added to the Great Florida Birding Trail. Be on the lookout for alligators, eagles, osprey, red shouldered hawks, wild turkey, barred owls, wood storks, white ibis, sandhill cranes, moorhens, pied-billed grebes, black-necked stilts, red-bellied woodpeckers, bobwhite quails, eastern meadowlarks, savannah sparrows, American kestrels, great blue herons, American white pelicans, sandpipers, spoonbills, great egrets, ducks and other waterfowl and wading birds. You might also see otters, bobcats, grey fox, armadillos, squirrels (gray and fox varieties), frogs, turtles, black racer snakes, five-lined racerunner lizards and other reptiles. Many migratory birds can be found here in the winter months.

Activity Level: Moderate.  There will be a fair bit of walking on this workshop.  All paths are well maintained, flat, and either paved or packed dirt, so they are very easy to walk on.

Things to Know: You will be traveling on a toll road, be prepared with cash or a SunPass, carpooling recommended.  Because the trails are easy to navigate, many visitors with large lenses or heavy gear use small carts or the jogging style baby strollers to carry their gear.  

What to Bring:  Close range / macro lenses.  Tripods are recommended.  Sunscreen and bug repellent are also recommended. Wear comfortable walking shoes you don’t mind getting sandy or wet.

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Birds at the Beach

Instructor: Kathryn Dow

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

For an avian photographer, Tampa Bay 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. Tampa Bay 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.

Wherever you go at Fort De Soto, you find yourself absorbed in the abundance of natural beauty for as far as the eye can see. The complexity of the ecology is not immediately apparent, but the park offers the greatest diversity of systems just about anywhere. Emerging from the wealth of bird life, sea life, wildlife and plant life is the majestic tapestry called Fort De Soto.

The largest park within the Pinellas County Park System, Fort De Soto park consists of 1,136 acres made up of five interconnected islands (keys). These keys are home to beach plants, mangroves, wetlands, palm hammocks, hardwoods and scores of native plants. Each of these species plays a vital role in the preservation and protection of the natural environment.

Another amazing example of the importance of the park’s natural ecosystems is the more than 328 species of birds that have been documented over 60 years by ornithologist New species are being added every year. The beach also provides refuge to the loggerhead sea turtle, which nests between April and September.

Activity Level:  Low.

Things to Know: There is a $5 per vehicle park entrance fee, which can be paid by cash or credit.  There are also 2 nominal tolls on the way into the park so we suggest having change or a Sunpass handy.  Due to the fees, we recommend carpooling for this location.

What to Bring: Mid to Long range lenses (ideally 300mm equivalent or more).  Teleconverter if you have one. Water, sunscreen and bug repellent are recommended.  Wear comfortable walking shoes you don’t mind getting sandy or wet.

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Birds of Prey

Instructor: Fred Rodgers

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

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.

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is a 245-acre award-winning park with 6 miles of trails & boardwalks and unique ecosystems including: hardwood hammocks, sand pine scrub, pine flatwoods, willow marsh, swamp woodlands, and lake shore.  It is also part of the Great Florida Birding Trail and has a bird of prey aviary, two butterfly gardens, and a pioneer settlement.

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 $5/person park entrance fee that the instructor/ambassador will collect at the beginning of class (cash/check please). Approximately the first 90 minutes of this workshop will be spent photographing the birds of prey outside of their enclosures.  The remainder of the time can be spent photographing the birds in their enclosures, learning more about the birds, photographing the other wonderful wild birds in the park, photographing butterflies at one of the two butterfly gardens, or exploring the rest of the park.  Tipping of the bird handlers is highly recommended.

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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Building a Bulletproof Backup System

Instructor: Vanelli

Type: Classroom Photo Seminar

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

‚ÄúPeople say you don‚Äôt know what you‚Äôve got until it‚Äôs gone. Truth is, you knew what you had, you just never thought you‚Äôd lose it.‚ÄĚ – Anonymous

If you have heard the weird sounds of a hard drive dying or caught a faint whiff of smoke from the direction of your computer, you know that feeling of dread and panic when you realize gigs upon gigs of your photos are being corrupted or removed from existence. ¬†(At our house we call that the “Oh, @#$%!” moment.)

What happens if your computer doesn’t boot? Or your hard drive dies? What if your home or studio gets flooded? Or robbed?  Or demolished by an angry Stay-Puft Marshmallow man?  As unpleasant as all of these possibilities are, they are possible and can wipe out your photography portfolio in the blink of an eye.

In this class you’ll learn all about building a back system and workflow to protect your work , whether its from equipment failures or disasters. ¬†You learn the right steps to take to protect your precious pixels and¬†manage your photos from download to organization to output to backup.

Activity Level: Low, classroom setting.

Things to Know: The instructor will be displaying everything on a screen for you to see, but most people find it helpful to have their laptops in front of them to follow along. We will be discussing different tools and programs so, it is not a requirement of the class to have the programs or a laptop, but most people will have one and find it useful. 

What to Bring: Laptop with your current workflow software (optional)

 

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Composition Concepts: Art Isn’t by Accident

Instructor: Jason Hahn

Type: Outdoor Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

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

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

Activity Level:  Low to Moderate.  We will be doing some walking through a small park and marina.

Things to Know: Your instructor really likes doughnuts. ¬†Cake doughtnuts are a favorite, but any are good (glazed, jelly-filled, etc.). ¬†Also, it has been said Coffee is a great accompaniment to doughnuts. ¬†2 Creams no sugar…

We will be parking in Dunedin, near the marina.  Some areas are paid parking, so be prepared to feed the meter, carpooling is recommended.

What to Bring:  Doughnuts.  You might also want to bring your camera:-D .  For lenses we recommend bringing a variety, we will work with using different focal lengths in creative ways.  The goal of this class is inspiration and understanding composition concepts, so bring any photo gear you would to use in those regards.

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Cowboys and the Old West

Instructor: David Guy Maynard

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

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.

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‚Äôs, 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. ¬†Dry Creek is a current/live TV set for the show ‚ÄúDry Creek, America’s First Frontier‚ÄĚ which can be seen on Blue Highways TV.

Activity Level:  Low

Things to Know: There is a $10/person entrance fee that the instructor/ambassador will collect at the beginning of class (cash/check please).  Tipping of the 2-3 models is highly recommended.

What to Bring:  Lenses from wide angle to telephoto and LOTS of memory cards.  Flash is a good idea, but optional

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Critter Close Ups: Frogs, Bugs, and Reptiles

Instructor: Fred Rodgers

Type: Indoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

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

Activity Level:  Low, classroom

Things to Know: Tipping of the animal handler is highly recommended.

What to Bring:  Close range / macro lenses.  A tripod and flash are recommended but not required.

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Digital Darkroom: Advanced Lightroom and Photoshop

Instructor: Vanelli

Type: Classroom Photo Seminar

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

If you take photos, you need Lightroom and Photoshop!  Every version of Lightroom and Photoshop just gets better, with more features and more complexity, to produce stunning results from your digital files.  In this workshop we take your Lightroom and Photoshop skills to the next level by exploring the latest advanced techniques and retouching skills.

This workshop will focus on the advanced post-processing workflow, as well as little known tips and techniques for developing and outputting your digital images like a pro. We will cover techniques and advanced features of Lightroom and Photoshop for photographers who have a good basic familiarity with Lightroom and Photoshop, but want to unlock all its features and power in their workflow!

Activity Level:  Low

Things to Know: This class is geared for  those who already have a basic understanding of Lightroom and Photoshop, and how to navigate through its modules and interface.  The instructor will be displaying everything on a screen for you to see, but most people find it helpful to have their laptops in front of them to follow along. We will be discussing the different tools and how/when to use them and then showing you the effect it has on a photo. It is not a requirement of the class to have the programs or a laptop, but most people will have one and find it useful. There won’t be time for each person to work on their own photos during the class, but most people seem to learn better when they are following along on their own laptop.

What to Bring: Laptop with the latest version of Lightroom and Photoshop recommended

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Digital Darkroom: Beginner Lightroom and Photoshop

Instructor: Jason Hahn

Type: Classroom Photo Seminar

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

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 ‚Äúphotoshopping‚ÄĚ 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 techniques 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!

Activity Level:  Low

Things to Know: The instructor will be displaying everything on a screen for you to see, but most people find it helpful to have their laptops in front of them to follow along. We will be discussing the different tools and how/when to use them and then showing you the effect it has on a photo. It is not a requirement of the class to have the programs or a laptop, but most people will have one and find it useful. There won’t be time for each person to work on their own photos during the class, but most people seem to learn better when they are following along on their own laptop.

What to Bring: Laptop with the latest version of Lightroom and Photoshop recommended

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Fast Forward: The Art of Timelapse Photography

Instructor: Jim Caldwell

Type: Indoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

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 classroom¬†and give direction on how to turn them into movies to be later inserted into a movie format or multimedia show.

Activity Level: Low, classroom

Things to Know: We will first capture the frames in the classroom and then learn 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 Timelapse photography eats lots of both.

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Flowers and Foliage

Instructor: Fred Rodgers

Type: Outdoor Photography Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

Sure they don’t run or fly away from you, but creating beautiful photos of flowers and plants poses its own set of technical and artistic challenges. ¬†Join us as we explore ways to capture your plants‚Äô and flowers‚Äô best side using existing, speed-lite (flash), reflector and portable lighting. Come away from this workshop with a whole new light on plant photography!

This workshop will be at the The Florida Botanical Gardens is home to over 10,000 plants Spreading over 182 acres, there are  a variety of specialty gardens including: a Patio Garden, an Herb Garden, a Tropical Fruit Garden, a Native Plants Garden, a Cactus / Succulent Garden, a Butterfly Garden, a Palm Garden, a Vegetable Garden, a Vinery Display, a Formal Gardens, a Wedding Garden, a Tropical Walk, and a Tropical Courtyard. The Natural Areas also include an Aquatic Habitat and Retention Pond.

Activity Level:  Low, a moderate amount of slow walking on flat ground.

Things to Know: Free admission, donations welcome.

What to Bring:   Lenses from wide angle to telephoto, especially close focusing or macro lenses, or extension tubes.  Flash is a good idea, but not required.

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HDR Done Right

Instructor: Fred Rodgers

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is one of the hottest new techniques to come along in the last several years. But it is not without its critics, and can be a complicated technique to master.  In this class  we will teach you what HDR is, when its the best option for a photograph, and the details on how it is done.  Just as importantly, we will teach you when not to HDR, common pitfalls to avoid, and and how to produce results that look great not artificial.

The goal of this class is to make people look at your shots and say “Wow, Great Image!” not “Wow, you sure HDR’ed the heck out of that!”.

Activity Level:  Low. Light walking for best angles.

Things to Know: Carpooling recommended as we will be parking on the streets in downtown Dunedin.  Be prepared to feed the meters.

What to Bring:  Telephoto and wide angle lenses will both be very handy in this workshop. A tripod is virtually a must but there are ways around it if you don’t own a tripod. Knowledge of your cameras exposure bracketing capabilities and manual exposure ahead of time will come in handy.

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Indoor Portraiture: A Simple Approach to Amazing Results

Instructor: David Guy Maynard

Type: Studio Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

Have you ever wondered how the working pro‚Äôs get those seemingly impossible dynamic portraits? From Hollywood style lighting, to multi-light magic, those ‚ÄúCover Shot‚ÄĚ quality images that you can‚Äôt seem to take your eyes off? Well, here‚Äôs your chance to not only find out how it‚Äôs done, but to learn and practice how to produce them on your own with ease!

TBPS and associated sponsors (listed below) are proud to offer you this outstanding hands-on workshop with internationally published photographer David Guy Maynard. David has built a notable reputation for achieving the same stunning results one would expect from a high end studio with tens of thousands of dollars of equipment, while using only money saving, lightweight and portable gear that can be used anywhere.

‚ÄúYour studio is where you are standing.‚ÄĚ DGM

In the first portion of the session, David will use a live model to teach and demonstrate multiple lighting techniques, cover time and money saving approaches, and show you how to turn ‚Äúchallenging‚ÄĚ into ‚Äúfun and easy‚ÄĚ while getting amazing results.

In the second portion, you will get to practice your newly learned skills and techniques with the live model, and the assistance and coaching of David and his protégé Sammi G.

Some of the key topics covered:

  • Use of Speedlights on- and off-camera
  • Use of high powered, portable and affordable Mono lights
  • Flash modification using simple, lightweight portable tools
  • How to pose and create a rapport with your subject
  • Color balancing techniques ‚Äď Reducing post edit time
  • Lens choice and usage
  • Meaningful time and money saving ideas ¬†

This Workshop with David Guy Maynard is brought to you by:
Tamron ‚Äď Interfit Photographic
Nissin ‚Äď Peak Design

Activity Level: low

Things to Know: Tipping of the model is highly recommended.

What to Bring: Flash(es).  You can use a variety of lenses in portraits, generally within the 50-200 range is ideal.

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Outdoor Portraiture: A Simple Approach to Amazing Results

Instructor: David Guy Maynard

Type:  Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

Are you tired of getting blown out images, harsh shadows, and unwieldy snapshots instead of beautiful, balanced portraits outdoors? Do you want to take your portraits to the next level even in the most challenging environments? Whether you are simply trying to take great portraits of your kids/grandkids, or an up and coming commercial shooter trying to make money from your work, this workshop will give you much of the knowledge and skills to get you there. Turn ‚ÄúChallenging‚ÄĚ into ‚ÄúFun and Easy‚ÄĚ while getting the results you want.

TBPS and associated sponsors (listed below) are proud to offer you this outstanding hands-on workshop with internationally published photographer David Guy Maynard. David has built a notable reputation for achieving the same stunning results one would expect from a high end studio with tens of thousands of dollars of equipment, while using only money saving, lightweight and portable gear that can be used anywhere, indoors or out!

‚ÄúYour studio is where you are standing.‚ÄĚ DGM

Throughout this entirely hands-on outdoor workshop, David (with the help of a live model) will help you get amazing photos while learning;

  • ¬†Use of Speedlights on- and off-camera
  • ¬†Use of high powered, portable and affordable Mono lights
  • Techniques to overcome harsh sunlight with ease
  • Flash modification using simple, lightweight portable tools
  • How to pose and create a rapport with your subject
  • Color balancing techniques ‚Äď Reducing post edit time
  • Lens choice and usage
  • Meaningful time and money saving ideas!

This Workshop with David Guy Maynard is brought to you by:
Tamron ‚Äď Interfit Photographic
Nissin ‚Äď Peak Design

Activity Level: low

Things to Know: Tipping of the model is highly recommended.

What to Bring: Flash(es).  You can use a variety of lenses in portraits, generally within the 50-200 range is ideal.

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Painting with Light

Instructor: Jim Caldwell

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

In this fun and informative workshop you will learn the tips 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.

We will be holding this workshop on the set of Dry Creek which is a current/live TV set for the show ‚ÄúDry Creek, America’s First Frontier‚ÄĚ which can be seen on Blue Highways TV. 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‚Äôs, a variety of photography opportunities are available here, including old west buildings and their realistic contents. ¬†Join our instructor as he leads you through on this ¬†glimpse back in history, giving you tips and techniques for lightpainting photography on this unique set. ¬†

Activity Level:  Low, there will be some walking on flat ground.

Things to Know: There is a $5 entrance fee which will be collected by your instructor/ambassador at the beginning of the workshop (cash/check please).

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.  The instructor will bring some flashlights, but you may want to bring some of your own as well.  All sizes and filter colors will come in handy.

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Patterns in Nature

Instructor: Jim Caldwell

Type:  Outdoor Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

There are an infinite number of photographic possibilities surrounding us at all times; we just need to learn how to ‚Äúsee‚ÄĚ and how to best capture these possibilities with our cameras. ¬†The ‚ÄúPatterns in Nature‚ÄĚ workshop was created to help photographers develop their creative vision and capture images that will amaze and inspire no matter whether you are a beginner or a pro. ¬†

The leader will be available and will work closely with each photographer to demonstrate lighting, composition, exposure, and techniques in order to capture amazing “Patterns in Nature”.

The Florida Botanical Gardens is home to over 10,000 plants on 182 acres in a variety of specialty gardens including: a Patio Garden, an Herb Garden, a Tropical Fruit Garden, a Native Plants Garden, a Cactus / Succulent Garden, a Butterfly Garden, a Palm Garden, a Vegetable Garden, a Vinery Display, a Formal Gardens, a Wedding Garden, a Tropical Walk, and a Tropical Courtyard.  The Natural Areas also include an Aquatic Habitat and Retention Pond.  This huge variety of nature will be sure to give us plenty of patterns to work with.

Activity Level: Low

Things to Know: Free admission, donations welcome.

What to Bring: Lens capable of close-focusing (or extension tubes), tripod, flash. Optional: polarizer filters, handheld reflectors/scrims (the instructor will have some of these items available to borrow during the session)

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Photo Trek: Celery Fields

Instructor: Matthew Cicanese

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

Explore a restored wetland and the new home of the Sarasota Audubon Society in a trek around the wetlands edges. This trek should be jam-packed with different insects, arachnids, botanical species, and more! I’ll show you how I approach a scene before shooting, how to ethically treat the wildlife I’m photographing, tips to get different kinds of shots, and more! Afterwards (if time permits) I’ll show you my basic processing techniques in Adobe Lightroom.

The location of the site and the large number of diverse bird species make the Celery Fields an ideal location for wildlife watching and is on the Great Florida Birding Trail.  Wetlands restoration of 100 acres is now complete at the Celery Fields. More than 20,000 aquatic plants and trees have been planted, and two boardwalks have been installed. This project has added additional walking and biking trails, fishing, kayaking, and wildlife viewing.

Activity Level: low

Things to Know: Carpooling is required.  Free admission, donations welcome.

What to Bring:  Macro and Wide angle to Telephoto lenses,  generally for wildlife you want longer range (200mm plus).  However, feel free to bring whatever you have to experiment with.  Sunscreen and bug repellent are also recommended. Wear comfortable walking shoes you don’t mind getting sandy or wet

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Photo Trek: Sawgrass Lake

Instructor: Kathryn Dow

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

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.

Sawgrass Lake Park, 400 acres in size, allows people to walk through one of the largest maple swamps on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The park’s mile-long boardwalk and half-mile dirt trail provide opportunities to see birds, butterflies, plants and animals in their natural settings within the most densely populated county in Florida. Herons, egrets, ibis, wood storks, alligators and turtles can be seen along the canals and lakes. Thousands of birds migrate through the park during the fall and spring, attracting birders and eco-tourists from all over the country.  Sawgrass Lake Park is mentioned by the Great Florida Birding Trail and the National Audubon Society as one of the premier birding sites in Florida.

Activity Level:  Low/moderate.

Things to Know: Mile long boardwalk, plus 1/2 mile dirt path.

What to Bring:  Wide angle to Telephoto lenses,  generally for wilife you want longer range (200mm plus).  However, feel free to bring whatever you have to experiment with.  Sunscreen and bug repellent are also recommended. Wear comfortable walking shoes you don’t mind getting sandy or wet

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Photos in Motion: Videography for Photographers

Instructor: Matthew Cicanese

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

Now that most of our DSLR cameras do such a good job with video, we find ourselves wanting to do more and more videography, but sometimes don’t know all of the proper techniques to get them to turn out right.  Learn the basics of environmental videography including settings, tools, and techniques for capturing and processing basic video using DSLRs. Topics include preparation before a shoot, lens selection, shooting settings, shooting techniques, processing, and post-processing (if time permits).

Activity Level: low

Things to Know: This class is designed to learn how to use the video settings on a DSLR camera, not for video cameras.  There is a $5 per vehicle park entrance fee, which can be paid by cash or credit.  There are also 2 nominal tolls on the way into the park so we suggest having change or a Sunpass handy.  Due to the fees, we recommend carpooling for this location.

What to Bring: DSLR camera capable of shooting video.  LOTS of memory cards and batteries, video eats both quickly.

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Pitcher Perfect: Behind the Scenes of a Microbrewery

Instructor: Beth Reynolds

Type: Indoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

Beer is the world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage; it is the third most popular drink overall, after water and tea. ¬†Florida in general, but especially Tampa Bay, has become a hot spot for microbreweries over the past few years. ¬†Whether you like a nice hoppy IPA, a smooth, crisp lager, or something in between, or even if you aren’t a beer drinker (gasp!), you will have the opportunity to photograph the brewing¬†process, from start to finish. ¬†The brewery offers a great opportunity to use a variety of photography techniques including flash, HDR, black and white, and more. ¬†And with our behind the scenes access, you will have the opportunity to make unique photos of all of the things that go into making a great beer.

Activity Level:  Low

Things to Know: This will be held at an active microbrewery.  Tipping of the guide is highly recommended.

What to Bring: Variety of lenses from wide angle to telephoto.  Flash and tripods are recommended, but not required.

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Planetarium: Night Photography Techniques

Instructor: Jim Caldwell

Type: Indoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

When the sun sets most photographers put away their cameras, but the night sky offers wonderful opportunities for amazing images.  Consider star trails, the milky way and even the aurora borealis (northern lights).  However, photographing the night sky requires a whole new skill set and camera settings Рbut what if there was a way to prepare during the day!?  Sign up for the star trails photo workshop which will will permit you to learn those skills!  This workshop will take place at the planetarium at St. Petersburg College where the night time sky is totally under our control!  During this workshop you will learn how to set up your camera so you will be ready the next time the sun sets, the sky clears and the stars shine brightly.  No worries about light pollution too!

The St. Petersburg College Planetarium and Observatory are great places for all ages to explore the universe. The planetarium is a ‚Äústar theater‚ÄĚ with a 24-foot domed ceiling that can accurately simulate the night sky at any time or location on Earth.

Activity Level: low, indoor

Things to Know: We will be photographing in an inside planetarium which replicates the night sky.  This gives us control over what season of the sky we see, whether the stars are still or moving to capture star trails, and the ability to photograph the exact constellations we want.  However, remember that this is to learn techniques to photograph and we will not be photographing real stars.

What to Bring:  Recommended Рtripod (preferably smaller travel tripod), wide angle lens.  Optional Рremote trigger for camera, bean bag.

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Riverscapes

Instructor: Tim Gilbreath

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

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.

Opened in 1938, Hillsborough River State Park is one of Florida’s first state parks; this original CCC Park is divided by the swiftly flowing Hillsborough River with a set of Class II rapids. The river provides opportunities for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and of course photography.

Activity Level:  Low/moderate

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

What to Bring: Wide angle and mid range telephoto lenses. ¬†Polarizer and tripod are strongly recommended. ¬†Shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. ¬†Shoes with good traction.

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Seeing the Unseen

Instructor: Matthew Cicanese

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

In this workshop, you’ll dive deep into the micro-worlds that are teeming with life forms right beneath your nose! I’ll teach you how to look beyond what most people miss when they’re out in the wild. That fallen log in the forest isn’t such a bore anymore! Learn how to approach different scenes, assess where/how to look for hidden organisms, and how to document them in a way that takes your viewers into their world. Afterwards (if time permits) I’ll show you my basic processing techniques in Adobe Lightroom.

Activity Level:  Low

Things to Know: There is a $5 per vehicle park entrance fee, which can be paid by cash or credit.  There are also 2 nominal tolls on the way into the park so we suggest having change or a Sunpass handy.  Due to the fees, we recommend carpooling for this location

What to Bring:  Macro and mid-range lenses.  Tripods highly recommended.

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Telling the Story: Downtown Tampa and the University of Tampa

Instructor: Matt Marriott

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

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

Things to Know: There is a garage parking fee which can be paid by cash or credit, carpooling is recommended.

What to Bring: Wide to medium range lens.  

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Telling the Story: Tarpon Springs and the Sponge Docks

Instructor: Matt Marriott

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

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.

Activity Level:  Low

Things to Know: Be prepared to feed the meter, carpooling is recommended.

What to Bring: Wide to medium range lens.  

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Telling the Story: Ybor City and the Tampa Trolley

Instructor: Vanelli

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

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‚Äôs 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.

Activity Level:  Low

Things to Know: Be prepared to feed the meter, carpooling is recommended.

What to Bring: Wide to medium range lens.  

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The Art of the Black and White Landscape

Instructor: Vanelli

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

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.

Activity Level:  Low

Things to Know: There is a $5 per vehicle park entrance fee, which can be paid by cash or credit.  There are also 2 nominal tolls on the way into the park so we suggest having change or a Sunpass handy.  Due to the fees, we recommend carpooling for this location.

What to Bring: Wide angle to mid-range telephoto lenses, tripod, and flash

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The Little World: Macro Photography

Instructor: David Guy Maynard

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

Capturing the detail of very small subjects requires careful attention to photographic technique.  To produce truly stand out images you need to know how to light, focus, and compose your image.  Join Professional Photographer David Guy Maynard as he guides you through the lessons and techniques he has learned and refined over the years as a macro photographer.

This hands-on workshop will be at a beautiful, subject rich location offering you not only new and valuable knowledge, but the chance to add some amazing photos (from flowers to critters) to your portfolio.

  • Topics covered include:
  • Lens choice and usage
  • Depth-of-Field
  • Lighting your subject
  • How to use flash effectively
  • Tips for better Composition
  • Long Exposure Techniques

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

The Florida Botanical Gardens is home to over 10,000 plants on 182 acres in a variety of specialty gardens including: a Patio Garden, an Herb Garden, a Tropical Fruit Garden, a Native Plants Garden, a Cactus / Succulent Garden, a Butterfly Garden, a Palm Garden, a Vegetable Garden, a Vinery Display, a Formal Gardens, a Wedding Garden, a Tropical Walk, and a Tropical Courtyard.  The Natural Areas also include an Aquatic Habitat and Retention Pond.  This huge variety of nature will be sure to give us plenty of macro subjects to work with.

This Workshop with David Guy Maynard is brought to you by:
Tamron ‚Äď Interfit Photographic
Nissin ‚Äď Peak Design

Activity Level: Low

Things to Know: Free admission, donations welcome.

What to Bring: Macro lens, tripod, and flash

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Water, Wings, and Wild Things

Instructor: Kathryn Dow

Type: Outdoor Photo Workshop

The Cool Things You will See, Do, and Learn:

The Circle B Bar Reserve is a former cattle ranch that today boasts a wide variety of plants and animals. You can see several distinct ecosystems in this reserve of only 1,267 acres. You’re almost guaranteed to see alligators in Lake Hancock, often considered the headwaters of the Peace River, which flows more than 100 miles from Polk County southwest to the Gulf of Mexico.

Circle B Bar Reserve has 3 Main Habitats: Oak Hammock, Freshwater Wetlands, and Banana Creek Marsh.  The ongoing restoration in the Banana Creek Marsh has provided foraging and breeding areas for a number of species never recorded on the site before. In 2008, the Reserve was added to the Great Florida Birding Trail. Be on the lookout for alligators, eagles, osprey, red shouldered hawks, wild turkey, barred owls, wood storks, white ibis, sandhill cranes, moorhens, pied-billed grebes, black-necked stilts, red-bellied woodpeckers, bobwhite quails, eastern meadowlarks, savannah sparrows, American kestrels, great blue herons, American white pelicans, sandpipers, spoonbills, great egrets, ducks and other waterfowl and wading birds. You might also see otters, bobcats, grey fox, armadillos, squirrels (gray and fox varieties), frogs, turtles, black racer snakes, five-lined racerunner lizards and other reptiles. Many migratory birds can be found here in the winter months.

Activity Level: You will be traveling on a toll road, be sure to have cash or a SunPass available, carpooling recommended.  Moderate, you will be hiking up to 2 miles on flat ground.  All paths are well maintained, flat, and either paved or packed dirt, so they are very easy to walk on.

Things to Know: Because the trails are easy to navigate, many visitors with large lenses or heavy gear use small carts or the jogging style baby strollers to carry their gear.  

What to Bring:  Mid to Long range lenses (150mm and up).  sunscreen and bug repellent are also recommended. Wear comfortable walking shoes you don’t mind getting sandy or wet.

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Map

This map includes markers for all the events and workshops locations for the weekend.   All workshops will depart from location A, the parking lot at PTCX-Clearwater, near the Culinary Arts Building.
Tampa Bay Photo Shootout 2016 – http://tinyurl.com/TBPS2016map

Events

Friday, April 8, 2016

Photography 101 (included!)

3:00-4:30PM

Photography 101 is for beginners with little or limited experience in photography.  It is also for 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 help you get the most out of your Photo Shootout weekend.  

Activity Level:  Low.

Things to Know:  This seminar will be held at PTC Clearwater Campus.

What to Bring: Camera and manual.

 

Welcome and Instructor Panel Presentation (included!)

We will be kicking off the 2nd annual Tampa Bay Photo Shootout with a welcome and a special panel presentation by our Photo Shootout instructors at 7:00pm at Pinellas Technical College!

Learn and laugh with our photography pros as they tell you about  their careers and adventures, as well as techniques for gear, photography, and life as a photographer.

Please join us on Friday night for an amazing presentation along with some great doorprizes for Shootout attendees!

Things to know: This event is included with your Shootout registration. The Welcome and Instructor Presentation starts at 7:00 in the Culinary Arts building and will go until 9:00 or so, so you will likely want to get dinner prior to the start. Food is allowed in the auditorium, so feel free to bring it with you (just nothing stinky ;)!) Food will not be available on campus.

What to Bring: Sense of humor!


Saturday, April 8, 2016

Lunch ‘n’ Mingle &¬†Photography Fun¬†(included!)

12:00-2:30 pm

Saturday at lunchtime we will be having a Lunch ‘n’ Mingle along with Photography Fun! Everyone is encouraged to attend as we will have a variety of fun photography activities. Regardless of skill level, it’s fun for all, and all for fun… and maybe a few prizes!

Things to know

This event is included¬†for Shootout attendees! This will be held in the Culinary Arts building¬†and will be very informal so feel free to come in anytime¬†between your sessions and portfolio reviews. ¬†You are welcome to grab some lunch “to go” from one of the local restaurants on the way back from your morning session and bring it with you to the Lunch ‘n’ Mingle area. Food is NOT available on site. ¬†

Portfolio reviews will also be during this time, so check your nametag if you are scheduled for one so you make sure you are there for your scheduled time.

Portfolio Reviews

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

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 since¬†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.  Portfolio review times will be on Saturday with each instructor having sessions from 12:30-1:00, 1:00-1:30, and 1:30-2:00. Your time will be assigned to you at check-in.  You may sign up for up to 3 reviews (there is a separate fee for each review) and we will schedule them accordingly with each instructor.

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.  Digital devices are not provided for viewing.

 

Portfolio Reviews
Instructor Specialty Notes
Jim Caldwell Photo Generalist, Travel, Closeup, Lightpainting, Time Lapse, HDR, Wildlife, Landscapes  
Matthew Cicanese Macrophotography, Videography, Aerial Cinematography, Photomechanic Metadata, Lightroom & Photoshop
Kathryn Dow Nature, Wildlife, Birds  Full
Tim Gilbreath Landscape, Natural Light, Outdoor, Beach, Long Exposure, Panoramics
David Guy Maynard Portrait (Studio & Location), Fashion, Glamour, Boudoir, Fine Art, Commercial (General & Product), Macro, Nature
Fred Rodgers Wildlife, Landscapes, HDR, Macro, Videography Full 
Vanelli Portrait, Lighting, Workflow, Lightroom, Photoshop, Building a Bulletproof Backup

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday Lunch Presentation

12:30-2:30 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 included¬†for Shootout attendees! You can pick up some ‚Äúto go‚ÄĚ food on your way back from the morning session and bring it into the auditorium to eat during the presentation. Food will not be available on campus.

Registration

2016 Tampa Bay Photo Shootout Registration

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.

2016 Registration Information

Full Weekend Registration – $225

Things covered by the full weekend registration fee:

  • Photography 101
  • Friday’s Welcome and Instructor Panel¬†Presentation
  • 1 Admission to each of the 4 Workshop Sessions (over 30 to choose from)
  • Saturday’s¬†Lunch ‘n’ Mingle and Photography Fun
  • Sunday’s Lunch Presentation

Student Registration (full weekend) Р$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.

One Day Registration – $149

Things covered by the one day registration fee:

  • Photography 101
  • Friday’s Welcome and Instructor Panel¬†Presentation
  • 1 Admission to each of the 2¬†Workshop Sessions on¬†EITHER Saturday OR Sunday
  • Saturday’s¬†Lunch ‘n’ Mingle and Photography Fun
  • Sunday’s Lunch Presentation

Student Registration (one day) – $74.50

  • *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 not covered by the registration fee:

  • Lodging
  • Food
  • Travel to and from sessions
  • Park entrance fees
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • T-shirts and hats
  • Pre or Post Workshops
  • Other add-on’s¬†
  • Other fees as noted

Cancellation Policy

  • There is a $35 fee for cancellations prior to March 12. ¬†After March 12, 50% of the registration fee will be charged for any cancellation. ¬†There are no refunds for cancellations the week of the event (but please let us know if you can’t make it so we aren’t worrying about you).

 

FAQs

Tampa Bay¬†Photo Shootout FAQ’s
 

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.  

What is the Shootout registration fee and what is included and not included with that? The full weekend Shootout registration fee is $225. ¬†The fee includes Photography 101,¬†the Friday Welcome and Instructor Panel¬†Presentation,¬†one admission to each of the 4 four workshop sessions, the Saturday Lunch ‘n’ Mingle & Photography Fun, and the Sunday Lunch Presentation.

There is also a One Day Registration which includes the morning and afternoon photography workshops on EITHER Saturday OR Sunday as well as all of the activities on Friday.  The cost for the one day registration is $149.  The lunchtime session on the chosen day is also included.

The fee does not include entrance fees to parks, food, lodging, transportation, portfolio reviews, tips, 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 for the full weekend and $74.50 for the one day option.  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 2016 Shootout t-shirt? You can order your discounted Shootout t-shirt during registration.  As long as you order your shirt prior to March 14th, 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, participants are expected to provide their own transportation. However, each workshop meets up with the rest of their group in the parking lot at PTC and carpools from there. For some workshops, participants might be encouraged or required 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.

What airport should I fly in to?¬†You will be flying into Tampa International Airport (TPA) which is about 25 minutes away. ¬†Depending on where you are flying from, if you want to come in to St. Pete ‚Äď Clearwater¬†International Airport (PIE), you can do that as well. It is literally right around the corner from the event, about 7 minutes, but despite the ‚Äúinternational‚ÄĚ name, it is a¬†small airport and not a lot¬†of airlines go into it.

Where will classes be held? The Pinellas Technical College (PTC) Clearwater Campus, at 6100 154th Ave. N, Clearwater, FL 33760 will be our main hub for the Shootout.  All classroom sessions will be held in the Culinaray Arts building on campus at PTC.  Outdoor sessions are within an hour drive or less of the campus and we will be carpooling from PTC.  

Where should I stay? That is up to the individual.¬† The 2016 Shootout will be based around Clearwater, Florida. ¬†So places like Clearwater and Largo¬†will be the closest to activities. However, Safety Harbor, Dunedin, and St. Petersburg 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.

We have a group rate at the Residence Inn Marriott St. Petersburg Clearwater, 5050 Ulmerton Rd., Clearwater, FL 33760.  (727) 573-4444, http://www.marriott.com/piecw

  • When you call to make your reservation, let them know you are with the “Tampa Bay Photo Shootout” to receive our group rate.
  • Our group’s special rates are: $109 +tax/night studio single king (currently sold out of this one),¬†$129 +tax/night studio double/double (3 rooms left as of 3/31),¬†$199 +tax/night 2 bedroom suite¬†(currently sold out of this one).
  • Includes free breakfast. ¬†Special for our group, they will have “Grab & Go” cold breakfast items and coffee ready starting at 4:30am so you can grab something before you head to your first workshop since photographers start early!
  • Free internet.
  • They will honor this rate for 3 days before and 3 days after the event if you are planning on staying in town longer.
  • This hotel is 2.2 miles from Pinellas Technical College where we will be meeting for all activities and to get groups together to carpool.

There are of course other hotels in the area that you are welcome to check out:

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) or animal handlers, 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 TBPS Suggested Pack List.  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 things such as the t-shirts. ¬†While there is not a deadline, please understand that we do have to print things like nametags a week or so before the event, so if you register after they are printed, your nametag will be handwritten (with fair warning that I have terrible handwriting!)

Local Area Information:

Other Information:

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 30-October 2, 2016, which will be based out of Spearfish this year.

Instructors

Jim Caldwell

Jim Pic

Specialties

Travel, Nature, Wildlife, Videography

Website

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.

Matthew Cicanese

Matthew Cicanese

Specialties 
Macrophotography, Videography, Aerial Cinematography, Photomechanic Metadata, Lightroom, Photoshop

Website 
www.matthewcicanese.com

About
Matthew Cicanese is an explorer, environmentalist, and award-winning documentary artist from Dade City, Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies at Florida Southern College, and then went on to earn his Master of Fine Arts degree in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University. Matthew’s work revolves around the notion of seeing and documenting the world through a different perspective by illuminating the beauty and biodiversity of forgotten microcosms. Though macro photography is his strongest and most practiced medium, Matthew enjoys working with a vast array of storytelling methods ‚ÄĒ from aerial drone cinematography to multimedia narrative film-making.

As an independent documentarian, Matthew’s clients include a variety of organizations ranging from National Geographic to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2015, his media gained international attention as a finalist for Environmental Photographer of the Year, including gallery exposure at London’s Royal Geographical Society, coverage by BBC Earth, publication in New Scientist Magazine, and a television news segment on UNC-TV. Matthew was recently accepted as an Emerging League Photographer with the International League of Conservation Photographers ‚Äď an elite group of the world’s top wildlife, nature and culture photographers who use photography to encourage people to take action in conservation measures. To learn more about Matthew and his work, visit www.matthewcicanese.com.

Kathryn Dow

Kathryn Dow

Specialties 
Nature, Wildlife, Birds

Website 
www.kathryndow.photoshelter.com

About
Since a child I have been fascinated with wildlife and birds. I have always found myself in the outdoors searching and observing. Admiring and walking in it’s beauty. I started Bird Photography in Florida in 1992 for fun. The love for this has grown over the years. As a birder and a photographer I strive to capture that perfect moment in time. I want a great image of an even greater moment. For when I look back on my images they make me smile remembering the essence of energy and beauty before me. That connection that imprints upon me, forever absorbed within me. It is always the experience that remains. The experience of walking in their beauty. My life long dream has been to offer services in the outdoors so that others may benefit and enjoy it as much as I have. I have developed my techniques in spotting birds for many years. My first real birding experiences starting at a few years old were our winter visitors “Snowy Owls”. Photography has grown from that passion. I am based in central Florida winters and NH some summers. I offer private photography instruction and small group workshops. I am also a bird guide for birders and bird photographers. In November 2015 I reached my 5th year participating in the annual Festival of the Cranes at Bosque Del Apache NWR, New Mexico. Instructing photography and spotting skills. I instructed at the annual Spacecoast Birding and Wildlife Festival in Titusville Florida this past January. Next event is the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout in St Petersburg Florida April 8-10. Happy to announce I am now a Maven Pro. Please visit the website and check out their amazing optics available. http://mavenbuilt.com/
You will receive a free gift with your order by putting in my code KATHRYNDOW-GIFT Please contact me with any inquiries. Thank you for visiting my website and my experiences.

Jason Hahn

Jason-Hahn

Specialties

Wildlife in Action, Nature, Outdoor Adventure Sports, Landscapes, Travel, Black & White

Website

www.hahnnaturephotography.com

www.outdoorphotoworkshops.com

About

I am a nature photographer and have been professionally photographing for little over a decade. I think I have the coolest job on the planet. Okay, maybe the folks up circling the planet in the space station have a pretty cool job too, but I think mine ranks right up there. I am really fortunate to get to do what I do. I love it and wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I am one of the lucky few who have found exactly what they were meant to do, nature photography is that thing for me.

My passion for nature photography started while taking bike rides with my son when he was a baby. If you have taken one of my workshops, you’ve probably heard the story. If you haven’t, next time you run into me buy me a beer and I’ll tell you all about it. I like hoppy micro brews. A good IPA is probably the universe’s way of telling me ‚ÄúEverything is gonna be alright.‚ÄĚ I am also really fortunate that it is a family business. My wife, Nicole, and son, Adam, mean everything to me and that they get to share in this crazy adventure with me makes it all that much sweeter.I’m originally from Maryland and grew up on a small farm near the mountains. I worked my way through high school at the local parks and zoos, and eventually graduated from the University of Maryland, Go Terps! Extra points if you can guess my field of study. Hint: It was definitely not photography.

I am a product of the digital age. I’ve never smelled darkroom chemicals or gotten misty eyed reminiscing over Velvia slides on a light table. Heck, for the first few years of my photography endeavors I thought Velvia was a brand of processed cheese‚Ķ

Although I never dabbled with a traditional SLR, I have a deep respect for those photographers who paved the way before me and often look to them for inspiration. For me, I view being ‚Äúborn‚ÄĚ in the digital age as a door that has opened up the world of photography to a broader audience. It’s an exciting time to be a photographer. I am inspired by all the new technology and the extremely cool things that can be done with it to capture creative visions. Every day we are pushing the boundaries of what we thought were possible with a camera.

I like sunsets and long walks on the beach‚Ķwhile carrying about 40 pounds of camera gear. I won’t talk religion or politics with you. I’ve found the best way for exploring “the meaning of life” is grabbing my camera and wading through a swamp. In my point of view, this has an amazing ability to put everything neatly into perspective!

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

Matt Marriott

Matt Marriott

Specialties 
Travel & Tourism, Lifestyle, Food, Sports, Animals, Aviation, Advertising

Website 
My work is available by request only and through my agent.

About
Matt Marriott is a Tampa based photographer who works throughout the United States and around the world. He specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, advertising and sports photography. Matt first studied fine art photography at the University of Kentucky before going into the United States Navy. Following the Navy he attended the University of Florida, working as the photo editor of the Independent Florida Alligator and receiving a degree in Photojournalism. While at UF he began the first of five years working at Sports Illustrated as a photo assistant and eventually doing lighting, remote cameras and shooting assignments. He regularly covered the Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, Final Four and NBA Playoffs.

After that he worked another five years for Busch Gardens and SeaWorld as a staff photographer shooting shows, animals, roller coasters, advertising, portaiture and PR. Matt is now a full time freelance photographer, his clients include Feld Entertainment, SeaLife Aquarium, Madame Tussaud’s, Lowry Park Zoo, DNA Films, SeaWorld, Aer Lingus Airlines, the NCAA, Tampa Bay Lightning, Visit Orlando and L.A. Tourism.

David Guy Maynard

David Guy Maynard

Specialties

Portrait (Studio & Location), Fashion, Glamour, Boudoir, Fine Art, Commercial (General & Product), Macro, Nature

Website

www.dmaynardphotography.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.

Beth Reynolds

Beth Reynolds

Specialties 
Photojournalism, Documentary, Black and White, Storytelling, Street, Abstract, Seeing Light, Beginning – Exposure Triangle

Website 
photodocumentarypress.com
basecampphoto.com

About
I have a strong desire not only to take pictures, but to share the experiences of my subjects, and hopefully, to give something back to them through the act of recording their lives.” –¬†Beth Reynolds, documentary photographer

A Florida native, born in St. Petersburg, Beth Reynolds has been a visual storyteller and photo educator for over 28 years and working with non-profits has become her specialty and passion. I began photographing for my school newspaper in the 9th grade. Making photo-documentaries has been my passion for 21 years. In 1995 I received my MFA in photography from The Hartford Art School. It is my belief that I can make a difference in the lives of people who need it most with my camera. Inspired by roadblocks I found in my own education I pursued teaching with great enthusiasm and have created photography and self-empowering workshops and retreats for youth and adults in Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina and Massachusetts. Through grants, commissions and self-funding I have dealt with the issues of inclusion, health care, cancer survivors, welfare, the environment, immigration and aging. For four years I was a staff photographer for The Bristol Press, Bristol, CT. For 18 years I have been teaching at the university level and at community art centers. I started my own publishing company in 1998, The Photo-Documentary Press, inc. to photograph issues with social relevance and publish my work in fine art coffee table books. My first book was Sisters of Courage: Survivors of Breast and Cervical Cancer (1999). My second title is Captain, He Bought Eggs: Stories from a Firefighter (2001) and my third publication is Faces of Lung Cancer in conjunction with the Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, Florida. As Director of Photography for the Morean Arts Center I am involved with photography at all levels and love connecting the community with art.

Fred Rodgers

Fred Rodgers

Specialties

Wildlife, Landscapes, HDR, Macro, Videography

Website

www.thefotobug.com

About

Fred has been an avid photographer from the day that he first picked up his grandfather’s Kodak 35mm 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 returned to college to pursue an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology. He currently teaches network support and is the IT Department chair at Pinellas Technical College in Clearwater, Florida. Fred has worked with Jim Caldwell as co-host of The Fotobug Podcast since 2009.

Tim Gilbreath

Tim Gilbreath

Specialties 
Landscape, Natural Light, Outdoor, Beach, Long Exposure, Panoramics

Website 
timgilbreath.com

About
Tim is a freelance photographer and writer originally from Houston, Texas but has called the sunshine state his home since 2005. As a lover of nature and the outdoors, he specializes in natural-light landscape photography of our beautiful local area, and dabbles in environmental portraiture, long exposures, and panoramas. Tim has a passion for film photography, and enjoys shooting with analog cameras and developing his own film. In addition to shooting commissioned landscapes and environmental portraiture for clients, he provides his work to local businesses for use in their own endeavors; some of Tim’s work will be used for an upcoming HGTV show titled “Container Homes”, which will be filmed in Pinellas Park, Florida. Tim is also a writer, and has been a regular contributor to Digital Photography School, the largest online photography community for education, for the past year.

Vanelli

Vanelli

Specialties 
Portrait Lighting, Workflow, Lightroom, Photoshop, Building a Bulletproof Backup

Website 
vanelliandfriends.com

About
Vanelli is a photographer, educator and author living in Florida. As the lead photographer for Exposure Photographic Art Studio, he has had the opportunity of capturing images of special VIP’s, including the President of the United States, former president of Toyota Dr. Shoichiro Toyoda and various martial arts legends.

In early 2000, Vanelli created a special Click for Kids program for Brevard County Schools. During that program he introduced his 5p’s from Click to Print. This unique system has become the foundation for his workshops including his new series ‚ÄúWinning the Sport Portraits Game‚ÄĚ.

Currently he is teaching workshops, photographing for Inside Lacrosse Magazine, writing for Photofocus and creating tutorials for various plug-in companies and for the Vanelli and Friends series.

 

Sponsorship

Sponsors…We Couldn’t do It Without You!

Thank you for your interest in sponsoring The Photo Shootouts!  The Photo Shootouts are regional photography events that bring photographers from across the country together for photography, education, sightseeing, camaraderie, and fun. Through The Photo Shootouts we are able to showcase the beauty and diversity the area has to offer both visitors and residents while providing attendees an outstanding weekend packed full of informative photography workshops, great photo networking opportunities, unbelievable outdoor photography subjects, and most of all, fun!  Unique courses, exceptional instructors, incredible photo opportunities, all in one weekend in the beautiful outdoors… who could ask for more!?!

Participants will have the opportunity to attend a welcome and instructor panel presentation, 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 College (PTC).   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!

Thank you to our 2016 Event Sponsors!

Tamron

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