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Wildlife Photography Online Class Released

30 Oct 2014 / 0 Comments / in blog

I am very proud to announce that my Wildlife Photography class has just been released by Craftsy.

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I’ve been a photographer for more than 20 years and have been primarily a wildlife photographer for the last 10 and in this class I’ve poured all of my tips and techniques that will help you get started with wildlife photography, or if you already have experience photographing wildlife, will help you to take your wildlife photography to the next step.

During the two hour long class I will provide gear recommendations for traveling light in the field, plus tips for streamlining your shooting process. You will also learn how to reliably and repeatedly find wildlife as you develop an understanding of animal behavior, habitats and food sources. Then, explore tried-and-true techniques for approaching wildlife, along with valuable compositional tools that guarantee a high-quality shot in any situation. Take advantage of natural light to maximize your shooting opportunities, and find out how to use flash and exposure techniques to enhance your images. Finally, I share simple landscaping ideas to attract smaller-scale animals in your own backyard, and reveal must-have post-processing techniques for impressive images.

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The class is broken down into 7 lessons:

  • Lesson 1. Equipment, Ethics & Awareness
  • Lesson 2. Studying & Locating Subjects
  • Lesson 3. Approaching & Composing Subjects
  • Lesson 4. Deciphering Light in Nature
  • Lesson 5. Maximizing Your Gear
  • Lesson 6. Wildlife in Your Backyard
  • Lesson 7. Editing & Post-Processing

Craftsy’s platform is the best in the business allowing you to not only jump between sections of the class easily, but also ask me questions directly based on the content of the online course and interact with fellow students.

For this class I traveled to Rocky Mountain Park where I photographed the Elk rut this past fall.

To get more information and to purchase the class, click on the following link: http://www.craftsy.com/ext/JuanPons_4827_F

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Second installment of “Birds Through The Lens” about to be released

04 Apr 2014 / 0 Comments / in blog

Some of you may be aware of the video photo workshop series I am producing with my friend Alan Murphy titled Birds Through The Lens, well I have some exciting news! We are done with the shooting and the rough edit and I am currently putting the finishing touches on the second installment of the series. Our goal is to release this second installment by the end of this month, yes April 2014.

If you are not familiar with the Birds Through The Lens series and like photographing birds you need to check it out. There is no better resource anywhere online or not for photographing birds. I consider Alan to be the best working bird photographer in the world. His workshops sell out incredibly fast, but you can learn most of his techniques through these videos.

We are very excited to share this new installment with you because in it we cover how to prepare your backyard for photographing birds, something that most folks are interested in. This new installment is about 1.5 hours long and cover topics such as:

  • The basics of attracting birds
  • Bird Feeders
  • Seed and Suet
  • How to properly set up perches
  • Perches for woodpeckers
  • Attracting birds with water
  • Creating water features
  • And much more

For more info and to sign up to be notified as soon as this next installment is released, make sure to sign up for the newsletter at http://birdsthroughthelens.com/.

Here is a little video preview of this upcoming installment:

Winter in Yellowstone 2013 Workshop a success

04 Feb 2013 / 1 Comment / in blog

I’ve just returned from my yearly “Winter in Yellowstone” photo workshop and I have to say that it was a resounding success. We had some very cold weather and some balmy weather, we say and photographed Bison, Elk, Pronghorn, Big Horn Sheep, Mule Deer, Mountain Jackrabbit, Bobcat and much more. As always I am eager to return and look forward to what next winter will bring. I am already making the arrangements for next year so if you are interested in joining me, I would encourage you to send me an email, this year the workshop sold out very early and I expect the same for next year.

Below find a short gallery of my favorite images from this winter.

Getting the most out of a photo workshop

11 Apr 2012 / 0 Comments / in blog

As I prepare to leave to go back to North Carolina to lead my “Waterfalls of Western NC” Photo workshop, I thought it would be appropriate to put together a short list on how to get the most out of a photo workshop.

One of the fastest, easiest and most effective ways to improve your photography is by learning from experienced professionals, and what better way to do that than going on a photo workshop to some spectacular and beautiful destination.

For some people a photo workshop can be a one in a lifetime opportunity, others are more fortunate and are able to attend a diverse number of workshops. Regardless, each workshop represents a significant investment of your time, capital and resources, as such you want to make sure to get the most out of each single workshop you are fortunate enough to attend.

Here are 6 things to consider in order to improve your next workshop experience:

1. Start with the right attitude
This may seem simple, but it’s probably the most important piece of advice I can give you. Going to a workshop with a positive attitude, with a real desire to learn and having an open mind is the key to enjoying yourself. Be patient and courteous to both your workshop leaders and fellow participants.

2. Know your equipment
Make sure you know as much as possible about your photo gear. Most photo workshops are designed to further your photographic skills, not to show you the basics of your cameras operation. However, if you have questions about a particular aspect of your camera, make sure to ask, bringing the manual also helps!

3. Dress appropriately
Wearing the wrong clothes can turn a fantastic workshop into a miserable experience. For my workshops, I customarily provide a list of recommended gear and clothing to wear appropriate for the location and the expected weather. Make sure you have spares of the most essential items, such as gloves for those winter workshops. Research your destination and look at the weather forecast, and plan accordingly.

4. What do you hope to get out of this workshop?
Decide what you want to get out of the workshop, whether its a specific image you want to make, a photo technique you want to learn, or are just looking for inspiration. Understanding what will make this workshop a success for you will help both you and your instructor MAKE IT a success. Make sure you communicate this information with your workshop leader.

5. Learn as much as you can about the workshop destination
It is often said that the more you learn about something, the better you can capture it in photographs. I truly believe in this adage. Learn as much as you can about your destination, the natural features, the wildlife, the weather, everything and anything. Knowing what makes a location unique will help you make better images.

6. Ask questions and pay attention
The first item on this list was a simple piece of advice, and the last one is even simpler; ask questions, no matter how basic or “dumb” they may seem. You are attending a workshop to learn, help your instructors help you! Sometimes you don’t even know what questions to ask, that is ok, oftentimes watching someone do something is one of the most effective ways to learn. Watch your instructors, study what they do when they are shooting, ask them about what they are doing, try doing what they are doing and ask for feedback.

I hope that these tips help improve your next workshop experience, if you have any questions or comments use the comments section below or you can reach me via Google+.

P.S. I have a couple of openings still available on this workshop, you want to find out more or want to sign up check out the description of the “Waterfalls of Western NC” Photo workshop at my workshops website.