NORTH AMERICAN INSTRUCTIONAL TOURS
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Welcome to the North American Instructional Tours with Brenda Tharp & Jed Manwaring. On our tours, you’ll be photographing alongside us, and will benefit from our collective experiences and on-the-spot-suggestions. Various aspects of outdoor photography, including field techniques, equipment, light, composition, visual design, are covered. We provide hands-on help as you learn to refine your personal vision. We have built in ample time in the field for you to immerse yourself in image-making. Together we have over 28 years of experience leading tours, teaching workshops, and doing assignment and stock photography, a rich well of information that we draw on to help you make your very best images. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your own photography while working with pros at your side in stunning locations.
“We hope you’ll join us for a photo adventure in one or more of our great locations. You’ll grow visually, hone your skills, and have a great time!” Brenda and Jed.
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March 26-30, 2013:
Santa Fe is magical at any time of the year. Late March brings the advent of Spring, when cherry and plum blossoms emerge on the trees, set against the soft adobe colors of the buildings. The light is low-angled, making mornings and late afternoons a delight to photograph the long shadows and textures. Join me as we discover and use the light and the colors of Santa Fe and the surrounding environs in this workshop. We’ll discuss and practice ideas of advanced composition, visual design, visual depth, simplicity, and making personally expressive images. Completed.
June 21-23, 2013:
Join Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring for this fun and intensive learning experience. Learn how to see the extraordinary in the ordinary, aka everyday, world around you. Using a visual presentation based on our book, “Extraordinary Everyday Photography”, we’ll do fun assignments designed to expand your vision. This workshop will be a chance to explore your creative vision of the world around you. The workshop will be held in Santa Rosa, CA – our ‘backyard’. Limited to 10. FULL!
Join me in a celebration of summer on Madeline Island, Wisconsin! This 5-day workshop will inspire you and guide you in making expressive images of nature and the outdoors. We’ll work with early morning and late afternoon/evening light, storm light, - any light we are presented with – and we’ll apply advanced ides of composition, visual design, visual depth, abstraction, along with macro and landscape techniques. In depth discussion of workflow from capture to post-process. Only 2 spaces left as of 4/4/13.
July 27-August 1, 2013
Based on a 40-acre private wilderness property within Lake Clark Nat’l Park, this tour offers an incredible opportunity to photograph the coastal grizzly bear. We’ll find them in tidal flats, sedge-filled meadows, and salmon streams. We’ll spend in-depth time photographing them, against the backdrop of this beautiful park, led by a naturalist guide and expert on bear safety. All of this is within easy reach from our lodge. We will visit a puffin colony, weather permitting, and photograph other wildlife we see throughout the trip. Group size is limited to 5. Only 1 space left as of 4/1/12. Click HERE for a gallery of pics from our last trip.
Golden light illuminating repeating rows of vines in red, gold and orange hues; grapes still hanging on vines with backlit glowing leaves; rolling landscapes of the vineyards; and details of stone walls with vines, wine barrels, wine cellars, and more await us on this instructional photo tour. Join Brenda and Jed for this weekend of fun exploration in a classic location. 6 spaces left as of 4/4/13.
We are in the planning stages for the following workshops and will be posting new information as we develop the programs. Here’s what we are considering so far, but it may change: