Monterey Workshop -
February 15th & 16th, 2014


Focus in Paradise will again present its popular "Turning Snapshots into Great Shots" Photography Workshop on February 15th & 16th, 2014 on the Monterey, California peninsula.  This series of courses is designed to get the most beautiful image captures from your camera and to develop your computer processing to improve your photography and to produce the pictures you have always wanted to capture and print.  

The workshops will be held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds ( a California State Park ) in Pacific Grove, CA (just 3 miles west of Monterey).  On the evening of the first day of the workshop, we will use the rocky coastline of Asilomar State Beach (weather permitting) to capture stunning sunset images.

On the morning of Saturday February 15th we will present our Digital Photography Fundamentals course.  This is the workshop to take if you are just learning to use your digital camera or if you have been using your camera and want to take it off the "Auto" settings and begin to explore creative photography.  The workshop will combine classroom work with field shooting so be sure to bring your digital camera equipment to this workshop.

  • You will become skilled at adjusting the critical settings on your camera (Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Exposure Compensation, White Balance, and shutter triggering)
  • Learn about: image composition, metering, lenses, depth-of-field, color spaces, light temperature, light filtering, and file capture in RAW vs JPEG and add to the creativity of your image capture.
  • We will apply your new knowledge to an afternoon shoot of flowers or vintage architecture and an evening shoot of an ocean sunset from Asilomar State Beach, using your camera and tripod.  We will bring a variety of photography equipment for you to try that will enhance your image capture.


On Sunday February 16th we will begin the day with a morning shoot at the photographically beautiful Pt. Lobos State Natural Reserve Park.  Not only are the ocean landscapes absolutely beautiful here, but you are likely to see harbor seals, sea lions, otters, and maybe an osprey or red shouldered hawk.

On Sunday afternoon we will  present our Editing and Post-Processing of Digital Images course.  In this course we will process some of your images using a variety of software packages best matched to your editing objectives. You will learn to create images that "pop".

  • You will develop skills in using post-processing software such as Lightroom-4 with Nik plug-ins for overall image tonal and luminosity adjustment, Capture NX-2 for a compact workflow for NEF images, and Photoshop Elements for those times you need to literally replace areas within your image.
  • Learn a complete workflow for turning any image file into a gorgeous printed picture.  Start with a RAW or JPEG file, correct the color casts and composition, enhance the tones, brighten the luminosity, draw the viewers eyes to the subjects, and prepare the image to print.
  • You will also extend your creativity by converting some of your images to Black & White using the Nik Silver Efex-2 Pro software.  Black & White is the medium of classic professional photography and can result in powerful and dramatic images.
  • You should bring your camera, computer and several of your favorite image files as we will process them from start to ready-for-printing right in class.  We will provide instructions for downloading free trial versions of the software prior to class.
For more information on Asilomar see:  http://www.visitasilomar.com/
For more information on Pt. Lobos State Natural Reserve Park see:  http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=571
We can also assist with accommodations at Asilomar or on the Monterey Peninsula.


Workshops & Pricing:

Fundamentals Feb 15th only             $95.00  (Includes Digital Fundamentals training materials)


Post Processing Feb 16th only          $ 85.00   (Includes Editing training materials)

or take both courses for $170.00.
All course prices include state park entrance fees, parking, and course materials.


For more information contact us at:  focusinparadise@gmail.com

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