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Abandoned Alberta - Harvest Moon 2018 - Photography Workshop

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EXPAND Photo - Abandoned Alberta - Harvest Moon 2018 - Photography Workshop with Scott Dimond and Robert Scott

Come join two of Alberta’s most dedicated and passionate heritage/abandoned landscape photographers for a weekend of fun, learning, experimenting, collaborating and adventuring as we explore the unique world of photographing abandoned buildings. Scott & Robert have collectively spent countless hours driving the back roads of Alberta looking for abandoned locations. This year we return to one of our all-time favourite areas after a 2-year absence. The Hanna area of Alberta has a high concentration of unique abandoned homesteads and we invite you to spend a weekend photographing and exploring with us. Over this 3-day workshop, Scott & Robert will explain various techniques and guide participants in using those techniques at some of the best and most out of the way abandoned homestead locations imaginable.

This workshop provides a unique opportunity for you to maximize your time spent shooting in the best possible light (sunrise/sunset) and also provides you with an opportunity to do some moon photography. Sunset each day will be around 7:30 pm and will provide excellent light from about 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Sunrise each day will be around 7:10 am and provide excellent light from about 6:10 am to 8:10 am. The moon will rise around 6:30 pm on Friday and 7 pm on Saturday, providing some excellent moon photography opportunities and allow you to practice the techniques to capture the Harvest full moon rise that occurs on the Monday following the workshop. Become a light seeker and join us for this unique experience.

Workshop start is Sept 21st at noon

Afternoon Sept. 21 – Classroom (Friday, 12pm-4 pm):

Scott & Robert will start the fun-filled weekend with presentations on various gear, exposure concepts, and focusing techniques for effective sunrise/sunset, light painting, and night photography. How to shoot for Exposure Blending & HDR will also be discussed.

Evening Sept. 21 – Abandoned Sunset #1 (Friday, 5pm-11pm): The classroom portion will be immediately followed by several hours of in-the-field photography at several pre-scouted abandoned locations where participants can put into practice the concepts discussed earlier in the evening.

Morning Sept. 22 – Abandoned Sunrise #1 (Saturday, 5:30am-10 am): Scott & Robert will continue our light-chasing marathon by taking participants to a location specifically selected for its suitability for sunrise photography. After sunrise, we may visit other locations while we make our way back to town. Participants will then be encouraged to have some breakfast and have a nap.

Afternoon Sept. 22 – Classroom (Saturday, 1:30pm-4pm): After everyone has got some sleep and gone out for a bite of lunch, the group will meet up for further presentations and an optional image critique session. Scott & Robert will continue the education portion of the workshop as they present advanced techniques including the use of flash and shooting with specific post-production concepts in mind. Participants should then grab some dinner in preparation for the evening activities.

Evening Sept. 22 – Abandoned Sunset #2 (Saturday, 5 pm-11pm): We will then continue with several hours of in-the-field photography at several pre-scouted abandoned locations.

Morning Sept. 23 – Abandoned Sunrise #2 (Sunday, 5:30am-9am): Scott & Robert will lead our sleep-deprived group to another location selected specifically for sunrise. After sunrise, we may visit other locations while we make our way back to town. Participants will then be encouraged to have some breakfast, get some sleep and then, depending on their arrangements, check out of their rooms.

Afternoon Sept. 23 – Post Production/Wrap up (Sunday, 12pm-2pm): After lunch, the group will meet for a presentation by Scott & Robert on how they each approach post-production. The selection, adjustments, and conversion of images using Lightroom will be shown along with various Photoshop tips & techniques. The methods used for Exposure Blending or HDR processing will be shown. This will be followed by a Q&A session before the workshop comes to an end.

Here are the finer details:

Dates: September 21, 22 & 23, 2018

Location: Hanna, Alberta (approximately a 2.25-hour drive from Calgary)

Workshop Cost: $795 per person + Eventbrite fee + tax (workshop fee only; not included is travel to and from Hanna, lodging, or meals).

Payment options: Full payment or non-refundable deposit to secure your pass with the remaining balance due on or before August 1, 2018.

Non-Refundable Deposit: CAD $350 + Eventbrite fee + tax
Balance: $445 + tax if paid via cheque or eTransfer. If paid by credit card, $445 + tax + 3.5% CC fee

Note: Failure to pay the balance due by the due date will result in the forfeiture of deposit and the weekend pass will be freed up and potentially sold to another interested participant (see more in cancellation policy below).

We require a minimum of 8 participants in order to run this workshop. If the minimum number is not reached by September 1st, 2018, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop. In the event of cancellation, the cost of the weekend pass or the deposit + GST will be refunded to participants.

Maximum Participants: 12 (ratio: 6 participants per instructor)

Accommodations: A corporate rate has been secured at one of the local hotels. Information will be sent to registered attendees.

Location Transportation: Participants will be responsible for their own transportation to shooting locations around Hanna but car-pooling will be strongly encouraged to reduce the number of vehicles involved. Take note that almost all of the shooting locations are located on gravel roads.

Equipment: A DSLR or MILC camera, remote release and a very sturdy tripod are highly recommended.

Confirmation: Passes must be fully paid to be considered held.

Cancellation policy: Passes are non-refundable but are transferable (i.e. if the participant is able to find someone else to take their spot and can sell/transfer the spot to a new participant, this is acceptable).

Required skill set: The workshop is open to photographers of all levels. Although everyone is welcome, this is not a beginner workshop. Most of our attendees in the past have been at the intermediate or advanced level. Attendees should at least have a basic understanding of camera controls and exposure to gain the most from this workshop. Our goal is to help photographers take their photos to the next level in terms of composition and techniques for capture & post processing and not teach basic camera operation.

About EXPAND photo:

EXPAND photo is a joint venture between Scott Dimond and Robert Scott. Together, Scott and Robert have been co-hosting photographic workshops for over 5 years.

About Robert Scott:

Robert Scott is a professional landscape photographer based in Calgary, Alberta.

"I fell into photography by accident while exploring abandoned buildings along the secondary highways of southern Alberta. Since then, I've been learning everything I can about photography. I love what I do as it allows me to explore exciting new locations and connect with unique people. Photography has opened up a world of creativity and exploration. I have been fortunate enough to capture the beauty of Iceland, the deserts of Death Valley and the culture of Africa. As a martial arts instructor for over 20 years, I've now been able to converge my passion for instruction into photography workshops and seminars."



About Scott Dimond

Scott Dimond is an award-winning photographer and popular workshop instructor. In addition to his more traditional landscapes, a good portion of Scott’s work features abandonment. His images have appeared in magazines and books and his fine art prints adorn the walls of homes and businesses alike. In 2015, Scott received the prestigious international award of “Panoramic Photographer of the Year” for his pioneering work in the field of high-resolution image-making. In 2017, Scott joined a small group of photographers to create a collection called VAST to conciliate beauty and high definition with the creation of ultra-high resolution fine art images.




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