19-21 Sep 2014 Reading, PA
19-21 Sep 2014 Reading, PA
Aircraft Scheduled (tentative) :
Workshop topics will include:
- Working with Light
- Sunrise/sunset photo shoot planning
- Flight Line Safety / Gear management
- Aircraft Details - Shooting the "Small Stuff"
- Post processing and workflow techniques
September workshop featured topic:
- Environmental aviation portraiture - capturing the crews and maintainers who are the heart and soul of aviation.
The workshop begins Friday night with attendees gathering at the Holiday Inn Express classroom. Introductions will begin at 7pm followed by the class “Planning for Sunrise/Sunset shoots.” This class will focus on the tools, techniques and logistics involved in making a sunrise or sunset shoot go smoothly. Most of us know the times that we would prefer to photograph our subjects, but do we have techniques to fall back on when the light is not in our favor? The second class of the evening will be “Working with Light.” The evening will conclude with a class on “Flightline Operations” which covers flightline safety and camera bag organization. This will prepare attendees to be properly prepared for the next day’s events, leaving some small group time following for gear check, cleaning and assembly.
Be warned, this is going to be a LOOOONG day! We will meet early (6:00AM) and depart for the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum (MAAM), which is just a half mile from our hotel. Aircraft placement, blue hour and sunrise shooting opportunities with the MAAM’s aircraft will take up the first few hours. After a break for breakfast your learning experience continues with sessions on editing workflow and post processing techniques (working with your own images captured during the sunrise shoot). Our instructors will share tips and techniques from common tools such as Lightroom and Photoshop as well as offer image critique and recommendations, which can be applied to later shoots during our weekend together.
Lunch will be provided in the classroom, followed by our afternoon sessions, including our featured topic. Time is set aside for gear prep and a quick evening snack prior to our sunset and nighttime photo shoots. The evening’s photo opportunities will begin with a sunset shoot mixing the MAAM’s aircraft with the talents of re-enactors that the 3G team will be bringing in for you to work with. As the shooting venue transitions to nighttime shooting, attendees will be able to execute some of the skills covered earlier in the afternoon. Throughout the evening, all instructors will be present to help each of the small groups with questions or to overcome challenges presented by the environment or equipment. At the end of the evening we will pack our gear and depart the MAAM’s facility to catch a late dinner.
The group will again arrive early at the hangars to prepare for another sunrise photo shoot. This will be a great opportunity to apply some of the tips & techniques you have learned through the sessions thus far and even try something new!
After we conclude shooting, a light breakfast will be provided allowing time for image downloads, selections and editing. We will reserve some time at the end of the morning for photographers to share their best shots from the workshop and gain insights on what they have learned.
The workshop will wrap up around 12pm on Sunday allowing attendees plenty of time to travel home and prepare for their next aviation photography adventure.
What to Bring
What do I bring? It would be all too easy to just say “EVERYTHING! ” However, we know that many of you will be traveling by airline and so baggage limits will be in the forefront of your mind. At a minimum, you are expected to bring your own camera and tripod, but here are some guidelines for what gear to bring:
- Camera – Bring whatever you shoot with. Our instructors have experience documenting aviation subjects with numerous makes and models from high-end DSLRs to consumer ILCs and even smartphones. At the end of the day, use the best camera that you are comfortable operating, and if you want to use this workshop to branch out into other equipment styles, let us know.
- Lenses - Bring the right glass to capture wide-angle shots of multiple aircraft at sunrise or sunset, and close-up detail of aircraft. If you have a favorite lens for portraiture, bring it as we will have re-enactors to pose with the aircraft on Saturday evening.
- Tripod – We will be shooting before and after sunrise/sunset so longer exposures will require the use of a sturdy tripod.
- Speedlights – Speedlights will be invaluable for lighting the subjects before or after the blue hour, so bring as many as you can! Be sure to have yours labeled or marked so they can be identified by flashlight when we are taking down the equipment in the dark.
- Light Stands – Even though baggage space is limited for those traveling by air, small light stands will help you precisely position your lights for a more dramatic image.
- Flashlights for Light Painting – Bring a very bright, handheld flashlight. We recommend at least 300 or more lumens, such as the SureFire series of tactical lights.
- Camera Bag – Bring a sturdy, compartmentalized bag to move your equipment around the flightline. Our class will cover some good tips and techniques for remaining organized during a shoot, but success often begins with the right bag for your tools!
- Be prepared for weather… The good, bad and ugly! We will be arriving at the hanger before sunrise and will be shooting out on the ramp until well after sunset. We also cannot control mother nature (as much as we would like to) so be prepared for some possible rain!
Kneepads – You will be getting down low on the tarmac so stop by your local hardware store and pick up a pair of kneepads. Trust us, they are cheap and the comfort provided will make your experience A LOT more enjoyable!
Laptop/Tablet – You will want to be able to download and edit your images right away so that you can critique them in order to improve on your technique in later photo sessions during the weekend.
What is included
- All photography photo sessions and lessons
- One-on-one photography instruction and critique
- Access to vintage WWII aircraft
- Lunch and an evening snack on Saturday and a light breakfast on Sunday
What is not included
- Transportation to, from and around Reading, PA – The Mid-Atlantic Aviation Museum is adjacent to Reading Regional Airport (RDG) and about an hour and a half drive from Philadelphia International Airport.
- Lodging – We will be staying at Holiday Inn Express which is a very short drive from the MAAM facility. You can call the hotel to make a reservation at (610) 372-0700. If you live close to Reading remember that Saturday and Sunday mornings will be early showtimes (approximately 0600 at the hotel), so plan accordingly!
Limited Photo Release
The 3G Aviation Media Team has negotiated a limited photography release with the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. This release allows photographers to use images taken during the workshop for their personal promotion and individual sale. The release DOES NOT allow sales of the images to a third party for the promotion of a product or service. If you have any questions regarding the details of this release, please submit them via the contact form in the navigation bar.