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2017 Beaufort, SC (Airshow Workshop)

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2017 Beaufort, SC (Airshow Workshop)

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Come join us for a sunset photography workshop at the 2017 MCAS Beaufort Airshow!

New this year, sign up for a SECOND day of shooting from the Photographer's Chalet with our Saturday and Sunday package deal! ($100 less than separate tickets!)

Workshop topics will include:

  • Working with Light
  • Sunset photo shoot planning
  • Airshow Photography gear bag / Flight Line Safety

Workshop includes admission to 3G Aviation Media airshow chalet on all days selected.

  • Exclusive front-row access near show center
  • Catered lunch
  • Beverage service throughout airshow
  • Hands-on assistance and techniques during airshow from 3G team

Workshop Agenda

Workshop attendees have all-day access to the 3G Aviation Media chalet at the MCAS Beaufort airshow.  Stop by, eat lunch, take advantage of the front-row shooting opportunities or cool off and rest your feet in the tent with a drink!   Once the airshow flying ends on Saturday, attendees will assemble at the chalet for an overview of the evening's photographic events.  Doug Glover will kick off the classes with a quick overview of Flightline Safety, covering what you need to know to safely work on the MCAS Beaufort flightline during the photoshoot.  Tony Granata will then cover some photography basics to ensure that all of the workshop attendees are able to maximize the capabilities of their cameras during the photoshoot.  The last class of the afternoon will cover sunset photography techniques and planning so that you can be successful during the evening's photo shoot and on your own in the future.

Once the light becomes golden, attendees will be escorted to the part of the flightline where the evening's subjects are located.  We will have to remain within the area defined by our military escorts, but all of the aircraft in that area are fair game for you to photograph.  We will practice the sunset shooting techniques covered earlier and the 3G instructors will be on hand to assist you with any questions you have.  With the open expanse of the runways behind some of the subjects and airshow pavilions behind others, you will be challenged in your composition, but remember, this is an airshow, use what others would think of as clutter to tell the story of the aircraft!

  • After the sun sets, the group will gather around the subjects for the twilight shoot where Tony will demonstrate light painting and Doug will use off-camera flash  techniques.  Attendees are encouraged to move between the two twilight shoots to maximize their learning during the evening. We will conclude our shooting approximately one hour after sunset (around 9PM) and depart the flightline with our military escorts.  Anyone wishing to meet up with Doug and Tony afterwards for a quick debrief of the photoshoot over dinner and drinks is welcome to do so, but it is by no means mandatory!

What to Bring

What do I bring?  LESS is more for this event. Especially as you will have to pass through airshow security!  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 sunset, and close-up detail of aircraft. .

* Tripod – We will be shooting before and after sunrise/sunset so longer exposures will require the use of a sturdy tripod.   

* Speedlights / Light Stands – Off-camera lighting will be provided by the 3G team for sunset and night photography.

* 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 – We are currently working with airshow security for our attendees to be given special consideration for camera gear and camera backpacks, as we had in 2015.  Our current recommendation is to hand-carry your tripod and camera (with telephoto lens attached) and use a fanny pack (fashionable, aren't they!) or small lens case for any additional gear you need.  Please have your equipment organized and ready for inspection at the entrance to the airshow!

What is included:

  • Airshow access - Airshow is free to the public, so there are no "extra" fees just to get in the gate!
  • Access at the 3G Aviation Media / Fox-3 Photography chalet.
    • Exclusive front-row access near show center
    • Catered lunch
    • Beverage service throughout airshow (soda, water, and yes, beer!)
    • Hands-on assistance and techniques during airshow from 3G team
  • Sunset photography photo sessions and lessons

  • One-on-one photography instruction, tailored to YOUR skill level

  • Access to vintage and modern military aircraft as photo subjects

What is NOT included:

  • Lodging - We have room blocks at two local hotels for Friday and Saturday night:
    • Holiday Inn & Suites - $169 per night - Call the hotel at (843) 379-3100 and ask for the block for "3G Workshop".
    • Hilton Garden Inn - $209 per night - Click HERE to book online - or Call the hotel at (843) 379-9800 and ask for the block for "3G Workshop".
  • Photography of the F-35 Lighting II - Security is still high with this aircraft, so while they are stationed at MCAS Beaufort, we do not expect that they will allow us to use one as a workshop subject. (So, please don't ask!)
  • Access to ENTIRE flightline after airshow - Our military hosts have asked that we keep to a smaller area once the airshow concludes.  We will not be entering the "Hot" ramp area where aircraft are being prepared for the next day's show.  If you haven't been behind the scenes at an airshow, the post-show period is always a flurry of activity in preparation for the next day, and we want to allow the airshow performers to be able to do this without distraction.

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