2014 Kissimmee, FL
2014 Kissimmee, FL
Stallion 51 Workshop
Workshop topics will include:
· Shooting in natural and ambient light
· Using speedlights versus constant light
· Sunrise/sunset photo shoot planning
· Static photography gear bag / Flightline safety
· Aircraft Details - Shooting the "Small Stuff"
· Post processing and workflow techniques
January workshop featured topic
· Creative Perspectives – with José “Fuji” Ramos
Aircraft Scheduled -
TF-51 Crazy Horse
TF-51 Crazy Horse 2
In January, 3G Aviation Media is conducting a workshop in partnership with Stallion 51 in Kissimmee, Fl.
Our Guest Instructor for this workshop is renowned aviation photographer José “Fuji” Ramos.
“Fuji” has documented military aviation subjects all over the United States and is currently qualified for flight in all aircraft types operated by the US Navy. During his photographic career, José has logged time in such high performance aircraft as the F-14B Tomcat, the F/A-18B/D Hornet, F/A-18F Super Hornet, S-3B Viking, the EA-6B Prowler, F-5F Tiger II, T-33 Shooting Star, Aermacchi MB.339, the Aero L-39 Albatross and a wide variety of warbirds.
As an instructor, José has been a keynote speaker for Nikon at the 2009 COMFOT Expo in Mexico City, Mexico, guest speaker at the 2012 symposium of the International Society for Aviation Photography, as well as a speaker on Military Aviation photography at the 2013 Photoshop World Expo in Orlando, Florida. He also represents Nikon Professional Services at events across the US on a freelance basis, providing one-on-one assistance and instruction to NPS members.
He describes his goal as a simple one: “to provide the best in aviation photography and journalism. With a keen eye on current events while remaining mindful of history, I strive to educate through my imagery.”
His work can be found at: http://www.ramosaviationphotos.com/
The workshop begins Friday night with attendees gathering at the Hilton Garden Inn. After a social gathering at 6pm, instruction will begin at 7pm with “Shooting in natural and ambient light." 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 “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. The evening will conclude with a quick review of flightline safety and techniques for optimizing your gear bag for static shoots. This will prepare attendees to be properly organized for the next day’s events, leaving some small group time following for gear check, cleaning and assembly.
Be prepared, this is going to be a long day! We will meet early (5:45AM) and depart for the Stallion 51 facility located at Kissimmee Gateway Airport, which is just 20 minutes from our hotel. Aircraft placement, blue hour and sunrise shooting opportunities with the Stallion 51 aircraft will take up the first few hours. After 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 shoots later in the weekend.
Lunch will be provided on-site, followed by our afternoon sessions on working with creative perspectives. 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 Stallion 51 aircraft with models or reenactors. As night falls, more speedlights will be unpacked and you will have a chance to practice the techniques you were taught earlier in the day. Throughout the evening, all four 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 Stallion 51 facility to catch a late dinner.
The group will again arrive before sunrise 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 travelling 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 models 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 – We will be shooting at sunset and afterwards, so bring as many as you can! Be sure to have your lights 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.
* 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! Florida weather in January is unpredictable, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s. 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.
* Headlamp flashlight – We will be shooting before sunrise and well after sunset so a good headlamp to see inside gear bags and check camera settings will be key!
What is included
* All photography photo sessions and lessons
* One-on-one photography instruction and critique
* Access to vintage WWII aircraft and a modern day turbojet
* Lunch and a light dinner on Saturday and a light breakfast on Sunday
What is not included
* Transportation to, from and around Kissimmee, Florida – Stallion 51 is just 20 miles from Orlando International airport.
* Lodging – We will be staying at Hilton Garden Inn Lake Buena Vista, which is a very short drive from the Stallion 51 facility. A block of rooms has been reserved at a discounted rate, but only a limited supply is available. You can call the hotel to make a reservation at 1-407-239-9550. Use Group Code: 3G Aviation Media to get the workshop room rate of $99/night which includes a complimentary breakfast. If you live close to Kissimmee Gateway Airport, remember that Saturday and Sunday mornings will be early showtimes (approximately 0600 at the airfield), so plan accordingly!
Limited Photo Release
The 3G Aviation Media Team has negotiated a limited photograph release with Stallion 51. 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.