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What to bring to a 3G Photo workshop

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 often have aircrew or re-enactors to pose with the aircraft.
  • Tripod – We will be shooting before and after sunrise/sunset so longer exposures will require the use of a sturdy tripod. 
  • 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.
  • Lighting – During our workshop we concentrate on small off-camera Speedlights for lighting the subjects before or after the blue hour, and we will bring several along with remote triggers. If you have room, feel free to bring as many as you think you need, but 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 – If you are bringing your own Speedlights, please bring your own stands, if possible.  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!  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 to bring to a 3g Air-to-air workshop

  • Kneepads – Depending on where you are placed in the photoship, you may need to kneel during shooting.  Some of the aircraft have padded floors, while others have bare non-skid.  Bring kneepads to be prepared for either option!

What to bring to a 3G Photo editing workshop

  • Images -  This workshop is intended to be BYOI (Bring Your Own Images)!  We want to concentrate on helping you get the most out of YOUR photos, not images composed and shot by others.  The workshop will focus on aviation subjects, primarily from the Atlanta Warbird Weekend, but Tony and Doug will demonstrate techniques that can apply to a variety of photography genres from Landscape to Portraiture.  If you simply don't have any images to work with, don't worry, the 3G team will be able to provide sample images for you.
  • Laptop / Tablet - Bring a device to edit your images on, using software that you are comfortable with. Tony and Doug have experience with a wide variety of programs from Adobe, Nik, Google,  and others, and will be happy to tailor their teaching to the software that you understand and are comfortable with.  If you edit with a tablet, please bring that as well, as we want to help you with your entire photographic process.

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