Winter Education Series Exposure


Two of Long Island’s most accomplished nature photographers have joined forces to offer three classes designed to improve your photography from the technical to the creative. Each class may be taken independently, all though for maximum results we recommend registering for all three and we are offering a $30.00 discount if you register for all three.

Exposure is the foundation of good photography. In nature photography, unlike situations where light is controlled and managed by the photographer, everything is out of your control. There is often a wide range of tonalities from the brightest whites to deep shadows. Learn how to make the most of your camera’s meter and histogram, two very useful tools, as long as you understand them. We will use real-world examples and explain how we chose our exposure settings for the situation at hand. Let us get you on the right track to creating the images that you envision.

Dates: New Dates Coming Soon
Cost: $85.00
Deposit: $85.00

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Potential subjects:
N/A

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N/A

Terms:
Payment in full to reserve your place.

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HDR Photography




HDR seems to be the hotest buzz pharse in photography these days, but what does it mean and how do you go about creating those stunning HDR images you have been admiring? This workshop will walk you through everything you need to know to create both natural and extreme HDR images.

Dates: 10/29/16
Cost: $425
Deposit: $200

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Potential Subjects:
We will be photographing various subjects at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum

Terms:
Terms $100.00 to reserve space Balance of $200.00 due 15 days prior to workshop date

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Portraits On The Run

Join Master Photographer Bill Rudock for a full day hands on Portrait Photography Workshop where you will learn how to create stunning portraits quickly and easily. You will be given instructions on which angle of the face to photograph, how to pose the subject, how and where to position the lights, where the camera should be in relation to your subject and how to do this all quickly, efficiently and consistently. You will also be taught both masculine and feminine poses as well as posing groups of 2 and more. You will leave with the tools necessary to take professional portraits that are simple, elegant and flattering to your subject.

Dates: 11/05/2016

Cost: $325
Deposit: $325

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Potential subjects:
Live models

Lodging Information:
N/A

Terms:
Payment in full to reserve your place (non refundable)

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Nature Photography for Women Only


Two of Long Islands most accomplished female nature photographers have joined forces to offer a full day workshop for women. This workshop is tailored to the woman who has purchased her gear, learned some basics, and now wants to improve her skills in a quiet, structured way and in an environment where all questions are welcomed and answered. This full day workshop will begin with classroom time to discuss exposure, focus techniques, composition, lens choice, field etiquette and more. We will end with an outdoor photography session with a few captive birds where you will get a chance to practice what you have learned with our assistance.

Dates: New Dates Coming Soon
Cost: $325
Deposit: $100

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Potential subjects:
We will have some captive birds and some flowers on hand to photograph

Lodging Information:
N/A

Terms:
100.00 non refundable deposit to reserve your place Balance due 30 prior to workshop start date

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It Just Clicked Volume 3

Welcome To Volume 3

“It Just Clicked” 

We already know we share some common interests. We all have the desire to explore, experience, create, and preserve forever natures beauty and its creatures through our images. As well as capturing the many precious moments life has to offer through family, friends, and experiences. Or simply put, we share a love of and a passion for photography. Our goal with
each issue of “It Just Clicked” will be to share articles, tips and insights that will raise the level of and challenge us all photographically.

With over 60 years of combined experience Bill Rudock & Gen Benjamin bring with them a diverse portfolio of images, knowledge and a passion to share it all with you. So join us each issue as we explore our world photographically and experience

Life’s Greatest Adventures Through The Eye Of Your  Camera

Photographing waterfalls

Photographers love to photograph waterfalls; whether it’s their incredible power or amazing beauty there is something about them that captivates. It’s no wonder that they are some of the most photographed natural features.

On a recent First Light Photography Workshop we traveled to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The “GAP” boasts hundreds of waterfalls and is a waterfall photographer’s paradise. We set out to capture some of the most photographic falls the “GAP” has to offer.

Factory Falls is a waterfall located in the George W. Childs Park. It is one of many favorite falls Bill Rudock, Master Photographer and First Light Photography founder and workshop leader likes to photograph with his clients. It is a short walk from the parking lot which makes it easily accessible to all.

As with the majority of landscape photography, photographing waterfalls requires the use of a good sturdy tripod and head. Most photographers will only need to purchase one tripod in their photographic career so we recommend that you don’t pinch pennies on this piece of equipment. Take your time and research the major brands and choose the

tripod that’s right for you. The carbon fiber tripods are more expensive but the lighter weight is really appreciated when caring your equipment long distances. It also helps when traveling by plane as extra weight in your luggage can get expensive. Tripod heads can be a little more difficult to choose and many photographers will need at least two heads, one for landscape and one for larger lenses. Just as with any piece of equipment research the tripod heads online and decide which ones fit your budget and your requirements. For landscapes Bill is using a Really Right Stuff BH-55 Full size ball head.

To create the image above Bill set his Nikon D4 on his tripod and placed it on a small ridge of the river bank just north of the falls. The camera height is set as close to the midpoint of the falls as possible so as to not have to tilt the camera up or down which can cause distortion. Bill’s choice of lens for this image was the Nikkor

18-35mm Wide Angle Zoom set at 35mm.

The aperture was set to f:22 for two reasons, the first being that it gave good depth of field to ensure sharpness from front to back of the image. And secondly even more important it forces a slow shutter that creates that soft silky look to the

water. ISO was set for the lowest prime number which on the D4 is 100. This setting helps get the slowest shutter speeds and will also produce less noise and capture more dynamic range in the image.

Metering waterfalls can be tricky. They are always white and on a sunny day can pick up reflections which will give to false readings. To avoid incorrect readings the image was spot metered off the rocks immediately on the right side of the falls. They were the best mid tones in the frame which is why they was chosen. The base exposure was f:22 at ½ sec.

After all this careful planning Bill was unable to create the image he had envisioned. It was a sunny day and the sensor could not pick up the entire dynamic range of the scene; highlights were blown and the shadows had no detail.

The solution was to create different exposures and merge them in post-production with HDR (High Dynamic Range) software. Bill used 5 exposures with two stops difference between them.

Waterfalls of The Gap

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The Delaware National Water Gap is one of the most scenic areas in Pennsylvania. The park is over 70,000 protected acres of wooded forest, streams and of course waterfalls. One more beautiful than the next, each cascading through rock-strewn clefts in this ancient hillside. Old growth timber and diverse wildlife add to the scenic area. In this workshop we will explore and photograph the most scenic of the areas waterfalls learning along the way all the techniques to create stunning images. Included: Roundtrip Ground Transportation from Long Island One Night accommodations (double occupancy) Photographic Instruction Course Materials

Dates: New Dates Coming Soon
Cost: $425
Deposit: $100

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Potential subjects:
Waterfalls, Waterfalls & More Waterfalls. This workshop requires some light hiking and individuals should be in good physical condition. If you are unsure as to your abilities inquire before booking.

Lodging Information:
One night double occupancy lodging Single rate when available may be purchased for an additional fee.

Terms:
100.00 non refundable deposit to reserve your place Balance due 30 prior to workshop start date

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Block Island


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Block Island has a variety of landscape opportunities all condensed into a relatively small island, in addition to the aerial views on our flight in and out of the island. As with all First Light Photgraphy Safaris our Block Island Safari is designed to offer you the most education for your dollar. You will be taught to create stunning landscape images by utulizing the rules of composition, adding depth and dimension to your images, using appriopiate light for the subject and for your creative intentions, proper exposure, lens choice and more.

Dates: New Dates Coming Soon
Cost: $475

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Potential subjects:
Aerial views of Montauk Point Lighthoue, Block Island aerials, North and South Lights of Block Island, Old Harbor, Rolling hills, horses, shore birds.

Terms:
1/3 non refundable deposit to reserve your space
Balance due 30 days prior to workshop start date

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Eastern State Penitentiary


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Eastern State Penitentiary is a former American prison located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The penitentiary was once one of the most famous and expensive in the world, but stands today in ruins. Home to the most notorious criminals, including bank robber Slick Willie Sutton and Al Capone.  A haunting world of crumbling cell blocks and empty guard towers well suited for HDR photography.

Dates:  New Dates Coming Soon
Cost: $300
Deposit: $100

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Potential Subjects:
Al Capone’s cell The barber chair Cell blocks The upstairs balcony and more

Terms:
Terms $100.00 to reserve space Balance of $200.00 due 15 days prior to workshop date

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Night Photography


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Night photography and low light photography has a magic like no other. Photographing the NY City skyline with its majestic concrete landscape punctuated by the tantalizing lights of its many windows,bridges and offices has called to photographers from the very beginning of our art. This workshop will teach you how to capture the magic of the night and how to over come the special challenges that night photography presents. Topics covered will include: Choosing the right time to photograph ISO Settings – which work best Tripods & Cable releases Adjusting White Balance for desired affects Look For the Light Creative use of Aperture & Shutter Speeds And much more.

Dates: New Dates Coming Soon
Cost: $275
Deposit: $100

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Potential Subjects:
Potential Subjects NY City Skyline, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge and more.

Terms:
Terms $100.00 to reserve space Balance of $175.00 due 15 days prior to workshop date

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Yosemite National Park


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California’s Yosemite Valley is the centerpiece of Yosemite National Park. Sprayed by thousand-foot waterfalls and framed by monumental granite spires – including Half Dome, it is the most famous glacially carved landscape in the world. This trip includes excursions to Tioga Pass, Mono Lake and Bodie Ghost Town State Historical Park. Arrives and departs San Francisco International Airport.

Dates: New Dates Coming Soon
Cost: $4,375
Deposit: $1,458

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Potential Subjects:
Valley View, Tunnel View, El Capitain, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Tuolumne Meadows, Glacier Point, Mariposa Grove, Mono Lake Tura’s Bodie barns and cars perfectly suited for HDR photography  & varied wildlife including Mule Deer, Black Bear, Coyote.

Lodging Information:
Included in the cost of the workshop is 7 nights double occupancy lodging (single at higher rate when available) ground Transportation, Airport Pickup & Drop Off, Park Entrance Fees, Expert, friendly and Professional Photographic Instruction and Course Materials

Terms:
1/3 non refundable deposit to reserve your space
1/3 deposit 90 days prior to workshop start date
Balance due 30 days prior to workshop start date

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