Mt. Shasta Photography Workshop
Photo by workshop participant Greg Teal
"I've taken several workshops with the Aperture Academy since starting with my first SLR camera last year. Each one has been an outstanding experience. Thanks to their personalized, hands-on approach, I'm already doing far more with photography than I ever expected!"
Northern California has long been overshadowed in terms of landscape photography when compared to areas like Yosemite, and Kings Canyon to the south, however this region of California truly has some of the state's best locations for stunning landscape photography. Come spend a wonderful summer weekend with the Aperture Academy and see some of Northern California's gems for through the lens of your camera.
Your workshop will begin in the lovely little town of Mount Shasta, as we spend an entire day exploring views of this iconic and beloved volcano. We'll photograph stunning reflections from pristine, little visited lakes, and climb to higher vantage points as well to show this beautiful mountain from its best angles. Mount Shasta is a spectacular subject to photograph and our team of professional photographers knows all the best spots to capture it with a camera!
In addition to Mount Shasta we'll visit some of the areas most spectacular waterfalls. During a time of year when most waterfalls in the southern parts of California are beginning to dry up the waterfalls in this region are just getting ramped up. Many of the waterfalls are fed by underground springs, and flowing nicely right through the summer. We'll visit large iconic waterfalls like Burney Falls, falling over a rigged volcanic shelf in hundreds of streams of various sizes in to a deep cobalt blue pool below.
We'll visit the small, but scenic Hedge Creek Falls, a small narrow waterfall that drops over a cave of basalt that a photographer can walk behind and shoot from behind the falls! And these are only some of the waterfalls possible to photograph during your time in the Shasta region.
Conditions change all the time and our team of professional photographers and instructors will be on top of the most current conditions so we can take you to the best spots and the right times of day. Our visit may include a trip to the local Lavender farm, with its row upon row of bright purple flowers, and breathtaking view of Mt. Shasta. We will make a stop the last evening in Redding, California to photograph the scenic and internationally famous Sundial Bridge and photograph it as the glass walkway is lit for the evening.
There is truly something for everyone on this trip and we cover a wide range of photography skills along the way. From basic manual settings, to filter use, and composition our instructors are there to help answer all your questions, no matter what your skill level. The workshop also offers time for image review and processing questions during breaks. Come spend two full days of photography and fun with the Aperture Academy in the heart of Northern California!
Aperture Academy is an equal opportunity company, which operates on a non-discriminating basis, under Special Use Permit for Shasta-Trinity National Forest.
What is Required
Lodging, Meals & Directions
Lodging and meals are not included. Suggested lodging is the Best Western Tree House Inn, in Mt. Shasta, California (530-926-3101).
We will take a break mid-day, each day, for lunch and rest. There are many restaurants in the area for lunch, as well as for dinner.
Safety, Confidence, Being Prepared
Aperture Academy is a professional organization dedicated to safe, quality, positive experiences for our students, and a responsible stewardship for the breathtaking locations and beautiful wildlife we enjoy at every workshop.
We work with the United States Department of Interior, the National Park Service and the US Forestry Service to obtain all the proper permits to operate safely, conscientiously and legally. We carry much more than the required minimum of insurance, and our skilled instructors are certified as Wilderness First Responders, in CPR, as well as in the Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics program. They are qualified and rated to drive Class B vehicles. And, have we mentioned that each is an accomplished, successful professional photographer?
Every "ApCad" member is dedicated to ensuring our students receive the best care and guidance possible, so each of them have the opportunity to get the most remarkable, enjoyable and enriching photography experience available anywhere in the world.
What to Bring
:: What should I expect? ::
All workshops are designed to help you learn how to take better photographs and offer a complete immersion into digital landscape and/or wildlife photography. You will learn important photography techniques such as how to properly expose a composition, when to use a filter for best effect, and how to understand and adjust camera settings for optimum results.
:: Why only Digital? ::
Digital photography offers unique opportunities for in-field photography workshops. By reviewing captured images as soon as they happen, we can examine exposure, composition and histograms, and instantly learn what works--and what doesn't.
:: What should I bring? What is required? ::
:: What kind, and how much, equipment should I bring? ::
Bring it all if you can! You never know what you might see. On many workshops we focus on landscape photos, but you never know when wildlife might enter the scene and provide the perfect opportunity to photograph them in their natural habitat. It's always better to go into the field with too much gear, rather than miss an opportunity because of not enough equipment.
:: Is transportation provided? ::
Each student is responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop meeting location. Once on location, we will provide transportation for all enrolled students over the course of the scheduled workshop.
:: Can a non-photographer friend or spouse attend the workshop? ::
Non-photographer friends and/or spouses are welcome to attend, but will be subject to the full tuition fee based due to transportation availability.
:: Does weather ever alter or cancel events? ::
Only if conditions pose a safety risk. Often, poor weather can make for dramatic photographic opportunities, so if rain is forecasted, pack a light jacket or rain poncho and bring something to keep your camera dry (a hotel shower cap is ideal).
:: What happens if I have to cancel? ::
Because of the limited number of workshops and availability of one-on-one instruction sessions, once we schedule a spot, it won't be available for anyone else, therefore we can not offer a refund unless the cancellation is 90 days before the workshop date. This policy is necessary to assure us that those who sign up are serious about the adventure and will not back out, ruining the opportunity for someone else.
:: Be prepared to take better photographs! ::
These workshops will help you develop skills, learn techniques and get to know your camera and equipment like never before. As a bonus, you will have a fun time and build friendships while learning to improve your photography technically. The result? You'll be capable of producing photographs as beautiful as any professional!
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