Photographing Alaska's Wildflowers with Allen Rokach
Friday, June 13, 2014 at 5:30 PM - Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM (AKDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
June is the ideal month to see the unique and unusual wildflowers of Alaska’s wilderness. With long days, and with the help of local experts from the Alaska Botanical Garden, we’ll venture into a variety of environments to discover and photograph the spring bloom outside Anchorage. During two field trips each day, we’ll learn to work with every kind of light and weather; focus on composition using overviews, vignettes and details, as well as showing the flowers in their setting; problem solving to get the best exposure and sharpness; plus creative techniques using your digital camera and amazing yet simple after-capture applications.
Whether you’re an experienced shutterbug or just getting your feet wet, Allen will show you how to capture the spectacle of color of Alaska's spring bloom. During review sessions, Allen will emphasize fundamental techniques to create great photos in your camera as well as simple retouching techniques to help make your good pictures look great.
To find out more about Allen Rokach, please visit his website at http://www.allenrokach.com/.
Here is what you will learn:
- mastering floral close-ups
- use electronic flash for close-ups of flowers
- how to distinguish between photogenic and beautiful
- learn how to portray flowers in their natural setting
- understanding the technical potential of digital cameras and after capture techniques for achieving creative outcomes.
- scouting the right time for the right location
- which lens is best for shooting wildflowers
- tricks the pro's use.
- creative lighting techniques that will separate you from the rest.
- seeing the unique image and avoiding the cliché
Schedule (subject to change):
Friday evening, 5:30 - 7:30 PM: Lecture, "The Power of Natural Light"
Saturday all day, 9 AM - 7 PM: Morning and evening field sessions. Midday indoor photography critique.
Sunday all day, 7 AM - 5 PM: Morning and evening field sessions. Midday indoor photography critique.
*More information will be sent out regarding specific locations and meeting places.
*Participants are responsible for providing transportation to various locations in and around Anchorage including the Chugach Mountains.
What To Bring:
- Water, lunch, snacks
- Digital camera (a compact, a "point and shoot" or DSLR)
- Lenses that cover the range from 18-200mm
- macro lens; if you don't have a macro lens, bring extension tubes or screw-on close-up lenses that can be attached onto the front of your DSLR.
- flash unit that can be fired off camera (may need a remote flash cord)
- polarizing filter
- extra batteries for camera & flash
- cleaning cloth
- 2 memory cards CF or SD card large enough and fast enough to allow hours of uninterrupted JPEG shooting
- If you own a laptop, bring it!
- USB flash drive (memory stick) that will be used to download and
- transfer images
- manuals for your camera, flash, etc.
- a large plastic bag to cover the camera in case of rain
- rain pants, the ground may be wet in the morning or it just may rain
- knee pads
- hat and sunblock
When & Where
Alaska Botanical Garden
The Alaska Botanical Garden is a public garden dedicated enhancing the beauty and value of plant material through education, preservation, recreation, and research
The Garden is located in Anchorage, Alaska, just South of Tudor Road at 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road, adjacent to Far North Bicentennial Park. Bordering the Garden to the East is the north fork of Campbell Creek. Chugach State Park is nearby.
About the Garden
The Garden is comprised of 110 acres of Boreal Forest, with nature trails connecting the Gardens and points of interest.
With over 1,100 species of hardy perennials, and 150 native plant species, the Alaska Botanical Garden is a great place to experience the abundance of the summer sub-arctic growing season and to learn about flora native to Southcentral Alaska.
From May through September you will find flowering plants and shrubs in two perennial gardens, a formal herb garden, an alpine rock garden, and a wildflower walk. A new "East" Garden hosts a Gold Medal Peony collection.