Mountain Sports Photography Workshop
Friday, August 3, 2012 at 4:00 PM - Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 1:30 PM (CEST)
Thank you for registering for ViewFinder's Mountain Sports Photography workshop in Grindelwald. We are really looking forward to seeing you in August and making some awesome pictures together in beautiful Grindelwald!
We've outlined our intinerary for the workshop and provided some logistical details here to help you plan for your weekend of shooting with Dan and Janine Patitucci in this amazing environment.
Check in Time: 16:00 Friday, 3. August 2012 at the Mountain Lodge Hotel in Kleine Scheidegg.
Friday August 3:
17:00 Rendezvous on Hotel Terrace/Restaurant for workshop introduction
18:00 Group dinner at the Mountain Lodge
20:00 Multi-media show of successful work by Dan & Janine
21:00 Optional sunset shoot near the hotel
Saturday August 4:
7:30 Early breakfast at Mountain Lodge
8:30 Depart lodge to shooting location
9:00 Mountain biking, trail running, and hiking photography demo by Dan & Janine with Eiger and Jungfrau in the background. Watch Dan & Janine work the subject. Q & A on site.
11:30 Return to Mountain Lodge, download images, eat lunch
13:00 Workflow demonstration and editing principles for outdoor action photography. Q & A.
14:30 Image processing presentation. Creative effects and best practices.
16:00 Depart Mountain Lodge for student shooting session. Dan & Janine model for students.
21:00 Late dinner at the Mountain Lodge
Sunday August 5:
5:30 Early bird breakfast
6:00 Sunrise action and lifestyle shoot with Dan & Janine modeling for students.
9:00 Return to lodge for downloads and student editing, snack/breakfast.
10:30 Students process and submit their best shots for instructor review session.
12:00 Group lunch at Mountain Lodge
13:00 Instructors critique student work
13:30 Workshop concludes, check out from the Mountain Lodge
Traveling to the Workshop: Whether you are coming by car or train, Kleine Scheidegg can only be reached by private cog-train or by foot. For those coming by car, you'll need to park in Grindelwald somewhere within walking distance of the train station.
Weather: This course takes place in a mountain environment. Even in August conditions can vary widely. I can be chilly - especially early in the morning and late in the evening - when we'll be shooting. Please prepare for a range of weather conditions and check the weather forecast before packing your bags.
Must haves: rain jacket, long pants, warm pullover, hat, sunglasses, shorts (hopefully we need them). With any luck we'll have terrific weather, but please pack clothing which will keep you comfortable in a variety of conditions. Comfortable, rugged footwear is a must.
Costs: Your registration fee includes the costs of your accomodation (dorm style rooms), and meals during the workshop (Friday evening through Sunday afternoon). If you wish to book a private room at the Mountain Lodge you will need to get in touch with us well ahead of time. Because August is peak season in Grindelwald - availability may be limited.
Food & Dietary Considerations: The Mountain Lodge has a restauant which provides the type of good, basic meals that one expects at mountain lodges in Switzerland. Those with special dietary needs should get in touch with us early so we can advise the Mountain Lodge staff ahead of time on how to accomodate your diet.
Camera Equipment: While it’s not necessary to arrive with an arsenal of cameras and lenses, it’s recommended that your lens (or lenses) cover a range of focal lengths for general photography. A DSLR type camera is the most appropriate camera format for this type of project. A “speedlight” (external flash) is not absolutely necessary but is recommended for photographing in low light situations and for using outdoors to fill in the sun's harsh shadows. A sturdy tripod could come in handy as well. Too much camera gear will weigh you down, so please consider that we will be on the move constantly. It will amaze you how little camera equipment Dan and Janine use on their photo shoots. It's not what you own, it's how you put it to good use.
Note: It’s highly recommended that you have backup batteries for your camera and flash, as well as extra memory cards. We will not be providing computers for image editing, so bring along your own laptop for this purpose - pre-loaded with a functioning version of Adobe Lightroom or Apple's Aperture software. Make sure you have a way to get your images onto your computer as well. If needed, bring along a card reader which can be connected w/ USB or a cable which connects your camera to your laptop for image importing. There will be no internet connection at the Mountain Lodge, though you may be able to connect via mobile phone.
A course reminder and further information will be sent out in the weeks before the course dates. In the meantime, please feel free to get in touch with any questions that you may have. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you in Grindelwald!
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Viewfinder Center for Photography
As Switzerland’s first and foremost English-language photography learning center, Viewfinder leads the way in providing creative learning experiences that encourage people to develop their own passion for photography, take better pictures and simply have more fun with their photography.