Elements Photo Summit in Rockport TX
Content in this program has been taught at professional photography schools and universities across the U.S.
DAY 1 – Saturday, Oct. 13
9 a.m. Meet and Greet
Location : Maria Nesbit Photography Studio & Gallery
2738 Hwy35 Harbor Oaks Shopping Center, Rockport, TX 78382
9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Join lighting instructor Randy Kerr and travel photographer Maria Nesbit in a consortium study of light and shadows. With imagery from the shorelines and villages of Dominica West Indies and Rockport, Texas, Kerr will host a discussion of the six elements that change light quality. Learning what creates light quality, paired with mindful location scouting, promises to help you get in sync with your surroundings on your next excursion and quest for quality light.
12-1 p.m. Lunch next door at Panjo’s Pizza*
1-4:30 p.m. Close-Up and Macro Boot Camp
Bring your camera, macro lenses, tripods, extension tubes, and close-up filters for an afternoon discovering small things from nature. This indoor studio adventure is designed to help you accomplish well-lit and composed close-up images. Each set is created to entertain, educate, and inform you of the many elements of close-up photography using LED constant lights.
5 p.m. Boiling Pot Fellowship Dinner* – 201 Fulton Beach Road
6:15 p.m. The Golden Hour Light Challenge – Mapping the Sun for the Golden Hour and Sunset
Bring your tripod to assure a well-focused sunset image of Rockport Bay.
7:45 p.m. After Hours Night Photography at the Pier
If you’re up for it at the end of a long day, we will congregate at a local pier to relax and get a few night shots.
DAY 2 – Sunday, Oct. 14
8:30-9:30 a.m. Beach Walk – Light Talk
Learn location scouting tips used by motion picture experts and travel journalists. The predictable pattern of the earth and sun, along with fundamental lighting truths will be your guide for mindfully planning your shot vs. hoping for a happy accident. This is a simple discussion scripted to be an eye opener for those who enjoy discussions of quality light and light direction.
9:30-10 a.m. Breakout Session
To assure personal solitude and time for exploration and reflection, the group will break out individually to stroll the area for a quick round of candid image capture.
10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Planning and Punting for Light Set-ups
Planning for light quality is one thing, learning how to do it quickly with a polished look is another. This segment will break down a photographic vision into a realistic timeline to help you make better choices with concepts you hope to achieve. Using skills covered during the early morning Beach Walk – Light Talk, the group will discuss the ambient light and how to control contrast. The group will build a set using modifiers to control contrast and achieve wonderful results for portraits on location.
Lunch 12-1:15 p.m. More Local Fare*
1:15-3:30 p.m. Quiet on the Set
Conceptual art is created when designs and deeper considerations of light and shadows are the focus. At the heart of this segment Kerr will convey how fundamental thinking creates compelling results.
3:30 p.m. Elements Photo Summit Closes
3:30-7:30 p.m. After Summit Fellowship
For those who want to relax and enjoy the Elements of Rockport, stick around and let’s see what images may present themselves during a sunset farewell.
*Meal price not included in tuition.
~Wear good shoes, know your limits of heat and sun exposure, and bring plenty of drinking water.~
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