Hocking Hills State Park, located in Logan/Lancaster area southeast of Columbus, Ohio, is one of the most scenic places in Ohio and probably a good part of the midwest. With an abundance of water features, several gorge trails, and other outlying parks and areas of interest, the entire area teems with interesting geologic and asthetic beauty.
When: April 27 & 28, 2013
Spend the weekend with us in beautiful Hocking Hills, Ohio.
Cost: $500.00 (2 day/1 night package) $100.00 deposit.
Lodging and meals, during your stay are included.
Group size: Limited to 5 persons. We limit our tours, to five people in order that we might spend as much "quality" time with you as possible. Our goal is to make you happy and send you home with lots of great images.
Who: Entry level to intermediate level photographers or anyone who wants to know their way around this part of the country with a camera.
Where: Logan, Ohio
What: We'll rise early for breakfast and to take advantage of the best early light. When we hit the trail, we'll be working on some or all of the following principles of photography as they may apply:
- Principles of landscape photography.
- Principles of macro photography.
- Lighting wildflowers
- The use of neutral density filters, graduated neutral density filters, and circular polarizers.
- Working with dramatic light, including sunrise and sunset.
- The fundamentals of dramatic, powerful, and artful compositions.
- Evening dinners followed by photo review and critique, time permitting.
- Your coaches and guides will not be shooting and will be available at all times for consultation, instruction, or critique regarding any photo situation or just to fill you in on information about where you are and what you are shooting.
Things you may want to have with you include:
- Circular polarizer is a must for water shots, and we hope to do lots of that.
- Graduated and standard Neutral Density filters will be helpful, but are not required.
- Don't come without a tripod. You'll regret it.
- You may want a wide angle lens or a macro lens. If you don't have one, we may be able to lend, but can definitely have a rental ready for you. Just ask. Yes, it costs extra, but you'll be surprised how little.
- It's advisable to have a fanny pack or light carrying case for any extra lens, flash, or whatever, so that you don't have to carry your complete arsenal at all times, though for wildflowers, you may want more than will fit in a small bag. You will be able to stow your gear in our trucks and vans, but, while on foot, you may want to carry a few extra things, so make appropriate concessions.
As we will be in the field from sunrise to sunset, there will be little time for any "classroom" type instruction, however, there will be initial introductions to your environment, location, and what you can expect in the field and how to handle it photographically. You will get as much hands on assistance as you require in the field. We're here to help you and to make sure you go home with outstanding captures.
Most of our work will be done very close to our vehicles, so there won't be much walking or climbing, however, if we take off for a mid-day adventure, you might end up walking anywhere from 1/4 mile to several miles in forest type terrain, or scrambling down into a creek to shoot a waterfall. None of this is extreme, however, you should be in good enough shape to walk a mile at a clip and agile enough to navigate some rocky hill side terrain on occassion.
In the evenings, we generally review our images from the day's activities, share, offer critique, and discuss post processing. We'll discuss such things as your work flow and habits, what went right, what went wrong during the day, how to fix things that went wrong, and how to prepare for the following day. If you have a laptop, you should bring it.
Clothing: As fall weather can vary greatly from hour to hour, it is recommended that you dress in layers and wear hiking boots. Some waterproof outerwear may also be in order. It doesn't hurt to have it handy, just in case. We won't quit for rain, unless it's dangerous.
Camera and lens rentals are available. We don't mark up these rentals so we don't make any profits from these rentals, so you'll get the best available prices right here. We may also have a few lenses we might loan you as well. Let us know your requirements/desires at sign up.