Teaser: AdamBarkerPhotography Master Photo Workshops DVD

Here is a small snippet from my DVD to be released this February by Master Photo Workshops. The DVD will focus on mastering landscape filters. Stay tuned for a pre-order sale announcement. There will be free goodies to go with the DVD for a select number of early purchasers!

Edit: Here’s the link for the DVD Pre-order: http://masterphotodvd.com/site/catalog/dvds/mastering-the-art-of-landscape-filters

Fall Foliage of the Wasatch Workshop: Day 3

Day three marked the end of my 2009 Fall Foliage workshop. We made the bumpy drive yet one more time over Guardsman Pass and to the Alpine Loop. Arriving with plenty of time to spare, we set up our tripods overlooking intense groupings of red and orange leaves. The maples and oaks were on fire with color! One of the most serene moments of the workshop was watching the dawn glow fade to grey, soon welcoming the rising sun. All was quiet, except for the clicking of shutters, and the subtle grunts of approval as five-star images appeared on everyone’s LCD displays. In addition to the exciting field sessions, we were also able to spend ample time in the classroom, discussing composition, exposure, use of Grad ND filters and numerous other topics pertinent to capturing memorable and meaningful imagery. Many thanks to Cliff Velinga, Todd Smith, Lewie Edwards, Kit Smith, Jon Sheppard and Guy Moore for a fantastic weekend of photography, and maybe just a little bit of fun too…

Photographer Cliff Velinga at the AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Photographer Cliff Velinga at the AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Vibrant fall color at the AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Vibrant fall color at the AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Fall Foliage of the Wasatch Workshop: Day 2

Day 2 of the ABP Fall Foliage workshop is officially in the bag, and I can say that I am completely and totally spent. In a good way. Despite clear and uninteresting skies, the color this year is absolutely off the charts. The back side of the Wasatch is as good as I’ve ever seen it, and the front side is shaping up nicely. We shot sunrise above Cascade Springs, looking towards Mt. Timpanogos and Cascade Peak. The students are all loving their newfound knowledge of how to implement Singh Ray Grad ND filters into their creative and technical workflow. Finally they are capturing the image in camera as their eyes see it! Delicious late light was in full supply at Willow Lake for tonight’s evening shoot. One more early rise tomorrow, and then the planning begins for next year’s workshop(s). Hope to see you there!

Jon Sheppard of Avon, Co at the AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Jon Sheppard of Avon, Co at the AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Photographer Cliff Velinga of Las Vegas, NV at the AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Photographer Cliff Velinga of Las Vegas, NV at the AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Fall's reflection, AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Fall's reflection, AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Photographer Jon Sheppard of Avon, Co at the AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Photographer Jon Sheppard of Avon, Co at the AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Photographer Kit Smith of Salt Lake City, UT using Singh Ray Grad ND Filters at the AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Photographer Kit Smith of Salt Lake City, UT using Singh Ray Grad ND Filters at the AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Broken light falls on Casade Spring and Cascade Peak, AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Broken light falls on Casade Spring and Cascade Peak, AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Early light on Cascade Peak, AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Early light on Cascade Peak, AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Workshop 2009

Special Offer: Fall Foliage Photography Workshop

Fall color in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Shot during the 2008 AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Photography Workshop

Fall color in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Shot during the 2008 AdamBarkerPhotography Fall Foliage Photography Workshop

We still have several spots open for the 2009 Fall Foliage of the Wasatch Photography Workshop! I’m extending a special offer until Saturday, August 29 at midnight, MST. For each person paying in full, you can bring a spouse/friend/cousin/secret crush/fellow photo enthusiast/whomever you want for 1/2 price. That means two people attending the 3-day workshop for $1,420.00. Screaming deal!!

Last year’s fall photography workshop churned out some stellar imagery, and we hit the nail on the head for peak color. I’m looking forward to yet another fantastic year.

Send an email to adam(at)adambarkerphotography.com if you’d like to take advantage of this offer.

ABP Private Photography Workshops

I try not to make a habit of meeting people for the first time at 5 am in the local K-mart parking lot, but such was the case last Friday morning as I embarked on a private workshop with local resident Steve Schaefer. The day looked promising as faint grey streaks interrupted the otherwise crystal clear sky. I was hopeful we would have enough clouds to catch some early color, but not enough to squelch the sun as it rose over the horizon.

Workshop student Steve Schaefer works a Grad ND filter during a morning shoot along the Middle Provo River

Workshop student Steve Schaefer works a Grad ND filter during a morning shoot along the Middle Provo River

We headed to one of my preferred spots in the Heber Valley alongside the Middle Provo River. Our hike in was noisy to say the least, as waders and snowshoes combined to crunch and crackle, drowning out conversation at times. At our destination, we were greeted by the towering peaks of the Wasatch Back, and it was evident we were about to be treated to a spectacular sunrise. Cyan snow turned pink. Pink turned orange. And orange ultimately turned white. Although fleeting, we were there to capture the magic.

Workshop student Steve Schaeffer captures the magic on Utah's Middle Provo River

Workshop student Steve Schaefer captures the magic on Utah's Middle Provo River

If you’re passionate about taking your photography to the next level, consider the value in a private workshop. I am able to customize the day’s events and instruction to suit your specific requests, and we’ll travel to some of my favorite spots to capture Mother Nature at her best. Check out one of Steve’s keepers from our morning shoot below!

Image captured during private photography workshop by Steve Schaefer, ©2009 Steve Schaeffer

Image captured during AdamBarkerPhotography private photography workshop by Steve Schaefer, ©2009 Steve Schaefer

Fishtography Workshops: Get Hooked!

I’m pleased to announce a series of weekend fly fishing photography workshops taking place this spring in partnership with Western Rivers Flyfisher. If you’re even remotely into fly fishing and/or photography, this is a fantastic opportunity to spend time on the water, learning how to better capture a part of this sport that keeps so many of us sane.

These will be progressive workshops focused on digital photography, meaning we will start with photography fundamentals, and progress to more advanced techniques with the third and final workshop (see below for workshop details). The workshops will be slanted towards the digital SLR shooter, but there will also be plenty of relevant and useful information for you casual point-and-shoot photographers as well.

Workshop Cost: $110 per individual work shop or $295.00 for all three workshops.

How to Register: Send an email to adam(at)adambarkerphotography.com with the workshop(s) for which you wish to register. Payment will be required at the time of registration.

Questions? Please send an email to adam(at)adambarkerphotography.com or give me a call at 801-550-9141.

All workshops will include a Friday night slideshow/Q & A session along with an instruction day spent on the river with rod and camera in hand. Bottom line — ridiculous fun with great people! Spots are limited, so register now!

Fly Fishing Photography Basics, March 20-21

  • Friday night slideshow
  • Proper shooting technique
  • Introduction to proper digital exposure
  • How to capture action with tack sharp images

An In-Depth Look at Composition, April 3-4

  • Friday night slideshow
  • What is composition?
  • How to engage the viewer
  • Alternative compositions
  • Proper Lens Selection

Magic Hour Shooting: Capturing the Light, April 17-18

  • Friday night slideshow
  • How to capture sunrise/sunset light
  • How to master challenging exposures
  • Helpful filters for sunset and sunrise
  • Proper low light shooting technique

Click here and scroll down to view some of my latest fly fishing images.

Fall Workshop All Wrapped Up

The inaugural Fall Foliage of the Wasatch Workshop is officially finished. What a great way to spend an extended weekend up in the mountains, teaching eager photographers how to better their skill and vision (not to mention further my own at the same time). Special thanks to Pictureline, Canon USA and Singh Ray Filters for helping me to turn this workshop from dream to reality. A huge thanks to my workshop attendees who were receptive, enthusiastic and (most importantly) punctual for those early morning starts! I’ll have guest testimonials and images up on the website soon, so check back to see the results.

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Day 2 Fall Photography Workshop

Day two of the Fall Foliage of the Wasatch Workshop dawned mild and relatively clear. As the sun crested the horizon, pink clouds lit up the western sky over Solitude Mtn. Resort and the Big Cottonwood Canyon ridge line. Today, lessons and field work focused on engaging the viewer through composition. Sunrise shoot tomorrow on the Alpine Loop, and then it’s sayonara…

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Fall Foliage Workshop Off to a Blazing Start!

Day 1 off my Fall Foliage Workshop kicked off with a veritable explosion of color in Big Cottonwood Canyon. We’ve got a stellar group, and conditions for shooting couldn’t be better. BCC is ablaze with Aspen in every color from green to gold to orange. If you haven’t had time to check out the fall foliage, this weekend is a must see. More from the workshop tomorrow, as we continue to shoot in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

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