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Show Notes for Episode #33: Landscapes and Workshops ft. Ed Heaton
“People skills are REALLY important. You can be the best photographer in the world, but if people don’t like you, you’re not going to get anywhere.”
About the photographer
-He always has enjoyed spending time outdoors (kayaking, canoeing, backpacking, hiking).
-He took classes and workshops in the beginning.
-Once photography became digital, the learning curve evened out and made things easier for him.
-He joined Camera Clubs and sold prints through art shows they were involved in.
-He taught half-day workshops and 8 week evening classes at Delaware County Community College in
Chester county PA.
-He joined forces with 2 other men and started “It’s All About the Light Tours” teaching workshops.
-He branched out on his own and now has 16 professional sponsors.
First, LowePro sent bags for him to give out at workshops
Then Tamron contacted him to lecture for them in their mobile learning center
* Very important to get your name out there: social networking, website, let people get to know you.
In 2016 he ran 21 workshops from September through December.
Each workshop had 10-12 people enrolled, lasted 5 days, and had 2 instructors.
Tips for attending workshops:
*The workshop leader is your best friend. Don’t stray, stay very close, hear everything they say and
soak it in, LEARN.*
Equipment Recommendations – for beginners
1. Entry level digital SLR
2. If you can’t afford multiple lenses, get an all-in-one
– for crop-sensor cameras try an 18-270mm (Tamron)
– for full-frame cameras try a 28-200mm (Canon or Nikon)
3. Tripod – get a good one, it will save you time and money in the long run
– Manfrotto and Gitzo are good choices
“I look at equipment as a tool. It’s not necessary to have the tools to do it, but boy it makes your
job a lot easier if you have the right tools.”
Tips for running workshops:
Scout and plan everything ahead of time: locations, timing of transportation, etc.
“Everyone wants good pictures, but they also want to have a good time.”
Get there EARLY, be at your location and set up at least an hour before sunrise – before the “other
guys” so your group has control of the area, especially if the location is small or governed by
elements such as tides.
Stay and work as long as the light is good. Usually between 10 and 11:00 am the light starts to
become too harsh for good images.
Break for a few hours, enough for students to have lunch, relax, and look through and edit a few of
their images. Come together to critique and review, then head back out on location until sunset.
Tips for Landscape Photography
“Shoot the Edges” You will get more provocative and emotional images if you shoot just before or just after a
storm, or at the edges of the day – early mornings or late evenings.
Spend time and connect to the outdoors. Your passion for your surroundings will come through in your images.
More info on Ed Heaton:
Facebook – Ed Heaton