close to home: Our cool home......Sedona

I have been asked by many to do a workshop in my home town of Sedona, Arizona…..and I have finally decided to do one in April of 2015!!  **Update**  As of August 2014, the April 2015 workshop is sold out so I am doing another one in May 2015.  There are a few spots left -- so please email me.I live in such a gorgeous city with my fiancé Holly and it is such an amazing place not only to live but to photograph night and day, all times of the year. The landscape is filled with the most gorgeous red rocks and gorgeous views and is a major destination for tourism in the United States. At an elevation of 4,500 feet, it is one of the coolest places in Arizona and has incredible clouds and monsoon rains, spectacular lightning and over one hundred hiking trails including West Fork, which is one of the best hiking spots in the 50 states. We love living here and have done many private workshops in and around Sedona and now is the time for a larger workshop. Sedona is also very close to major photographic hot spots like the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and also Monument Valley. People can plan on driving to one of the these beautiful locations either before or after the workshop as they are not far at all with the Grand Canyon only 2 hours away. They also have helicopter, hot air balloon and bi plane rides that can take you soaring over the amazing landscape of Sedona and are some of my favorite things to do in this beautiful town.We will be photographing some of the best spots in Sedona at sunrise and sunset and shooting after dark in the most amazing night sky that still blows me away so often.  We will also spend time either in my home or a meeting room learning and talking about photography, post processing techniques and camera gear. I love teaching photography and have taught at many schools and our informal talks and demos are a very informative part of my workshops!I have also planned the workshop to coincide with the new moon and we will have totally dark skies for shooting after the sun goes down. I plan star parties here in Sedona as I know many great locations and the night sky is just breathtaking here and we will also shoot up at one of the most incredible junkyards in the United States late in the afternoon and after dark, doing light painting using a variety of flashlights. I love teaching how to capture the night sky and we will really dive into how to capture the stars and Milky way and what gear is essential and what camera settings will give you the best results!Cost:The cost for the workshop is $795 per person. Items not included are: lodging, meals, and transportation. We will carpool to locations and eat as a group at restaurants for socializing, asking questions and continuing lecture discussions.Please click on this link  to read more about the Sedona workshops for 2015 on my blog, which also has more photos and more info on the workshops.
Day 1 June 7: This two-day workshop will take place at the one-of-a-kind Gold King Mine in the city of Jerome and also at Yavapai College and will focus on capturing this unique junkyard during the afternoon and also after dark. This old ghost town has a rustic assortment of ramshackle buildings, hundreds of vintage cars and trucks, an old mine shaft and a sprawling array of rusted machinery that forever teeters between ruin and redemption. It is an amazing location for photography and especially HDR.There will also be models for this workshop and Scott will show how to capture this unique location with and without models as the photographic possibilities are endless in this special place. Using the bright light of the afternoon, Scott will go over how important bracekting is and why HDR is critical for many shots. He will also teach how to photograph the models in different settings at the mine using different techniques and equipment.The class will break for dinner where everone will meet up in close by Jerome for dinner together and then head back to the mine for another shooting session right before it is totally dark, this time learning how to Light Paint after dark. Scott will demonstrate different methods of shooting the buildings, cars, coffins, chainsaws and you name it - as well as the models using only flashlights as the light source. The moon will still be out, although not very strong but you will be able to shoot with and without the moonlight and also just with the light of the flashlights. Light Painting involves a lot of preperation and work but the results are sometimes one of a kind. Scott will go over all of the technical info and also show just what gear is needed for great results.Day two June 8:Lab day at Yavapai College Sedona Center for Arts and TechnologyFull day in the lab showing Photoshop techniques on many of the images from the two shoots at the mine. Meeting for a full day from 9am to 4pm at Yavapai College Sedona Center for Art and Technology (***directions below) which includes demonstration, lecture and Question and Answer of Photoshop & Raw workflow, layers and layer masks, retouching techniques, HDR and much more. Scott will show different techniques to work on images from the bright sunny shots from the afternoon shoot and show why shooting under and over exposed images is crucial, especially for HDR. He will show different methods of working with HDR including using 32 bit files in Photoshop CC.Working on the Light Painting images from the previous night will also be covered as well as many of the best plugins and actions for Photoshop that will help many of the images that were shot on the first day including retouching techniques for the models that were photographed. This is not a computer lab course; students should be prepared to take notes on instructor demonstrations. Lunch will be from noon to 1pm with many restaurants nearby. A tripod and intervalometer cable release ( for exposures longer than 30 seconds) is also required for this class as is an LED headlamp for seeing at night. If you have any questions about the gear, you can email scott at scott@asa100.comTUITION: $475 (+$35.00 models fee)Payment Options: Students may pay in full or choose the payment-plan option during registration. The payment plan requires a non-refundable $100 deposit with the balance due 30 days before the first day of the workshop.Click here to register: