Come join us as we play in and around the beautiful Ozark National Forest near Russelville, Arkansas.
Workshop Leaders: David Downs & Barry Benton
Join us in our favorite locations that typically provide beautiful fall colors, cascading waterfalls, elk herds, and a sparkling night sky.
Arkansas has some beautiful areas to photograph. We’ll show you a few of our favorites. You must read through the information below before signing up for the workshop.
Thursday, October 26, 2023- Sunday, October 29, 2023
Ozark National Forest near Russellville, AR
- Capturing & Freezing Motion
- Compositional Elements
- Micro Landscape Photography
- Using ND & Circular Polarizer Filters
Depending on Schedule & Weather we may be able to touch on:
- Night Sky Photography
- Wildlife Photography
Please read these additional workshop details carefully:
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All workshop excursions will be based out of the Hampton Inn in Russelville, AR.
Hampton Inn - Russelville, AR
2304 N Arkansas Ave, Russellville, AR 72802
Phone: (479) 858-7199
Website: Hampton Inn - Russelville, AR
We will be departing early each morning and your hotel may or may not offer breakfast service that early so check to make sure you can get some nutrition (and caffeine for those who need it) before we head out. We will have a long day on Friday and will stop for lunch along the route and return in time for a late dinner on your own. On Saturday we will be again be out early but back midmorning to rest up. After lunch will be an editing session/image critique with instruction and guidance for those who want to participate. We will be out late that evening hopefully capturing a night sky shot over the falls. shooting location.
This workshop will feature light hiking, a lot of time taking images & providing instruction, and not a lot of sleep. Some locations require a fair amount of positioning on uneven, very slippery and rocky areas below waterfalls. There is also numerous locations where accessing the falls will require climbing down and up a steep creek bank to get to the primary shooting locations. This should be considered before signing up for this workshop. If you have trouble with balance or lack the endurance to climb steep embankments or hillsides, we encourage you to consider a different workshop.
Approximately two weeks before the workshop we will host a zoom call covering all the necessary information to participate in and enjoy the workshop. The agenda is always flexible based on weather conditions and travel time to locations. So that you'll know what to expect, here's our tentative agenda:
Day 1 – Meet at Colton's Steakhouse near to the hotel at 6:30 PM for dinner. We’ll get to know each other a bit and have general discussion around the schedule for the next 3 days.
Day 2 – A full day in the field, weather permitting, with the focus on getting to locations with the best color/water flow and hopefully capture images of some of the many elk that inhabit the Boxley Valley. Expect to leave before dawn and return after dark.
Day 3 (AM) – We will again capture some morning shooting time, then return to the hotel for a bit of rest and instruction on processing using Lightroom & Photoshop for those interested.
Day 3 (PM) – Our goal is a great evening at a recreation area with beautiful falling water and serene reflection pools then wrap up the evening capturing the night sky with light painting (if necessary) to eliminate the falls.
Day 4 – An optional excursion to a favorite previously visited location to capture that shot you didn't capture first time around or a retake on an image you feel can be better composed/exposed. We will be back at the hotel and wrapped up mid morning so everyone can get checked out.
Post-workshop – We will provide follow up Zoom editing session on images captured during the workshop for attendees to use as a guide while editing their images.
Transportation to the workshop is the responsibility of the workshop participants. For our daily excursions we will provide transportation for up to 6 participants between Barry & I. In most cases we will also have another vehicle/driver available for the other 3 and will coordinate once all participants have arived..
Recommended photography gear
DSLR or Mirrorless camera – Crop Sensor or Full Frame
Wide angle & telephoto lenses
Remote shutter release – Alternatively, an understanding on how to set a 2-second shutter delay for your camera.
Circular polarizing filter (if you have one)
Camera bag suitable for hiking
Batteries – Extra batteries if you have them. If not, make sure you have a charger.
Storage – At least two memory cards.
Laptop with Lightroom/Photoshop if you wish to participate in the editing session
Hunger for improving your photography and a desire to capture some beautiful images.
Depending on conditions, we may go on a fairly long & moderately difficult hike. Good hiking shoes/boots and a backpack (that can hold tripod and camera gear) are strongly recommended.
We’ll go out early each morning and cover a lot of ground each day, rain or shine. Occasionally we find the days to be warm but have also had a cool front move through lowering windchill into the 30's or below, particularly early morning. Be prepared for cool, wet weather.
Consider bringing shoes/boots/pants you can wear in shallow water if desired/necessary to capture a shot.
We’ll send out weather updates as we get closer to the workshop dates.
Location pro tips
Fall color intensity is out of our control, but we’ll make every effort to find locations that have some color
As much as we’d like to set the temperature and control wind and rain for the workshop we simply aren’t that good. We will do our best despite any weather obstacles to make sure you leave with a wealth of information and practical experience.
Some of the waterfalls are slippery and can be difficult to get to a great photo spot. There are times that you will need to walk down and/or up rocky and, sometimes, slippery embankments to get to good shooting locations. Good hiking boots/shoes are important. And, it's likely your socks will get wet so plan accordingly.
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Important info! We encourage you to create an account when you register so future workshop forms will be prepopulated with your data. Shortly after registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail and a separate email with an invoice to pay your registration online. You are not fully registered until your payment is received.
Class size is limited so sign up early. A minimum of 6 students is required to hold the class.