Capture the southern charm of historic Savannah with your own photographic stories in this engaging workshop.
Workshop Leader: David Downs
Combine learning and leisure in historic Savannah, GA – “The Hostess City of the South” as you capture iconic images. This beautiful southern city, with its rich heritage, historic buildings, and picturesque squares, holds many wonderful opportunities to add images for your collection. With Savannah as your backdrop, you will learn how to capture beautiful lasting images that tell a story. The weekend’s agenda will balance photography excursions, with personal instruction, and leisure time so you can enjoy the delicious food, delightful personality, and romance of Savannah.
Join us to capture your best images yet and be inspired for a lifetime.
April 8, 2021 @ 4:00 PM – April 11, 2021 @ 11:00 AM [ Reserve your spot ]
- Tips on telling a story through your travel images
- Resources to use in planning your photography locations
- Photographing dark interiors
- Establishing shots vs the details of the story
- Composition and depth of field
- Light painting
Additional workshop details
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Hotel Indigo : Savannah Historic District
201 West Bay Street
Savannah, Georgia 31401
Will be confirmed and pricing updated soon!
Approximately a week before the workshop we will e-mail all registered participants with a detailed agenda, map, etc. So that you’ll know what to expect, here’s our tentative agenda (subject to change):
After the afternoon welcome, travel to Bonaventure Cemetery for a guided tour with a local historian and photography during golden hour. We have arranged permission to stay after hours for nighttime photography with a full moon. Optional group dinner (TBD)
We will start early to capture Forsyth Park at sunrise, then walk along the historic squares and streets to capture additional images. After a break for late breakfast and discussion at a local favorite, we will continue our photography walk to point out some of the most picturesque stops among the streets.
Afternoon on your own, we will meet to take evening images on River Street. Optional group dinner in one of the nearby restaurants.
Enjoy a later start before we explore more of the iconic images of Savannah, including some of the most famous squares and shops. After time your own, we will meet up to talk and head out to dinner together before going out for nighttime photography.
On our last morning, we will travel to Tybee Island, a nearby beach village, for sunrise photos before we say good-bye.
For our transportation we will occasionally be taking personal vehicles. If using personal vehicles, we may ask for a volunteer to help drive participants if needed. We may also use a ride-share service like Uber.
Recommended photography gear
Wide angle to Medium telephoto zoom lens – There will be opportunities to use wide angle to telephoto lenses. However, a good medium zoom lens such as a 24-70 mm will be fine. Don’t stress too much about gear. This workshop is all about learning about a wonderful city, seeing its beautiful places and bringing home some wonderful photos and memories. However, if you’re a gear junkie, bring whatever lenses you might use when going on vacation.
Tripod – Bring a good travel tripod if you want to participate in the early morning and evening photo sessions. We’ll be doing some longer exposures during these times and a tripod will be necessary.
Platypod or Small Tripod – We’ll be spending a few minutes inside a beautiful church. Since there are many places like this that you cannot use a tripod and may have to use very slow shutter speeds, you might consider one of these very small tools that will perform a similar purpose that a tripod would. It’s not necessary…just a “nice to have.” See the link below for more information: Platypod
Remote shutter release – Bring one if you have it. Or, know how to set a 2-second shutter delay for your camera. If you use the timer on your camera instead of a shutter release, make sure you know how to turn off the front timer light or cover it with tape.
Headlamp – You’ll need a way to light your feet as you walk around the cemetery. Learn how to use it. Especially, the night vision (red) feature if it has it.
Small Flashlight – Bring one If you want to experiment with light painting. The light does not have to be strong. As a matter of fact, an older flashlight that doesn’t put out tons of light works best. You can also use the light on your smart phone.
Filters – If you typically use a circular polarizing filter on sunny days, bring it. If you have a neutral (graduated and non-graduated) density filter or two, feel free to bring them. They may come in handy for the early morning sessions. If you have them and not sure how to use them…bring ’em and we’ll help you!
Camera Backpack – We’ll be walking around quite a bit with our gear. We’ll give you some guidance as to what to bring on each outing but, we’ll be moving pretty quickly and the easier it is for you to move, the better.
Batteries – Bring an extra battery if you have one. If not, make sure you have your charger.
Storage – An extra SD or CF card (maybe 2 or 3…)
Lastly, bring a desire to learn and have fun! You’re going to walk away with a great experience and a much better understanding of how to photograph a city in a comprehensive and story-telling way.
Bring something to take notes with.
We’ll be doing a lot of walking. Bring very comfortable shoes.
No need to worry about water or snacks; we’ll have both available at all times.
Location pro tips
There are a lot of things to see, do & eat while visiting Savannah. This workshop will be a great introduction to the city and we recommend that you extend your stay a night or two so that you can get out and enjoy the rest of the city. We will have resources on hand to make additional recommendations.
Visit Savannah is a great resource for planning your time.
Class size is limited. Reserve now to guarantee a spot. At least 3 participants are required in order for the class to be held.
If you pay by deposit, you will be billed, via online invoice, the balance due 90 days prior to the class. All payments are subject to our standard cancellation policy.