Workshops with Greg Downing
GENERAL WORKSHOP INFORMATION AND
My workshops are designed
to take you to some of the best places in the world and to teach you
how to make technically excellent images of birds and other wildlife
with an artistic flair. I am very passionate about my photography and
strive to provide the finest instruction. I possess unwavering
patience, determination and good humor to ensure an educational and
enjoyable photographic adventure for you!
The groups are kept
small so a high level of personalized instruction is available for all
skill levels. This allows me to custom design my workshops for the
individual needs of my participants. Smaller groups also minimize the
disturbance on the birds while maximizing the photographic
opportunities for the photographers. The end result is a better value
for your money and time and a more enjoyable experience.
48 hours of registering for one of my workshops you
will receive an e-mail confirming your reservation
for the workshop as well as receipt or request for
your deposit. As the workshop draws closer, a detailed
package of instructions and guidelines will be e-mailed
to you. This package will be customized for each workshop
and tell you what to expect and what you need to bring.
It includes detailed lodging and transportation information,
payment arrangements and important contact numbers.
Participants will also be asked to summarize what
they expect to gain from the workshop, what skills
they have and what areas they feel they need help
with the most. This gives me a chance to get some
background and allows me to design the workshop based
on the individual needs of the participants.
The evening before
each workshop there will be an introductory meeting
and a short slide presentation/orientation at our
place of lodging. At that point we discuss plans for
the next day and set up a time to meet for the first
morning of shooting.
Typically we meet
before dawn each day and grab a quick bite to eat to ensure that we are
in the field when the light is good and the birds are active. During
the mid-day hours participants are given the opportunity to rest up and
relax before going out in the field again in the late afternoon light.
include a mix of in-the-field instruction as well as slide and critique
sessions and ongoing, in-depth discussions on the ins and outs of avian
and wildlife photography.
While each workshop
is different, you can expect to cover the following:
approaching birds and how to see and set up shots.
image: Composition, pose, perspective and background.
-Seeing and working
with different lighting conditions.
covering all metering techniques and what to use when.
-Sharpness and long
lens technique, converters and extension tubes.
-Action and flight
-Equipment: When to
use what and how to work with what you have.
both fill-flash and flash-as-main and when to use what.
darkroom basics, tips and techniques and much more!
Each workshop is
different. Some include lodging, meals and/or transportation; others
may not. For details on what is included in each workshop please refer
to each workshop page in the current schedule.
availability, participants may rent photography equipment from me for
their use on a first-come-first-served basis. Selection is limited.
Please inquire for availability and pricing.
are required to reserve your spot in a workshop.
Amounts are specified on each workshop page. Unless
otherwise specified deposits are non-refundable,
unless we cancel the workshop.
Cancellation and refunds:
can be made up to 90 days prior to the workshop
date, however you forfeit your deposit unless we cancel
the workshop, in which case you will receive a
full refund. Cancellations made after 90 days prior
to the workshop date are not eligible for refunds.
We have the right to cancel any workshop for lack
of registrants up to 45 days prior to the workshop
date. While many wor
will run with just a single registrant, other may
require a minimum registration.
highly recommend purchasing travel insurance!
and non-photographer “guests” may accompany
you for free when space is available, but must pay
for thier own expenses. Please inquire for availability.
Limit one guest per paying participant.
No smoking is
don’t hesitate to contact
me for any additional information!