California Photography Workshops And Tours Announces New Photo Workshop Schedule

Top Quote Respected professional photographer, Keith Skelton has announced a series of new photo workshops to Oregon's Columbia Gorge, Monument Valley Arizona, Death Valley, and the Eastern Sierras. New workshops include trips to the Salton Sea, Santa Barbara County. Also, a Los Angeles night class will be held in December. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 04, 2010 - OREGON WHEAT AND WATERFALLS PHOTO WORKSHOP
    The Columbia Gorge and Oregon Wheat Country. September 23 - 27, 2009

    This September, Keith Skelton will lead a new photo workshop in his home state of Oregon. September is arguably the best time of year in Oregon. We will see and photograph the beautiful Palouse-like rolling wheat fields of north central Oregon, rows of orchards and alpine views of Hood River and waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

    This part of Oregon offer some of the best landscape photo opportunities anywhere.

    Participants will be instructed how to set up shots and how to find the right locations to get great shots. We will strive to help you improve your technique and your photographic vision by studying color, composition, and light. We will also discuss important digital techniques including shooting in raw, digital work flow, and processing digital pictures.

    Oct. 16-17, 2010

    Enjoy an October weekend to the Sierra Nevada Range when the light is right! For either the beginner or advanced photographer.

    Between the base of Mt. Whitney in the steep, eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevada Range, and the historic town of Lone Pine, where the extensive movie history of the area is evident, are the stunningly unique Alabama Hills. Seemingly primordial-looking boulders and micro-ranges of rock create an infinitely textured foreground of smooth and rounded shapes with a dramatic view of the rising Sierra peaks above. Experienced landscape photographers will quickly see the possibilities. 

    Informal and fun, your instructors will be shooting alongside you at all times. We will have discussions about techniques and creativity each day. This trip is about shooting - lots of shooting. We will work closely together, sharing our knowledge and experience. Feel free to bring samples of your photography for review, as the goal of this workshop is to have fun and become a better and more competent photographer.

    October 20-24, 2010

    Deep in the heart of the American southwest, Monument Valley Navaho Tribal Park provides perhaps the most enduring and definitive images of the American west. The isolated red mesas and buttes surrounded by the golden sandy desert have been filmed and photographed numerous times by countless photographers.

    Join Keith Skelton on a four day workshop where you will photograph free standing sandstone rock forms that rise majestically 1,000 feet from the desert floor. We will teach you how to tap into your creativity so you may return home with many memorable photographs. We will have daily discussions about pre-visualization, seeing color, composition, and exposure. On one of the moonless nights we will photograph the stars and star trails. There are not many places where you can see as many stars as in Monument Valley. We will also go over the important digital techniques. "Shooting for Raw," digital work flow, and processing digital pictures will be covered. This is a place to enjoy nature and culture on a grand scale.

    We will photograph Monument Valley, The Valley of the Gods, Natural Bridges, Anasazi Ruins, and more.

    October 28-31, 2010

    This workshop will take you to one of the world's most photogenic locations: the landscape of the Eastern Sierra Range. We will photograph places such as Bodie, Mono Lake, Silver Lake, and more. This workshop is open to of all levels of photography, using 35mm to large format, film and/or digital. You will be totally immersed with photography for three days of learning and fun.

    Autumn is one of the best times to visit and photograph this area. The Aspen leaves are golden yellow and the low autumn light creates long shadows throughout the day. For those who have not been to this part of the Eastern Sierras you will be in for a big treat. It is one of the most scenic locations in the world.

    December 2-5, 2010

    In Death Valley, you can find colorful land forms, snow-covered peaks, beautiful sand dunes, amazing canyons, and some of the best photo opportunities in the world.

    Join us for our annual photography workshop to Death Valley. Your instructor, Keith Skelton, has over 25 years of experience as an educator and as a professional photographer. We will photograph places such as Ubeheb Crater, Badwater, and Artist Point. This workshop is open to of all levels of photography.

    December 11, 2010

    This is a one night creative photo workshop. Discover how to take creative photographs after dark by using the lights of night.

    Photographing a city at night can be one of the most difficult, yet rewarding types of photography. Whether you are shooting a wide city scape or a single reflection, less than ideal conditions can challenge even the most experienced photographer. We will be photographing scenes, objects and people.

    SANTA BARBARA COUNTY - Including the Santa Ynez Valley and La Purisima
    January 15-16, 2011

    Over the last five years, I have led dozens of groups on walking photo tours throughout Santa Barbara.

    Now, I will expand the trip and spend a second day photographing the Santa Ynez Valley and Lompoc areas. This area is famous for its wineries, the symmetrical rows make for wonderful backdrops to the rolling hills and Valley (live is not technically correct) Oak trees. We will also spend time photographing La Purisima Mission, which was founded in 1787 and is one of California's oldest Spanish missions.

    While in Santa Barbara, we will photograph the "Queen of Missions"-the famed Santa Barbara Mission, Santa Barbara County Courthouse, El Presidio de Santa Barbara, Mount Carmel Church in Montecito, and more. We will be photographing iconic historic images of Santa Barbara's architecture, street life, and scenic images.

    January 22-23, 2011

    This is a two day photo workshop to one of the most dramatic and unusual places you will ever see. It is just 150 miles from Los Angeles.

    The Salton Sea was a man-made accident that began in 1905 when the Colorado River breached an Imperial Valley dike. It took nearly two years to control the flow into the formerly dry Salton Sink and stop the flooding. This resulted in the formation of the Salton Sea.

    The Salton Sea has also become an attraction for artists and photographers because of its ruins, old signage, abandoned vehicles, and bizarre shapes of trees.

    We will photograph areas that include Salton City, Salton Shores, Bombay Beach, Desert Beach, and Mecca. On the East side, we will visit Slab City and Salvation Mountain built by Leonard Knight and featured in the movie "Into The Wild."

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    Keith Skelton is a veteran professional photographer and educator with over 25 years of experience. He has an extensive background in landscape photography techniques and aesthetics. You will get individualized instruction and one-on-one attention. We will teach you how to capture the best images possible on either film or digital.

    Skelton has a wide range of expertise, photographing landscapes, wildlife, people, cities, and more. Recent personal projects include photography in India, China, Guatemala, and Mexico. Keith has also been teaching workshops through Santa Monica College and Pasadena City College for eight years. He graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1980 with a BA degree in Commercial Photography and a minor in Photojournalism. He also attended the University of Hawaii and the University of Oregon.

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