Precision Camera University 2014
Register on or before 1/31/14 for only $299.99!
Register after 1/31/14 for $349.99
3 Day Photo Workshop
March 21st-23rd, 2014
T Bar M Ranch, New Braunfels
T Bar M Ranch
2549 Highway 46 West
New Braunfels, TX 78132
You do not have to stay at the host hotel, but it is really a nice place to relax. There are many places to stay nearby. Call T Bar M Ranch and make your reservations as soon as you can. Let them know you are attending the Precision Camera event.
What is PCU?
This is a 3 day, hands-on photography workshop. We have flown in some of the best instructors from around the country, so that you can spend the weekend knee-deep in photography! This year, we will have 5 photographers to choose from. You will choose 3 photographers to learn from, and you will spend one full day with each.
A typical workshop day is:
While each class varies based on the instructors teaching style, a typical workshop day begins with a classroom discussion. After lunch you will begin shooting and learning from your instructor. These are hands on seminars and a great opportunity to learn from some really fabulous photographers. It is also an opportunity to get some great shots to add to your portfolio. Everyone will be provided with model releases that allow you, the photographer, to use the images in your portfolio and on your website.
New this year! FIVE great speakers and 3 days of instruction for only $349.99 (or $299.99 early bird price!).
- Friday: Registration starts at 11:00am, general meeting at 1:00pm.
- Friday: Workshops are 2:00pm - 10:00pm
- Saturday: Workshops are 9:00am - 5:00pm
- Sunday: Workshops are 9:00am - 5:00pm
INSTRUCTORS AND CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:
When you register for this event, you will be able to choose 3 of the 5 speakers to learn from (1 per day) you may not get all of your three choices, but we will do our best.
CHEYENNE ROUSE - Sponsored by Tamron
Read Cheyenne's Bio Here
Join Fine Art Photographer & Photomatix HDR Specialist, Cheyenne L Rouse for a full day of learning how to apply HDR (High Dynamic Range) to your photos. With this creative tool, Cheyenne has taken her digital fine art photographer to new heights and will show you how to do the same. Cheyenne will show you the basics and proper techniques for shooting photos for HDR and how she processes them in Photomatix HDR software. She will start the day off by sharing her story of how the HDR process “inspired” her back into the photo business after a 6 year “semi-retirement” from a very successful 17 year stock photography career that began in 1989. In 2002 Cheyenne hung up her camera to pursue other interests then in 2008 she discovered HDR and it changed everything for her and brought her back into a business that she thought she was all but done with. You can read all about her amazing and inspiring story in the June 2011 issue of Outdoor Photographer Magazine. Her love of HDR even allowed her to open and run her own Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona for several years.
After our morning discussion we will head out to shoot for a while then regroup so students can process their photos that we just shot with Cheyenne’s help and instruction. We will share and discuss the photos from the day then have a question and answer period to end the day.
Students will need their laptop computers for this class with Photomatix Pro HDR software loaded onto it. There is an unlimited free trial version of the program available but it does leave a few distracting watermarks on the processed photo. You can download and purchase the program from the HDRsoft website. Using coupon code “AncientLightPhotos” will give you a 15% discount if you are purchasing the full version of the HDR software. You are welcome to use other HDR software programs but the instruction in this class will center only on Photomatix. Cheyenne also uses Lightroom to refine her images and will touch on that in the class as well. This class is for beginning to advanced HDR enthusiasts. Please have a good working knowledge of your camera gear and how to use the “AEB” or Auto Exposure Bracketing feature for proper HDR shooting techniques. A sturdy tripod is also required.
LOU FREEMAN - Sponsored by Canon and Bowens
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Join Lou for a full day of lecture and hands-on training on Glamour Photography.
Sharing some of her trademark tricks and tips, you'll learn everything you need to create lighting set-ups from clean, simple high-key to dark and sexy. Lou will share her experience from shooting high fashion advertising campaigns to her days as a photographer for Playboy Magazine. The lecture will focus on the four points necessary for a successful Glamour or Boudoir shoot and how to conceptualize an amazing photo shoot experience for both photographer and model.
In addition, you will learn all about creating tasteful sets, (where to shop for fabrics, clothing, accessories, etc.) how to communicate with your model(s) and direct them to elicit the exact feeling or mood you are trying to capture. As a photographer, you will become more confident and comfortable in your concepts, lighting set-ups and model direction.
Lou will share creative ways to make more money by providing incentives to increase sales. You will be inspired to grow your business opportunities with Glamour Photography that will have your clients returning year after year.
JENNIFER ROZENBAUM - Sponsored by Sigma
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Spend an intimate day with Jen as she takes you through the ins and outs of boudoir photography and working with women.
We will begin by learning how to improve your images as well as your connections with your clients. Jennifer will address posing, lighting and business strategies to help improve all areas of your work.
This class is for those who want to start with boudoir, as well as those who want to improve their boudoir business. Let's work together to create happier clients, better sales and amazing referrals.
JAMES SCHMELZER - Sponsored by Westcott
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Start your day with Master Craftsman and Professional Photographer James Schmelzer as he takes you step by step through the theory and techniques behind great studio lighting, using constant lights. Go behind the scenes in a variety of different lighting setups and find out where to place your lights, how far away and how high. Get an in depth overview of seven different patterns of light, such as Split, Broad, Short, Rembrandt, Butterfly etc… while learning facial analysis and when to use each pattern.
Continue your day by mastering the challenge of sunny day shooting. Master Craftsmen and Professional Photographer James Schmelzer will walk you through various outdoor lighting techniques, such as the proper use of diffusers and reflectors as well as high-speed and hyper-sync techniques using a variety of modifiers.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn firsthand from one of the best on how to overcome the many challenges of lighting. After attending this seminar, you should have the confidence and understanding of how to take your images to the next level using various lighting techniques.
JEREMY & ZABRINA - Sponsored by Sony
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Jeremy and Zabrina of JeZa Photography will be covering the art of engagement portraits, wedding day photography, and post production using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Beginning with engagement portraits, they will discuss how they approach different clients to design a custom engagement portrat session to reflect the client’s taste & personal style. This will cover starting a concept, location, lighting and posing.
Next, Jeremy and Zabrina will discuss the wedding day photography work flow, how to work with assistants, gear choices, and must have wedding shots. They will discuss both technical & artisitic approach on how they shoot a wedding from start to finish. Learn how to set up lighting for different venue types, posing the bride, groom, and groups.
Finally, finish the day with a brief lecture on post-production. When, how, why, and what tools to use to edit engagement & portrait photography. Jeremy will discuss how to add light & shadow, how to create drama and remove distraction. Students will need to bring their own laptop with Photoshop CS4 or higher already installed.
Workshop fee includes the following meals:
Saturday: Breakfast on your own, lunch and dinner included.
Sunday: Breakfast on your own, lunch included.
(If you stay at T Bar M, Breakfast is included with your room)
What to Bring:
Camera, memory cards, lenses, flash, tripod, light meter if you have one, computer and any other photo items. Dress will be casual, wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
We will have models to shoot.
We will have loaner lenses to borrow for the weekend from Nikon, Canon, Sony, Sigma and Tamron. We may also have other surprises at the event.
- Do you need to be a professional to attend? Not at all, we had over 100 attendees last year and many were just people wanting to learn how to take better portraits. However, if you are a professional, this is a great chance to get tips on success and to socialize with other photographers like you.
- I do not know the difference between an F-Stop and a shutter speed. What is the "A", "S" and "M" modes on my camera, can I still come? Again no worries, if you really are a beginner you have to start somewhere. We encourage you to join in one of our Free 2 hour classes that we teach in our store monthly. That class will teach many basic things that you will need to know and make you more comfortable in our class.
- After I pay for the class what else do I pay for? We pay for your lunches and dinners, breakfast is on your own. The host hotel includes a free breakfast with your stay. The only other fee is your room. Many people try to room together.
- Do we have any free time? Not really, we keep you very busy during the class hours. You do have time before and after the classes. The ranch is a relaxing place to sit and talk after the classes.
- Can we bring our families? Sure, each year many people bring their families, however they are not included in the classes and meals. You may add a person to the meal plan for $60.
- I can only come for two days. Okay, that is fine, although you will still have to pay the full fee, because you are taking up a spot. We only sell a certain amount of tickets to this event, so every spot is used. We've sold out every year.
- I have a question about the event, who can I contact about it? Call Mandy Earnshaw or Gregg Burger at the store, 512-467-7676, they have been at all the PCU events and can answer all of your questions. Or email, Mandy at email@example.com.