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the 2017 Wild Amelia Photography FestivaL

FEBRUARY 25 & 26, 2017 

Develop your nature photography skills with classes at our Photography Festival. 2017 classes are taught by professional photographers at American Beach on Amelia Island, Florida and in Okefenokee Swamp in Folkston, Georgia. There are classes for all skill levels. We look forward to seeing you at the Photo Festival!

Register for Classes

 Saturday, February 25
 American Beach Community Center, Amelia Island

Time: 8:00 am-10:00 am
Cost: $50
Instructor: Lea Gallardo
Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Required Knowledge: None. You do not need to own Lightroom to take this class.
Description: Adobe Lightroom is only ten years old but has become the software gold standard for photography post processing in the digital age. This two-hour class introduces each of Lightroom’s modules with an emphasis on the two main modules, Library and Develop. You’ll see how to use Lightroom to import photos from your camera and make basic adjustments to improve your images. In addition to covering workflow and the basic functions of each module, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of the Lightroom/Photoshop subscription service versus outright purchase. You can bring files of what you thought are hopeless photos.

Time: 10:15 am-11:15 am
Cost: $40
Instructor: Bill Raser
Level: Beginner-Advanced
Required Knowledge: None
Description: There’s an old saying that the best camera is the one you have with you. For most of us these days, that’s our smartphone. Smartphone cameras are technological marvels that can do far more than selfies or family snapshots if you know how. Local professional photographer Bill Raser will show you how to use controls and programs that give smartphones the same capabilities found in Digital Single-Lens Reflex cameras. He will also describe accessories and image processing techniques that give smartphone cameras great image flexibility. You’ll be amazed at the creative, gallery-worthy images these little cameras can produce. Bring your phone and be ready for fun.

Time: 12:15 pm–2:15 pm
Cost: $50
Instructor: John Adams
Level: Beginner-Intermediate
Required Knowledge: Basic understanding of camera controls.
Description: HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and refers to scenes that include both bright and dark elements. It may be the sun reflecting on the water with some dark shadows in the tree lines, or a person standing in front the glare of an open window. Unlike the human eye, cameras (and photographers) require a little extra attention to capturing the full range of light in these scenes. HDR photography is traditionally done by taking multiple photos of the same composition with different exposures, then merging them into a single HDR image. John will cover the complete process from camera technique and control to the finished image, teaching you how to achieve the best photographs you could ever want! No previous HDR experience is required and, by the conclusion, you will be well versed in what HDR is and how to create your own HDR images. John will be giving away one copy of HDR Guru Trey Ratcliff’s Lightroom Preset Pack Bundle! This package includes all of Trey’s Lightroom Presets released up to and including October 2016! See John's bio. Learn more.  

Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $50
Instructor: Lea Gallardo
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Required Knowledge: You need to bring a camera with a PSAM dial (Nikon) and TV/AV/M (Canon) and should already understand and be shooting in either shutter priority, aperture priority or manual exposure mode.
Description: Ok, you've mastered using shutter speed, aperture, and ISO settings but you're still not getting exactly the images you This class will take you through the next level of fine tuning your photos using exposure compensation, focus and metering modes, back button focus, auto ISO and more. You’ll leave feeling more comfortable about adapting your camera and your skills to a greater variety of photographic opportunities and the knowledge of how to get better images in more conditions.

Location: Amelia Island State Park in the Parking Lot
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost: $10 donation
Instructor: Scott Moore
Level: Beginner-Intermediate-Advanced
Required Knowledge: None
Description: Amelia Island State Park, at the confluence of the Amelia River and the Atlantic Ocean, provides a scenic setting for this photo walk where participants will begin by photographing sand dunes and other beach scenes at the base of the bridge on the south end of the island. We’ll keep shooting through the dusk and finish with sunset scenes. The photo walk will last about 90 minutes and include field practice on composing grand landscapes, intimate landscapes and bird photography. Please note the park charges a $2 cash-only entrance fee per vehicle or you may use your state park pass. See Scott's bio.

Sunday, February 26
Okefenokee Adventures, Folkston, Georgia — SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT — Please click the registration button at the top of this page to be put on the waiting list.

Location: Okefenokee Adventures, 4159 Suwannee Canal Rd, Folkston, GA 31537
Time: 7:30-11:30 a.m. Please arrive by 7 am for check-in.
Cost: $65
Instructors: Scott and Dawna Moore, Rick Scott
Level: All Levels
Required Knowledge: None
Gear Requirements: Camera with charged batteries and empty memory cards, wide angle and telephoto lenses, tripod (optional), any other photo gear that you may need, bug spray, water, and snacks. It may be cool in the morning, so dressing in layers is highly recommended.
Description: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, established in 1937 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife, is like no other place on earth, where natural beauty and wilderness prevail. The refuge, about an hour’s drive to Folkston, Georgia, from Amelia Island, conserves the unique qualities of the Okefenokee Swamp. Join a customized boat trip, led by local photographers, into this watery landscape that features threatened and endangered creatures such as the red-cockaded woodpecker, wood storks, indigo snakes and a wide variety of other species. The swamp is world renowned for its amphibian populations and more than 600 plant species. We have teamed up with Okefenokee Adventures for this three-hour long boat tour through the Swamp.

We’ll be meeting at 7 am at the Okefenokee Adventures boat dock with a 7:30 am departure. We will travel along the historic Suwannee Canal through a tangled forest of bay, cypress, pine and shrubs, then out into the open expanse of Chesser Prairie. Local guides will share their knowledge of the swamp’s cultural and natural history, tell interesting swamp stories and identify plants and wildlife along the way. Egrets, herons, ibis, sandhill cranes, red-shouldered hawks, and American alligators, as well as otters are frequently encountered. Sometimes deer or raccoons are spotted, or, when we are really lucky, a bobcat or a bear. Wildlife activity varies with water levels, season, time of day and reasons known only to the wildlife, of course. The swamp scenery is always spectacular. Be sure to bring a camera with charged batteries and empty memory cards, wide angle and telephoto lenses, tripod (optional), bug spray, water, and snacks. It may be cool in the morning, so dressing in layers is highly recommended. We will have instructors on the boats to answer your camera questions and help you see things few others will get to see – and make fabulous photos. The boat tour should run just about three hours. After the boat tour, you can head home or check out the other sites the Swamp has to offer such as the Swamp Island Drive and the historic Chesser Homestead on Chesser Island. Okefenokee Adventures has a great café that serves sandwiches, salads, burgers, and fries. Lunch may be pre-ordered before the boat tour. Please note lunch is not included in the price of the tour. Due to changing water levels the tour may have to be postponed. Okefenokee Adventures will let us know the water levels the week before the tour. See Scott's bio. See Dawna's bio.
For more information check out Okefenokee Adventures website.