Willow Creek Photographic Workshop, 2016
16 March 2016
We are opening up registration for the
Fall 2016 Willow Creek Photographic Workshop!
Dates: September 20-25, 2016
Location: Willow Creek Ranch, Kaycee, Wyoming
Here is the Willow Creek Ranch Website:
Here is a link to the fall 2013 participant’s work.
Here is a link to my website:
$1500.00 All inclusive
. Includes workshop, meals, snacks, and lodging when at Ranch, and airport-ranch-airport transportation.
Payment in full is required to reserve your spot.
You can pay by check or use your credit card, or Paypal.
Nearest airport is in Casper, WY, about 2 hours from the Ranch.
We provide transportation from Casper, to and from the Willow Creek Ranch, in order to avoid people having to rent cars. As your travel schedules become
firm, please email me your travel information so I can start working on the logistics.
Other airports in the area are Sheridan, WY, ( 2 hours),
and Billings, MT, (3 ½ hours, comes through Sheridan).
Workshop arrival and departure time
Attendees can aim to arrive at the workshop between 12-6 p.m.
Since travel logistics can vary, please check with us with your plans so
that we can accommodate and know when to expect everybody.
On the final day of the workshop, attendees can leave that night,
although most will choose to leave the next morning.
Some folks will fly into Casper the day before, spend the night in a hotel, and get picked up around noon on the workshop arrival day.
What skill level do I need to be ?
All levels of skill are welcome, from beginners to pros.
You just need to love taking pictures. Because of the amount of time we have, there will be plenty of one-on-one time available for guidance with both
shooting and post processing.
What equipment do I need to bring?
Bring what you have. Don’t make the mistake of being over-encumbered with photo-gear. If you have a second camera, even a point and shoot, bring
that. It is always nice to have a backup camera.
Cameras and lenses are not bomb-proof! Since you will be hours
away from the nearest camera store, plan ahead!
Here is a list of equipment suggestions:
: Important to bring several batteries. I suggest at least two.
If you are shooting and checking your screen all day,
you will go through a lot of power.
: Very important
: Memory is inexpensive. You don’t want to run out of this,
although many will be downloading to their laptops if they
choose to bring them, which is recommended.
Not an absolute must, but nice to have.
Something small but stable is fine.
-Cable Release: Not an absolute must, but nice to have.
: A Polarizing filter is useful. There are two types of polarizing
filters: linear and circular. For digital cameras you need the
(sadly more expensive) circular type.
-Laptop: Not necessary, but really nice to have.
One of the advantages of using a digital camera, is that you
will be able to shoot and then download your work, edit it,
and then we can discuss what worked and what didn’t,
and head out the next day, armed with your new-found knowledge.
I use a Mac, with Photoshop and Lightroom. Some people have used Ipads.
There are some free or inexpensive photo-editing programs available for downloading.
: I am more interested in the process of seeing,
shooting and thinking
than teaching you how to manipulate
images using the various software that is available.
At the same time, depending on your needs and desires,
I am happy to teach you, and will share with you, some of the methods I use.
I will at least, get you comfortable and moving in the right direction.
For those thinking about photo editing software, you can now get the
full-on Photoshop set-up for a low monthly fee. I find the new
Photoshop monthly subscription, to be a wonderful deal.
The basic package includes Adobe Bridge and Adobe Lightroom.
The price ranges from $10-$20 a month.
And you can check out this link
Adobe Photoshop Elements PC/Mac, ($70.00) and
Adobe Lightroom, ( $150.00) are both really great tools.
-Thumb or external hard drive. Great for moving files from
your laptop to the workshop computer that we will be using to look at,
and edit your photos with.
-Pencils paper, etc. Take lots of notes!
-Manual(s) for Camera
Hat/Sunglasses/Comfortable walking shoes/layers! /
at least one warm coat (it is Wyoming. You never know).
Average June and September temperatures range from
74 during the day to 42 at night. Think about bringing a small flashlight,
sun block, bug spray, and the like. In the fall of 2013,
we had beautiful, dramatic weather, it rained one night,
and on the last day we woke up to 6” of snow, which made for
some great photography opportunities. It was an unusual early snow.
In contrast, in 2014, we had hot and dry weather. As I said, it is Wyoming!
Make sure you bring your CAMERA MANUALS.
These can be the original booklet, or downloaded on your
computer from going to the manufacturers web site, and
typically, looking under “Support”. I have copies of various
manuals everywhere, including my laptop, Ipad, and cell phone.
You never know when you might hit the wrong button and
lock up your overly complicated camera.
Spouses and friends:
To accompany the workshop members, you need to pay the full workshop fee.
The Willow Creek Ranch is not a ranch with hot tubs/TV/golf course
and so on. It is a great place to relax, think, read, write, and enjoy the great outdoors.
Payments, Cancellations, and Refunds:
There are no refunds for cancellations thirty (30) days or less prior to departure.
A fifty percent (50%) tuition refund will be given for all cancellations 31 days or more only if we can fill your spot.
There are NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS POLICY, even for medical emergencies.
WPW STRONGLY RECOMMENDS TRIP INSURANCE to protect you in the event of an unexpected situation that prevents you from attending the workshop.
Refunds may be used as credit toward a future workshop.
There are several cabins, and rooms in the main bunkhouse,
where you will be eating your meals. There are always beverages
and snacks available, and if we head out for the day, picnic lunches
will be provided. If you want to bring beer, wine, spirits,
we will make a stop at the liquor store on the way to the ranch.
Willow Creek Ranch also has three camps, complete with tents
already set up, large fire pit, and Chuck wagon. Willow Creek Ranch
supplies all the bedding, food and even a musician! It’s pretty cushy.
We have the option of spending a night or two at one of these,
where we can photograph the cowboys and horses at first and last light.