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‘Nature in Winter’ photography workshop

Photographer Carl Heilman to lead outdoor lesson

January 19, 2012
Adirondack Daily Enterprise

TUPPER LAKE - Carl Heilman will lead a "Nature in Winter" photography workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Wild Center.

Winter in the Adirondacks is a unique time, and offers endless possibilities for the nature photographer. With potentially extreme weather conditions, winter can be the most challenging physically, but it also offers the greatest diversity of photographic opportunities.

This experiential nature photography workshop is designed around a full day of photography, so there will potentially be considerable diversity in the lighting conditions. The group will be working with whatever the lighting is that day to decide when, where, and the types of scenes we'll be photographing.

The morning will begin with an introduction that includes visuals and camera technique information plus some time for questions.

The afternoon will be spent in the field, working with various photography techniques and equipment.

Field photography will focus on lighting and composition, including working with wide angle, macro, telephoto, and panoramic nature photography techniques.

While the photo techniques will apply to both digital and film photography, working with a digital SLR camera will offer the opportunity for image critiques during the photo shoots as well as offering more shooting options. Sunset will be at 4:55 p.m., so depending on the weather conditions, the group might be photographing until just after 5 p.m. or so on The Wild Center's campus and possibly car-pooling to nearby locations. The Wild Center will provide snowshoes at no extra charge or people can bring their own.

Heilman enjoys working with all levels of photographers. Once registered, particpants will receive an equipment list for more information on what to bring.

Particpants are asked to be prepared to be outdoors for three to four hours in winter weather.

Cost of the workshop is $125 for Wild Center members or $138 for non-members. Registration is required.

To register for the workshop, contact Sally Gross at 518-359-7800 ext. 116 or by email at



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