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Instructor: Ken Halfmann
Dates & Times: Saturdays, May 4, 11, & 18, 2019. May 4 & 18 are classroom meetings from 1 pm to 3:30 pm; May 11 is at Pheasant Branch Conservancy from 3 pm to 5:30 pm.
Location: PhotoMidwest, 700 Rayovac Dr., Suite 212, Madison WI. ADA accessible. Free convenient parking in our adjacent parking. Field trip on May 11 from 3 pm to 5:30 pm at Pheasant Branch Conservatory, Middleton WI.
Class size: minimum of 4, maximum of 10.
Description: This class will be an overview of the nature of landscape photography and techniques to improve the photos you make, from wide vistas to close-ups, natural and urban settings, color and black and white. There are three sessions. The first, on May 4th, is a classroom session of two and a half hours to cover a review of camera techniques, thoughts on composition and lighting, and a bit of history.
I will review exposure controls such as the relationship of shutter speed, aperture and ISO, and how to apply them to various situations, as well as the capabilities of various focal lengths from wide angle to telephoto,. I’ll also discuss rules of composition and factors that influence lighting conditions such as weather, time of day, and the seasons.
We will cover landscape photographers throughout history from the 19th century origins of photography to Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter and more recent photographers such as Gallen Rowell and others who’ve had an impact on the environmental movement.
The second session on the 11th will be an afternoon photo session at Pheasant Branch Conservancy, a location I’m very familiar with. This is scheduled later in the day, from 3 pm to 5:30 pm to afford better lighting conditions.
The third session on May 18th would be a critique of photos made during the field trip or any others that students choose to bring.
Students of this class should have a camera with manual controls and a basic understanding of how to use it. A tripod is highly recommended, although I could have one or two available if needed during the field trip. Class size is no more than ten so I can give sufficient attention to all, especially during the field trip.
Ken Halfmann is an award-winning photographer and a Wisconsin resident for most of his life. An active member of PhotoMidwest since 1998, Ken has exhibited his work in the Wisconsin Arts Board's Department of Administration art gallery, former Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton's offices, the Madison Civic Center, the Elvehjem Museum of Art, and in private and corporate collections throughout the Wisconsin, including the University of Wisconsin Credit Union, with work on display at eight of their locations. In 2007 he was selected as Artist in Residence for the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In February 2018, his most recent exhibit, “Celebrating Water” was shown at the Wisconsin Academy of Science, Arts and Letters Steenbock Gallery.
Ken and his wife Ann live near Lake Mendota in Madison, Wisconsin, where they enjoy canoeing, cross country skiing, hiking and making music.
All student cancellations will incur a $10.00 processing fee, which will be deducted from any refund remitted. Cancellations more than thirty (30) days before the start of the first class session are refundable, less the above processing fee.
Cancellations at thirty (30) to fourteen (14) days before the start of the first class session will result in refunding half (50%) of the fees except for some classes where this is not feasible due to contractual arrangements with the instructor(s) and/or venue. Such exceptions will be noted in the listing of those classes.
Cancellations less than fourteen (14) days before the start of the first class session will result in the loss of all fees. You may arrange to have someone else fill your slot in the class but we must be notified of this substitution as soon as possible. PhotoMidwest will have no involvement in any transfer of funds related to such substitutions. If the slot in the class is not used, we will consider it as a donation to PhotoMidwest and as such, it may qualify as tax deductible.
In the rare case an entire class must be cancelled by PhotoMidwest, all students will receive a full refund. Partial cancellation of a single class session will typically be addressed via a rescheduled session, not a partial refund of fees.
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