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  • Compositions in the Landscape (Wilkes Art Gallery)

    Compositions in the Landscape

    When a photographer starts to look at the landscape as their subject, composition quickly becomes a concern.  Nature is chaotic and usually without any particular order.  As photographers, we must learn to create order from chaos and tell a story through our pictures.  This is where composition comes into play.  In this short evening workshop we will focus our time on a very small area of Doughton Park where there so quite a number of compositions available in a very short distance.  We will look at how to choose what is in your composition as well as how to exclude what you don’t really want in your frame.  If we are lucky, there will be some color in the sky at sunset which will give ample opportunity to put what we have learned to use with some potentially great lighting at the golden hour.

     

    What you can expect from this workshop is an informational hike to the location (approximately 1 mile) where I will talk about some of the basics of compositional theory to get you ready to apply it.  Once we are at the location, I will do a quick demonstration of how I set up a composition with the camera and capture an image.  This just gives a basic understanding of the process and provides a springboard for you to start your own compositions.  There will be group instruction as well as individual instruction as the need arises.

     

    Once the sun goes down and everyone is satisfied, we will take the quick hike back to the parking lot while all staying together.  During this hike, we will review what has been brought up during the workshop and clear up any concerns.  By the time you are done here, you will be much better able to see compositions in the landscape and be better able to capture them with your camera.

     

    Please do not attempt to reserve your space here.  Admission is through the Wilkes Art Gallery

    Location: Doughton Park, NC  (Bluff’s Lodge near the picnic area, MP 241 Blue Ridge Parkway)

     

    Date: Saturday, May 1, 2021

     

    Duration:  5pm-8pm

     

    Cost: $100.00 per person (Admission is only payable through the Wilkes Art Gallery)

     

    Limit: 10 Participants (Please refer to the Wilkes Art Gallery for availability)

     

    COVID Announcements:  Due to Federal mandates, social distancing will be observed and masks will be worn while on the Blue Ridge Parkway

     

    Transportation: Driving conditions will be on paved roads but carpooling is recommended.

     

    Facilities:  Unfortunately, the picnic facilities here are closed until later in May

     

    Meals:  Feel fee to bring a snack

     

    Fitness Level: Easy to moderate hiking, mostly through an open meadow.  Look for a mile hike to the location and a dusk mile hike back to the parking lot.

     

    Gear: Water, flashlight, charged batteries, memory cards, lenses, tripods, polarizers and/or ND Grad filters are suggested.  I will have limited filters from Singh-Ray to try out during the day as well.  We will be outside so dress for the weather, keeping in mind that Doughton Park is usually colder than you think it will be this time of year.

     

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    Note: Participants should have a working knowledge of their equipment for this workshop.  Bring manuals for any specific operating questions to your particular model. If you need filters, be sure to visit www.Singh-Ray.com and use KISER10 at checkout for a 10% discount on your order.

     

    Contact Me: [email protected] or call at 336-681-0220 for any questions about this workshop.

    $100.00
  • Decay Photography Presentation

    Bird’s Nest

    This is a presentation that has been created to share some of my process in finding my decay subjects as well as how I shoot them.  I have geared the presentation to last approximately an hour and it is suitable for photography clubs, class rooms, and other special interest groups.  I can do this presentation in a webinar environment or in person at your meeting location.  In order to schedule this presentation, please contact me by phone (336-681-0220) or email ([email protected]) to discuss your specific needs.  I can tailor this presentation to fit different time frames as well depending on your needs.

    $0.00
  • Evolution of Style Presentation

    Appalachian Spring

    This is a presentation that has been created to show the progression of my photographic style through the years.  While it sounds like this is just a highlight real of my photography, it is really designed to get you thinking about how your own photography has developed over the years.  I have geared the presentation to last approximately an hour and it is suitable for photography clubs, class rooms, and other special interest groups.  I can do this presentation in a webinar environment or in person at your meeting location.  In order to schedule this presentation, please contact me by phone (336-681-0220) or email ([email protected]) to discuss your specific needs.  I can tailor this presentation to fit different time frames as well depending on your needs.

    $0.00
  • Introduction to the Art of Photography Presentation

    We’ve all been there…We have a new camera and we aren’t really sure how to make it work to capture the images that we see online and in books.  This one is a little different than my other presentations since it was originally designed for a classroom setting lasting for about four hours.  The content of the presentation covers concepts like a basic introduction to your camera, how to get proper exposure, how to focus your camera correctly, how to compose your images, and even goes into a little bit of detail on things like lighting and lens choice.  There is a lot to be covered here, but by the end of the class you will be ready to step out of the Auto Mode and create the images that you are seeing in your mind with your camera.

     

    I can do this presentation in a single day, or I can break it up over the course of several different sessions in order to fit your needs.  I am happy to do this as a webinar series or in person at your location.  In order to schedule this presentation, please contact me by phone (336-681-0220) or email ([email protected]) to discuss your specific needs and potential costs associated with this presentation.

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  • One-on-One Instruction

    Personal Photography Teaching, One-on-One Instruction

    Do you have questions about how to improve your photography, but you are finding it difficult to sift through all the various information online?  Maybe you don’t have time to commit to a traditional classroom instructional setting, but you do want to learn more about your craft.  That is where the popular option of personal photography instruction comes into play.  Allow me to tailor instruction to address what you want to learn.  This can be in a home, office, or out in the field (preferred).  I will be able to help you quickly grasp the concepts and execution of the areas of photography that you want/need to learn in this personalized approach.

    I am happy to do these sessions with individuals, as well as small groups.  For groups of three or more, I will typically ask for an additional $10/person but this is dependent on the nature of the instruction.  To prepare for these sessions, I will need to know exactly what you are wanting covered or are having difficulties with and what type or types of cameras you are using so I can do my own homework on features of the tools being used.  Don’t worry if the session goes a little longer than agreed as I am very lenient with my hours.

    **Don’t purchase this through the website until we have had a chance to discuss your needs and expectations.  In most cases, this will be a payment upon services rendered situation**

    One-on-One Personal Instruction Rates (Local to the Foothills of NC)

    • $75/hour for Basic, Advanced, Composition, and Lighting Concepts
    • $550 for a full day session of 8+ hours
    • Travel expenses may apply beyond 50 miles from Purlear, NC

    What are my clients saying?

    “Greg Kiser has an incredible gift for photography and bringing that gift to life and teaching others.  I had been looking for some one on one instruction to increase my skill and Greg did an amazing job.  The best thing about Greg is that he takes a keen interest in understanding the top things that you want to learn during your lesson, whether it is gear or techniques–he knows it all!  He also makes lessons fun.  He is so incredibly passionate about photography that I caught the bug even more than I had before.  He is incredibly detailed and thoughtful in how he plans his lessons with you and you feel that every moment of your lesson was crafted especially for you in mind, which it was.  My lesson with Greg will not be my last.  He is friendly, skilled and makes the learning process the best one could hope for.  Thank you Greg!”

    –Sandra via Facebook

    Read a blog account of a full day session here.

    $75.00
  • One-on-One Lightroom Instruction

    Personal Photography Teaching, One-on-One Instruction

    Do you have questions about how to improve your post processing skills, but you are finding it difficult to sift through all the various information online?  Maybe you don’t have time to commit to a traditional classroom instructional setting, but you do want to learn more about your craft.  That is where the popular option of personal photography instruction comes into play.  Allow me to tailor instruction to address what you want to learn.  This can be in a home, office, or through a Skype session online.  I will be able to help you quickly grasp the concepts and execution of post processing that you want/need to learn in this personalized approach.

    I am happy to do these sessions with individuals, as well as small groups.  For groups of three or more, I will typically ask for an additional $10/person but this is dependent on the nature of the instruction.  To prepare for these sessions, I will need to know exactly what you are wanting covered or are having difficulties with.  I will need a RAW image or two that you are wanting help with processing along with what your vision is of the scene.  This gives me an idea in the direction that you want the image processed.  We will go through the steps needed to get the image as close to your vision as possible.  I am also happy to use one of my images as well as a demonstration.  Don’t worry if the session goes a little longer than agreed as I am very lenient with my hours.

    **Don’t purchase this through the website until we have had a chance to discuss your needs and expectations.  In most cases, this will be a payment upon services rendered situation**

    One-on-One Personal Instruction Rates (Local to the Foothills of NC)

    • $99/hour for Lightroom instruction as it applies to image processing
    • Travel expenses may apply beyond 50 miles from Purlear, NC
    $99.00
  • Order a Print

    Purchasing art is a very personal choice which makes the typical “add to cart” option a little difficult in many cases.  I offer a wide variety of print sizes as well as media to fit your decorating needs.  For simplicity here, I have reduced the choices down to a handful of sizes and two basic types of media which are all stocked in house.  All prints will be printed to roughly these dimensions depending on the aspect ratio of the image.  Please be aware that if you order a panoramic print through these basic options, they will be printed with preference given to the long size and the height will be significantly smaller in comparison.  If these options don’t fit your needs, please consider a special order option which would include larger print sizes, metal prints, and canvas prints, as well as a variety of art paper.  I am happy to discuss options, and special orders with you either by phone (336-681-0220) or by email ([email protected]).

     

    Product Update:  Free shipping is now included on all prints

     

     

    Please carefully enter the title of the photograph that you are wanting in the box below to make sure you get the correct print.

    $30.00$100.00
  • Photography in Our Own Backyard Presentation

    Out in the Barn

    This is a presentation that has been created to inspire other photographers to spend some time close to home and become an expert in the locations that they might not otherwise think about.  I have geared the presentation to last approximately an hour and it is suitable for photography clubs, class rooms, and other special interest groups.  I can do this presentation in a webinar environment or in person at your meeting location.  In order to schedule this presentation, please contact me by phone (336-681-0220) or email ([email protected]) to discuss your specific needs.  I can tailor this presentation to fit different time frames as well depending on your needs.

    $0.00
  • Self Awareness Through Photography Presentation

    “Shadowed Ridge”

    This presentation started out years ago for a therapy group which helped victims recover from domestic violence.  Since that time, I have adjusted the direction of the presentation to illustrate how photography has helped me through mild PTSD.  We will spend a lot of time discussing how photography can be a great creative outlet for emotions, and can also be used to determine your own current state of mind.  In this presentation, I will ask for a lot of interaction from the group and it is very much geared for an educational setting in its current form.  The presentation usually lasts for just under an hour and a half at full length, but that can be adjusted for your needs.  I can do this presentation in a webinar environment, but for the full effect it is recommended to be done in person at your location.  In order to schedule this presentation, please contact me by phone (336-681-0220) or email ([email protected]) to discuss your specific needs.

    $0.00
  • Spring Decay Workshop

    Outlawed Restorations

    Are you interested in “Decay Photography?”  Maybe you just enjoy automotive photography with a touch of rust?  Either way, I’ve got you covered!  Are you a hobby shooter looking to expand your skills, or a seasoned enthusiast who is wanting to try out this type of photography?  Whether you are still learning the basics, or wanting to try some creative techniques, this is the workshop for you.  I am equally as happy to show somebody how to read a light meter as I am showing them how to compose an image, or to shoot a long exposure.  We will discuss and put into practice the concepts of exposure, focusing, composition, and lens choice.  We will also talk a great deal about filter choices for this type of photography.  The benefit to having the workshop at Outlawed Restorations is that we don’t have to worry about whether or not we will have access to the property which is so important in this type of photography.  I have worked it out with the property owner to have the full day workshop here at his rat rod workshop which has a plethora of different areas where we can find great compositions to practice on.  We will talk at length about how to find your own subjects and the legalities of photographing this type of subject.  As a follow up to this field workshop, I will have a short (1-2 hour) online Lightroom demonstration at another time agreed on by the participants where I will show some of the basics of what the software can do as well as some of the techniques that I use to edit my own decay images.  My goal is to make you a better photographer in this genre.

     

    Location: East Bend, NC  (address to be given out to participants by email)

     

    Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021

     

    Duration:  Full day from 8am until 5pm

     

    Cost: $200.00 per person (a portion of this will go to the property owner for the use of this location)

     

    Limit: 8 Participants

     

    COVID Announcements:  We will go with whatever state recommendations are at the time of the workshop including, but not limited to face masks and social distancing where possible

     

    Transportation: Driving conditions will be on paved roads but carpooling is recommended due to somewhat limited parking.

     

    Facilities:  Unfortunately, there are no restrooms available at this location.  There is  fire station a short distance from the shop which can be utilized.

     

    Meals:  There will be a lunch break, and you can either pack a lunch (recommended), or there are a limited number of restaurants in the area.

     

    Fitness Level: This is a relatively flat property, but good quality shoes are recommended as there will be some possibility of standing in tall brush for certain compositions.

     

    Gear: Food, drinks, charged batteries, memory cards, lenses, tripods, polarizers and/or ND Grad filters are suggested.  I will have limited filters from Singh-Ray to try out during the day as well.  We will be outside so dress for the weather and be prepared for very little shelter from the sun.

     

    www.singh-ray.com
    Remember to use the code KISER10 to get 10% off your purchase

     

     

    Note: Participants should have a working knowledge of their equipment for this workshop.  Bring manuals for any specific operating questions to your particular model. If you need filters, be sure to visit www.Singh-Ray.com and use KISER10 at checkout for a 10% discount on your order.  Also bring lots of questions as to what you are wanting to learn.  As the host of a workshop, I don’t want to override your own personal creative choices without an invitation.  This is your workshop, and I am here to help you become a better photographer.

     

    Contact Me: [email protected] or call at 336-681-0220 for any questions about this workshop.

    $200.00
  • Spring Landscape Workshop (Blue Ridge Parkway)

    Doughton Park, Blue Ridge Parkway (NC)

    The Blue Ridge Parkway is a favorite among landscape photographers in the Eastern Part of the US. The Parkway goes for a total of 469 miles and in that distance, you can find mountain scenes, waterfalls, fields, and fences. For this workshop, we will be starting out at Doughton Park which is at milepost 241.1 in Laurel Springs, NC. This will be a sunrise workshop, so plan on being at the rally point well before sunrise.  Depending on the weather, we might shoot waterfalls, intimate landscapes, or grand landscapes. There are opportunities for any and all of these types of images. There are facilities at the park which might be open, however, food should be brought in to avoid having to travel into neighboring towns for options. We will shoot for the full day depending on weather conditions. If they are favorable I plan on staying until sunset as long as there is interest in the group. While this workshop starts at Doughton Park, we will go where the light takes us. There are many places along the Blue Ridge Parkway which are fantastic to shoot at this time of year.

     

    There will be demonstrations of my workflow early in the morning for those who wish to follow along, and I will repeat this process as needed through the day.  My focus, however, will be assisting the participants in capturing their own images through the day.  This is a very participant centered workshop and one that is designed to address learning opportunities on an individual level as well as a group level.  Areas that I plan to cover will include finding the composition, establishing proper exposure, the use of filters, and focus.  This workshop is perfect for those that are wanting to hone the skills associated with landscape photography no matter your experience level.  This will be a workshop focused on the capture of the images with your camera.  Post processing will be discussed briefly through the day, and there will be a follow up Lightroom demonstration done at a later time online in relation to the workshop at no additional cost.  I will use one of my own images as a demonstration for what Lightroom can do, and some tricks that might help you out in your own photography.

     

    Location: Doughton Park, MP 241.1 on the Blue Ridge Parkway

     

    Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021

     

    Duration: Full day starting around 5:00am at the park.  We will go as long as there is interest.  I will be available until after sunset.

     

    Cost: $200 per person

     

    Limit: 6

     

    COVID Announcement:  We will practice social distancing as much as possible and masks will be used in accordance with current state recommendations.  This is an outdoor workshop with plenty of room to work.

     

    Lodging:  This will be the responsibility of the participant.  There are hotels in the area, but also consider camping within the park as RV and tent sites are available.

     

    Appropriate For:  This workshop is geared to be an educational experience, so whether you are a beginner or enthusiast, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn during the day.  If you have any specific concerns as to whether or not this workshop is right for you, please allow me to assist you in your decision.

     

    Transportation: Driving conditions will be mostly on paved roads, and there will be parking available along the Blue Ridge Parkway, but it is encouraged to carpool to minimize impact as well as to get to know each other.

     

    Facilities: There are restrooms at Doughton which might be open by this point.  However, as we explore beyond Doughton Park, facilities are few and far between.

     

    Meals:  This will be a full day workshop, and there are no eating establishments along the Parkway.  You are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch, or several snacks for the day. We will be close to the vehicles for much of the day so you can leave any food in there for safe keeping.

     

    Fitness Level:  There will be some light hiking at the beginning of the day, and through much of the morning as we move around Doughton Park.  From there, most of the movement will be in vehicles along the Parkway.  Be prepared to walk up to two miles along easy trails with stops along the way for photo opportunities.

     

    Note: Participants should have a moderate working knowledge of their equipment for this workshop, but beginners are still welcome.  This is a landscape workshop so there will be opportunities for wide angle shots as well as tight telephoto shots.  Bring manuals for any specific operating questions to your particular camera model.  A tripod is recommended with all landscape photography because of the narrow apertures needed for depth of field.  Polarizers and ND grad filters will be a great help for this workshop.  If you need filters, be sure to visit www.singh-ray.com and use “KISER10” at checkout for a 10% discount on your order.  I will have a workshop kit available from Singh-Ray so you can try out an assortment of filters as the needs arise.  Also, make sure that your batteries are charged and you have plenty of memory card space as this will be a long day.

    www.singh-ray.com
    Remember to use the code KISER10 to get 10% off your purchase

     

    Contact Me: [email protected] or call at 336-681-0220 for any questions about this workshop.

    $200.00