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Capturing Fall Colors
with Ken Hupila
Sunday, September 29, 2019
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Be a part of an autumn tradition in the North Country – observing and photographing fall color! This class will provide a one hour orientation on techniques and equipment utilization while in the field. We’ll then take our gear into the Superior National Forest and look for numerous vistas, unique perspectives, cozy vignettes and macro work. With luck we may come across some forest critters as a bonus!
Bring lunch, camera and gear; manual, all lenses, tripod, remote release, circular polarizer (if you have it), and rubber boots. Dress for the weather.
About the Instructor: Ken Hupila has been chasing wildlife around and enjoying the outdoors in northern Minnesota for over 60 years. He took his first wildlife image in 1964 and has been working on his craft ever since.
Chasing Northern Lights
with Greg Ash
Saturday, April 27, 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Tuition: $20 Materials: $5
Have you asked yourself, “How can I shoot those cool Northern Lights photos I see on Facebook? What setting should I use on my DSLR? How do I know when and where I should go?” In this classroom setting, you will learn those answers with many tips and tricks to the trade as we explore this beautiful phenomenon. Students should bring a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera with a 24 mm or smaller lens.
About the instructor: Greg Ash is a self-taught Aurora chaser and enjoys the chase! He has also taught at the Duluth Folk School.
Deep Space Astrophotography
with Richard Willits
Saturday, May 4, 2019
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Astrophotography is a specialized type of photography for recording photos of astronomical objects, celestial events, and areas of the night sky. In this digital age we can take images of the night sky from our backyard that only a few years ago required a university-grade telescope and a trained staff. This is the golden age of astroimaging.
This class is an overview of what is possible and a place to get you started. We will cover the types of telescopes and cameras that can be used, the telescope mounts needed to track the sky when necessary for long exposure, and you will learn how to connect your camera to a telescope. You will also learn how to connect a camera to a laptop computer to make focusing and long exposures, if necessary, easier.
Northeastern Minnesota is one of only a few places in Eastern US were we can still see the Milky Way. If you are not afraid of the dark, this is a perfect place to see and photograph the night sky.
About the Instructor: Richard Willits "When I first tried this, I used a small telescope which my son bought when he was twelve. He now is a member of AARP. The telescope had good optics and worked fine. After retirement I got a larger telescope with a mount and searched the sky. One night, I connected my camera to the telescope and saw those things that were just out of my reach. I posted my first astroimage on my 70th birthday, five years ago. I find astrophotography fun and exciting and I want to share the experience with anyone willing to listen.”
Richard is a retired HVAC technician, steamfitter, and pipe welder. He taught technical classes at St. Paul Technical College Extension for 35 years.
Introduction to Adobe Lightroom
with Les Conrad
Tuition: $60 Materials: $10
Saturday, April 27, 2019 9:00 - 12:00
Sunday, April 28,2019 9:00 - 12:00
This class is for any photographer who wants to make their photos look better. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this class will help you to better understand Adobe’s popular photography editing program Lightroom. All photographers need to organize, edit and share their photography. Lightroom can do it all...well, almost all.
Whether you photograph your family and pets, close ups, landscapes, flowers, animals, or lakes and rivers, Lightroom can be used to manage and improve your images.
This is a hands-on class. We will explore many of the most important tools in Lightroom. Key topics include but are not limited to Import, Organize and Rank photos, Basic Editing Tools, Advanced Editing Tools, Lightroom Workflow, Adding Watermarks, Exporting Photos, and much, much more.
No experience with Lightroom is needed. Learning will be enhanced if you are able to bring your computer with Lightroom installed. There will be plenty of time for your questions. I’ll provide sample images to work on
About the instructor: Les spent much of his working career teaching photography to adult non-photographers. He has taught photography seminars from one hour long to five days long. He has taught a two-day session at the International Wolf Center as well as presented an “Editing Your Aurora Images” session at the Aurora Summit 2017 in Two Harbors. He knows how to simplify explanations, using real world examples so that all learners understand the content.
Les says, “The night sky never ceases to amaze me. We are very lucky to live with some of the darkest night skies around!” Les is a local artist/photographer who focuses on the beauty of the natural world around us. Les spent his working life photographing portraits of people. Once retired, Les moved north to the Echo Trail. He currently focuses his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife and landscapes with particular attention to the night sky.
Nature Writing: Spring in the North
with DyAnne Korda
Nature Writing: Spring in the North
Saturday, May 18, 2019
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Of all seasons, spring is the one that honors life’s regenerating power. Set aside a day at Ely Folk School near the Boundary Waters to spur your imagination and awaken dormant creativity. In a supportive group circle, you will generate written pieces through reading, discussion and free-flow, nature writing exercises. The class will focus primarily on the early stages of the writing process and include time to reflect and share. Weather pending, we may take a short walk, so dress appropriately.
About the instructor: DyAnne Korda is a poet and experienced writing instructor. She’s been published in many journals including The Wisconsin Academy Review and is author of Path of Belonging, Between Moon & Creek, and Finding the Lost Woman. She was awarded a grant through The Donald G. Gardener Humanities Trust to complete her book, This Earth Woman. Two of her poems were recently broadcast on KAXE radio’s Wordish program.
with Ken Hupila
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
8:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Within just a few miles of Ely, approximately 31 species of wild orchids can be found, and Ken knows where to find them. This class will give the weekend's students more time in the field, as well as others who have a good understanding of their camera and want to join in the fun. Bring a camera (DSLR preferred), the manual, all lenses, tripod, and a bagged lunch.
Every season is a bit different, due to weather, but during the chosen weekend (in various years), I have photographed stemless ladyslippers, ramshead ladyslippers, large yellow ladyslippers, showy ladyslippers, hooker’s orchid, early coralroot, spotted coralroot, arethusa (dragon’s mouth), northern green orchid, large round-leaved orchid, and small purple-fringed orchid.
About the instructor: Ken says, "I live in northern Minnesota and have been interested in photography since I won a box camera at a carnival when I was six. The last couple of years have finally seen an opportunity when finances and free time have allowed me to begin playing with the interest. I have been taking nature shots and sport photos for awhile and am just beginning to play with studio photography."
Ken has also taught other digital photography classes at the Ely Folk School and has more to come in July, September, and November.
with Johnnie Hyde
Saturday, May 25, 2019
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tuition: $40 Materials: $3
Spring is a great time for wild salads- nutritious and delicious greens and flower parts abound. There are also fiddlehead ferns and marsh marigolds for cooked vegetables. In this class we’ll go hunting for these wild foods, learn about some others that aren’t yet ready for harvesting, and return to the school to cook up a small snack.
Come prepared to go outside.
About the Instructor: Johnnie Hyde worked as an Outward Bound instructor for canoeing, winter dog sledding, camping and has guided private trips into the Boundary Waters. She has also worked as an EMT and a firefighter with the US Forest Service.
Star Trails and Night Sky Photography
with Les Conrad
This is a two-day class. (Please note the different times on each day.)
Saturday, May 4, 2019 6:00 PM-10:00 PM
Sunday, May 5, 2019 12:30 PM-2:30 PM
Tuition: $60 Materials: $10
This class is for any photographer who looks up at the night sky in amazement and wants to capture its beauty. Whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer, this class will teach you how to photograph the night sky and how to photograph and create star trails images.
This is a hands-on class. We will review equipment needed and photography procedures as well as post-production techniques. Weather permitting, we'll go out in the field and photograph the night sky and star trails. On day two, we’ll work with the files from the night before to create our own night sky images. If the weather does not cooperate (cloudy), I’ll provide everyone in the class with a set of files from one of my star trails photography sessions. If possible, bring your computer, we’ll create a number of star trails images right in class.
What is needed? A DSLR or mirrorless camera with wide angle lens, sturdy tripod, and headlamp (with red light option). Star trails requires you to capture a number of consecutive images. An “in camera” or external intervalometer is required. If you have a laptop, bring it along for the post production editing. Adobe Lightroom and StarStax is strongly recommended.
About the instructor: Les Conrad spent much of his working career teaching photography to adult non-photographers. He has taught photography seminars from one hour long to five days long. He has taught a two-day session at the International Wolf Center and presented an “Editing Your Aurora Images” session at the Aurora Summit 2017 in Two Harbors. He knows how to simplify explanations, using real world examples so that all learners understand the content.
Les says, “The night sky never ceases to amaze me. We are very lucky to live with some of the darkest night skies around!” Les is a local artist/photographer who focuses on the beauty of the natural world around us. He spent his working life photographing portraits of people. Once retired, Les moved north to the Echo Trail. He currently focuses his lenses and attention toward nature, wildlife, and landscapes with particular attention to the night sky.