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Advanced Photography - Focus on Landscapes


with Ken Hupila

Calendar Jul 28, 2018 at 10 am

Saturday, July 28, 2018
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Tuition: $50

Ever wondered how some photographers can get such stunning landscape shots that contain a large dynamic range and superb depth of focus in addition to a gorgeous scene? What elements should you be thinking of when planning for your inspirational images? How does light, time of year as well of time of day factor into your work? All questions answered in this workshop!

We will cover lens selection, compositional techniques, hyperfocus, image stacking, useful apps, use of filters, and long exposure photography. 

Workshop will consist of three hours in the classroom and a two-hour field trip to Kawishiwi Falls. That is about a 1/3 mile hike over a hiking trail that is rocky in portions, so wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

This class is intended for the intermediate level photographer and above.

About the instructor: Ken Hupila 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's photography classes at the Ely Folk School have been very popular. He also offers Photographing Wild Orchids, Capturing Fall Colors, and Intro to Photoshop.

Intro to Wet Plate Photography


with Chris Olsen

Calendar Aug 7, 2018 at 1 pm

Introduction to Wet Plate Photography
Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Tuition: $10  Materials: $12

Come join us as we travel back in time 150 years to the early days of photography. This process was introduced in the 1850s, and was at its heyday during the Civil War. It is capable of making both negative and positive images. The collodion process, also known as wet plate, is enjoying a resurgence, and here is your chance to try it without the overhead of getting your own equipment.

Chris suggests bringing an apron or smock since silver nitrate used in the process stains clothes and hands.

About the instructor: Chris Olsen has a degree in history and works as a particle accelerator operator at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Il. He has combined his interest in history and photography by practicing 19th century photography-both tintypes and daguerreotypes-for about 14 years. For the past nine years, Chris has been taking his photography to Civil War reenactments and given demonstrations at schools and living history museums and fairs.

Chris recently started using the wet plate process for backstage photos at concerts as well as astrophotography, is acting as historical consultant for a pitch film, and is writing for the Vatican Astronomy Foundation Blog. Chris has three daughters, and the two older girls are learning the collodion process


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