Instructor: Paul Johnson
$85 / $75 for ABF Members
Join us for an expedition to photograph some of the unique and beautiful places along the western edge of Anza-Borrego. For this trip we will visit the slopes of the San Ysidro and Laguna Mountains and the valleys and canyons at the base of those mountains. Scenery will vary from giant granite boulder piles to elegant cottonwood trees to backlit cholla cactus, and many other things in between. There will be two objectives in this 2 day class. The first will be to learn to see the way the camera sees – and pick out the portions of a scene which will make a good image. The second objective is to learn the techniques for capturing those views so that the final image has the impact, beauty and/or drama that you experienced at that moment. The trip is open to anyone, with any type of camera, who wants to learn how to produce quality photographs. However, some of the techniques to be discussed will apply primarily to those who have adjustable, interchangeable lens cameras. The level of instruction will presume that participants have read their owner's manual recently and have a working knowledge of how to operate their camera. If you are at an entry level or are a little rusty on camera operation be sure to sign up for the optional classroom sessions on Friday afternoon.
The optional Friday class (3 to 5 PM and 6:30 to 8:00 PM) will be presented in a classroom setting and will offer basic instruction in how a camera works and how to use the controls to capture exactly what you want in the photograph. Subject matter will cover basic exposure (f stops and shutter speeds), depth of field, use of different lenses, recognizing good photographic light, and composition. This course will focus on field photography and camera-handling techniques, and will not cover post-processing or photo editing.
There will be an optional sunrise trip on Saturday morning to a nearby overview, departing at 5:45 AM.
Vehicles: The trip will not require four-wheel-drive vehicles although we will drive on several rough, dirt roads. If 4x4 or high clearance vehicle is available it would be recommended. There will be several short (not over 1 mile) hikes in uneven, rocky terrain. Total driving distance will be approximately 85 miles.
Bring: lunch, plenty of water, and layered clothing. Since this trip will be in November, be prepared for cold weather. Bring whatever equipment you normally carry on a photo trip, to include one or several lenses, backup memory card and battery, polarizing filter and tripod if available. Make sure you have all the parts to securely attach the camera to the tripod.
Meet: ABDSP Visitor Center Flagpole