instruction based on extensive exposure to surroundings or conditions that are native or pertinent to the object of study.
I have been teaching beginner photography classes to students since 2011. Most of my students found my four hour class to be an overload of information and many forgot what they have learned within the first month. I did not feel it was an effective or fun way to learn photography so I have decided to change gears from teaching a four hour class which only skims the basics of photography to a full three days of immersion at destinations that can provide an experience as well as learning a new skill.
In the three day workshop you will learn photography by listening, doing and absorbing with repetitive activities. You will be challenged on an hourly basis to use what you have learned and to learn new skills based on what you have previously learned. Each day will consist of hands-on learning in an environment that will vary from sunrise to sunset. Students will have the opportunity to photograph landscapes, sunrises, sunsets, waterfalls, flowers, people and wildlife in a structured, non-competitive workshop. My goal is to strengthen and maintain the learning process with a non-stop flow of photography for three full days.
In order to teach someone how to use their digital SLR camera, I first have to teach photography. This is where camera manuals go wrong. Manuals instruct one which buttons to push but don’t tell you why. Manuals also assume one knows photography. The Immersion method teaches the basic building blocks of photography on the first day. Once that is understood, I can teach how to use a digital SLR camera, as a tool, to take a picture. asdfasdfa
Listed below are the Photography Immersion Workshops that are planned for 2018. The fees vary depending on the location. Lodging, meals and airfare are a separate fee from the workshop fee. It is best to plan early for the best rates.
Feb 21-26, 2019
May 17 - 21, 2019
Aug. 9 - 13, 2019
Read what past students have to say:
"Thank you Mary for such an enjoyable workshop. The views were spectacular. From the mountains to the waterfall such a great spot to have a workshop. Each time I take a class I learn a little more about myself & my camera. The Amicalola Falls Lodge was a comfortable place to stay & rejuvenate. Love the view from my room & the restaurant. I wish the restaurant had a little more to offer than a buffet but the food was fine. The group of 7 ladies were a good mix and everyone got along splendidly. I have 7 new friends. So glad I happened upon you in 2016. From the beginner class, personal class & now the immersion class I feel confident enough not to never go back to auto. I will keep my promise!
Thank you & I look forward to many more classes in my lifetime. We are never too old to learn. I look forward to more workshops in my future"
"I want to thank you for a wonderful Amicolola photo workshop. I enjoyed it very very much. As a teacher / leader you were very accomplished, balancing your lessons for all levels with ease. While teaching beginner basics , you were able to keep it interesting and informative for the intermediate photographer.
I have been shooting manual mode for quite some time, the classes were more than a review, as you helped me located and master more features of my camera, good techniques, and great tips. You helped me perfect my settings, and got me started using filters: polarizer and nd filters that take my photos to the next level. My landscape shots, sunrises, sunsets, and waterfalls have all improved. The areas we toured and photographed were wonderful. I now have photos that I can confidently submit to the competitions at the Montreal Camera Club. It was a pleasure spending time with you and the other ladies, new friendships being the added bonus. I look forward to doing another workshop adventure together one day."
Warm regards, Sari
"Your Immersion Photography Workshop at Amicolola Falls was just what was needed to encourage me to create scenes with my camera that I was able to set without defaulting to using automatic. The setting for the workshop provided so many possibilities for photos! Thank you so much for helping me understand my camera and begin to use it effectively."