July 14th – 17th, 2016
Instructors: Jeff Greene & Sharon Levy
– Capture the striking beauty of Durango and Southwestern Colorado during this intensive four-day photography & video workshop with digital photography professionals Jeff Greene and Sharon Levy Freed. Photographic highlights include the world famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Mesa Verde National Park, mountain bikers, 1800’s mining town Silverton, CO, and much more…
Photographic Opportunities – Four full days of photographic instruction and photo sessions in Durango and Southwest Colorado. Lots of opportunities to capture, with stills and video, the history, culture, and color of the great American Southwest.
Photographic highlights include:
• The World-Famous Durango & SilvertonNarrow Gauge Railroad
The workshop fee includes round-trip passage on the steam train from Durango to Silverton which will take us through some of the most dramatic and spectacular scenery in the Rocky Mountains. Photograph the raging Animas River, the famous “High Line”, and beautiful Aspen groves on our way to the historic mining town of Silverton. You’ll have the option of taking the afternoon train back to Durango, or join us by van as we drive back to Durango on the Million Dollar Highway through Molas Pass and stopping at several locations on the way to photograph Colorado’s famous 14,000′ peaks. During the week we’ll also visit several strategic spots where the lighting, background scenery, and position are ideal to capture some ‘pass-by’ photos of this historic train.
• Night Photography at the D&SNG Roundhouse & Turntable
A very rare and exclusive photo opportunity! Our group will have a private photo session in the train yard where the D&SNGRR crew will pull out a locomotive under steam onto the roundtable so you can capture unique images of these historic and fully-restored engines …at night!
• Mesa Verde National Park
This World Heritage site is dedicated to preserving the ruins, culture, and artifacts of the 1400 year-old ‘Anasazi’ tribe. We’ll visit numerous cave dwellings and ruins, including world famous Cliff Palace House and Spruce Tree Ruin.
• Old Town Durango
We’ll spend some time exploring Durango’s historic downtown and visit the First Avenue neighborhood with it’s charming Victorian homes, the Strater Hotel, and the railroad depot. There are nice shots to be had along the Animas River as it runs through town and, if we’re lucky, we might even capture a few kayakers taking practice runs through the challenging Smelter Rapids course.
• Silverton, Colorado
Located at 9,318′ elevation in the heart of the San Juan Mountain’s high country, Silverton was established back in 1874 as a silver mining camp and still retains much of it’s old-timey rustic charm. We’ll spend a few hours here after the morning train ride and photograph the charm, history, and artifacts of this quaint and picturesque 1800’s mining town. • Mountain Bikers Photograph the fast-moving action of world-class mountain bikers as they ride down scenic stretches of Durango bike trails. We’ll discuss best practices for stopping the action as well as how to use flash to capture peak moments. …with additional opportunities to be announced soon.
The Durango Downtown Inn will serve as our base and we have negotiated a group room rate for workshop attendees.
During the week you’ll learn the basic and advanced techniques regarding exposure, lighting, and composition. We’ll answer all your questions about lens selection, exposure, video capture …even flash! Finally, we’ll help you tie it all together so that you’ll be capturing professional quality photos and videos that you can proudly showcase in your portfolios, slideshows, and online galleries.
This workshop includes:
- Four full days of expert photography instruction, tips, and techniques.
- Round-trip fare on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.
- Guided photo excursions to the most scenic photo sites in Southwest Colorado.
- Van transportation to all photo sites.
- Informal evening discussions about Photoshop, Lightroom, and video editing
- All entrance fees and permits
- Signed model releases from all exclusive photo sessions. (TBD)
- Airport/Hotel transfer to Durango/La Plata County airport
Use PayPal to secure your reservation with a $300 deposit .
A PayPal account is NOT required to make a payment. Simply choose the credit card option.
About the Instructors…
Jeff Greene is a veteran professional photographer with over 30 years of experience in photojournalism, and landscape & nature photography. Jeff’s award-winning photos and digital imaging articles have been featured in many publications, including; American Photo, Outdoor Photographer, PC Photo and Digital PhotoPro magazines.
Denver native Sharon Levy Freed is an Emmy Award winning television news photojournalist who specializes in capturing DSLR video and audio and then creating compelling and entertaining video shorts. Jeff and Sharon have taught hundreds of workshops all over the world and infuse their instruction with expertise, anecdotes, and a healthy dose of humor. Attendees will gain a deep and comprehensive understanding of the visual concepts of action, landscape, and nature photography with hands-on instruction in the field during the day and optional video and workflow tutorials in the classroom during photographic “downtime” in the evening.~
Contact Jeff Greene directly:
Phone: (805) 441-7258
Cancellation Policy: Fees are fully refundable, less a $95 service fee, up to 60 days before the first day of the workshop. After that, fees are non-refundable unless a replacement can be found to take the spot.