Charleston Long Exposure Workshop


  • Charleston SC USA

Join award winning landscape photographers Tommy White and Athena Carey as they explore the incredible South Carolina Coastal region in Charleston, SC. This weekend workshop will take you to the photographers favorites spots for hands on instruction. The workshop will also include digital developing instruction and image editing and review sessions.

Two full days of adventure and long exposure shooting including some of the most spectacular locations in and around the Charleston area. These areas will include a visit to one or more of Charleston’s beautiful Plantations, Botany Bay and several more of our favorite coastal areas. There is something fascinating and soothing about the streaky or still water and the brush stroked clouds that long exposures capture. Come join us to learn all about mastering this unique style. 

Enrollment is limited to 12, so you will receive individual attention to address your particular needs. You’ll learn essential skills throughout the weekend that will enhance your image making in the future. In addition, we have some fantastic sponsors, giveaways and door prizes for all.

What to expect:
A full two days of adventure and long exposure shooting including some of the most spectacular areas in and around the Charleston area.  These areas will include a visit to one or more of Charleston’s beautiful Plantations, Botany Bay and several more of our favorite coastal areas. There is something dreamy and soothing about the misty foamy water and the streaking clouds that captivates. Come join us to learn all about mastering this unique style.

Important:  Hikes can vary in difficulty levels and can reach up to 1 mile or more.  No one knows your condition and fitness level better than you.  If there any doubts, you may contact us at any time to discuss it in more detail.  Your safety is always our highest priority, but accidents do happen.  Helping us by being prepared will ensure you have a safe and productive trip.  If there is any question, check out our individualized sessions, custom designed specifically for you.

Topics we will cover:

  • Basic Camera functions such as:  Shutter, Aperture, Focus, ISO, Exposure Compensation
  • How to read a Histogram
  • Hyper-focal distance
  • The use of filters and filter systems, including Neutral Density, ND Grads & Polarizers.
  • How to read the light and adjust for changing light conditions.
  • How to look for and choose your composition.  Advanced compositions and compositional elements.
  • Using filtration and a timer to achieve the soft dreamy look of longer exposures.
  • Exposure blending to achieve a great Dynamic Range of light.
  • Converting to Black and White
  • Other Post Processioning techniques to include:  image loading, meta-tagging, basic image adjustments, Dodging & Burning, saving your file
  • A basic understanding of Lightroom & Photoshop(advanced techniques will be touched on as needed)

Schedule:

Friday – Arrival

  • Get yourself to Charleston and Check into your Hotel.
  • Clear off those memory cards and charge those batteries!
  • 4pm Meet in the field for introductions and quick get to know each other.
  • Sunset shooting on the beach

Saturday

  • Wake up early!
  • Travel to an awesome location for sunrise.
  • In field hands on instruction.
  • Return to hotel for much needed refueling (food/coffee).
  • Sensor cleaning demonstration.
  • Digital processing discussion and hands on step by step instruction.
  • Food and Snacks will be provided during the afternoon session.

Sunday

  • Wake up painfully early for another sunrise session at a new location(One of our favorites)!
  • In field instruction and hands on guidance.
  • Return to the hotel for breakfast and coffee.
  • Post processing session illustrating more advanced techniques.
  • 11am Wrap-up and closing remarks

Enrollment is limited to 12, so you will receive individual attention to address your particular needs. You’ll learn essential skills throughout the weekend that will enhance your image making in the future.  In addition, we have some fantastic sponsors, giveaways and door prizes for all.

*All locations Subject to weather.
Admission fees for locations will be included with your tuition.
You will be responsible for your food, lodging and transportation.
Limited snacks and water will be provided.

Price: $449