Charles Needle Photography

Photography Workshops & Tours

2017 Schedule

Date

    Workshop/Location

Description

 

April 8-9, 2017

 

 

 

 Creative Macro Photography

Master Class

 

Atlanta Botanical Garden

(Atlanta, GA)

 

 

 

 

 

If you're serious about macro/close-up photography, live on the East Coast, and want to delve deeper into the creative process while improving your technique, then this is the workshop for you!

You'll spend the entire 2 days learning special techniques for creating unique, artistic close-up images in a fun, casual but intensive atmosphere.  Charles will share many of his own secrets learned after 10+ years of shooting macro and cover equipment, composition, exposure, fill-flash, special creative camera techniques and more.

 

Part of the time will be spent learning macro techniques and shooting in our private indoor classroom "studio," and the remainder of time will be spent making images in the Atlanta Botanical Garden, home to one of the best orchid collections in the country.  We'll have private, early-morning access to the Garden one hour each day before it opens to the general public.

 

The workshop includes unlimited use of various "props" (such as iridescent/textured glass, fresh-cut flowers, mylar, shells, colored backgrounds, water droplets, glass objects, etc.), group assignments, lectures covering specialized topics, demonstrations, and lots of individualized instruction. Participants will also have the opportunity to have their images reviewed and critiqued via high-resolution LCD projection.

 

Tuition: $895 ($795 for ABG members).  Daily admission into the Atlanta Botanical Garden and handouts included.  Supply fee: $20, payable the first day of class.  Optional discounted parking: $5.00/day.  Workshop hours are 9 am to 5 pm both days. Limited to 12 participants. 

 

Registration deadline: March 17, 2017

 

Register for this class here.

 

Accommodations for out-of-town participants: Springhill Suites Atlanta Buckhead at a special discounted room rate of $95.00 + tax (standard king).  Click here or call 1-888-287-9400 to reserve your room by March 27, 2017 to guarantee the discounted room rate.  (Standard room rates apply after that date.)  Be sure to mention the "Charles Needle Photography Room Block" when calling to receive the discounted room rates.

Contact Charles for any additional questions.

 

 

May 5-14, 2017

BRAND NEW WORKSHOP!

1 REMAINING SEAT!

 

 

 

Impressions of Tuscany

 

with optional extension to Venice & Burano

May 14-18, 2017

 

(Florence & Tuscany, Italy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Charles for an unforgettable journey to the heart of Tuscany during the peak Spring flowering season.  May is one of the best times to visit Italy, as the weather is lovely, the landscape is fresh green, and it is prior to the major tourist season.

The first part of this trip will center on Florence, the capital of Tuscany, the city where the Renaissance began.  It is a living museum of art and culture.  Explore and photograph its gardens, streets and piazzas.

 

A short drive from Florence transports you into the beautiful Tuscan hill towns.  Stay in a country villa amidst the vineyards, followed by a stay in the lovely city of Pienza.  From both accommodations, you will travel to hill towns overlooking the Tuscan landscape.  You'll be among the best-preserved landscapes in Italy, some virtually unchanged since artists depicted them five hundred years ago.

 

The region has large areas of woodlands, interspersed with vineyards and dotted with medieval towns high on hills and ridges.  The quality of light here has inspired generations of artists.  Your journey will explore this glorious land in depth.  Everywhere there is something of compelling beauty, curiosity, and interest — brilliant architecture, classic Tuscan landscapes, the daily life of the people themselves — all providing continuity between past and present.

 

Throughout the week, Charles will over lots of 1-on-1 field instruction and share his expertise in Impressionistic, creative macro and iPhoneography.  There will also be time to relax and have photo discussions.

 

As an added bonus, you'll want to stay on for an optional extension to photograph the picturesque canals of Venice and the nearby colorful island of Burano, May 14-18, 2017.

Package price: $3,895. Early-bird registration by January 1, 2017. Single room supplement: $795.

For more information and to register, click here.

 

 

May 21-27, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monet's Garden in Springtime

 

(Giverny, France)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Charles for a magical week in one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, Monet’s Garden (Giverny, France). During this workshop, you’ll have a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph for an entire week during peak early summertime bloom with NO TOURISTS present...private access! 

Wisteria on Monet’s famous Japanese bridge should be blooming during our stay, as well as many other flowers, such as irises, peonies, poppies, delphiniums, roses, daisies and azaleas.

You’ll gain daily private access to the world-famous Garden and Estate in the early mornings and early evenings, before the Garden opens and after it closes to the public, with “magic hour” light.  Charles will share special techniques he has developed for creating striking, abstract, painterly “Impressionistic” flower and garden images.

Besides Monet’s flowered sanctuary, you’ll photograph the surrounding Normandy countryside blanketed with early summer wildflowers, the Seine River Valley, Village of Giverny with its quaint stone cottages and terraced gardens, the old Norman town of Vernon, two nearby rural villages with charming French country architecture, a 14th century church, and an authentic outdoor French marketplace.

You’ll receive lots of 1-on-1 personalized instruction both in the field and classroom, and there will be plenty of lectures, assignments and supportive group image evaluations.

LAND COST PER GUEST: $3,595.  Early-bird registration deadline: March 1, 2017.  Package price increases to $4195 (double occupancy) after that date.  A limited number of single supplements are also available for $750 each. Limited to 12 guests.

Click here to download a colorful flyer with all the details, including a Booking Form and tentative workshop itinerary.

 

Please contact Charles with any additional questions.

 

 

June 10-11, 2017

 

BRAND NEW

WORKSHOP LOCATION!

 

Creative Macro Photography

Master Class

 

(Orange County, CA)

 

 

 

 

 

If you're serious about macro/close-up photography and want to delve deeper into the creative process while improving your technique, then this is the workshop for you! 

This 2-day class is designed for the more serious photographer who wants to master advanced macro techniques and create more abstract expressive images that go beyond documentary subject rendition. 

You'll spend two days learning special techniques for crafting unique, artistic close-up images in a fun, casual but intensive indoor studio atmosphere.  Charles will share many of his own secrets learned after 10+ years of shooting macro and cover equipment, composition, exposure, fill-flash, special creative camera techniques and more.

The workshop includes unlimited use of various "props" (such as iridescent/textured glass, fresh-cut flowers, mylar, shells, colored backgrounds, water droplets, glass objects, etc.), group assignments, lectures covering specialized topics, demonstrations, and lots of individualized instruction.  Participants will also have the opportunity to have their images reviewed and critiqued via high-resolution LCD projection.

Hours are 9 am to 5 pm each day.  Limited to 12 participants. 

Tuition: $895.  Early-bird registration by March 15, 2017.  $1,395 after March 15th.  Payment in full by check due at time of registration.  Tuition includes all classroom supplies and handouts.  Prepaid fees are refundable, minus a $295 processing fee. We apologize, no refunds after April 15, 2017.

To reserve your spot, please send a check for the full amount, payable to “Charles Needle Photography” at 7725 Gateway, Suite 1401; Irvine, CA 92618-1583. When registering, please include your mailing address, email address and phone number.

The workshop will be held in an Orange County location TBD. For out-of-town participants, a list of nearby accommodations will be available upon request.

Please contact Charles with any questions.

 

 

August 7-11, 2017

 

A FEW REMAINING SEATS!

 

The Brilliant Colors of Butchart Gardens

 

(Brentwood Bay, B.C. - Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Charles for three unforgettable days of arresting beauty in North America’s most dazzling botanical wonder, Butchart Gardens.

As one of the world’s premier floral show gardens, Butchart features 55 acres of awe-inspiring splendor — including a classical Italian Garden, a Japanese Garden, a Rose Garden, a Mediterranean garden, and the dramatic Sunken Garden.  We'll gain special private entry into the Garden each morning, before other visitors arrive!

Treat your lenses to a dazzling display of over 900 varieties of flourishing plants at the peak of summer color. Imagine a Rose Garden with fragrant roses growing over archways and trained along fences, a dramatic Sunken Garden with large expanses of eye-popping annuals and numerous flowering trees, and a Japanese Garden with peaceful streams, ponds and bridges.

You’ll also have the opportunity to hone your macro skills with a palette of blooming flowers, such as Dahlias, Delphiniums, Tuberous Begonias, Fuchsia, Cone Flowers, Roses, Water Lilies, Calla Lilies, Phlox and Peonies.

This workshop includes post-capture classroom lectures, stimulating assignments, and supportive image evaluations. Field instruction emphasizes creative macro, impressionistic, multiple-exposure, and artistic smartphone floral photography.

Tuition: $995.  Early-Bird Registration by June 30, 2017.  $1,095 after June 30th.  Payment in full by check is due at the time of registration. Prepaid fees are refundable, minus a $295 processing fee.  We apologize, no refunds after June 30, 2017.

To register, please send a check payable to “Charles Needle Photography” at 7725 Gateway, Suite 1401; Irvine, CA 92618-1583. When registering, please include your mailing address, email address and phone number.

Accommodations: Best Western Plus Emerald Isle in Sidney, British Columbia. A block of rooms is reserved at a discounted rate of $149.99 Canadian/night + tax (approx. $125 US/night, including tax). To ensure room availability, call 250-656-4441 by June 15, 2017 and mention that you are with the Charles Needle Photography workshop.

Getting there: Daily flights are available into Victoria International Airport (YYJ), a 10-minute drive from the Best Western Plus hotel.

The workshop begins at 7 pm Monday, August 7 and ends at 12 noon Friday, August 11.

Please contact Charles with any additional questions.

 

 

August 17-21, 2017

 

 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

 

iPhone Magic

with Irene Oleksiuk

 

(Seattle, WA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how to craft creative, expressive images using nothing more than your iPhone!

Join Charles and award-winning Chicago-based iPhoneographer Irene Oleksiuk in this fun, educational, 3 1/2 day hands-on workshop in beautiful Seattle, WA. We’ll visit some of Puget Sound’s most photogenic and iconic locations: Pike Place Market, Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, architect Frank Gehry’s EMP Building, Fisherman’s Terminal, Bellevue Botanical Garden and much more.

Charles and Irene will cover some of the technical aspects of smartphone photography — including equipment, accessories, workflow, and printing considerations.

While in the field, Charles and Irene will offer hands-on assistance and demonstrate the use of several helpful shooting apps, including Camera+, Burst Mode, Slow Shutter, Hipstamatic and more.

Then, through “live” demonstrations with each of their phones projected on a screen, Charles and Irene will show you step-by-step methods to help you magically translate your creative vision into pixels. During the course of the weekend, they’ll cover basic editing apps, such as Snapseed and Touch/Retouch, as well as more advanced compositing and masking apps such as Image Blender, Stackables, Filterstorm, Autopainter, Distressed FX, Juxtaposer, and many more.

The workshop includes group assignments, lectures, live classroom and field demonstrations, and lots of individualized instruction. Participants will also have the opportunity to have their images reviewed and critiqued via high-resolution LCD projection.

You’ll leave with an expanded creative vision, new ideas, and all the necessary tools and skills to make artistic, jaw-dropping iPhone images.

Tuition: $995. Early-bird registration by June 30, 2017. $1,195 after June 30th. Payment in full by check is due at the time of registration.  Prepaid fees are refundable, minus a $295 processing fee.  We apologize, no refunds after June 30, 2017.

To register, please send a check for $995, payable to “Charles Needle Photography” at 7725 Gateway, Suite 1401; Irvine, CA 92618-1583. When registering, please include your mailing address, email address and phone number.

All skill levels welcome. (Non-iPhone users may join us as well!) The workshop begins at 7 pm on August 17th and ends at 4 pm on August 21st.  Limited to 12 participants.

Classroom sessions will be held at the Courtyard Seattle Bellevue/Redmond Hotel, about 20 minutes from downtown Seattle. To reserve your room at a special discounted rate of $159/night + tax, please book your room before July 15, 2017 by calling 425-869-5300 or 1-800-321-2211.  After July 15th, room rates are not guaranteed and will likely be much higher.

Please contact Charles with any additional questions.

 

 

 

September 3-9, 2017

 

SOLD OUT!!

 

E-mail Charles to add your name

to the waiting list.

 

 

 

Autumn Impressions in Monet's Garden

with Freeman Patterson

 

(Giverny, France)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Charles Needle and Freeman Patterson for a magical week in one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, Monet’s Garden (Giverny, France). During this workshop, you’ll have a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph for an entire week in early autumn with NO TOURISTS present...private access!

 

Imagine Nasturtiums carpeting the Grand Allée and an explosive, warm Fall color palette consisting of Asters, Dahlias, Cosmos, Rudbeckias and many other trees, plants and flowers. In addition, treat your soul (and lenses) to Monet’s famous water lilies, which may be in their final bloom of the season.

 

You’ll gain daily private access to the world-famous Garden and Estate in the early mornings and early evenings, before the Garden opens and after it closes to the public, with “magic hour” light.

 

Throughout the week, Charles will share special techniques he has developed for creating striking, abstract, painterly “Impressionistic” flower and garden images that express feeling and evoke emotion.

 

Freeman will present illustrated instructional lectures on the language of visual design and help you become fluent, mastering design with the ease of speaking your first language. Primary emphasis will be placed upon seeing and feeling and on learning how to express effectively what you see and feel, as well as the creative process itself.

 

You’ll receive lots of 1-on-1 personalized instruction from Charles and Freeman both in the Garden and classroom, and there will be plenty of lectures, assignments and supportive group image evaluations.

 

LAND COST PER GUEST: $4,795 before April 15, 2017. (Price increases to $5,395 after that date.)  A limited number of single supplements are also available for $750 each. Limited to 12 guests.

 

Click here for a colorful flyer with more details.

 

 

October 22-27, 2017

 

Fall Splendor in Great Smoky Mountains

National Park

 

(Townsend, TN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please contact Charles to be notified when registration opens for this workshop.

 

 

 



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Besides the workshops scheduled above, Charles also conducts personalized classes and portfolio reviews.  See the Instruction Page for details on these programs.





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