Charles Needle Photography

Nature Photography Workshops

2016 Schedule

Date

    Workshop/Location

Description

 

May 11-12, 2016

 

 

 

 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: $995 ($975 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: April 15, 2016

 

Register for this class here.

 

Accommodations for out-of-town participants: Courtyard Marriott - Atlanta Midtown/Georgia Tech at a special discounted room rate of $171/night + tax (standard king) or $181/night + tax (standard queen).  You must reserve your room by April 19th by clicking here.  Standard room rates apply after that date.

Contact Charles for any additional questions.

 

 

May 13-14, 2016

BRAND NEW WORKSHOP!

 

 

 

Georgia Aquarium

with Marvin Price

 

(Atlanta, GA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Go behind the scenes for a rare opportunity to photograph inside one of the largest aquariums in the world: The Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, GA.

The Georgia Aquarium features thousands of animals, representing species from the five world oceans and fresh water environments. In all, the Georgia Aquarium contains more than 10 million gallons, including the 6.3 million gallon Ocean Voyager exhibit. Among the notable species we’ll photograph are: whale sharks (the size of large school buses!), beluga whales (up close and personal from a large ballroom window), manta rays, bottlenose dolphins, sea dragons, jellyfish, octopus, sea otters, seahorses, penguins and tropical fish.

This hands-on 1 1/2-day workshop begins with an introductory lecture the evening of May 13th (6:00 pm - 8:00 pm). Award-winning underwater photographer, Marvin Price, and Charles will cover topics such as: equipment considerations, camera settings, lighting, white-balance adjustments, dealing with reflections and refractions, creative composition ideas, aquarium macro photography, and post-processing tips.

Then, the following morning (May 14th), we’ll gain exclusive, private access to photograph inside the Georgia Aquarium from 7:30 am to 9:00 am, before it opens to the public and then photograph at the Ocean Voyager & Beluga Ballroom windows before they are open to the public at 10:00 am.

After lunch, you’ll be given the opportunity to prepare images for an afternoon image evaluation session back in the classroom using a high-resolution LCD projector.

Charles’ teaching partner, Marvin Price, has volunteered at the Georgia Aquarium since before it opened in 2005. He has lectured extensively on underwater photography and photographing in aquariums and leads VIP tours throughout the Georgia Aquarium. An avid marine life and aquatic photographer, Marvin has captured underwater life in the Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Mexico and Cayman Islands.

Tuition: $250. Early-bird registration by April 15, 2016. $350 after April 15th. Payment in full by check is due at the time of registration. Prepaid fees are refundable, minus a $100 processing fee. We apologize, no refunds after April 15, 2016.

To register, please send a check payable to “Charles Needle Photography” at 601 Promontory Dr E; Newport Beach, CA 92660-7457. When registering, please include your mailing address, email address and phone number.

Tuition does not include admission to the Aquarium. (Ticket prices are $32-36 per person + tax.) A “to bring” list and other logistical details will be provided to each registered participant.

Hours: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Friday; 7:30 am - 4:00 pm Saturday.

Classroom sessions will be held at TBD. For out-of-town participants, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Courtyard Marriott - Atlanta Midtown/GA Tech at a discounted rate of $171/night + tax (standard king) or $181/night + tax (standard queen).

Please contact Charles with any additional questions.

 

 

June 5-11, 2016

 

SOLD OUT! 

 

(Space still available in

June 12-18 session.

See below.)

 

 

 

Monet's Garden in Summertime

with guest lecturer, Dewitt Jones

 

(Giverny, France)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Charles and Dewitt Jones for a magical week in one of the most beautiful gardens in the world.  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.

As an added bonus, this year’s workshop will include Dewitt Jones and his wife, Lynette Sheppard, as guest lecturers.

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: $4,795.
A limited number of single supplements are also available for $750 each.
Limited to 12 guests.

 

Click here to download a colorful flyer and Booking Form with all the details.

 

Please contact Charles with any additional questions.

 

 

 

June 12-18, 2016

 

SOLD OUT!

 

Monet's Garden in Summertime
 

(Giverny, France)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Charles Needle 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 25, 2016.  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.

 

Please contact Charles with any additional questions.

 

 

August 18-21, 2016

 

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-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: $695. Early-bird registration by June 20, 2016. $895 after June 20th. 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 20, 2016.

To register, please send a check for $695 (if before June 20th), payable to “Charles Needle Photography” at 601 Promontory Dr E; Newport Beach, CA 92660-7457. 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 18th and ends at 12 noon on August 21st.  Limited to 12 participants.

Classroom sessions will be held at the Hampton Inn and Suites Bellevue Downtown — Seattle, about 20 minutes from downtown Seattle. To reserve your room at a special discounted rate of $179/night + tax, please book your room before July 15, 2016 by clicking here.

Please contact Charles with any additional questions.

 

 

August 24-25, 2016

 

Creative Macro Photography

Master Class

 

(Bellevue, WA)

 

 

 

 

 

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 14 participants. 

Tuition: $895.  Early-bird registration by June 20, 2016.  $1,395 after June 20th.  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 June 20th.

To reserve your spot, please send a check for the full amount, payable to “Charles Needle Photography” at 601 Promontory Dr E; Newport Beach, CA 92660-7457. When registering, please include your mailing address, email address and phone number.

The workshop will be held at The Coast Bellevue Hotel in Bellevue, WA (about a 20-minute drive from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport).

Accommodations for the weekend are available at The Coast Hotel and can be booked by calling 425-455-9444.

Please contact Charles with any additional questions.

 

 

 

August 29-Sept. 2, 2016

 

 

 

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: $895.  Early-Bird Registration by June 30, 2016.  $995 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, 2016.

To register, please send a check payable to “Charles Needle Photography” at 601 Promontory Dr E; Newport Beach, CA 92660-7457. 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. $126 US/night, including tax). To ensure room availability, call 1-800-315-3377 by June 30, 2016 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 29 and ends at 12 noon Friday, September 2.

Please contact Charles with any additional questions.

 

Oct. 9-14, 2016

 

Nova Scotia

with Photoshop guru, Mark S. Johnson

 

(Peggy's Cove, NS - Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bluenose Coast of Nova Scotia is a canvas of colors and light, especially at the peak of autumn foliage. Join Mark Johnson and Charles Needle for a week of magnificent maritime image-making.

 

You’ll be captivated by quaint, picturesque fishing harbors, salty sea air, surging surf, blazing fall-colored maples, pristine tidepool reflections, and fog-bound, misty mornings.

A few of the subjects you will discover include colorful old-world fishing boats, serpentine fishing nets, salt-washed hanging pot buoys, old wooden lobster traps, weathered buildings with lichen-encrusted rooftops, tall autumn grasses, spectacular displays of surf and spray, and the 44-foot tall Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse—one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world.

 

The breathtaking seaside community of Peggy’s Cove is so rich with textures and colors that it resembles a Hollywood set. Along our route, we’ll also explore quiet, protected inlets where multi-generational fishermen still row their dories out to sea. Other South Shore stops include the towns of Lunenburg and Shelburne, Mahone Bay and Kejimkujik Seaside National Park.

 

In addition to field instruction, you will experience post-capture classroom lectures, stimulating assignments, and supportive image evaluations.

 

Tuition: $1,895 (early registration by June 17, 2016.) $1,995 after that date. Special discounted room rates at Oceanstone Seaside Resort in Peggy's Cove, NS.  Limited to 12 participants.

 

To register, please send a check for $1,895 (before June 17, 2016), payable to “Charles Needle Photography” at 601 Promontory Dr E; Newport Beach, CA 92660-7457. When registering, please include your mailing address, email address and phone number.

 

Click here to download a colorful flyer with all the details.

 

Please contact Charles with any additional questions.

 

 

 



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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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