Charles Needle Photography

Nature Photography Workshops

2014 Schedule

Date

    Workshop/Location

Description

 

March 24-28, 2014

 

  Creative Macro Photography
 

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

(Santa Fe, NM)

 

 

How can you take your close-up photography to a whole new level and create more abstract, expressive images that go beyond documentary subject rendition?

Using a wide variety of techniques in a controlled studio environment both indoors and outdoors on a nearby patio, Charles show how you can capture beauty in ordinary objects and make unique, artistic images that reflect your creative vision without a lot of fancy equipment, lighting or technical proficiency.

Enjoy unlimited use of a wide variety of "props" to add to your creatve toolbox: iridescent glass, clear textured glass, colorful backgrounds, mylar, fresh-cut flowers, potted plants, shells, light-box, glass objects, feathers, glycerin, black lights, multi-colored LED flashlights, color reflectors, diffusers and more.

Topics covered include: close-up equipment (including specialized close-up accessories), shooting water droplets and reflections, creative lighting techniques, how to achieve striking compositions, soft-focus macro, telephoto and wide-angle macro and cross-polarization.

The workshop blends entertaining lectures, challenging assignments, supportive image evaluations, and lots of hands-on shooting opportunities.

Tuition: $1,195, plus $70 materials fee.

Click here for more information and to register.

 

 

April 20-28, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keukenhof Tulip Gardens &

Highlights of Holland

co-taught with Keron Psillas
 

(The Netherlands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Charles and professional photographer (and former assistant to Art Wolfe) Keron Psillas for an unforgettable journey to one of the most beautiful gardens in all of Europe, Keukenhof Gardens.

Keukenhof, the world's largest spring bulb garden, features a dazzling 79-acre display of 7 million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other bulbs in a stunning park-like setting. Under Charles and Keron's personalized expert guidance, you'll photograph for

two and a half days in the gardens and feel like a kid in a technicolor candy store! 

 

Through supportive image evaluations, lectures, field demos, and lots of 1-on-1 field instruction, Charles and Keron will teach you how to improve your garden and flower photography, with special emphasis on creative macro and impressionistic camera techniques.

 

In addition, during the week, you'll also have the opportunity to photograph: nearby tulip fields in early-morning fog (weather permitting), Amsterdam (day and night), historic windmills, The Hague, and Kinderdijk, an extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring 19 historic windmills inspired by 18th-century Dutch painters.

 

An all-inclusive package price of $3,795 covers 8 nights of accommodations in Leiden, all breakfasts, a Welcome Lunch and Farewell Dinner, garden entrance fees (including a Spring Pass to Keukenhof), several museum passes, workshop tuition, and ground transportation during the workshop.  A single supplement is also available for $700.  (Airfare, airport transfers, lunches, some dinners, and optional travel insurance are not included.)  Limited to 12 participants.  Deposit of $2,000 due upon registration before March 15, 2014.  Remaining balance due in full April 1, 2014. 

To download a colorful PDF flyer with more details, including a Booking Form and tentative workshop itinerary, click here.

Early-bird registration deadline: March 15, 2014.  After March 15, 2014, price increases to $4,295 (double occupancy).

Please contact Charles with any questions.

 

 

May 4-11, 2014

 

 

 

Monet's Garden in Springtime

 

(Giverny, France)

 

 

 

Journey to the heart of Impressionism in this weeklong workshop in the charming French village of Giverny and surrounding countryside.  A rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph for an entire week during peak springtime bloom in one of the most beautiful, enchanting gardens in the world 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, daisies and delphiniums.

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 spring wildflowers, the Seine River Valley, Village of Giverny with its quaint stone cottages and terraced gardens, the old Norman town of Vernon, an 18th-century water mill in a bucolic setting, a medieval chateau and gardens, 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.

An all-inclusive package price of $3,995 covers 7 nights of accommodations in Giverny, all breakfasts, a Welcome Lunch and Farewell Dinner, garden entrance fees, workshop tuition, and ground transportation during the workshop.  A single supplement is also available for $675.  (Airfare, airport transfers, lunches, some dinners, and optional travel insurance are not included.)  Limited to 12 participants.  Deposit of $2,000 due upon registration before March 31, 2014.  Remaining balance due in full April 15, 2014. 

To download a colorful PDF flyer with more details, including a Booking Form and tentative workshop itinerary, click here.

Early-bird registration deadline: March 31, 2014.  After March 31, 2014, package price increases to $4,595 (double occupancy).

Please contact Charles with any questions.

 

 

June 14-15, 2014

 

Creative Macro Weekend Master Class

The 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-day weekend 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.

The workshop begins Saturday morning at 8 am and ends Sunday at 4 pm.  Limited to 14 participants. 

Tuition: $895 ($875 for ABG members).  Daily admission into the Atlanta Botanical Garden and handouts included.  Supply fee: $25 payable the first day of class.  Optional discounted parking: $5.00/day.  Registration deadline: May 15, 2014.

Accommodations for out-of-town students: Courtyard Marriott - Atlanta Midtown/Georgia Tech.  To reserve your room at the special group discounted room rate of $119 per night + tax, call the hotel directly at 404-607-1112, or Marriott Reservations at 1-800-321-2211 before May 15, 2014.  Please be sure to mention you're with the "Charles Needle Photography" group to receive the special room rate.

Register for this class here, or call the Atlanta Botanical Garden at 404-876-5859, ext. 2555.

Contact Charles for any additional questions.

 

 

July 20-25, 2014

 

SOLD OUT !!

 

E-mail Charles to add

your name to the

waiting list.

 

 

The Brilliant Colors of Butchart Gardens

co-taught with Photoshop guru,

Mark S. Johnson


 
Butchart Gardens

(Brentwood Bay, B.C - Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Charles and national Photoshop expert, Mark S. Johnson, for an unforgettable week 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.


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 Delphiniums, Tuberous Begonias, Fuchsia, Cone Flowers, Water Lilies, Calla Lilies, Phlox and Peonies.

 

In addition to Butchart, we’ll visit Vancouver Island’s most charming and historic city, Victoria, with its signature 1,600 hanging flower baskets, bustling inner harbor, time-honored Fairmont Empress Hotel, and illuminated Parliament building.

The workshop includes post-capture classroom lectures, stimulating assignments, and supportive image evaluations. Field instruction emphasizes creative macro, impressionistic, multiple-exposure, high dynamic range (HDR), artistic Smartphone, and architectural photography.

 

Tuition: $1,595 Early Registration by April 7, 2014.  $1,695 after April 7, 2014.  A $595 deposit check is due at the time of registration. The remaining balance is due by June 20, 2014.

 

To register, please send a check payable to “Charles Needle Photography” at 211 Kirkland Ave., Suite 503, Kirkland, WA 98033-6408. 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 $128 Canadian/night + tax. To ensure room availability, call 1-800-315-3377 by April 7, 2014 and mention that you are with the Charles Needle and Mark S. Johnson Photography workshop.

 

Contact Charles for any additional questions.

 

August 10-16, 2014

FILLING FAST - ONLY

2 REMAINING SPOTS!!l

 

Glacier National Park Tour
 

(East & West Glacier, MT)

 

 

Known by its well-deserved title, "Crown of the Continent," Glacier National Park is one of the most breathtaking natural areas on the North American Continent.  With stunning snow-covered peaks, calm emerald lakes and cascading natural waterfalls surrounding you everywhere, you'll know you have landed in a truly majestic and magical place.

 

Charles will guide you through both the eastern and western sections of the park.  The famed "Going to the Sun Road" will be an integral part of our journey.  All along the way, you'll have the opportunity to photograph towering rugged peaks, glacial lakes and rivers, cascading waterfalls and meadows teeming with wildflowers. You'll likely also have a chance to treat your lenses to grizzly and black bears, moose, mountain goats and big horn sheep.

 

We'll begin our journey on the west side of the park and end on the east side.

 

This is a tour, which means there will be no formal instruction.  However, Charles will be available throughout the week to answer questions, offer tips and suggestions, and demonstrate various techniques in the field.

 

Tuition: $1,500 Early Registration by May 31, 2014.  $2,000 after May 31, 2014.

 

To register, please send a check for the full amount, payable to “Charles Needle Photography” at 211 Kirkland Ave., Suite 503, Kirkland, WA 98033-6408. When registering, please include your mailing address, email address and phone number.

 

It is important to register early for this tour, as there are a limited number of rooms available at this time of year.  Please mention you are with the "Charles Needle Photography Workshop."

 

A block of rooms has been reserved at Glacier Highland Resort for the nights of Aug. 10-12. Please call 1-800-766-0811 ASAP to reserve your room at the discounted rate of $95-130 per night + tax, depending on room type.

 

A second block of rooms has been reserved at St. Mary Lodge and Resort for the nights of Aug. 13-15.  Please call 406-892-2525 ASAP to reserve your room at the discounted rate of $198-299 + tax per night, depending on room type.

 

Contact Charles for any additional questions.

 

 

August 25, 2014

 

 

Creating Evocative Flower & Garden Photos  

The Bloedel Reserve

(Bainbridge Island, WA)

 

 

 

 

Making great pictures of flowers and gardens requires skill and patience.  Learn how to craft a truly great garden photograph and capture the essence or "spirit" of your garden using a digital camera.  Charles will discuss the concept of "intimate landscape" and teach tips for proper exposure, composition and lighting.

You'll also have the opportunity to explore several methods of making painterly, non-literal images in-camera: camera movement, multiple-exposure montaging, Lensbaby, long exposures, and shooting reflections.

This fun and informative class includes lecture, field demonstrations, and personalized hands-on instruction in the beautiful Bloedel Reserve, an internationally renowned 150-acre nature preserve and garden located on Bainbridge Island, WA.  The Reserve is closed to the public on Monday's, so we'll be able to photograph with private access.

Bloedel is a hidden Northwest treasure featuring aunique blend of natural woodlands and beautifully landscaped gardens, including a Japanese Garden, a Moss Garden, Reflection Pool, and the Bloedel's former estate home.

Bring your camera & instruction manual, lenses & tripod (if you have them), memory cards, spare batteries and knee-pads.  All skill levels are welcome.

Class fee: $160 for members, $180 for non-members, which includes admission into the Reserve.  We apologize, no refunds after June 30, 2014.  Class hours: 8:00 am to 5:15 pm.  Limited to 20 participants.

To register for this class, please call the Bloedel Reserve at 206-842-7631.  More information, click here.

Optional nearby accommodations at the Best Western Bainbridge Island Suites at a discounted room rate of $99 + tax.  Please call 206-855-9666 to reserve your room by June 30, 2014.

Please contact Charles with any questions.

 

 

 

September 6-7, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creative Macro Weekend Master Class
 

(Bellevue, WA)

 

 

 

 

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

This weekend 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 creating 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 July 31, 2014.  $1,395 after July 31, 2014.  Payment in full by check due at time of registration.  Tuition includes all classroom supplies and handouts.

To reserve your spot, please send a check for the full amount, payable to “Charles Needle Photography” at 211 Kirkland Ave., Suite 503, Kirkland, WA 98033-6408. When registering, please include your mailing address, email address and phone number.

The workshop will be held in a meeting room at The Coast Bellevue Hotel.  If you are traveling from out of town, you may wish to stay at The Coast Hotel and can reserve your room by calling the hotel directly at 425-455-9444.

Please contact Charles with any additional questions.

 

 

October 15-18, 2014

 

 

Autumn Color in the Portland Japanese Garden

(Portland, OR)

 

 

 

 

Treat yourself and your lenses to rich hues of red, gold and amber at the peak of autumn color in one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, the Portland Japanese Garden.

 

This workshop offers the unique opportunity to shoot in the Garden on three consecutive mornings from 8 to 10 am before it opens to the public, along with regular garden hours.

 

Treat your lenses to five different types of tranquil gardens surrounded by stunning Japanese maples erupting in brilliant reds: a flat garden, strolling pond garden, tea garden, natural garden, and sand & stone garden.

 

Charles is a renown professional garden photographer and author, who will share tips on creating compelling garden photographs 1-on-1 in the field and classroom. 

 

Emphasis will be placed upon making beautiful compositions that incorporate elements of visual design, such as line, shape, color and texture.  The workshop will also cover more advanced impressionistic camera techniques, such as: Multiple-Exposure Monet, Soft-Glow Montage, Composite Montage, shooting reflections, and creative camera movement.  Assignments and supportive group image evaluations will also be included.

 

The workshop begins at 7 pm Wed, Oct. 15 and ends at 12 noon Sat, Oct. 18.

 

Tuition: $975, which includes a 1-year Photographer Membership to the Garden (a $155 value).

 

Accommodations: TBD

 

Click here to register, and for more information.

 

 

 

Oct. 25 - Nov. 1, 2014

SOLD OUT !!

 

E-mail Charles to add

your name to the

waiting list.

 

 

  Fall Color in California's Wine Country

co-taught with Mary Louise Ravese

Napa Valley & Sonoma, CA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn transforms California's wine country with the striking pattern of hillsides covered with vineyard rows resplendent in shades of gold and red.

Join Charles and acclaimed photographer, Mary Louise Ravese, for a weeklong workshop exploring the renowned Napa and Sonoma valleys during peak Fall color.

 

Excite your senses with an itinerary that will satisfy your visual and creative interests, your appetite for gourmet cuisine and your thirst for some of the best wines in the world.

 

During this full weeklong workshop, we'll gain exclusive access to private vineyards and wineries. Unique shooting opportunities will also include: vineyard and olive grove landscapes, close-ups, architecture, dramatically-lit wine caves, still life food and wine, and abstract impressionism.

 

In addition to your time shooting in the field, there will be lectures, assignments and supportive image feedback sessions, so you can improve your picture-making along the way.

 

Tuition: $1,849.  Early-bird registration by July 31, 2014.  $1,949 after July 31, 2014.

 

Accommodations: A block of rooms is being held at a special rate for workshop participants at The Holiday Inn Express & Suites Napa Valley in nearby American Canyon, CA.  Rates are $119/night + tax (king or 2 queen beds), or $125/night + tax (queen suite with refrigerator & microwave).  Room rates include breakfast.

 

To register online for this workshop, and for more details, click here.

 

Contact Charles for 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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