Photography

ADVANCED DSLR TECHNIQUES: GETTING MORE OUT OF YOUR DSLR CAMERA
Pedro Lastra

This class is for those who want to learn the more advanced features of their DSLR. Pedro Lastra will cover the following advanced functionalities of DSLR cameras: when to use RAW format vs. JPG; how to manage your white balance options and auto focus options; how to use external flashes and light modifiers effectively; how to use your camera’s TTL meter to control multiple dedicated external flashes and balance ambient and artificial lights to create professional results. We will cover how to use your histogram to maximize your image quality and how to manage your lens aperture and focal length to accomplish different aesthetic effects. The class will focus on cameras made by Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Leica. Please bring your camera and manual with you to class. The recommended textbook for this class is the National Geographic Field Guide to Photography: Secrets to Making Great Pictures by Caputo and Burian.

6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (evening session)
Section A:
Thursdays, January 10 – 17 (two sessions)
Registration deadline: Thursday, January 3
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (morning session)
Section B:
Wednesday/Thursday, February 20 and 21 (two sessions) SECTION B SOLD OUT
Registration deadline: Wednesday, February 13
6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (evening session)
Section C:
Mondays, April 29 – May 6 (two sessions) Registration deadline: Monday, April 22
Fee per section: Member $60; Non-member, $80

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY AT SUNSET IN EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK
Pedro Lastra

Experienced photographers won’t want to miss this opportunity to photograph birds during the enchanting hour of sunset at Anhinga Trail in the Everglades. Join photography instructor, Pedro Lastra, as he takes you on a very special photo shoot of egrets, herons, ibis and raptors as they actively forage for their last meal of the day and roost for the night. Weather permitting, you will see the sunset illuminate the Everglades ecosystem at the Anhinga Trail (Royal Palm). This class is not for beginners and will involve a good deal of walking. Cameras and lenses with telephoto capabilities, as well as a sturdy tripod, are required. Please bring water and wear appropriate, comfortable clothing and walking shoes. The Park’s entrance fee will be waived with registration and a map will be provided.

3:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Section A:
Saturday, January 12 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, January 4
Section B: Saturday, March 2 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, February 22
Fee per section: Member, $40; Non-member, $60

HOW TO USE AND MASTER YOUR POINT-AND-SHOOT DIGITAL CAMERA
Pedro Lastra

Learn how to capture the best pictures with your point-and-shoot digital camera in this comprehensive intro class. After a brief review of the history of cameras and photography, the class will focus on the point-and-shoot models of Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony, Panasonic and Leica. Pedro Lastra will guide students as they discover the basic functions and particular features of their cameras. You will learn how to set resolution, use exposure modes and auto focus and practice using your LCD monitor to compose your image effectively. You won’t believe how much you will learn about your new camera in such a short time. Please bring your camera and manual to class.

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Section A:
Tuesdays, January 15 – 22 (two sessions) SECTION A IS SOLD OUT
Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 8
1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Section B:
Tuesday/Wednesday, February 26 and 27 (two sessions) SECTION B IS SOLD OUT
Registration deadline: Tuesday, February 19
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Section C:
Mondays, April 8 – 15 (two sessions) Registration deadline: Tuesday, April 2
Fee per section: Member, $65; Non-member, $85

PHOTO SAFARI AT ZOO MIAMI
Pedro Lastra

Learn the skills and tricks needed to create successful wildlife images in this interactive photo safari! In this class students will cover the basic skills and equipment needed to capture images of animals in the wild. The class will visit several of Zoo Miami’s 60 exhibits and cover basic composition techniques as well as lightning and exposure. This class requires a telephoto or zoom with a minimum focal length of 200mm for your SLR. Lenses that can reach 300mm or 400mm are recommended. If using an advanced point and shoot camera, you will need a lens with at least 15X zoom capacity. Zoo Miami is a large zoo, and students will have to walk and stand for long periods of time. Students should wear comfortable shoes and clothing, as well as carry a water bottle, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses.

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Section A:
Friday, January 18 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, January 11
Section B: Friday, February 22 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, February 15
Section C: Friday, March 22 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, March 15
Section D: Friday, April 12 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, April 5
Fee per section: Member, $75; Non-member, $105

PHOTOGRAPHING THE SUNSET/MOONRISE DURING THE MAGICAL HOUR AT FAIRCHILD
Pedro Lastra

Here is your chance to photograph Fairchild during that magic hour of sunset as the winter’s full moon highlights the evening sky. This class affords you the opportunity to benefit from Pedro Lastra’s expert instruction in photographing the Garden by moonlight. A very sturdy tripod and a camera with interchangeable lenses or a point-and-shoot camera with close-up settings and user adjustable settings are strongly recommended. You may bring either film or digital cameras. Students should be 18 years and older. The class is not for beginners; therefore, there will be no basic camera instruction given. It will involve a great deal of walking, so please wear appropriate shoes and clothing. Students should bring along insect repellant, a flashlight and water. Class takes place rain or shine.

5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Section A:
Wednesday, January 23 (one session) Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 16
Section B: Monday, February 25 (one session)
Registration deadline: Monday, February 18
Fee per section: Member, $45; Non-member, $75

PHOTOGRAPHING THE WINTER SUNRISE AT FAIRCHILD
Pedro Lastra

Come along with us and sharpen your photography skills as we venture into a wonderfully crisp Florida morning to photograph Fairchild’s spectacular garden setting. This early morning class will offer you the opportunity to photograph the Garden’s environment dramatically lit by the rising sun. Participants will receive instruction and demonstrations on photographing outdoors in the early morning natural light, choosing your subject and creating attractive compositions with your camera. You will focus on visual expression and the technical understanding of photography techniques that capture our landscapes. Time spent in the field will be geared toward the aesthetic challenge of moving from documentation to interpretation in your photographs. You may bring either film or digital cameras. Instruction will be tailored to your individual level, whether beginner or advanced.

6:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, January 19 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, January 11
Fee: Member, $45; Non-member, $80

PHOTO EDITING AND SHARING WITH YOUR iPAD
Pedro Lastra

As an owner of the iPad 2 or 3, you will find that there are endless apps available for photo editing and sharing. Among these are social network apps like Facebook, or editors like Photoshop Express, Snapseed, Filterstorm and Perfect Photo. Learn how to manipulate images, add filters and produce new works of art to share with family and friends. In preparation for this class, students will download and install Photoshop Express, Snapseed and Filterstorm.

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Section A:
Tuesday/Wednesday, January 29 and 30 (two sessions)
Registration deadline: Tuesday, January 22
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Section B:
Tuesdays, March 5 – 12 (two sessions)
Registration deadline: Tuesday, February 26
6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Section C:
Mondays, May 13 – 20 (two sessions)
Registration deadline: Monday, May 6
Fee per section: Member, $65; Non-member, $85

MORNING BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY AT SHARK VALLEY (EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK)
Pedro Lastra

Experienced photographers will not want to miss the opportunity to photograph the Everglades in the morning. Join photography instructor, Pedro Lastra, as he takes you on a very special photo shoot of egrets, herons, ibis and raptors as they actively seek out their first meal of the day. This class takes place at Shark Valley, about 20 minutes west of the Miccosukee Indian Gaming Casino on Tamiami Trail.

8:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, February 2 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, January 25
Fee: Member, $40; Non-member, $60

PHOTO-TASTIC: CHILDREN HAVING FUN AND LEARNING THE BASICS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Diana Peña

Parents, do you have children ages 9 to 12 who are interested in taking photographs? During this two-session class, students will learn how to use the most essential functions of a “Point-and-Shoot” camera while playing in the Garden and acquiring a love of nature. Diana Peña, Fairchild’s Elementary Program Assistant, will gently guide the children while they learn the basics of balance along with contrast and sharpness entailed in the art of capturing the real life image. While playing and learning, they will build their own album of photos using the various modes and functions of their cameras. Their Phototastic album will be the center of attention on your coffee table at home. Materials list provided upon registration.

10:00 a.m. to noon
Section A:
Saturdays, February 9 – 1 (two sessions)
Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 30
Section B: Saturdays, March 16 – 23 (two sessions)
Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 6
Fee per section: Member, $40; Non-member, $60

TAKING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS IN NATURE
Philip Bermingham

Fairchild is both proud and pleased to be able to offer this special photography workshop with one of America’s leading portrait photographers, Philip Bermingham. He has photographed numerous U.S. presidents and ambassadors, as well as members of the British royal family and other world leaders. His specialty is photographing children and families. His relaxed, easygoing manner and consummate skill enable him to bring out the best in rambunctious children and harried corporate leaders, whether at home, in the studio or in personally selected locations throughout the United States and the Caribbean. The five-hour workshop will start in the classroom and end in the beautiful surroundings of Fairchild as the light becomes its most dramatic. You will be shown how to photograph families and children with practical demonstrations, as well as how to create the rapport essential for a good portrait. Students should bring a camera and sturdy tripod. They should be familiar and competent with their equipment. No instruction will be given on the basic workings of a camera.

1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Monday, February 11 (one session)
Registration deadline: Monday, February 4
Fee: Member, $100; Non-member, $165

SUNRISE AND EARLY MORNING PHOTOGRAPHY AT FAIRCHILD--SOLD OUT
Pedro Lastra

Enjoy the unique fall sunrise while photographing Fairchild’s spectacular garden landscape. This course will offer you the opportunity to photograph the Garden’s lush greenery, dramatically lit by the rising sun. Participants will receive instruction and demonstrations on photographing outdoors in the early morning natural light. Pedro Lastra will help you select your subject and create attractive compositions with your camera. This class will use different settings on your camera to bring about the best results and show you how to control and meter light effectively. You will focus on visual expression and technical understanding of photography techniques that capture our landscapes. Time spent in the field will be geared toward the aesthetic challenge of moving from documentation to interpretation in your photographs. You may bring either film or digital cameras. Instruction will be tailored to your individual level, whether beginner or advanced.

6:30 to 10:00 a.m. SOLD OUT
Saturday, February 23 (one session)
Registration deadline: Monday, February 18
Fee: Member, $40; Non-Member, $60

MACRO LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY: UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
Pedro Lastra

See the beauty of Fairchild up close and personal. We will explore, discover and photograph the ecosystem at Fairchild by focusing on the small beautiful details in flowers, leaves and insects. Petals, pistils and stamens will be transformed into abstract works of art. Dragonflies, butterflies and caterpillars will become otherworldly sci-fi creatures. In this class, instructor Pedro Lastra will teach you how to use your equipment to capture the small wonders of the Garden. During this session you will cover the technical skills that must be learned in order to master macro photography as well as review basic concepts of effective composition. Time in the field will be used to learn how to manage your subject, use the correct approach and effectively compose your image. For this class students should be familiar with their camera’s basic exposure and focus controls. This class will not cover basic camera operations. Sturdy tripods and cameras with interchangeable lenses or point-and-shoot cameras with close-up settings and user-adjustable settings are strongly recommended. You may bring either film or digital cameras. A 90mm or longer macro lens is highly desirable.

If you do not own a macro lens, you will need a good close-up lens (one that allows you to fill your frame with subjects four inches in length). Telephoto zooms such as a 70-300mm or 70-200mm work very well in the garden. Telephoto lenses such as 300mm also are recommended.

IN THE GARDEN
3:00 to 6:00 p.m. (afternoon session)
Section A
: Thursday, February 7 (one session)
Registration deadline: Thursday, January 31
7:00 to 10:00 a.m. (morning session)
Section B:
Saturday, April 6 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, March 29
3:00 to 6:00 p.m. (afternoon session)
Section C:
Saturday, May 4 (one session)
Registration deadline: Friday, April 26
Fee per section: Member, $40; Non-member, $65

IN THE BUTTERFLY CONSERVATORY
In conjunction with butterfly expert Martin Feather
7:45 to 9:30 a.m.
Section A:
Thursday, January 31 (one session) SOLD OUT
Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 23
Section B: Thursday, February 28 (one session)
Registration deadline: Thursday, February 21
Section C: Thursday, March 21 (one session)
Registration deadline: Tuesday, March 12
Section D: Friday, April 5 (one session)
Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 27
Fee per section: Member, $50; Non-member, $75

ORCHID PHOTOGRAPHY: CAPTURING THE BEAUTIES OF FAIRCHILD’S ELEVENTH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL ORCHID FESTIVAL
Pedro Lastra

Orchid and photography enthusiasts will enjoy this unique opportunity to preview and photograph Fairchild’s International Orchid Festival early in the morning, before the crowds arrive. This class will offer the opportunity to photograph these exquisite beauties at their best. Participants will receive instruction on how to photograph the orchids using artificial light to produce natural looking photographs. Mr. Lastra will instruct you in choosing and creating attractive compositions with your camera. This class will use different settings on your camera to bring about the best results and show you how to control and meter light effectively. Advanced point-and-shoot cameras with pop-up flashes and macro capability as well as SLR’s with macro lenses and external flashes are highly recommended. Small point-and-shoot cameras are not recommended for this class due to their very limited controls.

8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, March 9 (one session)
Registration deadline: Wednesday, February 27
Fee: Member $35; Non-member, $60

BIG BEAUTIFUL BROMELIADS: CREATING ATTRACTIVE COMPOSITIONS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Pedro Lastra

If you are a photographer and a bromeliad enthusiast, this class is for you. Students will enjoy this unique opportunity to preview and photograph South Florida’s Bromeliad Society Show and Sale early in the morning, while the Garden is still quiet and you can see the show quality bromeliads at their best. Mr. Lastra will offer instruction and guidance in regards to choosing good subjects and creating attractive compositions with your camera. This class will use the different settings on your camera to bring about the best results, and show you how to control and meter light effectively. Photograph these exquisite beauties at their best with instruction on: how to photograph bromeliads using artificial light to produce natural looking photographs; how to control and meter light effectively; how to select the ideal subjects and create attractive compositions and how to use different settings on your camera to create the best results. Advanced point-and-shoot cameras with pop-up flashes and macro capability as well as SLR’s with macro lenses and external flashes are highly recommended. Small point-and-shoot cameras are not recommended for this class due to their very limited controls.

8:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, April 13 (one session)
Registration deadline: Monday, April 1
Fee: Member $35; Non-member, $60