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Wisteria Cluster – Charleston Photographic Workshop

Every spring I look forward to teaching a workshop and capturing images in Charleston. With each visit I find something new something that I had not seen before. Sometimes it is one flower or part of a Wisteria vine that may not have been there before or had not been in bloom when I had past it by. Often it is the light and the way it interacts with the environment that makes the difference. I had past by this Wisteria vine dozens of time over the 20 years that I have visited Charleston and last year was the first time that I caught it in bloom. I revisited this location 5 or 6 times over a period of three days taking images and this one exposure captured it better than any of my other attempts.

It was early enough that the soft morning light before sunrise lit up the background without washing it out  and there was no wind moving the delicate petals during the half second exposure. I set my f-stop was set at F/4 to bring the wisteria cluster into focus and leave the background a soft blur.

Wisteria Cluster - Charleston

Wisteria Cluster – Charleston

After opening this image in Photoshop CS6 I used Film Effects in Color Efex Pro to give it the look of an image captured on film.


Follow the Light – Charleston South Carolina

Follow the Light – Charleston Spring Photo Workshop

Follow the Light – Charleston Spring Photo Workshop

Follow the Light – Charleston Spring Photo Workshop

I arrived home on Saturday from the Charleston Workshop in time to enjoy the holiday weekend with family and friends.

The weather and shooting conditions were great in Charleston and everyone captured some great images. Over the course of the workshop I could see the students grasp a better understanding of how their cameras function, which will allow them to capture better images in the field.

More important than camera functions is the understanding of Composition and use of natural Light to capture an image. By the end of the workshop I was glad to see every one had a better understand of composition and how to use natural light to capture their images.     

When we were not shooting or taking time to exploring Old Charleston we were able to go over some of  the basics photographic software used in processing images.  There are many great programs to choose from to process your images. My preference has always been to open my RAW images in Camera Raw in the Photoshop CS5 or Elements 10 programs for a few basic adjustments. After the basic adjustments I use Nik software to fine tune my images.


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