Mission Statement for Picture Perfect Weekend Workshops by Todd & Brad Reed Photography
The workshops are designed to teach you how to “see the world in photographs”. Todd and Brad Reed cover many technical aspects of photography (include shutter speed, F-stops and aperture, ISO, depth of field, etc.) and we teach you how to make better choices withyour own camera. Todd and Brad also spend a lot of time teaching you how to break down a photograph into all of its technical and artistic elements. The workshops will also focus on the art/vision side of photography and to provide you with more choices/building blocks to create great art. Todd and Brad will teach you the 20 artistic elements they use when they are in the field "making" their photographs. The weekend workshops are great for a beginner with a new camera or a seasoned professional who is looking for a different perspective. All ages and abilities are welcomed. We will share all of our secrets on every aspect of our photography business and our secrets on how we shoot. We prefer you have a digital SLR. If you don’t, please have a camera that has a full manual mode so you can change the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. “Point and shoot” cameras that only have full auto or only have limited manual modes will not work for this workshop.
May 5 - 7, 2017
May 19 - 21, 2017
September 15 – 17, 2017
September 29 – October 1, 2017
October 13 - 15, 2017
The weekend workshop, including food and refreshments is $370. Lodging is not included.
You may stay at the Cartier Mansion at their nightly rates, or you may stay elsewhere.
All registration and reservations are made through the Todd and Brad Reed Photography. Please call the gallery at 231-843-0777 to reserve your spot today. Payment for the workshop portion of the registration is expected at the time of reservation. Cancellations must be made at least two weeks in advance of the workshop weekend to receive a refund. Each workshop is limited to the first 15 people to sign up and must have a 10-person minimum. The Cartier Mansion is located at 409 E. Ludington Ave. in Ludington, MI 49431. Check them out at www.cartiermansion.com
Mock Schedule - Picture Perfect Weekend Workshops
Actual schedule dependent on sunrise and sunset times and the time of year of workshop
- Get acquainted dessert at 8:00pm at the Cartier Mansion. Just bring a happy attitude and a hungry appetite. No need to be nervous or intimidated. We will have fun learning about the history of the Cartier Mansion, a bit about each other, and a breakdown of what to expect to learn over the weekend.
- If you have food allergies, please let the Cartier Mansion know before you arrive for the weekend. Please email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call them at 231-843-0101.
- Workshops will start at the Cartier Mansion at 6 a.m. on Saturday morning. Coffee will be available for those who want it. We will head out at 6:15 a.m. for the Ludington State Park for the morning shoot. You can drive yourself or carpool with Todd or Brad or other workshop students. If you do drive your own car, you need a Michigan Recreation Passport on your license plate. Everyone should bring their own photography gear and a good tripod that has a quick release plate. See our list below for tripods we recommend you buying before the workshop if you don’t already have a good tripod. Also bring warm clothes and hiking shoes or boots that are water resistant to dew. For the morning shoot, we have students just shoot photos the way they always have. If you are a shooter who uses the auto modes on your camera, just use the auto modes. If you just shoot jpegs, then just keep shooting jpegs. The morning shoot is more just to get outside, enjoy the sunrise, and shoot the way you always have. It is non-intimidating and low key. We won’t walk more than a half a mile in one direction (1 mile round trip). If you have mobility issues, please let Todd and Brad know ahead of time by emailing them at: email@example.com or calling the gallery at 231-843-0777.
- Head back to the Cartier Mansion at 9 a.m. for a large breakfast.
- At 9:45 a.m. we will start the first session in the Cartier Mansion Carriage House. This session will focus on the technical aspects of photography (F-stops, shutter speed, ISO, depth of field, etc.). We will project several educational slides for people to study. The cameras will not be used at this point. People may want to take hand written notes or notes on a laptop or tablet during this time. We will take a few very short mental health breaks during this session.
- At 12:45 we will eat a large lunch inside the Cartier Mansion.
- At 1:30 p.m. we will start the second session in the Carriage House. During this session we will get the cameras and tripods out and learn how to control the aperture, shutter speed, ISO, self-timer, etc. on each person’s own camera. We will go step by step in a logical order. This may be a review for some workshop students, but even seasoned professionals will probably learn a few new things and become more efficient.
- At 2:30 p.m. we will take a shot break to put camera gear away and rest our brains.
- At 2:40 p.m. we will meet back in the carriage house and start the 20/20 Vision part of the workshop. Todd and Brad will project on the screen several of their images and break them down into the 20 different compositional elements known as their 20/20 Vision. We will give everyone a piece of 8.5x11 paper with a list of the 20 concepts on it, but no explanations. People can and often take lots of notes during this time to help remember each concept.
- At 3:40 p.m. we will take a short break and head inside the Cartier Mansion.
- At 3:50 p.m. we will start the group critique inside the Cartier Mansion. We will split into two groups. Brad will have one group in the library and Todd will have one group in the music room. Each workshop student will have between 6 through 10 paper prints to share with everyone in the group. We highly recommend getting your prints made in a 2x3 proportion if you shot them with 35mm film or a 35mm Dslr (4x6) (8x12) (12x18). Many stores like Meijer, Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, and online print houses will print these proportions if you ask them too. Proportions like (5x7) (8x10) (16x20) etc. cropped part of your image off. Please don’t bring prints larger than 12x18 because we simply don’t have room for them and they may likely get damaged. Todd or Brad will pass one photographer’s print around the table at a time for everyone to see. This way your prints are not being handled by everyone else and getting dirty and damaged. While it is going around the table the photographer can tell everyone about the photograph (where it was shot, when, what lens, etc.) After everyone has had a chance to see the photograph, it is set in the middle of the table and anyone in the group can make comments about the photo. Often we try to get everyone to point out which of the 20/20 Vision concepts they see in the composition. We may also break it down technically and look at things like focus, depth of field, sharpness, overall exposure, print quality, etc. After that particular photo is discussed the photographer will put it away and the next photographer sitting clockwise to them will have their prints sent around the table by Todd or Brad. After a couple of rounds then Todd and Brad will switch places and continue the process with the other group. At the end we have people set out their five favorite prints on the table in front of them and then the groups swap rooms so everyone gets to see everyone else’s top five prints. This is our favorite session of the entire workshop and we will all learn a ton from each other.
Depending on sunset times, dinner could be before or after the evening shoot. In this scenario, the evening shoot is before dinner, but that is not always the case.
- We will head back out to the Ludington State Park for the evening shoot. This time we will be along the Lake Michigan shoreline and on the beach. We will be shooting in the sand. Hopefully the light is good so we can apply the things we learned during the day. The goal is that everyone is shooting on full manual and applying both the 20/20 Vision concepts as well as all the technical aspects of photography. We will stay for at least a half hour after the sun has set in order to shoot the afterglow and practice some long exposures on the tripod. We will return to eat dinner at the Cartier Mansion about an hour and fifteen minutes after sunset.
- We all will head back to the Cartier Mansion for dinner and dessert. After dinner everyone is free for the evening. Most people then spend another hour or two on their own downloading their images wherever they are staying. On Sunday morning Brad will collect 10 of your favorite digital files that you captured Saturday morning and Saturday evening. It is your choice which ten you pick. They could all be from the morning or all from the evening. You could choose a couple that didn’t turn out the way you thought they would and your want the groups help on Sunday to figure out what went wrong. It is up to you! Brad prefers to have the 10 jpegs or tiffs turned in on a thumb drive or a cd. Please make sure your name is written in permanent marker on your thumb drive or CD when you turn it into Brad at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning before breakfast at the Cartier Mansion. If you shoot in raw, please process your images ahead of time into jpegs or tiffs and only turn in the jpegs or tiffs. If you do not have a laptop or any other way to download your images, don’t worry; we have a work around for you. On Saturday Brad will teach everyone how to find the 4-digit file number on the back of your cameras. Saturday night or early Sunday morning before 8 a.m. you can simply use the play back on your camera and write down the 4-digit file number of the 10 images you like the best. You will then make sure your name is on that piece of paper and you will turn that into Brad at 8 a.m. on Sunday morning along with your SD card, Compact Flash, or whatever kind of memory card you use. Also, please make sure your name is written on your memory card with permanent marker.
- At 8:00 a.m. we will all meet at the Cartier Mansion for breakfast. Brad will collect your thumb drives, CDs, etc. before breakfast starts.
- At 9:00 a.m. we will start the review session in the Carriage House. At this time we will hand out a 15-page packet full of important information, tiffs, review sheets, etc. to each student to keep and review at home. As a group we will critique the photos from the previous day’s shooting at the Ludington State Park. We will review what techniques were used in each photo.
- For participants staying at the Cartier Mansion, check out time is around 11 a.m. My dad and I will head to our gallery at that time. Everyone can join us their as soon as they are ready.
- At 11:30 a.m. we will start the closing session at our gallery in downtown Ludington at 114 W. Ludington Avenue. We will discuss printing, digital output, websites, and book production. This part is totally optional. A lot of people have long drives home and like to hit the road by 11:30 a.m.
- Workshop ends at noon