Terms like “unique” and “one of a kind” can rarely be honestly applied to photo tours and workshops. Let’s face it, when it comes to photographing in the outdoor world, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find new frontiers. Admittedly, photographing fireflies is hardly unique, but I don’t know of any other workshop where you get to be a kid again by catching fireflies and photographing them in jars with the Milky Way as the backdrop.
In addition to that, you’ll shoot them flying over fields with the Milky Way and star trails in the background. And for a special treat (or not!), you’ll have home-cooked dinners prepared by your workshop leader.
Look at the photos on this page. I shot all of them at my house, where this workshop will take place. Come for a visit and I’ll help you create your own images just like this!
Attendees should have a firm understanding of how to change the exposure settings on their camera and be able to switch between manual and autofocus. And they should be able to do all this in the dark, without using a light. I’ll take it from there.
We will meet early afternoon on Day 1. There will be a classroom session until dinner, during which you will learn about photographing fireflies and general night photography. We will have dinner together and then go out in the field for shooting.
On Day 2, we’ll meet again in early afternoon for more classroom instruction on night photography. I’ll demonstrate processing techniques using photos you shot the night before. After dinner, we’ll go back in the field for another long photo session.
On Day 3, we’ll meet around mid-morning for a final wrap-up classroom session.
You will not be doing anything strenuous during this workshop beyond dancing around the field with a net. (You do not have to participate in the firefly catching.) All the field work will occur in my yard, so there will be no hiking involved.
We must be very careful not to harm the fireflies and we must let them go soon after we capture them. You will be expected to follow the procedures I outline for this.
Lodging and transportation are not included. The Trip Planning info you receive after registration will provide lodging suggestions. Waynesville is a 10-minute drive from my house.
Full payment is required at the time of registration. You can register online by clicking the “Register Now” buttons on this page.