FANTASTICAL FIREFLIES

WORKSHOP & PHOTO TOUR

June 21-23, 2023

LOCATION: Kevin’s home in Waynesville, North Carolina

LEADERS: Kevin Adams

LIMITED TO: 6 participants

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate

PRICE: $895

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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 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!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Dancing around the yard catching fireflies in nets (you do not have to participate)

  • Photographing fireflies in jars and flying under the night sky

  • Learning all about photographing the night sky

  • Learning general night photography and light painting techniques

  • Living on the edge by eating Kevin’s cooking

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Detailed instruction on photographing fireflies and the night sky

  • Heavy refreshments, including beer and wine

  • Dinner prepared by Kevin

  • LensMuffs for preventing dew will be provided for use during the workshop

  • GelGrips and gel filters for light painting will be provided for use during the workshop

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Lodging

  • Transportation

  • Breakfast and lunch

SKILL LEVEL

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.

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GENERAL ITINERARY

We will meet early afternoon on Wednesday, June 21. 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 Saturday, 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 Sunday, we’ll meet around mid-morning for a final wrap-up classroom session.

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SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS & PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

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 & TRANSPORTATION

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.

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REGISTRATION & PAYMENT INFO

Full payment is required at the time of registration. You can register online by clicking the “Register Now” buttons on this page.

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