FirstLight Workshop

Upcoming Workshops

 

Smith Island Workshop, October 4 – 8, 2015

Few times in your life will you have the opportunity to experience a place like Smith Island on the eastern shore of Maryland.  A step back into time, a place that time seems to have forgotten.  Or, as author Tom Horton calls his book about Smith Island, “An Island Out of Time”. This is an isolated fishing village, a place where culture and landscape collide.  A diminishing culture, the people of Smith Island still harvest the Chesapeake in ways that really haven’t changed in 300 years–all dependent on weather, wind and tide.

PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT BE TAKING ANY REGISTRATIONS FOR THE SMITH ISLAND WORKSHOP UNTIL MAY 29, 2015.  PLEASE CALL IN THEN TO REGISTER.  

Moonrise over Smith Island

Moonrise over Smith Island                                                 Olympus E-M1

FirstLight instructors Jay Dickman and Dave Harp will be with you the entire workshop. Tom Horton, our good friend, will provide his knowledge as well as access, via his boat, to the people and areas of Smith that are far off the beaten path.

You’ll arrive early Sunday afternoon, on the Crisfield-to-Tylerton ferry, as this is the only way to reach Smith Island. In the opening presentation, after dinner, you’ll see the work of Jay and Dave. The 4 days of the workshop will be spent photographing the Watermen, as well as the natural and stunning beauty of the area.  Thursday morning, you’ll head back to the mainland.

Inn of Silent Music    Olympus E-M1  12-40mm f2.8

Inn of Silent Music                                                                                Olympus E-M1 12-40mm f2.8

Daily edit sessions will heighten your awareness and ability to “see photographically”, empowering your photography and story telling. And with only 8 students, this provides an unrivalled ratio of instructor to student.   You’ll go back into the field after the edit session with an excitement and understanding of this process, taking your photography to new heights. This is critical anytime you put the camera to your eye and press the shutter, whether a story for a national publication, or photographing your own life, you will come out of this workshop with a far greater understanding of how to tell that story.

PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL NOT BE TAKING ANY REGISTRATIONS FOR THE SMITH ISLAND WORKSHOP UNTIL MAY 29, 2015.  PLEASE CALL IN THEN TO REGISTER. 

First morning of workshop      Olympus E-M1  40-150mm f2.8

First morning of workshop                                                                                      Olympus E-M1 40-150mm f2.8

The entire process comes to life with the unveiling of our slideshow at the end of the workshop, highlighting the best work from each participant. Held at the FirstLight headquarters, you will enjoy wine and cheese along with the company your now-friend fellow photographers and the locals that you spent the week photographing.

Nesting colony of Brown pelicans

Nesting colony of Brown pelicans                                                Olympus E-M1  40-150-mm f2.8 w/1.4 converter

A major component of this workshop, that we overlooked promoting before, is the gourmet cuisine. All breakfasts & dinners are held at the Inn of Silent Music & the proprietor, Linda Kellogg, is an incredible gourmet cook. You will be blown away by each of our meals. Lunch is on your own at the charming town food store/café, known for their outstanding crab cakes.

Typical gourmet breakfast at Inn of Silent Music    Olympus E-M1   12-40 f2.8

Typical gourmet breakfast at Inn of Silent Music               Olympus E-M1 12-40 f2.8

Cost for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is $ 2450.00.  This includes:  Roundtrip ferry from Crisfield, Maryland to Tylerton, on Smith Island.  4 nights lodging, all breakfast and dinners, and instruction over the 3 1/2 days of the workshop.  A final slide show will be made available to you after the workshop.  Not included: lunches, alcoholic beverages, laundry and/or other amenities.  PLEASE READ AND ACKNOWLEDGE THE FIRSTLIGHT POLICIES REGARDING PAYMENT AND REFUNDS

FirstLight will provide accommodations in the small towns, staying in a B&B or a guest home..this is a real location, NOT a tourist destination.  And, for no extra cost, you’ll get to room with another FirstLight photographer. (we do offer single supplements at an extra cost, but most of your time will be spent out and about photographing.)

 WE WILL TAKE RESERVATIONS STARTING MAY 29-this will sell out rapidly, we look forward to hearing from you in late May! 

Last day, heading back to Tylerton    Olympus E-M1  12-40mm f2.8

Last day, heading back to Tylerton                                                        Olympus E-M1 12-40mm f2.8

Our registration process will begin on May 29.  Please call: 303 730 2894 to ask about registration