Chas Glatzer

Chas is a Canon Explorer of Light, the group is comprised of the most influential photographers and cinematographers in the world, each a master of their creative specialty. He has a world -renowned, full time professional photographer and teacher/ lecturer for more than 37 years and is currently one of the most sought-after photographic instructors/ speakers in the nation. His work has been celebrated internationally with more than 40 prestigious awards for superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education and service to the profession. 

Chas owns and hosts “Shoot the Light” instructional Photographic Workshops throughout the United States and abroad. His images are recognized internationally for their lighting, composition and attention to detail. His diverse photo background provides workshop participants and seminar attendees with an unparalleled resource. He is a Photography Advisor for a host of institutions, a past Adjunct Associate Professor at Long Island University, custom color lab, and commercial studio owner. 

An accomplished natural history and keynote speaker at many prestigious events with credits including Explorer’s Club NYC, Audubon, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, Fuji Professional, NANPA, ASMP, CNPA, GNPA, and PPA. He continues to serve on many judges’ panels for both National and International Photographic Competitions. 



 

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Chas' Seminars & Field Workshops

 

WED 8 - 11 A.M.

Shoot the Light In-Field Program at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Join Chas Glatzer in the field as he shares the thought process and techniques behind making images in the field. Preparedness is the key to efficiency and proficiency is the way to better images. The faster you can assess the conditions as presented and employ the tools and techniques necessary to render the image as desired, the more likely you are to accomplish your goal. There are four things paramount to consistently producing successful imagery: knowing the fundamentals, familiarity with your equipment, pre-visualization, and preparedness. 

Field Workshop

Meeting Location: St. Augustine Alligator Farm, 999 Anastasia Blvd.

Price: $100 + Annual Photo Pass ($120)

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Max No People: 12

Suggested Gear List: camera body and at least a 100-400mm lens, a longer telephoto or zoom is beneficial for isolating and photographing birds at distance, tripod recommended if using long 500/600 or heavier telephoto or zoom lenses. Flash, if you would like instruction.

WED 1 - 2:30 P.M.

Bear Photography

What you need to successfully photograph bears:

Camera gear; lenses, cameras, tripods, rain covers, camera bags

Luggage choices; waterproof bags, stuff sacks, fanny packs

Proper Clothing; base & mid layers, rain jacket/pants, waders & boots, and more.

Where to go and when; US/Alaska, Canada

Float plane protocol; do & dont’s

Bear Behavior; understanding bear anxiety, escalating consequence, safety precautions

Means of travel for photography; boat, wading, ATV

Photography Seminar

Meeting Location: Celebration Hall at St. Anastasia, 5205 A1A S.

Price: $25

Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Max No. People: 20

THURS 8 - 11 A.M.

Shoot the Light In-Field Program at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Join Chas Glatzer in the field as he shares the thought process and techniques behind making images in the field. Preparedness is the key to efficiency and proficiency is the way to better images. The faster you can assess the conditions as presented and employ the tools and techniques necessary to render the image as desired, the more likely you are to accomplish your goal. There are four things paramount to consistently producing successful imagery: knowing the fundamentals, familiarity with your equipment, pre-visualization, and preparedness. 

Field Workshop

Meeting Location: St. Augustine Alligator Farm, 999 Anastasia Blvd.

Price: $100 + Annual Photo Pass ($120)

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Max No People: 12

Suggested Gear List: camera body and at least a 100-400mm lens, a longer telephoto or zoom is beneficial for isolating and photographing birds at distance, tripod recommended if using long 500/600 or heavier telephoto or zoom lenses. Flash, if you would like instruction.

THURS 3 - 4:30 P.M.

Auto Focus Explained

How to effectively make the most of Auto Focus. Improper use of AF camera settings and techniques leads to poor in camera composition, soft and missed images. Class will include the truth about Shutter and Back button focus, AF stop/start, AF point selection, Single/Servo, tracking, acquisition, AF Expansion & Zones, and more.  

Photography Seminar

Meeting Location: Celebration Hall at St. Anastasia, 5205 A1A S.

Price: $25

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Max No People: 20

FRI 6:30 - 8:30 A.M.

Photographing Native Birds of Prey

Enjoy the beauty and rare opportunity photographing some of the most amazing predators of the bird world. You’ll have the extraordinary opportunity to get up close and create incredible photographs not typical in the wild!  Natural set ups and perches deliver the perfect look for your photographs enhancing the beauty and power of these amazing animals.  

Field Workshop

Meeting Location: Celebration Hall at St. Anastasia, 5205 A1A S.

Price: $100

Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Max No. of People: 12

Suggested Gear List: camera body and at least a 100-400mm lens, a longer telephoto or zoom is beneficial for isolating the bird, tripod if desired to support heavy gear or slower shutter speeds. Off camera flash or reflector use will be presented, but neither is necessary.

FRI 3 - 4:30 P.M.

Metering Explained

All metering patterns and methods will work, some are simply easier to implement than others in certain circumstances. Learn how and when to use the various patterns and modes to your best advantage. The advantages and detriments of Manual and Av priority modes will be covered at length. Chas will provide program participants with a firm understanding of metering fundamentals so that they can quickly make an informed decision, coming away with the envisioned image regardless of the lighting circumstance.

Photography Seminar

Meeting Location: Celebration Hall at St. Anastasia, 5205 A1A S.

Price: $25

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Max No. of People: 20

Suggested Gear List: DSLR (Full or cropped sensor), 24-70mm or similar lens, 70-200mm mid-zoom lens, lots of cards, bring your flash if you want to experiment! 

SAT 6:15 - 8:30 A.M.

A Morning with the Horses

Enjoy sunrise on the beach with some of nature’s most majestic animals! During this workshop, you’ll have the opportunity to capture silhouettes of the horses splashing through the waves along the shoreline. 

Field Workshop

Meeting Location:  Frank B. Butler EAST Park, 5860 A1A S.

Price: $100

Difficulty Level: Beginner to Advanced

Max No. of People: 10

Suggested Gear List: camera, wide zoom, mid-range zoom mid-range zoom like a 70-200, 100-400, 80-400, 70-300. Flash if desired. Tripod is not required and will limit your movement for best repositioning.

SAT 1 - 2:30 P.M.

Luminar 4: Photography. Elevated. 

Luminar 4 is the latest version of Skylum’s award-winning Luminar photo editor. New version 4 includes numerous Artificial Intelligence innovations aimed to empower any photographer to make incredible images faster and easier.

New features include AI-powered tools like AI Sky Replacement, AI Skin Enhancer and Portrait Enhancer — each of which makes complex or tedious tasks ultra-easy. Combined with an already robust set of correction and creative filters, plus one-click Looks and a superb photo manager, Luminar 4 sets a new standard for image enhancement. 

NOTABLE FEATURES

There is a very handy photo library feature for easily browsing and rating images, and over 50 editing filters in Luminar 4, making it a remarkably full-featured photo editor. Here are some standouts:

Essentials tab: AI Enhance filter

Creative tab: AI Sky Replacement filter, Sunrays, Mystical

Portrait tab: AI Skin Enhancer, Portrait Enhancer

Pro tab: Adjustable Gradient, Advanced Contrast

Discount Code will be provided to all attendees:4 License Keys for Luminar 4 will be given away.

Photography Seminar

Meeting Location:  Celebration Hall at St. Anastasia, 5205 A1A S. 

Price: $25

Difficulty Level: Beginner to Advanced

Max No. of People: 20

SAT 4:30 - 7:30  P.M.

Shoot the Light In-Field Program at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Join Chas Glatzer in the field as he shares the thought process and techniques behind making images in the field. Preparedness is the key to efficiency and proficiency is the way to better images. The faster you can assess the conditions as presented and employ the tools and techniques necessary to render the image as desired, the more likely you are to accomplish your goal. There are four things paramount to consistently producing successful imagery: knowing the fundamentals, familiarity with your equipment, pre-visualization, and preparedness. 

Field Workshop

Meeting Location:  St. Augustine Alligator Farm, 999 Anastasia Blvd.

Price: $100 + Annual Photo Pass ($120)

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Max No. of People: 10

Suggested Gear List: camera body and at least a 100-400mm lens, a longer telephoto or zoom is beneficial for isolating and photographing birds at distance, tripod recommended if using long 500/600 or heavier telephoto or zoom lenses. Flash, if you would like instruction.

SUN 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.

The Comprehensive Wildlife Photography – a Program Designed to Enhance Both Your Technical Ability and Visual Sense – Canon Explorer of Light

Spend the day with professional photographer and Canon Explorer of Light, Chas Glatzer, as he shares the thought process behind the making of an image and the techniques used to produce consistently successful images in the field. If you want to learn how to consistently produce images that are a cut above it is imperative that you take control of your imagery. Chas will cover his proactive, in-the-field work methodology in depth, be it birds, wildlife, or any other photo discipline you are guaranteed to forever change the way you approach photography. The faster you are able to assess the conditions as presented and employ the tools and techniques necessary to render the image as desired, the more likely you are to accomplish your goal. There are four things; knowing the fundamentals, familiarity with your equipment, being pro-active, and knowing your subject that are paramount to consistently produce successful imagery. Meter patterns determine exposure. Priority modes change variables. All metering patterns and methods will work, some are simply easier to implement than others in certain circumstances. Learn how and when to use the various patterns and modes to your best advantage. The advantages and detriments of Manual and Av priority modes will be covered at length. Easy to remember tips and techniques will be provided. What matters most is that a pattern or method affords the photographer a consistent means of determining exposure. Chas will provide program participants with a firm understanding of metering fundamentals so that they can quickly make an informed decision, coming away with the envisioned image, regardless of the lighting circumstance. The ultimate goal is to put creative control back into the hands of the photographer. The ability to visualize a finalized post-processed image prior to pressing the shutter is a huge advantage. The post-production techniques illustrated will change the way you expose and think about capturing images in-camera. You will walk away from this program with a renewed sense of confidence; exposure will, regardless of circumstance, no longer be problematic.

Photography Seminar

Meeting Location:  Whitney Laboratory Center for Marine Studies, 9505 N. Oceanshore Blvd.

Price: $10

Difficulty Level: Beginner to Advanced

Max No. of People: 100

Suggested Gear List: No gear is required, but a camera with mid- range zoom, and a flash if you have one will allow hands on practical application of techniques discussed.

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