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Lisa Langell

Lisa Langell is a full-time, award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in numerous prestigious publications, galleries and more. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the North American Nature Photography Association. She is also an ambassador for Tamron and FotoPro. Whether it was working as a master floral designer, a licensed psychologist, an university instructor, an international consultant in K-12 education, the Chief Business Development Officer of an education technology company, a researcher, a writer, or an artist—she enjoyed meeting each challenge. Still, her strongest calling was photography—ever since childhood—when bird watching ignited her lifelong love of nature and the camera. 

In 2010, she turned her passion for photography into a business—and in 2015 she transitioned to photography full-time and left the corporate and consulting world behind. The journey with photography has definitely been Lisa’s favorite–she loves combining her diverse background and skills into her photographic art and instruction. Bringing joy to others brings joy to her! She thrives on creating innovative learning experiences that enrich, invigorate and expand photographers’ minds emotionally, creatively and intellectually.

 

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Lisa's Seminars & Field Workshops

 

WED 11 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Beginning with Photography: No Complex Settings Required

It’s a myth that being new to photography means instantly have to learn numerous complex settings and jump into the deep end of the pool! In fact, doing so turns most people off to the amazing, fun and incredibly rewarding world of photography!

Many people who own a camera—whether it’s a phone, tablet, compact camera or DSLR simply want to take quality photographs without mastering numerous complicated settings. Though manual settings have a lot to offer in regard to your creative control and image quality, with today’s cameras they often aren’t required to get started and take quality images.

Through interactive activities, this fun and engaging session will introduce you seven powerful, but simple techniques to help you first identify important qualities in “good” photographs, then avoid common mistakes, recognize a subject’s potential, and ultimately capture it beautifully through your lens – all on "Auto." No complex settings required.

Photography Seminar

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

Price: $25

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Max No People: 20

Suggested Gear List: Camera

THURS 6:30 - 8:30 A.M.

Beach Photography Scavenger Hunt (co-leader, Dan Walters)

Photography is about creative vision- and creative vision doesn’t usually happen at home on the sofa. It happens out in the field where you learn to be hyper aware of the opportunities that surround you if you simply choose to pause and see with an open mind! This session will help you train your brain to think through not just the obvious- but the infinite opportunities for beautiful images at a single location! Join leaders Dan Walters and Lisa Langell on the beach at dawn as they team up to guide you through several photography challenges that will elevate your skill, creativity, and open-mindedness! From birds-in-flight, close-ups, flat-lay, abstracts, triptychs, silhouettes, and more, Dan and Lisa will provide a shot list, inspiration, instruction and abundant support as you create and compose your way through a scavenger-hunt style shoot that is fun, educational, and creative.

Field Workshop

Meeting Location: Matanzas Inlet, 8805 A1A S. (Pull over in the dirt area on the right side of the road just before the bridge)

Price: $75

Difficulty Level: All Levels

Max No People: 12

Suggested Gear List: Lenses (bring any/all), macro, wide-angle, zoom, tripod, shoes suitable for beach walking and a water bottle.

THURS 10 - 11:30 A.M.

The Histogram: “The Secret decoder ring” of your camera

The histogram can be a confusing tool to many. Many of us haven’t heard of it- and for those who have, it may not seem important. For those who have heard of it, there are constricting rules around its use that have led to gross misunderstandings about whether to get “the mountain in the middle,” or “expose to the right,” etc. But what about when those guidelines aren’t appropriate at all? It can all get confusing and lead to misunderstandings that can hinder your photographic genius! The histogram is like a “secret decoder ring” that can give you glimpses of your photograph far better than using the LCD screen alone. It helps you understand so much about the color, detail, and the look you are trying to achieve when used properly. This session is aimed at those who would like to truly understand the importance of using the histogram in your camera to improve your work – and how exactly to do so.  Participants will:

  • Learn how to read a basic histogram for black to white values, as well as for color

  • Understand when your images are saturated vs oversaturated, in camera

  • Learn when you start to lose details in your highlights, darks, and colors at certain exposures

  • Learn to adjust exposure to get the results you want by reading the histogram

Photography Seminar

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

Price: $25

Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Max No People: 20

Suggested Gear List: Notepad, digital camera. Manual to know where to locate your histogram (please review manual in advance)

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

Horses on the Beach with Tamron: Hubbard, Akoubian, Kemper and Langell

Join Tamron sponsored speakers David Akoubian, Lewis Kemper, Lisa Langell and Ken Hubbard as they team up to lead this sunrise Horses on the Beach workshop. During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to capture silhouettes of the horses splashing through the waves along the shoreline.  This special “Team Tamron” field workshop is open to a limited number of participants and will fill quickly.

Field Workshop

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

Price: $100

Difficulty Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Max No People: 20

Suggested Gear List: Tripod, camera, lenses such as 24-70mm, 35-150, etc. Shoes for beach walking.

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FRI 3 - 4:30 P.M.

A Friendly Introduction to Manual Settings

This introductory session is unlike any other class you have entertained taking about how to use Manual settings (e.g., aperture, shutter speed and ISO). Why? Because most “intro to Manual” classes out there today have you dividing into the “deepest end of the pool” immediately and within 15 minutes have participants overwhelmed and ready to quit photography for good. How do I know? I’ve heard horror stories from many of you who have come to me after these classes, asking for a lifeline before they quite altogether.  As a result, I’ve designed a fun “Intro to Manual Settings” class that is actually helpful and makes logical sense. It’s not intimidating, doesn’t involve a plethora of math, and introduces you to the ways in which you’ll have creative control over your camera- rather than your camera having control over you. Via a fun, lighthearted, engaging and interactive environment, participants will learn:

  • How to first identify characteristics that make for “good” images

  • Identifying your personal preference and tastes for various types of images (e.g., implied motion vs tack- sharp action, sharp subjects with blurred backgrounds vs sharp subjects with deep backgrounds full of details, etc.)

  • The purpose (and creative side effects) of ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed

  •  How to visually deconstruct an image to identify what types of settings may have been used to create it

  • Using Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Auto ISO as alternatives to “full manual settings”

  • How to visualize your final image before you photograph it- and how to prioritize what setting to set first, second and third. (This is an incredibly important aspect of using manual settings that many do not teach.)

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: Optional, but helpful: Camera, any lens, notepad/pen.

SAT 10 - 11:30 A.M.

Photographing Nature in “High Key” Style

High key photography involves creating images where there is a dominance of white or bright tones. It is a type of photography that goes against most “traditional” styles of nature photography and requires the right circumstances- the right light, subject, and setting – in order for the magic of High Key photography to work. But when it does, the results can be spectacular! This class will introduce participants to the genre of High Key photography, which can be one of the most artistic forms of nature photography that can be done in-camera. Participants will learn:

  • Which lighting conditions are best (and worst) for high-key photography

  • The settings that are generally recommended for creating high key work

  • Which foregrounds and backgrounds work best for high key photography

  • Composition tips for this style of photography

  • Post-processing trips to create the final look

Photography Seminar

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

Price: $25

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Max No. of People: 20

SAT 3 - 4:30 P.M.

Photographing Birds in Flight & Motion

Photographing birds in flight (BIF) and motion can be challenging for even the most experienced photographers. This session will break down what settings and techniques may work best for you with regard to photographing birds in flight. Via warm, friendly and supportive instruction, this class will help get you on your way to photographing birds in motion beautifully! Designed for those with DSLR and mirrorless cameras, we will focus upon the following skills:

  • Focus settings: AF-C or Al Servo

  • Setting the proper focus points

  • Best aperture and shutter speed settings for photographing birds in motion

  • Finding the bird in the frame before you can photograph it

  • Composition, panning, and related techniques for artistic effect

  • How to envision the design, look and feel of your image prior to shooting

  • Hands-on practice in-the-field, and more

Photography Seminar

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

Price: $25

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Max No. of People: 20

SUN 8 - 11 A.M.

Photographing Birds in Flight & Motion at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm

Photographing birds in flight (BIF) and motion can be challenging for even the most experienced photographers. This session will break down what settings and techniques may work best for you with regard to photographing birds in flight. Via warm, friendly and supportive instruction, this class will help get you on your way to photographing birds in motion beautifully! Designed for those with DSLR and mirrorless cameras, we will focus upon the following skills:

  • Focus settings: AF-C or Al Servo

  • Setting the proper focus points

  • Best aperture and shutter speed settings for photographing birds in motion

  • Finding the bird in the frame before you can photograph it

  • Composition, panning, and related techniques for artistic effect

  • How to envision the design, look and feel of your image prior to shooting

  • Hands-on practice in-the-field, and more

Field Workshop

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

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

Difficulty Level: Intermediate

Max No. of People: 10

Suggested Gear List: camera, charged batteries, memory card, a lens with appropriate magnification for bird photography (e.g., 300-600mm range), tripod is optional but recommended: gimbal head or ball-head is suggested, your camera’s manual, and dress appropriately for the weather and terrain.