by Steve Gettle
Sunday - Period 2 repeat at Period 4 -*2 hour class
Technological advances have now made stop action photography accessible to virtually every photographer..
This class will start off discussing using just a camera and natural light to create stop-action images of subjects on the move, such as birds in flight and running animals. It will cover such things as, acquiring initial focus lock, tracking your subject, optimizing your auto-focus system, trigger systems, other equipment, and more.
Next you will learn how to use off the shelf electronic flash for true high speed photography. You will learn how to create breathtaking high-speed images of things on the move with a special emphasize on photographing hummingbirds frozen in flight.
Finally it will look at the creative doors kicked open by adding a simple, inexpensive trigger system (infrared and laser) for both natural light and high speed flash photography. Allowing you to create images of, bats in flight, tiny songbirds on the wing, leaping frogs, insects in flight, flying squirrels, and so much more! The possibilities are truly only limited by your imagination!
Bio: Steve's images have been exhibited in galleries and museums all over the world, including the Museum of Natural History in London, as well as The American Museum of Natural History in New York. In the spring of 2008, Steve was honored to have a one man show at The National Center for Nature Photography in Ohio. Steve's work has been featured in many books, magazines, calendars, and other publications by, The National Geographic Society, Canadian Geographic, Audubon, Sierra Club, The BBC, The World Wildlife Fund, The National Wildlife Federation, Birder's World, Nature's Best, Wild Bird, Natural History, and many others.
Steve has been honored to receive many awards for his photography. Some of the highlights include being chosen Great Lakes Wildlife Photographer of the Year as well as being a multiple award winner in the BBC's Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, as well as the Nature's Best photography contest. Steve was also honored to receive the People's Choice award his first year at the Michigan Wildlife Art Festival. We are told that no other first time exhibitor has ever received one of these awards.
Steve leads photo workshops and tours all over the world. As an instructor he has taught for such organizations as: The North American Nature Photography Association, The Rocky Mountain School of Photography, The Adirondack Photography Institute, and many more.
Steve's photography has taken him throughout North America and South America from the woods of northern Canada to the Cloud forest of Ecuador, from the coast of Maine to the high plateau of the desert southwest. Although he travels extensively, he finds much of his inspiration in the natural areas surrounding his home, in Brighton, Michigan.