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Photographing Animals with Andrew Darlow

Full Day Photo Workshop & Excursion at The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers Farm

Photographing animals in any environment can be challenging, but the results can be truly spectacular. Join us for this special full-day intermediate-to-advanced level photography workshop and tour of selected locations at The New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), a working farm and research facility located in New Brunswick, NJ. Award-winning author, photographer and consultant Andrew Darlow will focus on helping you get the most from your camera whether you use a higher-end compact camera or the latest Digital SLR (*see requirements below).

Online Event Registration - Two Dates Available: May 7 , 2011 (powered by Eventbrite)

Horse in Winter at the NJAES, photograph © Andrew Darlow, all rights reserved

This workshop combines classroom-style learning with "on-location" hands-on training. Every participant will receive handouts and a "shot list" with specific techniques to work on. After a day of learning and photography, we'll meet at a Rutgers University classroom to review images on a large projection screen while Andrew continues instruction on photography and digital imaging. In addition, a representative for the NJAES will share information about the animals you'll be photographing, as well as NJAES initiatives. The photo techniques you will learn can also be applied to people, pet and landscape photography.

Throughout the workshop, these and other topics will be covered:

• Panning/action photography techniques
• Lens options and lens types for photographing animals
• Bracketing options, and how to merge images for improved dynamic range
• Composition and framing tips (in camera and with software)
• The importance of grey balance in the field and when editing photographs
• Specific suggestions for when to use Aperture Priority vs. Shutter Priority vs. Manual
• Focus and exposure control, including "back button" autofocusing and exposure options
• How to use flash, fill cards and other accessories effectively (and affordably) in the field
• RAW file advantages and how to manage large numbers of digital files
• How to choose tripods/monopods, and tips for using them effectively
• Photo filters and lens hood options (and when to consider using them)

Sheep in Winter at the NJAES, photograph © Andrew Darlow, all rights reserved

After your registration is received, you will receive valuable links from Andrew Darlow with more information on photographing animals, as well as a suggested list of accessories to consider for getting the most from the workshop.


When you register for the workshop, you may add a signed print (matted to 11x14 inches) and a signed copy of Andrew Darlow's book, Pet Photography 101: Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Dog or Cat for just $59.


9:30 - 11:00am Meet at a New Brunswick University classroom near the NJAES. Introduction and instruction by Andrew Darlow about how to get the most from your day at the farm. Specific information for taking better photos of animals will be covered, and a packet will be distributed to each attendee with a detailed schedule, list of photography topics, shot list, and additional links and information.

11:15 - 12:45am Tour through various sections of NJAES with an expert biologist as you receive on-site group photography lessons with Andrew Darlow. Each attendee will also have an opportunity to work one-on-one with Andrew for at least 20 minutes during the day (scheduled ahead of time).

12:45 - 1:30pm Lunch will be provided to attendees (sandwiches and beverages will be ordered from a local caterer).

1:30 - 2:00pm More tips and suggestions will be covered by Andrew Darlow, followed by a brief question and answer session.

2:00 - 4:00pm Continue the tour through various sections of NJAES as you receive on-site group photography lessons by Andrew Darlow. Individual exploration will also be encouraged.

At 4:00PM, SD/CF cards will be collected and files will be prepared by Andrew Darlow for the evening discussion.

4:00 - 6:00pm Dinner break (on your own - see this page for many dining options in New Brunswick)

6:00 - 8:00pm Evening Instruction/Slide Show at a Rutgers University classroom.

Each attendee will receive an 8GB SDHC or 8GB CompactFlash card to use during the workshop. All attendees will be invited to participate in a slide show and question and answer session at a Rutgers University classroom from 6-8PM in the evening after a dinner break. Following the workshop, a private online gallery with your photos will be created for you to review for up to 3 months, and you will keep the SD/CompactFlash media card after the workshop so that you can download your originals.

Copyright and image usage

Attendees retain the copyright to all of their images, and attendees may use any images for any legal editorial or personal/exhibition use, however commercial use of images photographed during the workshop (for example, stock photography for advertising products or services) is not permitted.

Workshop Requirements

This is an intermediate-to-advanced level workshop. Moderate experience using a digital SLR or a higher-end digital compact camera is required. To participate, your camera should be either a digital SLR or a higher-end compact camera with Aperture and Shutter Priority modes (please inquire if you are not sure if your camera is appropriate for the techniques that will be covered by sending an e-mail to Andrew Darlow via this link). A tripod is also highly recommended (a suggested list of tripods and accessories will be sent to you when you register).


Fee Per Person: $335 ($315 plus $20 materials fee). Register above via credit card (a PayPal account is not required). Checks are also accepted when sent at least one week prior to the workshop. Contact the organizer at ibex@gibex.org to arrange for payment via check.

This workshop is strictly limited to just 10 participants.

Comments from attendees at other workshops with Andrew Darlow:

"Thanks Andrew! The workshop was fantastic. I think your teaching skills, as well as your knowledge, are truly remarkable." -Ed Livernoche, Professional Photographer

"Andrew's presentations were clear, concise and free of "jargon" that you sometime run into at workshops. He answered all questions in a way that was clearly understood and made sure that you did understand. We highly recommend his programs!" -Tom and Mary Keifer

About Andrew Darlow

Andrew Darlow Portrait

Andrew Darlow is photographer, writer and digital imaging consultant. He is the former Editorial Director of Digital Imaging Techniques Magazine, and the current editor of ImagingBuffet.com, an online imaging magazine. His animal photography and other photographic work has been published internationally and featured in numerous magazines and websites, including Photo District News, Popular Photography and Rangefinder magazine. Over the past 15 years, he has taught thousands how to improve their photography, workflow and digital print output at conferences, industry events, and educational institutions, including the PDN PhotoPlus Expo, the Arles Photo Festival (Arles, France), Columbia University, the School of Visual Arts and the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York. He also publishes a free newsletter, available at www.imagingbuffet.com/newsletter.

301 Inkjet Tips
His book, "301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers," covers tips and techniques for prepping, printing and displaying prints made using inkjet printers.

301 Inkjet TipsHis book, "Pet Photography 101: Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Dog or Cat," contains over 100 tips for getting better images of people and their pets.

Parking Information

Free parking will be provided at the Rutgers classroom building and the NJAES. Your confirmation e-mail will contain all the information.

Payment/Cancellation Terms

Payment is due in full prior to the workshop via this website's ordering system or via personal/company check. Contact Andrew Darlow at 732-742-0123 or via e-mail at "ad (at) andrewdarlow.com" for offline payment options.

A 100% refund is given for cancellations by attendees more than 30 days before the workshop. A 50% refund is given for cancellations by attendees more than 7 days before the workshop. No refunds are given if cancelled by attendees within 6 days of the workshop.

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