Classes &
Workshops
Schedule
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Photography Essentials (6-7hr course)
Sunday May 22, 2016
27820 Dorris Dr. (Monterey Institute of Touch building next to Shell Gas at Mid Valley Shopping Center)
8:30am-4pm
$125/person

Birds of Laguna Grande Park
Fall 2016, 8am-noon @ Seaside, CA
Cost: FREE
Host: Chris Hartzell - Monterey Audubon Society

Monterey Night Frog Shoot
NO TRIP IN 2016 (pending knee surgery)
Cost: FREE
Maximum 8 participants

Bay Area Frog and Wildlife Night Shoot
NO TRIP IN 2016 (pending knee surgery)
$50/person
Maximum 8 participants

Panoche Valley Bird and Landscape Photography Trip
NO TRIP IN 2016 (poor animal numbers due to drought)
Cost: FREE
Host: Chris Hartzell - Monterey Audubon Society
Maximum 4 cars (however many we can fit)

Los Banos Wildlife Photography Workshop
NO TRIP IN 2016 (poor animal numbers due to drought)
$150/person (not including transportation and accommodations)
Maximum 8 students

Carrizo Plains Wildflower, Landscape, & Wildlife Photography Workshop
NO TRIP IN 2016 (poor bloom this year, bad timing with start of the bloom and then a cold front).
Approximately last weekend in March 2013 (see note)
$150/person (may be less depending on fuel and accommodations)
Maximum 8 students
NOTE: This workshop is highly dependant on rain and temperature conditions. Wildflower blooms are
difficult to predict, but once they occur, there is only a 5-7 day window for the trip. So flexibility in the
schedule is key to maximizing this trip.

Shorebirds Photography Workshop
Fall 2016
If there are enough interested, Chris will put on a shorebirds workshop teaching participants how to
maximize tides and angles to bring together stunning images.
Cost: TBD (depends on how much time, probably around $40/person)

Monterey Bay Birding Festival (montereybaybirding.org/)
I will be hosting two events on Friday September 23, 2016
You can register for the two events and other parts of the festival at the home page (link above).
However, if you would like to attend just my photo events, it is $10 per event payable to the festival.

The first one is
How to edit, file, store, and use your photographs
Friday, Sept. 23, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
This lecture will touch on the basics of editing workflow, filing and cataloguing, storage, and use of your
photographs.

The second one follows and is a
Photography Field Workflow workshop
Friday, Sept. 23, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
This is an in-field, hands-on workshop for those already shooting with a DSLR and already having an
understanding of the basics. This workshop will focus on a realistic workflow for photographing wildlife
in different lighting, focusing primarily on what to adjust and when. A short time will be taken to discuss
daylight flash use for wildlife.
Pre-requisite: basic knowledge of ISO, F-stop, shutter speed, metering, and their relationship with each
other. Equipment needed: your own DSLR and telephoto lens.

Travel and Photography Presentation
Thursday December 1, 2016, 7:30-9pm (refreshments at 7)
Hopkins Marine Station - Boatworks Lecture Hall (across from American Tin Cannery outlets)
Cost: FREE
Host: American Cetacean Society-Monterey Chapter
See more at
http://photostrokes.net/images/Travel_Photo_presentation4.jpg
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PHOTOGRAPHY ESSENTIALS CLASS
You’re spending hundreds to thousands of dollars on your camera, with many shots that can never be
repeated and will last your lifetime as memories. Why not take a class that will make sure you’re getting
your money’s worth. Unlike others, my class is designed to give you 100% of the tools you will ever need to
either improve as an amateur or become a pro. You will never find another 1 day class as comprehensive
and valuable at such a reasonable price. Why? Because you’re getting a class from an instructor who
genuinely enjoys teaching you photography!

Can you learn all this on your own without paying for a class? Sure! But time is money and
simply put, you’re paying to learn in 6 hours what would take you literally hundreds of hours on
your own.

Beginner through intermediate with either point-and-shoot or DSLR’s and will teach you:
-Understanding your camera and photography
-How and where to buy a camera (both point-and-shoot and DSLR)
-How to shoot pictures and video (from the point-and-shoot to DSLR) and how to use them on your
computer
-Ways to use your finished pictures either in frames or online albums
-Naming, filing, editing, and storing your pictures and video
-Ways to learn more on your own without costing you a lot of money
-Copyright issues and contests – what you NEED to know
-Classes and workshops – should you do them?

Examples of how you will improve your shots:
-Know how to capture that family portrait against a beautiful sunset without everyone being too dark or
being light enough to see but no sunset colors
-Know how to capture that family portrait against beautiful scenery without the background being out of
focus
-Know how to capture that animal or sport event without the blur
-Know how to get that great family reunion picture without everyone squinting into the sun
-Know how to get that action shot at the races without cutting off the front or back of the race car
-Know how to take that amazing shot of San Francisco’s night lights
-Know how to capture that close up of a butterfly on a flower
-Know how to capture a clear image of that airshow airplane doing stunts in the middle of a blue sky

*Remember if you pay and attend an Essentials class, you can attend all future Essentials
classes for free!
LOS BANOS WILDLIFE WORKSHOP
2 day Workshop and Class
Group size 8 (plus leaders)

Skill level: Intermediate-Advanced level photography

Trip includes: Guiding to local areas, tracking and finding wildlife, help with setup, help with shooting, in-
field instruction, afternoon class, and one-on-one review.

Itinerary: (hours are estimates and dependant on weather, wildlife, and participant exhaustion)
Day 1: Friday February 14
6pm - 8pm: Meet for introduction, review of trip, familiarization of individual equipment.

Day 2: Saturday February 15
Pre-dawn - noon: Morning field shoot.
Noon - 1pm: Lunch
1pm - 4pm: Class and one-on-one review.
4pm - 6pm: Evening field shoot.

Day 3: Sunday February 16
Pre-dawn - noon: Morning field shoot.
Noon - 1pm: Lunch
1pm - 4pm: Class and one-on-one review.
4pm - 6pm: Evening field shoot (if participants are interested).

Trip Cost: $150 (does not include transportation, lodging, or food)
Vagabond Inn $175 total for 2 nights (estimate based on current rates)

Subjects: Migrating waterfowl (ducks and geese) in the tens of thousands, Sandhill Cranes in the
thousands, Coyote, Bobcat, Elk, Pheasant, Birds of Prey, wading birds, all in wetland habitat.

Equipment: Minimum equipment = digital SLR. Recommended equipment = tripod, 300+mm zoom lens,
wide angle lens, flash with flash extender, multiple cards.

Payments: A non-refundable deposit of $60 due 15 days before date of trip. Remainder due no later than 5
days before date of trip. Hotel paid by individuals upon arrival. Cancellation on my part = 100% refund.

What are you paying for? Someone who has watched and photographed wildlife in this area for 20+ years
and knows all the best spots. Someone who knows how to help you improve your photography. Most
importantly, someone who genuinely enjoys helping people improve their photography.

For pictures from past trips…
Los Banos/Panoche Valley trips
CARIZZO PLAINS WILDFLOWER, LANDSCAPE, & WILDLIFE WORKSHOP
2 day Workshop and Class
Group size 8 (plus leaders)

Skill level: Intermediate-Advanced level photography

Trip includes: Guiding to local areas, tracking and finding wildlife, help with setup, help with shooting, in-
field instruction, afternoon class, and one-on-one review.

Itinerary: (hours are estimates and dependant on weather, wildlife, and participant exhaustion)
Day 1
6pm - 8pm: Meet for introduction, review of trip, familiarization of individual equipment.

Day 2
Dawn - 3pm: Field shoot.
3pm - 6pm: Class and one-on-one review.
Dark - ?: Night shooting (if participants are interested).

Day 3
8am - 3pm: Field shoot.
3pm - 6pm: Class and one-on-one review.

Trip Cost $150 (does not include transportation, lodging, or food)

Subjects: Wildflowers primarily. Elk, Pronghorn Antelope, Kit Fox, Rattlesnake, and Bobcat are rare, but
possible. Birds of Prey and Burrowing Owls highly possible.

For pictures from past trips, check out…
Carrizo Plains trips

NOTE: This workshop is highly dependant on rain and temperature conditions. Wildflower blooms are
difficult to predict, but once they occur, there is only a 5-7 day window for the trip. So flexibility in the
schedule is key to maximizing this trip.
Summary of upcoming classes & workshops
(scroll down to see detailed descriptions and itineraries of each trip)
Full descriptions of classes & workshops
MONTEREY NIGHT FROG SHOOT
Group size 8 (plus leaders)
RSVP required

Skill level: Basic-Advanced level photography

Trip includes: Guiding to local area, finding and handling subjects, tips and tricks.

Itinerary: (hours are estimates and dependant on weather, wildlife, and participant exhaustion)
6pm-8pm

NOTE: This workshop is highly dependant on rain and frog activity. Final day will be determined by weather forecast
at the beginning of the week.

Trip Cost: FREE

Subjects: Pacific Tree Frog.

Equipment: Minimum equipment = digital SLR and flash. Recommended equipment = 100+mm zoom lens
and/or macro lens.

For pictures from other sessions...
Monterey Frog pics
BAY AREA NIGHT WILDLIFE SHOOT
Group size 8 (plus leaders)
RSVP required

Skill level: Basic-Advanced level photography

Trip includes: Guiding to local area, finding and handling subjects, one-on-one guidance, tips and tricks.

Itinerary: (hours are estimates and dependant on weather, wildlife, and participant exhaustion)
6pm-2am

NOTE: This workshop is highly dependant on rain and frog activity. Final day will be determined by weather forecast
at the beginning of the week.

Trip Cost: $50/person

Subjects: Frogs, Salamanders, Spiders, Owls, Coyote, Bobcat.

Equipment: Minimum equipment = digital SLR and flash. Recommended equipment = 100+mm zoom lens
and/or macro lens, flash extender.
PANOCHE VALLEY BIRD AND LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP
Group size 4 cars (including leaders)
RSVP required

Skill level: Basic-Advanced level photography

Trip includes: Guiding to local area, finding subjects, tips and tricks.

Itinerary: (hours are estimates and dependant on weather, wildlife, and participant exhaustion)
February 2014
7:30am-early evening
Paicines to Panoche Valley; New Idria area, Shotgun Pass, BLM lands

Trip Cost: FREE

Subjects: Birds (Falcons, hawks, bluebirds, Roadrunners, etc.), landscape, possibly Coyote and Bobcat.

Equipment: Minimum equipment = digital SLR. Recommended equipment = 100+mm zoom lens.

For pictures from other sessions...
Panoche Valley Trip pics
WILDLIFE TRAVEL AND PHOTOGRAPHY PRESENTATION
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 7:30pm (refreshments at 7pm) @ Pacific Grove Museum
Cost: FREE

Monterey Audubon Society hosts a presentation by Chris Hartzell
With over 3 decades of experience traveling more than 18 countries photographing birds and wildlife,
Chris will share his tips and tricks for choosing, planning, traveling, and photographing some of the best
places on Earth. From the Greater Roadrunner to the Great White Shark, this slide show, combined with
educational information and inexpensive travel techniques is sure to get your travel juices flowing.
BIRDS OF LAGUNA GRANDE PARK
Saturday December 21, 2013, 8am-noon
Cost: FREE

Join Chris as he leads a small group to look for, identify, and hopefully photograph the birds of this city lake
area. One of our best locations for seeing a variety of birds, from vagrant warblers in the willow and
eucalyptus trees to some of the marsh species like Sora, Virginia  Rail, as well as migratory waterfowl.
Also Peregrine Falcons and Great-tailed Grackles have been known to frequent this area.

Meet: 8am at the playground across from the Seaside City Hall lawn