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Gigapixel Panoramic Photography Workshop

Come Learn How to Create our "Gigarama" Style Photos

Fall Foliage Workshop in San Juan Mountains -- Colorado's Top Destination for Fall Colors

Sept 28 - Oct. 2, 2018

Final Date for Registering is Sept. 1, 2018

Ouray, CO

Three Day Basics - $1195
HDR Panorama Option +$295
Night Panorama Option +$295
(Work Shop is limited to maximum of 3 participates.)

2017 Workshop Gallery

2016 Workshop Gallery

Have you wanted to, or tried to, capture Ultra High Resolution Gigapixel stitched photos?

Join me for 3-5 full days in beautiful Ouray, nearby Ridgway and Telluride Colorado situated in Southwestern Colorado for a Fall Colors tour of the San Juan mountains, one of the most spectacular areas in the United States during the peak of the fall color season. You will be learning how to shoot, stitch and edit our unique style of "Gigarama" photos. We will instruct you with detailed information on the equipment, software and methods you need to know to enable you to capture the kind of high resolution panoramic images you see in our "Gigarama Gallery".

Our workshop is designed to teach you all the techniques required to capture and stitch single and multi-row panoramas to create images from hundreds of Megapixels to several Gigapixels. This is a medium to advanced level workshop. Students are expected to have a good basic working knowledge of photography and own some type of Panoramic Nodal Head. Days 2 & 3 will have an emphasis on Focus Stacking techniques to your Gigapixel Panoramas to have incredible Depth of Field. Focus Stacking requires a Promote Control or Arsenal controller.

In addition, there will be an optional additional day for using HDR images to create stitched panoramic Images. I will help you to understand the best methods to capture HDR and process for optimum quality stitched HDR images.

I am going to also do an optional fifth day covering capture of stitched night photos. We will learn how to capture the entire Milky Way into a single stitched image.

What you will learn.

  • Reason for and how to find "nodal" point of you lens/camera to eliminate parallax.
  • How to set your camera to assure required consistency needed for perfect quality panoramic images.
  • Selecting the ideal time of day, location and conditions to assure great results with your panoramas.
    • Optimizing the setup of Gigapan or manual heads to minimize time required to capture images.
    • Dealing with light variation due to changing light, moving clouds, rising or setting sun.
    • Determining overlap needed for good stitch results.
  • Framing and composition for panoramic photography
    • Beyond "Rule of Thirds".
    • Placing horizon.
    • Visualizing finished image in the field.
  • Optimizing exposure settings to maximize dynamic range.
    • How to use "Expose to the Right" to maximize your camera's Dynamic Range and post processing resulting in clean noise free images.
    Keeping it in focus.
    • Understanding Hyper focus and it;s importance when using telephoto lenses.
    • Limitations related to f-stop settings to avoid Diffraction softening of images.
    • Day 2 afternoon session will be a deep dive into using Focus Stacking with Panoramic photography
  • HDR Panoramas (Optional day 4)
    • Learn when you need HDR.
    • Proper setup for shooting HDR panoramas
    • Equipment recommendations and setup.
    • Processing HDR images. Prior to stitching vs. with stitching software.
    • Review HDR software.
  • Panoramic Night Photography (Optional day 5)
    • Learn the basics of capturing panoramic images of the night sky.
    • We will use your widest angle fast lens.
    • Camera with ISO 3200 - 6400 low noise capability such as Canon 5Diii or Nikon D-800 or D-810.
    • 14- 24mm f-2.8 or faster recommended.
    • We will teach you what shutter speeds, apertures and ISO you need to capture sharp crisp star images.
  • We will review top 4 stitching programs:
    • Kolor Autopano Giga
    • PTGui
    • GigaPan Stitch
    • Microsoft ICE (Image Composition Editor)
  • How to assure highest quality images using "Best Practices for Stitching"
    • You will need to bring your own laptop with Photoshop CS6 or later.
  • Using Photoshop to post process stitched images.

Workshop Itinerary *

Day 1 -- Hands on Classroom & Evening shoot in Field:
  • 8:30am – Introductions, Review workshop schedule.
  • 8:45am – 10:30am -- Setting up your Panoramic gear. How to find your "No-Parallax Point".
  • 10:30am - 11:45am -- Camera Settings for consistent results
  • 11:45am - 1:00pm -- Lunch & slide show.
  • 1:00pm - 1:30pm – Composition of Panoramic Photos.
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm – Depth of Field Considerations for Panoramic Photos
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm -- Travel to first Field Location.
  • 3:30pm - 7:pm -- In field Golden Hour photography session.
  • 7:00pm - 8:00-- Travel back to hotel, dinner and download photos to computer.
  • 8:30pm - ? -- Instructor assisted processing of your images.
Day 2 -- Morning Shoot, Mid-day classroom, Evening shoot in Field:
  • 5am -- Rise & shine, breakfast and travel to morning field location.
  • 6:15am - 9:30am -- In field Morning Golden Hour session.
  • 10:00am -11:45 – Using Kolor Autopano Giga stitching software to stitch panoramas
  • 11:45am - 1:00pm -- Lunch and Instructor Q&A and discussion.
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm – Focus Stacking using Promote Control, Arsenal & Helicon Focus Stacking software.
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm -- Travel to second day afternoon Field Location.
  • 3:30pm - 7:pm -- In field Golden Hour photography session.
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm -- Travel back to hotel, dinner and download photos to computer.
  • 8:30pm - ? -- Instructor assisted processing of your images.
Day 3 -- Morning Shoot, Mid-day classroom, Evening shoot in Field:
  • 5am -- Rise & shine, breakfast and travel to morning field location.
  • 6:15am - 9:30am -- In field Morning Golden Hour session.
  • 10:00am -11:45 -- Classroom Instructor assisted In-depth stitching session.
  • 11:45am - 1:00pm -- Lunch and Instructor Q&A and discussion.
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm -- Post Processing Hands on stitched images in Photoshop or optional stitching program
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm -- Travel to second day afternoon Field Location.
  • 3:30pm - 7:pm -- In field Golden Hour photography session.
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm -- Travel back to hotel, dinner and download photos to computer.
  • 8:30pm - ? -- Instructor assisted processing of your images.
Day 4 -- Optional HDR Panorama Session -- Morning & Mid-day classroom, Evening shoot in Field:
  • 9:00am -11:45 -- Classroom Multi image HDR techniques.
  • 11:45am - 1:00pm -- Lunch and Instructor Q&A and discussion.
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm -- Processing your HDR stitched images. Photoshop. Oloneo Photo Engine, Autopano Giga 4.xx.
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm -- Travel to third day afternoon Field Location.
  • 3:30pm - 7:pm -- In field Golden Hour photography session.
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm -- Travel back to hotel, dinner and download photos to computer.
  • 8:30pm - ? -- Instructor assisted processing of your images.
Day 5 -- Optional Night Panorama Session -- Morning & Mid-day classroom, Evening shoot in Field:
  • 9:00am -11:45 -- Classroom Night Panorama techniques.
  • 11:45am - 1:00pm -- Lunch and Instructor Q&A and discussion.
  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm -- Processing your stitched Night images.
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm -- Travel to third day afternoon Field Location.
  • 3:30pm - 7:pm -- In field Golden Hour photography session.
  • 7:00pm - 9:30pm -- Blue Hour and Night Photography session
  • 9:30pm -- Travel back to hotel, dinner and download photos to computer.
  • 9:00am - 11:45 following day instructor available to assist participants in processing images from previous night.
* Itinerary schedule may vary dependent on weather conditions.

Basic Package 3 Days -- Price: $1195.

  • Price includes 3 days of instruction, transportation to field locations, any National Park Fees or permits.
  • A deposit of $400 will reserve a slot (Balance due no later than 15 days prior to workshop date).

Basic Package + HDR Panorama 4 Days -- Price: $1490.

  • Price includes Basic 3 day workshop plus 4th day focused on HDR techniques, transportation to field locations, any National Park Fees or permits.
  • A deposit of $400 will reserve a slot (Balance due no later than 15 days prior to workshop date).

Basic Package + Night Panorama 4 Days -- Price: $1490.

  • Price includes Basic 3 day workshop plus 4th day focused on HDR techniques, transportation to field locations, any National Park Fees or permits.
  • A deposit of $400 will reserve a slot (Balance due no later than 15days prior to workshop date).
  • Night Panorama Day will occur second day after the Basic 3 day session ends.

Basic Package + HDR + Night Panorama 5 Days -- Price: $1785.

  • Price includes Basic 3 day workshop plus 4th day focused on HDR techniques and 5th day focused on Night Panoramas.
  • Transportation to field locations, any National Park Fees or permits.
  • A deposit of $400 will reserve a slot (Balance due no later than 15 days prior to workshop date).

Payment Method

Payment may be made by check payable to Abba's Creations Photography and mailing it to 1270 Monarch Dr., Longmont, CO 80504. Also, you may pay by credit card by using the PayPal button at bottom of this page to make deposit, balance or full workshop price.

Cancellation Policy

Click here for my cancellation policy.

Accommodations

Ouray RV Park and Cabins -- http://www.ourayrvpark.com/

  • Classes for workshop will be held in meeting room at the RV Park.
  • RV Sites and Cabins available at these rates.
  • Ouray RV Park has a small restaurant
  • You have option of bringing your own RV or renting cabin.
  • Ouray has several other hotels and cabin options available.
  • Hotels and cabins book up early for Fall Colors season. Book early!

What to Bring

Click here for list of equipment to bring with you.

Transportation

Travel to and from the workshop is the attendee’s responsibility. Commercial transportation such as air travel and/or rental car expenses will not be reimbursed under any circumstances. It is unlikely a workshop be canceled but nonetheless it is highly recommended travel insurance be considered. Travel during the workshop to various shooting locations will be 4x4 Jeep Liberty provided by Abba's Creations Photography. You are welcome to carpool using your own vehicle if you want more freedom to select your own locations.

Fall Colors Workshop

 

Libility Waiver:

All students participating in this workshop are required to sign a liability waiver. Please download Liability-Release-Form.pdf, read, print, and sign the liability waiver (PDF) and bring it with you to the workshop.

Contact Info:

John Freeman, 303-485-9437; email john@abbascreationsphotography.com

Feel free to contact me for more information and any questions you may have.