Charles Needle Photography

Photography Workshops & Tours

2018 Schedule

Date

    Workshop/Location

Description

 

March 9, 2018

NEW PRIVATE WORKSHOP!

 

Offered exclusively for PSA

members; however, please

email Charles if you're not a

PSA member but would

like to attend.

 

 

"Smartphone Photography"

Workshop

 

San Diego Botanic Garden

(Encinitas, CA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learn how to craft creative, expressive images using nothing more than your smartphone!
Join Charles in this fun, educational 3-hour workshop, from 1 pm to 4 pm, with optional unsupervised shooting in the garden from 4-5 pm.

Learn some of the technical aspects of smartphone photography — including equipment, accessories, workflow, and printing considerations — as well as several hidden features built into your smartphone camera.


Charles will cover basic camera operation and demonstrate the use of several helpful shooting apps, including Camera+, Average Camera Pro, Slow Shutter and more.

 

Then, through a series of “live” demonstrations with his phone projected on a screen, Charles will show you step-by-step methods to help you magically translate your creative vision into pixels. He will show you how to use basic editing apps, such as Snapseed and Touch/Retouch, as well as more advanced compositing apps such as Image Blender, Autopainter, Distressed FX and many more.

 

You’ll leave with an expanded creative vision, new ideas, and all the necessary tools and skills to make artistic, jaw-dropping smartphone images.

 

(This workshop will be geared primarily toward iPhone users; however, Android users will also benefit greatly from the Snapseed demonstration alone!)


Special Note: Charles is offering this workshop at a severly reduced fee, available exclusively to Photographic Society of America (PSA) members who have registered for the Southern California Roundup Chapter annual event, March 9-10, 2018 in Encinitas, CA. The material covered in this half-day workshop is normally presented as a 2-day class costing more than $400!

 

Click here to download a colorful flyer with more information and to register.

 

 

 

April 22-28, 2018

SOLD OUT!

Please email Charles to add your

name to the waiting list.

 

 

"Holland at Tulip Time"

 

(Keukenhof Gardens, Netherlands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Charles for an unforgettable journey to one of the most beautiful Spring gardens in all of Europe: Keukenhof Gardens (Lisse, Netherlands).

Keukenhof, the world’s largest spring bulb garden, features a dazzling 79-acre display of 7 million tulips, hyacinths, daffodils and other bulbs in a stunning park-like setting. Under Charles' expert guidance, you’ll photograph for four days in the garden, learning how to improve your flower and garden photography, with special emphasis on creative macro and Impressionistic camera techniques.

 

While there, you’re likely to feel like a kid in a technicolor candy store!  This small tour (limited to only 8 persons) will also include excursions to nearby tulip fields, Alsameer Flower Market just outside Amsterdam, and Kinderdijk, an extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring 19 historic windmills inspired by 18th-century Dutch painters.

 

Although this is more of a tour than a workshop, throughout the week, you’ll receive lots of 1-on-1 personalized instruction and there will be periodic image evaluations.

 

LAND COST PER GUEST: $4,449.  Early-bird registration deadline: February 23, 2018.  Package price increases to $5,049 (double occupancy) after that date.  A limited number of single supplements are also available for $850 each. Limited to 8 guests.

 

This tour is full.  Please contact Charles if you'd like to add your name to the waiting list.

 

 

 

May 19-20, 2018

 

SOLD OUT!

 

Please email Charles to add your

name to the waiting list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Creative Macro Photography

Weekend"

 

(Atlanta Botanical Garden - Atlanta, GA)

 

 

 

 

 

If you're serious about macro/close-up photography, live on the East Coast, and want to delve deeper into the creative process while improving your technique, then this is the workshop for you!

You'll spend the entire 2 days learning special techniques for creating unique, artistic close-up images in a fun, casual but intensive atmosphere.  Charles will share many of his own secrets learned after 10+ years of shooting macro and cover equipment, composition, exposure, fill-flash, special creative camera techniques and more.

 

Part of the time will be spent learning macro techniques and shooting in our private indoor classroom "studio," and the remainder of time will be spent making images in the Atlanta Botanical Garden, home to one of the best orchid collections in the country.  We'll have private, early-morning access to the Garden one hour each day before it opens to the general public.

 

The workshop includes unlimited use of various "props" (such as iridescent/textured glass, fresh-cut flowers, mylar, shells, colored backgrounds, water droplets, glass objects, etc.), group assignments, lectures covering specialized topics, demonstrations, and lots of individualized instruction. Participants will also have the opportunity to have their images reviewed and critiqued via high-resolution LCD projection.

 

Tuition: $895 ($795 for ABG members).  Daily admission into the Atlanta Botanical Garden and handouts included.  Supply fee: $20, payable the first day of class.  Optional discounted parking: $5.00/day.  Workshop hours are 9 am to 5 pm both days. Limited to 12 participants. 

 

Registration deadline: March 15, 2018

 

Register for this class here.

 

Accommodations for out-of-town participants: Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown at a special discounted room rate of $129.00 + tax (standard king).  Call 1-800-228-9290 or 404-876-8888 to reserve your room by April 24, 2018 to guarantee the discounted room rate.  (Standard room rates apply after that date.)  Be sure to mention the "Charles Needle Photography Workshop Group" when calling to receive the discounted room rates.

Contact Charles for any additional questions.

 

 

 

May 21, 2018

 

BRAND NEW

WORKSHOP!

 

 

"Old Car City Workshop"

 

(White, GA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the world's largest known classic car junkyard, Old Car City USA, located about 45 minutes north of downtown Atlanta, GA.

 

You'll find hundreds of vintage cars scattered along pathways that meander amongst trees in an old southern forest.  There are endless opportunities to make interesting artistic detailed closeup abstract images of rust and other old car parts, as well as "intimate landscape" imagery showcasing these classic cars. There's even an old general store filled with rare and unusual relics.

 

You'll receive lots of 1-on-1 instruction from Charles in the field, which will emphasize creative macro, soft-glow montage camera techniques (ideal for this type of subject matter!), learning to see, and creative iPhoneography using fish-eye lenses, etc.

 

And as an added bonus, we'll have the place all to ourselves (with private access), since Old Car City is closed to the general public on Mondays!

Hours: 9 am to 4 pm (with a 90-minute lunch break). 

Tuition: $225. Early-bird registration deadline: April 15, 2018.  After April 15, the price increases to $275.  We apologize, no refunds after April 15, 2018.  If cancel before April 15, 2018, a $25 processing fee will apply.

 

To reserve your spot, please send a check for $225 payable to “Charles Needle Photography” at 7725 Gateway, Suite 1401; Irvine, CA 92618-1583. When registering, please include your mailing address, email address and phone number.

Please contact Charles with any questions.

 

 

June 9, 2018

 

NEW WORKSHOP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The Art of Flower & Garden Photography"

Workshop

 

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

 

(Sherman Library & Gardens

in Corona Del Mar, CA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join award-winning California-based flower and garden photographer, Charles Needle, for a hands-on 1-day workshop at beautiful Sherman Library & Gardens at the peak of summertime bloom.

 

Photograph in the garden from 8:30 am to 10:30 am for two hours before Sherman opens to the public, as well as during regular opening hours! This is a special time when plants and flowers are bathed in warm, golden light.
 
Charles will guide you through the technical craft of flower and garden photography, and you’ll receive lots of personalized, 1-on-1 instruction from him, both in the classroom and in the field.  Learn tips and techniques for capturing artistic close-ups and intimate garden landscapes through slide-illustrated lectures and field demos.
 
Topics covered will include: suggested camera equipment and accessories, effective lighting techniques, mastering artistic compositions, creative macro photography, Impressionistic flower and garden photography, in-camera multiple-exposures, soft-glow montage and creative smartphone photography.
 
All skill levels and camera formats welcome.

 

Cost: $250, which includes entrance to Sherman Library & Gardens.

 

Registration deadline: May 31, 2018.

 

Hours: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Limited to 14 participants.

 

To register, please click here to download a registration form.

 

We apologize, no refunds after April 30, 2018.

 

Please contact Charles with any questions.

 

 

 

 

June 18-24, 2018

 

SOLD OUT!

 

Please email Charles to add your

name to the waiting list.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Monet's Garden in Summertime"

 

(Giverny, France)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Charles for a magical week in one of the most beautiful gardens in the world, Monet’s Garden (Giverny, France). During this workshop, you’ll have a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph for an entire week during peak early summertime bloom with NO TOURISTS present...private access! 

Wisteria on Monet’s famous Japanese bridge should be blooming during our stay, as well as many other flowers, such as irises, peonies, poppies, delphiniums, roses, daisies and azaleas.

You’ll gain daily private access to the world-famous Garden and Estate in the early mornings and early evenings, before the Garden opens and after it closes to the public, with “magic hour” light.  Charles will share special techniques he has developed for creating striking, abstract, painterly “Impressionistic” flower and garden images.

Besides Monet’s flowered sanctuary, you’ll photograph the surrounding Normandy countryside blanketed with early summer wildflowers, the Seine River Valley, Village of Giverny with its quaint stone cottages and terraced gardens, the old Norman town of Vernon, two nearby rural villages with charming French country architecture, a 14th century church, and an authentic outdoor French marketplace.

You’ll receive lots of 1-on-1 personalized instruction both in the field and classroom, and there will be plenty of lectures, assignments and supportive group image evaluations.

LAND COST PER GUEST: $4,495.  Early-bird registration deadline: February 28, 2018.  Package price increases to $4,195 (double occupancy) after that date.  A limited number of single supplements are also available for $750 each. Limited to 12 guests.

Click here to download a colorful flyer with all the details, including a Booking Form and tentative workshop itinerary.

 

Please contact Charles with any additional questions.

 

 

 

June 27 - July 1, 2018

 

BRAND NEW WORKSHOP!

 

SOLD OUT!

 

Please email Charles to add your

name to the waiting list.

 

 

 

"Gardens of Cape Cod"

 

(Barnstable, MA)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late June/early July on Cape Cod is a garden paradise!  Some of the most beautiful gardens in America can be found here.  Join award-winning California-based flower and garden photographer, Charles Needle, on a tour of several breathtaking public and private gardens on the Cape at the peak of summer growing season.

 

Charles will guide you through the technical craft of flower and garden photography, and you’ll receive lots of personalized hands-on instruction from him, both in the classroom and in the field.  Learn tips and techniques for capturing unique close-ups and intimate garden landscapes. 

 

Topics covered will include: Impressionistic flower and garden photography, creative macro, in-camera multiple-exposures, soft-glow montage and creative smartphone photography.  There will also be field demos, assignments and supportive group image evaluations.

 

Workshop begins at 7 pm, Wednesday, June 27 and ends at 12 noon, Sunday, July 1. 

 

Cost:  Cape Cod Art Association members $400, Non-members $450

 

Limited to 14 participants.  All skill levels and camera formats welcome, including smartphone cameras.  Students should also have basic proficiency in post-capture image editing software, such as Lightroom, Photoshop or Snapseed.

 

Click here for more information and to register.

 

Please contact Charles with any additional questions.

 

 

 

August 20-24, 2018

 

EARLY-BIRD

DEADLINE EXTENDED!

 

The Brilliant Colors of Butchart Gardens

 

(Brentwood Bay, B.C. - Canada)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join Charles for three unforgettable days of arresting beauty in North America’s most dazzling botanical wonder, Butchart Gardens.

As one of the world’s premier floral show gardens, Butchart features 55 acres of awe-inspiring splendor — including a classical Italian Garden, a Japanese Garden, a Rose Garden, a Mediterranean garden, and the dramatic Sunken Garden.  We'll gain special private entry into the Garden each morning, before other visitors arrive!

Treat your lenses to a dazzling display of over 900 varieties of flourishing plants at the peak of summer color. Imagine a Rose Garden with fragrant roses growing over archways and trained along fences, a dramatic Sunken Garden with large expanses of eye-popping annuals and numerous flowering trees, and a Japanese Garden with peaceful streams, ponds and bridges.

You’ll also have the opportunity to hone your macro skills with a palette of blooming flowers, such as Dahlias, Delphiniums, Tuberous Begonias, Fuchsia, Cone Flowers, Roses, Water Lilies, Calla Lilies, Phlox and Peonies.

This workshop includes post-capture classroom lectures, stimulating assignments, and supportive image evaluations. Field instruction emphasizes creative macro, impressionistic, multiple-exposure, and artistic smartphone floral photography.

Tuition: $1,085.  Early-bird registration by May 31, 2018.  $1,685 after May 31st.  Payment in full by check is due at the time of registration. Prepaid fees are refundable, minus a $295 processing fee.  We apologize, no refunds after June 15, 2018.

To register, please send a check payable to “Charles Needle Photography” at 7725 Gateway, Suite 1401; Irvine, CA 92618-1583. When registering, please include your mailing address, email address and phone number.

Accommodations: Best Western Plus Emerald Isle in Sidney, British Columbia. A block of rooms is reserved at a discounted rate of $169 Canadian/night + tax (approx. $122 US/night, including tax). To ensure room availability, call 250-656-4441 by June 1, 2018 and mention that you are with the Charles Needle Photography workshop. After June 1st, the rack rate applies.

Getting there: Daily flights are available into Victoria International Airport (YYJ), a 10-minute drive from the Best Western Plus hotel.

The workshop begins at 7 pm Monday, August 20 and ends at 12 noon Friday, August 24.

Please contact Charles with any additional questions.

 

 

 

September 15-21, 2018

 

 

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

 

"Oregon Coast Impressions"

 

(Florence & Bandon, OR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oregon's nearly 363 miles of pristine, public coastline is made up of diverse terrain that changes from rugged cliffs to evergreen forests to Sahara-like dunes and boundless sandy beaches. 

 

Treat your lenses to dramatic scenery with breathtaking viewpoints, a stunning state park along the shoreline (complete with lushly planted gardens and a greenhouse filled with spectacular flowers and plants), historic lighthouses and tide-pools filled with colorful and unusual sea treasures.

 

Throughout the week, you’ll receive lots of 1-on-1 personalized instruction from Charles, both in the field and classroom.  In addition, there will be plenty of educational shooting demos, informative classroom lectures, assignments and supportive group image evaluations. 

 

Field instruction will emphasize Impressionistic landscape, multiple-exposure, creative macro and artistic smartphone photography.

 

The workshop begins at 7 pm September 15 in Florence, OR and ends at 12 noon September 21 in Bandon, OR.

 

Tuition: $1,295.  Early-bird registration by July 27, 2018.  After July 27, price increases to $1,895.  Payment in full by check is due at the time of registration.  When registering, please include your mailing address, email address and phone number. Prepaid fees are refundable, minus a $295 processing fee.  We apologize, no refunds after August 1, 2018.  Limited to 12 participants.

 

Accommodations: Special discounted room rates have been arranged at two hotels along the Oregon coast.

 

Driftwood Shores Resort and Conference Center in Florence for the nights of September 15-17, 2018, at the discounted rate of $135/night + tax (standard queen) and $191/night + tax (king suite).  Call 541-902-6441 before July 27, 2018 to book your room, and be sure to mention you’re coming with the Charles Needle Photography workshop group.

 

Our second hotel, Sunset Oceanfront Lodging in Bandon, will be for the nights of September 18-20 at a reduced rate of $170/night + tax (single king or two queen beds). Call 1-800-842-2407 before July 27, 2018 to book your room, and be sure to mention you’re coming with the Charles Needle Photography workshop group. 

 

Getting there: Daily flights are available into Portland International Airport (PDX).  Florence, OR, where the workshop begins, is about a 3-hour and 15-minute drive from PDX.  You’ll need to rent a car to drive to Florence, or share with someone else who arrives around the same time.  (We’ll be caravanning during the workshop.)

 

Questions, please contact Charles.

 

 

 

 

 

October 17-20, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Impressions in the

Portland Japanese Garden

 

(Portland, OR)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Treat yourself and your lenses to rich hues of red, gold and amber at the peak of autumn color in one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan: the Portland Japanese Garden.
This workshop offers the unique opportunity to shoot in the Garden on two consecutive mornings from 8 to 10 am before it opens to the public, along with regular garden hours.


Treat your lenses to five different types of tranquil gardens surrounded by stunning Japanese maples erupting in brilliant reds: a flat garden, strolling pond garden, tea garden, natural garden, and sand & stone garden.


Charles will share tips on creating compelling garden photographs 1-on-1 in the field and classroom.
Emphasis will be placed upon making beautiful compositions that incorporate elements of visual design, such as line, shape, color and texture. The workshop will also cover more advanced impressionistic camera techniques, such as: Multiple-Exposure Monet, Soft-Glow Montage, Composite Montage, shooting reflections, creative camera movement, and creative smartphone apps. Assignments and supportive group image evaluations will also be included.


All formats are welcome. Please have a working knowledge of your camera equipment. This is primarily a digital-capture workshop, but basic image-editing software experience (such as Photoshop or Lightroom) is suggested.


Tuition: $795 (includes membership to garden) Basic image-editing software experience (such as Photoshop or Lightroom) is suggested.

 

Workshop begins at 7 pm Oct. 17th and ends at 12 noon Oct. 20th.

 

Click here to register through the Pacific Northwest Art School.



Charles Needle Photo

Besides the workshops scheduled above, Charles also conducts personalized classes and portfolio reviews.  See the Instruction Page for details on these programs.





  TOP        BACK        HOME  




About Charles Needle Photo Gallery Nature Comforts Products CNP Products Nature Photography Workshops CNP News CNP Web Links Contact CNP