COMMERCIAL and FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY • GRAPHIC DESIGN

Hal Gage offers a variety of workshops on photographic and computer topics. He has worked as a professional photographer for more than 30 years. He is an award-winning photographer, well-recognized for his art and commercial photography. He has taught photography and computer skills for more than 20 years. His workshops and classes have become staples among new and seasoned photo enthusiasts alike. Check back for updates and new offerings or sign up below for updates on current and future classes and workshops.

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Workshops

Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall

 2018

Classes

Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall

2018

WORKSHOPS

Page Arizona Slot Canyons and Environs

April 8 to 12, 2018

Fee: $949 (before February 1, $995 after)

 

Like many photographers I have always admired photographs of the Arizona slot canyons. The tours that I have arranged are especially for photographers. There will be plenty of time to experience the near-spiritual quality of these towering passageways, make numerous exposures for HDR applications, and really think about compositions and enjoy the wonder.

 

A group of 6 photographers will have 4 days to explore the northern border area of Page, Arizona. There will be 2 tours of the slot canyons with a day in-between for image processing and evaluation. The first tour will be about 2-3 hours of walking and photographing a slot canyon which features a unique corkscrew chamber. This will allow photographers time to compose, photograph and consider these amazing natural formations. The second is a more remote canyon and requires a 20 minute drive and a challenging 2 mile hike out. The trip lasts about 4-6 hours. There are a variety of different canyons and environs that we will be walking through: slot canyons, carved basins, spouts, and vistas with desert flowers. For those not up for the hike, there will be an option to redo the first tour* (believe me, it will be every bit as beautiful the second time).

 

The classroom day features instruction in using Lightroom for both beginning and advanced users. This in-class day gives participants a chance to process images, review images and get expert advice on adjustments and improvements for the next day’s tour.

 

Because the slot canyons only take up the middle part of the day, there will also be time for trips to some of the other attractions nearby like: sunrise and sunset at Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, and The Toadstools. If time allows we may even get to Paria River.

 

What’s Covered:

• Preparing your camera and precautions for dry dusty environments.

• Setting up your camera preferences.

• Camera handling techniques for the best exposure results.

• How to photograph in HDR to give you expanded dynamic range.

• Considering composition as it relates to light and shadow for dramatic images.

• Using a histogram to your best advantage.

• Tripod usage for sharpest results.

• Using the creative controls built into your camera (time exposure and depth of field).

• Lens choice and creative perspective.

• How to avoid lens flare and other contrast reducing flaws.

• Using Lightroom to its full extent to achieve spectacular results.

 

Skill Level Required:

• Must understand how their camera operates and the use of shutter speeds and apertures.

• Understands how to set camera to manual.

• Knows how to review the histogram on their camera (not necessarily understand it).

• Should be photographing in RAW format, and using Lightroom or Bridge (Photoshop) to process their image files.

• Own (or rent) a wide angle lens (24mm full frame equivalent) with lens hood.

• Own (or rent) a good quality tripod.

• Own a camera backpack.

• Be able to walk for a couple miles a day and climb gradual to steep slopes.

 

 

Logistics:

The slot canyons are located just outside of Page, Arizona (near the Utah, Arizona border). Best option is to fly into Phoenix, rent a car and drive the 4-5 hours to Page (plenty of things to see and do along the way). Commuter flights are also available from Phoenix to Page at a very reasonable cost (<$100).

 

The Workshop runs April 8-12. Plan to arrive in Page on Sunday, April 8 to get checked in and situated. Check out will be on the 12th. The sponsoring hotel is the Sleep Inn ($109 plus tax). The property offers queen and king rooms, free hot breakfast, indoor pool and hot tub, and a lounge area for meetings and classes.

 

Weather in April is usually mild (65-75°) and sunny. It can be slightly cool in the canyons, a light coat or fleece is recommended. Sturdy hiking shoes are fine for foot wear. Bring a hat and sunscreen.

 

Cost:

4 days instruction, park entrance fee, and Navajo guide: (before February 1, 2018) $949, (after February 1, 2018) $995. *

Non photographing spouse or companion: $240 (includes access to the slot canyons) *

* For those not doing the long hike on the second day and opting to re-tour the first canyon, subtract $100.

 

Refund Policy:

Workshop fees are 100% refundable up to February 19, 2018; 50% refundable up to March 12, 2018. No refunds after March 12, 2018.

 

Not Included in Workshop Fee:

hotel accommodations, meals, gratuities, air and overland transportation.

Arizona Slot Canyons

travel photographing series

2018 Destination Workshop Special

Night Photography

Learn to Photograph Fireworks,

Carnival Lights and More

Fee: $250 (plus a $25 lab fee, paid separate at the time of the class), February (Thu)15, (Fri)16, (Sat)17, (Fri)23, (Sat)24, 2018

This 2 week, 5 night course covers setting up your camera for night photography, the type and use of camera equipment needed to create great nighttime photos, and tips on composing dynamic pictures. Get practical techniques for capturing fireworks, cityscapes, and artificially lit ice sculptures. Learn to paint with light and create action blur effects.

This class coincides with Fur Rondy, providing opportunities to photograph fireworks, and lights of the winter carnival. We'll also work with live fire dancers at various locations

For more info, contact Hal Gage.

Night Photography

Photographing the City at Night

From the first time that I took a class...from Hal Gage, he has peaked my interest in improving my photography. Hal has a very relaxed teaching style. He is patient, considerate of beginners and on up. Hal loves teaching, passing on his passion of photography.... Lisa

Slideshow of photos from past class

Bird Point

Alaska's Winter Coastal Landscapes

March 3, 4, 2018

Fee $75

Hal Gage leads this annual two-day winter landscape photography workshop in the heart of Turnagain Arm, Alaska. Situated 30 miles south of Anchorage, Bird Point is one of the most unique locations and one of the last remaining untouched coastal estuaries on the Turnagain Arm. Hal Gage has been photographing there for three decades.

Participants will explore the ice-covered tidal flats, sea ice formations, and glacial carved rocks of this very unique area. Topics covered in this workshop: composition, conceptualizing an image, exposure, equipment usage, and practical considerations of working on the tidal flats. All levels are welcome.

Dress warmly with sturdy snow boots and pants. Bring your camera with extra (fully charged!!) batteries, wide-angle and telephoto lenses, and tripod.

For more info, contact Hal Gage.

Bird Point

winter coastal photography

[Hal Gage's] workshops are designed for one-on-one instruction, which makes it very helpful for novice and advanced photographers.... Each workshop with Hal is different and there are plenty of opportunities to learn and discover new things in this field. Sanjana

Annual Glacier Photography Adventure

May 18–20, 2018

Fee: $350 (Includes Park Entrance Fees)*

No one knows the Matanuska Glacier (situated 100 miles north of Anchorage) better than Hal Gage. For 18 years Hal has explored and photographed the Mat Glacier, and has taught classes there for over a decade. Join Hal Gage for a two and one half day workshop on the Matanuska Valley focusing on photographing the natural wonders of glaciers. This class is for all levels. Moderately strenuous hiking will be involved, but no vertical climbing or ropes. The glacier is very safe.

The workshop covers composition, exposure, equipment techniques for photographing on glaciers, and guiding to the best places to photograph on the Matanuska Glacier. Critiques and discussion will follow the first day's session at Sheep Mountain Lodge. Enjoy gourmet meals while discussing composition, digital photography tips and Adobe Lightroom techniques with RAW files. Workshop fee includes: three days of Glacier Park entrance fees, one-on-one photography instruction, and lessons on safely negotiating a glacier.

Participants are responsible for meals, lodging,  transportation (car pooling may be available), and crampons.

Crampons are available for rent at AMH: 272-1811.

Crampons and Microspikes are available at REI: 272-4565.

To book your lodging (limited availability, book early) contact:

Sheep Mountain Lodge (sponsoring lodge) at (907) 745-5121

Other accommodations available at:

Majestic Valley Wilderness Lodge, (907) 746-2930

Tundra Rose Guest Cottages, (907) 745-5865 or (800) 315-5865

For more info, email Hal Gage.

 

 

*Note: The Glacier Park has raised entrance fees and restricted access. This tour gives you full and unrestricted access to the glacier.

Glacier Photography Workshop

photographing the wonders of the Matanuska Glacier

I have taken part in several of Hal's workshops over the years, some more than once. He is an inspiring teacher, whose love of photography is infectious and who shares his knowledge with generosity and patience. Since leaving Alaska I have contacted him on numerous occasions for advice on technique, equipment and style and he always responds with thought and courtesy. If I lived closer I would do the workshops all over again! Heather

Photo by Hal Gage

Meet Me at the Botanical Gardens

photographing outings

Anchorage Botanical Gardens

June thru August, weekday evenings and weekends

Fee: $25 (Plus Entrance Fee)

Join me at the Anchorage Botanical Gardens for an hour or two of flower photography. Sign up to my mailing list and received notices (sometimes short due to weather and scheduling) on meet-ups to explore the finer points of photographing flowers. I discuss and demo: using flash, specialty lenses, creative effects, and composition.

 

For more info, subscribe in the sign up field above and I'll see you at the botanical Gardens.

 

Bird Point

Alaska's Summer Coastal Landscapes

July 14, 15, 2018

Fee: $75

Hal Gage leads this annual two-day summer landscape photography workshop in the heart of Turnagain Arm, Alaska. Situated 30 miles south of Anchorage, Bird Point is one of the most unique locations and one of the last remaining untouched coastal interfaces on the Turnagain Arm. Hal Gage has been photographing there for over three decades.

Participants will explore the low tide silt flats, glacial carved rocks, seas of sedge grass and unique rock formations. Topics covered: composition, conceptualizing an image, exposure, equipment usage, and practical considerations of working on the tidal flats. All levels are welcome.

This weekend we will experience the lowest tides of the year. With predicted bore tides, it should be spectacular.

Dress in layers. Bring your camera with extra (fully charged!!) batteries, wide-angle and telephoto lenses, and tripod.

For more info, contact Hal Gage.

Bird Point

summer coastal photography

Photo by Hal Gage

I have greatly enjoyed attending Hal Gage’s photography workshops. Hal is a kind and patient teacher and freely shares his knowledge and expertise with the workshop attendees. I’ve learned many new skills and techniques and am looking forward to attending more of Hal’s workshops. I highly recommend him. Susan Serna

Photographing People

at the Alaska State Fair

Saturday, August 25, 2018, 1–5pm

Fee $65

 

Street (reportage, social documentary, candid) photography has a long history. From the time that cameras and film became small enough to handhold and record action, street photography has become an important part of our cultural dialog. Early 20th century photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, and Robert Frank set the standards that give us the basis of the genre today.

In this one day workshop, Hal Gage leads a small group of photographers to the spectacle called the Alaska State Fair, in Palmer. Why the fair? Because all manner of people, events and things await the curious eye of the photographer.

Learn to look for and "see" odd juxtapositions others might pass by, how to approach people, gain access to get the best photographs, how to be inconspicuous to get truly candid images, and previsualize in B&W and color.

The workshop runs from 1pm to 5pm, Saturday, August 26. Participants will gather at the southeast entrance for a discussion on the topics of the workshop. Individually, participants will set out to find things to photograph and meet back at a planned rendezvous point to review work and get feedback. Yes, traffic is a pain, but just take it slow, it's worth the drive.

For more info, contact Hal Gage.

 

Street Photography

Photos by Hal Gage

[Hal Gage's] workshops are designed for one-on-one instruction, which makes it very helpful for novice and advanced photographers.... Each workshop with Hal is different and there are plenty of opportunities to learn and discover new things in this field. Sanjana

Maclaren Glacier and the Denali Hwy

luxury back country expedition

Maclaren River remote camp

Denali Hwy, Alaska

Saturday thru Monday, September 1–3, 2018

Fee: $675

The first year's workshop was such a success, we're doing it again. Maclaren River Lodge (mile 42 of the Denali Hwy) is the jumping off point for the Maclaren Glacier, accessed by an exciting 30 minute jet boat ride up river. The glacier is a 5 mile hike from camp with spectacular views. Add to that, this is my favorite time of year on the "highway," peak time for golds, reds and browns blanketing the valleys and mountain sides. We'll have opportunities for Northern Lights and star photography and we'll finish with an (optional) canoe ride back down river for lunch at Maclaren River Lodge. The rustic camp site is complete with canvas sided cabins on platforms with cots, mess hall, and a latrine with one of the best views in Alaska! The 2 night trip is fully catered with gourmet meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner).

Three-day workshop fee: $650 (lodging, transportation from Maclaren and meals included). Participants are responsible for getting to and from Maclaren River Lodge.

Bring your camera, tripod, sleeping bag, warm clothes and waterproof hiking boots, and get ready for a great weekend of photography.

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For those wishing to do more sight-seeing along the 138-mile Denali Hwy, add Friday and Tuesday (Sept. 1 and 5) to the trip. Book a room at Tangle River Inn on Friday night and at Alpine Creek Lodge on Monday night to extend this trip. We'll explore the valleys, lakes, and ancient eskers (winding gravel hills) left behind from the receding glaciers.

To make it a 5-day trip just add the cost of lodging and meals at Tangle River Inn and Alpine Lodge. Call for reservations.

For reservations contact:

Tangle River Inn (907) 822-3970  for September 1.

Alpine Creek Lodge (907) 743-0565 for September 4.

Camping and RV spots are available at both locations.

For more info, contact Hal Gage.

 

 

Lr

Adobe Lightroom Classic

 

Fee: $250

(private classes also available)

Having a hard time finding that one image? Want to know the best workflow for processing your RAW files? This class lifts the veil on Lightroom and its powerful inner workings. Learn to import images like a pro, tag images with keywords and metadata for easy searches, process RAW files to pull the most out of them, configure and create jpgs, tifs and psd files for use outside of Lightroom (email, printing, post processing in Photoshop). This 4-night class will give you strong work habits and explain with in-class hands-on demo files how to efficiently use Lightroom. Learn tips and tricks of better looking images, portrait retouching, database searches, and much more. Classes run one night a week for 4 weeks. Class booklet and example files provided. Participants must have a laptop computer with Adobe Lightroom Classic installed.

For more info, contact Hal Gage.

 

 

Over the past several years I have taken numerous classes and workshops from Hal Gage. I have found his teaching style to be the best I have encountered. Hal explains the work flow in a well defined manner that is easy to follow and understand. He welcomes questions without intimidating the asker and will go out of his way or spend time after class to make sure the material is understood. JWN

I use Lightroom everyday…. I learned more in 1 ½ hours with [Hal Gage], then I learned in a day long class [with other teachers]. Susan Serna

Adobe Lightroom

organize and process your digital files

CLASSES

I have greatly enjoyed attending Hal Gage’s photography workshops. Hal is a kind and patient teacher and freely shares his knowledge and expertise with the workshop attendees. I’ve learned many new skills and techniques and am looking forward to attending more of Hal’s workshops. I highly recommend him. Susan Serna

Adobe Photoshop CC 2018

 

Fee: $250

(private classes also available)

Want to take your digital captures to the next level? Want to know what to do with your "hero" images? Want to make composites of images that are sure to wow your viewers? Find out what's new in Photoshop CC. This 4-night course will help you learn how to unleash the power of Adobe Photoshop. intergated with Lightroom, you'll learn the basics of layering and masking, inside tips on effectively stitching images together for panoramas, creating HDR (high dynamic range) images without all the fuss. You will come away with a working knowledge of compositing images, selective exposure and color adjustments... all in a non-destructive workflow. Classes run one night a week for 4 weeks. Class booklet and example files provided. Participants must have a laptop computer with Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 installed.

For more info, contact Hal Gage.

Adobe Photoshop

taking your images to the next level

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