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Free Veterans Photography Workshop

Dare County Arts Council
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On Saturday, May 25 award-winning photographer Shirley Whitenack will lead a free digital photography workshop called Veterans Appreciation: Take Your Best Shot. Class will consist of lecture, demonstration, and on-location photography at Bodie Island Lighthouse to enhance the classroom instruction.

From practical advice to hands-on photography, award-winning photographer Shirley Whitenack will teach this photography workshop that will empower you to take control of your camera and unleash your creativity.

Class will cover camera mechanics, metering modes, exposure, point of focus, seeing light, depth of field (blurred, soft background vs detailed, sharp background), compositional techniques, lens selection, and basics of flash. Class will consist of lecture, demonstration, and on-location photography to enhance the classroom instruction. Outside shooting will provide opportunities to fully utilize directional light, exploit depth of field, and create effective and dramatic compositions. Class will begin at Bodie Island Lighthouse and then move to Dare County Arts Council. Class wrap-up will encompass image review/critique, organizing and archiving images, photo resources, and follow-up questions. Each participant will receive photography handouts to keep for future reference.

The workshop is open and free to Veterans, active-duty military and their families. Class is limited to 10 students and is open to all levels of photographers from beginner to advanced. Preregistration is required.

What to bring? Camera(s), battery charger, instruction manual, digital media, tripod (not required), a few good and “not so good” photos you have taken, a brown bag lunch, and your questions. Taking good pictures relies on confidence, not luck. Expect to leave this class with added confidence.

Shirley has been photographing for over 40 years and has earned the Fellow of Photography degree from VA Professional Photographers Association. She is also a member of Professional Photographers of NC and Professional Photographers of America. She has been awarded the Fuji Masterpiece Award and Kodak Gallery Award. For over 10 years, Shirley worked as an instructional developer at Joint Forces Command where she interacted with all branches of the military. As a trainer, she worked closely with the men and women in uniform and came to know them personally, not just as rank and last name. She is married to Richard St. Peter, an Air Force veteran, a photographer, and who served in the Vietnam War. Shirley is pleased to be able to offer this photo workshop to military veterans. She has graciously donated a camera bag valued at $80.00 that one lucky Veteran will win.

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