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How to get the most out of a (mainly) landscape workshop?

coolmom42

McEwen, US
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coolmom42 Silver Member Awarded for her enthusiastic support of the community and exemplifying the Nikonian mission “Share, Learn and Inspire” Nikonian since 30th Nov 2011
Mon 18-Feb-13 11:54 PM | edited Mon 18-Feb-13 11:55 PM by coolmom42

I've signed up for a 2.5 day workshop run by Byron Jorjorian in late April. It's in the Big South Fork National Scenic River & Recreation Area, on the Cumberland Plateau in east-central TN. I'm impressed by Jorjorian's work and he is reputed to be a good teacher. The area is spectacular, and has been on my bucket list for a while. So this is a great opportunity.

I would have loved to do one of Eric Bowles' workshops, but the timing and locations didn't work out with other commitments.

I'm looking for tips to get the most out of it. It will be oriented towards landscape work, but no doubt there will be some opportunities for wildlife & close-up work.

I have this equipment:

D3100
18-55 mm Nikon lens
55-300 mm Nikon lens

have polarizing filters for the above

150-500 mm Sigma lens (picking up at FedEx Wednesday, had to have it held so I could sign for it.)

Feisol tripod with M20 ball head

2 spare camera batteries, inverter so they can be charged in the car if needed

plenty of high-speed SD cards

a laptop to back up the cards daily

I want to get in some practice time with the tripod for sure, and also the Sigma lens, although that will likely get the least use of any of the lenses.

I'm thinking of getting a couple of neutral density filters that would work on the smaller lenses, that would facilitate long exposures for flowing water shots if desired. Any recommendations?

Anything I should be sure to take besides the equipment above?

I have rain gear, a shooting vest, good boots, and walking poles, and know what to expect around the climate, bugs, etc. We will be working mainly close to the roads with no more than a 1 mile hike.

All suggestions appreciated!

working on it in Middle TN
Nikon D3100

35 mm 1.8 Nikkor
18-55 mm Nikkor VR
55-200 mm Nikkor VR
55-300 mm Nikkor VR
150-500 mm Sigma OS
Feisol CT3471 & Markins M20 ballhead

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