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Holmesburgh Prision Photography Workshop with Abandoned America - SOLD OUT

Posted: 06th September 2010

Location: Holmesburg Prison, Philadelphia PA
Date/Time: September 30, 2013 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: $135/ea.

The Site: Holmesburg Prison was built in 1896 and ran continuously for nearly a century until 1995. One of the most intense and photogenic locations I've photographed, it has been extremely difficult to gain access to since they began periodically reusing portions of the campus for prisoneer overflow. Overgrown cells with roots plowing through the stones in the walls, brilliant mold patterns, prisoner collages and graffiti, and extraordinarily lit cells await. This is an extremely rare opportunity to see an incredible place; the workshop group is limited to 15 and will be given three hours of access to the site. For more on the brutal and fascinating history of this site as well as photographs of the interior of the prison, visit my gallery here.

The Workshop: During the workshop I will be on hand to help you get better shots - these environments can be pretty tough to navigate photographically and I encourage you to come with questions. You will have three hours to explore the prison as dictated by the Correctional Officers accompanying us - there will be a tour and a photography demo lesson, but you are not required to attend them. I know some of you are just taking the tour to see the location, and if that's the case I'll stay out of your way and let you do your thing. Learning to use a tripod, what file format to shoot in, how to compose shots better, what ISO, F-Stop, and shutter speed affect, and how to do things like exposure bracketing are very important to your results. Don't feel afraid to ask me even questions that may seem silly to you. I want you to leave with pictures you're proud of. I've been doing this for a while and want you to learn from my mistakes and successes.

Safety: You need to be very aware of your safety. I encourage you to always pay attention to your surroundings. A site manager will be on hand and following their directions is critical. If you do not you may be asked to leave the site. You will be asked to sign a waiver before you enter acknowledging that you are entering a potentially unsafe environment and that you will not hold either the owners or myself liable for any harm that may befall you or your equipment. Obviously the first priority on the trip, even before taking great pictures, is making sure that you are safe - but you will need to be the one looking out for that.

What to bring:
- a bottle of water
- sturdy boots that protect your feet
- your tripod
- a fully charged cell phone
- your camera manual if you're unsure how to change settings. I can help you find the information you need in the manual but most cameras have their own ways of accessing features and changing settings and that makes things a lot easier.
- It's not necessary but a remote shutter switch is a nice thing to have and you can get a cheap one on Amazon for about $6 depending on your camera.

Refunds/Cancellations: Because of the extremely limited tour spots there are NO REFUNDS if you have signed up for the tour except in case of workshop cancellation. You may give a paid spot in the workshop to someone else if you are unable to attend but admission may not be transferred to another event. There is a possibility that the workshop may need to be moved to a different date based on the site manager's limitations. If this is the case notification will be given immediately and a refund will be offered if attendee is unable to make the alternate date. All sales are final.

Any questions? Send me a note at admin@abandonedamerica.org - if the PayPal link is immediately below this there are still open spots.


Important: Please make sure you check the email associated with your Paypal account for confirmation/updates! Your Paypal receipt is your confirmation, an email will follow with further details no less than a week prior to the event. By signing up for this workshop you agree not to use information attained before or during the workshop to illegally trespass or set up alternate workshops/events.


Photo comment By Bill Bugno: Do you have a wait list for this one? Thanks.
Photo comment By Steve: would be very interested if another tour is available in the future.

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