Klotz Throwing Company Photo Workshop
Posted: 17th January 2010
Location: Lonaconing, MD
Date/Time: April 5, 2014 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
The Site: The Klotz Throwing Company was a major victory for me when I finally got permission from the owner to photograph it in 2011. I can truly say that finding a textile mill with fully intact 1940s-50s era machinery is unprecedented, and the details - down to the 'fire suppression system' consisting of buckets hung from the posts - are amazingly photogenic. Since I set up the first photography workshop there to raise funds to help maintain the building, it has become a popular spot for photographers. I could spend days here, and you will absolutely walk away from a workshop here with some impressive shots of a very rare and fascinating window into America's past.
The Workshop: During the workshop I will be on hand to help you get better shots - including a basic introduction to infrared photography (this is a perfect environment for it!) and 360 degree panoramas. 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.
Rules/Safety: You need to be very aware of your safety. I encourage you to always pay attention to your surroundings. It is easy to twist an ankle or trip in some areas, and there are many ticks lurking in the underbrush so we recommend pants, boots, and a long sleeved shirt. 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 me 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.
By signing up you agree to the following terms: 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. You will need to sign a waiver to participate in this event, a sample of which can be found here. 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.
REFUND POLICY: If you are unable to attend an event and notify me at email@example.com more than 30 days prior to the event, you will be issued a full refund minus a $40 processing fee. Because of the extremely limited tour spots, if it is within 30 days of the event there are NO REFUNDS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES except in case of workshop cancellation by Abandoned America. You may give or sell 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 always a possibility that the workshop may need to be moved to a different date based on severe inclement weather, safety concerns, or 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. We cannot be held liable for travel, rental, or other costs incurred by attendee in the event of workshop cancellation. We do make every effort to ensure all events run on schedule. All sales are final.
Any questions? Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org - if the PayPal link is immediately below this there are still open spots.
By Maria: What an amazing space you found. I can imagine the sound, smell and vibe it carried when functional.
By Suzanne Arnold: Your photos are amazing.I am so sorry I'm going to miss your exhibit at the gallery. Thank you for your exhibit. Suzanne