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Klotz Throwing Company Photo Workshop

Posted: 17th January 2014

Location: Lonaconing, MD
Cost: $160/ea.
Please check back in 2018 or sign up for email updates for future dates!

Please note that all workshops automatically redirect to confirmation pages and no emails beyond the Paypal receipt are sent! If you do not redirect or lose the URL feel free to email me at admin (at) abandonedamerica (dot) org

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 - these environments can be pretty tough to navigate photographically and I encourage you to come with questions. You will have four hours to explore the factory as you wish - 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. Potential risks include but are not limited to uneven terrain and fall hazards, insect/wildlife bites, and airborne/environmental contaminants. We will take precautions to ensure the safety of participants but by signing up for the workshop you are acknowledging that you accept known and unknown risks are present and will not hold any organizations/individuals involved in the workshop liable for any injuries or damages that may occur. If you have questions, feel free to send them to me.

What to bring:
- respirator/dust mask
- 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.

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 admin@abandonedamerica.org 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.

If you have questions or are thinking about signing up, please read the Workshop FAQ Page! Send me a note at admin@abandonedamerica.org if you need to know anything else. If the PayPal link is immediately below this there are still open spots.

Please check back in 2018 or sign up for email updates for future dates!


Photo comment By Maria: What an amazing space you found. I can imagine the sound, smell and vibe it carried when functional.
Photo comment 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
Photo comment By Dave mcGlynn: I worked at a Carpet Mill back in the 1950's Now when I look back on it. I think WOW what a place to work!!!

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