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Leap of Faith Workshop 2: 2015 Edition

Posted: 30th June 2014

I'm excited to announce the next Leap of Faith Workshop for 2015!

Location:It's a Mystery! (One hour from Harrisburg, PA)
Dates/Times Available:
October 17, 2015 10:30-2:30
Cost: $150/ea.

The Site: Last year I introduced a Leap of Faith workshop where I didn't tell people what the site was, just that it was worth visiting. I've finally got a date for the second installment for 2015. I am not going to give you details on what or where the building is (obviously you'll get directions when you sign up but not much more), but I will tell you a few things, and they are as follows:

It is a large building. I thought it was really neat and has tons of excellent photography opportunities. I have not seen other photographs of the interior. We may only get one opportunity to visit for a workshop. It is relatively structurally safe although I do highly recommend a respirator as there may be mold.

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. I know some of you are just taking the tour to see the location, and if that's the case we'll stay out of your way and let you do your thing, but we will be on hand to offer individualized instruction for the duration of the event. 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 us even questions that may seem silly to you. We want you to leave with pictures you're proud of.

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. Please note this environment has mold and dust that may be problematic for people with allergies or respiratory conditions and factor that into your decision whether or not to attend. Respirators are highly recommended.

What to bring:
- respirator/dust mask (recommended)
- for darker areas, flashlights and/or an external flash (a flash cable wouldn't hurt too)
- 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. Because of the extremely limited tour spots there are NO REFUNDS UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES if you have signed up for the tour except in case of workshop cancellation by Abandoned America. 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 always a possibility that the workshop may need to be moved to a different date based on severe inclement weather 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.

October 17, 2015 10:30 - 2:30
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Photo comment By Lynn: Do you ever come up to the Hudson Vallry in New York to do workshops?

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