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Welcome to America's Largest Home, Biltmore! To say that we are honored to partner with Biltmore to offer this workshop is an understatement. Biltmore Estate was built by George W. Vanderbilt in the 1890's and officially opened to his family and friends in the winter of 1895. We are excited to welcome you during the winter for our two day macro workshop. Together we will spend our days inside the beautiful conservatory photographing blooms, water droplets and spend time capturing flowers within the orchid room.

During our time together and included with the workshop, you will have two days with full access to explore the house and the grounds during our breaks. When you visit Biltmore, you will immediatly notice the thoughtful intention that has been given to placement, colors, and the overall astetic beauty of the Biltmore Estate. Truly, this beautiful estate will inspire you and ignite your creativity. Come immerse yourself in the timeless beauty of Biltmore.
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General Info
Destination:
Biltmore Estate - Asheville, NC - USA
Workshop Dates:
February 18 - 19, 2019
Instructors: Keith & Tiffany Briley
Class Size: 12 (6 per instructor)
Open To: All skill levels
Cost: $475 USD
Lodging
The Inn on Biltmore Estate
or
Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate
(800) 411-3812
We have group rates available for our guests.
Info will be included with your booking.
Activity Level
Easy
Highlights
Includes two day admission to Biltmore Estates and all facilities on their 8000 acre property, a relaxed, supportive and creative atmosphere for you to learn new techniques, learning how to apply painterly techniques to your images, understanding the importance of classical compositions.

Your Experience:
Biltmore Estate offers two hotels for you to choose from. We strongly recommend that everyone choose one of these beautiful hotels for your stay during the workshop. We will meet on Monday morning to begin our time together. Our workshop will start with a brief instructional time and setting our goals for the two days. We will then spend a relaxed and quiet day photographing and learning how to intentionally work with the flowers and their natural shapes, curves and lines. On our second day, we will spend most of our time in a classroom setting learning how to post process the images you created and approaching our digital darkroom much like a painter approaches canvas. You'll learn powerful techniques that will have the viewers of your images thinking you created a physical painting.

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Required Gear:
• Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera with Multiple Batteries & Memory Cards
• Macro Lens
• Sturdy Tripod
• Wireless Remote or Cable Release
• Circular Polarizer Filter
Topics We’ll Cover
• The secret to making an impact with your images
• The art of listening to your subject
• Understanding the value of being intentional
• The use of natural light
• Creating intriguing compositions
• Making full use of your histogram
• Focusing techniques
• Caputruing Water droplets
• Applying, creating and implementing textures
• Learning to create your own textures
• The steps to creating a painterly approach to your art
• Fundamental compositional tools
Don't Have A Macro Lens?
No problem! Our friends and sponsors at Tokina are happy to provide you with a macro lens to use during our time together. If you photograph with Nikon or Canon they can hook you up! This comes to you as no extra charge as our guest. Please let us know in advance if we should reserve a macro lens for you.

Physical Requirements
Although the Biltmore Estate is set on an 8,000 acre property, the only walking that will be done is from the Conservatory, through the gardens and if you'd like to explore the Biltmore Estate House. In addition, the Conservatory has cement floors and comfortable shoes are highly recommended. If you have trouble being on your feet for long periods of time, there are benches throughout the Conservatory for you to rest.

What's Included
Professional one-on-one instruction in the field, critiquing and preparing your captures for the digital darkroom, hours of shooting, many amazing images and several new friends!

Access to the Biltmore Estate House, grounds and the ability to roam for two full days. You must stay at one of the hotels to be given full access. Please be sure to book one of our blocked rooms for a deeply discounted rate.

What's Not Included
Airfare, airport fees and taxes, visa fees, transportation, lodging and meals.

Payment and Cancellation Policy
A full payment of $475 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Booking for this workshop will be available until the date of start or all 12 spots have been taken. If you wish to cancel after full payment has been made, our refund policy is stated below:

All cancellations can be fully credited towards future workshops with us!

Between 120 and 90 days: Full refund minus $50 processing fee
Between 90 and 60 days: 50% refund
Between 60 and 30 days: 25% refund
Less than 30 days and no-shows: 0% refund