Welcome to our home! We can't wait to host you here in Charleston and show you not only our beautiful city, but explore all of the hidden gems we have found. We spend an extraordinary amount of time with our company Charleston Photography Tours, searching for the unknown photographic potential of the Lowcountry. We live here, so not only do we know the area, but our expenses are minimal. Because of this, we are able to pass those savings on to you!

For this workshop, it's safe to say that when the azaleas come into bloom, Charleston is bathed in color and history comes alive. Spring is easily the very best time of year to visit and photograph the Lowcountry. We will make sure you're not only in the right place for the right light, but we will also guide you to areas only locals will know about. From private plantations to lush azaleas, you'll see Charleston and the Lowcountry in all their beauty.

 
 

General Info
Destination: Charleston, SC - USA
Workshop Dates:
Week 1: March 13th - March 16th, 2020
Week 2: March 20th - March 23rd, 2020
Week 3: March 27th - March 30th, 2020
Instructors: Keith & Tiffany Briley
Deposit: $250 USD
Cost: $895 USD

Recommended Lodging
Wingate by Wyndham
9280 University Blvd
North Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 553-4444
We will have group rates available for our guests.
Info will be included with your booking.

Highlights
Magnolia Plantation and its Gardens, Blackwater Swamps, Boneyard Beaches, Azaleas, Oak Alleés, Historic Ruins, Shrimp Boats, Seascapes, Wetlands, Lowcountry Backroads, Ravenel Bridge, Downtown Charleston, Spanish Moss Covered Live Oaks, Autobon Swamp, Large Piers & Lowcountry Wildlife
All of this plus, FULL ACCESS to a private plantation and a PRIVATE boat ride to an uninhabited island to photograph its Boneyard Beach under the Milky Way and throughout sunrise.
Experience
Beginner - Advanced

Our excursions are beneficial for both the beginner and seasoned photographer. All guests will experience one-on-one instruction, with the emphasis being on the individual's strengths and desires.
Activity
Easy

All of the locations we have scheduled will be within the ability of anyone who is in moderate shape. The Lowcountry is a very flat landscape which will require no hiking. There will be a couple of lengthy beach walks.
Terrain
Beaches - Plantations - Live Oaks

Charleston and the surrounding Lowcountry are lined by the Atlantic Ocean and veined with a massive wetland system giving way for not only great landscape opportunities, but a wide variety of wildlife.
Group Size
12 People

We believe group size is important for the ability to provide as much one-on-one instruction in the field as necessary. Due to the knowledge of our home location, this group size will be six guests per instructor.

March 13th - March 16th, 2020
March 20th - March 23rd, 2020
March 27th - March 30th, 2020

Itinerary
All locations and times visited will be determined by the conditions given. The itinerary below is provided to give an idea of the flow of each day. Times and locations may vary. All elements are watched closely for the best photographic and learning experience. During our first day we will cover camera settings, composition and guidlines. We will also spend time working on slow exposures and mastering the art of capturing water movement. This time in the field will be the foundation for the rest of our time together.

Bonus Session
We've listened to our guests and have implemented something that has been hugely beneficial in our time together. Each workshop group will be invited to a live, recorded, online critique and post processing session, a short time after the workshop. This makes way for more shooting in the field and the option to learn from the comfort of your home and the ability to refer to the recorded session for future reference.

Day One
We’ll all gather at the hotel, in the afternoon, for a meet and greet followed by dinner and our sunset location. We’ll keep it low key tonight while we begin our new friendships and cover photographic techniques that will set the foundation for all we're going to learn and cover during our time together.

Day Two
Being located on the east coast, sunrises in the Lowcountry are spectacular. Our first morning together will be an early one. Join us as we board a boat and make our way to an uninhabited island, off the Charleston coast, to photograph its boneyard beach with a Milky Way backdrop and finish off with an unforgettable sunrise! Afterwards, we’ll gather for breakfast and discuss the remainder of our day. Following a short break due to an early rise, we’ll gather together for a photo critique and discussion on composition and the use of light. Afterwards, we’ll be back on our adventure to photograph and capture the natural beauty of Charleston. Along the way, we’ll stop for a bite of southern food for dinner, then continue shooting well into sunset and the blue hour, before calling it a day.
Day Three
This morning's focus is moving water and motion in photography. We’ll discuss tips and tricks for identifying and creating movement and depth in our images. Including the use of filters and properly exposing for the moment. After our morning field session, expect the remainder of today's itinerary to be filled with photographic opportunity, as we hop from place to place to cover a variety of locations, including Oak Allees, historic ruins, black water swamps, shrimp trawlers, marshes and the Azalea filled plantations.
Day Four
Today is our last day together and we'll make the most of it! It’s day four and we’re so excited to introduce you to a location that only CPT visits! After our sunrise location, we'll have FULL ACCESS to a private plantation, to wander and photograph its magnificant Oak Allee and abundant subject matter that will transport you back in time! We'll wrap up the worskshop mid-day and say our goodbyes.
Topics We’ll Cover
• The secret to making an impact with your images
• How to set yourself up for success in the field
• From snapshots to fine art – making the most of the location
• The use of natural light
• Long exposure work with the use of filters
• Making full use of your histogram
• Focusing techniques
• Manual bracketing
• Capturing water movement
• Proper exposure
• Getting the most out of your tools within your digital darkroom
• Sometimes, rules are meant to be broken
Recommended Gear
• Digital SLR Camera with Multiple Batteries & Memory Cards
• Standard to Wide Lens with Lens Hood (10 - 70mm)
• Telephoto Lens with Lens Hood (70 - 400mm)
• Sturdy Tripod
• Wireless Remote or Cable Release
• Circular Polarizer Filter
• Neutral Density Filters
• Your Favorite Gear Bag or Backpack
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Water shoes or shoes you don't mind getting wet
• Jacket for Cooler Mornings
• Coat, gloves and hat for boat trip
• Headlamp or Flashlight
• Camera / Lens Rain Cover
• A Spirit of Adventure!


What's Included
All entrance fees according to the itinerary, professional one-on-one instruction in the field, expert digital darkroom instruction and critiquing, hours and hours of shooting, many amazing images and several new friends!

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

Trip Insurance
We encourage investing in trip insurance to cover your costs in the event an unforseen circumstance were to occur that requires you to cancel.

Payment and Cancellation Policy
A non-refundable deposit of $250 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Final payment is due 90 days before the workshop starts. If you wish to cancel after final payment has been made, our refund policy is stated below:

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

Between 90 and 30 days: 25% refund
Less than 30 days and no-shows: 0% refund

If we happen to find another guest to take your place, we will give you a full refund (minus the $250 deposit that is required when booking before the 90 day mark).

March 13th - March 16th, 2020
March 20th - March 23rd, 2020
March 27th - March 30th, 2020