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Date: May 13 - 15

Time: 9 am – 4 pm

Fee: $150

Participants: 8

Location: Highland Center Arts Council Room or Conference Room and Highland landscapes

Materials Cost: none

Workshop Summary:  EXPLORING HIGHLAND COUNTY, VIRGINIA - Learn how to create inspiring and memorable photographs with beautiful Highland County as your backdrop. We will focus on the natural environment - wild flowers should be in bloom and the spring landscape beautiful. Learn more about exposure, lighting, composition, and what makes a photograph better. This class is for the beginning to intermediate photographer, however it will be helpful to know some basics about your camera beforehand, as we have a lot to cover in three days.

EQUIPMENT & MATERIALS LIST ~ Digital DSLR, Mirrorless, or any camera that has manual capability settings on it ~ YOUR CAMERA’S OWNERS MANUAL (if you don’t have one, please look it up online beforehand and download it as needed. It’s always best to have a hard copy of it to take out in the field with you, in the event you can’t access it without WIFI or cell coverage. ~ 1-3 lenses of your choice (wide, macro, telephoto, etc.) ~ External flash, if you have one. (And batteries that fit it, plus extras – typically 4 AA for most) & an owner’s manual if you have it. ~ Memory cards (SD, CF, etc. depending on what your camera uses). I would bring at least 2. ~ Memory card reader or a way to download your images. ~ VERY IMPORTANT! Please bring a USB thumb/flash drive with plenty of space/memory on it. Also I strongly recommend bringing an external hard drive, especially for long term storage & backing up your work. These are less prone to fail than a USB thumb/flash drive. ~ Batteries for your camera and a battery recharger. I would bring at least two batteries and make sure one is always charged. ~ A tripod or monopod if you have one. ~ A camera bag. I prefer my backpack or a sling bag for hiking. ~ Your own personal laptop,, if you have one. We will spend more time on photography & very little on photo editing, since we only have so much time in and out of the classroom those 3 days. ~ We will be doing a bit of walking/hiking. Please be sure to wear comfortable & if possible weatherproof shoes. Also bring/wear a light jacket, rain gear, and/or a hat as the weather in higher elevations, even in summer, can be unpredictable. Also, bring anything you will need for a full day away… prescriptions, sunscreen, insect repellent (hope we won’t need it!), plenty of water/water bottle, snacks, lunch, etc.


There will be no materials fee.

About Elizabeth Larson

Elizabeth Larson has been a professional photographer for 30 years. She specializes in wedding photography, lifestyles, portraiture, travel, editorial, and business branding photography. Elizabeth is a native of Virginia, however she relocated to North Carolina in 2005. Elizabeth has been teaching photography workshops about once a year at the prestigious John C. Campbell Folk School since 2011 and has taught several local workshops as well.  In her spare time she enjoys traveling, gardening, cooking, journaling, live music, kayaking, and the great outdoors. She is a member of Professional Photographers of North Carolina, American Society of Media Photographers, Wedding & Portrait Society, and the Guilford Horticulture Society. To view more of her work, please visit her website: and her Instagram

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