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Oakland Photography Workshop
April 24 @ 4:00 pm - June 5 @ 6:00 pm
Rich in subjects and scenes, Historic Oakland Cemetery is a photographer’s dream setting. Led by seasoned professionals, this series will explore different photography genres with technical advice and hands-on instruction. Whether you are a seasoned photographer or still learning the basics of your camera, you will discover tips and techniques to improve your skills during each class.
Sunday, April 24 (4:00-5:30 pm) – Virtual class
This virtual class will explore camera settings and composition rules. Gain a better understanding of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO and how different adjustments can give you the perfect exposure. We’ll also examine different composition principles and discuss the best lens for your photos.
Saturday, May 7 (7:00-8:45 pm) – On-site class
Discover Oakland Cemetery during the magic golden hour! Get insight on photographing greenscapes, gardens, and architecture from Oakland experts. This class will explore depth of field, focal points, exposure, tripod use, and perspective. Learn about how different camera technologies can improve your outdoor images.
Saturday, May 21 (7:00-9:00 am) – On-site class
Experience Oakland during the early morning light! Learn all about close-up and macro focusing, composition, depth-of-field, and lighting in this detail-oriented workshop.
Sunday, June 5 (4:00-5:30 pm) – Virtual class
We’ll finish up the workshop series with a virtual photography show. Learn a few tips and tricks to take your images from ordinary to extraordinary. We’ll learn about edge of day, time-lapse, night photography, long exposures, soft-focus, and much more!
All proceeds benefit the restoration of Oakland Cemetery.
Meet your Instructors
Ren Davis purchased his first 35mm camera in 1975 and has been making photographs ever since. He especially enjoys taking photographs of natural landscapes and architecture. Ren and his wife, Helen, are authors of seven books, including Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery: An Illustrated History and Guide . The Davises spent 2.5 years researching and writing the book and made photographs in every season and at all times of the day. In 2013, the book received the Georgia Historical Society’s Lila M. Hawes Award for the Most Outstanding Book on Local Georgia History published in 2012. Ren and Helen have been active volunteers at Oakland Cemetery since 2007. Ren’s principal camera is an Olympus OM D EM-10 Mark II, mirrorless, micro-four thirds camera.
Clay Fisher enjoys photographing a variety of subjects including people, nature, architecture, landscapes, rural areas, and other themes. His favorite form of photography is nature and travel, which has taken him to a number of U.S. National Parks, Georgia State Parks, and National Forests. His body of work captures the diversity, complexity, and reverence often overlooked by the human eye within these natural places. His work has been exhibited at the GA. State Capitol, galleries, juried exhibitions, various businesses throughout Georgia & Tennessee and published in newspapers and magazines.
Marion Hegedus considers herself a professional amateur – someone who is always looking to learn more and grow with the craft. She believes all people are interesting and any moment is full of meaning. Therefore, she mainly photographs people going about their lives in the everyday, with the occasional portrait session tossed in for good measure. Marion has taken photographs that have been used by a number of non-profit organizations, both for promotional purposes as well as fundraiser endeavors.
Photo by Alex Cardenas, 2019 photography workshop attendee.