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4 New Workshop Dates Announced and Open for Registration

Scott announced yesterday 4 brand new workshops that are now open for registration. 

Sunset Photo Workshop in the Shenandoah National Park

Sunset Photo Workshop in the Shenandoah National Park will allow individuals to visit this beautiful park with Scott, setup in a location picked by Scott and then get some great sunset photos while Scott is there to assist. Two dates for this workshop. 

Friday, June 30, 2017 - Special pricing is 50% off as this is the first Sunset Workshop. Cost is $25

Friday, July 28, 2017 - Cost is $25


Sunrise Photo Workshop in the Shenandoah National Park

Sunrise Photo Workshop in the Shenandoah National Park will allow individuals to visit this beautiful park with Scott, setup in a location picked by Scott and then get some stunning sunrise photos while Scott is there to assist. Two dates for this workshop. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017 - Special pricing is 50% off as this is the first Sunset Workshop. Cost is $25

Friday, July 28, 2017 - Cost is $25

Trip Report

Southwest Trip - Day 3 (Sedona to Page,AZ)

by Scott Turnmeyer

by Scott Turnmeyer

Day 3 started out early in the morning in Sedona. No sunrise photos today as we had to be in Page, AZ at 10am to check in for our Photo Tour into Upper Antelope Canyon, and that is a bucket list item that would not be missed. 😄 


So after a quick packup of the vehicle, locking ourselves out of our room and caffeine fill ups, we were off. The trek from Sedona to Page was astounding. We drove through massive canyons, high elevations, desert straight stretches that went on for miles. We went from sand to evergreen trees, with Watch for Elk signs along the road, back to desert. Along the way, you are surrounded by miles and miles of beautiful Navajo tribal reservation. Truly a drive that I would want to do many more times, but next time not under a time pressure so that we could stop and enjoy it like we did from Page to Zion, watch for that blog post coming up. 


We arrived in Page, AZ, and checked in for our tour with 45min to spare. Things got a little tense on the way there because apparently the time zone line is super close so our phones were bouncing back and forth with us being early, then late. But when we got there all was well.  


Antelope Canyon should be on anybody's list, especially if you are a photography. The slot Canyon is divided into the upper and lower canyons and each is different. Upper Antelope is the one most visited by tourists such, and you cannot get into it without a guide. The Canyon is on reservation land, so the tour groups that go into there are usually run by Native Americans, which I thought was great because you learned history while seeing and experiencing in a different point of view. We chose Chief Tsosie -Antelope  Slot Canyon Tours (highly recommend and we gave a 5 star review on Facebook).


Sands of Time by Pam Turnmeyer

Sands of Time by Pam Turnmeyer

Chief Tsosie tours has two Upper Antelope Canyon tours, the standard group tour that lasts 55 minutes, or the highly recommended guided photography tour, which lasts 2 hours. The difference is night and day once you get in there. The main tour you stay in line and are always around people (this is a busy place people!!). The photography tour is just for that, photography. You have to have a tripod and a camera that you can perform manual adjustments on. No green automatic box here people. BTW, I teach how to get off of automatic mode, check out my classes page. It's pricier, but worth every penny. Your guide sets you up for spots, blocks people from your shot for up to 2 minutes at a time and is invaluable!! There is no way we could have gotten these shots without George's help, the best guide for sure. 


While led the main tour has multiple offerings throughout the day, the photography tour has 2 options. 10:30am or 1:00pm. We chose the 10:30am because we wanted this magic light beams that shoot through the canyon. Again, George was amazing here. He knew the timings of each one and had us in the right spots at the right times, simply amazing! The shots speak for themselves.  

by Scott Turnmeyer

by Scott Turnmeyer


I was was shooting on manual mode, cloudy white balance. ISO100, aperture ranging from f5 - f8, and then the shutter varying for the exposure that we wanted. You MUST use your tripod if you want to get anything like this. You will want to use a wide angle lens as it is close quarters in there.


We had such a great time, and checking that box off the bucket list was amazing. But in the end, George looked at us and said, "You know the light beams are cool, but the real color and magic happens later in the afternoon during the 1pm tour." So we went back the next day! Read about that in the Day 4 blog post.

The Heart by Scott Turnmeyer

The Heart by Scott Turnmeyer

After we we finished with Antelope Canyon we checked into our hotel, freshened up, and started to get the lay of the land. Page, AZ isn't thought of as a touristy destination, but you can tell it is growing, and we found a ton to do. Hiking, photography, Lake Powell and so much more is there.  


That evening we had sunset photos at the iconic Horseshoe Bend planned out. We've all seen this beautiful Bend of the Colorado River as it makes its way into the Grand Canyon. Yet another check off our bucket list on this trip. 


Horseshoe Bend by Scott Turnmeyer

Horseshoe Bend by Scott Turnmeyer

Horseshoe Bend is an easy find. There is a huge parking lot for it off the main road, you simply cannot miss it. There is a hike, I think All Trails said it was .5 mile, but it is in deep sand and up and down a hill. It's not bad going to it but a little more difficult coming back. But don't worry, we saw all ages and health conditions doing it, and I will tell you it is so worth it. It's so worth it that we made that trek 3 times on our trip taking photos.  


When you you get to the end of the trail you are literally standing at the lip of one of the most beautiful things that I have ever laid my eyes on. So majestic, Mother Nature at work, showing us how small and insignificant we really are. If your jaw doesn't drop at first sight then you aren't human.  


Watch for my fully detailed blog post for shouting in Antelope Canyon, coming I the next few days.  

Also, you will see most of these photos released as fine art edition prints in the very near future. Watch for them because each one will have a huge sale on their release weekend. 




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Photo Assignment for 5/13/17 - See The Light




This week's photo Assignment is about light. It's supposed to be sunny this week, so get out there and use that light. I'd like to see different photos where light is used differently. Could be sunset, sunrise, reflecting off water, windows, whatever you think. Please post your photos as comments on the Facebook post. Comments as I'll critique next weekend. Ends next Sat at 11:59pm and critiques will be Sunday the 21st.

Trip Report

Sunset in the Sonoran Desert

Our trip began yesterday with a day trip ATVing through the Sonoran Desert. Most photos were taken during the midday sun so we'll see what we get from those, but here are a couple.  


Sonoran Sunset


We were ending our ATV adventure as the sun began to set. Pulled off for a second and literally shot this through the front of the ATV.  


More to come one as we hit Sedona next.  

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Prepping for our trip

In the next couple of weeks I'll finally get to visit some of the iconic Southwestern spots to work on my Fine Art library. Stay tuned, because each night there will be a full trip report. It is going to be a blast. 

We'll be hitting

Sedona, AZ

Page, AZ

Antelope Canyon in Page, AZ

Zion National Park

Valley of the Fire

That's just the top spots. We'll be doing helicopter work, sunrises, sunsets, oh my. 

Cannot wait!!!!

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Photo 301 Class Registering - Shooting Motion, Low Light and More

Now register for Scott's Photo 301 class. 

@The Studio in Front Royal

This is for anyone who has a camera with the ability to shoot in manual mode and has the understanding of how to set aperture, shutter speed and ISO on their camera (My Photo 201 and Taking Better Photos - Lighting and Composition classes will prep you for this class)

This class is geared for anyone who wants to take their photography to the next level. If you have learned what aperture, shutter speed and ISO are, its now time to take them to the next level. Learn how to shoot:
- Motion - We'll talk about many different motion scenarios from wildlife to sports to landscapes (cotton candy waterfalls to be exact). I'll discuss many tips and techniques that I have used over the years and what tools will help you in most situations. You'll learn how to stop action, slow it down, and create advanced photos that actually show motion.
- Depth - Learn to use depth of field in your photos, especially portraits, to take those boring photos to the professional level. Don't blur the edges of a photo in post processing, get a true natural blur in camera.
- Low Light - Here is the evil of most photographers. How do I shoot in low light conditions. We'll discuss the topic at length, go into examples of settings in conditions, tool and techniques that I use, and more.
- Lens and accessory recommendations and buying tips And much more There will be up to 3hr class time Light snacks provided. Class is rain or shine. Full refund given if canceled more than 7 days prior to class. If less than 7 days no refund returned unless your spot is filled. By purchasing this class you agree to this cancellation policy.

View the class in our events below or register HERE

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Photo Assignment 4/5 - Color

Hi everyone,

This week's photo assignment will help you focusing in on your surroundings as well as working to make something your focal point of your photo. This assignment can be shot with any style camera, even your phone. 

This week I want you to focus on COLOR. Pick a single color and go around shooting things that are that color in your photos. Remember, make it the focal point. Draw attention to that color. 

By Tuesday evening at 10pm, please post your best 2 photos as a comment to the assignment post on the Facebook page. I'll critique them all. 

I'm now putting the weekly photo assignments on my blog, as well as the Facebook page. But please finish the assignment by posting your photos to the Facebook page. 


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Try Before You Buy!

We all know that photography equipment is quite expensive, especially when you are moving into purchasing the pro grade lenses and cameras. Many people, including myself, has hesitation in spending $2000 on a piece of equipment when you aren't really sure whether its right for you, or you'll use it as much as you thought you would. What do I do? 

I Try Before I Buy!

There are two websites out there that I use whenever I want to try out a piece of equipment before I pull the trigger on purchasing. Or sometimes I need this special lens for a one time shoot, so it doesn't make sense for me to purchase it for that one time. They are rental websites that allow you to rent all of the major camera manufacturers, lenses, accessories, etc. You name it, chances are they have it. 

I am sure there are many options out there these days, but my preferred sites are: Website Website


Borrowlenses has camera video and a section where you can purchased used gear as they move them through their lifecycle. I have never purchased equipment, but have rented cameras and lenses many times. 

Their rental process is very intuitive and can all be done on their website. Pick your equipment, choose the day you want it to arrive, choose the day you want to return it, choose whether you want equipment insurance (I recommend), enter your payment and shipping details and you are done. 

The equipment comes packaged safely in a box ready to return, along with the return shipping label. So easy to use. 


Like Borrowlenses, Lensrentals has video and camera equipment. They not only sell used equipment, but they now have a Keeper option of renting some equipment and that rental price is put towards your purchase of that equipment. I haven't done this myself, but seems like a good option. Website Website

The rental process for Lensrentals closely resembles that of the site above. Very easy and intuitive. Very quick and seamless shipping and receiving. 

The equipment from Lensrentals also is packed fantastically, along with a return shipping labe. So when you are done and need to send it back, put the equipment back in the box as it was, seal it up, label it and drop it off at a location. Easy as pie. 

So give it a try. Its a service from both sites that I have used many times and not one time have had an issue.