Tampa Bay Photo Shootout 2017
Registration is open for the 2017 Tampa Bay Photo Shootout!
February 24-26, 2017 at St. Petersburg College, Clearwater, FL!
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Unique courses, exceptional instructors, incredible photo opportunities, and loads of fun, all in one weekend in the beautiful outdoors… who could ask for more!?!
The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout is a photography festival which brings photographers from across the country to Tampa Bay for photography, education, sightseeing, and camaraderie. The event showcases the natural beauty of Florida along with the photography expertise of highly respected professional photographers. The Shootout is organized and managed by Outdoor Photo Workshops (OPW) in conjunction with St. Petersburg College (SPC), Clearwater Campus.
The Tampa Bay area of Florida is one of North America’s gem’s for outdoor and nature photography, abounding in wildlife and beautiful scenery. Through this event we are able to showcase the beauty and diversity the area has to offer both visitors and residents while providing attendees a outstanding weekend packed full of informative workshops, great networking opportunities, unbelievable outdoor photography subjects, and most of all, fun!
We look forward to seeing you in Tampa Bay for lots of photography and fun!
A photography festival for Tampa Bay!
Thank you to our 2017 Tampa Bay Photo Shootout Sponsors!
We couldn’t do it without you!
See descriptions at the bottom of the page for more information about each event.
|Friday, February 24, 2017|
Pre-Shootout Workshop – Incredible Indoor Portraits
Photography 101 – Presented by Tamron (included!)
Anytime Between 5:00-6:45 PM
Photo Shootout Welcome and Keynote Presentation (included!)
|Saturday, February 26, 2017|
Workshop Session 1 (included!)
Range Between 6:30-11:00AM
Lunch ‘n’ Mingle & Photography Fun (included!)
Gear Swap (included!)
Workshop Session 2 (included!)
Range Between 2:05-6:30PM
Happy Hour, Live Music, Food… and More Photography! (included)
|Sunday, February 26, 2017|
Workshop Session 3 (included!)
Range Between 6:30-11:30 AM
Lunch Photography Presentation & Q&A (included!)
Workshop Session 4 (included!)
Range Between 2:05-6:30 PM
Monday-Tuesday, February 27-28, 2017
Post-Shootout Workshop – Patterns in Nature
|Post-Shootout Workshop – Fantastic Florida||3:00PM Monday-Sunset Tuesday|
All workshop locations along with directions will be provided at check-in. The St. Petersburg College (SPC), Clearwater Campus will be our main hub for the Shootout. Classroom sessions will be held on campus. Outdoor sessions are an hour or less drive from the campus.
All workshops will be within the time frame listed. Each workshop is 3-4 hours and exact times for each workshop will be provided at check-in. Meeting times for each workshop will be earlier and will also be given at check-in.
Outdoor Photo Workshop
Outdoor photo workshops are held outside in the field and led by experienced photographers. The instructors will provide participants with knowledge of the area and instruction on specific topics. You will be photographing during these sessions.
Indoor Photo Workshop
Indoor photo workshops are held inside in a classroom or off-site facility and are led by experienced photographers. The instructors will provide participants with knowledge of the area and instruction on specific topics. You will be photographing during these sessions.
Classroom Photo Seminar
Classroom photo seminars are held indoors in a classroom setting and led by experienced professionals. The instructors will provide participants with instruction on specific topics. There will not be photography opportunities during these sessions, however, it may benefit you to have your gear with you to follow along.
All special events (non-workshop sessions) will be held at SPC in the ES building.
Session 1 – Saturday Morning WorkshopsThere are no upcoming events at this time.
Session 2 – Saturday Afternoon WorkshopsThere are no upcoming events at this time.
Session 3 – Sunday Morning WorkshopsThere are no upcoming events at this time.
Session 4 – Sunday Afternoon WorkshopsThere are no upcoming events at this time. [tab: Events] There are no upcoming events at this time.
To register for the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout, please click the link below. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by clicking on the Contact Us page. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Tampa Bay Photo Shootout!
Please note: When you click the “Sign Me Up!” button above, you will be redirected to the Outdoor Photo Workshops website for registration.
Full Weekend Registration – $225
Items included in the full weekend registration fee:
- Photography 101
- Friday’s Welcome and Keynote Presentation
- 1 Admission to each of the 4 Workshop Sessions (over 30 to choose from)
- Saturday’s Lunch ‘n’ Mingle and Photography Fun
- Admission to Saturday Night’s Happy Hour
- Sunday’s Lunch Presentation
Student Registration (full weekend) – $112.50
- *Must be a full time student, student ID required. Please Email Nicole with documentation of student status prior to registering to receive your discount code.
One Day Registration – $149
Items included in the one day registration fee:
- Photography 101
- Friday’s Welcome and Keynote Presentation
- 1 Admission to each of the 2 Workshop Sessions on EITHER Saturday OR Sunday
- The lunchtime event on the day you are attending
Student Registration (one day) – $74.50
- *Must be a full time student, student ID required. Please Email Nicole with documentation of student status prior to registering to receive your discount code.
Items Not Covered by the Registration Fee:
- Travel to and from sessions
- Park/location entrance fees
- Add On’s including: Portfolio Reviews, T-shirts, Hats, etc.
- Pre or Post Workshops
- Other fees as noted
- All sessions have limited space and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis based on online registrations.
- Schedule is subject to changes, cancellations, or additions.
- There is a $35 fee for cancellations prior to January 24. After January 24, 50% of the registration fee will be charged for any cancellation. There are no refunds for cancellations the week of the event (but please let us know if you can’t make it so we aren’t worrying about you).
Who can attend the shootout? Anyone with an interest in photography at any level is welcome. Although many of the sessions will be aimed at advanced amateur photographers, we try to have something available for everyone. The photo workshops will be a chance for people of all levels to mingle, learn and enjoy photographing the beautiful Tampa Bay area.
What is the Shootout registration fee and what is included and not included with that? The full weekend Shootout registration fee is $225. The fee includes Photography 101, the Friday Welcome and Keynote Presentation, one admission to each of the 4 four workshop sessions, the Saturday Lunch ‘n’ Mingle & Photography Fun, admission to the Saturday night Happy Hour, and the Sunday Lunch Presentation.
There is also a One Day Registration which includes the morning and afternoon photography workshops on EITHER Saturday OR Sunday as well as all of the activities on Friday. The cost for the one day registration is $149. The lunchtime session on the chosen day is also included.
The fee does not include food, lodging, transportation, entrance fees to parks/locations, portfolio reviews, any other optional add-on, tips, pre or post Shootout Workshops, or any additional fees. If an event has an additional fee, it will be noted in the “Things to know” section within the description.
There is a discounted student registration fee of $112.50 for the full weekend and $74.50 for the one day option. Students must be full-time and a student ID is required. Please email Nicole with documentation of student status prior to registering to receive your discount code.
How can I get an awesome 2017 Shootout t-shirt? You can order your discounted Shootout t-shirt during registration. As long as you order your shirt prior to February 1st, you can pick it up at check-in on Friday night with no shipping charges. There will be an extremely limited number of shirts available at the event, so if you want one, you will need to pre-order it when you register for the event. After the date we place the order, if there are extra shirts available, they will be listed on the website, so if it allows you to place the order, you will receive the shirt.
Is transportation provided? No, participants are expected to provide their own transportation. However, each workshop meets up with the rest of their group in the parking lot at SPC and carpools from there. For some workshops, participants might be encouraged or required to carpool due to limited parked or vehicle entrance fees. Participants should be aware of travel times between areas. We will provide directions for each of the workshop locations upon check-in.
What airport should I fly in to? You will be flying into Tampa International Airport (TPA) which is about 30 minutes away. Depending on where you are flying from, if you want to come in to St. Pete – Clearwater International Airport (PIE), you can do that as well. It is a little closer, about 14 minutes, but despite the “international” name, it is a small airport and not a lot of airlines go into it.
Where will classes be held? The St. Petersburg College (SPC), Clearwater Campus, 2465 Drew Street, Clearwater, FL 33765, will be our main hub for the Shootout. All classroom sessions will be held in the ES building on campus at SPC. Outdoor sessions are within an hour drive or less of the campus and we will be carpooling from SPC.
Where should I stay? That is up to the individual. The 2017 Shootout will be based around Clearwater, Florida. So places like Clearwater and Largo will be the closest to activities. However, Safety Harbor, Dunedin, and St. Petersburg are within a reasonable distance, but you should check driving times between locations. Below are links to lodging near SPC.
We have a discounted group rate at the Comfort Inn & Suites. Details are below:
- 3910 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, FL 33762, (727) 573-3334
- Rooms with 2 double beds are being held at the discounted rate of $99 per night (plus tax) for our group. When calling to make your reservation, tell them you are with the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout to receive our group rates. These rates will be available for you from February 23-28.
- Other room types will also be discounted if they are available, but are not being held for our group. If available, the rates will be: 1 king – $109, 2 queen – $119, king suite – $179, 2 queen suite – $189.
- Free breakfast: the hot breakfast is from 7-10am Saturday and Sunday, however they will put out some quick “grab & go” items like muffins and pastries starting around 4:30am for those who have early workshops. And don’t worry, there’s coffee available 24 hours!
- Free Wifi, non-smoking hotel, check-in: 3:00PM, check-out: 11:00AM, 24 hour cancellation.
- Your room is Choice Privileges Points eligible.
- Rooms will be held for our group until February 10th. After that, the discounted rate will still apply IF they still have rooms available. Make your reservations soon.
There are of course other hotels in the area that you are welcome to check out:
Are meals provided? No, none of the sessions include meals. Some of the socials might have snacks, but you should plan on eating on your own.
Is tipping okay or expected? If you are attending a workshop where there are models (human or animal) or animal handlers, we do highly recommend tipping these people. Tipping of your instructor is never expected, but always appreciated.
What will the weather be like? It can be many things. But for the norm this time of year will be sunny and dry during the days with highs in the low 70’s and lows in the mid 50’s. Overall, it is a fantastic time of year to be in Florida! However, we can have a heat wave or even a cold front that time of year, so check the forecast before you pack, records have been set over these dates at 85 degrees and 34 degrees! We always recommend dressing in layers that you can add or remove as the weather changes throughout the day.
What time zone will we be in? We are on the west coast of Florida which is in the Eastern time zone.
What should I bring with me to the Shootout? Here is a link to a TBPS Suggested Pack List. Please keep in mind that each workshop is different, so you will want to make sure you have the appropriate gear and clothing for the workshops you have registered for and that you keep an eye on the weather before heading out. If there is something unique recommended for a specific workshop, it will be listed in the what to bring section under that workshop.
Model Releases All participants are responsible for supplying/obtaining any needed model releases or property releases for their photographs. No forms will be available at the workshops.
Other information Photographers will retain all rights to their images taken during the weekend. The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout and it’s partners claim no ownership of any images from any photographers attending the Shootout.
What is the Registration Deadline? We don’t have a deadline for the event as long as we still have workshops available. However, there may be earlier deadlines for some things such as the t-shirts. While there is not a deadline, please understand that we do have to print things like nametags a week or so before the event, so if you register after they are printed, your nametag will be handwritten (with fair warning that I have terrible handwriting!)
Local Area Information:
- Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Visit St. Pete Clearwater
- Pinellas County Parks
- Pinellas County Chambers of Commerce
- Visit Florida
- TBPS Facebook Page
- BHPS Facebook Page
- OPW Facebook Page
- Sunrise and Sunset Times (Sunrise is 6:59am and sunset is 6:29pm during the event)
Are there any other Photo Shootouts in other areas of the country? Yes! We also have the Black Hills Photo Shootout in South Dakota on September 29-October 1, 2017, which will be based out of Spearfish this year.
We have a phenomenal group of professional photographers/instructors leading the events throughout the weekend! Check out their bio and website by clicking on their name below.
WebsitePhotography Specialties: Documentary, Storytelling, Black/White, Abstract, Beginners About: Visual storyteller. Nearly 20 years ago, Beth Reynolds started the photography program at the Morean Arts Center in downtown St. Petersburg. After leaving six years ago to teach photography and work as a photojournalist throughout New England, Reynolds returned to the Morean Arts Center as director of photography. "I began photographing for my school newspaper in the 9th grade. Being a photojournalist has been my passion for over 30 years." Reynolds has exhibited award-winning documentary projects in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Florida, Kentucky and California and was selected to be the first Photographer Laureate for the city of Tampa in 2003. Through grants, commissions and self-funding she has dealt with the issues of inclusion, health care, cancer survivors, welfare, the environment, immigration and aging. A native of St. Petersburg, Reynolds earned a Masters in Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Hartford and has been a photographer-educator for nearly 30 years. Her expertise includes documentary, fine art and portraiture photography. She teaches all levels of photography and has extensive experience leading travel-photo adventure tour groups. Reynolds' work is included in the Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota and in multiple collections on the U.S. east coast. She exhibits her work extensively and also juries many photography shows each year.
WebsitePhotography Specialties: Fashion, Portrait, Bikini-Glam, Macro, Nature, Advanced Lighting in all Genres
About: David Guy Maynard is an award winning, internationally published photographer working in Fashion, Beauty, Event, Fine Art, Nature/Macro, and General Commercial photography. His work has been seen in numerous magazines and publications around the world, as well as being featured on respected web based business sites, in galleries, and exhibits.David is also known to many in the industry for his former work as a Photographer and Consultant for a well known photographic lighting manufacturer, and as an author of articles and videos on photographic technique. David travels internationally delivering Seminars and Workshops on subjects ranging from Studio and Location Lighting, to Color Management and Workflow. These popular events have earned the reputation of being as entertaining as they are informative.
WebsitePhotography Specialties: Macro and Close-up, HDR, Wildlife, Landscapes and Vistas, DLSR Videography About: Fred has been an avid photographer from the day that he first picked up his grandfather's Kodak 35mm and started capturing images near his home in Memphis, Tennessee. After high school, he was considering the study of photography but ended up pursuing horticulture as a career with a minor in mass communications. After a few years in the industry, he returned to school to become an educator in his chosen field. His camera was never far from his side. He compiled pictorial catalogs of different plant species and captured hundreds of images of the insects, plant diseases, and other plant problems to assist students in their horticultural studies. His love of nature was a key factor in his continued interest in landscape and later, wildlife photography. Fred has traveled throughout Florida to capture the unique beauty of its flora and fauna. His experiences with film and cinematography in college led him to add videography to his skill set. He has worked on several educational projects that combined elements of photography and videography. As a result of these experiences, he spent 6 years teaching video production to middle school students in the Pinellas County School District. He returned to college to pursue an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology. He currently teaches network support and is the IT Department chair at Pinellas Technical College in Clearwater, Florida. Fred has worked with Jim Caldwell as co-host of The Fotobug Podcast since 2009. He has been a workshop leader at the Black Hills Photo Shootout and assisted in the launching of the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout as well as being a workshop leader.
WebsiteOutdoorPhotoWorkshops.comPhotography Specialties: Wildlife in Action, Nature, Outdoor Adventure Sports, Landscapes, Conservation, Travel, Black and Whites, Lightroom, Photoshop About: I am a nature photographer and have been professionally photographing for over a decade. I think I have the coolest job on the planet. Okay, maybe the folks up circling the planet in the space station have a pretty cool job too, but I think mine ranks right up there. I am really fortunate to get to do what I do. I love it and wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I am one of the lucky few who have found exactly what they were meant to do, nature photography is that thing for me. My passion for nature photography started while taking bike rides with my son when he was a baby. If you have taken one of my workshops, you’ve probably heard the story. If you haven’t, next time you run into me buy me a beer and I’ll tell you all about it. I like hoppy micro brews. A good IPA is probably the universe’s way of telling me “Everything is gonna be alright.” I am also really fortunate that it is a family business. My wife, Nicole, and son, Adam, mean everything to me and that they get to share in this crazy adventure with me makes it all that much sweeter. I’m originally from Maryland and grew up on a small farm near the mountains. I worked my way through high school at the local parks and zoos, and eventually graduated from the University of Maryland, Go Terps! Extra points if you can guess my field of study. Hint: It was definitely not photography. I am a product of the digital age. I’ve never smelled darkroom chemicals or gotten misty eyed reminiscing over Velvia slides on a light table. Heck, for the first few years of my photography endeavors I thought Velvia was a brand of processed cheese… Although I never dabbled with a traditional SLR, I have a deep respect for those photographers who paved the way before me and often look to them for inspiration. For me, I view being “born” in the digital age as a door that has opened up the world of photography to a broader audience. It’s an exciting time to be a photographer. I am inspired by all the new technology and the extremely cool things that can be done with it to capture creative visions. Every day we are pushing the boundaries of what we thought were possible with a camera. I like sunsets and long walks on the beach…while carrying about 40 pounds of camera gear. I won’t talk religion or politics with you. I’ve found the best way for exploring “the meaning of life” is grabbing my camera and wading through a swamp. In my point of view, this has an amazing ability to put everything neatly into perspective! Additional Website:
WebsitePhotography Specialties: Macro, Timelapse, HDR, Wildlife, Travel, Light Painting, Generalist About: Jim is an award winning photographer who traveled the country in the 1970s and 1980s as a motion picture cameraman making TV commercials, industrial films and documentaries. He is also a stock photographer and his images have appeared in many national and international publications such as Popular Photography, Audubon Magazine, and The London Times in addition to hundreds of textbooks, calendars and travel brochures. Jim has also has a passion for teaching photography and sharing his many years of experience. He has arranged photo tours and traveled and photographed many parts of the world such as China, Tibet, Turkey, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica and many others. He grew up camping, photographing and exploring the Florida countryside. Jim has earned his Florida Master Naturalist Certification and currently sits on the Pinellas Friends of Florida Master Naturalists board. Jim has been an active member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) for over 35 years as well as the North American Nature Photographer's Association (NANPA). Some of Jim's photography can be found at his website, www.elusiveimage.net and he hosts a podcast for nature and travel photographers at www.thefotobug.com.
WebsitePhotography Specialties: Birds, Nature, Wildlife, Landscapes About: Kathryn Dow is a professional photographer and Maven Field Naturalist. Offering private photography instructions and bird guiding. Event field workshops instructor. Birder, nature lover, and explorer. Enjoying sharing outdoor experiences and teaching others bird behavior and photography.
WebsitePhotography Specialties: Travel, Lifestyle, Food, Sports, Animals, Underwater About: Matt Marriott is a Tampa based photographer who works throughout the United States and around the world. He specializes in travel, lifestyle, food, advertising and sports photography. Matt first studied fine art photography at the University of Kentucky before going into the United States Navy. Following the Navy he attended the University of Florida, working as the photo editor of the Independent Florida Alligator and receiving a degree in Photojournalism. While at UF he began the first of five years working at Sports Illustrated as a photo assistant and eventually doing lighting, remote cameras and shooting assignments. He regularly covered the Super Bowl, Kentucky Derby, Final Four and NBA Playoffs. After that he worked another five years for Busch Gardens and SeaWorld as a staff photographer shooting shows, animals, roller coasters, advertising, portaiture and PR. Matt is now a full time freelance photographer, his clients include Feld Entertainment, SeaLife Aquarium, Madame Tussaud's, Lowry Park Zoo, DNA Films, SeaWorld, Aer Lingus Airlines, the NCAA, Tampa Bay Lightning, Visit Orlando and L.A. Tourism.
Websitewww.VanelliandFriends.comPhotography Specialties: Sports Portraits, Lighting, How to Develop a Series, Lightroom, 321 Backup About: Robert Vanelli (Vanelli to his friends) is a working photographer, educator and author living in Florida. After a successful career as a three-time, Triple Crown Karate champion, Vanelli turned his attention to teaching the visual arts. As an experienced educator, Vanelli has created several photography and digital workflow programs including Click for Kids. Currently he is teaching workshops, writing for Photofocus and creating tutorials for various plug-in companies and for the Vanelli and Friends series. You can find out more about Vanelli at
Sponsors…We Couldn’t do It Without You!
Thank you for your interest in sponsoring The Photo Shootouts! The Photo Shootouts are regional photography events that bring photographers from across the country together for photography, education, sightseeing, camaraderie, and fun. Through The Photo Shootouts we are able to showcase the beauty and diversity the area has to offer both visitors and residents while providing attendees an outstanding weekend packed full of informative photography workshops, great photo networking opportunities, unbelievable outdoor photography subjects, and most of all, fun! Unique courses, exceptional instructors, incredible photo opportunities, all in one weekend in the beautiful outdoors… who could ask for more!?!
Participants will have the opportunity to attend a welcome and instructor panel presentation, four photography workshop sessions, and several other informational and social events throughout the weekend. The event is sponsored and run by Outdoor Photo Workshops, a well respected leader in professional photography instruction, in partnership with St. Petersburg College (SPC), Clearwater Campus. Their event planner and instructors will coordinate all of the details for this one-of-a-kind event making it a memorable experience for all. We hope you will consider partnering with us for this fun, unique event. For more information about the event, please visit www.ThePhotoShootout.com. If you have any questions about the event or your sponsorship, please contact Nicole at (813) 956-8702 or email Nicole. Thank you and we look forward to partnering with you at the Shootout!