Sign up for the Photo Shootout, get a Bonus!

Haven’t signed up for the Tampa Bay Photo Shootout yet?  We still have 30+ amazing workshops available for you…plus several special bonuses!

Bonus Drawing!

Register by Wednesday, February 15th at 11:59pm Eastern time, and have your name put into a special bonus drawing for one of the following items offered by our professional photographers/instructors:

  • Be a guest on the Fotobug podcast with Jim Caldwell and Fred Rodgers!
  • A private 1 hour bird photography workshop (near St. Petersburg College) with Kathryn Dow on Friday, February 24th!
  • A professional social media profile picture taken during the Saturday lunchtime session by Vanelli!
    • Don’t worry, if you are already registered, you will be in the bonus drawing too!

AND… we have lots of amazing doorprizes during the event!

  • Tamron will be giving away a Tamron SP 70-300MM F/4-5.6 Di VC USD Lens
  • Johnson PhotoImaging will be giving away a Lytro ILLUM Light Field Digital Camera Kit
  • ThinkTank Photo will be giving away several of their photo bags
  • Rogue Photographic Design will be giving away a Large Soft Box Kit
    • Every registered participant will have their name in the bag for these drawings which will be given out during group events throughout the weekend. Your name goes in the drawing once just for registering for the event, and one additional time for each additional thing like a shirt, hat, portfolio review, and pre or post workshop! Must be present to win any doorprize.
    • If you invite a friend to join you at the event, we will add 3 more tickets with your name to the drawing bag! You will need to email Nicole or have them put your name in the comments section on the checkout page to receive your additional entries (no limit!). They must be new participants, never been to a Photo Shootout or on a workshop with any of our instructors previously.

We have over 30 workshops to choose from and you get to choose any 4 you want!  These are instructed workshops, not field trips, so you are going to learn from the professionals while photographing amazing subjects and locations.  Tamron will also have FREE loaner lenses that you can borrow throughout the weekend for the workshops.

Unique courses, exceptional instructors, incredible photo opportunities, and loads of fun, all in one weekend in the beautiful outdoors… who could ask for more!?! We look forward to seeing you on February 24-26, 2017 in Clearwater, FL for lots of photography and fun!

For more details and to register, please visit

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Turn yourself into a collectible lifelike figurine with 60 DSLRs and a 3D printer

3D printers have been the “hot” gadgets for a while now, with big leaps being made in the tech, and big cuts being made in the cost. In an interesting blend of photography and printing, a photo studio in Texas 3D creates lifelike miniature figurines using a set up of 60 DSLRs and a 3D printer. Very cool technology, but to me a kinda creepy product.  Never felt the need for a “mini me” on my book shelf…

Check out the full article here:

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Texas Lightning

Back from three weeks in the road all through the Southwest, and just starting to attack the pile of pics we took.    6185 miles through 14 states in 21 days. taking over 10,000 pics.  Amazing trip, but lots of catching up to do!

One of our first stops along the way was Palo Duro Canyon State Park, just south of Amarillo, TX.  Billed as the “Grand Canyon” of Texas, it is the second largest canyon system in the US, and just chock full of great wildlife and scenic photo ops.

During the summer months they do a showing of the musical “Texas” each night in the park, using huge spotlights to light up the canyon wall as a background to the play.  Now, I am not a fan of musicals at all, (my tastes put me firmly in the category of “metalhead”) but the lighting of the canyon worked out in my favor as a summer thunderstorm roared into the park during the show.  This was one of the most impressive lightning displays I have ever seen, keeping me out until the rain got so hard I couldn’t see the ridge line any more.

This series of shots was done using a Canon 5D MkIII, Tamron 17-35mm, and a Lightning Bug Camera Lightning Trigger.  The Lightning Bug is a great tool to remove the “random” chance factor from lightning photography, its become a favorite tool of mine for storm photography (You can get one at Hunt’s Photo and Video Lightning Bug, be sure to let them know we sent you –



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Florida in April sounds good right about now!

Tired of the winter storms?  Come to Florida and soak up some warmth… and while you’re at it, you might as well get some great photos!  Photograph owls, bald eagles, hawks, falcons and many more raptors during our Birds of Prey photo workshop.  Or you could head down and photograph the ‘Glades by boat, kayak, and swamp walk during our Into the Everglades photo workshop.  Either one will warm you and your memory cards up!  Only a few spots left in each… and it sure is cold everywhere else!  See you in the sunshine state!

April 6 – Birds of Prey photo workshop

April 19-21 – Into the Everglades photo workshop

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GoPro App Gives Your Smartphone Complete Control

It just got a whole lot easier to share your GoPro photos and videos with the world thanks to a new version of the GoPro app.  Versions are available for both iOS and Android users, the new app gives you complete control over your Wifi-enabled GoPro via your smartphone.

New features include:

View photos and play back videos

Copy photos and videos1 to a GoPro album on your smartphone or tablet

Share photos and videos1 via email, text, Instagram, Facebook or other app

Browse and delete files on the camera’s memory card

Check out the app details here:

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A few spots left in Friday’s photo classes in Tampa at a special price

We have just a few spots left in the 2 classes this Friday in Tampa.  The morning session is our very last “I Just Got a Camera, Now What!?!” class.  Then in the afternoon, we have a “Fundamentals of Nature Photography” class.  Come join us for one or both at the special last minute price of $49 (regularly $129)!  Just use the code   lastminute   in the discount code box during checkout.  You can see more details about the classes here.

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Tampa Bay Photo Shootout – April 4-6, 2014

TBPS-logo-250pxGreat courses, exceptional instructors, incredible photo opportunities, all in one weekend in the beautiful outdoors… who could ask for more!?!

St. Petersburg, FL: Calling all photographers! The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout will be held at the Pinellas Technical Education Centers (PTEC) St. Petersburg campus on April 4-6, 2014. The Tampa Bay Photo Shootout brings photographers from across the country together for photography, education, sightseeing, camaraderie, and fun. Attendees will participate in four photography workshops of their choice, a keynote presentation by Jim Clark, two special lunchtime sessions and an optional portfolio review. There will be 46 workshops to choose from with a large variety of photography subjects and techniques including birds, primates, landscapes, an old western town, cowboy mounted shooting, street photography, macro, lightpainting, time-lapse, reptiles, trains, classic cars, portraits, and many more. Online registration is required. For more information and to register:


The first Photo Shootout was held in the Black Hills of South Dakota in 2010, and has grown dramatically from its start. Now in its fifth year, it attracts photographers from across North America and even a few international shutterbugs. It appeals to a broad range of photography enthusiasts, from amateurs to professionals, offering workshops and events suited to a wide range of photography interests and levels.

The Photo Shootouts are organized and run by Outdoor Photo Workshops (OPW),, a well respected leader in professional photography instruction. OPW partners with schools, businesses, and photography clubs to mesh local resources with the expertise of a professional photography workshop leader. OPW’s event planner and instructors will coordinate all of the details for this one-of-a-kind event, making it a memorable experience for all. When asked about the Photo Shootout, Amy L., a participant, said, “Fantastic! It was a great time to meet others, learn some new skills and become a more inspired photographer. Thanks for the opportunity.”

For more details or to register please visit:

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A cool gadget/app too turn your smart phone into a camera light meter

There have been a flurry of apps and gadgets hitting the market attemtping to turn your smart phone into a photography tool (My favorite so far is the Trigger Trap…).

Here’s another cool one that turns iPhones into light meters.  Luxi is a $35 diffusion dome that fits over the iPhone’s camera.

Check out the full article here via PMA Newsline:


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Wading In: Photography from the Water

Going back through our videos on Youtube, I just realized this one never got posted to our website.  In my area this time of year I find myself breaking out the waders and photographing a lot in and around the water.

“I spend a lot of time in the water wading after shots, both in fresh and saltwater, so much so that I often joke I don’t know how to work a camera unless I am wet. Wading provides unique opportunities to approach wildlife or capture scenes that you simply can’t get from dry land. However, it can also be difficult and dangerous, but with education and preparation, you can keep yourself and your gear safe, while getting some amazing photo opportunities.”

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