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CLASSES FOR JUNE 2018 ....................................................................................

Fireworks Photography with Brian Abeling



Learn how to capture gorgeous fireworks photos over the Des Moines skyline. After each Friday night home game, the I-Cubs provide a fireworks display and we’ll use that opportunity to practice our fireworks photography to get ready for the 4th of July!

Minimum 4 individuals to hold class, Maximum 10

WHEN: Three available dates in June:

Option1 ) Friday, June 7th from 8:30pm to 10:30pm

Option 2) Friday, June 21st from 8:30pm to 10:30pm

Option 3) Friday, June 28th from 8:30pm to 10:30pm

WHERE: We will meet at a public location in Downtown Des Moines - the exact address is provided to the participants when they register. Please bring comfortable shoes as we will be walking a short distance (less than a ¼ miles from the parking area).

COST: $35 per person Instructors: Brian Abeling and Wil Abeling Yes, each session will have two instructors to ensure that you receive individual assistance.

OVERVIEW:  This is an introductory to intermediate class focusing on fireworks photograph over the Des Moines city skyline. Here’s the specific topics we’ll be covering: How to focus at night , Brian’s 4 tips for fireworks photography, The 5 main strategies that photographers use for capturing fireworks.

EQUIPMENT you must have: DSLR or mirrorless camera that can shoot in manual mode Tripod A medium to zoom lens. For the location we are shooting from, I recommend anything from 70mm to 200mm. You’re welcome to bring what you have available and I certainly do NOT think you need to buy anything for this workshop. Also, you do NOT need a fast lens (that refers to a lens that opens up to f/2.8) that is not needed at all. Cable release - some way to trigger the camera or possibly lock the shutter in place. It does NOT have to be wireless, a wired cable release is very affordable and is a tremendous help. If you have questions about equipment, please email me at brian.abeling@gmail.com

Other optional equipment you may want, but not required: 5) Bug Spray 6) Lawn chair - during the first 45 mins, we’ll be discussing the tips and strategies, so you need to sit during that time, I would encourage you to bring a lawn chair.

How is the class structured? Most individuals learn best by doing - which is why we are teaching the course right before the I-Cubs fireworks. You’ll have the opportunity to practice what you’ve learned right away. The first 45 to 60 minutes will be direct instruction on tips and strategies for shooting fireworks and then we’ll get ready for the fireworks display when both instructors will be moving between participants to help with individual issues and questions. What happens if it rains? If the game is rained out or canceled, then the class is also canceled and participants receive 100% refund.


Small Group Workshops  vs  Private Lessons


Small group workshops are typically $40 to $50 per person, focus  on a specific topics like city nightscapes, fireworks, astrophotography).  They are held in public outdoor locations with groups of 4 to 8 individuals at a time.    Workshops are held during the spring, summer, or fall, typically April thru Oct.  Workshop for 2018 have already concluded, but email me at brian.abeling@gmail.com if you'd like to receive an email with updates on upcoming workshops. 


Here are the two most frequent requests that I get for private lessons:

2 hour night sky photography lesson Learn how to take pictures of the stars and the night time sky! You’ll learn how to focus properly at night and proper settings for capturing stars. We’ll work together to identify not only a date/time that works for both of us, but also to identify a night sky location where you’re safe and comfortable. Cost: $90 for a two hour lesson.

2 hour city nightscapes lesson: Learn how to take long exposure city nightscapes. We’ll work together to select a location in downtown Des Moines that we are comfortable with and we’ll spend two hours cover the basics of camera settings and approaches for shooting city nightscapes. Cost: $90 for a two hour lesson.

Other requested lesson topics:

Light painting: How to use various light sources to create unique night photos!

Sports photography: Capturing your child’s sporting events.

Can I have more than one person attend and still keep the cost at $90 for 2 hours? Yes, I allow up to 2 individuals for the lesson at the $90 price.

What’s your background as an instructor? I’m a former classroom teacher who now works in the technology field for a local public school district. I also have 20+ years of photography experience, as well as videography work. My work is frequently featured in local and national media outlets, both online and in print.

How do I sign up or get more information?  Contact  Brian Abeling at brian.abeling@gmail.com

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