Storm Photography Workshop
Class Size: 2 per tour
Each year I receive dozens of requests to take people out and show them how to capture the beauty of some of America's most violent storms, so without further anticipation, here we go! Come join me this May as I venture around Tornado Alley in search of stunning supercell thunderstorms. This tour is NOT about photographing tornadoes, but yet all the beautiful aspects of severe weather. If you do see a tornado, that's just the icing on the cake. Be prepared for hours in the car and some of the best gas station food around as we do our best to find the perfect storm.
How It Works
This workshop is a bit different then my others as these tours will consist of only two-to-three participants on each tour. May is the most active month of the year for severe weather, but even with that said, there can be days without a cloud in the sky. If your tour happens to fall upon a period of time that looks to be incredibly slow, we will travel to a national park nearby to work on landscape and Milky Way photography while we wait for the action to return. During our tours, expect to be on the road early in the morning to late at night. Sometimes we can travel hundreds of miles in a day in search of thunderstorms. We will do our best to stop for meals during the trip, but some days we will be crunched for time and a simple fast food sandwich may have to work. We will be basing out of Denver, Colorado. This simply means we will meet in Denver and then travel out to Tornado Alley that day to start our adventure!
What You Will Need:
A DSLR or mirrorless camera.
A wide angle and medium zoom lens.
A sturdy tripod.
Cable release or intervalometer.
A lightning trigger (not required, recommended).
A .6 or .9 soft grad filter for your wide and mid zoom lenses.
What You Will Learn:
What to look for when photographing severe weather.
How to photograph lightning during the day and night.
How to create stunning panoramas of storms.
How to position yourself in relation to a storm to safely create an image.
How to utilize filters to balance a scene.
How to use a death grip on your tripod so it doesn't blow away.
What's Not Included:
Travel within the tour
Pickup and drop-off at the airport
Fuel and tolls
Hotel accommodations (based upon double occupancy)
Any park entrance fees
Is There A Risk?
Absolutely. Photographing severe thunderstorms is a dangerous activity and there are risks that could result in injury or even death. Before attending any tour, participants will be required to sign a liability release. I have been chasing storms for 18 years now and have never been injured, but I have had close calls. This is part of the job and a risk you have to be willing to take. Our safety will always come first and there is no shot worth losing your life over, but we are not in control, Mother Nature is.
Where Will We Stay?
That is all dependent upon where we end up! We will stay at whatever accommodations are available in the area...motel, AirBNB, hotel, etc.