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Take Your Best Shot™ (and make it better) Photography Workshop @ Raulston Arboretum Auditorium

Take Your Best Shot™ (and make it better) Photography Workshop

November 4th, 9a-5pm

Raulston Arboretum Auditorium, Raleigh, NC

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Whether your love is shooting nature, man-made places and things, people, critters, flora, abstracts, or events, award-winning professional photographer Chris Ogden will guide you to better composition, shooting techniques, and post processing in this all-day workshop. You will see and learn all three components of making great photographs: TECHNICAL (image quality), CRAFT (applied techniques), and ART (what are you saying? what feelings/thoughts are you evoking?).

We'll also explore how to make your best shot even better through the top 25 most common issues that Chris sees when he judges print competitions and performs critiques. And, we'll apply these live in class to your work through a wonderfully interactive day! Chris will illustrate best practice concepts not only through his great shots (and mistakes), but also via YOUR IMAGES.

As an attendee, you may submit up to three of your own images for use in critiques and processing makeovers to show how to move your images up whole grade levels. Image submission details available upon registration.

Enjoy the best of both a seminar setting and personalized instruction!

Chris Ogden is a respected professional fine art and landscape photographer who is sought-after as a photography competition juror, print critiquer, mentor, and trip planner. Chris teaches photography through workshops and courses at places such as Duke University, camera clubs, custom 1-on-1 training, and in the field via special private photo expeditions into the wilds of Iceland, Cuba, Death Valley, Escalante, Lake Powell, Bermuda, and beyond. His prints are frequently shown at museums, galleries, and other arts venues and enthusiastically owned by private and corporate collections alike.  Check out his websites for more info: and

Early registration: $49. Late registration (begins Sunday, October 1): $59 for JCRA and photography club members, otherwise $64 for nonmembers.


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Program cancellations can be made up to two weeks before the program's start date. A 15% cancellation fee applies.