Jul 31 2024


6:30 pm - 8:30 pm



731JW: Photography With Jay Wild

The Art and Science of Photography: Improving Your Photography Skills

Thursday, July 31 (6:30-8:30)
All Levels
$30 Adults
$15 Kids 14-17

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The workshop is designed for those new to photography. Additionally, we will introduce some advanced techniques for experienced photographers using smartphones, point and shoot cameras, and digital SLR cameras

We will cover basic photo equipment and some accessories, photography basics including the exposure triangle and kinds of light, photo composition, photo technique, preplanning the photo shoot simple photo editing software for free or purchase, valuable resources for photographers (training videos, printed material –books, internet-based courses and instructional materials). Participants will be provided with a list of sources for printing and framing on a variety of media.

A resident of Ashe County since 1980, Jay began his quest for the perfect image in 1965 after acquiring his first 35mm SLR film camera.  He assisted a friend in photographing for the high school annual and honed his 35mm camera technique and darkroom skills during that time.  Jay has been primarily self-taught but completed photography classes through the Forsyth county arts council in the 1970’s and coursework in biological photography in college.  His main photographic work has been landscapes and micro-  and macro photography of plants and animals utilizing primarily color slide and black and white film.  He has carried that focus forward into his work in the digital age of photography. His work is available as matted prints, framed prints, canvas prints, and metal prints.

A career with the NC State Park service afforded him access to unique natural environments and therefore a wealth of subject material.  His photographic objective has been to portray his subjects from a new perspective or reveal something new about a plant or animal.  The elusive nature of that special quality of light or that evasive critter continues to lead him on the quest for the “perfect” image.


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