Extreme Photo Workshops
The plains of Tornado Alley during the spring produce some of the most epic and violent displays of atmospheric beauty on earth. Join Tim Baca, 2020 Storm Photographer of the Year, and the rest of the Extreme Photo Workshops team as we pursue the raw fury of severe weather—from colossal sculpted supercells to powerful tornadoes and brilliant shows of lightning.
Extreme Photo Workshops is not your average storm chasing workshop. You'll be guided by skilled photographers and storm chasers focused on getting you a front row seat to Mother Nature's wild side and teaching you how to master storm photography camera settings while creating compelling compositions and scenes with unique foreground elements.
We will require all clients to either be vaccinated or submit proof of a negative COVID-19 test 24 hours prior to arrival. If there is forced cancellation of a workshop due to tighter COVID-19 restrictions clients will receive a full refund.
What Clients Will Learn
- how to forecast and track storms
- how to read visual cues of storm behavior and safely position yourself to document severe weather
- Mastery of camera settings for the extreme dynamic range demanded by storm photography
- 2:1 client to instructor ratio
- In-depth instruction from highly experienced storm chasers and photographers with extensive knowledge of forecasting, placement, composition, and photo editing
- Transportation and single occupancy lodging during the 7-day workshop
- Skype image review with workshop leaders after the tour
What's Not Included
- Transportation to and from host city
- Lodging the night of arrival
- Camera Equipment (clients must bring their own gear)
Daily Schedule Example
- Meet for a morning briefing at 10am
- Leave hotel at 11am
- Drive to target area (clients should be prepared for long hours in the van)
- Eat lunch on the road and if time permits have a sit-down meal
- Storms start building around 4pm
- Get on our fully mature supercell by 5pm
- Track storm and shoot epic photos until after sunset
- Shoot lightning after dark
- Grab food and get to hotel at 10pm
Suggested Gear To Bring
- DSLR or mirrorless camera
- Second camera body for handheld shots
- Single tripod (sturdy and without a center column; ball head attachment preferred)
- Ultra wide zoom lens (16-35)
- Medium telephoto lens (70-200 or 24-105)
- Lightning trigger with extra cords
- Extra batteries, extra battery chargers, extra SD cards
- Lens blower and lens cloths
What to Pack
Days on the plains during spring can be very hot and humid then turn to cool/cold by nightfall.
- Pants (jeans, khakis, hiking pants, etc.)
- If you like to wear shorts bring something warm like warm ups to wear over them once we get in the cold outflow
- Comfortable shirts
- Light jacket, preferably waterproof
- Comfortable but sturdy footwear. We will spend a lot of time in the van but often venture out on uneven and or slippery ground.
- Most hotels have washer/dryers so don’t worry about packing 7 different outfits.
All personal items and camera gear limited to one luggage bag and one camera bag