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Monday, October 15, 2012

Halloween Events And National Park Photo Workshops

With Halloween just around the corner, more and more spookish events are cropping up. KSL has this report that highlights some of the best. Below is the headline and then a couple quotes from the report.

17 Halloween-ish things to do this week

Oct. 15–27: Heber Valley Railroad Pumpkin Festival, 450 S. 600 West. Creative pumpkin decoration, children activities at the Train Depot and entertainment, 45-minute train ride across Heber Valley. Two trains each afternoon, 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 15–31: Haunted Village at This is the Place Heritage Park, 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave., Salt Lake City. $15 per person, gates open at 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 20: The Ghosts of Camp Floyd paranormal investigation. 5:30 p.m., free admission. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own tape recorders, film, digital and infrared cameras where park staff will assist participants in the use of their equipment in finding paranormal orbs, mists and sounds. 18035 W. 1540 North, Fairfield.

See the full list of 17 events.

National Park Photo Workshops

Everyone carries a camera or two (or three) nowadays. Most of us snap photos with our cell phones, or take a little step toward higher quality by shooting with a genuine camera.

If you want to go beyond that and really improve your landscape photography, consider enrolling in a workshop. The Moab/Arches/Canyonlands area is a prime destination for serious photographers and several great artists make their home in the area. Some offer classes and workshops - including time in the field where you get personal, hands-on instruction.

This blog post lists 25 photography workshops that will be held in the Moab area in 2013, complete with dates and contact information.

Some of the photographers involved are legendary. I once had the chance to spend an afternoon walking through the Sand Flats area with Tom Till, listening as he described how he creates magazine cover photos. It was fascinating and I still use many of the techniques he described.

If you want to improve your photography, get out with one of the masters.

- Dave Webb

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