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Outdoor Photography Event

Schmidt Outfitters is now offering a introductory photography school workshop for all skill levels on July 26th,27th and 28th, 2013 with professional photographer Keith French. Our good friend Keith from Elgin, IL will be instructing this workshop with new owner Paul Transue of Schmidt Outfitters. Keith has over 20 years of professional and instructional photogragraphy experience that has taken him all over the world. Keith was also fortunate to aquire his own retail photography store near Chicago, IL.  This led him to his success in the photography world. With  Keith French and Schmidt Outfitters offering this workshop all participaqnts will enhance and complement their outdoor experience with photography!

What to Bring 

A digital point and shoot camera or SLR with a wide angle-lens for scenery; a telephoto lens for isolating landscapes; and if interested in close up, a macro with your telephoto lens, plenty of flash card storage, lap-top computer with external hard drive for downloading images.  You will need a USB flash drive to transport images.  Operating instructions for your camera, tripod, extra batteries, LCD loupe to avoid LCD glare, cleaning cloth, blower to clean lenses, flash if you have it, if you are planning to buy equipment, feel free to contact Schmidt Outfitters for qestions and concerns.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who is comfortable outside

This workshop is designed to accomodate all levels of photography. If you like the outdoors and a nature lover, this program is for you!  Keith and Paul will be holding the classroom portion on site at Schmidt Outfitters conference center.  Photo shoots and wildlife tours will be held in the Manistee National Forest near Schmidt Outfitters, as well as Manistee Light House where we will be spending two evenings taking photos over a breath taking Lake Michigan sunset.


The weather can be quite unpredictable in northern Michigan so be prepared for combinations of wet, dry, and cool conditions.  For weather forcast before the event, check Weather Channel or NOAA. COM

Transportation and Meals

Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from Schmidt Outfitters. We will try to accomodate car pooling from off site photo areas into the Manistee National Forest and Manistee for sunset photo shoots.  Breakfast and dinner will be offered in the package price, lunches will be on your own, their will be plenty of time to brake between morning and afternoon programs. Also, there are restaurants and supermarkets minutes away from Schmidt Outfitters.


Arrive at Schmidt Outfitters Thursday evening (July,25).

Friday,July 26th- Morning breakfast at Schmidt Outfitters conference center, am classroom session.  Break for lunch, afternoon outdoor photoshoot in Manistee National Forest.  Dinner at Schmidt Outfitters at conderence center.  Evening sunset photo shoot at Manistee Light House. 

Saturday, July, 27th- Morning breakfast at Schmidt Outfitters conference center, am classroom session.  Break for lunch, afternoon outdoor photoshoot in Manistee National Forest.  Dinner at Schmidt Outfitters at conference center.  Evening sunset photoshoot at Manistee Light House.

Sunday July, 28th-Morning Breakfast with questions and comments.


$700 per person (max 6 persons),  $350 deposit required to hold reservation that includes lodging and meals (Breakfast will be offererd Friday,Saturday and Sunday. Dinner will be offererd Friday, Saturday) . Don't wait to confirm your reservation, space will fill up quickly!