Bob Kidd Photography | Photographers' Boot Camp - June 2014


June 2014





"Enlist in June, be a better photographer by July!” 


Don't let technology prevent you from getting great images with your digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera. 

learn why Auto is for dummies


The Photographers' Boot Camp has one objective - to overcome technology and make better photographs. This program is designed for photographers who would like to fully explore the creative potential of their DSLR cameras beyond the auto setting. You will learn how to use light and exposure, as well as selective focus, aperture, shutter speed and your lens to create images that match your vision in two hands-on photography sessions. Following the second session, we will meet for an informative Image review

Your instructors, Bob Kidd and Mike Dooley, enjoy educating photographers and will ignite your passion for portrait and landscape photography.   



Session 1 - An Evening at Point Judith Light House (Saturday, June 14, 2014 6p - done)
You will create golden hour, sunset, moon rise and night sky images from multiple vantage points at one of the oldest scenic light houses in RI. Greg Conlana specialist in marginal light photography, will join us as a guest instructor. We will meet before sunset and stay through nightfall. Tripod and a flashlight are required.
Session 2 - Portraiture (Saturday, June 21, 2014 8a-1p)
You will create portraits using the concepts of key light, fill light and rim light with natural light, reflectors, pop up camera flash and speed lights both indoors and out of doors. This is a hands-on photo shoot using both tripod and handheld techniques. A model will be provided. We will meet in the Gallery in Bagelz (Wakefield, RI)
Session 3 - Image review (Saturday, June 28, 2014 9a - noon)
Images, created from the two photo sessions will be reviewed and discussed. An overview of post processing workflow using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 will be presented. We will meet in the Gallery in Bagelz (Wakefield, RI)
Workshop is limited to 12 photographers. Fee is $99 per class or $199 for all three classes.  ($50 discount if you sign up with a friend for three classes). Please contact Bob Kidd (401 487 2091) to register. The May session filled quickly. 

Interested in a small group or private lesson? Small group and private lessons can cover Sessions 1 & 2 in the same day, as long as the weather cooperates.


Comments from May 2014 Boot Camp participants

Wow, what a great Photography Boot Camp class held today by Bob Kidd and Mike Dooley. I met some new friends and was happy to spend time with my buddy Ruthy Sharer as we continue to learn more about capturing beauty with natural and filtered lighting. Our model Donna L. Harvey was not only beautiful she was fun and had a face that the camera just loved. We were a group of people out having a good time playing with our cameras. Seriously, I am very excited to see what happens at our next session. So big kudos to Bob and Mike for sharing their love of photography with us and making this such an excellent and rewarding outing. Thank you - Carol Stedman

This first class in a 3 part series focused on portrait work with both indoor and outdoor shoots. On this series of shots the emphasis was on lighting, both with on camera and off camera lights supplied by things like our very own camera's pop-up flash (diffused with a coffee-cup lid of all things!) to a pretty sizable soft-box, to our individual speedlights. As the circumstances of the surroundings changed, it was challenging to adapt your lighting to suit the needs of the space! All in all an excellent beginning to this fun and informational class. Can't wait for next week when we try something completely out of my comfort zone! - Theresa Oliver

Went to Boot Camp today, it was great improving taking portraits.Thank you, Bob Kidd and Mike Dooley. - Gerry Grabowski

Yes lots of fun, what a great night all around. Thank you to both Bob & Mike for being such patient & knowledgeable teachers. It was very nice of the rain to wait till we left. Now to edit the 230 pics Can't wait to see everyone's posts. - Melanie Madden

I want to thank you both for the fantastic boot camp you put together.  I learned more about my camera, how to use it and how to process my photos in three sessions with you than I had learned on my own over many years.  Your teaching styles and ability to communicate difficult concepts are outstanding.  I hope that you will consider offering additional topics in the future. - Jamie Reavis

Last night was such a wonderful and memorable experience.  A beautiful evening, great location, Honey moon, roaring tide- all these would have been insignificant without you three. Throughout the evening you took care to share your vast expertise, giving support and encouragement, with patience and caring that we would do our best. Most of all, we all had fun. As I  left my home for Pt. Judith, I wondered if I would be able to last until 9pm. You can imagine how surprised I was to arrive home at midnight, !  filled with joy and the excitement of having a special learning and photo experience. I felt as though you were long time friends, as well.Thanks for all of it. I hope to see you again soon. - Barbara DeCesare


1st row (L-R) Theresa Oliver, Carol Stedman, Donna Harvey, Rughy Sharer, Heather Erb

2nd row (L-R): Mike Dolley, Jeff Meunier, Jamie Reavis, Gerry Grabowski


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