Natural Light with Nancy Ori in Cape May


Event details

  • Thursday | May 3, 2018 to Sunday | May 6, 2018
  • 2:00 pm
  • Cape May, NJ
  • 908-790-8820
  • $ 395Price

Spring in Cape May: May 3-6, 2018

Set in the casual atmosphere of a private cottage within the historic district of Cape May, this workshop will provide insights into the use of film or digital equipment to capture the natural light on the many beautiful examples of Victorian architecture, spring gardens and shoreline scenes in and around Cape May, NJ. The goal of the workshop is to explore composition, lighting and lenses in the natural world as a form of creative expression. Florals, architecture, seascapes, and marsh land will be photographed at different times of the day to reveal the many colors and moods of light. Discussions will be on the camera and controls; lenses; use of lighting to create a cohesive composition and mood; multiple exposures; using a flashlight during a long exposure; using color for impact; and use of cropping and other image manipulations for emphasis. There will be daily trips to photograph local landscapes and historic architecture followed by shared critiques of your work. Tap into the expertise of a veteran shooter and instructor. There will be a balance of learning between the technical and creative aspects of photography. All levels are welcome. Lots of time for one-on-one discussions for more targeted instruction.

There will be a wine and cheese reception to open the workshop. When everyone has arrived we will have a short orientation session followed by the first discussion. Each night we will have a session after dinner.  Upon receipt of the registration fee, participants will be sent a schedule of activities, directions and suggestions for local lodging. Some reasonable rooms for rent are also available at the Cottage where the workshop is held on a first come, first served basis. Each participant will be responsible for his or her accommodations, meals and transportation. Spouses or adult guests are invited to all meals and some field sessions. Children are not invited. No smoking or pets allowed at the Cottage.

Daytime activities will begin with a narrated walking tour from a photographer’s point of view through the historic area. The Victorian streets, shoreline, birds, fishing boats and spring blossoms of Cape May will supply each participant with an abundance of architecture, still life, nature and landscape possibilities. The groups are generally small with plenty of time for shooting, critiques and discussions. Shooters should bring laptops or iPads, if they have them, to review images.

The evening sessions will include discussions, critiques, instructor presentations along with some night shooting. Contact Nancy Ori for an itinerary and registration info.

Nancy J. Ori, has over 35 years experience as a professional photographer, as well as being a widely exhibited fine art photographer and instructor.  Founder and Director of the NJ Photography Forum, the Digital Arts Group and the New Jersey Heritage Workshops, Nancy has also been affiliated for years with the Ansel Adams Workshop in California and teaches at many local art centers and museums. This will be the 28th anniversary year of the New Jersey Heritage Workshops.

  • Tuition Fee: $395.
  • Arrival and Departure dates: May 3: 2pm arrivals begin with wine and cheese reception 2-4PM. May 6 departure at about 5pm.
  • More Info: 908-790-8820,,
  • Payment to: New Jersey Media Center, LLC at 124 Diamond Hill Road Berkeley Heights, NJ 07922
  • Cancellation: If you need to withdraw from a workshop, you must first inform us no later than 14 days prior to the first day of your workshop, and we will refund your tuition less a registration fee of $25. No refunds of any kind will be made for withdrawal within 14 days in advance of the first day of your workshop, during the workshop or for no-shows. This is a rain or shine event.