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About 31photo

Freelance Photographer and Graphic Designer turned IT Guru. Amateur Mountain Biker. Just a note, when contacting me text me first, so i can place a name with the number.

Labor Day Weekend

In honor of the Labor Day Holiday Weekend, we will be closed Monday September 1st. Please enjoy the beautiful weekend and be safe with your friends and family. We look forward to seeing you bright and early on Tuesday the 2nd.


Nature Photo Weekend at Grand Father Mountain.

The Nature Photo Weekend at Grand Father Mountain is one of North Carolinas Photography Hidden Gems.  Many people are unaware of this workshop/lecture/photo contest/weekend/what have you.  The history of Grand Father mountain is better described on their website.  This is the kind of place that if you take a bad shot while on the grounds, you truly are a bad photographer.  This place is beautiful and has many places to go to make wonderful images.  The Photo Weekends has been ran by Don Nelson and his Boys.  They put on a great show.  Typically there are 3-4 guest speakers and then the photo contest.  The contest alone is worth going and spending the weekend.  You will see some  wonderful work.

April First is when tickets open up and go on sale.  They are $115 per person plus some other fees.  That my friends is a steal.  Here is why.  Tony Sweet is one of the guest speakers.  When Tony Sweet was here a month or so ago, I had the chance to see him.  I learned or was reminded of stuff I should be doing in my photography in just the first 2 hours.  I was blown away.  So worth the money.

Looking through the work of the other guest speakers, i was quite impressed as well.  I do not know them personally, but they can all make wonderful images.  Also If the Nelsons pick them to speak they must be pretty good.  Oh and any one that wants to follow Tony on the speaking schedule, is brave and must be a wonderful photographer.  HAHAHAHA.

Please go visit the Grand Father Mountains Nature Photo Weekends site for full details.  Cruz around the rest of the site so you can go back later and take the kids.  Go show the guest speakers some love by checking out their personal websites and or blogs.  Most of all, Go get motivated to get out and make wonderful images,  Spring is around the corner and it is going to be a beautiful one!

2 new photgraphy classes announced.

Wednesday April 9th, 7pm will be the Intro to Nikon Digital SLR’s.  The Cameras that will be covered will the the entry level cameras. i.e.  the D3000, D3100, D3200, D3300, D5000, D5100, D5200 and the D5300.  Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO and other basics will be covered as well as how to apply them to the camera to make better pictures with you Nikon DSLR.  Cost of the class will be $75.

Wednesday April 16th, 7pm will be the intro to macro photography.  A knowledge of basic elements of photography will be needed.  We will not be covering Aperture, Shutter speed, ISO and other basics. This class is limited to DSLR cameras.   This class is all about the technique, artistry and tips on how to get into the Macro realm.  Also covered will be the cool tools that can be used to make macro photography easier.  The cost of the class will be $75.

Look forward to a sports photography class scheduled here at the store shortly.  Look for a Speed light portrait class taught by Bryan Rierson,   A Westcott ICE light class taught by Westcott Guru Brad Matthews and finally an intro to Canon Rebel DSLR photography.

This spring we hope to up our game on Education and help you on your way to making better images.  If there is a spectrum of photography that you need help with, keep in mind too that there is always One on One instruction with Bryan Gains. He can meet with you on your time and get you edjumicated on your many photograpy questions.

New Photo 101 Class announced

Wednesday December 12th at 7pm is the new date for the Photo101 class. Please call the store to sign up and pay for the class. Also the Nikon DSLR class has been postponed. I did not realize it was the day before Thanksgiving when i set it up. Come on in and see all the cool new toys you should get your loved ones that have a Photo Addiction. Oh and last thing. NO more Twinkies. So instead of donuts bring us all a box of Twinkies.