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See a video from the Kemah Coastal Photo Workshop held April 8-10, 2011 at http://www.wiredin.cc/events/2011/4-11/Kemah%20Photo%20Workshop%204-9-11/index.htm

Photo Workshops with Ruth Burke

Kemah Coastal Photo Workshop with Ruth Burke - April 8-10, 2011

Exclusive Kemah Photo Workshop Offer:

2 for 1 - Bring a friend or spouse for FREE

1/2 session: $150.00  Full session: $300.00 

Share learning about your camara while photographing the coastal wildlife, flora and fauna and waterfront scenes of the Galveston Bay area. Learn how to make selections for creating a print worthy of decorating your home or office.  Let the artwork you hang have a personal connection with your photographic expereinces.     

To Register:

 E-mail request for printable Registration Form to seasideart@comcast.net


The famous City of Kemah with the Boardwalk welcomes visitors and photographers from all over the world.  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to gain access to private exclusive waterfront locations for spectacular photography.

Ruth Burke – local internationally published photographer will lead the workshop.  She will take her students to her favorite locations in Kemah pointing out the diverse photographic opportunities and compositions that each area offers at different times of the day.  Students will learn to understand what the camera is doing when capturing an image and how that can relate to image processing software such as Photoshop. The goal is to help photographers understand how to control the final look of the image, capturing the information needed to make a fine art print while having an enjoyable time photographing in Kemah.


Ruth will work one on one with each participant, regardless of their skill level or type of equipment, to ensure that everyone leaves the workshop with new ideas about creating a great photograph.


Through photography you will discover Kemah on Galveston Bay, the wildlife, coastal marshes, nautical landscapes with beautiful sunrises and sunsets, and the seaside character with working shrimp boats offering the local catch of the day.


The event will begin with a welcoming lunch on Friday at noon.


1:30 p.m. -4:00 p.m.

The afternoon session will focus on understanding the camera.  Students will have their cameras and instruction manuals available to learn how their camera is making decisions when they take a picture.  They will become familiar with the manual settings of the camera and how each setting affects the picture.


4:00 – 4:30  Break and re-group at a photography location

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  Photograph on location with the focus of using the late afternoon light in capturing images.



6:00 am (sunrise) – 10:00 am

Photograph the sunrise on location and then travel to other destinations for photographing in the different types of light available that day.


10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Re-group at workshop location. Snacks available. Download images and make selections for possible prints with guidance from Ruth.


12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. 

Lunch break and time to have 6-10 prints made from field photography sessions at a local retailer or from a personal printer.


2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

The students will present their prints to the class for a brief critique.  This session will then provide instruction and guidance for using Photoshop to prepare an image for printing.


6:p.m.  till

A yet to be scheduled evening event.  Perhaps an evening cruise to photograph the sunset on the water.



Morning until 1 p.m.

This is a free time to photograph at sunrise and/or make another selection of prints after using the Photoshop instruction

1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Final photo critique session and Photoshop demonstration with Ruth.




Workshop cost to each participant:

Full workshop session:  $300.00

½ workshop session (either Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday): $150.00

In addition to photography instruction the Workshop includes Welcoming Lunch, Optional Sailboat cruise(to be determined) and Workshop Instruction Manuel

Now Taking Reservations

Go to "Contact Us" and send an e-mail requesting a registration form or call 281-326-9200

April is one of the best months to photograph in Kemah, Texas.  Flocks of regal White Pelicans spend their winter along the coastal area of Kemah from October thru April. Majestic trees are budding, and the coastal marshes are flush with new growth. Adding to the photographer’s dream location are brilliant sunrises, grandiose sunsets on the water, and the seaside character of working shrimp boats offering the fresh catch of the day.

Ruth Burke, a Seabrook resident, is internationally known for her art and photography. She has captured the Gulf Coast region with her special creative touch and has been featured in many national publications. Her works grace the walls of corporations, municipalities, restaurants, and private collectors. Not only has she portrayed the region she calls home, but her prints also include her travels to the East and West Coast in the United States, Mexico and many islands in the Caribbean. Her gallery, Seaside Gallery, also offers prints from her travels abroad to England, France, and Italy. Ruth is also a featured artist at Seabrook’s signature event, Keels & Wheels Concours d’ Elegance, held annually in May.

The instruction will include the importance of visual sensitivity and technical knowledge in creating a pleasing photograph. Discover why what you see through the viewfinder is not always what you get. Learn about correct exposures, the art of seeing, how light, composition and timing all come together to make a great photograph versus an okay photograph. Photoshop will be discussed and demonstrated with hand-outs to use as a guide when preparing your photographs for printing.


 Go to TAACCL for complete details AND TO REGISTER.  For printable flyer go to http://taaccl.org/images/pdfs/ruthwrkshopsept2010.pdf

 "How to Work and Understand Your Camera" at The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake or TAACCL.  Go to TAACCL for complete details.

   Call for info and reservations: 281-326-9200


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