New Mexico with Sandy Zelasko

“Raw New Mexico” takes you deep into the south where excellent photographic opportunities abound. White Sands NM, Bosque del Apache NWR, Fort Stanton and Lincoln County are all on the schedule.. History, mystery, panoramas and wildlife await the curious artist. Wide-open spaces invite travelers to wander.

This photo workshop lets you sample the many facets New Mexico has to offer. Bring your camera and curiosity to where cowboys still ride and nature surrounds you. Your journey awaits!

Small groups, individual attention and photographic instruction.

Fall Color in California’s Wine Country with Mary Louise Ravese and Sue Bloom

Autumn transforms California’s wine country with the striking pattern of hillsides covered with vineyard rows resplendent in shades of gold and red. Join acclaimed photographers Mary Louise Ravese and Sue Bloom in a weeklong workshop exploring the renowned Napa and Sonoma valleys during this Fall color display. Excite your senses with an itinerary that will satisfy your visual and creative interests, your appetite for gourmet cuisine and your thirst for some of the best wines in the world. This workshop will offer a wide variety of photo shoot opportunities, from landscape and nature close-ups in the vineyards and olive groves, to the architecture of the wineries themselves with their barrel rooms and atmospheric underground wine caves. Expand your repertoire of shooting and image editing/post processing techniques.

Ricketts Glen and Waterfalls Galore with Tom Dwyer

Waterfalls, waterfalls, waterfalls – plus! If you like photographing waterfalls and streams you’ll love Ricketts Glen State Park in Benton, PA. Headlined by the 94-foot Ganoga Falls the park sports a total of 22 named waterfalls. Of course, that means virtually uncountable riffles and cascades along the way. It’s a veritable photographers paradise. Ricketts Glen embraces the Glens Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark which includes these wild, free-flowing waterfalls that cascade through rock-strewn clefts. Old growth timber and diverse wildlife add to the beauty of this 13,000-acre park.

We’ll focus not only with our lenses but our thinking, our vision, our senses and our feelings on the creation of artful images. We won’t “take pictures” or “capture photos”. Rather we will seek a better understanding of creating images “about” our subjects as opposed to “of” them. Participants should expect our days to be long and intense, yet filled with opportunities for exploring, and learning both in the classroom and in the field. Often, the camaraderie of our mutual interest will blossom into new friendships. Ultimately, you will go home having grown in your capabilities as a photographer and with an even stronger desire to pursue the artfulness of your craft. For more information visit: https://www.tomdwyerphotography.com/index.php/tour-workshop-schedule/ricketts-glen-and-waterfalls-galore

Autumn Colors in the Adirondacks with Tom Dwyer

People travel from all over the country (indeed all over the world) to enjoy the colorful Adirondack Mountains in full autumn regalia. This workshop will offer easy access to mountain trails, magnificent waterfalls, wilderness rivers and streams, placid lakes, and awesome sunsets & sunrises, all painted with the brilliant colors of autumn.

We’ll focus not only our lenses but our thinking, our vision, our senses and our feelings on the creation of artful images. We won’t “take pictures” or “capture photos”. Rather, we will seek a better understanding of “creating” images “about” our subjects as opposed to “of” them. Participants should expect our days to be long and intense, yet filled with opportunities for exploring, and learning both in the classroom and in the field. Often, the camaraderie of our mutual interest will blossom into new friendships. Ultimately, you will go home having grown in your capabilities as a photographer and with an even stronger desire to pursue the artfulness of your craft.

Quiet Waters of the Adirondacks with Tom Dwyer

Most of us cannot resist taking pictures of beautiful scenes that include water . . . rivers, streams, lakes and waterfalls. What’s more, who doesn’t like spending an August day on the shores of mountain lakes or ponds? And, there’s nowhere better to do that than in the Adirondack Mountains of New York’s Adirondack State Park. In this incredible state park that is larger than the five largest national parks combined, we’ll relax and appreciate the quiet waters in search of peaceful images.

We can count on capturing everything from colorful reflections to cool, moody mountain hideaways . . . from misty lakeside sunrises to graceful Common Loons. From imposing mountain vistas to artful abstracts. We’ll enjoy composing subjects just beneath the water’s surface, discover how to handle high contrast in water scenes and why cloudy days are great for streams, lakes and ponds. We’ll focus not only our lenses but our thinking, our vision, our senses and our feelings on the creation of artful images. For more information visit: https://www.tomdwyerphotography.com/index.php/tour-workshop-schedule/quiet-waters-of-the-adirondacks-2018.

Raise The Level of Your Photography with Byron Jorjorian

Learn practical field, compositional, and technical tips that will Raise the Level of your image creation. In this 5 hour seminar we will discuss dozens (more than 40) specific ways you can improve the technical, and artistic level of your photography.

While designed primarily for outdoor and nature photographers, many of these ideas can be applied to your image making regardless of your area of photographic interest.

• Maximize image sharpness
• Avoid common stumbling blocks to good photography
• Leave locations with more and better compositions
• Bring more art, style, and technical quality to your images

Adirondack Lake, Streams & Waterfalls with Tom Dwyer

New York State’s Adirondack State Park is greater in size than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Park combined. Within this photographic wonderland, we’ll explore Forked Lake, Stillwater Reservoir, the Raquette River, the Cedar River, Connery Pond, Buttermilk Falls and many other opportunities that will assure plenty of Adirondack magic to excite our shutter release fingers. We’ll focus not only our lenses but our thinking, our vision, our senses and our feelings on the “creation of artful images”. We won’t “take pictures” or “capture photos”. Rather we will seek a better understanding of creating images “about” our subjects as opposed to “of” them. Participants should expect our days to be long and intense, yet filled with opportunities for exploring, and learning both in the classroom and in the field. And, don’t be surprised if the camaraderie of our mutual interest blossoms into new friendships. More importantly, expect to go home having grown in your capabilities as a photographer and with an even stronger desire to pursue the artfulness of your craft.

Interpretive Nature Photography: Art and Nature

by Jamie Konarski Davidson

Ferns - Multiple exposure with spin to highlight patterns and texture.

Ferns – Multiple exposure with spin to highlight patterns and texture.

What does interpretive nature photography mean? Nature is nature, art is art, and never the two shall meet, right? For some, perhaps this is true. But only for those who have never walked in the woods, sat in a flower garden or watched the sun meet the day or settle in for the night. Or for those who have never stopped long enough to explore a dandelion or to watch a butterfly break free of its chrysalis. Nature IS art, in its finest and purest form. Capturing this essence is what nature photographers live for. It is what makes us unable to imagine doing anything else. It is what brings me peace, healing and joy. It is what pushes me as an individual to be present in the moment and to slow down long enough to see and feel and connect.

So, how do we do this and what do the results look like? Most of us begin our photographic journey with our eyes, hands and mind — seeing something, grabbing the camera and figuring out how to set the camera correctly. This is natural, as we need to see our subjects and to learn how to use our equipment to capture the moment. The sticky piece in this equation is “correctly.” True, technical knowledge is necessary. What is missing, and what makes our work express the “art in nature” is vision and heart. When we see and connect at the heart level, our work begins to shine, and what we share with the world resonates at a deeper level than a pretty picture. Continue reading