How do you pick the best photography workshop? The proof is in the pudding: do you like the images you see? What have other clients said? Does the instructor have a solid resume?
I run workshops in locations ranging from Grand Teton in Wyoming to the Scottish Highlands.
First, a bit about who I am. I have made my living as a professional photographer for the past 42 years. I started in the newspaper business as a photojournalist, then matriculated into the field of professional sports. I worked for seven years for Sports Illustrated and have worked for the NBA, MLB and the NHL. I have been the co-team photographer with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks for the past 25 years.
Prior to making a living in sports, I gravitated toward landscape photography, first as a black-and-white enthusiast and then later transferring my skills to color photography. Though I paid the bills with my sports work, I was slowly building an impressive body of landscape images.
Getty Images had represented my sports work, and in 2008, they began representing my landscape images.
In 2006, I began offering my knowledge via my now popular landscape workshops.
My workshops are meticulously planned. I scout a new workshop a year in advance at the time I plan to run it, allowing me to know when and where the best light will be. I will never take a student to a location that I have not personally photographed for myself.
My groups are limited between 10-12 students depending on the conditions specified in the permit, and all of my workshops are run with proper permits and insurances in place.
I always have a second instructor with me, so our ratio is never more than six students to one instructor. This ensures you, as the student, will get the full attention you deserve.
It is my goal to have you on location 45 minutes prior to sunrise, and there are usually multiple locations. If the light stays good, we keep shooting. We do the same on the other end of the day, staying out until the last light is gone after sunset.
The afternoon is dedicated to teaching workflow, using the latest techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop along with some of my favorite third-party plug-ins. I also teach the basics of luminosity masking.
Moreover, I offer a minimum of two image review sessions where we discuss a wide range of image topics: light, composition, form, flow, eye-movement, shadow/highlight, reading light, finding photographic light, etc.
Most of my workshops include an evening of night photography.
Once someone takes a workshop with me, oftentimes they return—many times over. Over 60% of my workshops are made up of returning students, and I listen to all of my participants’ input to help me continually improve upon what I am offering.
Every student is important to me, from a first-time beginner to a seasoned veteran. I will often get professionals from other genres interested in landscape photography joining me.
Here are some samples from my current 2020 offerings: