For more than a decade I’ve led between ten and twenty photo workshops per year, sharing my favorite places in nature with small groups of enthusiastic photographers. In addition to the pleasure that comes from helping others experience and capture nature’s beauty, I’ve observed that most aspiring photographers constrain their creativity by attempting the impossible task of duplicating their own vision rather than using their camera’s unique take on the world.
A “good eye” for composition is just a small part of photographic success because the camera “sees” motion, depth, and light differently than the photographer’s eye does. As photographers embrace their camera’s vision, learning to control the exposure variables and manage perspective, the more compelling their images and satisfying their experience.
Whether it’s using shutter speed to convey motion by freezing or blurring water, or leveraging your camera’s limited dynamic range and depth of focus to guide the viewer’s eye, hide distractions, and emphasize color and shape, the tools for creativity are right there in your own two hands. My job is to help you tap it.
My workshop participants apply their new skills with a small group of kindred spirits, in some of the most beautiful places on Earth. Each workshop coincides with a special event in nature, such as lightning during the Grand Canyon monsoon season, or the full moon rising above Yosemite’s Half Dome in December. Workshops include New Zealand’s South Island in winter; Yosemite winter, spring, and fall; Grand Canyon monsoon (lightning) and raft trip; volcanoes and waterfalls on Hawaii’s Big Island; Death Valley in winter; autumn in the Eastern Sierra; spring in the Columbia River Gorge and Oregon Coast.
All who attend enjoy fantastic photography, classroom and in the field training, and constructive image review. And because I'm a life-long astronomy enthusiast and committed astrophotographer, most workshops are scheduled with the night sky in mind and include night photography and training.
Beginner or expert, these workshops are for you if you like the idea of spending many sunrise-to-sunset (and sometimes later) days in world-class locations, guided by an enthusiastic expert who knows the area and loves photography as much as you do. If you’re still not sure, take a look at my images to see if my photographic style resonates with you (because that’s what I’ll be teaching).
There’s a reason these workshops always fill, often a year or more in advance, with nearly 70 percent repeat participants. Not only will you come away with great pictures, you'll return home a better photographer. You'll also have a lot of fun. www.garyhartphotography.com.