2020 Schedule

Creative Camera Craft – Online Workshop

Dates: July 20 – 31 MWF 10-11:30 am – 5 Spaces Available

Details:  Learn to transform the ordinary to the extraordinary with your camera. Whether you are an engineer or an artist, this class will offer new camera tips and creative solutions in your photography.  Technology has changed what camera settings we use, and how we shoot.  New creative styles are evolving with this new technology.  This class will show you how to approach a variety of subjects, and how camera craft will bring your vision to reality.  Teaching online with small class sizes allows more time to expand on topics and answer questions.  Each class will include an assignment with image review during the next class. Cost $329 Read More


All About Lightroom Classic  

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July 20-24, 6:00-7:30 pm   MT   Location: Online via Zoom. 7 Spaces Available

Location: Online via Zoom conference

Details: Learn to master the basics of editing in Lightroom in just one week. Each day  will include 90 minutes of instruction and demonstrations with plenty of time for questions and editing critique. We will use Zoom to conference online during our daily sessions. Cost $329. Read more


From Lightroom to PhotoShop – Online

Dates: July 20-24, 3:00-4:30 pm M-F daily 2 Spaces Available 

Details: Already working in Lightroom but intimidated by PhotoShop? This is the perfect class for you….easy and fun! We will walk you through some of the basic features of PhotoShop that help you edit your images. These are features that we use all the time in our own  image editing. Unlike recorded classes, we spend time each 90 minute session on  instruction and demonstrations, with plenty of time for questions and editing critique. We will use Zoom to conference online during our daily sessions. . Cost $329 Read more


PhotoShop for Landscapes and Travel

Session 1: July 27-31, 3:00-4:30 pm SMT M-F daily  1 Space Available

Location: Online via Zoom conference

Details: Interested in moving beyond using simple tools in PhotoShop for your landscape and travel images? This class is the perfect progression from our “From Lightroom to PhotoShop” class. We will take your understanding of tools, layers and masking in PhotoShop and apply it to new ways to take on landscape and travel images. Think of this as an applied PhotoShop class. We will spend time each 90 minute session on  instruction and demonstrations, with plenty of time for questions and editing critique. We will use Zoom to conference online during our daily sessions. Cost $329 Read more


All About Speed Lights

White, Georgia.Old Car City

Session 1: August 3-7 M-F daily at  5-6:30 pm SMT – SOLD OUT

Session 2: August 3-7 M-F daily at  1-2:30 pm SMT- 4 Spaces Available

Details:  Whether you own a dedicated speed light or are brand new to flash photography, we will teach you all about speed lights! Even better, we’ll show you how to get started for less than $100 in gear. Transform flat gray urban scenes into moody, compelling photos using a single speed light. Create a compelling travel portrait in 5 minutes. Learn to use flash to enhance landscapes and nature photography all in 5 daily sessions. Classes will include image review, new techniques and plenty of demonstrations. Cost $329. Read more


Brown Bear Safari 2020 – SOLD OUT

Katmai National Park, Alaska.
Katmai National Park, Alaska.

Dates: Monday, August 24 – Sunday, August 30                                     Read more     

Lake Iliamna in Alaska           

Cost: $8200 double occupancy; no single occupancy 

Details: Photographing brown bears in Alaska is a bucket list trip for wildlife photographers. Bristol Bay hosts one of the largest salmon runs in the world. The  Sockeye salmon attract bears….and the number of bears are staggering. On this trip we photograph boars, sows and plenty of cubs….often chasing bright red salmon up the streams.

“It was absolutely amazing, and I can’t imagine it could have been any better. There were so many bears, and wonderful locations resulting in many, many  appealing images. Most of all, it was rewarding to have great people to share this experience with. ”                                                              

Greg Ness – Participant 2019


Badlands 2020  – 1 Space Available

Wall, South Dakota. Badlands NP
Wall, South Dakota. Badlands NP

Dates: September 9-13, 2020                            Read more

Wall, South Dakota                                       Cost: $1199

Details: Badlands National Park is a mesmerizing land of multi-hued rock formations and abundant wildlife. The expansive views in the park give way to roaming herds of bison and big horn sheep. In early June, the prairie grass is green and provides a vibrant contrast to roaming mammals.  Thunderstorms frequently rip through the park and create spectacular cloudscapes and lightning. Sunrise and sunset will be spent in the park capturing dramatic landscapes. During the midday hours we will visit a ghost town and focus on wildlife photography. Our trip will be based out of Wall, South Dakota, a town filled with colorful cowboy boots and local characters.


New Zealand – SOLD OUT

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Dates: September 20-October 1, 2020       Read more     

Queenstown to Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand              

Description: Timed to photograph New Zealand in the peak of Spring season, this workshop covers an impressive variety of awe-inspiring South Island landscapes. In September, snow-draped mountain ranges abound and the soft, clear light offers excellent shooting conditions. We will be photographing many of New Zealand’s iconic landscapes, including Aoraki (Mt. Cook) and the Southern Alps, Fiordland National Park, Milford Sound, Wanaka, Fox Glacier and Lake Matheson. During a cruise on Milford Sound we hope to photograph the rare Fiordland Crested Penguin, Dusky Dolphins, albatross, petrels and other marine bird species. Match all of this with comfortable lodging, Kiwi cuisine, a tour in the wine country and we are in for a great photographic adventure.


Route 66: Headed West – SOLD OUT

Salida, Colorado
the Wigwam

Dates: October 14-18, 2020           Read more   

Albuquerque to Flagstaff                                           Cost: $1299 

Details: Our first Route 66 Workshop was so popular that we added the next segment: Albuquerque to Flagstaff.  Steeped in history and Americana, Route 66 was one of America’s first highways stretching from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA.  During the dustbowl of the 1930s thousands migrated west on Route 66 looking for jobs and a better life.   More recently many classic neon signs, diners and hotels have been restored, and we plan to photograph some of the best sights along Route 66.

Our route starts on Route 66 in Albuquerque, NM  and continues all the way to Flagstaff, AZ.  We will be based out of classic Route 66 hotels during the trip (El Vado, El Rancho and The Wigwam Motel), and have maximized our photography time and minimized our driving time between locations.

 


Sicily Italy w/Strabo Tours – SOLD OUT

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Dates: Oct 23-Nov 3, 2020                               Read more       

Description: Join Tom and Cree as they partner with Strabo Tours to explore Sicily’s rich history, beauty, arts and culture. You will photograph and walk among some of the best-preserved Greek ruins in the world; Roman mosaics, baroque palaces, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites are steps away from our private transport. Hear the ancient myths on the sites where they happened, explore hilltop villages, enjoy Sicilian cuisine, and last but not least taste the Sicilian wine. We walk in the footsteps of monsters and heroes, from Cyclops, Odysseus,…


Old Car City – 3 Spaces Available

White Georgia old car city

Dates: November 12-15, 2020  Thursday – Sunday.     Read More 

Cartersville, Georgia                                               

Cost: $949

Details: Old Car City is the world’s largest classic car junkyard. This location is the perfect place to photograph classic American cars that have been aged with roots, rust and time. Students will use  ambient light as well as speed lights and gels to create really unique photos. What you will learn on this workshop:

  • Composition
  • Developing your creativity; self assignments to explore your vision
  • HDR techniques; in Lightroom and using third party software
  • Tone mapping the right way
  • Lightroom; the ten steps you need to do to every image
  • Maximizing any light source to elevate your images above the rest
  • How to use flash to improve your images
  • Using light modifiers and gels
  • Using reflectors
  • Working with models; the do’s and don’ts of posing
  • How to create an evocative portrait

Bosque del Apache – SOLD OUT

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Dates: Dec 1-6, 2020  Tuesday – Sunday.     Read More 

Socorro, New Mexico                                                

Cost: $1299 

Details: Bosque del Apache in New Mexico is one of the best places in the world to photograph sandhill cranes. The cranes fly into Bosque’s “Crane Ponds” each afternoon, sometimes silhouetted on a blood red sky. This is the perfect time to photograph the birds parachuting into the ponds…..they look like they are suspended in air.  During the morning first light, the Bosque “blast off” provides the chance to shoot thousands of snow geese all taking off at once.

For the second part of the trip, we will travel to White Sands National Monument to photograph stark yucca plants on dazzling white dunes of gypsum sand. The monument includes 265 miles of sand. There is plenty of space to roam looking for the perfect desert landscape.


Costa Rica – 3 Spaces Available

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December 8-15, 2020                         Read More 

Location: Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica

Cost: $4499 double occupancy, $700 single supplement, $1500 deposit due upon registration.

Description: Need a tropical break right before the holidays begin? After teaching workshops in locations all over Costa Rica, Tom decided that the Crocodile Bay Resort is the most user friendly for photographers. National Geographic called the Osa Peninsula “the most biologically intense place on Earth”. On this deluxe tour you will spend a night in the Hilton-Doubletree in San Jose before taking a domestic flight to the town near our location. We will spend the next 6 days photographing birds, mammals, reptiles and landscapes, without having to change hotels.

Have a spouse of friend who would like to join you but is not a photographer? This location has a terrific deal for you. Your guest can share a room for you and enjoy the resort and meals at only a cost of $1099. To get the “Tag a Long” deal, the photo participant signs up on the single supplement. The resort offers activities like zip-lining, fishing, spa treatments, jungle hikes and more for guests.