Photographic Workshop Tours 2018

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Charleston Photographic field workshop
March 23 - March 27, 2018
$695/ Limited to 8 Students

Charleston Photographic Workshop Tour

Charleston is a city rich in history, tradition, Southern charm and beauty. The Battery Park area is one of the oldest communities in the U.S. and offers a wide range of photographic opportunities. We will be spending time photographing gardens, reflection ponds and cypress swamps. Angel Oak, a 1500 year old Live Oak, is the oldest living tree east of the Rockies and is one of the locations we will be visiting during the workshop. Our field time will be spent on composition and proper use of light. We will spend some time processing images using Lightroom, Topaz and Nik Software to help you with your processing skills. Our goal is to teach you how to capture beautiful images and explore how to create the images that continue to inspire.

Update: My last trip was a great success and a lot of fun! You can see some of my images from the Charleston Workshop, or read some kind remarks from a few of the people that attended. I look forward to doing it next year!

What's included in your tuition:

Tuition includes guided fieldwork, software training and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions.

What's not included in your tuition:

Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless specified

Botany Bay's Boneyard Photographic field workshop
March 27-28, 2018
$175/ Limited to 8 Students

Botany Bay Boneyard Photographic Workshop Tour

I am going to be giving a 1 day workshop at Botany Bay also known as the Boneyard just South of Charleston, South Carolina. This will immediately follow the Charleston Spring workshop.The Bone Yard is a rugged stretch on National Seashore on Edisto Island south of Charleston.

What's included in your tuition:

Tuition includes guided fieldwork, software training and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions.

What's not included in your tuition:

Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless specified.

Smoky Mountains Spring Photographic field workshop
April 15 - 18 2018
$495 / Limited to 8 Students

Smoky Mountains Spring Photographic Workshop Tour

Smoky Mountains National Park is a colorful photographic venue in the spring. Its time-worn ridges covered with wildflowers and the soft green of spring stretch as far as the eye can see. Spend time photographing the streams, valleys and mountain peaks of one of the planet's richest and most biologically diverse locations. Field time is prime time to focus on composition and proper use of light. Practice processing raw images using Lightroom, Topaz and Nik software to process raw images and supplement your skills. The goal is to capture beautiful images and to create images that continue to inspire photographers at any level of expertise.

What's included in tuition:

Tuition includes guided fieldwork, software training and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions.

What's not included in your tuition:

Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless specified.

Lake Michigan Lighthouse/Dark Skies Photographic field workshop
July 8-11 2018
$495.00/ Limited to 8 Students

Lake Michigan Lighthouse/Dark Skies field workshop

During the Lake Michigan Lighthouse/Dark Skies field workshop we will be staying the first night south of Frankfort where we will be capturing images of Lighthouses, shorelines and barns that make the west coast of northern Michigan famous. After sunset we will light paint foregrounds for photographing the Milky Way. Day two and three we will be staying near Ludington to photograph Big and Little Sable Point lighthouses. After our morning shoot on the third morning and breakfast everyone is welcome to join me at the Gilmore car museum to spend a little more time shooting.

What's included in your tuition:

Tuition includes guided fieldwork, software training and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions.

What's not included in your tuition:

Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless specified.

England's - Kent/Cotswold Hills Photographic field workshop
July 25-30, 2018
$1150.00/ Limited to 8 Students

Kent/Cotswold Hills field workshop

On this workshop we will be staying the first two nights in Kent. Our lodgings are a short walk to Anne Boleyn's childhood home, Hever Castle. Then we travel west to the Cotswold Hills and England's most pictures villages. We will be staying in and photographing the villages of Stratford upon Avon, and Chipping Campden. These villages will transport us back in time. The Cotswolds cover 2,038 square km and is the second largest protected landscape in the UK (second to the Lakes district.) Its boundaries are roughly 25 miles (40 km) across and 90 miles (145 km) long, stretching south-west from just south of Stratford-upon-Avon to just south of Bath. It lies across the boundaries of several English counties; mainly Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, and parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

What's included in your tuition:

Tuition includes guided fieldwork, software training and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions.

What's not included in your tuition:

Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless specified.

England's - Stonehenge/Cotswold Hills Photographic field workshop
July 31-August 6, 2018
$1150.00/ Limited to 8 Students

England's - Stonehenge/Cotswold Hills field workshop

This workshop starts on the Salisbury plane near the prehistoric stone monuments of Stonehenge and Avebury. We will spend time in Oxford photographing it's 38 collages. Our last two days will be in the heart of the Cotswold Hills where we will be photographing the villages of Snows Hill, Bourton-on-the-Water, Broadway, Upper and Lower Slater. These are some of England's most picturesque villages and will transport us back in time. The Cotswold's cover 2,038 square km and is the second largest protected landscape in the UK (second to the Lakes district.) Its boundaries are roughly 25 miles (40 km) across and 90 miles (145 km) long, stretching south-west from just south of Stratford-upon-Avon to just south of Bath. It lies across the boundaries of several English counties; mainly Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, and parts of Wiltshire, Somerset, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

What's included in your tuition:

Tuition includes guided fieldwork, software training and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions.

What's not included in your tuition:

Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless specified.

Smoky Mountains Fall Photographic field workshop
October 21-24, 2018
$495 / Limited to 8 Students

Smoky

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a colorful photographic venue in the fall. Its time-worn ridges covered with burnt colors of autumn stretch as far as the eye can see. Spend time photographing the streams, valleys and mountain peaks of one of the planet's richest and most biologically diverse locations. Field time is prime time to focus on composition and proper use of light. Practice processing raw images using Lightroom, Topaz and Nik software to process raw images and supplement your skills. The goal is to capture beautiful images and to create images that continue to inspire photographers at any level of expertise.

What's included in your tuition:

Tuition includes guided fieldwork, software training and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions.

What's not included in your tuition:

Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless specified

Lake Michigan Fall Color/Dark Sky Photographic field workshop
October 26-29 2018
$495.00/ Limited to 8 Students

Lake

The Lake Michigan Shoreline with its lighthouses beaches and shorelines is always a great place to capture stunning images. On this workshop we will also have the unique opportunity to photograph the Milky Way.

In mid-October when fall's tapestry covers Michigan's Lower Peninsula is the perfect time to capture her beauty.

What's included in your tuition:

Tuition includes guided fieldwork, software training and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions.

What's not included in your tuition:

Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless specified

Zion National Park Slot Canyon/Dark Sky Photographic field workshop
Nov 4-8 2018
$695 / Limited to 8 Students

Zion National Park Slot Canyon/Dark Sky Photographic field workshop

Our time will be split between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon. Breathtaking Zion Canyon is the centerpiece of this 147,000-acre parkland that protects a spectacular landscape of high plateaus, sheer canyons, and monolithic cliffs. Their sculptured sandstone walls shaped by water and wind over thousands of years provide photographers the Southwest's most sought-after photographic images. In the fall, when the sun is lower in the sky, muted red and purple tones take your breath away. These canyons are unlike any place in the world. The workshop ends on the 13th after a morning shoot and final critique session over breakfast.

What's included in your tuition:

Tuition includes guided fieldwork, software training and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions.

What's not included in your tuition:

Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless specified

Antelope Canyon- Eastern Utah/ Dark Sky Photographic field workshop
Nov 8-13 2018
$860 / Limited to 8 Students

On the drive to Page we will be stopping to shoot at Toadstool Hoodoos. In the morning of the 9th we'll be shooting sunrise at Horseshoe bend and then over to Upper Antelope canyon where we will meet up with our Navajo guide. In the fall, slender shafts of light penetrate these narrow canyons and bounce soft light off the rock walls casting wonderful muted colors against the sandstone walls. In this workshop you will learn how to capture these images while improving your composition and technical skills.

After shooting Upper antelope canyon we will drive to Moab to capture images in Canyonlands, Arches and Dead Horse Point. From Moab we head south to Monument Valley (Navajo: Ts' Bii' Ndzisgaii, meaning valley of the rocks) this is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft above the valley floor. Director John Ford used Monument Valley for a number of his best-known films defining what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West.

What's included in your tuition:

Tuition includes guided fieldwork, software training and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions.

What's not included in your tuition:

Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless specified.

Private Photography Instruction and Guiding

Additional fee for travel may be added depending on instruction location.

  • 1 person - $650
  • 2 people - $950
  • 3 people - $1150
  • 4 people - $1350
  • 5 people - $1550

Workshop Overview

Workshop Overview

Workshops capture landscape images that excite and move, images that trace where the mind has been and forms a unique vision to last a lifetime. Students learn to apply new skills daily in a supportive environment where we share our collective knowledge to take the next step. We hold a deep passion for the places we travel, and explore images that continue to inspire. What takes time to create, time respects, good images don't just happen. Most often, our best images lie around the next turn, waiting for us to find. Our philosophy understands that through photography and an open mind, the world is ever ready to delight. Paul takes great pride in his work, and this translates to some great teaching techniques. He has vast experience in both the artistic and technical aspects of photography; he is adept in digital, medium- and large-format cameras, which includes a large range of camera brands and models. He welcomes photographers of all formats and skill levels; however, classes and workshops are geared for the digital photographer.

Paul James is a published, award winning photographer from Southeastern Michigan who offers the best in personalized photographic instruction on every level; whether you're just beginning or a seasoned veteran. Paul takes great pride in his work, and this translates to some great teaching techniques. He has vast experience in both the artistic and technical aspects of photography; he is adept in Digital, Medium and Large format Cameras, which includes a large range of camera brands and models. He welcomes photographers of all formats and skill levels; however, this class will be geared for the digital photographer.

Each day, we shoot at "first light" to capture moments with magic in every shot.

  • Learn tips and tricks used by professionals to create impressive photographs.
  • Discover new viewpoints, and interesting details that might be overlooked, to see the world photographically.
  • Learn to sense the direction of light and how to capture the magic moment.
  • Improve your photographic technique.
  • Learn your camera and how to get the most out of it.
  • Have fun!

Example Itinerary:

  • Day One: Arrive in Pisa were we can go over equipment and Photograph at sunset.
  • Day Two: Photograph at sunrise in Pisa and then travel by train to Vernazza in the Cinque Terre. After checking in to our hotel spend time photographing in Vernazza in the afternoon through sunset and when have dinner in the harbor.
  • Day Three - Five: The best times for shooting are Sunrise and Sunset and we will photograph through the day while we enjoy hiking and shopping in the seaside villages. While in the Cinque Terre we will spend time processing images.
  • Day Six: Photograph at sunrise and say our goodbye's over breakfast before traveling to Provence for the next workshop.

What's included in my tuition:

Tuition includes fieldwork, guiding, software training and critiques of your digital files during our classroom sessions..

What's not included in my tuition:

Travel costs, lodging, entrance fees, and meals are not included in the cost of admission unless specified.

A Journey shared is truly a Journey remembered

The Roma and Cinque Terre photographic workshops trips were a great success. Both groups came home with some wonderful images and some wonderful memories. I will soon be posting some of the new images on the website and hope that you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed taking them. Many thanks to my two wonderful friends Steve and Grazia who helped make the Rome workshop very special. For anyone traveling to Roma for a holiday, taking one of their personalized day tours is a must.

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