Photographic Workshop Tours 2016 - 2017

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Botany Bay's Boneyard
April 6-7, 2017
$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.

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 my tuition:

Tuition includes guided fieldwork, 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.

Amalfi Coast Photographic Workshop Tour
June 25 - June 30 2017
$1150.00/ Limited to 8 Students

Amalfi Coast Photographic Workshop Tour

UNESCO considers the Amalfi Coast to be an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape. The Amalfi Coast dotted with picturesque ancient fishing villages is a combination of great beauty and gripping drama where coastal mountains plunge into the sea creating stunning scenes.

Among the glittering string of coastal gems, legendary Sorrento and Positano sparkle the brightest, while mountaintop Ravello has grand villas. We will spend the first two days in Sorrento, the gateway to the Amalfi Coasts. Sorrento is an ancient village that has miraculously survived the onslaught of package tourism.

Aside from its sheer beauty, the region is home to some superb restaurants and hotels. It is also one of Italy's top spots for photographing.

Just south of Amalfi is the ancient Greek city of Paestum. We will spend our last day photographing and exploring Paestum's three ancient temples and amphitheater.+

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.

Provence Photographic Workshop Tour
July 2-7, 2017
$1150.00/ Limited to 8 Students

Provence Photographic Workshop Tour

Imagine fields of bright purple and delicate mauve under deep blue skies, breath deeply and experience the scent and colour of Provence. The stunning sight of the Plateau de Sault or the Plateau de Valensole in late June and early July, the two main areas of lavender cultivation in the Luberon area of Provence, are reason enough to visit this beautiful part of France.

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 Lighthouse Workshop Tour
Aug 13-16 2017
$495.00/ Limited to 8 Students

Lake Michigan Lighthouse Workshop Tour

During the Lake Michigan Lighthouse Workshop Tour we will be staying the first night near the Point Betsie Lighthouse capturing Lighthouses, shorelines and barns that make the west coast of northern Michigan famous. Day two we will be staying in Ludington to photograph Big and Little Sable Point light house. After our morning shoot on the third morning we will head to South to the Gilmore car museum to spend part of the day before heading to South Haven for a sunset shoot. On our last morning we will be capturing sunrise on Lake Michigan and relax over breakfast before heading home. On my way home I will be stopping by the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo and everyone is welcome to join me 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.

Lake Michigan Fall Color/Dark Sky field workshop
October 15-18 2017
$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.

Smoky Mountains Fall Photographic Workshop Tour
October 19-22, 2017
$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 Photoshop 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.

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 Workshop Tour
October 22-25, 2017
$495 / Limited to 8 Students

Smoky Mountains Fall Photographic Workshop Tour

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 Photoshop 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.

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 Photographic Workshop Tour
Nov 5-9 2017
$695 / Limited to 8 Students

Zion National Park/Painted Desert Photographic Workshop Tour

Time is 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. These canyons are unlike any place in the world. The workshop ends on the 9th 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 Photographic Workshop Tour
Nov 9-11 2017
$350 / Limited to 8 Students

Southwest Slot Canyon Photographic Workshop Tour

Interested shooting for two days longer? After final critiques for the Zion workshop on the morning of November 9th, we move over to Page and shoot late afternoon light at Toadstool hoodoos. The next morning, November 10th, we begin with sunrise at Horseshoe Bend before we capture images in both Upper and Lower Antelope Canyons. These sandstone canyons feel as spiritual as any of Europe's wonderful old cathedrals. After a full day of shooting, we capture a sunset near Lake Powell before returning to Zion National Park for the night. On the morning of November 11th, we shoot a final sunrise before breakfast and our farewell critiques. In the fall, slender shafts of light penetrate the narrow canyons and bounce soft light off rock walls, casting wonderful muted colors against sandstone. Learn how to capture these images and improve your compositional and technical skills.

In the Fall slender shafts of light penetrate the 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 and improve your compositional and technical skills.

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:

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

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

Smoky Mountains Spring Photographic Workshop Tour

The Great Smokey Mountains Spring trip has the same words as the fall trip and talks about the beautiful fall colors. You may want to talk about the Smokies in springtime. Also, take the word "my" out of every place you talk about what is included in tuition. It sounds more professional to say:View video of Smoky Mountains.

Included in tuition:

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

Not included in my tuition:

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

Charleston Photographic Workshop Tour
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 sometime processing images using Photoshop 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.

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, for 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 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 are 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, 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 Pias 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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