2023 Photographic Workshop Tours

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Lake Superior Frozen Waterfall and Ice Cave
Jan 29 - February 1, 2023
$1,125/Limited to 7 Students

Frozen Waterfalls Ice Cave /Dark Sky Photographic field workshop

Munising in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is famous for its Pictured Rocks National Seashore and its many waterfalls. In February the Lake Superior shoreline is a winter wonderland and the many waterfalls and caves in the area create ice formations, giving us unique photographic opportunities.

This workshop is designed to be a hands-on experience where you can expand your skills and portfolio, learning new photographic techniques while enjoying nature at her best.

What's included in tuition:

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

· Three (3) nights lodging with breakfast each morning.

What's not included in your tuition:

· Travel costs to and from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

· cost of carpooling to photo sites or driving your own vehicle.

· Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and beverages

Charleston Photographic field workshop
March 19-23, 2023
$1595 Limited to 7 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 tuition:

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

· Four (4) nights lodging with breakfast each morning.

What's not included in your tuition:

· Travel costs, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and beverages

· Clients can carpool and share expenses or rent their own vehicle.

Botany Bay's Boneyard
March 23-24, 2023
$395 Limited to 7 Students

Botany Bay Boneyard Photographic Workshop Tour

After the Charleston workshop I will be giving a one day workshop on a pristine beach south of Charleston know as the Boneyard. The stretch of beach known as the Boneyard Beach is particularly interesting because the shore is loaded with weather-worn trees and seashells. While you can photograph and examine them, be sure to leave anything you find on the beach. Seashell and shark tooth removal is strictly forbidden.

What's included in my tuition:

What's included in tuition:

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

· One(1) nights lodging with breakfast each morning.

What's not included in your tuition:

· Travel costs, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and beverages

· Clients can carpool and share expenses or rent their own vehicle.

Death Valley Dark Sky Photographic field workshop
April 16-19, 2023
$1525 Limited to 7 Students

Death Valley /Dark Sky Photographic field workshop

Death Valley National Park was the third International Dark Sky Park in the U.S. and has some of the darkest night skies in the United States granting photographers a dazzling display of the night sky.

At 282 ft below sea level, Badwater Basin is the lowest point in North America and is surrounded by mountains rising to over 11,000 feet. In April the daytime temperature averages in the 90’s with the nighttime temperatures averaging in the 60’s.

Each day we will be out photographing the best light of the day, Sunrise and Sunset. Each evening we will have the opportunity to photograph the Milky Way core, Star Trails, and Moonlit landscapes.

This workshop is designed to be a hands-on experience whereyou can expand your skills and portfolio, learning new photographic techniqueswhile enjoying nature at her best. All skill levels are welcome! 

What's included in tuition:

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

· Three (3) nights lodging with breakfast each morning.

What's not included in your tuition:

· Travel costs, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and beverages

· Clients can carpool and share expenses or rent their own vehicle.

Joshua Tree Dark Sky Photographic field workshop
April 19-22, 2023
$1525 Limited to 7 Students

Joshua Tree /Dark Sky Photographic field workshop

Joshua Tree is an International Dark Sky Park, that grants night visitors a dazzling star display.

With nearly 800,000 acres of mystical beauty, Joshua Tree National Park is undoubtedly one of the world’s most incredible natural desert treasures. Sweeping, grand in scale, and populated by granite monoliths and voluptuous rock and boulder formations, the park offers us photographic wonders.

Joshua trees dominate the open spaces of the park, but among the rock outcroppings are piñon pine and California junipers.

Each day we will be out photographing the best light of the day, Sunrise and Sunset. Each evening we will have the opportunity to photograph the Milky Way core, Star Trails, and Moonlit landscapes.

This workshop is designed to be a hands-on experience whereyou can expand your skills and portfolio, learning new photographic techniqueswhile enjoying nature at her best. All skill levels are welcome! 

What's included in tuition:

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

· Three (3) nights lodging with breakfast each morning.

What's not included in your tuition:

· Travel costs, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and beverages

· Clients can carpool and share expenses or rent their own vehicle.

Ann Arbor One Day Trillium/ Spring Flower workshop
May 11, 2023
$100 / Limited to 6 Students

Ann Arbor One Day Trillium/Spring Flower workshop

We will start photographing the Trilliums early in the soft light of the morning. As the soft light fades and gets harsher we will break for breakfast or early lunch depending on the lighting conditions. After our meal we will spend time post-processing images that you have taken followed by a meal break. After the break we will spend more time capturing images in the field before saying our goodbyes. Spring mornings often bring light rains; these light rains add saturation and depth to an image. If there is heavy rain in the morning we will meet for breakfast and start shooting time after breakfast.

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, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and beverages

Amalfi Coast and Rome Photographic field workshop
June 7 - 13, 2023
$3000 Limited to 7 Students

Amalfi Coast and Rome Photographic field workshop

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 Amalfi and Positano sparkle the brightest, while mountaintop Ravello has grand villas. We will spend the first two days in Agerola nestled between Amalfi and Positano, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast. 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 photography.

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

North of the Amalfi Coast we will photograph the ancient ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii. Like its sister city, Pompeii, Herculaneum is famous for having been buried in ash during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. These ancient cities are time-capsules presering the history of Rome.

What's included in tuition:

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

· Six (6) nights lodging with breakfast each morning.

What's not included in your tuition:

· Travel costs, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and beverages

· Clients can carpool and share expenses or rent their own vehicle.

Rome Photographic field workshop
June 13 - 17, 2023
$2500 Limited to 7 Students

Rome Photographic Workshop Tour

Ancient Rome beckons to be photographed from the Vatican to the Colosseum and so much more. Rome is my favorite city and offers an amazing variety of images and art. We will be staying near the Vatican and our time will be spent on composition, capturing images and proper use of light. For anyone who will be staying over I recommend a personalized tour from my Roman family Steve and Grazia Andre who are the best tour guides in Rome.

What's included in my tuition:

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

· Four (4) nights lodging with breakfast each morning.

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.

Tuscany Photographic field workshop
June 17 - 24, 2023
$3500 Limited to 7 Students

Tuscan Photographic Workshop Tour

Our first stop in Tuscany will be Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance, romantic, enchanting, and utterly irresistible, Florence (Firenze) where we will feast on world-class Tuscan cuisine and art created by Renaissance masters.

When we leave Florence, we will head to the ancient Roman village of Pinza for three nights. Pienza is nestled in the Val d'Orcia, the wheat belt of Tuscany. Siena is to its north with the Bagno Vignoni with its Roman Baths nestled to its west. This is the Heart of the Tuscan region, we'll be capturing images of Roman Villas and take time to soak in the hot mineral waters of the Bagno.

We will photograph ancient cellars and take time for a little wine tasting. There will be time to take a cooking class for anyone who is interested.

From Pienza, we will head north to the picturesque perched city of San Gimignano. San Gimignano is an Etruscan city that predates Rome, famous for its ancient towers that look like skyscrapers silhouetted against the sky.

Our goal is to teach you how to capture beautiful images and explore how to create images that will continue to inspire.

What's included in tuition:

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

· Seven (7) nights lodging with breakfast each morning.

What's not included in your tuition:

· Travel costs, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and beverages

· Clients can carpool and share expenses or rent their own vehicle.

Venice Photographic field workshop
June 24 - 28, 2023
$2500 Limited to 7 Students

Venice Photographic Workshop Tour

The rich color palette of Venice with its canals, and bridges, and the amazing architecture of San Marco Piazza and the Rialto Bridge provide some of my favorite compositions to photograph. We will be capturing breathtaking architectural images that have inspired artists and writers for over a thousand years. Venice has provided some of the best images that I ever captured. This Island City is a great location to shoot in any season and I look forward to seeing her again in her spring bloom.

What's included in tuition:

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

· Four (4) nights lodging with breakfast each morning.

What's not included in your tuition:

· Travel costs, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and beverages

· Clients can carpool and share expenses or rent their own vehicle.

Iceland #1 Northern Lights Photographic field workshop
Nov 1-6, 2023
$3000 / Limited to 7 Students

Iceland #1 Northern Lights Photographic field workshop

This Six day workshop is for amateur, aspiring and professional photographers alike, and promises to expose you to some of the world’s most spectacular natural landscapes, all under ethereal lighting conditions.

Our first sunset will be spent photographing the Garður Lighthouse located 10 km from Keflavik International Airport, at the very north of the Reykjanes Peninsula, in the town of Garður (Gardur).

We will head north of Reykjavik to photograph rugged black beaches and Kirkjufellsfoss Iceland's most Iconic waterfall.

From there we will head north of Reykjavik to photograph rugged black beaches and Kirkjufellsfoss, Iceland's most Iconic waterfall.

In the evenings we will be out photographing the northern lights when they are visible.

No photographic visit to Iceland is complete without a tour of its most iconic sites on the Golden Circle where we will visit Gullfoss Waterfall and Thingvellir National Park.

Thingvellir is the only place in the world where you can stand between two continental plates, in a distinctive geological landscape that changes every year.

We will be staying near the geothermal field surrounding the Great Geyser, giving its name to this geological phenomenon. Strokkur, another famous geyser located at the hot spring area, gives a performance every few minutes, shooting a tower of water and steam 30 meters into the air. One of the attractions apart from the magnificent geysers is Blesi, a hot spring with water the colour of turquoise delights the senses.

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

· Five (5) nights lodging with breakfast each morning.

What's not included in your tuition:

· Travel costs, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and beverages

· Clients can carpool and share expenses or rent their own vehicle.

Iceland #2 Northern Lights Photographic field workshop
Nov 6-13, 2023
$4000 / Limited to 7 Students

Iceland #2 Northern Lights Photographic field workshop

This Eight day workshop is for amateur, aspiring and professional photographers alike. You will photograph some of the world’s most spectacular natural landscapes, all under ethereal lighting conditions.

Iceland’s south coast is known for its atmospheric landscapes, from towering glaciers to black-sand beaches. We will explore this coastline where the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean power ashore with tremendous force on a tour of Iceland’s most impressive sights!

Duration the workshop you will visit Reynisfjara Beach known for its beautiful black sands and sea stacks, a place of wild and dramatic beauty. The Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and the Icelandic fishing town of Hofn.

In the evenings we will be out photographing the northern lights when they are visible.

We will help you develop your skills as a photographer while immersing yourself in the natural landscapes of Iceland and build an incredible portfolio.

What's included in tuition:

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

· Seven (7) nights lodging with breakfast each morning.

What's not included in your tuition:

· Travel costs, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and beverages

· Clients can carpool and share expenses or rent their own vehicle.

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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