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Study Nature, Love Nature, Stay close to Nature. It Will Never Fail You.
The West Cornwall Covered bridge reflects beautifully in the calm waters of the Housatonic River
Guided Connecticut D-SLR & Mirrorless Landscape Photography Workshops
Litchfield Hills and Southern Berkshires Nature Photography Classes
Twice each day we experience amazing light that draws the intimate details and colors out of New England's forest and nature scenes. My guided workshops are designed to avoid harsh mid-day light and use more appropriate "early and late-day lighting". This allows the photographer to capture vibrant lush vegetation, ethereal waterfalls and streams and intimate details.
I've photographed the region for nearly 30 years and I know the places chosen for these workshop excursions intimately. Combining my knowledge of the locations and Fine Art landscape photography experience, I am fully qualified to lead you individually or in small groups to these beautiful southern New England destinations!
The guided workshops begin by late April and extending through September. Workshops are available Saturdays and Sundays both morning and late afternoons. The exception to the weekend schedule is the April/May Laurel Ridge Daffodil display which is a sunset event and we do them several times per week!
Each Saturday or Sunday excursion is an intimate customized experience, tailored to enhance your specific needs. I limit to small groups of 4 people and will happily book individuals and even your guest. If we are lucky to experience overcast mid-day light, it's possible to extend our sessions even longer.
Depending on the weather, I generally like to meet up before sunrise for the morning classes. If it's overcast or even a light drizzle or mist no worries! That's perfect for forest and waterfalls/stream photography and we won't need to meet up at a dreadful hour.
- $125.00 per photographer. (I'll save you $25.00 just for LIKING my Facebook Page and Sharing. The Link is at the bottom of the page)
- Non-photography guest are allowed. Price is $45.00 per guest.
What is a non-photographer? Any participant that will be tagging along with a "photographer" who have signed up for my photo excursions, but will NOT be photographing with a D-SLR or Mirrorless Camera. Non-photography guest are welcome to take snapshots with their iPhones or point and shoot cameras during the guided tours.
It's suggested to reserve your excursions in advance. It is possible to make a reservation with only 24 hours notice by chance.
Note: Book It Now is a scheduling request and may not represent my availability on any given date. I respond to ALL booking request as soon as possible. When filling out the contact form, Please provide the date(s) you wish to book, will you be alone or bringing a non-photographer guest, and we need your full name AND telephone number to be reached at.
Cancellations: I generally do not cancel/reschedule unless the weather is not conducive to quality photography. The worst weather to make photographs in this part of New England is during bright sunny mid-day light. Unique weather, especially fog, mist or a light rain makes for great photo opportunities. A steady downpour of rain or gusty wind is something we will definitely reschedule your class for.
Winter and Autumn workshops are currently not available as a standard part of our half-day guided workshops. Winter's prettiest conditions are inconsistent and I'm on the road during the Foliage season adding to my own portfolio.
Front view of the full pro-Nikon D810.
"No matter your level of experience, I'll help you capture Professional level images from Connecticut's Litchfield Hills and the southern Berkshires of Massachusetts"
I'll Guide you to the Regions best Places
My landscape D-SLR & Mirrorless camera weekend photography workshops are the original and best-guided photography excursions in the region. Guiding eager photography enthusiast, ranging from amateurs to advanced into the scenic Litchfield Hills of Connecticut and Massachusett's forested southern Berkshire's. My photography workshops only require participants to have basic knowledge such as making manual exposure setting changes, change a lens (if needed) and to bring a tripod for making long exposures.
There are a few suggested regional scenics for you to browse below. I've been blessed, as several images within my portfolio have become iconic scenes over the last 10 years and have been widely published in calendars, magazines, and various news media articles. I know each of these locations intimately and can get you to the "iconic spot" at the best time for the best results.
Litchfield's Laurel Ridge Foundation "Daffodil Blooms" festival. It's spread out over 18 acres, I'll take you to the exact location where I made those images. This is most beautiful at sunset.
The verdant Falls Brook straddles the CT/Massachusetts border in a heavily forested area. This well hidden and remote stream is off the beaten path for sure. I have a surprise waterfall awaiting you here as well!
The compositions are bountiful at Race Brook waterfalls in western Massachusetts. This is a steep hike in places so be prepared!
Learn to SEE, Visual Design, Effective compositions, Be Expressive, Define With Light
Top view of a Nikon D750 body. A multi-purpose Control dial is top left, Control panel right, Metering control button and Exposure Compensation (+/-) are manual adjustments you should be familiar with for these tours
Workshops Begin in April at Laurel Ridge Foundation - 18 acres of Daffodils!
The Laurel Ridge daffodil festival is unique because the daffodil blooms only last for a few weeks. Beginning by late April, they may last through mid-May. Weather conditions play a significant role. I begin posting for these workshops on my FaceBook and Instagram pages in March. I keep an eye on the blooms and update conditions on my Facebook page. I encourage you to check with my Facebook page by early April for conditions. I know this place intimately, the late day lighting, the character, and topography. I'll take you to the best spots for the best photo opportunities.
Litchfield Hills "Laurel Ridge - Daffodil festival" workshops are strictly limited to 4 participants. Guest may not follow the group closely, however, they are free to enjoy all 18 + acres as you participate in the workshop. I am respectful of the Ridge foundation's owners and grateful for allowing public access here, so I keep this low key. The goal is to be respectful of other visitors while providing my workshop clients with the best possible photo opportunities.
This is a very easy public location to meet up with me. It's on Wigwam Road about 1 mile off Rte 209 in Litchfield.
Sunsets and reflections like this are common around 8:05 pm during the Daffodil Festival at Laurel Ridge ~ Litchfield CT.
Late Spring and Summer Guided Landscape Nature Workshops
Once the Daffodil's are past peak, I begin the traditional morning and afternoon weekend guided trips to many of the wonderful waterfalls, forest, and streams in western Connecticut and the Berkshires. Enders Falls near Granby, Falls Brook natural area in Hartland, Campbell Falls in Norfolk and up into the southern Berkshires to Bash Bish Falls and Race Brook. These are all wonderful and highly scenic locations to photograph. I'll be instructing how to capture the ethereal movement of water, maintaining good focus front to back and finding beautiful foreground elements.
Sturdy hiking shoes are encouraged for all workshops and feel free to bring bottled water and a snack. I always carry bear spray into Race Brook and Falls Brook natural areas just in case we encounter a bruin that gets nosey. Black bears are common in Connecticut's northwest corner, however, most are shy and cautious of people.
Enders falls is amazing being that it has 4 unique series of waterfalls all within a mile's hike. There are (2) minor stream crossings to gain access to wonderful views of this portion of cascades.
Suggested Special Interest Workshop Destinations
KENT FALLS STATE PARK is not on my list of places to photograph. It's popular and draws crowds which is not a pleasurable experience to do nature landscape photography.
Basic exposure chart showing the relationships between ISO - Shutter speed and Aperture
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