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Connecticut Litchfield Hills photography workshops/Learn advanced photography techniques

 

 

Study Nature, Love Nature, Stay close to NatureIt Will Never Fail You.

 

West Cornwall Connecticut Covered bridge and reflections

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


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 as we avoid overly harsh mid-day sunlight.

I've photographed the region for nearly 30 years and I know the locations I've described (below) 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 both Saturdays and Sundays only for either morning and late afternoons. They are available on a "first come-first serve basis" and not by a structured schedule of events.

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 the workshop. 

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.  

PRICING

- $125.00 per photographer.  

- Non-photography guest.  You may bring a non-photographer companion along. 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. Your non-photography guest is welcome to take snapshots with their iPhones or point and shoot cameras during the guided tours. They are not entitled to my professional photography training.

 

BOOK IT NOW

Since I don't post a structured "weekly schedule" it's best just to reach me by clicking the Book It Now button. It is only a scheduling request and a good way to reach out and contact me for availability. I respond to ALL booking request as soon as possible. It's best to contact me early in the week. Generally, if I do not hear from a potential workshop attendee by Thursday of the same week I'll skip over that weekend and default to the next. 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 try and reschedule.

Winter and Autumn: These seasons are currently not available for workshops. Why not? Winter's best scenic conditions are inconsistent and impossible to plan for. I'm on the road during the Foliage season adding to my own Fine Art portfolio of prints.   


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 Connecticut 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. 

 

Laurel Ridge Foundation Litchfield CT Daffodil Festival

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.

 


 

 

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 last for just 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. 

These 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. Please note that I DO NOT automatically show up daily and wait for potential workshop enthusiast. You are required to contact me and set up a time and date.

 

Ridge Pond at sunset from the Laurel Ridge Foundation - Litchfield CT

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

Traditionally by mid-May, I begin both morning and afternoon weekend guided trips to many of the wonderful waterfalls, forest, and streams in western Connecticut and the Berkshires. Some of my suggested destinations include 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.

 

Suggested Special Interest Workshop Destinations

Enders Falls  A stunning series of unique waterfalls, 4 in all, located near Granby Connecticut. 

Enders Falls State Park image by Thomas Schoeller Photography

​​Race Brook Falls  Located in the Berkshires, this is a great year-round destination. There are two attractive cascades to photograph here, accessible by separate trails.The lower falls is a 1.25 mile in & out hike. The upper falls trail is steeper and approximately 0.5 miles longer each way. If we get soft muted lighting, we'll have time to shoot both falls!

Falls Brook Natural area  This verdant oasis may be the most amazing Emerald green luminous moss and series of cascades in all of New England. About a 2-mile round trip hike with plenty of subjects.

Cascades at Falls Brook natural area, image by Thom Schoeller photography

Campbell Falls  This spectacular waterfall is made of 2 significant cascades that straddle the border of Connecticut and the Berkshires of southern Massachusetts. Composing pretty landscapes here can be tricky, I'll get you into the right position for the best results. The image below is a magazine cover image I shot for Season's magazine of the Upper Falls at Campbells Falls State Park 

Magazine cover photo by Thomas Schoeller-Campbell Falls

Bash Bish Falls  Photographic all year. The main attraction is a pair of cascades split by a giant hanging boulder. Steep granite cliffs surround a pool of turquoise water beneath the falls. This is a well-maintained hiking trail just a mile long. Numerous compositions exist here.

Bash Bish Falls during peak fall foliage by Thomas Schoeller

The Bull Run Covered Bridge  Located in South Kent Ct and bordering the state of NY. During the warmer months, I prefer an early start here to avoid harsh lighting if it's calling for sunny skies.  

Bulls Bridge is one of 3 CT covered bridges. Image by Thomas Schoeller

West Cornwall Covered Bridge  Further north from the Bull Run bridge along scenic Route 7 is this brilliant red covered bridge. At the top of the page is a photograph I made from one of my personal favorite locations. 

West Cornwall covered bridge-fine art photographs by Thomas Schoeller

Lake Waramaug Sunset from the Dock  If it looks like we will experience a colorful sunset with some clouds I have a wonderful location in mind!

Dusk from the dock along Lake Waramaug's shoreline. Image by Thomas Schoeller

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


Essentials to Be Prepared

  • a D-SLR camera body OR Mirrorless camera and lens
  • a Tripod (this is important for long exposures and composing)
  • The knowledge to manually change your camera's exposure settings
  • comfortable hiking shoes
  • screw on circular polarizer filter that fits your lens
  • bottled water and a snack for some nature hikes
  • 2 or 3 stop circular Neutral density filter for waterfall/stream photography helps if you have one!
  • Don't forget charged batteries and storage media!! CF or SD cards
  • Cleaning kit/Soft lens cloth and appropriate cleaning solution (just in case)
  • Bear spray is optional for nature hikes. I always carry my own.

 

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