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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
Half Day Tours (Weekends)
Twice each day we experience amazing light that draws the details and colors out of New England's forest and nature scenes. Tom Schoeller's 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 more vibrant lush vegetation, ethereal waterfalls and streams and intimate details.
Each Saturday or Sunday tour is a private customized experience, tailored to enhance your specific needs and is limited to small groups of 4 people. If we are lucky to experience overcast mid-day light, it's possible to extend our session even longer! Tom also offers flexibility to break for lunch and resume a late day excursion the same day.
Meet up's usually occur @1 hour before sunrise, allowing for ample travel time to the destinations. We then photograph for approximately 3 hours or until the light becomes too harsh for quality photos. *Note* My Covered bridge excursions take us to (2) amazing covered bridges in western Ct.
- $150.00 per photographer.
- If you book a small group of 2-3 photographer friends, I'll discount the pricing to $125.00 per photographer.
- Non-photographer guest are allowed. Price is $50.00 per guest.
What is a non-photographer? Any participant that will be tagging along with a "photographer" who have signed up for our photo excursions, but will NOT be photographing with a D-SLR or Mirrorless Camera. Non photographer guest are more than welcome to take snapshots with their iPhones or point and shoot cameras during the guided tours. (Usually spouces, parents or guardians are the most common guest)
It's suggested to reserve and pre-pay 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 Tom's availablility on any given date. We 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.
Refunds: Are not offered, especially since it's very likely we have turned other clients away to book their workshops. If Tom Schoeller "tour guide" must cancel (very rare event) we will refund. We generally do not cancel/reschedule for bad weather! Bad weather, especially fog, mist or a light rain often makes for great photos. A steady downpour of rain is something we will reschedule your class for
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"
Let a local Pro Landscape Photographer 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.
If you are an advanced photographer planning to visit the region but not familiar with southern New England, this is an excellent opportunity to allow me to take you directly to some stunning natural settings during your visit. A few of the locations are not well marked, pull offs are not obvious and some roads require AWD. No worries, I'll get you there!
There's 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
Suggested Special Interest Workshop Destinations
KENT FALLS STATE PARK Workshops are limited to "off peak" non-summer tourist season. No summer workshops. During the summer months, this state park has become very popular with the general public and it draws immense crowds to "beat the heat". Beginning Memorial day weekend the state opens the collection booth and you have to pay for the privilege of standing shoulder to shoulder with dozens of people who eventually will find their way between your lens and the subject waterfalls quite often. (long sigh) Needless to say, I would feel awful promising you a great photography experience only to encounter hoards of tourist.
I prefer to guide excursions, as promised, to well-hidden and unpopulated gems where we may be lucky to see a handful of hikers along the way, possibly a wandering Black Bear or one of the region's resident Moose.
If I'm available during the fall for Connecticut workshops, I can get you in here for a morning photo excursion and enjoy some serenity while photographing. It's far too beautiful to pass up, and is especially attractive during the autumn and winter seasons.
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
Spring Workshops Kick-Off in late April at Laurel Ridge
The Laurel Ridge daffodil festival is unique because the brilliant daffodil blooms only last for a few weeks. The grand show begins each year by late April and it may hang around through early or mid-May. Similar to New England's fall foliage, weather conditions play a significant role. I begin posting for these workshops on my FaceBook and Instagram pages in March. Since it's convenient for me to check the conditions here, I determine the workshop schedule when appropriate. I strongly encourage you to sign up for my Newsletters or check back here DAILY after March 20th if this photo excursion interest you! 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.
These guided Litchfield Hills "Laurel Ridge - Daffodil festival" workshops are strictly limited to 4 participants. Guest may not follow the group closely, however, are free to enjoy the 18 acres and explore 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, avoid the appearance of a "herd" of people while providing my workshop clients with the best possible photo opportunities.
For less experienced photographers, I'll be helping you to create strong compositions by finding interesting foreground elements to make beautiful "keeper" photographs. I'll bring a DOF chart to show you how to get sharp images front to back. I'll also explain the exposure triangle (ISO - Shutter speed - Aperture) and how this relates to you making the best possible images.
Meet ups for Laurel Ridge are at 5 pm on location off Wigwam Road. This allows me the opportunity to get to know your current skill level. The workshops run just past sunset which is a full 3 hours. Workshops are first come, first serve! If this workshop interest you, please CONTACT me any time.
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 my 1/2 day 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 miles hike. There are (2) minor stream crossings to gain access to wonderful views of this portion of cascades.
Camera Clubs Welcome
This may be a good opportunity particularly if you are not LOCAL to my region and would love to travel up my way to explore the places I have described above. This would allow you to take advantage of my intimate knowledge of the region without having to research where the unmarked pull offs are, or where on earth are those luminous moss covered boulders and cascading brook he photographed? I will discount a group of 2-3 photographers for any of my excursions for $125.00 per person.
Basic exposure chart showing the relationships between ISO - Shutter speed and Aperture
A Quick Recap - Essentials to Be Prepared
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