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Connecticut photography workshops and classes/Learn advanced photography techniques/Greater New Milford area

 

 

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

 

West Cornwall Connecticut Covered bridge and reflections

The beautiful West Cornwall Covered bridge reflects in the calm waters of the Housatonic river

 

Guided Connecticut D-SLR & Mirrorless Landscape Photography Workshops

Litchfield Hills and Southern Berkshires Nature Photography Classes

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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"

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Let a local Pro Landscape Photographer Guide you to the Regions best Places

My landscape D-SLR & Mirrorless camera photography workshops are the original and best-guided photography excursions in the region. Guiding eager photography enthusiast ranging from amateur to advanced into the scenic Litchfield Hills of Connecticut and Massachusett's southern Berkshire's forest to teach them the finer points of making a quality landscape photograph. My photography workshops only require D-SLR owners to have at least basic knowledge of manually changing the exposure settings of their particular camera, how to change lenses  (if needed) and to bring a tripod for longer exposures.

If you are an advanced photographer but not familiar with the southern New England region this is an excellent opportunity to allow me to take you directly to some stunning natural settings during your visit. Many pull offs are UNMARKED and some roads require AWD.

I have included a few Connecticut scenics for you to look at below. I've been blessed, as a few of the images from my portfolio have become iconic scenes over the years and widely published in calendars, magazines and various news media articles. I'll tell you that I know 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

I guide small groups here at Litchfield's Laurel Ridge Foundation "Daffodil Blooms" festival. It's spread out over 18 acres, I can take you to the exact location where I made those iconic images

 

 

Connecticut's hidden Falls Brook cascades through verdant moss

The verdant Falls Brook straddles the CT/Massachusetts border in a very remote area. It is difficult to find and amazing nature shots like this are well hidden off the hiking trail.   

 

Race Brook Falls in the southern Berkshires of Massachusetts by photographer Tom Schoeller

The compositions are bountiful at Race Brook waterfalls in western Massachusetts. This is a steep hike in places so be prepared!

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Quick Glance at the Spring 2017 Laurel Ridge "Daffodil Festival" Workshop Schedule

  • April 25th and 27th.
  • May 2nd and May 4th.
  • May 9th and May 11th.

All dates are Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meet up times are at 5 pm and generally last until 8:15 pm depending on post sunset conditions. We meet on location at the Laurel Ridge Foundation parking area. Laurel Ridge Foundation is located on Wigwam Road in Litchfield CT. just off route 254. It's just about 12 minutes from the Jct of RTE. 8 and 118.

 

Learn to SEE, Visual Design, Effective compositions, Be Expressive, Define With Light 

 

Guided Late Spring and Summer Workshops

Workshop Destinations

  • Laurel Ridge Daffodil Festival  This is the annual spring kickoff in Litchfield Ct. 18 acres of Daffodils surround a picture perfect lake in a pristine Connecticut location.
  • Race Brook Falls  A great spring/summer destination. About a 1.25 mile in & out hike to a highly scenic waterfall in the southern Berkshires of Massachusetts.
  • 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 stops.
  • Campbell Falls  A spectacular waterfall made of 2 significant cascades that straddle the border of Connecticut and the Massachusetts Berkshires. The best places to compose here are not obvious.
  • Bash Bish Falls  Beautiful all year, steep rocky cliffs surround the turquoise waters of a deep pool as the cascades are split into 2 side by side drops by a giant boulder. This is a well-maintained hiking trail just a mile long. Numerous compositions exist here.
  • The Bull Run Covered Bridge  Is located in South Kent Ct on the border of NY State. To avoid harsh lighting I like to get an early start to photograph here or plan for diffused light  
  • West Cornwall Covered Bridge  Further up scenic Route 7 is this brilliant red covered bridge. I added a summer image at the top of this page.   

 

May 13 & 14th are available for guided workshops (1/2 day morning and late afternoon classes). I'll discuss destinations with the participants prior to heading out. I like to allow participants to choose a destination and if time allows after the morning class and the lighting is appropriate we may just squeeze in another location.  First come first serve!

* May 20th through June 4th are blackout dates* as I will be on location in Olympic National Park, Washington State. I will continue to update my future blackout dates as I plan for my own travel requirements during the year.

I will resume guided workshops on weekends (morning and late afternoon classes) after June 4th.

KENT FALLS STATE PARK is not on my itinerary of weekend waterfalls to photograph and for good reasons. This state park has become far too popular with the general public and draws immense crowds primarily due to the easy roadside access and hundreds of parking spaces. On top of that, from Memorial day weekend on the state opens the collections booths and you have to pay for the privilege of standing shoulder to shoulder with a thousand or more people. I prefer to guide excursions, as promised, to the well-hidden gems where we may be lucky to see a handful of hikers at best and quite possibly a wandering Black Bear or one of the region's resident Moose. 

 

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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

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The Spring Workshops Kick-Off in late April!

For my annual guided  Litchfield Hills "Laurel Ridge - Daffodil festival" classes I limit this to 4 participants.  Guest may not follow the group closely, I am respectful of the Ridge foundation's owners for allowing public access so I keep this class low key!  The idea is to be respectful of other visitors and avoid the appearance of a "herd" of people.

Laurel Ridge is unique because the daffodils are in bloom for only a few weeks. Advanced or novice photographers are welcome, again just need basic knowledge of your camera's manual settings and a tripod.  Since I know this place intimately, the late day lighting and the character and mood, I'll take you to the hot spots to get the best photo opportunities.

If you're an advanced shooter you are free to make any appropriate manual setting changes. If you're less experienced, I'll be helping you with creating strong compositions and placing foreground elements for hopefully a few "keeper" images!  I'll go over the exposure triangle (ISO - Shutter speed - Aperture) and explain why and when you may need to compensate.

This is a class that meets up about 5 pm on location. We get to chat for a bit and I get to know your current skill level. Then I save you all the scouting and advanced research that typically goes into a photo shoot and I bring you to the best spots to shoot. The class here runs just past sunset which is a full 3 hours. The cost per person is only $150.00

 

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.

 

Guided Landscape Nature Workshops into the Summer

Once we head into the middle of May, I begin to prioritize my guided trips by photographing many of the wonderful waterfalls, forest, and streams in western Connecticut. Places like Enders Falls near Granby, Falls Brook natural area in Hartland, Campbell Falls in Norfolk and venturing just 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 while 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. I mention this so you don't feel the need to invest in a can, just bring your gear. Overcast days are great to shoot forest scenes and waterfalls midday. If the weather calls for severe clear skies (harsh mid-day sunlight) we head out early or meet up after 4 pm.

Enders Falls photographed during fall foliage season. Granby CT

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 4 for any of my excursions at only $125.00 per person.

 

Basic exposure chart showing the relationships between ISO - Shutter speed and Aperture

 

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A Quick Recap - Essentials to Be Prepared

  • a D-SLR camera body OR Mirrorless camera and lens
  • a Tripod
  • The ability 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
  • 3 stop circular Neutral density filter for waterfall photography
  • Don't forget charged batteries and storage media!! CF or SD cards
  • Cleaning kit/Soft lens cloth and appropriate cleaning solution (just in case)
  • Excursions are $150.00 per photographer. I offer discounts for groups of 4 at $125.00 per person.
  • Bear spray is optional. I always carry

 

For inquiries about my guided photography workshops, I suggest you use the CONTACT link from the dropdown menu to email me or call me at 860-671-0263.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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