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Connecticut Litchfield Hills photography workshops/Entry level Workshops to Enthusiast/Learn advanced photography techniques

 

 

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

 

West Cornwall Connecticut Covered bridge and reflections

Learn all the controls and functions of your D-SLR or Mirrorless to take photos like this!

 

Customized To Your Level of Experience ~ D-SLR & Mirrorless Camera Training and Landscape Photography Workshops

Litchfield Hills and Southern Berkshires ~ Basic Photography Classes and Guided Nature Shoots 


 

Let's get right to it.

If you or someone you know has just purchased a serious new D-SLR or Mirrorless camera system and has limited experience, or maybe even no true experience at all working with it, I am THE person you need to set up an instructional training class with. I have 30+ years of photography experience and have been teaching ordinary folks like you what all those gizmos and gadgets are for and most importantly, HOW to use them and get you jumpstarted to being creative.

No Matter your level of Experience

By popular demand, I'm getting back into more customizable One-on-One instructional workshops with anyone who wants to learn how the critical functions of their camera's work. For beginners, I get right to the Exposure Triangle. That would be the Shutter Speed, ISO, and Aperture settings. 

This is a basic exposure chart above depicting the relationships between ISO/Shutter Speed and F-stops

 

For the Beginners, Let's Get That Camera OFF the Auto setting!

It generally takes about 2-3 hours to go over the exposure triangle with participants and get you comfortable with how the functions relate to each other. It's my goal to get students past their fears of changing settings and take that camera OFF the automatic setting. If you really wanted to leave it on Auto, you could just use an iPhone for that and continue to take banal meaningless images. You've invested some serious capital into your SLR or Mirrorless gear, let me help you get up to speed and begin getting the most out of your investment! 

Entry Level Pricing

The entry-level (beginners) classes are $150.00 for the first 3 full hours. Generally, these classes take place near me in New Milford, Ct. 

Learn to SEEVisual DesignEffective compositionsBe Expressive, Define With Light  

For the More Experienced Photo Enthusiast

I am happy to work with you one-on-one, or a small group to tailor a workshop beginning with your current skill levels, and take you to a much higher level. This may require an excursion to one of the many scenic locations in Litchfield County, Connecticut. We can hold off on that for now until we determine what best suits your needs. Sound good? 

How do you know if you fit into this category? You probably have an SLR or Mirrorless body and multiple lenses, you've likely purchased a Polarizer filter (I hope you did) and I bet you finally invested in a pretty nice tripod by now. If you are adept at swapping out a lens, using shutter or aperture priority settings, you're ready for this!  Despite all of that, you still require a tremendous amount of skills and knowledge to begin making technically excellent photographic images, and somehow find a way to add your own artistic inspiration. 

I recommend beginning with a 3 to 4-hour session based on your current skill set, and what additional skills we cover during the initial workshop. My experiences with workshop attendees is they get very excited once they realized what they've learned and SEE the results, and are very eager to schedule additional classes to build upon their new skills.

You'll see improvements and acquire additional skills each time out. 

When Are these Workshops Available?

I find it's best to plan ALL classes for weekends. The entry-level class requires that you have your own D-SLR or Mirrorless camera with a lens! This workshop is not for Point and Shoot or iPhone pictures.

If you desire the Photo Enthusiast advancement class, this might require an early start to get you out when the lighting is appropriate for shooting nature scenes. I'll start you with "ethereal movement" requiring soft subdued or low light, and as the lighting changes, I'll modify to accommodate.   

Advanced Pricing

I start with $150.00 for the first 3 hours. If time allows and we have great shooting conditions, I'll continue at just $40.00 per hour. 

 

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Front view of the full pro-Nikon D810. This is a D-SLR camera with lens attached.

 

Nikon professional D-SLR 750 body top view

This is a top view of a Nikon D750 body. The control to the left is a multi-function dial. There is a LOT to learn to become a photographer

 


Limited Time Destination Excursions - Spring and Summer Only

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.

 

Beginning 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 small 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.  

 

 

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.

 

Are you ready to reserve your Photography Workshop and make some great photos?

Then let's BOOK IT NOW!

 

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