Photography Classes & Workshops

Classes & Workshop Philosophy

I have a different perspective on teaching a photography class and workshop. Drawing on my writing, art, and photography background my teaching emphasis is on spontaneous natural creativity and systematic technology. I believe that it is the craft of ‘process,’ that creates the art of photography. Regardless of the technical acumen, your camera cannot tell you what to include in your composition. No matter how advanced your camera is, it cannot create a connection with your subject nor show you when to press the shutter button.

I have a very relaxed, yet aware personal teaching style. This allows me to be present with each participant since I do not have an agenda or itinerary to follow. I do want to inspire your passion, vision, and creativity and motivate you to become the photographer that you desire to be. I want to encourage your photographic inquires. I want to share knowledge in an easy, flowing, uncomplicated manner. Show you how to see through the eyes of an artist.

In the photography excursions that I facilitate in Grand Junction, Colorado, I know that it is all about the process of relationships that makes a difference in quality photography. This includes the relationship of connections, process, communication, space, light, and even unfamiliarity.

The camaraderie of other participants is a valuable part of the learning process. Nurture your new friendships that emerge from these workshops. We all learn by different means. Some of us are best with auditory learning and the rest learn best by visual means. Fewer prefer both auditory and visual. Talking about what we are doing as we do it has proven to be an effective approach. Demonstration by example combines both the auditory and visual. This is a significant reason why I take photographs right next to each of the participants.

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The Essence of Wildlife Photography 

LOCATION: Cedaredge, Colorado

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The Essence of Wildlife Photography is a sixteen-hour course for beginner, intermediate and newly professional level photography enthusiasts, divided into eight, two-hour, hands-on field and classroom sessions primarily for people with DSLR cameras and compact cameras that offer some setting options. People with point and shoot cameras without setting options will still learn many valuable photography principles. Included in the easy to learn classroom and field instruction on wildlife photography are natural non-threatening wildlife approaches, and camera settings (ISO, white balance, shutter speed, aperture, shooting modes: manual vs. aperture and priority vs. shutter priority, etc.). Instruction also includes learning how to hold the camera steady, obtaining clear images of birds in flight, using a variety of background effects, and creative use of the composition. I teach wildlife photography in a patient, compassionate, and thorough manner with easy to follow instructions using lecture, demonstration and hands-on approaches tailored to the students. The emphasis is on practical field practice. I share numerous professional tips and techniques from my many years’ experience of wildlife photography from film to digital. Students need to bring their DSLR or compact cameras, camera owner’s manuals if available, telephoto and wide-angle lenses if owned or borrowed, fully charged batteries and a spare battery if possible.

Wildlife & Nature Photography 

LOCATION: Cedaredge, Colorado 


This class demonstrates how to photograph wildlife and nature using diverse knowledge skills and styles. Veterans and their families are encouraged to bring their digital camera, owner's manual, plenty of charged batteries, and extra storage media. Depending on the weather, photography field trips will be scheduled including the Colorado River during the winter season. Learn how to photograph the intricate details of nature. Lighting, stability, flash, focus, perspective, and imagination are among some of the topics discussed in this class. Wildlife photography requires that you get to know behavior to capture the action. Learn how to connect with and photograph wildlife in a non-intrusive manner. Respect for wildlife is the core of my wildlife photography and I always share my field ethics. We will be discussing shutter speeds, aperture, exposure, backgrounds and environment, composition, Sunny f/16 rule, and ISO. Understanding the nature and character of wildlife through this class benefits your field photography.

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