Workshop Report From Moab Utah

Mesa Rise, Canyonlands

Mesa Rise, Canyonlands

I’m in Moab Utah for another 5 days leading the Spring in Arches Photo Workshop. So far it’s been a fantastic experience for me, with a great group of passionate photographers. We’re visiting Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse State Park, and a special  canyon in the area with beautiful running creek. Days are long, starting at 4:30am and we’re not in bed until 10pm, but the inspiration and magic of the area keeps us going.

I’ll be sharing more photos from students and stories in the coming weeks…

Canyon Tree

Canyon Tree

Improve Your Landscape Photography – Beyond the Lens Photo Workshops 2012

Landscape Arch, Arches National Park

Landscape Arch, Arches National Park

 The Beyond the Lens Workshops for 2012 have been listed on the website for a few weeks now, but I thought I would mention them here as well and go into some specific details for those who are interested.

First, I’m really happy to be leading a 5 day workshop  in one of my favorite locations, Moab Utah. We’ll be visiting several fantastic locations in the region including Arches National Park, Canyonlands, Dead Horse State Park, and weather permitting the La Sal Mountains. While this is a very popular location for landscape photography, my many visits have proven time and time again that there are endless possibilities for image making. It will be an intense and exhausting week, but the rewards will be worthwhile I am sure.

• Download the Spring in Arches Workshop Guide ebook

The Adirondack workshop will be taking place in September this year to take advantage of classic fall color conditions. We’ll be based in Lake Placid once again, and students will have plenty of opportunity to photograph pristine lakes, mountain views, and get a strong feel for intimate forest landscapes.

There are several Lightroom workshops, and I’ll probably be teaching Lightroom 4 as it looks like it will be officially released by the time the workshops are held (if not I’ll cover it anyway). I’ll have an upcoming post soon about my favorite new features in this latest version, they are worth the upgrade!

As always, my priority is to create a fun, relaxed, and stress free environment, where the focus is on you and your photography. I’m happiest when you’re happy and making real progress – there is nothing more important for a successful workshop experience. Past students receive a 10% discount on any future workshops – email me for the code.

I’m working on some new workshops for 2013, including Prince Edward Island in Canada, and The Smoky Mountains in North Carolina -stay tuned.

Any questions or concerns, please let me know in the comments below – thanks for reading!

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2012 Limited Edition Wall Calendar Now Available

The 2012 Light and Landscapes Wall Calendar has finally arrived and available for purchase. This is a limited edition calendar since I only make a a small quantity, so if you’re interested in getting one, order soon. So far the reception has been great, and I thank all of you who have placed orders already. The calendar features images mostly made during the past 12-18 months, part of my year long assignment to photograph for the upcoming calendar. Locations include the Hudson Valley, Adirondack’s, Utah, and Nova Scotia.

It’s hard to believe this is my 6th calendar, but they are great fun to design especially selecting the images and matching them with my favorite inspirational quotes. The calendar is also bigger this year than in the past, at a size of 9″ x 12″.

Order yours here!


50th Armonk Outdoor Art Show

This weekend is the 50th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show in Armonk, New York, where I’ll be exhibiting for the 3rd straight year. This is one of my favorite shows due to the incredible quality and variety of art on display.

Amazing artists come from near and far to participate, and the photography section in particular is very strong. In addition there is an incredible showing of painting, mixed media, sculpture, and other art forms. It took me several years of applying before I was accepted, so I am really grateful to have the opportunity to show my work in such great company.

What makes this show special for me however are the people who attend, which always seem interested and receptive to whatever you have on display. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you will sell, but if you can create a response or reaction, those chances go up significantly.

Esopus, Hudson River

What I’ve learned after five years on the art festival circuit, and especially at his show is that a buyer is only interested in one thing – whether the work speaks to them or not, that makes a connection. Everything else is rather irrelevant – camera, lens, paper, location, and many times even the asking price. If someone is interested in these things, they are probably not going to make a purchase. I often fail at making a connection, but I learn and try again – in my composition, my printing, my presentation, and most important my attitude. Failure means I’m doing the work, gaining experience, and pushing my limits. In this crowded environment, there is no other way.

If you’re in the neighborhood, stop in and say hello. I’m always eager and happy to talk about the work and answer questions, even about gear!

Appreciating the Opportunities

Appreciating the Opportunities

Millbrook Ridge, Mohonk Preserve

I’ve had a fairly hectic schedule since I returned from Utah last week, and it looks like it will stay the same for a few weeks more. I thoroughly enjoyed the photo workshop I conducted at the Mohonk Preserve this weekend, which is always the case when you have a bunch of students that are waiting for you at 5am with cameras and tripods ready. Though the forecast had been questionable all week, we were fortunate to have a fantastic day with an amazing sunrise.

I’m away this memorial day weekend at the Paradise City Arts Festival in Northampton MA. This art show is rated #3 in the nation for 2011 by American Style Magazine, and it certainly draws a diverse group of artists from around the country. This is my second time doing the festival, so I’m excited about going back to see old customers and share my work from the past year.


Arches National Park, UT

Finally one day after I return from Massachusetts I’m off to Lake Placid in the Adirondacks to lead a 4-day workshop in the High Peaks. I’m really excited about this workshop since I love this part of New York, and if offers a tremendous opportunities for landscape and nature photography. I will try and keep you updated on our day to day activities and provide some behind the scenes info as well.

The Lightroom 3 Masterclass webinar started this past Tuesday and runs for 3 more weeks and 5 more sessions, so you still have time to register and catch the remaining material live. You also have access to all of the recorded webinars in case you miss a class or start late.

Finally I’ve also been commissioned to work on a photo project at Rockefeller State Park in Westchester County, so I will talk more about that and share some of the images in the near future. I don’t see myself sleeping past 4am anytime in the near future!

Rockefeller State Park, NY

To say I am busy is an understatement, yet I am deeply grateful for the opportunities I have to do what I love to do. I’m equally motivated to inspire you to think carefully about what matters to you in your life, and whether you’re giving those areas the attention they need and deserve. We can not be creative and inspired  to express ourselves in a “bubble” that we create when we finally take the camera out of the bag. For me it is a holistic outlook that incorporates all aspects of my life, and only then do I feel I can start to really approach meaningful work.

Nonetheless I work hard every day at this, both with and without the camera. My yoga practice contributes to my vision in ways I still don’t understand, but when I am calm and focused in nature, I make better images. I’ll have more to say on this in the future, but for now just remember that every moment you can spend  doing what you love is something that enriches your everyday life, and those close to you benefit from that as well.