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ARTISTRY TECHNIQUES in PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE

The Magic of Small:

An Intensive in Close-up Photography


January 26-27-28, 2018

at Mountain Lens Retreat, Hendersonville, NC

Small is Beautiful. I’ll always remember that saying from the 90s, one that referred to small economies. Applied to photography, it may refer to the details of a flower or an insect, miniature landscapes, or other objects that interest you. It can be photo-realistic, abstract, ethereal, enchanting—a closer, more intimate look at our world.

In this 16-hour workshop, we’ll explore the Vision & Craft of macro/close-up photography including equipment (especially lenses and close-up accessories), composition, and techniques. Flowers will be used as the main examples, but the techniques (photo realistic and abstract) will be applicable to a variety of subjects. We’ll learn, work, and play from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.


Click here to review the Schedule (and what you'll learn!) in this Workshop..

The workshop will be held at Mountain Lens Retreat’s beautiful, rural campus near Hendersonville, NC. Click here for the lowdown on Mountain Lens!

TUITION — $250; 10% discount for former students of workshops or classes. To Register, Click Here!



Creative Composition: Designing Your Image

March 16, 17, 18, 2018
at Mountain Lens Retreat, Hendersonville, NC

Delve into the aspects of “designing” a photograph—from initial inspiration, to developing your vision, to using the elements of composition, to considering the camera settings that influence them, to final post-processing—all of which bring your image to life and will move you beyond snap shooting to thoughtful image creation. You’ll become more conscious and intentional in the making of your photographs.

In this 16-hour workshop, it will be important for you to have a good working knowledge of your camera so that you can concentrate on the material presented and apply it easily.

We’ll learn, work, and play from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Detailed schedule coming soon...

The workshop will be held at Mountain Lens Retreat’s beautiful, rural campus near Hendersonville, NC. Click here for the lowdown on Mountain Lens!


TUITION — $250; 10% discount for former students of workshops or classes. To Register, Click Here!




Photographing the Intimate Landscape

April 27-28-29, 2018
at Mountain Lens Retreat, Hendersonville, NC

Somewhere between the wide-angle scenic and the close-up details of a flower resides the Intimate Landscape. Eliot Porter ushered in this beautiful variation of landscape photography with a focus on the elements of a scene—textures, patterns, colors, value ranges, abstract qualities and other details. Think: Less is more.

In this 16-hour workshop, we'll study Porter's and others' work that exemplify this very personal way of seeing. We'll explore what goes into the making of an Intimate Landscape image—story, vision, composition, lenses, filters, light and light control, and camera settings for optimum exposures.

We’ll learn, work, and play from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Detailed schedule coming soon...

The workshop will be held at Mountain Lens Retreat’s beautiful, rural campus near Hendersonville, NC. Click here for the lowdown on Mountain Lens!

TUITION — $250; 10% discount for former students of workshops or classes. To Register, Click Here!




"The Art of Abstract Photography:

An Intensive in Creating Unique Images In-Camera"


June 1-2-3, 2018

at Mountain Lens Retreat, Hendersonville, NC

Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) creates photographs that evoke a sense of the energy in a scene, in a tree, or flower; or perhaps its movement in the breeze. As images, they are beautifully unique, painterly and, just plain fun to create!

Best of all, when the “magic hours” of early morning and evening are over, ICM (as with Infrared) is a perfect technique to use most of the rest of the day. I’ve used ICM in all sorts of light, but I particularly love to create in the bright light and with the colors of Autumn as a palette. With backlighting you can create bright, joyful images that stand out from the pack. Or, in rainy weather, you can create more mysterious, somber effects. Regardless of weather or even time of day, ICM is a wonderful technique to add to your toolbox.


The Art of Abstract ICM Photography workshop will give you Vision and Craft tools to create your own abstract images. We’ll learn, work, and play from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Click here to review the Schedule (and what you'll learn!) for this Workshop.

The workshop will be held at Mountain Lens Retreat’s beautiful, rural campus near Hendersonville, NC. Click here for the lowdown on Mountain Lens!

TUITION — $250; 10% discount for former students of workshops or classes. To Register, Click Here!





Beyond the Visible:

An Intensive in Infrared Landscape Photography


July 13-14-15, 2018

at Mountain Lens Retreat, Hendersonville, NC

The “magic hours” of early morning or late evening are often preferred by landscape photographers. Between these times many pack their cameras away until the next round. But, once the sun is up, and Infrared radiation — or “light beyond the visible” — reflects from surfaces, one may switch to an Infrared-converted camera and shoot all day!



Infrared photography loves sun or bright overcast light. The effect is intriguing with deciduous leaves and grasses that appear white (while conifers remain dark), dramatic skies, and other surreal effects. The glow of backlighting is particularly effective and captivating.



Beyond the Visible is a 20-hour workshop (Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning), that will take you on an experiential tour of Infrared Photography, both Vision and Craft. We’ll learn, work, and play from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.


Click here to review the Schedule (and what you'll learn!) for this Workshop.


The workshop will be held at Mountain Lens Retreat’s beautiful, rural campus near Hendersonville, NC. Click here for the lowdown on Mountain Lens!


Important Information on Equipment & Software:


1) An Infrared-Converted Camera (preferred, but there will be a couple of cameras available to use for field work)


If you don't have a camera already converted, you will have time to do that. A Short Explanation: To capture Infrared images, you must have your cameraʼs light blocking filter converted so the it can “see” infrared light / radiation. The Infrared Light Blocking Filter that came installed in your camera must be replaced with an Infrared Light Passing Filter. You may choose the level of the Infrared effect that you want installed. Study the options at LifePixel.com. I chose the 720nm filter for one camera and Full Spectrum for the other (to which I add a glass IR filter to the front of the lens for IR). But, if you do not wish convert a camera right now, never fear! There will be one or more cameras available for use during the workshop.


Vendor for IR Conversion: LifePixel.com—Life Pixel is the leading provider of camera IR conversion services. I highly recommend their service.


2) If you have a laptop computer please bring it so profile calibration software may be installed for use in processing your images. If you don’t have a laptop, there will be iMacs available for use.


3) Knowledge of Adobe Lightroom will be helpful, although not mandatory.


TUITION — $250; 10% discount for former students of previous workshops or classes.



Creative Composition: Designing Your Image

August 24, 25, 26, 2018
at Mountain Lens Retreat, Hendersonville, NC

Delve into the aspects of “designing” a photograph—from initial inspiration, to developing your vision, to using the elements of composition, to considering the camera settings that influence them, to final post-processing—all of which bring your image to life and will move you beyond snap shooting to thoughtful image creation. You’ll become more conscious and intentional in the making of your photographs.

In this 16-hour workshop, it will be important for you to have a good working knowledge of your camera so that you can concentrate on the material presented and apply it easily.

We’ll learn, work, and play from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Detailed schedule coming soon...

The workshop will be held at Mountain Lens Retreat’s beautiful, rural campus near Hendersonville, NC. Click here for the lowdown on Mountain Lens!

TUITION — $250; 10% discount for former students of workshops or classes. To Register, Click Here!




Playing With Light in the Landscape:

An Intensive in Working With Light Between the 'Magic Hours'


Dates (coming soon)

at Mountain Lens Retreat, Hendersonville, NC

Would you like to be able capture images all day, regardless of lighting? This workshop will explore Light as a topic. We’ll discuss the types we encounter as photographers, as well as techniques for working with them.


We’ll look at tools for controlling the light from filters to diffusers to flash equipment; and “classical” and creative techniques for working in the light, including Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) and Infrared. (One tool requires additional accessories for your camera. The other requires that your camera be modified.)

We’ll learn, work, and play from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.


Click here to review the Schedule (and what you'll learn!) for this Workshop.


The workshop will be held at Mountain Lens Retreat’s beautiful, rural campus near Hendersonville, NC. Click here for the lowdown on Mountain Lens!



TUITION — $250; 10% discount for former students of workshops or classes.