2021 PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTISTRY WORKSHOPS

NEW! One-Day Mini-Workshops!

Beyond the Visible: Lessons in Infrared Photography, Summer 2021

Reach for the Sky Mini-Workshop: iPhone Photography Magic 2021

Autumn in Abstract: Creative Techniques to Capture Fall's Splendor 2021
 

NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, if you have not been vaccinated, we ask that you attend another workshop
later in the year or in 2022. If you have received the vaccine you're welcome now! 

"...Susanna is definitely a superb teacher – giving you just the right amount of information and encouragement;
yet, allowing you to find your own way through the process while gently giving guidance stemming from her experience and knowledge. 

     “There are two kinds of teachers:  the kind that fills you with so much quail shot that you can’t move,
and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.”  Robert Frost     

Susanna did a great job teaching how to begin to “see” in infrared, recommending the types of scenes to look for when creating images, and assisting the workshop participants in processing the images they captured, all while respecting and admiring the individual talent and vision of each of her students.  
     Going into the workshop, I really didn’t know a lot about infrared photography.  
Coming out of the workshop, I feel as though I have begun to jump to the skies with infrared photography." 
—JB

 

 


 

 

Photographic Artistry Workshop

Beyond the Visible:  
Lessons in Infrared Photography, Summer 2021

August 16-17-18-19, 2021 (Rescheduled from July)

at Laurel Falls
Fairview, NC

Summer is a wonderful time of year for Infrared Photography! The variations of greens layered on one another, plus dramatic summer clouds offer many beautiful options for image capture, whether an intimate or wide-angle landscape.

And, one may capture beautiful images all day long with Infrared photography! Infrared loves the light and it is the perfect medium to expand your photography….

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, rain or shine!

Infrared photography loves sun or bright overcast light or rain. It's particularly interesting when captured in fog. The effects are 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. On rainy days, infrared captures the lovely, softness of the landscape in a way you'll love.

Beyond the Visible will take you on an experiential tour of Infrared Photography, both Vision and Craft.

OUR TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

NOTICE:

Due to COVID-19 concerns, if you have not been vaccinated, we ask that you attend another workshop
later in the year or in 2022. If you have received the vaccine you're welcome now!

We’ll learn, work, and play from…

  • 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday — welcome, introductions, classroom
  • 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday — fieldwork,  4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. — classroom and processing
  • 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday — fieldwork; processing; image review; then a little more classroom, and 
  • 9:00 a.m. to noon. Thursday — material review; image review; summary and Q&A


Workshop Venue — The workshop will be held at Laurel Falls in Fairview, NC. About 15 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, it's a beautiful location with its own natural features (waterfalls, cascades, etc.) and comfortable lodging. Click here for more information.

TUITION — $489; 10% discount for former students of ONE workshop or class, high school or college students, and CNPA-Asheville, NANPA-WNC, and CCOH members. 15% Discount is offered for former students of TWO workshops or classes. Class size limited to eight. Register here!

CANCELLATION POLICY

If after you sign up it is necessary for you to cancel, the Refund dates for “Appalachian Spring Composition Intensive” are as follow:

    •   To receive a Full Refund, minus a $50 administrative fee, your request must be received 60 days prior to the workshop.

    •   A Partial Refund of 75%, minus an administrative fee of $50, will be given prior to 45 days before the workshop.

    •   A Partial Refund of 50%, minus an administrative fee of $50, will be given prior to 30 days before the workshop.

    •   No refunds will be made for cancellations 30 days before the workshop.

 


 


"Reach for the Sky" One-Day Mini-Workshop

iPhone Photography Magic!

September 28, 2021

at Laurel Falls
Fairview, NC

 

Since my iPhone is a constant companion, it has been there when I've needed a camera to capture scenes I come across when out in our beautiful mountains. The image, top, was taken at dusk from the Blue Ridge Parkway, south of Asheville. The colors are true (remember, we're in the Blue Ridge Mountains!), and the silhouette effect of the trees was precisely what I was aiming for. The image was captured with the iPhone's camera! Landscapes aren't the only subject that the iPhone captures beautifully. The range of options make it possible to use for portraits, architecture, street photography, products, crafts, and much more!

As a professional photographer, my Canon equipment is always in first place for use. Still, the iPhone has been invaluable more than once when I didn't have a camera in the car (as that evening on the Parkway) or was just too lazy to get it out! And sometimes, I just simply enjoy the simplicity of the iPhone. No apologies! (I'm sure you've experienced that, too.)

Even if you're not a "photographer" in the classical sense, we can all be photographers with today's remarkable technologies! Besides the fact that iPhones almost always produce a great image, there are also settings that can be used to control the exposure (brightness and darkness) to a greater degree. And other features of the camera allow one, for instance, to capture portraits that can look professional. The iPhone's range of features are amazing. All of this will be taught in our classroom and field sessions.

If you'd like to become a pro at using your iPhone's camera, this one-day workshop will support you in doing just that! The "iPhone Photography Magic" mini-workshop will feature classroom, fieldwork, processing, and a feedback session. A range of creative apps and processing techniques will be explored.

OUR TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

NOTICE:

Due to COVID-19 concerns, if you have not been vaccinated, we ask that you attend another workshop
later in the year or in 2022. If you have received the vaccine you're welcome now!

We’ll learn, work, and play from…

  • 8:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. — welcome, introductions, classroom work
  • 10:00 a.m. to noon  — fieldwork
  • Noon to 1:00 p.m. — lunch with a little more classroom
  • 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. — fieldwork;
  • 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. lessons in processing; image review; Q&A and closing

TUITION — $139; 10% discount for former students of ONE or more workshops or classes; high school or college students; and Spartanburg Photo Guild, CNPA-Asheville, NANPA-WNC, and CCOH members. Class size limited to 12. Register here!

CANCELLATION POLICY

If after you sign up it is necessary for you to cancel, the Refund dates for "iPhone Photography Magic” are as follow:

    •    To receive a Full Refund, minus a $50 administrative fee, your request must be received 60 days prior to the workshop.

    •    A Partial Refund of 75%, minus an administrative fee of $50, will be given prior to 45 days before the workshop.

    •    A Partial Refund of 50%, minus an administrative fee of $50, will be given prior to 30 days before the workshop.

    •    No refunds will be made for cancellations 30 days before the workshop.


 

Photographic Artistry Workshop

Autumn in Abstract: 
Creative Techniques to Capture Fall's Splendor 2021

October 25-26-27-28, 2021

at Laurel Falls
Fairview, NC
 

Autumn in the Southern Appalachian mountains is lovely and Abstract techniques move images from ordinary to extraordinary! Join us to explore a range of techniques that will raise your creativity to the next level! Learn to create images that range from painterly to surreal, images that capture the imagination. 

In this workshop, we'll play with Autumn's brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds; the light at all times of the day, in all directions (front, back, side, etc.); and in whatever weather conditions are present to capture the many faces of the season. In the field, we’ll capture both “classical” and abstract images, so you can experience both and decide which best expresses your vision. 

As part of the process, we'll grow in our appreciation of color and in our understanding of light as the primary tools supporting our visual stories.

We'll explore how color, light, and other features such as tree trunks, rocks, or clouds mix to create images that Wow! by using basic and advanced composition principles and tools. 

We'll explore specific abstract techniques such as Seeing in Abstract, Intentional Camera Movement, Lens Effects, Multiple Exposures & Compositing, and Textures. And we'll review equipment, lenses, and filters (especially neutral density filters) that support abstract techniques and explore post-processing techniques to perfect your vision. 

This workshop is guaranteed to move your creativity to a new level. And you'll find that it's a joy to spend a day or days "playing in the light" using abstract techniques, as you wish.

OUR TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

NOTICE:

Due to COVID-19 concerns, if you have not been vaccinated, we ask that you attend another workshop
later in the year or in 2022. If you have received the vaccine you're welcome now!

We’ll learn, work, and play from…

  • 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday — welcome, introductions, classroom
  • 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday — fieldwork,  4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. — classroom and processing
  • 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday — fieldwork; processing; image review; then a little more classroom, and 
  • 9:00 a.m. to noon. Thursday — material review; image review; summary and Q&A

Workshop Venue — The workshop will be held at Laurel Falls in Fairview, NC. About 15 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, it's a beautiful location with its own natural features (waterfalls, cascades, etc.) and comfortable lodging. Click here for more information.

TUITION — $489; 10% discount for former students of ONE workshop or class, high school or college students, and CNPA-Asheville, NANPA-WNC, and CCOH members. 15% Discount is offered for former students of TWO workshops or classes. Class size limited to eight. Register here!

CANCELLATION POLICY

If after you sign up it is necessary for you to cancel, the Refund dates for "Autumn in Abstract: Photographing Vivid Colors & Light in the Landscape 2020” are as follow:

    •    To receive a Full Refund, minus a $50 administrative fee, your request must be received 60 days prior to the workshop.

    •    A Partial Refund of 75%, minus an administrative fee of $50, will be given prior to 45 days before the workshop.

    •    A Partial Refund of 50%, minus an administrative fee of $50, will be given prior to 30 days before the workshop.

    •    No refunds will be made for cancellations 30 days before the workshop.

 

 


PAST WORKSHOPS in 2021!

Get an idea as to what we've offered recently.

Wildflowers & Waterfalls 2021

with Mike Matthews

May 3-4-5-6, 2021
 

Have you ever wanted to photograph beautiful wildflowers or picturesque waterfalls? Now is your chance! I am excited to announce the first annual Wildflowers and Waterfalls workshop, coming this spring on May 4th, 5th, and 6th, 2021 in beautiful Asheville, NC. I will be joined by my good friend Mike Matthews, an award-winning photographer and workshop leader. 

Mike and I will co-lead this exciting new workshop to explore and photograph beautiful waterfalls and amazing wildflowers found in the Blue Ridge Mountain area. To kick off the workshop, we’ll have a brief meeting over dinner (at one of the local restaurants) on the evening of May 3rd, to discuss the locations we’ll visit based on intense scouting the week prior. This will be followed by two-and-a-half days in a photographer’s paradise photographing hidden gems of Western NC.

The cost of the workshop is $895 per person.

Topics taught during this workshop include techniques to capture water flow—stream or waterfall—to create a silky smoothness while the surrounding landscape remains tack sharp; Susanna’s favorite artistic techniques; and Mike’s macro techniques to capture wildflowers up close. 

Recommended gear for this workshop includes: a wide-angle lens (16mm-35mm, or similar), a portrait lens (24mm-105mm, or similar), and a macro lens (or close-up filter or extension tubes to use with your standard lenses) for close up work. You will need a tripod, neutral density filters, a diffuser if you have one, and a flash for fill light, if necessary. A telephoto lens is optional in case we see wildlife along the way.

The workshop will be held out of the Hampton Inn on Brevard Rd. A special room rate has been set up for attendees. Click on the link below to reserve your room.

Hampton Inn & Suites Asheville Biltmore Area (828)575-9593

Booking Link: http://group.hamptoninn.com/MikeMatthewsPhotography

Not included in the workshop: food, lodging, or transportation.

If you are looking for a way to break away from the 2020 blues, then this workshop is for you. Join us for a wonderful photographic experience!

 

 


 

 

Beyond the Visible:  
Lessons in Infrared Photography, Spring 2021

April 7-8-9-10, 2021

at Laurel Falls
Fairview, NC

Capture beautiful images all day long with Infrared photography! Infrared loves the light and it is the perfect medium to expand your photography….

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, rain or shine!

Infrared photography loves sun or bright overcast light or rain. It's particularly interesting when captured in fog. The effects are 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. On rainy days, infrared captures the lovely, softness of the landscape in a way you'll love.

Beyond the Visible will take you on an experiential tour of Infrared Photography, both Vision and Craft. 

OUR TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, if you have not been vaccinated, we ask that you attend another workshop later in the year or in 2022. If you have received the vaccine, Covid precautions will be employed while we're together. Please click here for details. Thanks!

We’ll learn, work, and play from…

  • 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday — welcome, introductions, classroom
  • 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Thursday — fieldwork,  4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. — classroom and processing
  • 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday — fieldwork; processing; image review; then a little more classroom, and 
  • 9:00 a.m. to noon. Saturday — material review; image review; summary and Q&A


Workshop Venue — The workshop will be held at Laurel Falls in Fairview, NC. About 15 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, it's a beautiful location with its own natural features (waterfalls, cascades, etc.) and comfortable lodging. Click here for more information.
 

TUITION — $489; 10% discount for former students of ONE workshop or class, high school or college students, and CNPA-Asheville, NANPA-WNC, and CCOH members. 15% Discount is offered for former students of TWO workshops or classes. Class size limited to eight. Register here!

CANCELLATION POLICY

If after you sign up it is necessary for you to cancel, the Refund dates for “Appalachian Spring Composition Intensive” are as follow:

    •   To receive a Full Refund, minus a $50 administrative fee, your request must be received 60 days prior to the workshop.

    •   A Partial Refund of 75%, minus an administrative fee of $50, will be given prior to 45 days before the workshop.

    •   A Partial Refund of 50%, minus an administrative fee of $50, will be given prior to 30 days before the workshop.

    •   No refunds will be made for cancellations 30 days before the workshop.

 


 


Eastatoe FallsThe base of the beautiful waterfall. It had so many facets that one could photograph it for hours!

 

Appalachian Spring Composition Intensive 2021

March 23-24-25-26, 2021

at Laurel Falls
Fairview, NC

 

Learn to create beautifully composed images as we explore wildflowers, waterfalls, rivers, and landscapes in the Asheville, North Carolina region. 

Composition is the number one factor in the success of a photograph. The light may be extraordinary, the colors amazing, but without composition to organize them and other elements, they're nearly worthless. Knowing how to draw the viewer’s eye to the subject and to keep it engaged in the image’s dynamic makes all the difference in the world. Knowing how to create figure-ground relationships and use design elements and placement tools — along with the light, values, and color — will take your images to the “next level.” 

Classroom work will include Powerpoint programs and discussion about the concepts of composition being introduced. We’ll begin with composition basics, as a refresher, then move beyond the “Rule of Thirds” into advanced concepts that will expand your view and give you tools for “putting together” lines, masses, colors, and values in innovative ways.

We’ll move from the classroom to the field — including Laurel Falls beautiful 18 acres near Asheville, NC, and the national forests in the area — to frame images to which you will apply your newfound understanding of composition — to create photographs that inspire! Autumn wildflowers, waterfalls, and mountain landscapes will be our subjects. We’ll process images and have image reviews at the end of each day’s work in the field.

OUR TENTATIVE SCHEDULE:

NOTICE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, if you have not been vaccinated, we ask that you attend another workshop later in the year or in 2022. If you have received the vaccine, Covid precautions will be employed while we're together. Please click here for details. Thanks! 

We’ll learn, work, and play from…

  • 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday — welcome, introductions, classroom
  • 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday — fieldwork,  4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. — classroom and processing
  • 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursday — fieldwork; processing; image review; then a little more classroom, and 
  • 9:00 a.m. to noon. Friday — material review; image review; summary and Q&A


Workshop Venue — The workshop will be held at Laurel Falls in Fairview, NC. About 15 minutes from the Blue Ridge Parkway, it's a beautiful location with its own natural features (waterfalls, cascades, etc.) and comfortable lodging. Click here for more information.

TUITION — $489; 10% discount for former students of ONE workshop or class, high school or college students, and CNPA-Asheville, NANPA-WNC, and CCOH members. 15% Discount is offered for former students of TWO workshops or classes. Class size limited to eight. Register here!

CANCELLATION POLICY

If after you sign up it is necessary for you to cancel, the Refund dates for “Appalachian Spring Composition Intensive” are as follow:

    •   To receive a Full Refund, minus a $50 administrative fee, your request must be received 60 days prior to the workshop.

    •   A Partial Refund of 75%, minus an administrative fee of $50, will be given prior to 45 days before the workshop.

    •   A Partial Refund of 50%, minus an administrative fee of $50, will be given prior to 30 days before the workshop.

    •   No refunds will be made for cancellations 30 days before the workshop.