2015 Photography Workshops
2015 Photography Workshops
I’ve put together another exciting photo workshop schedule for 2015 with several new locations and a few good old standards. The new schedule is especially designed for those of you who keep coming back! From dramatic landscapes brimming with wildflowers, roaring waterfalls surrounded by golden autumn colors, to the human elements of cityscapes and architecture, there is something for everyone.
Pricing is for instruction only. Workshops participants are responsible for their own lodging, meals and transportation. Participants generally choose to carpool to photo locations from the hotel where we are based. I do not block a set or rooms at hotels so ensure you make your reservations early!
Cancellation Policy: A full refund if at least a 30 days advance notice is given. If less than a 30 days notice is given, a 60% refund, if less than 2 weeks there will be no refund. If the workshop has less than 3 signups, I reserve the right to cancel the workshop 30 days in advance with a full refund given.
Spousal Policy: Spouses (and friends) that wish to join the "field sessions" of the class are required to pay full price. Your spouse is welcome to join our group for meetings and meals at no fee. We have a big break between sunrise photo sessions and the afternoon reviews, so you will have plenty of time to spend with your "significant other”.
The photography workshops are based out of hotels near our photo locations, listed under information for each workshop, below.
All workshops convene on the first day at 6pm at the specified hotel. The evening meeting is an opportunity for us to get to know each other and go over our plans for the next three and a half days. Please bring some examples of your favorite photography on your laptop or prints to share with the group.
Each day we vary our shooting locations according to the weather conditions for the day. No matter what the weather, I will have a plan for something to shoot. If the weather is favorable, we go out for a sunrise photo shoot in the mornings, have breakfast together, then take a break from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. We reconvene for a Photoshop/digital session in the late afternoon to review our photos, followed by an evening/ sunset photo shoot. You can expect to spend approximately 30 hours with me and other students over the course of the workshop
All workshops conclude after the morning shoot of the final day allowing you time to check out of your hotel.
About the photography locations:
I research each location prior to organizing a workshop to ensure that we get to prime locations at the best times. I am a knowledgeable guide who knows when the wildflowers are blooming and the autumn leaves are at peak. For more detailed information about the travel locations for each workshop, please scroll down the page.
Making the best of the photo workshop:
Please be prepared to be outside in a variety of weather conditions. We do adjust our photo locations based on the weather, but are typically outdoors, sometimes in cooler weather and light rain. For clothing I recommend that you bring warm clothes, a rain jacket, dry sturdy footwear and an umbrella.
My classes accommodate participants with a variety of fitness levels. Though most of the classes stick close to the roadway, you should be fit enough to hike at least 3-mile round trip with a certain amount of elevation gain. When this is not possible, I will make suggestions for alternate shooting locations in close proximity to the car and the group.
Since the class size is small you will have an opportunity to bond with the other students who share your passion for photography. We learn technique and composition skills from each other through daily portfolio reviews.
My teaching experience and philosophy:
I’ve been teaching photography workshops for over twelve years and have a great track record of past students who have made significant strides in their photography skills. For more information about my photography experience and qualifications please see: http://www.chuckhaney.com/meetchuck.html
Class sizes range from 3-9 students so you are guaranteed focused personal attention to meet your interests and learning needs. Should a class size exceeds 9 students a second qualified professional photographer will assist the class.
I aim to create a low-stress, fun learning environment with a laid-back teaching approach. No matter what skill level, I try to inspire each student to learn new things while working at their own pace.
My main approach involves teaching camera basics in manual mode so you, rather than the camera, can control how the final image looks. I will attempt to teach you the art of “learning to see”, by slowing down and looking at things more closely. I will show you the benefits of shooting digital images in the RAW format. You will be amazed at how much better your images will look after a weekend!
Equipment suggestions for the workshops:
A sturdy tripod is a necessity for good landscapes. Participants should have a working knowledge of their equipment (know which button does what!) before the workshop. I suggest a SLR camera with a wide-angle lens, (17-35mm range) and a zoom or fixed lens, like a 70-200 or 300mm. I have had some students using point and shoot cameras attend as well; so don’t feel you have to buy that latest and greatest equipment.
Please remember to bring your laptop if possible. We will review our images using Photoshop during our afternoon sessions.
Feb 24-28, 2015 - Death Valley National Park $850.00
Death Valley is truly a landscape photographer's dream location with it's beautiful skies, incredible textures and intense colors. We will be visiting the park when the temperatures are still very pleasant and hopefully wildflowers will be blooming. There are host of great locations in which to shoot including the Mesquite Sand Dunes, the salt pan flats and Zabriskie Point. We'll be up early and stay out late to catch the golden light that transforms the features into natural works of art that we will capture in all its glory with our digital cameras.
We will meet at 6pm in the lobby of the Stovepipe Wells Village Hotel on Tuesday. February 24th. The class concludes after the morning session on Saturday, February 28th.
(updated) Lodging; We will be based in the center of the park at Stovepipe Wells Village
Get your reservations early as space is limited.
May 7-11, 2015- The Oregon Coast $850.00
One of the truly spectacular spots on the planet in which to spend a few days being a photographer is the Oregon coast. We will begin with a couple of days exploring the Florence area where we will concentrate on the splendidly refurbished Heceta Head Lighthouse and then rolling sand dunes that lead to unspoiled beaches along the mighty Pacific Ocean. Next, we will travel a couple of hours further south to one of my favorite locations, Bandon. The sea stacks in this small community are incredible! Nearby Cape Blanco has one of the prettiest lighthouses on the entire coast and the headlands at Port Orford are just amazing. We may even see whales. Though, we will be busy, the coast is also very relaxing and there are great restaurants and charming small towns to visit and photograph. This is one workshop not to miss!
Florence is a 3-hour drive from Portland
We will meet at 6pm in the lobby of the Old Town Inn in Florence on Thursday, May7th. The class concludes after the morning session on Monday, May 11th in Bandon.
May 7 & 8 Florence, Old Town Inn http://old-town-inn.com 800-301-6494
May 9 & 10 Bandon, Best Western Inn at Face Rock,
June 18-22, 2015 - Teddy Roosevelt National Park $850.00
This uncrowded National Park is a real gem. It’s almost been like a second home to me, as I have been exploring the badlands for many years. It is the second best park that I have been to (next to Yellowstone) for photographing wildlife. Amongst the scenic badlands are herds of elk, mule deer and bison, bands of wild horses and smaller mammals and birds. The middle of June is a great time to visit, as the prairie will be greened up with lots of wildflowers. Don’t miss this special workshop; you will come back home with many great new images!
We will meet at 6pm in the lobby of the American Inn on Thursday, June 18th. The class concludes after the morning session on Monday, June 22nd.
Lodging options in Medora; (book early)
The American Inn http://www.americinn.com/Hotels/ND/Medora 800-634-3444
You can also camp in Theodore Roosevelt National Park
June 25-29,2015 - Grand Teton National Park $850.00
One of our most majestic National Parks sets the scene for outstanding days of photography. The jagged peaks that the Tetons are known for are the backdrop at such great iconic locations such as Schwabacher Landing, the Snake River Overlook, Oxbow Bend, Moulton barn and others. We will have a terrific chance to spot wildlife such moose, bison, pronghorn antelope and bears. Another big bonus of going at this time of year is the prolific stands of wildflowers out in the grasslands with Teton peaks in the background. Our shutters will get a real workout in this special national park!
We will meet at 6pm in the lobby of the Signal Mountain Lodge on Thursday, June 25th. The class concludes after the morning session on Monday, June 29nd.
Lodging; Signal Mountain Lodge (book early)
Sept 17-21, 2015- Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore UP Michigan $885.00
(includes sunset boat tour)
With this terrific class we will have nearly 40 miles of beautiful Lake Superior shoreline to explore at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The sandstone cliffs, unspoiled beaches, sand dunes and waterfalls will give us plenty of fantastic photo opportunities. We will take a sunset boat tour cruise for a unique perspective on the dramatic sandstone cliffs and formations. We will also take a visit to nearby Tahquamenon Falls State Park where several very scenic waterfalls await our camera lenses. All in all, this class will be very relaxing and exhilarating at same time!
Lodging; Holiday Inn Express in Munising http://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/munising/munmi/hoteldetail 906-387-4800
We will meet at 6pm in the lobby of the Holiday Inn Express on Thursday, September 17th. The class concludes after the morning session on Monday, September 21st.
Sept 26-Oct 1, 2015- Colorado Aspen Autumn
$995.00 includes jeep tour (5 days)
There is nothing quite like taking in the yellows and golds of miles and miles of aspen stands in the high country of Colorado in late September. This is my longest workshop as 4 days just won't do for all the fall color we'll want to take in. We will head up early one morning to capture a classic, the majestic Maroon Bells reflecting into the waters of Maroon Lake. We will take a jeep tour to the famous Crystal Mill (you've seen pictures of it..) Kebler Pass with it's immense aspen stands with be another highlight. For the second part of the class we will travel down on the “Million Dollar” Highway 550 to Ouray where there are many great locations like Dallas Divide and numerous small lake reflecting all that autumn gold. We may even spot the famed Silverton and Durango steam engine train chugging it's way through the San Juan mountains. Don't miss this class!
Lodging (book early); Sept 26, 27 & 28 Carbondale Comfort Inn http://www.carbondalecoloradohotel.com 800-473-5980
Sept 29 & 30 Ouray, Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs
We will meet at 5pm in the lobby of the Carbondale Comfort Inn on Saturday, September 26th. The class concludes after the morning session on Thursday, October 1st in Ouray.
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Chuck Haney 606 Pine Place, Whitefish, Montana 59937. Questions call Chuck at 406.862.0521 or email
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