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    Posted: 18 April 2019 at 01:44
Since I returned to serious photography about 10 years ago I have usually taken one or two location photography workshops each year. They have mostly been good experiences. For the benefit of those considering a U.S. location based workshop I thought I would describe three providers that I have found exceptional. I have attended two or more workshops with each of these professionals and can strongly recommend them. First, the general format for a location based workshop is the same for all three of these professionals. What you or I am paying for is local knowledge. These pros know the location intimately - subjects, weather, light, etc. - so as to be able to get you efficiently to, typically, a wide variety of subjects in the best light at the best time of day with two shooting sessions each day, one early morning and one late afternoon and evening. Between the shooting sessions each day there is class time, typically involving critiques of 1-3 images that you have shot on location, quickly processed and brought to class. This is the general format used by all three. Here are the three in no particular order. I enthusiastically can recommend any of the three. With all three virtually every workshop has been attended by primarily returnees, satisfied folks coming back for more.

Barefoot Contessa Photo Adventures - Margo and Arnie have superb backgrounds as professional photographers who now are devoted to teaching. They are extremely enthusiastic and dedicated and will spend whatever amount of time you need/want when shooting in the field. Their critiques are quite thorough, always provided in a sensitive way but Arnie, in particular, can be quite demanding and tough but I have never seen anyone take offense. The critiques focus primarily on composition and the use of light. It is clear he and Margo only want to help you improve. Margo is a Lightroom guru so if you need help there she is a wealth of knowledge. I laugh more with them and their groups than any other and I eat better - they know all the best restaurants at any location they visit. I have attended workshops with them in Maine (mid-coast), the Outer Banks, the Palouse and the Oregon coast (based in Bandon).

Tony Sweet Photography - My first ever workshop was with Tony and Susan and I have been with them more than anyone else. My first ever workshop was with them at Acadia National Park in Maine and I have also been with them in the Palouse, Charleston, Badlands National Park and Smoky Mountains National Park. Tony is high energy, extremely enthusiastic, intent on getting the group to the best venues at the best times. Susan is a calming influence, keeps things organized and is extremely helpful in the field. I am a dedicated infrared shooter and it was one of Susan's images that I saw years ago that got me started. Tony runs critiques and there is a strong emphasis on processing, what I call "from good to great", using Photoshop and various plug-ins, he can almost always improve your image with his processing suggestions. Artistically, he can teach and provide the greatest diversity of images - long exposures, camera swipes, multiple exposures, infrared, black and white, etc., etc.

Photographers Breakthrough - Tim and Tony are exemplary in the field either answering specific questions or providing overall philosophical assistance. They are both very sensitive to understanding your approach, your preferences and assisting you in developing them - it is absolutely not one size fits all with them. In this regard, of these three workshop hosts, they are the only ones that have you send an extensive number of your images to them in advance, they then prepare a teaching approach and a suggested goal(s) for you during the workshop. Tony is particularly attentive to this and it was clear at the beginning of my first workshop with them that he "knew" me photographically. Tim is a Lightroom expert and both Tony and Tim, whatever they are explaining, it is done very thoroughly and completely. I have been to the Big Sur and Washington, D.C. with them.

Again, you cannot go wrong with any of these folks. If you have specific questions, feel free to p.m. me and I will get back to you. I hope this helps.

Edited by Roger Rex - 18 April 2019 at 20:54
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