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with John Gerlach and Dixie Calderone

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We just completed two tremendously successful August macro workshops in northern Michigan.  Now we are preparing to teach four autumn color workshops that include the Grand Tetons, Northern Michigan, and the Smoky Mountains. 


Due to the unprecedented times we are living in, we have reduced the enrollment in our workshops.  Instead of 18 in Michigan, we are limiting each of the two workshops to only 12 and we have a comprehensive plan for dealing with Covid.  Should we have to cancel any of these programs due to the virus, rest assured we will refund all recoverable monies,  just like we did for the spring workshops that could not go forward.  We want everyone to stay healthy, have a fantastic time learning photography, while enjoying the exquisite autumn color sites we know so well. We are taking reservations for all the programs listed here, but the Grand Tetons is sold out and the first Michigan workshop has only one spot available.  The second Michigan workshop has room for four and the Smoky Mountains has room for three.


The full brochure is available on this page by clicking on the appropriate Details button, and you can call Dixie directly to enroll.  Call her at (812) 350-0799! 

Much is happening and we will announce new programs later this year for real small groups!


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Sept. 25 - Oct. 1, 2020


The rugged Grand Tetons tower above the forests, lakes, and rivers.  This workshop is timed to coincide with superb autumn colors and wildlife activity.  The Tetons are a landscape and wildlife photographers dream.


Limit 5 Participants


(Sold Out)


Your hotel room, all meals, and transportation are all included in the workshop price! 

Grand Tetons Autumn Color Photo Workshop

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October 4 -10, 2020


October 11-17, 2020

I have led more than sixty autumn color photo workshops near Munising, MI since 1987. We will take you to magnificent landscape spots that are ideal for the prevailing weather conditions.  The colorful reflections in the many lakes there and the Lake Superior vistas offer splendid photo opportunities.

Limit 12 Participants

Tuition is only $975

Northern Michigan Autumn Color Photo Workshop 

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October 29 - Nov. 4. 2020

Explore and photograph the Great Smoky Mountains while enjoying the stunning autumn colors.  This workshop is perfect for landscape photographers who wish to be inspired by beautiful scenes and learn cutting-edge landscape photography techniques.  The mountain vistas and wonderful streams are a delight to photograph.  And you will love the cool weather too!

Limit 12 Participants

Great Smoky  Mountains Fall Color 

Nov. 29 - Dec. 5, 2020 (2 spaces left)

Dec. 6-12  (1 space left)


Dec. 13-19, 2020  (2 spaces left)


The rugged Grand Tetons tower above the forests, lakes, and rivers.  This workshop is timed to coincide with superb winter scenes of the Grand Tetons and lots of wildlife.  Moose and bighorn sheep are especially likely to be photographed.


Limit 5 Participants

  Your hotel room, all meals, and transportation are all included in the workshop price! 

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Grand Tetons Wildlife and Landscapes

January 24 - 30, 2021

January 31 - February 6, 2021


John began leading photo tours during Yellowstone's quiet winter season in 1991.  Learn to make superb landscape and wildlife images amid the snow in the best places Yellowstone has to offer!  We spend our full day in the interior of Yellowstone.  Weather conditions are crucial for success, and we are the experts at taking best advantage of prevailing weather conditions.

Limit 15 Participants

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Yellowstone National Park by Snowcoach

May 16 - 22, 2021

May 23 - 29, 2021

May 29 - June 4, 2021

Learn to photograph gorgeous hummingbirds both in flight and perched using multi-flash setups and natural light too.  This workshop is an amazing hummingbird experience!  You will shoot more than 20,000 images of these feathered jewels.  The food, cabins, and scenery at Bull River Guest Ranch are amazing.

Limit 12 Participants

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Hummingbirds at the Bull River Guest Ranch

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Many photo groups sponsor our intensive full-day seminar that covers outdoor photography in detail.  We share the tuition with the sponsoring group.  Most groups net about $1500 and everyone enjoys the seminar immensely.

We also teach a full-day indoor close-up photo class where we provide 24 stations.  Each has an interesting subject, pleasing photo background, and two LED lamps to effectively light the subject.   When one of these is scheduled, we notify everyone who subscribes to our free website.

Seminars and our Indoor All-day Macro Class

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I have been a dedicated professional nature photograph since graduating from college in 1976.  I love to photography more than ever, and enjoy teaching nature photography immensely.  In addition, I have written five books and hundreds of published magazine articles on outdoor photography.  Please read the articles posted on this website as they describe photo techniques that work exceedingly well.

Learn Cutting-edge Photo Techniques by reading the Blog on this website!


I have used a floating blind for decades to approach wildlife in the water to make fabulous images.  The floating blind means it floats your camera gear, and you wear a dry suit or chest waders and walk slowly within the blind it supports. When used properly as described in my article, it is often possible to photograph normally wary wildlife at close range. Imagine being surrounded by wild birds that pay little attention to you as they behave naturally in their wetland environment! 

This article shares my passion for using a floating blind to photograph wildlife

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Learn the inexpensive method I use to precisely AF microadjust the autofocus on my Canon gear and with any gear my workshop clients bring to me.  As long as your camera offers AF microadjustment or AF fine-tuning, you can make sure you achieve the sharpest possible autofocus.


I began doing this several years ago, and the sharpness improvements have been astounding.  I cannot imagine ignoring this powerful tool.  More than 90% of the gear I have tested for my clients has benefited from AF microadjusting!  Don't be left out! 


Once I began lighting the focus target with flash to eliminate camera vibration variables, my results are far easier to interpret and more precise! 

Article explaining how I greatly improve autofocus accuracy with AF Microadjustment

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