Category Archives: Workshops

Lucy Vincent Beach – Martha’s Vineyard


Lucy Vincent Beach Sunset

Lucy Vincent Beach Sunset. Exposure triad ISO 400, f/25, 60 sec.

Concluded a great photo workshop in Martha’s Vineyard yesterday.  A great group of photographers, and some great locations on the island.  Inclement weather did not prevent us from photographing the opportunities that were presented.  This image is one of my favorites where the last rays of the sun just kissed the rock on the shore at Lucy Vincent Beach.  We stayed on to do some light painting and astro photography before winding up for the night.  (More images to follow)

The Night Sky at Lucy Vincent Beach. 14mm, Exposure Triad ISO 1250, f/2.8, 20 sec

The Night Sky at Lucy Vincent Beach. 14mm, Exposure Triad ISO 1250, f/2.8, 20 sec.


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One Day Workshop Schedule

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The following is the workshop schedule for the first half of 2016:


Workshop details are available from the Registration Page.

March 20 – Macro and Close-up Photography

March 26 – Flash Photography, High Speed flash, creative lighting

April 3 – Macro and Close-up Photography

April 9 – Portrait and Lighting Techniques

April 10 – Digital Photography A-Z.  This is a one day three part course that will teach you camera basics, post processing and printing.

June 4 – The Digital Darkroom – a course that covers image capture, asset management, processing and enhancement, output to print and web media. A one day program for digital image making workflow

June 5 – Flash Photography, High Speed flash, creative lighting

June 11 – Timelapse Photography, post processing and video assembly

June 12 – Macro and Close-up Photography

If you have any questions or would like more information please call 617-759-0010 or email

Please use this REGISTRATION link to register for these workshops.

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Light of Cape Cod – Photo Workshop


A 4 day 3 night photo workshop that includes lodging and site fees

Mid Spring in Cape Cod is a multi faceted photo opportunity with truly spectacular scenics and some wildlife.  The tourists have not crowded the roads and traffic is not a nightmare.  This very special workshop is for all levels of photographers from beginner to advanced.  The Cape provides some of the most incredible landscapes and seascapes and the light during spring is exceptional.  We will explore and photograph the Cape’s classic sea shore, sand dunes, light houses and some wildlife (including migratory birds).  We will determine schedules and locations based on weather forecasts, tides and sunrise/sunset times.  We may even explore the opportunity to do some night photography.


Also posted in Educational, Macro, Night Photography, Photographs, Photography, Stacked Image, Star Trails, Time-Lapse

TWiP Episode 453 – Hot New DSLRs!

TWiP_Logo_300If you’ve been listening to TWIP over the years you probably know how we feel about the relatively slow pace of innovation in the “mirrored” camera space… also known as the dSLR.

To reiterate, I personally LOVE Canon and Nikon, and I still own a bunch of Nikon gear, including many lenses and strobes. But now I primarily shoot Panasonic Lumix gear. Part of the reasoning is that the innovations and tools mirrorless technology gives me, “fits” better with the kind of media creation (stills, video, etc) that I enjoy.

Enter Pentax — a company that Ricoh acquired back in 2011 for $124 million dollars, has announced a brand new dSLR, with many features not found on any “mainstream” camera (mirrored, or mirrorless!).

Also Canon has refreshed its dSLR line-up with the 80D, as well as new glass and some accessories squarely aimed at video creation.

Click here for the Youtube Channel

Here is the link to the TWiP page

Also posted in Accessories, Educational, Mirrorless, News, Photographs, Photography, Product Reviews, Shows, Tips

Iceland – Sept 17 – 25, 2016


Plans for the 2016 September Iceland photo tour and workshop have been finalized.  Exceptional fall colors and if luck prevails, the Aurora Borealis will make this trip exceptional.

From the western peninsulas of Snæfellsnes and Reykjanes to the exquisite south coast including the exquisite black sand beaches and icebergs in Jökulsárlón and surrounding areas this trip is designed for all levels of photographers.  This trip is limited to a maximum 10 participants.

All Iceland photo tours and workshops for the past 4 years were fully subscribed within a few days so please register as soon as possible.


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Cape Cod – after Lexi

After Friday’s snow storm, Saturday’s skies and a thin layer of high clouds were a good indication for photo opportunities.  heading out to the Cape this next image was off Rt. 1 in Foxboro. (please click on the images for a larger rendition)

Rt 1 Foxboro

Rt. 1 Foxboro

There are many great opportunities for some exceptional color in Cape Cod. This next image is an outhouse at a farm.  A favorite location we always visit during my “Light of Cape Cod” workshops that I will be posting in the next few days.


The Outhouse

Low tide coincidental with the sunset in the flats are another set of my favorite locations.


A sweep before sunset

With the way the low cloud bank was forming I did not expect much of a sunset.  There were some interesting cloud formations and a lovely warm glow on the horizon.


Cloud formations as the sun sets

As photographers we know never to leave after the sun sets – you never know what the skies might do. Staying pays off:


Red Skies at Night ……

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Wild Flowers, Smoky Mountains and Cades Cove – Spring Workshop


April 17 to 22, 2016 – Six Day 5 Night Photo Workshop

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a world-renowned preserve of wildflower diversity over 1,660 kinds of flowering plants are found in the park, more than in any other North American national park. In fact, the park is sometimes referred to as the “Wildflower National Park.” From the earliest hepaticas and spring-beauties in the late winter to the last asters in the late fall, blooming flowers can be found year-round in the park. Wildlife is fairly abundant in Cades Cove and we will have opportunities if lucky, to photograph bears. Landscapes, rivers, waterfalls and much more – a photographer’s paradise.


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Ithaca, NY – A Waterfalls and Fall Foliage Workshop

Some of the group on a rainy first day. (Image courtesy John Redin)

Some of the group on a rainy first day. (Image courtesy John Redin)

Just concluded an incredible workshop in the Finger Lakes region of NY State. October 8th through Columbus Day October 12th, 21 photographers and two spouses hiked through the gorges of some of the most beautiful parks in New York.  The first night we attempted some Milky Way and light painting photography in the upper lot of Taughannouck Falls Sate Park. The following day, we had an early start to Buttermilk Falls.  Buttermilk Falls is the largest of the 10 falls of Buttermilk Creek.  Larger versions of these may be viewed by clicking on the image.


Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls

Following Buttermilk Falls we drove to Ithaca Falls but access was restricted as there was construction on the access way to the river bed. Next option – into Robert Treman Park aka Enfield Glen.  Though it rained all morning the water helped saturate the color and the clouds helped defuse the light.

Here are some images from Enfield Glen:


The entrance to the gorge



The Bridge



The Upper Cascades of Lucifer Falls



The Lower Cascades of Lucifer Falls

Later in the afternoon we went back to Ithaca Falls, a 150ft cascading fall at the end of Fall Creek before the creek empties into Cayuga Lake.  Ithaca Falls is 175 wide and considered the region’s most powerful.

I had left my ND filter in the car so Nancy Marshal was kind enough to let me borrow her Big Stopper that I hand-held against the lens to get the following image:


Ithaca Falls


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Iceland August 2015 – Day 4 and a Resolution Test


Today was a travel day to the highlands with a few stops en route.

Here are a few images and an experiment seeking detail.


Blue glacial water through lava ravine


Water Study


Colors of the highlands


Harunfoss Pano

This image above was taken as an 8 image pano and stitched in Photoshop.  The resulting image is 23,881 pixels by 7680 pixels.  This equates to an image 100 by 32 inches (approx) at 240 dpi.  There is a farm in the distance that I have applied a red stroke to in the image below (this has been reduced to 500 by 1600 pixels.  Please do click on the image below for a larger rendition. Equipment: Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4 at f8, Sony A7R ISO 200, 1.6 sec using a 6 stop HiTech ND filter.

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I cut and pasted this stroked area onto a new image layer in Photo shop. The crop is about 1936 by 479 pixels. The crop section is below – please click on this for the full scale view.

The cropped region

The cropped region

The new mirrorless sensors are amazing.

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Iceland August 2015 – Day 3


The Coastline and Fjords


This the last full day in the peninsula (rain and wind aside) was spent exploring the far west and the northern coastline.


Farm Implements



Abandoned Farm House



Terns – protecting their young



The Warning Before the Nose Dive



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A No Name Waterfall in the interior



Water oozes through lava



Another lava waterfall along the roadside

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