May 20th, 2013
Woodland Ivy Vine, © Mark S. Peterson Photography
After postponing my annual Spring Wildflower and Landscape Photography workshop a week due to an unprecedented week of May snow in this region, a great group of participants came together at one of my favorite woodland wildflower locations for a productive day of learning and nature photography.
We started the day at Berry Woods Preserve, which was the first Nature Conservancy acquisition in Iowa, and is a gorgeous forest a few miles south of Des Moines in Warren County. A lovely variety of the wildflowers native to this area can be found here. The spring wildflowers in this region tend to be woodland wildflowers (prairie wildflowers, in general, bloom later in Iowa – we’ll catch that action in my Midwest Summer Prairie workshop next month!), and lucky for our group the unusually cold and snowy May caused a slightly delayed bloom this year. We had some fabulous specimens to photograph.
At lunch time we proceeded to nearby Warren County Conservation’s Lundy Acres, and spent the afternoon there working on landscape techniques. It was very windy, and the wind presented some challenges. The attraction of this location is that it is also a native, unspoiled forest. It presented a strong challenge to those photographers experienced with shooting manicured or man-made landscapes, and forced participants to deal with the chaos of nature – working within that chaos to create simple, meaningful compositions. Some participants rose valiently to the challenge; others struggled to find their vision for the site. We worked on this through the afternoon, and some great images resulted.
Check out the fabulous work submitted by some of our participants below, and head on over to our Peterson Photo Workshops Flickr Group to see an even larger selection.
And here are a few behind-the-scenes looks at our workshop participants, hard at work!
Thanks to all of you who participated, I had a great time working with you – and congrats on creating some stellar nature photographs!
February 17th, 2013
After working with several great groups of photographers at my January and February photography workshops, I’m now prepping some brand new images and content for my next photography workshop – Intro to Digital SLR Photography – 12:00-4:00pm, March 2, 2013 in Des Moines, IA.
As of now, there are still seats available for this session.
Full information about this class can be found here: http://petersonphotoworkshops.com/calendar/intro-halfday/
Register online at: http://petersonphotoworkshops.com/register/ (note that advance registration is required, as it is for all of my workshops)
And while you’re on my workshop website, why not check out the full photography workshop calendar? http://petersonphotoworkshops.com/calendar/.
I have a great season and some fabulous locations planned for the field workshops this year. Join us!
February 4th, 2013
Thanks to everyone who has registered for one or more of my photography workshops since I announced the 2013 dates just a couple short weeks ago. Registration has been the most active of any workshop year to date, with some events coming within a couple seats of filling the first week they were available. Some photographers are signing up for their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th Peterson Photo Workshop this season – thank you, I greatly appreciate your interest and support!
The upcoming February 16 Introduction to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom workshop in Des Moines is among those that is almost full. If you’ve been thinking of registering for this, I urge you to do so quickly as this workshop will almost certainly be sold out within days.
Detailed info about the workshop can be found over on my workshop website, here:
I’ve been using LR since version 1.0 (actually, I used a beta version even before then), and it totally changed the way I manage and edit my images. I really enjoy sharing my workflow and teaching LR to photographers, but due to my project and travel calendar this year, I’m not going to be able to repeat this workshop until November. So again, if interested, please grab one of these last remaining seats!
January 20th, 2013
I’ve received a few email questions about registration for my upcoming workshops at Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames:
January 26, 2013 ~ Intro to Digital SLR Photography
February 9, 2013 ~ Intermediate Digital SLR Photography
As of today, seats are still available in both of these workshops. Since I’m doing these workshops for the Octagon, registration is different than for most of my workshops and events. For just these two workshops, registration is through the Octagon website rather than via my own workshop website.
To register for a seat in one or both of these workshops, just fill out the Octagon’s online registration form, here. You will likely need some of the info found on their “Winter Adult Classes” page that can be found here, to complete the form. Payment is submitted directly to the Octagon, as well.
I’ll post an update here, if and when these two sessions fill.
January 20th, 2013
After a busy end-of-2012 season, a few days off over the holidays, and an international project just after the first of the year, I’m pleased to announce that I’ve posted my 2013 calendar of photography workshops. I’m again offering a full range of classes this year, ranging from Intro to DSLR Photography for photographers new to the DSLR world, to full-day field workshops that will appeal to advanced and professional photographers.
Please see the full photography workshop calendar over at my dedicated workshop website, PetersonPhotoWorkshops.com, where you can view course descriptions for my Midwest Nature Photography Field Workshops and Studio Workshop Events, and where you can register online.
I am grateful to those of you who helped make 2012 a great workshop year – and especially to those of you who are “regulars” of my workshops (I’m thrilled to have such a high rate of returning participants!) – for your continued support. Previous workshop participants were sent the calendar a few days early, and I’m pleased to be able to say that initial registration is brisk! My photography workshops do frequently fill well in advance, so don’t hesitate if you’re interested in joining us this year – your paid registration reserves your seat in the class.
Thanks for your interest in my photography workshops – I look forward to crossing paths with you in the field or the studio this year!
December 31st, 2012
I have scheduled two half-day Digital SLR photography workshops at Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames.
January 26 – Intro to Digital SLR Photography – this class is designed for those new to photography with a Digital SLR. Content is as described on my workshop website, here.
February 9 – Intermediate Digital SLR Photography – this class is for people who have completed my Intro to Digital SLR Photography workshop, or for those who are experienced with DSLR photography and using their cameras, and want to move their photography to the next level. See my description of this workshop, here.
These workshops are offered through the Octagon Center’s education program – register via their process on their website.
For those of you outside of Ames…yes, I will be offering more of these sessions in Des Moines this winter and later in the year, as well. Please see my previous blog post – my overall 2013 workshop calendar will be posted very soon.
December 31st, 2012
Thanks to everyone that helped make 2012 a very fun photographic year. I enjoyed shooting with some fabulous new and old commercial, editorial, and portrait clients, and had a great time working with many dozens of new and returning workshop participants. Thanks for putting your trust in me for your imaging and for your photographic instruction!
I’ve been hard at work assembling my 2013 workshop calendar. I’ve received lots of email inquiries asking when the schedule will be posted, and I greatly appreciate your inquiries! The schedule is a bit more complicated this year due to international travel and some large longer-term project commitments for which exact dates aren’t yet finalized. But I’ll be ready to announce the complete schedule very soon!
Meanwhile, I do have two half-day workshops coming up at Octagon Center for the Arts in Ames. I’ll be posting about these shortly!
I wish you all a safe, productive, and fun 2013. Happy New Year!
October 22nd, 2012
Just a quick post to mention the great fun – and to thank the awesome participants – at yesterday’s iPhone Photo Adventure in West Des Moines. We had a fabulous group join us in hip Valley Junction, and had a blast shooting, editing, and sharing iPhone art!
I’ve created a more complete run-down over on the iPhonePhotoAdventure.com blog, complete with images from the day. Please check it out!
October 20th, 2012
Last weekend’s Autumn Color photography workshops at Ledges State Park were great fun, with a fantastic group of photographers on both days. Both Saturday and Sunday started with a bit of trepidation for a few photographers in each group, due to pouring rain as we assembled in the dark to prepare our gear.
For some, it was a first using camera raincoats, and I could see the fear in their eyes as they contemplated stepping out from under the park shelter, into the pouring rain, with thousands of dollars of camera gear. But when they saw the first images on their cameras’ preview screen, those fears subsided quickly! A few who knew their cameras and lenses were sealed even discarded the raincoats and simply toweled off their gear as the rain lightened to a drizzle.
Regardless, within an hour or so on both mornings, the rain cleared completely. And left behind by the storms were gorgeous dripping fall leaves, fabulous saturated colors, and the Ledges streams a little fuller than the day before. All in all…perfect days for these workshops!
My autumn color workshops are always among the highlights of the year for me, as fall subjects in the Midwest are some of my favorite subjects of all to photograph. The colors this fall have been magnificent, and the weekend served up for our workshops this week at “The Ledges” was glorious.
Here a few “behind the scenes” images of our workshop participants at work:
And some of the stellar autumn color photos created by workshop participants:
It’s always such a fine experience to work with photographers of all levels as they seek to improve their skills and learn new techniques. I learn so much from working with these diverse and creative groups of people. Thanks to both the Saturday and Sunday workshop participants for being such fun groups of individuals – I enjoyed working with you!
September 15th, 2012
In this crazy summer/fall season so far, I haven’t done a very good job of blogging info about events and happenings. One great event is coming up right away:
I’m pleased to be the invited guest speaker at the Des Moines Camera Club on Tuesday, October 2. I’ll present information about my workshop series, show a couple of new slideshows, and I’m confident we’ll have a great time!
The Des Moines Camera Club is a great group that I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to a time or two before. Members produce some fabulous work, as you can see here. If you’re in the area, join us!
Tuesday, Oct 2, 7:00pm
Highland Park Presbyterian Church
321 Euclid Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa
(parking is West of the church at 4th & Euclid,
enter the North door, handicap accessible)