‘Portraits of Nature’ Workshop Preview – March 4th

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Join me on my first organized event of 2017! Portraits of Nature Photo Walk is to be my free trial-run of a workshop I am currently working on under the same title. Here’s your opportunity to get hands on experience and learn new techniques for taking nature photography – and all I am asking in return is feedback!

The photo walk will take place along unpaved nature trails, no hiking experience is needed, however sturdy shoes and long pants will be best to ensure your safety and comfort.  Distance traveled during the walk should not exceed a mile or so and will be at a slow conversational pace with many stops to take photos!

The goal of this photo walk / workshop is to learn to identify suitable subjects and compositions, and utilize photographic techniques often associated with Portrait photography to capture the smaller details of Nature often overlooked in a larger Landscape.  Note, a Macro lens is not necessary, though will be useful to open up the largest assortment of subject possibilities.  Ideally a fast prime lens in the 35 to 135mm range would be best, though any lens you would consider shooting a portrait with will work.

  • A camera / lens combination capable of producing some subject-background separation. (as mentioned above, fast primes are ideal, 50mm f/1.8, 85mm f/ 1.8, 100mm f/2.8, 60mm f/2.8 etc.  70-200 f/2.8 or f/4 or even a 24-70 f/2.8 will work as well.
  • Tripod – ideally one that can be positioned low and/or has a reversible center column.
  • Good shoes for walking on dirt trails – we will be walking on unpaved nature trails during this walk.  Long pants would also be best, its early and I’m not expecting problems with bugs, but this is Texas after all.
  • (optional) Cable shutter release – your camera’s timer can work as well.
  • (optional) Small 5-in-1 reflector – I will have one on hand to share.
  • (optional) Circular Polarizing Filter (CPL)
  • Location: North Dallas / Plano, Texas – contact me for exact meeting location.
  • Time/Date: Saturday March 4th, 9am meet up.
  • Duration: 2-3hrs
  • Weather: We all know what Texas weather is like in early spring, if the temps are too cold or wet, we will either delay or postpone this event.
  • Group Size: As this is my first event, I’m limiting the size of the group to 6-7.  If I have an excess of people interested, I will either host a second walk or possibly offer a discount on the Workshop when scheduled.
  • Cost: FREE!  All I’m asking is for honest feedback on the content and subject of the workshop.  I’m intending to expand this to a full fledged workshop later in the spring and all the feedback you can give me will be appriciated.


  1. Wy Roberge

    Jon, this is one I would really enjoy trying. Thanks for putting it together. Very willing to learn.

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