Get the new year off to a good start

Where did 2017 go anyway? Wasn’t it just the other day that we were wishing each other a happy and prosperous 2017?

White snow is integral to capturing the winter wonderland.

That probably means I’m late in trying to get a handle of the coming new year. So, I hope you’ll forgive me and at the same time maybe be grateful for a quick peak at some photography opportunities for 2018. While I have a full slate of workshops on my website – Tom’s website – I’m most excited right now about what we have on tap for January, February and March.

We had a great turnout for the Introduction to Lightroom workshop earlier this month. Unfortunately, I over-estimated how much I could cover in the time I had allotted for the workshop.Fortunately for me I had my conscience assuaged a bit by one of the participants, a retired teacher, who e-mailed to say, “I don’t know a single good teacher who gets through a well planned lesson.  Always there is just too much to cover. Not to worry.” I appreciated the sentiment but still want to try and deliver what everyone expected. I’ll talking with a couple venues for a follow-up session and I hope to have it nailed down before Christmas, so stay tuned. My hope is to fit it into everyone’s schedule sometime in January.

The “artfulness” of Mother Nature is compelling.

Speaking of January, we have a photo shoot slated for Baltimore Woods on Saturday, January 20. This is a freebee for those who participated in the “Getting Ready for Winter Photography” workshop in November. We’ll plan on meeting in the upper parking lot at The Woods  at about 9 am and I’ll be prepared to stay as long as anyone would like. If you weren’t able to join us for the “Getting Ready” workshop, not to worry. Just send me an e-mail at [email protected] and I should be able to get you on board.

All about lines, textures and light.

Everyone should remember, the facilities at The Woods don’t open until 10 am, so we won’t be able to get inside until after that, for restrooms, etc.. Baltimore Woods programs for January haven’t been posted on their website yet, so I don’t know if the program room will be open to us. So, if you will be joining us plan on being outside all day. I would pack a lunch with maybe a thermos of hot soup, if I were you. It would be helpful if anyone planning on joining us would drop me an e-mail to let me know to expect you: [email protected]

February promises to deliver a really special opportunity. I have coordinated with the good folks at the Everson Museum and with a few common sense restrictions our group will have the run of the museum. I’ve titled this workshop (more like a guided photo shoot really) All the Angles and MoreClick on that title for more information. But, for certain, get your registration in early because we can only accept eight photographers and I don’t know when, or if, we’ll be able to get access to this wonderful museum again.

Then, on March 17, Carol Watson Nursery welcomes us to The Flowers of Winter. Think of it as an early spring photo shoot will all of Carol’s wonderful flowers at our disposal, not to mention the warmth of her green houses with their diffused sunlight. Beyond the sheer attraction of the flowers and all that flower photography encompasses, this will be a great opportunity to test our close-up and macro photography skills, too. Take at look at the Flowers of Winter and, again, register soon for the limited seats available.