What Others Say
Don Delong – After the Shenandoah National Park workshop – The recently completed Shenandoah Workshop was my first workshop with Tom Dwyer. Throughout the booking process, I found Tom very easy to work with. As the workshop commenced Tom proved to be a very likable and knowledgeable person and photographer. Shenandoah National Park is well known for its vast vistas during sunrise and sunset and Tom had us in place at the best locations during this time. This type of shooting is very weather dependent and although conditions were less than ideal because of the weather (sometimes too nice) our group got creative and came away with some stunning photographs! There were several other options for shooting that included abundant wildlife, streams, and waterfalls. One of the best things about shooting with a group of photographers you don’t know is seeing what they see! You look at their photos and even though you were with them you wonder why you didn’t see the same shot? A very learning experience…in my opinion, the most important lesson to be learned…..improving your vision.
Tom went above and beyond what other workshop leaders do and provided everyone with plenty of water, soda, coffee, snacks, and lunch on two days. There are several things I look at that tell me what a good workshop is beyond everyone going home with some great photos. One is the fact that I was the only “newbie” in the group…everyone else had taken several workshops with Tom previously, which says something. I also noticed Tom never touched his camera, he was not there to shoot for himself but spent all his attention on the participants. The middle of the day review sessions were very detailed and constructive. Lastly, everyone received a full print of their favorite photo. Mine was done in a mat finish and we both commented on what it might look like in gloss. A week after the workshop I received a tube with two glossy prints…one in color and the other B&W…..completely unexpected….thanks, Tom! Lastly, at the end of the workshop, everyone was pretty much exhausted…..a result of immersing yourself in photography for four-five straight days.
I have no reservation recommending Tom’s future workshops and look forward to attending another myself.
Martha Lanctot – After the Shenandoah National Park Workshop – The Shenandoah gallery looks terrific. I think we all can be proud, especially you as our teacher and fearless leader. A couple of thoughts: Your workshops provide a “safe space” where we can try new ideas and experiment with unfamiliar techniques. You give guidance – not direction. The critiquing sessions are also “safe” in the sense that each participant knows he can give and get honest feedback without being ripped to shreds. Secondly, we are never meant to feel we are holding the group back by not being physically able to complete a hike or climb down an embankment. We can choose the venue that works best for each of us.
I really enjoyed the chance we had to share photos we shot and to critique how they could have been made better. – Evelyn D., after the Baltimore Woods Winter Workshop.
Peter D. after the Baltimore Woods Winter Workshop –I found that, with some help, it was possible for me to go beyond snapshots and capture some of what my mind sees. I think the format that you use (for your workshops) works well. I’ll be looking for more time in the future.
Gerald L. after the 2011 Letchworth State Park Tour –I enjoyed chasing the light every morning and evening. I enjoyed shooting things other than the vast landscape. And, I learned a lot during the exercise in which we had to get that “wow” shot using only one lens. Tom knows the park and its scenic spots exceptionally well. At each stop I roamed around looking for a shot. I knew I was not ignored when Tom would appear with and insightful idea or comment.
Sally F. after 2010 Getting Ready for Winter workshop –I enjoyed every minute of your workshop! Learned so much and appreciate the tips and information that you gave us. I took a walk yesterday and looked at every bit of the area on our road in a new way – so much to see! I will send you some photos when I get an interesting one.
Roni D. after CNY/Onondaga County tour –[I loved] the relaxed pace of the day. The way you spend individual time with each of us and asked us if we had questions or needed help. The lunchtime critique was the best. I learn a lot from those critiques and think they are such useful tools for aspiring photographers
Chuck L. After the CNY Photo Tour – .I would like you to know that the money spent for your CNY Photo Tour/Workshop was some of the best money I ever spent. I walked away with more knowledge and tips than I could possibly glean from a book or tutorial in over a month’s time. This is due to your patience as well as your unselfishness sharing of your knowledge. Your love for the craft definitely shines through as well as having a wonderful demeanor with the folks you are teaching or working with. I felt invigorated by Saturday’s workshop. Always photographing by yourself can get a bit lonely at times and just the time spent with everyone makes it more fun, along with the fact that it also gives you a bit of a challenge to try just a little harder.
Lauren J –There was just enough info without it being overwhelming. You also spoke in a language that everyone could understand.