Shenandoah National Park Photography Workshop

When: May 26-30, 2021
Where: Shenandoah National Park, VA
Fee: $825

Registration Deadline: Apr. 15, 2021
Only eight participants can be accepted, so register soon.

A Special Covid-19 Notice:

A lot of us are understandably nervous about committing to anything in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and photography workshops are certainly subject to that nervousness. Not to worry. You can be assured this workshop will be conducted with all the recommended Covid-19 protocols AND, should responsible civil authorities require the cancelation of this workshop you will have the option to receive an immediate 100% refund of any payments made or to apply any payments to a future Tom Dwyer Photography workshop.

Did we say, “Heavenly”?

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The Shenandoah National Park website could not be more correct when it notes that the park “. . . is your escape to recreation and re-creation.” I’d like to add that you can’t go wrong if you are searching for a great photography venue either . . . actually many great photography venues.

During our visit, we train our lenses on cascading waterfalls, meandering streams, spectacular mountaintop vistas, and quiet wooded hollows. Sunrises and sunsets can be so stunning you forget to click the shutter. With some 200,000 acres of protected lands that are home to many critters from the Shenandoah bear, to deer, and songbirds, we will also be able to enjoy the night sky . . . assuming Mother Nature cooperates. I’ve already placed my order with Mother Nature, by the way.

Spring Blossoms

When we know what to expect from the weather we’ll make our decisions about where to position ourselves for the evening and sunset hours as well as where we want to wrap-up on Sunday morning.

We’ll plan to spend a couple of peaceful evenings enjoying the sunsets. It often displays colors unique to the Appalachian Mountains. We’ll set out early most mornings so we will be ready when the sun greets our day. Perhaps we’ll catch a morning fog coming up the mountain or train our lenses on some dew-laden wildflowers.

Once the sun gets high in the sky we’ll plan on returning to our home base for breakfast and some “classroom” time.

The late morning or early afternoon periods will afford us time to practice shooting in high contrast lighting conditions and employing High Dynamic Range (HDR) techniques. Processing HDR will help us open up the middle of the day to productive shooting.

Be Prepared: I wasn’t a Scout and Scout leader all those years for nothing. In anticipation of our time together, I will be sharing some tips on how to protect yourself and your photography gear shortly before our trip. Transportation to our venues each day will be via carpool. Some venues may take an hour or more to arrive at, but I promise, all are worth the effort.

What gear should you bring? That’s always a tough question to answer because so much depends on your interests and the weather conditions we’ll need to work with. Because of the fact that we’ll seldom be far from our vehicles, I always suggest bringing what you have, especially if you are driving and not needing to board an airplane. Click here for the list I consider before each shoot. s

What you’ll learn: All my workshops and retreats are geared and scheduled for maximum personal, one-on-one attention. In addition, most daily schedules include time for group instruction on such subjects as Design & Composition, Seeing Your Image Before Clicking the Shutter Release Button, Post Capture Processing/printing, and The Art of Landscape Photography.

Skills you may expect to return home having gained experience utilizing:

A Spring Burst of Color, literally underfoot

  • Seeing your photo” before you click the shutter release button,
  • Managing the depth of field in your photo,
  • Understanding the impact of perspective and point of view,
  • Selecting the right exposure settings for the image you decide to create,
  • Considering the design and composition options based on what you want your photo to be “about”,
  • Managing high contrast situations as well as the creative options for HDR.

If there is something specific you would like to have covered during these sessions, please let me know when you register. I’ll respond to your request to let you know if I can accommodate your request.

Image review: Many consider our daily image review sessions to be among the highlights of our time together. Image reviews provide the opportunity to revel in our successes as well as to learn from the successes of others in anticipation of our next shoot.

Dark Hollow Falls

Printing: Our final session, Sunday morning, will focus briefly on printing and we’ll send everyone home with a print of their favorite image from our time together.

Lodging: We’ll call the Big Meadows Lodge (mile marker 51 on the Skyline Drive) home for our visit to the Shenandoah National Park. After securing your registration for the workshop, you may contact the park at 877-247-9261 to reserve lodging. Use the booking code “5AO76R” and ask for a room blocked for the Tom Dwyer Photo Workshop. You may also book online – www.goshenandoah.com; insert booking/group code/number “5AO76R”. A deposit of the first night’s lodging rate plus taxes & fees is required at the time of booking. Please let me know, should you encounter any glitches booking your room.


NOTICE: The potential always exists for specifics of any tour/workshop to change. It is with this thought in mind that I will always personally confirm the details of your planned participation with you. I always suggest that you not confirm your schedule or travel arrangements until I have confirmed the details with you. A minimum of three participants will be required to confirm this workshop. In the event this workshop cannot proceed as scheduled, registrants may apply the registration fee to another workshop(s) or request a refund.