Upcoming 2019/2020 Nature Photography Workshops

For more information on any of these upcoming events please send me an email or a note through my online contact form. Please note the following events are subject to change and some details may still in process.


Winter wonderland

December 7, 2020 – Winter Photography Baltimore Woods – Part 1: Getting Ready
Winter’s coming, as sure as summer’s gone. For some people, this means it’s time to hunker down but for photographers, nature photographers, in particular, the winter season can be a period of excitement as Mother Nature changes the landscape, often dramatically, on an almost daily basis. So, it’s time to “Get Ready for Winter Photography” and that’s the subject for this annual day-long workshop that covers everything from your cold fingertips and toes to preserving battery power, to tabletop close-up and macro photography. (more information)






January 29 – February 2, 2020 – Second Annual Adirondack High Peaks Winter Photography EventLast January’s first-ever Adirondack High Peaks Winter Photography event was designed to break the proverbial mold. Not really a workshop. Not just a photoshoot. Yet all about photography. A time of learning from recognized leading nature photographers and peers alike. We wanted to be immersed in photography in a comfortable, relaxed yet invigorating atmosphere. A great opportunity to get to know and learn from photography icons and of our time, from our peers, from the dramatic winter landscape of the high peaks region . . . and go home with our trophies . . . meaningful, expressive, artful photographs that tell stories of winter.  (more information)


Angles at the Everson

February 15, 2020 – All the Angles at the Everson Museum
The doors of Syracuse’s nationally renowned Everson Museum of Art will open for us promptly at 10 am and we’ll get right into the subject of how to understand and use lines, angles, and texture in the composition of our photographs. Further, we’ll explore “Seeing” lines, angles, and textures with the “Eyes of an artist.” (more information)




Mosaic Canyon

March 2-6, 2020 – Death Valley National Park

“Your mission, should you decide to accept it . . . .” is all about creating images that capture the reality and/or the mystery of Death Valley National Park. Fortunately, with the experience that Tom Dwyer & Michael Gorden bring to the valley, creative, expressive, meaningful images are a foregone conclusion. Indeed, you would be hard-pressed to find a photographer with more knowledge in Death Valley than Michael. And, Tom’s experience as a workshop leader is well known and appreciated. (more information)



Up close & Personal

April 18-19, 2020 – Waterfalls & Streams of Central New York

When you cannot get all the fun into one day, you have to go with two. That’s what’s happened to my oldest workshop. For the first time, this year (2020) the workshop that kicked-off my venture into leading photography workshops will be a two-day event. Honestly, it’s the only way we can get all the waterfalls and streams that want to photograph into the schedule. Expanding the schedule to two full days will allow for classroom time, popular image review sessions and, of course, creative time at the photogenic streams and waterfalls of Central New York. (more information)



Shenandoah Black Bear

May 28 – June 1, 2020 – Shenandoah National Park

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. Did I suggest that photographers can be excused if they think they have died and gone to heaven? Indeed, during the workshops for each of the past two years, we actually enjoyed creating photographs that look like we might have been looking down from heaven. If that’s not enough enticement, how about the early spring waterfalls, historic mission ruins, and the often present Shenanoah black bears. This will an intense few days, but no one has ever complained about that as they packed for the trip home. (more information)


The Wilmington Flume.

July 8 – 12, 2020 – Adirondack Lakes, Streams, Waterfalls – Plus: 2020

Get ready to enjoy some of the most beautiful waterscapes anywhere. Our Adirondack trek will get us to tranquil lakes and ponds, meandering mountain streams, peaceful marshes, and crashing waterfalls.  And, this is the Adirondack Mountains so a lot of our compositions may feature weather. That said, the Raquette River, the Cedar River, Connery Pond, Buttermilk Falls, Lake Abanakee and many other opportunities will give us plenty of Adirondack magic to excite our shutter release fingers. (more information)



Little Tupper Moon

August 19-23, 2020 – Quiet waters of the Adirondacks– 2020

Most of us cannot resist taking pictures of beautiful scenes that include water . . . rivers, streams, lakes, and waterfalls. And, there’s nowhere better to do that than in the Adirondack Mountains of New York’s Adirondack State Park. What’s more, who doesn’t like spending an August day on the shores of mountain lakes or ponds? (more information)





Autumn Color

September 30 – October 4, 2020 – Autumn Color – Adirondack Style

People travel from all over the country (indeed all over the world) to enjoy the colorful Adirondack Mountains in full autumn regalia. This workshop will offer easy access to mountain trails, magnificent waterfalls, wilderness rivers and streams, placid lakes, and awesome sunsets & sunrises, and we expect, all painted with the brilliant colors of autumn. (more information).



Photography workshops of a couple of hours to a couple of days

I’ve heard from many photographers whose schedules don’t allow for participation in multi-day workshops. To everyone in this situation, until your schedules open up a little I’d like to be able to help you grow as a photographer so to kick off the “Shorts” schedule take a look at these events. I expect the following list will grow as I learn more about what you want. I hope you’ll let me know if there is something specific you would like to see added to the schedule.

Check back for more shorts…coming soon.

Check back here for information on new short workshops as they become available or simply email Tom at [email protected] and send me a note to keep you updated as new events are scheduled.