Upcoming 2020-21 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.


A special note because of the required Coronavirus/Covid-19 restrictions.

It will be no surprise to anyone that workshops have had to be canceled due to Coronavirus/Covid-10 restrictions put in place by various governmental entities. While several of my workshops have been canceled it’s possible that additional workshops will need to be canceled, postponed, or otherwise adjusted in light of this crisis. I’ve noted below those that have already been canceled. Registered participants have been notified.

Going forward

Most everyone is in some form of a quandary as we look forward to the rest of 2020 and early 2021. It’s difficult to schedule activities and even more difficult to commit to spending when we are not certain about how open and active our society will be, at least for the balance of 2020.

In an effort to allay any concerns folks may have about registering for the upcoming workshops, two thoughts are in order.

1) In order to plan for upcoming workshops, it is necessary that I understand how many people to accommodate and prepare for. Naturally, we need to be certain that restaurants will accommodate us for meals and our meeting place will be available for presentations, image review sessions, and photo printing. For this to happen I need to have some idea about how many people will be participating. So, to ease any concerns you may have about whether or not a given workshop will continue as scheduled I will reserve your seat without the normal requirement for a deposit upon registration. Once the various governments, restaurants, lodging, etc. have confirmed that activities like this are okay to continue as planned, I will reach out to everyone for your deposits and/or fee payments. For those who have or may choose to pay for the workshop(s) sooner rather than later, should it be necessary to cancel a workshop, rest assured that any payments received will be refunded expeditiously. Typically, payments are made via PayPal. Refunds will be made the same way.

2) Lodging is a big question. So, I have just spoken with David, the owner/manager of the Sandy Point Motel in Long Lake and he’s trying to be very optimistic and therefore planning for our workshops to be able to continue as scheduled. But, that doesn’t make it any easier for those of us who need to “commit” to things like motel reservations. David assures me that he understands the fluid situation we are faced with and that he will refund any payments made for motel reservations in the event that we need to cancel your workshop..

How about a discount, you ask?

Well, how about that. Because it’s important for me to be able to plan for upcoming workshops, which I can’t do without registrations, I’m offering a $100 discount off the 2020 workshop fees for anyone who registers for one 2020 workshop and $150 discount of each workshop for anyone who registers for more than one 2020 workshop before July 19th. The appropriate discount will be applied at the point at which I invoice for the workshop fee which will be the registration deadline for each workshop (typically a month before the scheduled workshop start date).

Please feel free to touch base if you have any questions.

My email address is:

[email protected]


Little Tupper Moon

August 19-23, 2020 – Quiet waters of the Adirondacks– 2020  (Discount note above applies)

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

October 1 – October 4, 2020 – Autumn Color – Adirondack Style (Discount note above applies)

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).



Mesquite Dunes

January 10 – 15, 2021 – Death Valley National Park

Death Valley has been attractive and mysterious since long before the first prospectors arrived in the middle of the 19th century.  In Death Valley National Park, “Your mission, should you decide to accept it . . . .” is all about creating images that capture the desert’s attractiveness and its mystery. Fortunately, for this workshop, we have two experienced workshop leaders. For nature photographers, Death Valley National Park is a “bucket list” kind of experience. Photographers Tom Dwyer and Michael Gordon make it their mission to provide a photographic experience that will motivate you to return. Your experience will be intense and sure to enhance your ability to create meaningful, expressive, artful images. (more information).

Up Close & Personal

COMING 2021 – Waterfalls & Streams of Central New York (Cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions. Please stay tuned for the 2021 schedule)

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

COMING 2021 – Shenandoah National Park (Cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions. Please stay tuned for the 2021 schedule)

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)


Framing lines

COMING 2021 – Adirondack Great Camp Sagamore & an Adirondack Autumn (Cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions. Please stay tuned for the 2021 schedule)

Living, dining and photographing one of the original Great Camps of the Adirondacks may be considered just a tease since from this home base we’ll discover how to create meaningful images that express the character of autumn colors in the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York. (more information)



The Wilmington Flume.

COMING 2021 – Adirondack Lakes, Streams, Waterfalls – Plus: 2022 (Cancelled due to Coronavirus restrictions. Please stay tuned for the 2021 schedule)

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)


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.