Workshops 2017 – 2018


“I asked one of his students how many times she had taken one of John’s classes. Her response – “15 times”.
15 times?!

Nobody takes a seminar with the same photographer 15 times!
Well, they do with John and that’s what makes him truly… extraordinary!”

Dewitt Jones
Professional Photographer,
National Geographic


Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada

September 7 – 14, 2018

Limited to 10 participants – Tentatively sold out!
Contact me to get on the waiting list

$4,734.00 – Single occupancy

$4,199.00 – double occupancy

with a deposit of $1,000.00
(with balance due 60-days prior to tour)

I am excited to be partnering with Rod Barbee for this once in a lifetime opportunity to witness and photograph the Auroras in the Northwest Territories of Canada.

This is a regular tour for Rod so he knows this area well and is very comfortable teaching how to photograph the Aurora!  For all of the details please refer to Rod’s website here.

Ireland – with Peter Cox

October 1 – 10, 2018

Limited to 12 participants

$4,495.00 – Sold OUT – Wait List

Join me and Irish landscape photographer Peter Cox as we explore rolling green hills manicured farmland and the wild of the Atlantic coast. This is a ten day tour of some of the Emerald Isle’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery..

The Cape Cod Experience – Massachusetts

With Rad Drew

October 22 – 28, 2018 – Note this is a 7 day tour!  – SOLD OUT!

Limited to 12 participants (Two Instructors)

$1,695.00  – $500.00 deposit

For 2018, I am partnering with my friend and tremendous photographer/teacher Rad Drew. We are offering a new and expanded photo tour exploring the many beautiful areas of lower and outer Cape Cod. We will photograph the picturesque Cape Cod National Seashore, with several lighthouses, beautiful beaches, marshes and small, hidden harbors nearby. This area is truly a photographer’s paradise and this is a photo tour you won’t want to miss. We will make a trip into the sand dunes culminating at one of the most picturesque lighthouses on Cape Cod (the fee for this trip is included in the cost of this photo tour).

This photo tour begins on October 22 with a meet and greet followed by an evening sunset shoot at a beautiful location nearby. The tour culminates with a sunrise shoot on October 28. This is a longer tour than has been offered in the past so we can include more photo shoots and take advantage of the many great places that this area of the Cape has to offer. Each day’s itinerary may vary according to the locations we visit, weather conditions and how long we shoot. Processing sessions will be held in the afternoon and we will cover the use of Lightroom, Photoshop and numerous plug-ins such as Topaz, MacPhun, Google (Nik) and others. Rad will cover how to process your images with your iPhone or iPad with APPS like Snapseed, Distressed FX, Formulas and much, much more.

We will show you tips and techniques to help you to get the most from your images. There is no better time to visit (and photograph) the Cape as this time of year is less crowded and the weather is still relatively warm. The marshes have turned a deep shade of yellow/gold, the days are shorter and weather systems often move through the area creating dramatic skies and beautiful light.

The goal of this workshop is to guide and help you to make photographs the will make your heart sing. We will work with you and help you develop your photographic vision. We’ll cover the quality of natural light, color, visual depth, visual design and composition in landscape and close-up technique. You will learn how to creatively photograph using different techniques and different lenses. We encourage you to read your manual and know how to use your camera before the workshop. This will help you move forward with creativity and vision. In addition to supporting traditional photographers on our workshop (Rad shoots with Fuji, and uses a converted Lumix for creating infrared images), he is a master of the iPhone and will be helping those who want to explore iPhoneography.

A $500 deposit is required to hold your spot.

Contemplative Photography Retreat – Molokai Hawaii

December 8-15, 2018

$3,695 (A discount of $150 applies when paying by check) – Taking Deposits now

For much more detailed information on this special retreat either click the link at the top of the page under “SPECIAL EVENTS” or this link.


Death Valley – with Cole Thompson

January 7-12, 2019 – Sold out – Wait list


Limited to 10 participants

A unique opportunity to explore one of Cole’s and John’s favorite national parks.  This workshop is for both B&W and color photographers. Cole and John will be available in the field and will present lectures and B&W processing tips in the classroom.  We will spend three and a half days exploring Death Valley, and then stop at the Trona Pinnacles on our way to photograph the Alabama Hills in Lone Pine CA. 

The Hideout Ranch

January 27 to February 2, 2019


Much more detailed information about this  special offering  here on our special events pages.

Capitol Reef with Mitch Dobrowner

March 18-23, 2019  – Sold out

March 25-30, 2019 – Sold out


Limited to 10 participants 

I am excited to be partnering with Mitch Dobrowner as we introduce you to one of Mitch’s favorite places to create his stunning B&W images.  Both of these workshops filled up before announcing to the general public.  If you would like to be notified early for any offering in the future, please sign up for my newsletter.  Then simply send me an email asking to be put on the “early notification” list for a specific offering.  This will assure you have the opportunity to attend!

Scotland – Glencoe & the Isle of Sky – with Peter Cox

April 8-17 – $5,595 (One space available)

April 20-29 – $5,395 (SOLD OUT)

Limited to 10 participants

Note: A 3% fee will be added if using PayPal or a credit card

Join me and Peter Cox as we explore Glencoe and The Isle of Sky in Scotland.  This is a ten day tour of some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in Scotland
Where will we be – Glencoe (famous for the massacre of the Clan MacDonald at the hands of Clan Campbell in 1692) is one is of the most magnificent areas of natural beauty in the whole of Britain. The mountains are built from some of the oldest sedimentary and volcanic strata in the world. It’s a picturesque and dramatic landscape that encapsulates why photographers are drawn to the Scottish Highlands – mountains, lochs, moorland and woodland are all waiting to be captured with our cameras. Skye is a wonderfully dramatic and picturesque island off the west coast of Scotland and has been voted ‘the 4th best island in the world’ by National Geographic magazine. It’s a place of extremes –
from the craggy outline of the Cuillin that dominate the landscape to the sheer cliffs and imposing headlands that descend down to peaceful bays & beaches. It’s changing weather patterns can crate wonderfully atmospheric lighting conditions for photography and given the right weather conditions Skye can be an ideal location for glorious sunrises and sunsets.
What is included –  Pretty much everything, except any gratuities and gifts you might want to purchase once you get to Scotland.  This is an ALL INCLUSIVE trip.  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as in country transportation,  The fee for a boat ride, and two professional guides/instructors.  And of course the promise of a ton of fun and LOTS of laughter!
What is not included – Airfare to and from Scotland.  Any extra nights before or after the tour.
How many – Due to van size, and, our desire to have just two, we will be limiting the groups to 10 participants.  Spouses are welcome, however, the price will be the same for a non-photographer as it is a photographer.
Tuition– For the first trip, April 20-29 $5,395 per person based on double occupancy.  The single supplement is $1,500. (This will give you and idea of the room cost!!).   With enough interest we will add a second trip with the dates of April 8-17, $5,595 based on double occupancy with a single supplement of $1,700.  Why the price difference?  For the first trip we had to use different more expensive hotels.
How do I sign up –  First send me an email to assure your spot!  Then, send your non-refundable deposit  (except where I can fill your spot from a wait list) of $1,000 to secure your spot. Why non-refundable?  Due to the limited availabliy of rooms, we are required to pay a deposit and then payment in full, 4 months prior to our arrival.  Again, I am happy to provide a FULL REFUND, if I can fill your spot.  Payable by check to the address below.  I am happy to accept PayPal or a credit card, however, I will need to add 3% to cover the fees.

The Palouse in Spring Splendor

May 25-30, 2019 – Sold OUT – Wait list


Limited to 12 participants

Join Steve Koppel and me as we explore one of the most beautiful places in our country, The Palouse.  This will by my 12th year leading a tour in this richly photogenic area. The Palouse is a dry farming area where much of our wheat and other grains are grown.

Our days will be spent photographing the landscape including beautiful barns, abandoned farms, windmills, farm equipment and retired work trucks, and other vehicles in various stages of decay. We’ll catch at least one sunrise and one sunset from atop Steptoe Butte, a 3,612 feet high butte that towers over the surrounding countryside affording a birds-eye view of the fields below. It’s an opportunity to use long lenses to capture stunning shots of the undulating landscape.

The Lush Palouse for Traditional and iPhone Photographers

with Rad Drew

June 24-29, 2019 – SOLD OUT! Wait list


Limited to 12 participants

After our successful tour last year, Rad and I are doing this one again!

Whether in spring or fall, photographing the Palouse is a rare treat. If it was just the clouds and rolling fields, that might be enough. But add to that the contoured tapestry of yellow canola fields, brown fallow fields and green wheat blowing in the breeze and it will take your breath away! Throw in a red barn under a dramatic sky and call the paramedics! 
Our days will be spent photographing the landscape including beautiful barns, abandoned farms, windmills, farm equipment and retired work trucks, and other vehicles in various stages of decay. We’ll catch at least one sunrise and one sunset from atop Steptoe Butte, a 3,612 feet high butte that towers over the surrounding countryside affording a birds-eye view of the fields below. It’s an opportunity to use long lenses to capture stunning shots of the undulating landscape.

The quality of the light is extraordinary and because it’s ever-changing in the way it illuminates the landscape, it creates unique challenges for photographers. Chasing the light can be fun, but it’s usually an act of futility because if you wait and watch, that great illumination will eventually return to grace your viewfinder again.
We’ll stop in small towns for lunch and breaks, and have the chance to do some street photography, western style. 

Faroe Islands with Cole Thompson

July 26 – August 6, 2019 – $5,995 – SOLD OUT!

Limited to 12 participants –

I am excited to be partnering with Cole Thompson for this once in a lifetime opportunity to witness and photograph the Faroe Islands.

Acadia Maine

October 8-13, 2019 – $1,695 – October 15-20, 2019 – $1,695

Limited to 12 participants – Will begin taking deposits in November of 2018

My friend Merrill has been making a pilgrimage to Acadia for many years.  It has become one of his favorite placed to photograph.  One day he suggested we do a workshop there together.  What a wonderful idea!  The rugged coastline of Maine is home to Acadia a place of intimate harbors, robust color, fog and boats.  We have a long “to be notified” list and will be taking deposits in October.  If you’d like a chance to come along, please send an email so you too will be notified early.  Due to the level of interest we have decided to do two back to back workshops!

New Zealand – with Josh Cripps

Sept 4-17, 2019 – Taking Deposits Now!

$7,495 Single Occupancy

Limited to 12 participants

On our last trip to New Zealand, we added a boat tour of Milford Sound and it was a highlight of the trip. This “extra experience” was so well received, we are making our 2019 NZ trip even better!!   We are adding a jaw-dropping scenic flight and one other BIG surprise that will leave you breathless. And, we are adding two extra nights to the tour to assure we bring you the best possible experience!  14 days, 13 nights and an experience of a lifetime.

What’s Included

• An incredible tour of some the most photogenic sights of the incomparable South Island of New Zealand
• Quality, professional, 1-on-1 photography instruction on par with your level as a photographer
• All transportation during the workshop
• 13 nights of comfortable, single occupancy lodging at 3.5- and 4-star hotels.  
• All Department of Conservation concession, entrance, and permit fees
• Water and delicious Kiwi snacks throughout the workshop
• A fun, positive, interactive learning environment
• Small group size of 12 photographers and two instructors!
• Memories of a lifetime

What’s Not Included

• International Airfare to New Zealand
• Domestic transport / airfare to Dunedin
• Meals, though the group often eats together throughout the workshop
• Personal items, souvenirs, passport/visa fees as applicable, and gratuities
• Trip insurance – highly recommended. 

Contemplative Photography Retreat – Molokai Hawaii

December 7-14, 2019

$3,695 (A discount of $150 applies when paying by check) – Will begin taking deposits in the Fall.

For much more detailed information on this special retreat either click the link at the top of the page under “SPECIAL EVENTS” or this link. The information for this years retreat will be found there.  It will be the same for our 2019 retreat.

DEPOSIT INFORMATION:  All 6+ day U.S Based workshops require a $500 deposit with the exception of the Hawaii Retreat and The Hideout. Foreign Tours require a non-refundable (unless we can fill your spot $1,000.00 deposit. The deposit information for Hawaii is in the details. All other workshops require a $100 deposit. Please email me for an address or PayPal information to send your deposit. I do not have a “Link” to click.  I like to interact with real people!

Cancellation Policy:   Unless otherwise stated in the tour/workshop description, a full refund will be given up to 90 days or more before the start date of the workshop. Thereafter only if I can fill your spot with another participant.

What is NOT INCLUDED – Unless otherwise noted, all workshops do not include lodging, food or transportation.  It is typical to ask participants to share a car to cut down on the amount of cars caravanning to the various locations.  Lodging is always secured by me at a discounted group rate.  Once you register, you will receive information about how to reserve and pay for your room from the block set aside for the workshop.

Custom Workshops & Inspirational Lectures

      • I  will do custom weekend events for photo clubs and groups who want to go to a specific area.  I am also available for private instruction.
      • I have three programs that I can do for photo clubs.  One is “Dream – Believe – Create,” another, “Discovery & The Creative Process” and another “Master Your Craft & Honor Your Vision”.  The programs are about an hour long.
      • If you have an interest in any of these services or need pricing and or more details, please send an email.

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