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After having received more than a hundred inquiries and requests to renew my workshop series since I last offered events in 2016, I’m pleased to offer the following late-2021 workshop events!

At this time, I’m offering only outdoor Field Workshop sessions (no classroom or studio workshops). We’ll employ strong social distancing and safety protocols vis-a-vis the Covid-19 pandemic.

NEW! I’m also now offering one-on-one workshops – i.e., individual instruction. This is a format for which I received many requests over the years, but never previously implemented. Starting now in fall 2021, I’ve launched availability of one-on-one workshop sessions.

Whether you’re new to Peterson Photo Workshops, or participated in one or more in prior years, here are some fun photo workshops coming up quickly!

Fall 2021 Workshop Calendar

October 16, 2021 – Midwest Autumn Color
Location: Ledges State Park (near Madrid, Iowa).
Start: 6:30am set-up for sunrise / Concludes: 3:30pm
One-Day field nature photography workshop
Main Topics: Landscape, macro, nature “portraits” emphasizing the capture of the beautiful colors of autumn splendor. This workshop is scheduled to coincide with peak color at one of the most beautiful fall color locations in Iowa.

November 20, 2021 – The Textures of Autumn – Artistry in Nature
Location: Palisades-Kepler State Park (between Cedar Rapids and Mt. Vernon, Iowa).
Start: 8:00am / Concludes 5:00pm
One-Day field nature photography workshop
Main Topics: Creation of visually-stunning photographic art emphasizing the textures and patterns of nature, by learning to see creatively and developing compelling compositions. We’ll employ landscape, macro, and creative techniques, deeply exploring composition and image design, creative exposure, and mood.

NEW! Custom Scheduling  One-on-One Workshop Experiences
Customized individual instruction based on the participant’s photographic area of interest.
Availability weekdays and weekends. Location dependent on subject/topic.
Half-Day and Full-Day options. Base tuition covers fully customized instruction and handouts. Associated costs for location/admission fees, models, stylists, other enhancements added to base tuition.

2022 Field Workshop Calendar

The 2022 Calendar will be announced at the end of December.
Potential topics to include:
– Spring Woodland Wildflower – macro photography workshop
– The Urban Portrait – location portraiture techniques in urban environments
– Portraits in Nature – location portraiture techniques in a natural setting
– The Summer Prairie – landscape and macro photography workshop (new locations for 2022!)
– Autumn Color
– Patterns in Nature – seeing and artistically capturing the beautiful patterns found in wild locations
– Studio Portrait Lighting (if we get past the pandemic I’ll add this indoor session)
– At least one Photo Tour, possibly two – destination(s) TBA
– Additional workshops (titles to be announced) centered around creative techniques rather than content  – details forthcoming.
– Free pop-up photo walks! More details to be announced soon.

Thanks for your interest in Peterson Photo Workshops.