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After one of my workshops, I had a woman tell me that she learned a lot and enjoyed the weekend. She was a veteran of workshops, both in-person and online ones. “There are lots of good photographers,” she said, “But most aren’t good teachers. You are a good teacher.” That made me feel pretty good. I work hard to share the knowledge I have gained over the years from experience and other photographers. When teaching in the field I have a good feel when to let photographers have the space to explore and when they need me watching closely and offering tips and suggestions. I mix a combination of interesting exercises that stress important points with real-world shoots that will fill photographer’s portfolios. I am a big believer that getting away from all of life’s distraction and spending time concentrating is important in our lives. Whether it is one day, one weekend, or a week or two, spending time with other photographers, focusing on learning and shooting, is extremely rewarding. And my workshops don’t end when we all go home. I’m always available via email for help, tips or motivation. I hope you will join me for a fun and exciting getaway.

What others are saying

– You know when to push, when to pull and when to back off.

I truly enjoyed your “folksy” presentation style. I’m sure none of the participants felt intimidated.

I walked away with so many AH-HA moments and things start to click so much that I can’t wait for another snowfall (although Spring flowers would be preferred) to practice with my camera. THANK YOU is so lacking but the best I can do for now.

Excellent class taught by great instructor. Great material with good practical experiences and examples. Thanks again Loren. It was really worth it.

I enjoyed the small group and individualized attention.

I have taken many seminars over the past year and have found yours to be amongst the best. Look forward to more in the future.

I picked so many tips and went home and tried them. I saw some improvement, so I am very happy.

Nov. 4
Get to Know Your Camera free seminar
Somerville, NJ

In this free two hour seminar you’ll get to know your camera better. Today’s cameras are loaded with lots of extras that really only add confusion and complication. Professional photographer Loren Fisher will help you understand what you need to focus on and what you can ignore. Loren will show you how to make proper exposures using the Exposure Triangle of ISO, shutter speed and aperture. It sounds complicated but Loren has simplified it and using his handout you will come away with new confidence in your ability to get consistent results. You will have a better understanding of the settings on your camera and which file size setting to use. It will be a fun evening and you will come away inspired and ready to use your camera more.

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Nov. 18
Getting the Most out of Lightroom Workshop
Somerville, NJ

There are plenty of tutorials, videos and books out there that will show you how every little detail of Lightroom works. They’ll show you how to get photos imported into Lightroom and show you how to use all the sliders, but they don’t tell you why or when you should be using Lightroom’s powerful controls to get the most out of your photos. I’ll show you not only what the modules do, but the why’s and why not’s, no matter if you are making prints, posting on the Internet or sending photos off for publication. I’ll show you time-saving techniques that will help you find your images and export them quicker and looking better.

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Nov. 19
Macro Photography Workshop
Somerville, NJ

I’ll start off showing you examples and talk about the tricks and methods I use to really get great close-up photos. We’ll talk about lighting, lenses and shooting angles. I’ll give you some things to try and warnings of what hasn’t worked for me. We’ll talk about equipment like the difference between 50mm, 100mm and 200mm macro lenses, extension tubes and how they work, macro focus rails and focus stacking. I’ll have five macro studios set up in my office, complete with lighting and fun things to shoot like oil in water, funky refractions and bubbles so you’ll have an opportunity to shoot your own photos from many different perspectives. Read More…

Feb. 2-4, 2018

Vermont Winter Wonderland Photography Workshop
Woodstock, VT

I think winter is the most beautiful time of year to be a photographer. I love seeing the simplicity created by a heavy blanket of snow and photographing the clean lines and the pureness of the countryside that only appears in winter. I have spent years driving the backroads of Vermont finding great locations for winter photos and now I will share them with you. Join me for this unique photographic experience as you learn the tricks and techniques involved in capturing those special winter scenes. You will learn how to get proper exposures in the snow, which is one of the hardest conditions to get the right exposure. Once you learn how to photograph on a sunny day in the snow, you’ll never have trouble getting the perfect exposure again.

March 9-16, 2018
Iceland Photography Workshop and Tour
Reykjavik, Iceland

In eight memorable days we will chase the northern lights, explore incredible ice caves, visit the spectacular lagoon at Jokulsarlon, shoot fabulous waterfalls and much more.

March is a great time of year to visit Iceland, the aurora is still glowing in the northern sky, the temperature is about the same as New York City, the short days are long gone, the ice caves are spectacular and the waterfalls are flowing. Plus most tourists wait until summer!

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June 2-6, 2018
Acadia National Park Photography Workshop
Bar Harbor, Maine

Acadia National Park in Maine is a special place, the unique rocky shore, Cadillac Mountain, pristine ponds, old buggy trails and beauty everywhere you look. It is a favorite place for photographers and tourists, so we’ll go before the summer crowds arrive.

Join professional photographer Loren Fisher, who will be accompanied by New England photographer Lisa Lacasse, and explore the rocky coastlines, marsh grasses, harbors and the incredible town of Bar Harbor. Read More…

Oct. 8-12, 2018
Vermont Fall Foliage photography workshop
Woodstock, Vt.

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You will have the opportunity to visit and photograph beautiful farms, a classic Vermont village and a private 600 acre homestead with ponds, flora and an amazing mountain-top view. We will photograph covered bridges, breathtaking scenery and enjoy a true small-town community pancake breakfast.

Our pros will share with you their thought process, how they plan a shot and how they edit. The schedule will be flexible so we will shoot in the best locations at the right times. Two to three hours each day will be spent in the classroom.

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Previous workshops

Aug.  16-21, 2017
Total Solar Eclipse in Oregon Photography Workshop
Madras, OR

NASAeclipse12There hasn’t been a total eclipse of the sun go across the U.S. in 35 years, so this is our chance to photograph this awe inspiring event. After much research, I determined the location that is most likely to have clear skies is the high desert of eastern Oregon. So we’ll make this workshop the ultimate Oregon experience culminating with photographing the eclipse. We’ll start in Portland, spend a couple of days on the coast photograph the unique beauty The we move inland to photograph some the country’s largest waterfalls and experience the high desert that is like few places on earth.

 

The Culture and Color of Guatemala
Antigua, Guatemala

THThere are few countries left in the world where people live their historic culture, where they wear the traditional clothing of their ancestors on a daily basis and not just on special occasions. Guatemala is such a place. Guatemala is a living culture, full of people enjoying their colorful environment and traditions dating back to their Mayan ancestors and the colonial period. Join Loren as he teams up with Guatemalan photographer Edgar Monzon.

 

Discovering the Light of Tuscany
Tuscany, Italy

Cloudy_Day_In_TuscanyA photography tour and photo workshop in Tuscany, Italy, what could be better? The light is famous, the scenes are incredible, the food and wine are, well, beyond words. Plus you’ll be with two top professional photographers – Ron Lake and Loren Fisher.

I am teaming with Ron who has traipsing the back roads of Tuscany for years, finding spectacular locations that make memorable photographs. Ron has created an itinerary that will take us to those special hidden places as well as iconic scenes that you can picture in your mind when you think of Tuscany.

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The Beauty of Provence
Provence, France

Abbaye De Senanque

Working with fellow pro photographer Ron Lake, we will explore the beauty of the Provence area of France at the height of the lavender season. Not only will we photograph incredible fields of lavender, we will visit historic medieval towns, gorgeous countrysides, coastal towns and the famous Nice. Ron has been photographing the region for years and will lead us to little known sites to make unique photos and through villages with amazing views.


Building a Strong Foundation Photography Workshop 
Somerville, NJ

There are some essential skills that you must master before you will get consistently good photographs every time you go out to shoot. In this seminar, I will help you create a strong foundation from which you’ll be able to get the shots you want and enjoy taking pictures even more. I will help you understand all the elements of your camera, what you can control on your camera, which settings you should use and which ones are just there creating confusion.

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Advanced Lightroom

This three-hour advanced Lightroom class is for photographers who have some experience with Lightroom but seek to improve their images and workflow. You may know the basics of Lightroom but know there is still more that you can get from Lightroom. I’ll show you insights into advanced image processing that will make your photos like they were made by a professional. You’ll learn how to visualize how photos can be improved, even while you are taking the shot, which is where it all begins.

Expanding Your Vision Photography Workshop

There is an art to seeing and making good photographs – it is about being able to go beyond the first thing we see and push ourselves to look harder, keep our minds open and see things we don’t notice at first. Many times we need to eliminate the clutter, both in our minds and our photos. We need to get down to visual basics and really examine what we are seeing, then we can expand our vision. That is what this workshop is about. We are going to take to the streets and learn to see.

 

Black & White Photography Workshop

BW-0675-2Consistently making a beautiful Black & White photo requires more than just clicking a button in your computer or making a menu selection in your camera. It is a thought process from inception to output of your final image.

In this eight hour workshop you will learn how to adjust your perception and learn how to visualize a monochrome scene.

 

Beyond the Basics Photography Workshop

LF5S6415You have a good feel for the basics of photography, you know all about aperture, shutter speed and depth of field, but you still don’t always come back with photos of what you saw. In this workshop we will go beyond the basics and explore how top photographers get consistent results. You’ll learn how to visualize photos before you click the shutter and how to look beyond what you initially see and get photos that are beyond the obvious.

 

Night Photography Workshop

7564Taking photos during the day is fun, but some dramatic photos can be made right after the sun has gone down and into the night. Join professional photographer Loren Fisher as we explore photography in the dark – or what you thought was dark. You’ll be surprised to learn how much light is in the sky well after sunset and Loren will show you how to make the sky look great, even if it is cloudy, and how the light on buildings looks different as darkness settles in. We will start with a “classroom” session and then head out and you’ll make pictures in fun Somerville locations. You’ll learn the tricks to getting great photos right after sunset, during the “blue hour” and then once the sky is completely dark.

Composition and Light Photography Workshop

This photography workshop will give you an advanced look at composition and seeing light. Once you feel comfortable with the Exposure Triangle and getting good exposures with your camera, the next big step is composition and using existing light to your advantage. When you really think about it, getting good photos is mostly about practicing good composition and harnessing the light. Learning composition is the most important thing you can do to make photos with the wow factor. Knowing the rules and when to break them is key to being a good photographer.