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Workshops to resume subject to the pandemic.
Avoid the waitlist!
Call as soon as registration opens.

I'll show you how to create dynamic, artistic images through in-class instruction and photowalks in historic sites that are among the National Parks best-kept secrets.

Point-and-shoot cameras and professional DSLRs are welcome, but The Art of Phoneography workshops are designed for the "best" camera - the smartphone that is always in your pocket. 

Seeing and creating a photograph is different than looking and taking a snapshot. You will learn the same basic principles I use to create the artistic images in my book Weir Farm National Historic Site (Arcadia Publishing). The aim is to have fun experimenting while minimizing the technical know-how that often hinders creativity.

Just bring your fully-charged smartphone (any brand is fine) or camera with plenty of available storage space for the new photos that you'll be creating. A portable USB phone charger or spare battery is helpful. Comfortable walking shoes or boots are suggested along with some snacks and sunscreen.

If you have any questions, contact me or my Studio Manager, Linda - or check the bottom right to see if I'm available to chat.


This event is rescheduled in its entirety for 2022.

Learn from me at this leading gathering of photographers


University of Massachusetts Amherst
1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, Massachusetts 01003
Info/Registration | Directions | My NECCC Page

Friday, July 15, 2022 | 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Saturday, July 16, 2022
| 8:30 am to 8:15 pm
Sunday, July 17, 2022
| 7:00 am to 11:30 am

Open to all photographers from beginners to pros. Over 65 programs to choose from.

  • The Art of Phoneography
    Date and time being scheduled

    I was invited to make my popular workshop available to the 800-1,000 expected attendees at this 75th conference. More info from NECCC website.

  • Unseen Beauty Along the New England Trail
    Date and time being scheduled

    I was also asked to make this special presentation. Smartphones and social media make it difficult to discover locations that have not been photographed to death. So I’ll reveal the incredible views along the New England Trail, which is still a relatively secret photo destination. I’ll show you some key locations, I'll tell you about a little-known cabin that is essentially free of charge, and I'll also explain how to best prepare.
    More info from NECCC website.

  • Photowalk
    Saturday, July 16, 2022 | 7:00 am to 8:00 am

    Bring your smartphone and spend some quality time with me creating artistic images and getting your questions answered. More info from NECCC website.

"Thank you for continuing our class outside the classroom. What a huge bonus!"
  Betsy Goodenough
Ridgefield, Connecticut

Photograph George Washington's Headquarters!

30 Washington Place, Morristown, New Jersey  07960
Park's website | Directions | Workshop Photos

Saturday, July 11, 2020 | 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Saturday, October 3, 2020 | 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

The workshop is free, but space is very limited.
Register with the park at (973) 539-2016 ext. 204
Registration is not yet open.

In-class instruction will take place at America's first historical park to be followed by an exclusive tour of George Washington's Headquarters (the Ford Mansion). Security alarms will be disabled so that my group will have unprecedented access.

Photograph the rooms that housed Washington, his wife Martha, Alexander Hamilton, Marquis de Lafayette, Philip Schuyler, and Benedict Arnold during the winter of 1779-80.


"It was really eye-opening!  I do photography as a hobby but you showed me how I can take the thing I love and make it a career!"
  Joanna Catalano
Morristown, New Jersey

Photograph the Landscape that Inspired Masterpieces!

735 Nod Hill Road, Wilton, Connecticut 06897
Park's website | Directions | Workshop Photos

Dates are being scheduled.

The workshop is free, but space is very limited.
Register with the park at (203) 834-1896 ext. 28
Registration is not yet open.

In-class instruction will take place in a cozy barn at Connecticut's first National Park, which is commemorated on the 2020 U.S. quarter.

A photowalk will trace the steps of Julian Alden Weir (1852–1919) - a leading innovator of American Impressionist painting - to discover the iconic landscape, historic buildings, and gardens that inspired countless world class masterpieces.



"Outstanding!! Informative and inspiring. This workshop will become part of our every day life. Looking in new informed and creative ways."

  Michael Kaplan
Ridgefield, Connecticut

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