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Jack Graham Photography Workshop Overview

Jack Graham Photography Workshops

  Learn to See                      Learn to Think                   Learn to Create


I've been conducting photography workshops throughout the United States and Internationally for over 23 years.

I am a full time photographer/workshop leader. This IS my job. I am not a part timer. My future is dependent on success and having happy customers. Many of my attendees have become good friends.

My primary goal is to offer quality workshops and deliver what I promise ... to help each participant develop and enhance his / her artistic ability. We concentrate on photographic technique,composition, learning to see and developing your vision. Personal attention as well as group discussions allow everyone to participate and work intensely at his/her own speed. We do this in some of the most magnificent locations on the planet. I am here to teach - not to photograph.

Choosing the right workshop these days can be frustrating. There are so many folks out there that think conducting a workshop is an easy way to make a living, and at the same time getting to go to some great areas to take photographs. This is far from being truthful. The reality is running successful workshops, while a lot of fun as well as rewarding, is not as easy as it seems. Please have a quick read through this article I have posted on my blog. It answers a lot of questions and may help you make your decisions.

All workshop on Federal land ( including National Parks etc.) and in full compliance with the Park Service. All permits are filed. Believe it or not, not every workshop leader follows these requirements.

Some referrals can be read here, others are available upon request

Workshop FAQ's are found here.  Pretty much every question you may have should be answered here. If you have others please email me at or call my office at 503-625-1430.

Additionally, I am certified and current in Wilderness First Aid (WFA) by the American Red Cross and NOLS ( Wilderness Medicine Institute)



Workshops have successfully mixed everyone from beginner to professional. Your level of enthusiasm for photography and the natural world is far more important than your level of expertise. I do ask that you are in reasonably good health and enjoy the companionship of small groups.

Reasons to attend a workshop would be:

  • You would like a lot of individual instruction (small groups, 6-7 attendees per instructor)
  • You are interested in visiting a particular location with someone who knows the best times to photograph it
  • You would like to rekindle your interest in photography
  • You would like to photograph with other photographers
  • You would like to spend time in a beautiful location as a stress reliever from everyday life

Workshops offer a wide variety of formats to meet the interests of photographers of all levels.  These workshops combine an intense learning experience with the joy of nature photography.

I can promise you'll find my workshop all of the above and more. In today's competitive photography workshop business, it's how you separate yourself from the pack. I work real hard to do just that.

Yes,our workshop "officially" ends on the the final day of the event, however in a way it never ends. I encourage my attendees to keep in touch with me and let me know how I can help. I offer my attendees time to review images via the phone and Internet on an ongoing basis. My goal is to keep you, my friends and workshop attendees, happy and in the mindset to continually improve your photography.... just like I do everyday.


We see with both our inner emotion as well as our eyes. When we use both we have the potential to make a powerful image.
Every image should tell a story and convey emotion. In the field we stress slowing down, defining the subject and deciding how to tell the story using your camera. Equally important is using your eyes and inner vision to make quality images.  We will work on “seeing” images that often get overlooked or passed up using the environment to aid in creating artistic imagery. We will discuss the need for foregrounds, leading lines and or patterns and how to handle these in different ways. We will stress simplicity and use all aspects, including depth of field, proper exposure, filter usage and more to improve your overall photography. All this and more will help you become a better “thinking” photographer at the same time as making it possible for you to return home with some wonderful images all in unforgettable locations.
The following (and not in any order) are just some of the many things we will be working on during our time together:
  1. Improving your technical and visionary photographic skills within these “hands-on” workshops
  2. Developing your skills in finding, seeing and then creating your image.
  3. Making images that quickly allow the viewer to define the subject and want to take time viewing in order to enjoy and understand the story you are trying to convey
  4. Working the scene and area, not just making a photograph and moving to the next possible location
  5. Composition, exposure and other essential elements needed to make a great photograph and to bring out the story within the image
  6. Other techniques including, learning about when or when not to use strong tonalities, negative space, balance, framing, and bringing out your personal vision and eliminating any flaws that will negatively affect your images
  7. Choosing the right focal length (lens) to convey your story
  8.  Learning to think about how you want your image to look while in the field, not after the fact
  9.  How to make panoramas and long exposures and how to use focus stacking, HDR effectively
  10.  Basic processing, workflow, how to use available programs such as Adobe, as well as other software (NIK software etc.)
We make time to review our images as well as have some informative photographic presentations during our time together. We do this all in an informal classroom setting.
As with all our workshops, this is primarily a field workshop. However, it is critical, as well as being very informative, to take time to review your work, and discuss important aspects of making quality photographs.
There is NO need to take field notes. Everything (and more) we talk about in the field is covered in the WORKSHOP SYLLABUS. Your password (this document is located in the cloud) is sent to registered workshop attendees prior to the workshop.  The syllabus is updated about 3 times per year. The password will never change. Use this for an ongoing reference as needed….it’s now yours!     

Basic knowledge of your camera functions, as well as some understanding of the relationship between aperture, shutter speed and ISO is helpful. Attendees range from beginners to advanced amateurs. We have even had other professional full time photographers on workshops. Attendees skill level ranges from the beginner on up. Don’t think you might not be qualified to come on a workshop like ours. It is those who think they don’t need the education that remain at the level they are.



If you are interested in participating in a photo workshop, please download and fill out the required forms for workshop participants: 


(They are located in the lower, far-left column)

As in all Jack Graham Photography Workshops, more detailed information will be provided to all registered workshop attendees about 3 weeks before the start of the workshop.

DEPOSITS:   Please see the Registration Forms for Deposit information




Photographing the big horn sheep
in Wyoming
© Jack Graham

© Jack Graham

Climbing down into Antelope Canyon
Southwestern US
© Jack Graham

I have rather simple guidelines that I follow:

  • Workshops are rather small in size for maximum individual attention. If there are more than 7-8 attendees I hire another qualified instructor  in order to keep the attendee to leader ratio acceptable.
  • Workshops are for all types of photography: digital, film, even more basic point & shoot photographers (I’ve even had some folks with movie cameras!)
  • Explanations and examples are given throughout the workshop. I am always available for problem solving.
  • Follow up critiques either during the workshop or later via email or telephone are available and always encouraged.
  • Workshops are held in areas that provide scenic grandeur to provide inspiration and challenge.
  • All participants receive my 80+ page "Workshop Field Notes" PDF file that recaps all we discuss in the field. This document is in the cloud . It's yours forever (I update it a few times a year). Your password will be sent prior to the workshop.

The atmosphere is my workshops are informal but serious. These are creative working sessions. Our emphasis is on your photography, not ours.

Programs vary, but most are planned to spend the maximum amount of time in the field. The hours are long. The day can be tiring, but the results will be rewarding. Classroom time is provided for image review and discussions regarding many aspects of photography.


Thank you for considering a Jack Graham Photography Workshop!!!!


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