Charleston Workshop, March 18-22, 2024

Charleston Workshop, March 18-22, 2024

Regular price $3,295.00 Sale


Total workshop fee: $3,295.

Download the workshop PDF for a complete description of the workshop, including suggested lodging info, what to bring, and more.

If you have additional questions about this workshop, send an email to Rick, who will be happy to help you out.


Charleston is the perfect place for a photo adventure. One of the most fun cities in the country, it has a rich, gourmet food scene, historic harbor and dramatic architecture. And, outside the city center, you’ll find lush islands and swamps filled with amazing wildlife.

In this small workshop, we’ll split time between exploring the city and touring the natural habitats on its outskirts. We’ll hone our street photography skills and spend sunset and blue hour in the city, and will work on wildlife and landscape photography in such beautiful locations as the Birds of Prey Center, Francis Beidler Forest, and Magnolia Swamp. And, because it is Charleston, we’ll dine in some of our favorite restaurants, enjoying good company and great food.

Throughout the workshop, we’ll have plenty of time to help you in your photographic journey. I’ll teach advanced techniques like panoramic mergers, focus blending, and time-lapse, and we’ll have discussions and demonstrations designed to help you capture birds in flight like a pro. And, if you find yourself drawn in a different direction from the rest of the group, you are always free to follow your own creative vision.

I’ll be joined on this workshop by my good friends David Archer and Rick LePage. David is a skilled photographer and musician who lives in Charleston, and he will be our guide to some of his favorite places in the area. Rick is my workshop assistant, and a great teacher and photographer in his own right. Their presence will give us a 4:1 student-teacher ratio, ensuring that you’ll have plenty of opportunity to get the help and direction that you need.

Course Schedule
This is a proposed itinerary for our Charleston workshop, and is subject to change based on weather, wildlife opportunities and group interest. We’ll do our best to have student image reviews and photo critiques on a daily basis, as well as some class time for post-processing demos, instruction and Q&A.

Day 1, Monday March 18:

  • Meet and greet
  • Discussion of Charleston as a photographic location
  • Student portfolio reviews 
  • Walking tour & sunset/night shoot in historic Charleston

Day 2, Tuesday, March 19:

  • Day trip to Audubon’s Francis Beidler Forest for wildlife & spectacular Cypress swamps
  • Focus stacking, HDR, pano demonstrations in the field
  • Image reviews  
  • Sunset at Magnolia Swamp to photograph nesting birds and alligators

Day 3, Wednesday, March 20:

  • Morning shoot at Magnolia Plantation Gardens
  • Lunch BBQ as a group
  • Image reviews  
  • Evening shoot in downtown Charleston

Day 4, Thursday, March 21:

  • Trip to Center for Birds of Prey
  • Image reviews  
  • Historic Magnolia Cemetery shoot and BBQ dinner

Day 5, Friday, March 22:

  • Sunrise shoot
  • Lunch on site
  • Final image reviews  
  • Sunset shoot of Charleston’s bridges and farewell dinner

Fees and Payment Terms
The Charleston workshop fee is $3,295; participants can secure a place with a $900 deposit. An invoice for the remaining balance will be sent approximately 90 days prior to the workshop. The balance must be paid in full 60 days prior to the workshop to hold your place.

All workshop payments are fully refundable less a 10% fee up to 60 days prior to the first day of the workshop. If you cancel anywhere from 59 to 30 days prior to the workshop, we will make every effort to find a replacement. If we can fill your spot, 90% of your workshop fee will be refunded; if we cannot find a replacement, we will refund 50% of your workshop fee. Any cancellation within 30 days is non-refundable.

Download the workshop PDF for a complete description of the workshop, including suggested lodging info, what to bring, and more.