Petoskey, Michigan: July 2017

Expressive Photography

July 10 – 12, 2017


In this hands-on and inspiring workshop, the emphasis will be on connecting Ansel Adams’ approach and mastery with today’s tools and technologies, allowing you to better express your own photographic vision.

Under Alan’s guidance, students will explore how to evaluate the elements of a scene, translate the literal to the expressive, and use optics and exposure to best effect.

Visits to some of the area’s most visually stunning locations will provide inspiration and a range of photographic challenges, while demonstrations and friendly critique will lay the foundation for individual photographic advancement. Students will refine their skills and explore various techniques with Alan at their side to provide input and instruction specific to individual needs.

By the end of the workshop, students will have a better grasp of the tools, techniques and methodologies needed to respond to your vision with confidence.


What You’ll Learn

Among the important topics covered during the workshop:

  • How equipment choice impacts your final image
  • Choosing a lens and using it well
  • Optics and exposure
  • Filters—when and how to use them
  • Evaluating a scene and managing the details
  • Tonality
  • Translating what’s in front of you to what’s in your mind’s eye
  • Preparing the image for printing
  • Printing and presentation–bringing your vision to life on paper

By the end of the workshop, you will have the tools and methodology you need to respond to your vision with confidence.


This workshop is offered through Crooked Tree Arts Center. The fee is $650 for members, $690 for non-members, and there is an early bird discount through March 31.