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Slot Canyons Workshop 2016
The Slot Canyon workshop I attended was well planned, communicated and executed from start-to-finish. The site locations provided for many opportunities to capture some great images. David’s personal attention to the group was excellent. I would attend another workshop and also recommend it to others who are looking for a great experience.
Private Death Valley Tour 2017
One of the things I admire about David so much is that his success does not go to his head. At no point is there ever a moment where you feel some elitist attitude. David would regularly walk around and see what my wife and I were up to, offer suggestions, and help us with any problems we were having. I always like to ask what other photographers might be thinking, or looking for, when they approach a scene so that I can learn to see things in multiple ways.
Ice Lakes Basin Workshop 2016
What a wonderful trip to Ice Lakes Basin! David helped plan the trip with several helpful emails ahead of time. Responses to questions were quick and helpful too. On the hike itself, he lead the way while Jennifer brought up the rear making sure we all stayed together as a group. On reaching the campsite, David walked around helping each of us pick out sites for our tents and lending a helping hand setting up tents. I didn’t acclimatize to the altitude very well and both David and Jennifer stayed extremely patient with me because I obviously was not feeling well or thinking clearly. Both of them helped me through my fog and helped me understand what makes good composition in certain situations - and sometimes the necessary tradeoffs to make a certain situation work. I also found it very helpful to watch them scout out a location and see how they worked a location to make something out of it.
Colorado Fall 2015
Over the last two years, it has been my great pleasure to participate in several of David’s photography trips. I’ve been to the Tetons for night photography, the San Juan’s for fall colors, Whitepocket/Paria Canyon/Buckskin Gulch with car camping and, most recently, a backpacking trip to Blue Lakes, Colorado. If I had the time and opportunity, I would, easily, work with David once a month. Should anyone have any interest in photography in the West, I can recommend him with no reservations whatsoever.
What I most admire and appreciate about David is his thorough and thoughtful preparation. When we met in the Tetons, he’d already spent weeks in the area on his own exploring and hiking and scouting locations for night photography. Similarly, he’d already backpacked into Blue Lakes before we went with him. He knew what to expect and where and when to look for the best opportunities in that location at that time of the year. The same was true of the trips to the San Juans and the Whitepocket area.
I’ve observed David work comfortably with other members of these tours providing both technical ideas regarding capturing an image as well as aesthetic suggestions to others for their images. During the daytime in the Tetons and the San Juans, that is, those locations where we had electricity and roofs over our heads, he presented his approach to post processing in Lightroom and Photoshop that offered me ideas I’d never considered before. It is easy for me to imagine going to a post processing workshop for nature photography with David for several days. I would jump at the chance to learn just that part of the photography experience.
I hope to be able to join him on his trip to Zion National Park in the fall and would be thrilled to go to Death Valley with him, though my schedule probably won’t allow it for over a year. He’s spent a lot of time in Death Valley and found locations that are not likely to be on more usual tours there. I’ve truly admired his work from Death Valley.
Lastly, David is a good cook. He prepared three dinners from scratch each evening on the Whitepocket/Paria Canyon/Buckskin Gulch trip. His pork chops with sweet potatoes and apple chutney was a memorable meal. One I’d be happy to have again, camping or at home.
If you are thinking about a photography trip in the West, it’s hard for me to imagine anyone could offer more than David.
Ice Lakes Basin 2016
David is not only very passionate and knowledgable about landscape photography, but you can tell that he does his research and plans in advance to maximize the best of what an area has to offer. On our backpacking trip, he scouted out our campsite and the best places to photograph within reach of our basecamp a few days in advance of the trip, so that we can be in the right place at the right time.
David is an extremely talented photographer so I knew I was learning from a professional. He picks the best locations, helps with composition and in-the-field techniques. Learning David’s processing workflow was very valuable and will help me refine my own process to create better images.
Private Night Workshop Rocky Mountain National Park
Anyone can host a class to talk about photography skills, but only a few can actually teach. David does both very well. His extensive knowledge allowed him to handle just about any question I threw at him. I really appreciated being able to explore a little while we were on location instead of it being like a tour not deviating from the purpose.
The best part about David’s class is that he is very patient and in no way arrogant. No matter how insignificant my question seemed to me he was always courteous and helpful in his responses. His scouting was top notch. Every stop was amazing.
One last thing that really stood out was that even after the class was done, days after, he still would help me with little items on processing. He could have simply ignored me, but he took his time to drop tidbits of info here and there. Very much appreciated.
I would definitely do another class to learn more.
Colorado Fall Colors Workshop 2017
Thank you so much for the wonderful experience I had in Colorado last week!! I’ve done quite a few photography workshops over many years and working with David and Jennifer in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado was truly a pleasure. The chosen locations included both the iconic photos as well as back road locations for a more intimate experience. We had some long days with sunrise and sunset shoots but we all had a great time. Your attention to detail, generosity and well planned itinerary all contributed to a photo workshop experience that was not only great fun but resulted in some potentially great photos. I wish I could give you some constructive criticism but I can’t because I enjoyed it all. Take care and thank you both for all that you did to insure we got great photos and had a memorable experience. Loved the chocolate chip cookies!
Colorado Fall Colors Workshop 2016
David and Jennifer were excellent teachers, they focused their attention on the students not on shooting their own photos which most other workshop leaders do based on my experience. They were very organized and did their research in advance so we were at all the best locations for sunrise/sunset. I also liked the small class size which was more intimate, made it easier for logistics and prevented conflict between participants which is common with larger groups. I highly recommend David and Jennifer and plan to take more workshops with them in the future.
Colorado Fall Colors Workshop 2017
David & Jennifer, your 2017 Ridgway Colorado workshop was exceptional. You exceeded all of my expectations and I could not have had a better time! Your knowledge of the area and willingness to chase the best scenes for your clients was commendable. In a challenging Autumn color year you still provided us with exceptional sites to shoot. Your teaching styles and personalities are complimentary and both of you were patient, exceptionally knowledgeable and also accommodating to the various personalities of the group. It was very nice to see how you made beginner and advanced photographers comfortable. I can’t thank enough and I’m looking forward to attending future workshops.
Grand Staircase-Escalante Workshop 2017
The 2017 Slot Canyon workshop I attended with David and Jennifer was incredible! I’m a fairly type A New York surgeon - I wanted a rigorous learning experience “in the field” to take my amateur skills to the next level. With the time and effort to fly cross-country, I wasn’t looking for a vacation with roadside photo-ops. (I also have a Fuji X-T2 so David’s familiarity with Fuji was an additional factor for me)
David and Jennifer are thoughtful teachers and kind people. This starts with their preparation - they had scouted locations, considered the weather, and anticipated lighting/night sky conditions. During the workshop, they were completely focused on instructing us without taking any pictures of their own - we basically had 1on 1 instruction, and they patiently answered my many questions with precise practical answers. During my ridiculously long years of medical training, I’ve seen that poor teachers make simple concepts unnecessarily complex (perhaps out of their own ego) and that gifted teachers make complex concepts elegantly simple (perhaps out of humility and a joy in sharing what they love) – David and Jennifer are in the latter category. This was most apparent for night photography, an area where David is an innovator and master –he was gracious in sharing his knowledge, and it opened up a world of photography I never thought I’d be a part of. Obviously, any group workshop will have people at varying levels – they did a great job of tailoring the experience to each person so we’d all learn as much as possible.
Lastly and most importantly, above their exceptional qualities as photographers and communicators, David and Jennifer are good souls – calm in temperament, secure in identity, generous in spirit, all around great to be with – they truly put their students’ interest ahead of themselves, and others’ growth brings them happiness. It would bring me joy to see the Exploring Exposure workshops have continued success…leaving one slot for me of course!
Colorado Fall Colors Workshop 2015
David is exceptionally knowledgeable; he will take you to the right places at the right time, and that is probably the most important factor in photography. He is also one of the nicest persons. He also provides transportation during the workshop which is great; it’s nice not having to drive everywhere myself. Thank you!
Great course. David is a laid back guy. Easy to talk to and approach. He is very helpful and will show you things about your camera if you do not know. Knows his subject very well. Would not hesitate to take another course from him and I hope to do this soon.
Slot Canyons 2016
David’s workshops provide a complete learning experience from the why’s and when’s of a particular photo location to suggestions on how to photograph it and finally the post-processing to maximize the entire experience. This is especially valuable for the photographer who wants to improve his or her skill level and who might have “plateaued” along the way.. David is a skilled photographer who has the teaching ability to bring it all together for a photographer interested in improving all skills from capture to processing. The research he puts in to provide excellent locations is outstanding.
Colorado Fall Colors Workshop 2017
In previous years, I attended several Fall Color workshops led by other leaders. This workshop was the best of all of them. David and Jennifer thoroughly researches, finds, and scouts good photographic venues. They visit them again the week before the scheduled workshop to determine which venues the color will be at its peak during the workshop. Then they adjust the schedule as necessary. During the workshops, we had the opportunity to photograph a wide variety of scenes. David and Jennifer were always very helpful to all of the workshop participants. They made sure we got the opportunity to take great photos and, when necessary, that we got the support we needed to do so correctly. I know everyone learned a lot.
Death Valley Backcountry Workshop 2017
If you are looking for a unique and rewarding photo workshop David’s workshops are perfect for you. David went out of his way to find great shooting locations. There was plenty of time to scout out shots and David was always available to answer questions and give input he clearly put his clients first. He had really great knowledge and experience of the area which is key for a great workshop. I am looking forward to going out on another Exploring Exposure workshop.
Death Valley Workshop 2015
I cannot say enough good things about my experience in Death Valley with David shooting landscapes. From day one I was reminded that, in addition to all the technical details, it is really all about being at the right place at the right time. It was obvious to me that David had spent a great deal of time in the field researching location and timing. It paid off in a big way as our class was exposed to some really wonderful moments of place and light that bordered on magical. I also learned that getting to that magical moment isn’t always easy. It may require getting up at 3:00 in the morning, driving on dirt roads for an hour or more and setting up in the cold and dark, to be at that special place at sunrise. But the rewards are there and the experiences will remain with me for a lifetime.
Death Valley 2015
This is the second workshop that I attend under David’s leadership and it was a fantastic experience. I highly recommend taking another class with David as an alum because the perspective is completely different. David’s went above and beyond his duties when he climbed down a steep hill in the dark to retrieve my Canon 70-200 2.8 IS Lens when it rolled down the hill. He retrieved the lens and lucky, it was not damaged. Thank you very much, David I am very grateful.