location workshops

2015 

visual artistry photography workshops 

with Tony Sweet and Susan Milestone

Our goal is to get you to the right place at the right time and help you capture the images you envision
Contact Susan to register or with any questions. When registering, please include your name, address, phone number and the workshop you’d like to sign up for.

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General workshop information, Cancellation Policy, Discount info
Tony’s gear

Purchase gift certificates for workshops, software training, private instruction and personal photo critiques (call or e-mail Susan to order or for more information).

In our workshops you will learn:
Compelling composition
To see creatively
Long exposures
HDR
Infrared
Multiple Exposures and Image overlays
Creative texture overlays
Tips, tricks, and pro processing techniques
Nik Software
Topaz Software
OnOne Software
AlienSkin Software
Special Efex (in camera and in software)
iPhone photography and apps
NOTE: All of the aforementioned topics are covered in greater depth in our Digital Edge Workshops

In our workshops you will receive:
Top priority attention in the field and in the classroom.

Daily critique sessions
Extensive lecture notes

 

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2015 Visual Artistry Photo Workshops and Tours

March 29 to April 2, 2015: Charleston, SC

$1250, limit 10

e-mail Susan to register


Charleston workshop image gallery

A fantastic spring venue, Charleston is a magnificent historic city, with numerous user-friendly photo venues. During this workshop, you’ll photograph Magnolia Plantation, where explosions of colorful flowers, huge oak trees draped with moss, and bald cyprus swamps signal the beginning of spring time; historic Charleston architecture; famous White Point Park, brimming with azaleas; the Charleston waterfront, Folly beach, and more. After teaching here for 15 years, we know exactly where to go and when to go there to maximize your image making potential. 

April 5-9, 2015: Charleston, SC
Digital Edge workshop with Tony

$1775, limit 5

FULL – put your name on our waiting list


Charleston Digital Edge image gallery

For this special event, the number of participants is capped at five, to ensure maximum personal attention both in the field and classroom. In addition to shooting every day using DSLRs and mobile phones utilizing various creative techniques, we will also spend several hours in the classroom learning essential and creative use of software plugins on images you’ve shot earlier. During these daily critique sessions, we will work on those images using Photoshop with Nik Software plug-ins, Alien Skin, Topaz, Nik HDR Efex Pro, Perfect Photo Suite 7, and Photomatix HDR software. There will also be ample individual help with RAW processing and demonstrations of workflow. At each shooting location, we will discuss how to “shoot for the software” and pre-visualize the final results, which may not be readily apparent when viewing a scene.

 

April 19-23, 2015: Great Smoky Mountains, TN
Digital Edge workshop with Tony

$1775, limit 5

e-mail Susan to register


Smokies Digital Edge image gallery

For this special event, the number of participants is capped at five, to ensure maximum personal attention both in the field and classroom. In addition to shooting every day using DSLRs and mobile phones utilizing various creative techniques, we will also spend several hours in the classroom learning essential and creative use of software plugins on images you’ve shot earlier. During these daily critique sessions, we will work on those images using Photoshop with Nik Software plug-ins, Alien Skin, Topaz, Nik HDR Efex Pro, Perfect Photo Suite 7, and Photomatix HDR software. There will also be ample individual help with RAW processing and demonstrations of workflow. At each shooting location, we will discuss how to “shoot for the software” and pre-visualize the final results, which may not be readily apparent when viewing a scene.

 

Special Event! May 4-14, 2015: Portugal Tour

We are currently accepting registrations for our Portugal, 2015 tour e-mail Susan  for more information and tour details.

 

June 18-27, 2015: Iceland – through Focus on Nature in Iceland

Iceland Interior

Iceland image gallery

This is our fifth year in Iceland with Focus on Nature. Every year greater than the previous as we learn our way around the island. We have a great agenda planned with flexibility to adjust based on weather conditions. Iceland is one of the last uncorrupted landscapes on the planet and we will be in an all-terrain vehicle exploring areas that are impossible to get to in a standard vehicle. Be prepared to be blown away! From the wonderfully photogenic city of Reykjavik to the incredible, vast and varied landscapes, to the mind blowing glaciers, awesome waterfalls, geothermal springs and power plants, rugged coastlines, and much more. This is a photo trip of a lifetime!! Between shooting sessions, we will get in some class time for critiques, software training (Nik plugins, Alienskin, Topaz, etc.) and discussion. We will be actively shooting with the iPhone and processing as we go, using apps to create new and unique interpretations of this incredible landscape. This workshop is available through Focus On Nature.

e-mail Susan  to be placed on our notification list. 

 

August 16-20, 2015: Palouse, WA

$1250, limit 10

e-mail Susan to register

 

 

 

 

 

Gallery coming soon! 

Located in southeastern Washington State and western Idaho and referred to as America’s Tuscany, this pastoral landscape and softly rolling hills, along with many old barns and abandoned farms, old tractors and cars, puffy white clouds, and graphic crop lines make this an incredible photography venue. Many fields are plowed or will soon be plowed, rendering the rolling graphic lines of the stubble fields. The landscape consists of shades of amber, green, and brown, and the signature dramatic and flowing crop lines are stark, signally the beginning of fall, wonderfully visible from Steptoe Butte.

 

New!!   

Aug 24-28, 2015: Madeline Island School for the Arts

 Sept. 13-17, 2015: Badlands NP, SD

$1250, limit 10

e-mail Susan to register

 

 

 

 

 

Road Ramblings from the Badlands

Badlands Wrap-up and 2015 workshops

This other worldly location is one of our favorites. This is like shooting on the moon – incredible, colorful, graphic, easily accessible, and wide open to interpretation from stitched pans to HDR, from shooting the Milky Way to dramatic sunsets on Sheep Mtn! The terrain goes from full-frame sandstone teepees to soft rolling hills populated by cottonwood trees. Buffalo may be seen in the area, as are prairie dog towns. We are constantly exploring this image rich area and have recently discovered two remarkable ghost towns (not on the tourists schedule). As with all our workshops, we’ll have ample field instruction and daily critiques. During the critiques, we’ll demonstrate the software we use. There will also be compositional and software presentations.

 NEW!! Sept 27-Oct 2, 2015: Maine Lighthouse Tour with Tony and Jack Kennealy

$1250, limit 10

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We will be photographing many of the iconic lighthouses on the Maine coast, and will be staying at 2-3 different hotels during the workshop. Tony will be teaching this workshop with one of Maine’s best photographers and workshop leader, Jack Kennealy. 

e-mail Susan to register

Oct 4 – 8: New Hampshire Fall Color Riot Tour!

$1250, limit 10

e-mail Susan to register

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Day FOUR       Day FIVE          EPILOGUE

The White Mountains in New Hampshire is one of the best fall venues in the country, featuring brilliant reds and golds, colorful flowing streams, overlooks, birch forests and numerous macro opportunities, occasional snow, rainbows, and a possible train trip to the top of Mt. Washington (weather permitting). We are constantly  scouting the area and are discovering new and different venues! This is a tour where class instruction will be plentiful and field instruction will be minimal. The color window is very short and we’ll be shooting along with the class, but will always be available for field help when needed. We’ll touch on the various software that we use on images supplied for the critique sessions and there will be compositional and software presentations.

NEW!! Oct. 14-18: Cape Cod National Seashore

$1250, limit 10

e-mail Susan to register

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Gallery coming soon! 

Our new favorite venue, after shooting our instructional DVD, we are very happy to announce our Cape Cod workshop. From Provincetown and the working boats, to the dunes, to the warmly lit marsh grasses, the photo ops are myriad and readily accessible. Keep an eye out for our Cape Cod DVD, April, 2015. But, if interested in this fantastic venue, please use the “e-mail Susan” link above to drop us a line.

Nov. 5 – Nov 10: Santa Fe, NM w/ Bobbie Goodrich

$1800, limit 15

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e-mail Bobbie for more info and/or to register 

Gallery coming soon!

This is our second year with Bobbie, the first being a lot of fun for us and for the participants! This year we will be photographing horses and spending ample time learning the signature creative processing techniques of Bobbie in her Santa Fe studio. We will also be photographing the surrounding landscape, including a day at the incredible Tent Rocks National Monument. At the end, we will have a one-day extension (for an additional fee TBD) to photograph the migrating birds at Bosque del Apache, which is a world renown location!

Nov. 29 – Dec 3: Cape May, NJ

$1750, limit 5

e-mail Susan to register

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Gallery coming soon!

One of our favorite somewhat local venues, Cape May offers unlimited photo ops, and with the help of our local guide, who happens to be Cape May’s top “resident” photographer, and good friend, Charles Riter, we will have access to areas and locations not ordinarily available to the general public, or even to other photographers. If we have clear nights, we’ll venture out for some star trails!

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