Rick's Backyard Digital Photography Workshop - Learn Digital Photography From Start to Finish

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Each year I offer an intimate (10 photographers) digital photography workshop in my "backyard" – Croton-on-Hudson, NY. It's one of my favorite workshops of the year- and I have been running the workshop for 6 years.

Cost for the two-day workshop, which includes a fun welcome dinner, is $600.00. (Private lessons in my backyard are available, too.) 

2015 Dates: July 16 - 18 and October 8 - 10. Click here for info.

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We shoot along the Hudson River at sunset and at the New Croton Dam. I teach lighting and composition – two ingredients that make a good picture. I also talk about the value of thinking like a painter, which frees us up from the limitations of photography.

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I take the students to the largest Buddhist Temple in the United Sates. We shoot indoors and outdoors. We make straight shots and HDR images.

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I show the participants how to shoot and process panoramas, too.

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We have plenty of time to process our pictures using Photoshop and Lightroom. We also cove creative plug-ins. The group slide show/critique is the highlight of the workshop.


I stress the importance of making pictures rather than just taking pictures. Making pictures is way more fun and creative. 

Left Photograph: Jeremy Pollack. Right: Photograph by Joe Brady.

Left Photograph: Jeremy Pollack. Right: Photograph by Joe Brady.

We also have portraits sessions, during which you'll learn about speedlites and fill-in flash.


I hope you can join me someday in my "backyard" for a rewarding digital photography learning experience.  Please keep in mind that these workshops fill up very fast.

Places to Stay
Comfort Inn (15 minutes from Croton)
Bed and Breakfast (in Croton). Our recommendation.

All my workshops are listed on 2015 Workshops page.  I hope to see you on one someday soon.

Explore the light,

P.S. I call the opening image – an in-camera HDR image taken with my Canon 5D Mark III and enhanced with Nik Color Efex Pro – "Sunset in the Park with Rick."  Yes, the title of the image was inspired by the play, "Sunday in the Park with George," a musical inspired by the painting by Georges Seurat, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte."