Workshops - John Pedersen Photo


2020 Photography Workshops

1x1 Photo Workshops

Group workshops are fantastic and offer a great value and even greater experience shooting with others as well as seeing how others “see” a scene during image reviews. Plus there is always lots of teaching from me during the workshop to those who want to learn. If you want to supercharge your learning and elevate your skills I’d recommend considering a 1x1 session with me. I will tailor the experience to what your goals are and work exclusively with you in the field to elevate your skills. We will also do an image review and critique the images for further learning. If you want to further discuss image processing and workflow, I can help in that space as well. I will choose shooting locations appropriate for the goals you are trying to achieve in order to maximize the learning potential of our time together. I can be available for ½, full or multi-day 1x1 sessions. Contact me for rates and availability.

I am continuing to partner with Jack Graham Photography to offer an incredible selection of photo workshop opportunities.  Jack has been teaching photography and leading workshops for over 27 years and his vast experience is invaluable in bringing the best value and highest learning and skill development to each and every participant in our workshops. 

Canadian Rockies in Winter

January 21 - 26, 2020    SOLD OUT

The Canadian Rockies are beautiful any time of year, yet in the winter, they take on a magical quality that just begs to be photographed. We will be based near Lake Louise and each day will photograph select locations in the area depending on snow and weather conditions. Abraham lake, the icefields parkway and many other magical locations will make this an epic experience. Great lodging and meals will be the norm after a brisk day outside. Ground transportation is included.

For more information and to sign up, click HERE

Iceland in Winter

February 3 - 7, 2020   SOLD OUT

Not many photographers venture to Iceland during the winter months. We will experience locations rarely photographed during this time. The workshop dates are set taking into account the moon phases, assuring the best time for aurora photography.

The backdrop of the Icelandic landscape makes the aurora evenmore breathtaking.  We will photograph the winter landscape including ice caves, frozen lakes, bucolic villages, wild horses and the natural wonders of Iceland, all with the backdrop of the Icelandic winter.

Arctic Light of Lofoten Islands, Norway

February 10 - 16, 2020     $4640  SOLD OUT

Consider joining us on our annual Arctic Light in Lofoten, Norway Photography Workshop in February 2020. Many photographers say the light in Lofoten in the winter is literally like nowhere else … and a photographer’s paradise! The Lofoten archipelago on Norway’s western coast is a very special location for photographers in the winter.

Though way above the Arctic Circle, the Gulf Stream influences the waters and allows the climate to be more temperate than areas to its south. However, this area is very snowy, which adds to the intrigue and photogenic opportunities of the many quaint fishing villages, fjords and majestic mountains found here.

For more information and to sign up, click HERE

Spring in the Sonoran Desert

March 5 - 8, 2020     $1289  SOLD OUT

Spring is an amazing time to be in Arizona, when spectacular wildflower blooms erupt, typically in late February and early March. This, in conjunction with the amazing Sonoran Desert Landscape, makes this workshop a special event.

Please consider joining us for this unique photography workshop in and around the Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona area in March 2020. Few locations and workshops can offer landscape, wildflower and macro photographical opportunities as in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. We will visit some of favorite (and some secret) locations during our time together.

For more information and to sign up, please click HERE

Abstract Photography on the Oregon Coast - Pacific Northwest Art School

March 27 - 29, 2020. $699

This workshop, on the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast, is a unique event. known for its vast seascapes with numerous sea stacks and pristine beaches, we plan on offering you a completely different unique experience. Abstract imagery is always open to interpretation. To some, the abstract photograph can be quite subjective. In this kind of image making, learning to see how the dynamics and structure of a scene can evoke visual stimulation in a far different manner and what he or she commonly applies in landscape or other forms of photography. You’ll see how the same image can be in interpreted differently by every viewer.

Please contact the Pacific Northwest Arts School to register

Yachats and the Central Oregon Coast

April 16 - 19, 2020     $799

Come explore the magic of Oregon coast in one of the most spectacular locations on the West Coast. From rocky shorelines to wide expanses of sandy beach, from small tidepools to wide open vistas, this location offers a multitude of photographic opportunities to spark your creativity and fill your memory cards. We will photograph in many areas in and around Yachats and the surrounding area, including Thors Well, Cape Perpetua, Seal Rock, several “secret” locations and time permitting may venture to photograph the fishing fleet and lighthouse in Newport.

For more information and to sign up, please contact me and I will send you a syllabus and sign-up form. 

Palouse Washington

June 4 - 7, 2020     $1289

Join me and Jack Graham in the wheat fields of Eastern Washington to photograph the world famous Palouse area.  The rolling hills of wheat, barley, lentils and canola with the addition of spring wildflowers and country roads punctuated with over 100-year-old year old barns lends itself to a photographer’s paradise. The subject matter is endless. The “Palouse” area is located in Southeastern Washington where the major towns are Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho. The Palouse is fairly remote. It’s not a tourist destination but during the spring and summer there are usually many photographers.

For more information and to sign up, click HERE

Alaska Bears and Landscapes with Jack Graham

August 14 - 19, 2020     $7880

Join Jack Graham and John Pedersen in the beautiful Katmai region of Alaska for an incredible experience photographing grizzly bears in their natural habitat as well as the Alaskan landscape.

We will be assisted by the best guides in the region and go to areas few others ever travel to. This wilderness area is sparsely populated. The bears rule the land here and humans have adapted to respect the bears for what they are. As a result, the bears have little fear of humans since they are the kings in this wilderness. We will be in the ultimate location for the amazing experience of photographing these marvelous animals as they dive into the rivers to catch plentiful sockeye salmon. You’ll capture images as close as 15 to 20 feet away!

We will stay in a lodge and enjoy home cooked meals in between shooting. Each day we’ll be flown into the Alaskan wilderness by float plane (we have the best and most experienced pilots with us) and guided to the best locations. A side trip to Brooks Falls is also on our itinerary.

For more information and to sign up, click HERE

Dahlia Festival Flower Photography

August 22 - 23, 2020  $299

Join me as we explore and photograph the amazing dahlia fields south of Portland Oregon.  This is an intensive 2 day workshop focusing on creating compelling images, ones that draw the viewer in to the details and colors of this fascinating flower.  We will combine field work along with image review and instructional time to ensure that you come away with newfound skills and great images. 

For more information and to sign up, please contact me and I will send you a syllabus and sign-up form. 

Southern Oregon Coast 

Sept 10 - 14, 2020          $1289

The Oregon coastline offers some of the most beautiful and famous marine views anywhere in the world. This diverse landscape ranges from sandy beaches to 500-600’ high cliffs dropping off on rocky beaches with crashing waves, to tide pools filled with marine life. Many working lighthouses offer unique photographical experiences and small fishing towns offer beautiful harbors with easy access to fishing boats. We’ll enjoy the cool, fresh and invigorating air of the Pacific Ocean along with some great sunsets!

We will be working the area in and around Bandon, Oregon. This workshop will be an intense 3 days of total immersion into photographing the beaches and harbors in this beautiful area. We will study and evaluate our work, then apply what we’ve learned and return to locations to improve our image making skills.

For more information and to sign up, click HERE

Fall Color in Grand Teton National Park 

September 24 - 27, 2020     $1299

The majestic Grand Teton mountains make a perfect backdrop for the amazing Fall color that arrives every year.  Explore the park with me as we capture the barns along Mormon row, view the Snake River from the Snake River Overlook, visit cabins used in the movie Shane, plus many other locations off the beaten path that are typically lush with the colors of Fall.  This is an amazing National Park and to visit it in this time of year is simply the best.  Please consider joining me on this workshop to capture memorable scenes, increase your compositional and creative skills, and have a great time in this amazing landscape.  

For more information and to sign up, click HERE

Winter in Grand Teton National Park with Jack Graham

December 10 - 13, 2020     $1289

Nothing says “Wyoming” like the Tetons, located just outside Jackson WY. At this time of year in Jackson, the Christmas decorations are up but the crowds haven’t arrived yet. We’ll visit many of the galleries in town, including Thomas Manglesen’s, which features the most amazing photography.

We will spend 3 ½ days exploring the Tetons in winter. Much like Yellowstone, wildlife is common—we often see moose, elk, buffalo, bighorn sheep, trumpeter swans and coyotes. The snow-capped mountains of the Grand Teton Range will be visible from the famous Snake River area as well as Teton Lake. Join us for this stunning winter adventure!

For more information and to sign up, click HERE

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