Tim Ernst Photo Workshops

in the beautiful Buffalo National River area of northwest Arkansas

*We are the ONLY photography workshops authorized by the National Park Service at Buffalo National River (Conditional Use Permit for photography workshops is required - see the Buffalo NPS list here)

2020 Schedule

*All workshops for 2020 have been cancelled due to the pandemic.*

Class sizes are small with only 6-8 students* per class to insure plenty of individual attention. (*minimum age is 18)

NO EXPERIENCE or fancy equipment is required for the One Day Workshops

Our guarantee is simple—if you don’t love the workshop, we will refund your workshop fee.

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ONE-DAY WORKSHOP FOR DIGITAL NATURE PHOTOGRAPHERS. These workshops are especially suited for novice shooters and those who want to learn how to set up and use their digital camera. Intermediate photographers are also welcome. We meet very early in the morning - before sunrise - and spend some time getting all cameras set up correctly to get the most image quality out of whatever camera you happen to have. Then we shoot for a couple of hours at a scenic location nearby. (The exact location won’t be known until a few days before the workshop because it will depend on water levels.)

Once everyone is comfortable with how their camera is working, we’ll make the drive to our new gallery classroom (located between Jasper and Ponca). We’ll have lunch, then spend the rest of the day going through my personal digital darkroom workflow - using your images. I’ll be working with the latest version of Photoshop CC, but you are welcome to bring your own computer and use whatever processing software you like - OR just let me process your image on my computer - either way is fine. Our goal is to make a beautiful 11 x 14 print from one of your images for you to take home. We try to end the workshop by 5pm.

All types of digital cameras are welcome, including point-and-shoots, but most folks have either a more advanced point-and-shoot (4/3rds camera or mirrorless camera are PERFECT), or a dSLR with at least one zoom lens (you do not need an expensive camera and bag full of lenses for this workshop). We do require a sturdy tripod - most tripods used by most novice photographers are not large/tall enough for the type of photography that I will be teaching, so you probably should plan on spending several hundred bucks getting a good tripod and ball head if you are serious about producing really good nature photographs.

Lunch, drinks, and an autographed copy of one of my picture books or guidebooks is included with this workshop.



ONE-NIGHT NIGHTTIME WORKSHOP FOR DIGITAL NIGHTTIME PHOTOGRAPHERS (none are scheduled for 2020). This workshop is designed to make the most out of a single night of shooting with our main target being the Milky Way with Buffalo River area landscape features. This single-night workshop will begin at 7pm at our new Gallery classroom (located between Ponca and Jasper) with a couple hours of cassroom work covering nighttime photography equipment and shooting techniques (how to capture pin-point stars, star trails, and how to lightpaint, etc.); plus some basic post-processing using Photoshop/Lightroom. Then we'll head out and shoot the Milky Way with the landscape at two or three different locations in the Upper Buffalo River area (short hikes which may include river wading). We plan to shoot until early morning (around 3-4am), then the class will dismiss.

The workshop fee ($399) includes an autographed copy of Tim's ARKANSAS NIGHTSCAPES picture book (or any one of Tim's available books). Lodging and meals are not included. If you sign up for two or more consectutive nights (we will probably shoot the same locations each night), you will be on your own from about 5am until the next workshop begins at 7pm.

Cloudy policy - if clouds get in the way and we don't see stars during the workshop, you may join any other nighttime workshop for free - or we may schedule an additional date until we get stars in everyone's camera!



MULTI-DAY SHOOTING & PROCESSING WORKSHOP, April 13-16, 2020 (Monday evening - Thursday morning) . These workshops will be based at our gallery classroom that is located between Ponca and Jasper.

The workshop will begin on day one at 7pm with equipment and shooting techniques discussion at the gallery classroom. We will meet each morning and drive to shooting locations in the area, then break for lunch on your own. Afternoons will be digital processing time in the classroom, then we'll head out for an evening shoot/dinner/more processing. The workshop will end after the morning shoot on day four. We will provide dinner on days two and three, but all other meals and lodging/camping will be on your own. There are more than 150 rental cabins in the Ponca/Boxley/Mt. Sherman/Jasper area, and several campgrounds for tent camping or RV parking. Find lodging/campground that is closest to our classroom - directions are at the bottom of this page - Canvas Prints Gallery/Classroom.

These workshos are best suited for intermediate photographers, although they are open to all skill levels. Minimum equipment requiremets are a DSLR or mirrorless camera with at least a "kit" zoom lens, and a STURDY tripod and tripod head that are tall enough to allow you to see through the camera viewfinder while you are standing erect ("video" tripods and shorter tripods are generally not acceptable - most all photos will be taken while using your tripod). Point-and-shoot cameras are OK, but you probably would not get too much out of this workshop. Most folks bring at least a couple of lenses from wide angle to telephoto (we may be shooting elk), but if a kit lens is all you have and you want to learn how to take great pictures with it, we welcome you! Some moderate hiking is required - up to a couple of miles each way - but most shooting locations will be within a mile of our vehicles.

Workshop fee of $799 includes photography and digital processing instruction, two dinners, an 11x14 color print of your work, plus an autographed copy of a Tim Ernst book (your choice of any book in print). The workshop is limited to 6-8 students so Tim will have plenty of individual time for each student.


Tim Ernst has been a professional wilderness photographer since 1975. His credits include: National Geographic, Audubon, Backpacker, Outside, Outdoor Photographer, American Hiker, Natural History, Country, Chevy Outdoors, Country Living, Farm Woman, Travel South, Walking, American Forestry, and Arkansas Times magazines, Sierra Club Calendars, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service maps and brochures, Readers Digest Books, The New York Times, and dozens of other national, regional and local publications. Nineteen collections of his wilderness images have been published as coffee table picture books - Arkansas Splendor, Arkansas Beauty, Arkansas: In My Own Backyard, A Rare Quality Of Light, Arkansas Nightscapes, Buffalo River Beauty, Arkansas Landscapes II, Arkansas Portfolio III, Arkansas Autumn, Arkansas Wildlife, Arkansas Landscapes, Arkansas Waterfalls: Scenic Icons of The Natural State, Buffalo River Dreams, Arkansas Portfolio II, Arkansas Wilderness, Arkansas Spring, Arkansas Portfolio, Wilderness Reflections, and Buffalo River Wilderness. He has been shooting digital for many years using several different camera systems including Pentax, Leaf, and Phase One medium format, Nikon, Canon and Sony digital SLR 35mm, also Minolta, Canon, and Olympus point-and-shoot cameras. Tim has attended specialized digital printing and Photoshop training at the Epson Academy and other seminars, and with master digital printers Charles Cramer and Bill Atkinson, with Photoshop guru Seth Resnick, and other nature photographer legends like Boyd Norton (early career mentor), David Muench (greatist color landscape photographer on the planet), George Lepp, John Shaw, Jim Zuckerman, Carlin Tapp, and Harold Ross; also studies with nighttime photo wizards Brad Goldpaint and Ron Risman. You will leave these intense workshops a tired but happy camper!

DEPOSIT AND REFUND POLICY A non-refundable $50 deposit will reserve you a spot in one of the above workshops. The balance of your workshop fee is due 30 days before the start of your workshop (if we don't get your balance in time your spot may be given to someone else and you will lose your deposit). If you have paid the full amount of the workshop and have to cancel, the full amount less the $50 non-refundable deposit is refundable up to 30 days before the start of the workshop. If you have to cancel after this time, your fee may be applied to a future workshop ONLY if we fill your space (less the $50 non-refundable deposit) - if we can't fill your space, your workshop fee is not refundable (travel insurance would then kick in if you have it).

TRAVEL INSURANCE is highly recommended - be sure to get "Cancel for any reason" coverage. Here are a couple of sites where you can get quotes and purchase travel insurance - Squaremouth and TotalTravelInsurance.


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 A photographer was invited to dinner with friends and took along a few pictures to show the hostess. She looked at the photos and commented - "These are very good - you must have a good CAMERA." He didn't make any comment, but, as he was leaving to go home he said - "That was a really delicious meal - you must have some very good POTS!"


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