Tim Ernst Photo Workshops

in the beautiful Buffalo National River area of northwest Arkansas

(authorized by the National Park Service with a Conditional Use Permit for photography workshops)

2016 Workshops

Class sizes are small with only 6-8 students per class to insure plenty of individual attention.

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 the gallery classroom next to our Cloudland cabin up on Cave Mountain near Boxley. 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 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, tall 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.



SPRING AND FALL MULTI-DAY WORKSHOPS based at the Harmony Mountain Retreat. These workshops will be held at the Harmony Mountain Retreat, which is located just south of the Buffalo River area and is surrounded by great scenic places to photograph. The facility is roomy with plenty of space for us to spread out and process images, and to relax and socialize in when we need to. PLUS everyone gets their own private room with full bath.

We will meet the evening of the first day and have a light dinner, then spend several hours in class going over equipment setup and shooting techniques. We'll have early-morning shoots each day, then class time during the day back at the retreat, with an afternoon shoot, and more class time in the evening - we will try to fill up all your time! We'll have meals either at the retreat or in local restaurants - all food is provided from dinner the first night to breakfast the last morning, plus snacks, soft drinks and water (booze is OK but not provided). We will carpool as much as possible so you may need to drive some - we will spend a fair amount of time on the road going to and from the scenic areas we will photograph.

We'll make short hikes up to a mile as needed, so you need to be able to pack all of your camera gear for several hours at a time, but no all-day marathon hikes. (You do need to be in good physical condition and be able to carry all that stuff.) We will shoot when the light is best - which is the single most important factor in getting really great images (what equipment you have is far down the list). Spring workshops will concentrate on waterfalls and "spring" scenes; fall workshops we'll seek out the best color. The amount of locations we visit and shooting techniques we learn are unlimited and tailored to the needs and wants of the students. Our groups will be small and I will always be available to make sure your every question is answered.

These workshops are for all skill levels but are best suited to intermediate shooters who want to get out and shoot with like-minded photographers and advance their skill level notch or three. Our goal is to make world-class images rather than snapshots, and teach you how to do so on your own long after the workshop ends. You don't need the most expensive equipment - a modern digital camera with kit zoom lens, polarizer, and LARGE tripod are all that are required (more lenses are better, but not required). You are welcome to bring all the gear you have and we'll show you how to get the most out of it - that is key to these workshops - teaching you how to get the best possible images out of whatever equipment you have.

We will go through my digital darkroom processing workflow using the latest version of Photoshop CC, then make an 11x14 color print of one of your images to take home. Most folks bring their own laptop or desktop computer to use during class. You are welcome to use whatever software you like, but I will only be demonstrating Photoshop CC (same RAW processing can be done with Lightroom if that is what you use).

All food, a private room, instruction in class and in the field, an 11x14 print, and an autographed copy of one of my picture books or guidebooks is included in this workshop.


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. Sixteen collections of his wilderness images have been published as coffee table picture books - 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 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 George Lepp, John Shaw, Jim Zuckerman, Carlin Tapp, Brad Goldpaint, Harold Ross, and David Muench; 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 $100 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 $100 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 or it may be refunded if we fill your space (less the $100 non-refundable deposit) - if we can't fill your space, your workshop fee is not refundable. The $100 deposit is non-refundable if you cancel (even if your spot is filled), but may be transferred to another workshop (if your spot is filled).

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 A photographer was invited to dinner with friends and took along afew 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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