Over the past 20 years Ian Adams has conducted more than 200 nature and garden photography seminars and workshops. Workshop sponsors have included Maine Photographic Workshops, The Cleveland Botanical Garden, The Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Nature’s Light, Longwood Gardens, The Holden Arboretum, Kentucky State Parks, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Garden Writers Association, Phipps Conservatory, Perennial Plant Association, Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association, Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Genesis Systems/AQUA, The Arnold Arboretum, Fellows Riverside Gardens, Kingwood Center, the University of Akron, Ohio State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, several Garden Club of America groups, the Royal Botanical Gardens (Ontario) and the Missouri Botanical Garden.  Ian also teaches a 14-week course in horticultural photography each summer/fall at Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio.

i-Phone Photography Workshop (1/2-day and full day)

Today, more than 60 percent of all the photographs taken in the world are taken with a cell phone camera, and Apple’s iPhone is the most popular smart phone. This program is packed with information on how to take great photographs with your iPhone, as well as some of the best apps for capturing iPhone photos and fine-tuning and sharing them on your iPhone, iPad, PC, or Mac. During this fun program you will learn:

– The best settings for your iPhone, and when and how to use the Flash, HDR, Grid and Panorama options;

– The best capture apps (mostly free or $1-$5) for your iPhone, and how to use them to take sharp, colorful, well-exposed photos;

– How to double the resolution of your iPhone;

– How to organize your iPhone photos into albums, and how to back up your iPhone photos and synchronize them with your iPad, PC, or Mac;

– Some of the best apps for editing and fine-tuning your iPhone images, and how to create fine art photos with your iPad, PC, or Mac;

– How to share your iPhone pictures with family and friends using email, slide programs, Facebook, and Flickr, and how to make great color prints from your iPhone photos;

– Tips on composition, lighting, and classroom exercises using your iPhone;

– Tips for digiscoping using your iPhone with a spotting scope;

– Useful websites, books, and other resources.

Most of the techniques and apps discussed in this program are also applicable to Android phones, but this program is specifically designed for iPhones. The full-day program includes an afternoon photo shoot with your iPhone followed by a review/critique by Ian Adams of a selection of your iPhone images taken during the photo shoot.

The best camera is the one you always have with you – your iPhone!

 Digital Landscape & Garden Photography Workshop (one day)

This is an intensive, full-day classroom program designed to provide participants with an understanding of basic tools and techniques for digital landscape and garden photography, based on Ian Adams’ books, The Art Of Garden Photography and A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio – Volumes 1 &2. Topics covered in the workshop include:

Equipment: Point-&-shoot and digital SLR cameras and lenses; tripods and other useful accessories; filters; digital storage media. Guidelines for using digital cameras in the field, including important camera settings and controls. Mobile photography using your iPhone or other smartphone.

Exposure Metering: How camera meters work; f/stops and shutter speeds; using multi-segment, center-weighted and spot meters; understanding and interpreting in-camera histograms; exposure guidelines and examples.

Scenic Photography: Depth-of-field control; hyperfocal distance focusing; use of wide-angle, normal, and telephoto lenses; compositional rules-of-thumb; lighting for scenic photography; hints for photographing waterfalls, sunrises and sunsets, misty scenes; architecture; gardens and other subjects.

Abstracts And Close-ups: Using zoom lenses to isolate patterns and textures; close-up lenses, extension tubes and macro lenses; metering for close-ups; depth-of-field control; camera positioning; reflectors and diffusers; flash techniques for moving subjects; photographing flower close-ups; butterflies and dragonflies.

The Digital Darkroom: Computer hardware and software for browsing, organizing, and fine-tuning your digital photographs; an introduction to digital workflow using Adobe Photoshop CS6/CC and Lightroom 5.0; using your digital photos as email attachments, website graphics and Powerpoint slides; calibrating monitors and printers; scanning slides; selecting and using inkjet printers to make exhibit-quality color and black-&-white prints. Self-publishing books and ebooks, using Lightroom and Using iPhone and iPad apps to fine-tune and share your iPhone photographs.


Digital Landscape & Garden Photography Workshop (two days)

The two-day (usually a weekend) workshop builds on the one-day program by including a field photography session with personal coaching and demonstrations by Ian Adams, and reviews and critiques of participants’ field photographs on the second day. Each two-day workshop is limited to 16 participants.

Field Photography Sessions: An afternoon field photography session is a critical component of each workshop. During this session, Ian provides demonstrations and one-on-one coaching with each participant to help you understand and practice the techniques discussed in the classroom sessions. Photography locations are carefully selected to maximize opportunities for finding and photographing scenic and close-up subjects.

Portfolio Reviews And Field Session Critiques: Participants’  photos from the field session are reviewed and critiqued by Ian Adams for immediate feedback during the workshop. Additional demonstrations of useful Photoshop and Lightroom techniques are also included in the review sessions.


Since 2010, in addition to his scheduled group photography seminars and workshops, Ian has been providing customized, one-on-one, half-day and full-day digital photography workshops and consulting at his home/office in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. These personalized sessions are geared to the needs of people who have already acquired some basic digital photography knowledge and wish to expand and enhance their photography skills, vision, and accomplishments.

Before contacting Ian to discuss a one-on-one session, please ask yourself the following questions: Do you have a good understanding of the controls, options and features of your digital SLR camera (s)? Are you familiar with basic digital photography terms, such as white balance, depth-of-field, f-stops and shutter speeds, color spaces, resolution, Raw vs. JPEG files, and in-camera histograms? Are you able to use Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture or another digital image editor to fine-tune the cropping, tonality, color and sharpness of your digital photographs on your home computer (PC or Mac)? If not, please consider attending one or more of Ian’s scheduled group photography seminars or workshops as a cost effective way to learn these fundamental skills in digital garden and nature photography.

A prerequisite to the session is a portfolio review, in which you send Ian, via email, a sample of 20-30 of your best digital images so that he can evaluate your photography and identify needed areas of improvement that can form the basis for the one-on-one session. In your email, in addition to the portfolio, please indicate the areas you would like to emphasize during the session, and the additional photography skills you would like to learn. Examples of topics you may wish to include are:

* Finding new places and subjects to photograph;

* Planning your photography trips;

* Improving your ability to “see” photographically;

* Enhancing your compositional skills;

* Field techniques for photographing specific subjects, such as scenics, gardens, abstracts, butterflies and dragonflies, buildings;

* Editing and evaluating your photographs;

* Digital workflow, from capture to print, using Adobe Photoshop CS6/CC and Lightroom 5.0;

* Making exhibit-quality color and B&W inkjet prints from your photographs;

* Marketing your photography;

* Producing a self-published book;

* Storing and organizing your digital photographs.

Both the half-day (4 hours) and full-day (8 hours, including a one-hour lunch at a local restaurant, on us) sessions include a signed copy of one of Ian’s photography books. In addition, if you wish, the full-day program includes a 2-hour photography session in Cuyahoga Valley National Park, plus an Epson Ultrachrome HDR color print, up to 16×20-inches, made by Ian from one of your digital photographs.

The cost of a half-day private photography session is $750, and the full-day session is $1250. For more information send an email to:


Whether your goal is weekend fun and relaxation, publishing your photographs, or establishing a second career as a freelance photographer, Ian Adams’ photography programs will help you clarify your goals, improve your vision, and sharpen your digital photography skills.