Fall Photography Workshop, The Holden Arboretum – October 21, 2023

Triangle Lake State Nature Preserve, Portage County, Ohio

As I drive around northeast Ohio, touches of fall color are beginning to appear in woodlands and wetlands everywhere. The fields of yellow goldenrod that punctuated the landscape in mid-September have mostly faded, but vivid displays of New England Aster and many other aster species may be seen along the roadsides throughout the Buckeye State. Orange-red Poison Ivy and dark red Virginia Creeper vines festoon many trees along the edges of woodlands, and splashes of Red and Sugar Maple foliage highlight the woodland canopy. Many varieties of mushrooms fruit in the woodlands. For landscape and nature photography enthusiasts, the next few weeks are Halcyon days in northeast Ohio.

To help you make the most of these fall opportunities, we will be conducting a one-day Fall Photography Workshop on Saturday, October 21, at The Holden Arboretum in Lake County, Ohio. In the morning classroom session, I will share some guidelines and tips on fall photography, with an emphasis on lighting and composition, illustrated with fall images from a new book, Trees: A Photographic Celebration, which I will be self-publishing as both an eBook and in soft- and hard-cover printed versions in late 2023.

Wild Turkeys near Manistique, Upper Peninsula of Michigan (iPhone 13 Pro)

During recent years, I have been using my iPhone (currently an iPhone 13 Pro) more and more in my professional photography, and over 40% of the photographs for another new book, This Place of Silence: Ohio’s Cemeteries & Burial Grounds, were taken with my iPhone 13 Pro. This book will be published by Ohio University Press in Spring, 2024. By early next week, I hope to receive my new iPhone 15 Pro Max, equipped with a 48-megapixel main camera and a 5X optical telephoto using a periscope/prism design developed by Apple’s optical engineers. I look forward to testing this new iPhone in the field over the next couple of weeks and sharing the results as part of the fall photography workshop at Holden Arboretum. 

Boston Ivy Leaves, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, Akron, Ohio (iPhone 13 Pro)

After the classroom session and a lunch break, we will spend the afternoon photographing fall in the woodlands, meadows, and display gardens at the Arboretum. You are welcome to email a selection of your favorite photos taken during this afternoon photo shoot to share with the group as part of an optional review/critique by Ian Adams to be held, via Zoom, from 1-4 pm on Saturday, October 28. Tips on editing and fine-tuning your digital images using Adobe Lightroom Classic and Photoshop will be included in this review session.

To register for this workshop, visit the Holden Forests & Gardens website, here.      


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