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Ian Adams Photography
(330) 920-7401

Over the past 20 years Ian Adams has conducted more than 200 nature and garden photography seminars and workshops. Ian also taught, from 2010 to 2019, a 14-week course in horticultural photography each summer/fall at Ohio State University’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio.
Past Workshops
  • 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
  • Garden Club of America
  • Royal Botanical Gardens (Ontario)
  • Missouri Botanical Garden

iPhone Landscape & Nature Photography Workshops (1/2-day and 1-1/2 days)

The best camera, it is often said, is the one that is always with you – your smartphone! Today everyone uses an iPhone or Android smartphone, and both are capable of producing photographs that rival those taken with point shoot or even DSLR cameras.

Ian Adams offers a popular, fast-paced iPhone program for organizations of any size.


  • Advantages and limitations of smartphones for photography
  • Recommended iPhone camera settings
  • Adjusting exposure and focusing Portrait mode
  • Close up photography with a smartphone
  • Digiscoping with a smartphone
  • Lighting and composition
  • Photographing waterfalls and night photography
  • Panoramic photography
  • Raw vs JPEG files
  • Controlling white balance and color
  • Smartphone accessories
  • Storing, organizing and editing your smartphone
    photos, including recommended editing apps
  • iPhone photo essays in spring, fall and winter
  • Technology trends in smartphone photography

The fee for an iPhone Photography Program is based on its duration and the distance of the client’s location from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.


Digital Landscape & Garden Photography Workshop (1-1/2 days)

This is an intensive, 1-1/2-day program designed to provide participants with an understanding of 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 morning classroom session 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 guidelines; lighting for scenic photography; tips 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 Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC, sharing 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 Classic CC and

The afternoon session includes a photo shoot with personal coaching and demonstrations by Ian Adams, followed by a 1/2-day review and critique of participants’  photographs taken during the photo shoot (usually one week after the workshop) . Each 1-1/2 day workshop is limited to 16 participants.

Demonstrations of useful Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC technique for fine-tuning your digital landscape and nature photographs are  included in the review session.

IMPROVE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLSWhether 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.

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. Hello Ian,

    If I were interested in purchasing 3 spaces in your Iphone photography class as a Christmas gift… how would I go about doing that? I appreicate your feedback. Thanks!

  2. I’m interested in receiving information on what your 2016 workshops will be including description of the workshop, dates and costs? I was not able to find anything on them on your website. Have you set them up yet?

  3. Hi Jim,

    I’m finalizing information on several workshops during 2016, and will update the Workshops page on my website during December.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Ian Adams

  4. Hello Jen:

    I will have several iPhone photography workshops during 2016, and the dates and details are being finalized. I hope to update my website Workshops page with this information before the end of the year.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Ian Adams

  5. Ian,

    Have you finalized your dates for the workshops? We keep looking but have not seen. My husband really wants to do the Lakeview Cemetery one. Please let me know when it will be. Thanks, Cynthia Heselden (Friend of Paula Harper who gave me your information)

  6. Cynthia,

    Lake View Cemetery has not finalized the date yet, but we will schedule a 2-hour iPhone photo tour of Lake View during September. I will post the details on my website as soon as they are available. Ian

  7. HI Ian,

    I just purchased your book, A Photographers Guide to Ohio, Volume 2 and OMgosh!!!! Love it!! May I please ask for the cost of your July 16th workshop? I am so sorry if you have published it on the web…I saw the cost of the private workshops although I was not sure if there was a different rate for the public workshops. Please guide me and thank you in advance.

  8. Hi Susan,

    I’m delighted that you are enjoying A Photographer’s Guide to Ohio – Volume 2. Here’s a link to more information about the July 16/23 garden photography workshop:

    I will be posting a blog article with more information about this workshop tomorrow (Monday).

    Hope to see you at the workshop on July 16.


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