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Tao of Photography Workshops Spring 2011:




The photograph illustrating this article was taken by yours truly [Larry Elkins] in northern Thailand where I was privileged to participate in a ten day photography workshop.

Pictured are Chuck Feil, the workshop facilitator and workshop participant Curt Stetter aboard an Asian elephant bound for a remote hill tribe village.

When traveling to a remote locale, there are distinct advantages to a photography workshop as opposed to either traveling on your own or as part of a tour group. Attempting to find your way around alone in a strange land can be quite frustrating and, in some instances, dangerous. Traveling with a tour group has advantages. However, with a group that is not focused on photography, your options for capturing the locale on film (or sensor) are still quite limited.

With a good photo workshop, you're accessing the talent and expertize of a trained professional who is also familiar with the locale you're visiting. Workshops offer you an environment in which you can work with the confidence that comes from knowing that the nuts and bolts involved in putting together a photo excursion to say the African Congo have been attended to.

You can then focus on the job of capturing great images. You'll also be learning from an experienced professional and bonding with other workshop participants.

And yes, a two week long workshop in India is going to be relatively expensive. But it will also reward you with an experience you'll never forget, perhaps a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience what it's like to photo document s far away land and its native culture.

So dive into the deep end of the pool. Research what's available and choose a workshop that suits your needs, then go for it. I promise, you won't be disappointed.


Journey to the Wonderland of Cactus
March 10 - 13, 2011, Organ Pipe National Monument

This Spring, ’Tao of Photography’ Workshops will be conducting a new photography workshop at the Organ Pipe Cactus Natl. Monument; Ajo, AZ.

Organ Pipe celebrates the life and landscape of the Sonoran Desert.  In this wilderness of plants, animals, and dramatic mountains in a plains scenery, you can drive a lonely road, hike a backcountry trail, and camp under a clear sky. To learn more about this area go to this website:

I have planned this workshop around the time of cactus bloom to get the most out of our weekend.

You can either bring a tent to camp in our reserved group camping (included in the workshop fee),or bring your own RV/trailer to use at one of the individual sites ($10.00 additional charge per night).

In order to keep the price reasonable you will need to provide your own food. Dinners will be held as a group and asking that you bring something to share at our potluck meals for 3 nights.

The park service has generously provided an indoor facility for us to use in our evening critiques. In return we will give them a copy of our multimedia show that we will produce at the end of the workshop for their use in the visitor’s center.

Location: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument campground

Dates: March 10 - 13, 2011

Workshop fee: $250.00 Includes group camping and workshop.
(Park entrance fee, meals, lodging, travel, and libations not included)

Deposit: $100.00 (Non refundable, due January 15, 2011). Balance due February 15, 2011

Workshop is limited to 10 participants on first come basis.

Checks made out to: VFA Publishing; PO Box 1463, Bisbee, AZ 85603

This is a digital photography workshop and all experience levels are welcomed. In previous workshops we have had beginners and experts intermingling and sharing knowledge with one another. The workshop focus is to learn more about your creative potential in making photographs that ‘zing’.

Facilitator: Chuck Feil is the curator of Photography at PanTerra Gallery; Bisbee, AZ. His professional career spans 45 yrs. including filmaking with Jane Goodall in East Africa and 11 coffee table books - ‘Views From Above’


Sitka Center for Arts & Ecology
May 31 - June 3, 2011

Reservations will start to be accepted March, 2011 (mid-February, 2011 for Sitka members)

The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, on the Oregon Coast north of Lincoln City, is located in the center of a United Nations Biosphere Reserve designated by the United States Congress as the only National Scenic Research Area in the country. Sitka Center, at the edge of a Nature Conservancy preserve with over 3 miles of trails, is adjacent to the Cascade Head Experimental Forest where Native American and other forestry practices have been researched since 1938. Its small campus, studios, and residences are part of Cascade Head Ranch and sit within view of the Pacific Ocean, overlooking the protected Salmon River estuary.

To learn more about this phenomenal  place go to their website: