Winter Photo Workshop at Spruce Peak at Stowe

Friends! Please join us later this month in Stowe for a FREE winter photo workshop at Spruce Peak at Stowe. Please see below for an overview of the workshop and for registration details.

Winter Outdoor Photo Workshop
w/ Spruce Peak at Stowe in Stowe, VT
Thursday, December 29, 2011
8 – 11am @ Spruce Peak at Stowe – Golf Clubhouse
Cost: FREE
Registration Required: Please email us at or call 802-496-5434.

Hosted by Dave Hatoff with Spruce Peak at Stowe, and led by Vermont photographers Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson (, this workshop is designed to help develop your interest in winter outdoor photography. We’ll cover the basics of winter exposures, the creative use of light, as well as action, landscape, portrait and close-up/macro techniques.

Meeting Place:
Please be prompt and meet at 8am at the Spruce Peak Golf Clubhouse. (Turn into the first/main entrance for Spruce Peak at Stowe – approximately 6 miles up along Rt. 108 from downtown Stowe. The Golf Clubhouse is on the right as you enter the area.) If necessary, keep our cell #s handy: Dave (802)- 498-4835 / Brian (802)-989-0570.

Important Reminders:
Clothing: We want to be warm and comfortable, so please be extra-prepared for the cold and wind (even if it looks like a warm, calm day) by dressing warmer than you normally would and wearing a hooded winter jacket, some warm gloves (w/ glove liners, so you take your hands out of your gloves), a neck warmer and at least one pair of basic hand warmers (these will also help to keep your extra batteries warm). Please wear sturdy snow boots (and gaiters, if necessary) that enable some walking in the snow.

Camera: Have your camera ready to go with fresh batteries (and at least one back-up battery, if available), at least one good lens wipe/cloth, and a simple lens-brush or lens-pen (for wiping dust from lens). Bring along and wear a camera chest pack or other carrying case/pack if you have one. If you have multiple lenses, please bring at least one wide angle lens, or a lens with some good range (e.g. 18-200mm), for versatility. Tri-pods are optional, but feel free to bring one along if it works well and you have practiced with it.

MISC: Please bring a small backpack for carrying your extra items, some extra layers, etc.. as well as anything you like to have with you when out photographing for a few hours. (e.g. water, snack, etc..)

Workshop Schedule:
8am – Meet and greet at Golf Clubhouse. Indoor slideshow and overview of camera basics, composition techniques, exposure and more.

8:45am –Outdoor Session – We’ll spend some time photographing the varied landscape and views accessible from the golf course (i.e. views, woods, snow/ice forms, water) and practicing some of the tricks of the trade. You’ll get plenty of one-on-one time with Brian and Emily to dial in your camera skills.

10:30am – Return to Toll House Conference Center for continued discussion. We’ll review some of the photos we captured outside, as well as others from Brian and Emily’s archives that relate to the discussion. Final Q&A.

Please let us know if you have any questions. We are looking forward to seeing you soon!
– Brian & Emily

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*Free* Summer Photo Workshop at Stowe – Sat 8/27

Later this month, we’ll be leading a half-day photo workshop on Vermont’s Mt. Mansfield, as part of a series of summer events offered by Spruce Peak at Stowe. The event is free of charge, and spaces are limited. Please contact us ASAP to register or for more info.

Summer Photography Workshop w/ Spruce Peak at Stowe
Saturday, Aug 27, 2011
8a – 12pm @ Mt. Mansfield Toll Road Conference Center
**Registration required**

Hosted by Spruce Peak at Stowe, and led by the two of us, this workshop is designed to make you a better outdoor, landscape and action photographer. We will spend the morning at two different locations along the Mt. Mansfield Toll Road, while seeking out a good variety of subjects and locations. We’ll cover the basics of exposure, the creative use of light, as well as action, landscape, portrait and close-up/macro techniques…and more.

Workshop Schedule:
8am – Meet and greet at Toll House Conference Center. Indoor slide show and overview of camera basics, composition techniques, exposure and more.

9am – Journey (by vehicle) up Toll Road to a scenic location on Mt. Mansfield, where we’ll spend a couple of hours photographing the varied landscape of the mountain (i.e. views, flowers, clouds, details) and practicing a few tricks of the trade.

11am – Return to Toll House Conference Center for continued discussion. We’ll review some of the photos we captured on the mountain, as well as others from our archives that relate to the discussion. Final Q&A.

We look forward to seeing some of you there!

– Brian and Emily

One-Day Winter Photography Workshop: Support the Catamount Trail – Sat, Jan. 15

With more interest in a simple, one-day workshop than our original plan for a weekend-long workshop this January…we have decided to cancel plans for the weekend workshop (schedule for Jan 14-15 at Trapps), and offer a one-day workshop at a private home in Underhill, VT on Saturday, January 15 from 9a – 4 pm. Presented by us (Brian and Emily) and organized by the Catamount Trail Association (CTA), the event will also help to raise some important funds supporting the CTA’s ongoing work maintaining and securing long term access to Vermont’s Catamount Ski Trail – our nation’s longest backcountry ski trail.

For more information about our upcoming 1-day outdoor winter photography workshop, please go to this LINK, or feel free to contact us anytime by phone or email, too, with your questions. We hope you can join us. Thanks for spreading the word, too!

And, Happy Holidays to everyone!

-Brian and Emily

Photo Workshop at Trapps with the Catamount Trail Association (CTA)

Winter Photography Workshop with the Catamount Trail Association (CTA)!

We are working with the CTA and Trapp Family Lodge this winter to offer an exciting outdoor winter photography workshop at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont January 14-16, 2011. The workshop will be conducted by the two of us, feature plenty of hands-on time in the beautiful winter landscape surrounding Trapps, and run from Friday evening through midday Sunday.

Some of the topics to be covered:
❅ Winter Light — Being comfortable and creative with winter’s challenging and ever-changing light.
❅ Creative Compositions — Exploring focus, perspective and composition with a variety of winter scenes and subjects
❅ Exposure — Understanding and balancing shutter speed, aperture and ISO.
❅ Camera Handling — Tricks to making winter photography easy in the face of winter’s elements.
❅ Advanced Techniques — Tricks to shooting action; Shooting at night/low-light; Macro-photography; Using a tri-pod;
❅ Digital Workflow — Advice on how to store, organize, protect, process and display your photographs.
Tentative Schedule
1/14 Friday pm — Welcome Dinner and Slideshow
1/15 Saturday — Breakfast, Indoor Discussion/Workshop, Outdoor Practice, Lunch, Outdoor Workshop, Free Time, Dinner, Nighttime Photo Session,
Evening Slideshow/Critique
1/16 Sunday am — Breakfast, Outdoor Workshop, Indoor Wrap-Up, Lunch and departure
The workshop will be limited to 16 people to insure an optimal intimate learning experience for all attendees. Outdoor photo sessions will be on snowshoes or backcountry skis – whichever on which you are more comfortable manuevering around in the snow. Equipment may be rented at the Trapp Family Touring Center or you may bring your own. The workshop cost will be $750 per person, which includes two nights lodging, 2 dinners, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and trail fees. The workshop with meals and no lodging is $450 per person. You may download a registration form fromthe CTA’s websiteor call the CTA office 802-864-5794 to reserve a space. The last day to reserve a space for the workshop is December 20, 2010.

For more info, feel free to contact Brian and Emily at 802-496-5434 or email: info(at)