don jackson photography
Bio & Awards
We currently have no PhotoTours or Workshops scheduled.
Our goal for our PhotoTours is that each participant have a wonderful and safe outdoor experience, bring home new knowledge and inspiration, see new places, create wonderful photographs, enjoy the company of other participants and even make new friends. Our PhotoTours are limited to between 6 and 12 participants to ensure participant satisfaction, allow us to have one-on-one time, and to tread lightly and not overload the area that we are photographing (some of which may be sensitive ecosystems or wildlife areas).
We have found that one of the most effective ways to help participants, in addition to taking them to great locations and photographing with them, is to critique their work. It is very important that you bring samples of your work (twenty 35mm duplicate slides are preferred. We may be in environmental conditions that could damage delicate film, so bringing originals is not encouraged if at all possible, or if you do bring them (and people always do, carefully package them .) so that we will be able to view and critique as a group. Having a group of photographers to critique your images will give many more ideas and thoughts than any one person. We travel with a small, quiet generator, an Ektagraphic slide projector, and a projector screen to see slide shows and do critiques at night on location. (Imagine watching slides while sitting around a campfire after dinner and under the stars...)
The PhotoTours will have an itinerary, though we may change our schedule along the way to adjust to local conditions or desires of the group. The PhotoTours will be relaxed and open, and we will work together as a team to maximize our opportunities and safety. We will travel with safety equipment, including first-aid kits, cellular phone, two-way radios and off-road equipment. But the best safety equipment will be well-prepared participants. (We will give you a "What to Bring" list.)
Who leads the tours?
Don is an experienced workshop and photo tour leader, having taught for Ansel Adams Gallery, Audubon, California State Parks, Mono Lake Committee, Tikchick State Park Tours and through Don Jackson Photography. Workshops and photo tours have included Alaska, Mono Lake / Mono Basin / Eastern Sierra, Sonoma Coast / Salt Point, Fort Ross State Park, Yosemite National Park, southern Utah including Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef, Muddy Mountains in Nevada, Tule Lake / Klamath Basin, and many other locations.
Over the years of teaching workshops, many experienced photographers have requested a form of workshop with more location work, less indoor classroom time, and more informal "around the campfire" discussions and learning sessions. In short, you wanted to be out there exploring new locations, photographing and . In response, we have created these PhotoTours that focus on location photography and exploration while maintaining an important educational component, usually during non-peak photography times (during meals and around the camp at night).
For many of the PhotoTours, we will be camping in the area that we photograph. Why camping and not staying in hotels or motels? Getting close to your subject will improve your photography and since we are photographing the natural world, it is best that we be part of it. In some areas or during some seasons it is not feasible to camp, so we will stay in motels.
If you are unsure of the basic operation of your camera, the PhotoTours would not be as effective as a PhotoBasic Workshop (currently there are none scheduled) and would hinder the group as a whole. If you have any questions regarding the viability of your participation, please complete the Pre-Class Questionnaire and submit it to us ASAP. The opportunity for a less experienced photographer that understands the basics is great; traveling and photographing with knowledgeable photographers will be inspiring and very educational.
What kind of physical condition do I have to be in?