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Local Photo Workshops

Our New England workshops provide an intimate, in-depth group learning experience out on location, with the majority of the workshops between 6-12 students. Workshops last a few hours up to a few days, with no transport or accommodations included. It's okay if you're a a brand new beginner, or have been on many workshops with us - you're in the right place.

Photo Tours

Photo tours are the "full package," where we combine the learning experience with accommodations, transport, some meals, and more. Tours are a more well-rounded experience that includes exploration of natural and cultural history as opposed to just photography alone.

We specifically visit locations for longer periods of time - we'll spend more time at 2-3 locations per day, rather than rushing through 4-8. This allows us the time to work our camera magic. We may wake up for the sunrise on some mornings, and stay out past sunset on others. Our emphasis is on bringing you to the most picturesque locations under the best conditions. The best part: tours are suitable and just as much fun for non-photographers too!


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The Collaboration

Paul is quite the planner when it comes to his shots. His creation of photographs is born from rigorous preparation and research. He "pre-visualizes" his photos, seeing the image in his mind beforehand, and often begins preparing for a shot months in advance, as he researches sun, moon, tides, weather, the angles in which sunlight falls on landscape subjects at certain hours, and the ecology of living subjects. Paul prefers to shoot in very low light conditions, using extremely long exposure times. Allie's photographic interests stem from her love of travel, and exploring new places. She is always looking out for photographic scenes, be it a sandy shore or sunlight bending through the mountains. She is also inspired by cultures and looks to capture the essence of wherever she is. She is also an avid planner, be it itineraries or photographic technique. Together, Paul and Allie are a balanced team of technical planners and spontaneous explorers who guide Venturers to make their most unique shots in a variety of styles.

What to Pack

Recommended EQUIPMENT

  • D-SLR, Mirrorless, or point-and-shoot camera

  • Memory cards with at least 8 GB of total capacity

  • Fully charged battery

  • Sturdy tripod with ball head

  • Wide angle lens, e.g.:

    • Nikon 10-24

    • Canon 10-22

    • APS-C Tokina 12-24, 11-16

  • Mid-range or versatile zoom lens

  • Rain cover for your camera - shower caps or plastic bags also work!

  • Lens cloth

  • Remote shutter release (cable or wireless)


  • Polarizer filter

  • Neutral density or variable neutral density filter

  • Backpack (designed for camera equipment is helpful)

  • Extra battery

  • Graduated neutral density filter


  • Rain coat or jacket

  • Water-resistant or quick-drying pants

  • Pockets for accessories and filters

  • Wool or fleece layers for early morning chills and fluctuating temperatures

  • Hat and gloves

  • Sturdy hiking boots

  • Tall rubber boots

  • Headlamp

  • Water bottle

  • High-energy snacks

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What is the difference between a workshop & tour? . . .

A workshop can last from a few hours up to a couple of days, and does not include any accommodations, transport or meals. On a tour, All arrangements are made for you, including hotels, transportation, and some meals. Please review each tour individually to see what they include. Tours offer a more well-rounded experience and allows you to practice new learned concepts over a longer period of time.

How good of a photographer do I need to be? . . .

Most of our students are beginner or intermediate hobbyist photographers, or even just smartphone users. But by the end of a workshop, beginners have become intermediates, and intermediates have become advanced. Everybody on our workshops can learn the same skills quite comfortably. You should never feel that you aren't good enough to learn with us!

What equipment do I need? . . .

To get the most out of our workshops and tours, it's nice to have a camera that lets you take control of the settings. A D-SLR or a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera is what we recommend. We also strongly recommend a sturdy tripod. Please check the recommendations on each workshop individually, or read our blog for specific lists.

What is a "Bluey"? . . .

A Bluey is someone belonging to our membership program. As a member of this program, you are entitled to 15% off any one-day workshop, given that you are registering using your online account with us and are purchasing a Single - Bluey ticket. Blueys also have the opportunity to submit up to 3 photos created during our workshops to be critiqued by the instructor. You can become a Bluey when you create an account with us for a $30 annual fee.

What's the oldest you've had on a workshop? And Youngest? . . .

The oldest we've taught on a workshop or tour was 84 years old, and the youngest was 9 years old, accompanied by an adult.

Do I need to be in good shape? . . .

All forms of outdoor recreation inherently come with a certain amount of physical activity. Since all our photography workshops and tours take place outdoors, you must be comfortable with being on your feet for up to three hours. Some walking is involved with your equipment, often on unpaved and rocky surfaces, and sometimes with an incline. Please only bring the equipment that you are comfortable with carrying for the entire duration of the workshop or shoot session. All of our outdoor venues are different in their terrain and physical expectations, and is explained on each workshop or tour page. You will never be required to do anything that is beyond your ability level and you may feel free to opt out of any session. If you have concerns about the physical activity level on any workshop or tour, please let us know.

Do you teach how to edit photos? . . .

No, we do not teach post-processing techniques on our workshops or tours, unless specifically stated. Your time with us is spent outdoors on-location, creating pictures, or traveling to new shoot spots. We prefer not to have editing or critique sessions while we are traveling.

What if there is inclement weather? . . .

Workshops happen rain or shine, since the best photographs are taken under a wide variety of conditions. But, If we decide that the conditions are too dangerous, we will cancel the workshop, or part of it, for the safety of the group.

What is your cancellation & Refund Policy? . . .

Once a workshop fee has been paid in full, no refunds will be given. If you wish to opt out of a workshop but want to switch to a different one, you can do this by logging into your Eventbrite registration and request a transfer for a $10 fee. Cancellations in return for future workshop credit can be made up to one week before the workshop date, for all workshops that are two days in length or shorter. Any credit granted will be considered expired after one year from the date of issue. In the event that you do not attend a workshop and do not provide advance notice (a “no-show”), we will consider your registration to be forfeit, and receive no credit. Workshops are conducted rain or shine, unless a determination has been made in an emergency or other event rendering the workshop unsafe or impossible. In this case, registrations are provided full refunds.

For tour bookings, you may cancel your registration at any time, but you will incur a cancellation fee. If you cancel your registration before 60 days of the start of the tour, you will receive 50% of your deposit back. If you cancel within 60 days of the start of the tour, your deposit, and any funds collected are nonrefundable. In the case that the tour is cancelled by BlueHour Photo Ventures, you will have all funds returned to you. We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance in the case that you are no longer able to attend the tour.