In this three-hour workshop, created exclusively for those just starting out, we will teach you the very basics of photographic concepts. We will give you the tools to understand the differences between point-and-shoots and D-SLR cameras, how to use the equipment, and the technical basics to get you off on the right foot, in a judgment-free zone for learning.  BlueHour will lead small group sessions in order to provide personalized attention and hands-on instruction, and each session includes ample opportunity to practice your skills on-location with real-time guidance and feedback.

I really enjoyed this workshop, it was a great location and the perfect length, and amount of information that I felt I understood, but wasn’t overwhelmed.
— Beginner Bootcamp Student
What You'll Learn
  • Camera modes

  • Exposure basics

  • Focusing

  • Histograms

  • Basic composition

  • JPEG vs. RAW

  • Equipment care

  • Tripod use

Physical Difficulty

Standing and a short amount of walking on paved surfaces and flat rocks.

Recommended Equipment
  • D-SLR camera or Mirrorless

  • Any lenses you own

  • Any filters you own

  • A tripod

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Meeting Details

Meet in the grassy area in front of the church at 1 PM.
180 Beaman St, West Boylston, MA


Paul Nguyen

Paul is a professional fine art photographer, specializing in nature and landscapes from around the world. Paul founded BlueHour in 2014 and designs and instructs all curriculum and course material, and is a tour leader. He works tirelessly making sure the business runs smoothly and is an incredible resource to his students. 

In April 2017, he served in the prestigious National Parks Artist in Residence program, at Petrified Forest, Arizona. His work also includes an exclusive assignment as the photographer for the Gallery on the Charles River at the Museum of Science, Boston.  His images have been licensed by organizations such as the Nature Conservancy, Tamron USA, Amazing New England Artworks, and numerous local and international publications, and his outstanding image-making and teaching have gained him an equipment sponsorship from Tamron USA.

Paul lives and works out of Hanson, MA, and can be seen promoting and selling his work at art shows and fairs in New England throughout the year, and is also a lecturer and contest judge for local camera clubs. The Boston Camera Club awarded him Judge of the Year honors for 2015-2016.

Visit his website and portfolio at

Allie Richards

Allie is a professional photographer specializing in landscape, travel and portrait photography. Allie is Paul's partner in BlueHour, an instructor and tour leader. She is the administrative workhorse behind the BlueHour brand, webmaster, and design specialist. 

She has been photographing since age 13, and her trade has taken her to places like Iceland, Norway, The Faroe Islands, across Europe and the United States. She was awarded the Student Image Award in 2013 from the Photographic Resource Center in Boston, MA. 

Her approach focuses on 'telling the story' of a place by capturing subtleties and minor details that when viewed together, create a more complete whole.

Allie lives and works out of Marlborough, MA, and can be seen promoting and selling her work at art shows and fairs around New England. She also regularly shoots portraiture, weddings and events.

Visit her website and portfolio at


If you'd like to stay for our Lowlight Landscapes Workshop, Register for both below at a discounted rate:  $130 per person, or $220 for pairs.