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Ready to Learn the Important Fundamentals of Photography?

I offer several excellent options to help you!

Photography 101 – Fundamentals of Great Photography
Multiple options in August and a possible option in June!

Photographers Weekend Boot Camp
Weekend option in mid August!

2022 Fall Photography Fundamentals Workshop
Especially check out this fun extended workshop at a beautiful retreat ranch on the Guadalupe River in the Texas Hill Country in late October!

Online or In-Person Private Instruction
Customize your learning to your specific needs and schedule.

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Rocky Mountain Photography Workshop – Reasons THIS is the Year to Join Us!

Any of you who have joined us on our Summer or Fall Rocky Mountain Photography Workshops, you know how fun they are and what a wonderful adventure they are for photographers! Join us again! Tell your friends!

Rocky Mountain Summer Photography Workshop
July 2022

Rocky Mountain Fall Photography Workshop
September 2022

I wanted to give you all an extra encouragement to JOIN US THIS YEAR for a variety of reasons! Want me to list the reasons? Well here ya go:

  • The workshops are already filling up! Also lodging options are also filling up fast. Don’t wait to the last minute to sign up and be disappointed that you missed out!
  • Join us while you can!! At least right now, I do not know for sure if I will offer them in 2023. I’m just not sure yet. I might take a break? If you have really been wanting to go, do it this year!!
  • Read some of the reviews from former workshop participants! That is reason enough to sign up! Just scroll down to the bottom of this post!
  • We have had participants return and do the workshop again many times! Yes, it’s that much fun!
  • The workshops are VERY reasonably priced for all you are getting! The 4 day workshop includes over 40 hours of learning and adventures with two pre-trip meetings, plus some additional learning options (SummerFall)! The 9 day options offer you double the experiences, wildlife photo opportunities and double the fun!
  • Do you have a non-photographer spouse/partner who would like to join you on this big adventure? They are welcome to join us at no additional fee! Bring them with you!
  • Love nature photography? – Landscapes, Mountains, Waterfalls, Rivers, Lakes, Wildlife, Elk, Deer, Moose, Big Horn Sheep, Marmots, Birds, Sunrises, Wildflowers, Aspen Fall Colors, etc. This is the workshop for you!
  • Group Sizes are intentionally kept small!
  • We follow all national park guidelines and have obtained required permits to lead these workshops in the park.
  • Your workshop leader, Kevin Gourley, has years of experience leading these workshops in this magnificent national park.

“A 5 star experience from beginning to end…”

Participant Comments: 

  • “I just returned from Kevin Gourley’s fall photography workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park. Wow! The level of preparation, expertise and personal attention Kevin put into his workshop was exceptional and truly made this experience outstanding. Kevin traveled days ahead of the workshop to ensure the best locations for fall foliage, wildlife sightings and waterfalls. He pointed out optimal stances for photographs which was very helpful for me as a novice. He even offered helpful advice after each day’s session. The two sessions prior to our adventure helped me know what to expect on a practical level and helped me better understand technical aspects of photography. I’m extremely pleased with the entire experience and would highly recommend Kevin Gourley’s workshops to anyone looking for a top-notch photography experience.”
  • “Fantastic opportunity for improving photography skills. Kevin’s detailed understanding of Rocky Mountain National Park provides a lot of wildlife viewing/photography opportunities by being at the right place at the right time. Kevin’s leadership and positive attitude sets the tone for excellent communications, sharing and a fantastic time for all. This is the most organized photography workshop I have ever attended.”
  • “This workshop has been outstanding! I’d rate this as an 11.5 on a scale of 1-10!!”
  • “The workshop in RMNP was a truly wonderful experience. Kevin’s thorough knowledge of photography, RMNP, pre trip planning and scoping out current conditions before we arrived provided excellent photo opportunities. Kevin communicates so well that it takes all the guess work out of the trip. Kevin is knowledgable, patient, kind and provides individual help when requested. Our small group bonded quickly and new friendships were made. I hope for the opportunity to return again for a future workshop.”
  • “Having attended Kevin Gourley’s Rocky Mountain Workshop, I can assure you that it was one of the best Wildlife Photography experiences I have ever had. Importantly, not only are the photo ops incredible, Kevin makes the entire trip seamlessly smooth from accommodations, restaurant choices and reservations, to travel to the various locations. To top off the experience, Kevin also provides excellent instruction in photography enabling even the most amateur photographer the ability to learn and to come away with excellent images that anyone would treasure for a lifetime. I cannot recommend this trip in particular or any of Kevin’s workshops in general more highly.” Dr. S. Hurwitz
  • “What did I like about the workshop? All of it. Your pre trip planning, communication, accommodations, shooting locations, your kindness, expertise, willingness answer all questions and even extra help during the down time. I loved being at RMNP with you. You and Gail made us feel like family. I also enjoyed eating together at different restaurants (all great choices) as a group. I enjoyed being in a small group so we all got to know each other and have personal attention when needed. I enjoyed never being rushed at any location and all of the beautiful scenery and animals and our very close proximity to the park entrance.”
  • “I have taken classes in the studio and have had the opportunity to be in Rocky Mtn. National Park with Kevin. You can always count on Kevin to deliver understandable content, be attentive to your questions and needs. I highly recommend Kevin as a consummate professional and better person.” – Dennis Ellis
  • “The Rocky Mountain Photography Workshop turned out to be the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Rockies while learning with a small group of incredible photographers. I learned every day both from Kevin and other photographers in the small group. I cannot imagine a better opportunity than this workshop for photographers who love nature and want to hone their skills.”
  • “Kevin guided us to a variety of great photographic places when the lighting was ideal. We were able to photograph beautiful lake and mountain sunrises, a lot of wildlife including moose and many herds of elk. Kevin knew when to be at different areas when there were the best chances to see wildlife. Thanks Kevin for a great trip.”
  • “Kevin is an excellent workshop leader. He takes you to the best spots at the right time and gets you set up to get your best photos. Highly recommend.”
  • “The workshop was outstanding because we had total access to Kevin and Gail’s knowledge and experience in photography. We were presented with multiple shooting locations and lighting situations from which to learn. Kevin was always available to provide advice and help resolve any problems with camera settings or answer questions. The availability of daily photo reviews permitted one to make any adjustments to shooting techniques before the next day. This was the most hands-on learning experience I have had and I look forward to more with Kevin.”
  • “This workshop provided a broad depth of experiences in the RMNP because Kevin is so knowledgeable about the area and about the best way to photograph it. I really appreciated the care given to maximize each student’s experience, no matter their skill level. I will definitely consider taking other trips with Kevin and Gail.”
  • “Could not be happier with how the workshop turned out. Everyone involved was so nice and easy to get along with. Kevin was an excellent teacher – patient, explained well, relaxed and never felt rushed or that I may be holding others back. It was very rewarding and would highly recommend Kevin’s workshops!!”
  • “Kevin is a natural-born teacher and superbly facilitated the group while providing one-on-one attention. I learned a lot without feeling overwhelmed with technical details and had fun in the process. I highly recommend this workshop!”
  • “This exceeded all my expectations!”
  • “The natural beauty of RMNP was enhanced by Kevin’s knowledge of the park and locations that were custom picked for great photographic shots. Kevin’s calm, patient and knowledgeable teaching style meant that everyone, at whatever level they were at, felt comfortable asking questions, making mistakes, learning from them and then getting immeasurably better pictures as a result. The improvement in my photography from Day 1 to Day 4 was unbelievable. I came thinking the auto settings on my camera really took better pictures than I did, and I left seeing and believing that the pictures I now understood how to take were vastly superior to anything the camera could capture in auto mode. It was a 5 star experience from beginning to end.
  • “This is a workshop you can’t afford to miss! I came to the workshop with a goal of never using Auto settings again… I achieved that and more. Kevin is such a great teacher and is able to work with photographers of all levels. He made everyone comfortable, I am from Virginia and did not know anyone in the group (as were several others) by the end of the work shop I had made a group of new friends! We were able to get so many landscape and wildlife pictures. The whole experience was amazing. I’m ready to sign up for the next workshop! Thank you Kevin” – Barb
  • “The Rocky Mountain Summer Photography Workshop was an amazing experience! The success of the workshop begins with the organization and preparation of the instructor. Kevin and Gail were superbly organized and prepared! It was a treat to be lead to the best spots at the optimum time of the day to photograph the spectacular beauty and wildlife in the park. They demonstrated great flexibility and adaptability in meeting the needs of the group with the ever changing clouds, weather, and wildlife. It was also an incredible learning experience having a photography professional available to coach and instruct on the best methods for creatively composing a scene, capturing stunning images, and the correct use of a wide range of photographic equipment. Not only can I wholeheartedly recommend this workshop, but I’m already scheduled for a Rocky Mountain Fall Photography Workshop with Kevin!”
  • “Thanks for another spectacularly successful workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park! The conditions were even more challenging than last Summer, yet everything progressed flawlessly. We were at the right place at the right time to capture some incredible images. Thanks for everything!”
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I Love Studio Photography

I have such a love of photography, all types of photography whether it be nature, wildlife, landscapes, portraiture, fine art, etc.

I get particular enjoyment out of studio photography because a studio is a collaborative creative space for producing art.

In a studio, you truly don’t “take a photograph” you “create a photograph.” So many factors combine beautifully between posing, composition, light, mood, and creativity.

I just felt like sharing some of my studio work. I have so many images, it was hard to choose just a few.

If YOU would like to explore the wonderful world of studio portraiture, check out this limited offer that expires on December 25th!
Model: Anna Freeman
Model: Xavier Anthony
Model: Elizabeth Rhodes Styling: Kathy Thalman
Model: Lindsey Dukes
Model: Amanda Chapa
Model: Vanessa Nova
Model: Allaina Bouldin
Model: Stephen Condon
Model: Camille Khali
Model: Ella Rose Hall
Model: Camille Khali
Model: Joy Schmalzle
Model: Saril May
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Lonely Camera, Looking For A Companion

Attractive, single, camera, seeking committed relationship.

It happens. The excitement of a new camera wears off over time. The relationship gets boring, uninspired, and the next thing you know, the poor lonely camera sits untouched, longing for someone to pick it up again.

Give your camera the excitement it has been yearning for. We’ll help you explore new possibilities with your camera, whether it be in learning technical skills or finding new inspiration in photography.

Consider it “couples counseling” for you and your camera. 🙂

Check out all of our upcoming classes. CLICK HERE


P.S. Interested in Bird Photography? We’ll be announcing a new opportunity soon! Contact us if you’re interested at kevin@kgphotoworkshops.com


Support Local Small Business

We’re definitely “Local Small Business!” Please help us out during the holidays. Tell your friends about our classes. We are a small independent business in Austin, Texas. Your referrals mean the world to us. We are not an impersonal large corporation running ads on TV, radio, and the Internet. We (my wife Gail and I) have been in business for 16 years, and our priority is to help you become a better photographer, find new artistic inspiration, and have fun! We have loved the people we serve and are sincerely grateful for your business. The pandemic has made the past couple of years particularly challenging, but your continued support has meant so much to us. Thank you all! (And please tell others! 😉 )

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The Path to Learning Photography

There are many ways to learn photography. While there is no one “right way,” there are choices you can make in where you devote your energy while trying to learn. For example, if you have a DSLR or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, you’ll find it has so many options and features. Which modes should you use? Which should you avoid? What features matter most? These questions lead to important answers. When you are just starting out, you don’t really even know the questions to ask. All you know is you want to take better photographs!

As with anything in life, some lessons have to be learned the hard way. You’ll make mistakes, but those are learning opportunities. If you find a solution for a problem you’ve encountered, you have grown in the process. Still, I want to encourage you to consider some suggestions on paths you might choose in your process of learning photography.

Learn the Fundamentals

Get to know the basics of how a camera operates. Learn about the Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Exposure Modes, White Balance, etc. While you could just use your camera’s fully automatic mode, you’ll miss out on some great capabilities you might not even realize your camera can do. Starting with a firm foundation in the fundamentals of photography is always a good possibility for beginning your learning. I have a class called Photography 101 Fundamentals of Great Photography that would be a good starting point. Also check out my book on Amazon, “30 Practical Tips for Better Photographs.

Expand Your Creativity and Inspiration

Just as important as the technical details are the artistic considerations. More than camera settings, this is about how you see the world, what excites you, what motivates you, and what inspires you. It is so important to explore this side of the art of photography as well. In fact this is also a good starting point. Or after you learn the basics, I’d recommend devoting some time to this other artistic side of photography. I highly recommend taking this course I teach “Photography: Finding Your Way – Creativity and Inspiration Workshop.

Gradually Advance Your Skills Further

Once you have been exposed to the basics of camera settings, etc. It is wise to remain always in that mode of seeking to learn more, and practice, practice, practice. I encourage you to keep striving to be more comfortable with adjusting camera settings for a variety of different scenarios, indoors, outdoors, actions shots, night sky shots, portraits, wildlife, nature, etc. I have a Photography 201 – Expand Your Photography Skills class you might consider. Also, sharpen your nature photography skills with this class: Nature Essentials Photography Class.

Be a Student of LIGHT

Pay attention to light, both in the good qualities of light and the not-so-good qualities of light. Learn to manage and manipulate light. Quite often a photograph can be improved dramatically by simply using better light. I occasionally offer a course on light and photography. As we move further past this pandemic, I am sure I will offer this class again! Either way, this is something you can study on your own, too. Pay attention to the qualities of light that you find attractive, and take more photographs with that type of light. The more you do this, the better your photographs will be! Also, if you are trying to figure out how to use electronic flashes (often called SpeedLights) I have a class for that: Flash / Speedlight Photography Workshop.

Learn the Software

A very important part of digital photography is the process you choose for managing and enhancing your photographs on the computer. I love Adobe Lightroom Classic. It’s a very powerful and full-featured program. I offer a class that will get you off to a great start: Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Workshop. And then, when you are ready to really explore the full amazing photo editing capabilities of Photoshop, I offer this class: Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers Workshop.

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Help Us Choose What Classes to Offer Next!

Dear photographer friends,

I was looking over my schedule for the next 3 or 4 months, considering what other classes to offer (besides those already on my calendar). As is always my priority, I am here to serve YOU, so I decided to ask all of you what classes you’d like me to offer next to better serve your needs.

I’ve created a survey. Please go to this survey if you’d like to give feedback on what classes YOU want me to offer next and when!

Survey Deadline: 11/24/2021 10pm CST

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Holiday Gift Ideas For That Photographer in Your Life

Consider giving the gift of a photography class to your photographer friend / family member! We offer several options including local Austin, Texas classes as well as fun destination workshops!

  • In-Person Class:
    Photography: Finding Your Way – Creativity and Inspiration Workshop

    Whether you are just starting out in photography or you have years of experience, this class will meet you where you are and help you find new directions to head to discover your unique artistic expression in photography! Fall in love with photography, all over again!
    • Mid-January Weekday Morning or Weekend Options Available!
    • Register by December 25th and SAVE $30!

2022 Rocky Mountain Photography Workshops

A fabulous photographic adventure in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

2022 Texas Hill Country Spring Photography Retreat

Relax and have fun on this 3-day weekend photography retreat in the beautiful Texas Hill Country! Don’t think of this as a workshop. Think of this as a fun photographers “retreat” to get away and just have fun exploring with other photographers.
March 31 – April 3, 2022
Register by December 25th and SAVE $50!

2022 Fall Photography Fundamentals Workshop

Learn the important fundamentals of photography in this wonderful 4-day educational workshop at a beautiful ranch retreat center in the Texas Hill Country!
October 26-30, 2022

Register by December 25th and SAVE $50!

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We Are Back From Our Fall Workshop!

We just returned from our Fall Photography Fundamentals Workshop. What a wonderful group of photographers!

During our classroom time, we covered many important fundamentals of photography, and then the group had plenty of time to explore beautiful Mo Ranch, put into practice the various concepts learned in class, have time to just relax, and enjoy fellowship and meals with the rest of the participants.

Here are some comments from this year’s participants:

  • “The Fall Photography Fundamentals Workshop was truly the very best workshop I’ve ever attended (and not just photography workshops). Kevin’s level of organization was top-notch, from the initial email containing information about Mo Ranch, a very detailed itinerary of every day of the workshop, maps, lodging information, and menus. I arrived with a high level of comfort about the logistics of the entire package and no surprises once I got there. I am an intermediate to advanced photographer and was actually thinking the fundamentals would be a review for me and the location would be the selling point, but during the 4 days I learned so much about my camera functions, the myriad of shooting options, as well as absolutely gorgeous scenery to capture. Being able to recreate some of the beautiful pictures that are shown in the website was an unexpected delight. I have already signed up for the Rocky Mountain Fall Photography Workshop and the Lightroom Classic zoom class.” – Linda Davidson
  • “I enjoyed the Fall Photography Fundamentals Workshop at Mo Ranch so very much! The information and presentation were very well organized and professional, but also delivered in such a way that a photographer on any level would feel comfortable asking questions. The handouts were very helpful and a great reference source for us to take home with us. It was a pleasure to meet someone of your integrity and be a part of this class! I hope to be able to attend another one in the future. I highly recommend your workshops to anyone interested in photography.” – Peggy Craft
  • “The workshop was FABULOUS! You’re the best!”

If you would like to join us in 2022, we have officially opened registration!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
OR TO REGISTER

Here are a few photos I took during or in between teaching sessions.

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Having a Great Time on Our Rocky Mountain Photography Workshop!

We are having a great time in Colorado! The weather has been spectacular, with a light dusting of snow on the mountains happening a couple of days ago. High temperatures have been in the 70’s and lows in the 30’s. We just finished the workshop for Group A, and Group B arrives this evening for more great adventures in magnificent Rocky Mountain National Park.

We would LOVE to have you join us in 2022 for our Summer or Fall Rocky Mountain Photography Workshops! (Currently about 50% full!)

Here are a few photos from the past 4 days.

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Let’s Get Through This Together!

We have been through one heck of tough year and a half due to this pandemic. It has certainly been a nightmare for many of us, especially those of us who own and operate a small business that requires interaction with people, like mine.

The last thing we wanted was to see our COVID-19 numbers rising dramatically as they are today.

Different people are choosing to deal with this pandemic in different ways. For me, in MY business, I am always going to do what I can to respect the fact that we CAN make choices to help reduce the spread of this virus such as wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands, and get vaccinated. Disregarding these guidelines has led to greater spread of this virus and its continued mutations, and thus a greater burden on society, hospitals, individuals, and businesses. Therefore, the in-person photography classes I am currently offering require wearing masks when in my studio and we distance our tables apart. In our destination workshops, we are following CDC and local safety guidelines.

And I believe we are at a threshold where any NEW classes I add will have to be online classes only, at least until we see where this pandemic is going.

I am hoping my small business can make it through this latest round of pandemic crisis. We’re most definitely feeling the impact on our business now. If you know anyone who wants to learn more about photography or they need a photographer, please send them my way!

For my upcoming classes that still have openings:
  • Online Interactive Course:
    Photography Essentials Levels 1+2 Class
    Start your photography learning here! Or take this course as a refresher on the important fundamentals of photography. Learn important photography essentials! Up to 9 hours of learning in this interactive online webinar course! Monday/Wednesday Evenings November 1,3,8,10 2021 – Four Sessions
    SAVE $40 IF YOU REGISTER BY OCTOBER 1ST!
  • Online Interactive Class: Lightroom Classic CC Class
    Learn how to organize and enhance your photographs with this powerful program! Tues-Thurs Oct 12-14, 2021 6:30pm – 9pm
    Save $20 if you register by September 18!
  • Online Interactive Course: Photography: Finding Your Way – Creativity and Inspiration Workshop Whether you are just starting out in photography or you have years of experience, this class will meet you where you are and help you find new directions to head to discover your unique artistic expression in photography! Weekday mornings beginning October 4th WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS CLASS FOR ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS!

  • Photography 201 – Expand Your Photography Skills This is a sequel to my Photography 101 class. Currently it is scheduled as an in-person class but we may be switching this to be online instead. Beginning Nov2nd. If you are interested, sign up online! Just note that this may be switched to become an online class instead of in person!

  • 2021 Fall Photography Fundamentals Workshop This is an expanded version of Photography 101 held at a beautiful resort ranch in the Texas Hill Country on the Guadalupe River! The group size is small and our classroom space allows excellent social distancing and we’ll be doing a lot of fun photography around this beautiful ranch! This is a GREAT escape from the COVID-19 mess in Austin! October 27-31, 2021.

  • Texas Bird Photography Ranch Workshop Sharpen your photography skills in bird photography at a wildlife ranch near Uvalde, TX. Our group size is limited to just 5 photographers. Only one space left. Sunday-Tuesday October 17-19, 2021.

  • Online or In-Person Private Instruction Focused on: Your specific photography needs + Your schedule. We can do this in person or online via Zoom video conferencing.

  • Rocky Mountain 2022 Photography Workshops A fabulous photographic adventure in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado.

I sure thought we were getting beyond this pandemic, but it looks like the best we can do is deal with what happens and do our best at helping keep each other safe. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU WOULD BE INTERESTED IN MY OFFERING MORE ONLINE CLASSES AND WHAT YOU’RE INTERESTED IN! Contact me at kevin@kgphotoworkshops.com

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