Imagine having an unforgettable photography experience this holiday season...

in The City of Brotherly Love...

capturing the birthplace of liberty...

in the glorious season of light...

making lifelong friends with your camera...

expressing love through your photos...

celebrating the miracle of the season

Are you ready to re-energize your passion for sharing your world?

We invite you to join us for an intimate, inspiring getaway

that will change the way you take photos forever.

Nick Kelsh’s Philadelphia Photography Workshop:

“History and Holiday Lights in the City of Brotherly Love”

November 26-29, 2018 — Philadelphia, PA

November 30 Add-On Option: Longwood Gardens Holiday Spectacle

It’s about you, your camera, the season, and the stories of your life.

Nick Kelsh's Workshops

offer an amazing opportunity to become lifelong friends with your camera ... and your fellow photographers! Each workshop has a carefully chosen location with a program designed specific to that area and the season to create an experience in which you'll expand both your photographic and cultural horizons ... not to mention your friendships! In fact, because each place, season and group creates such a unique experience, a quarter of our participants have become repeat attendees! Click through the slider below to get the flavor of our past workshops.
 

Picture yourself in a Nick Kelsh Workshop

Each experience uniquely programmed for its time and place

Mastering Manual Mode Workshop

Country Weekend Workshop

Farmstay and Photography in Rural New York

Fall Foliage in the Catskills

Philadelphia Workshop

History and Holiday Lights in the City of Brotherly Love

New Orleans Workshop

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

Connect... Inspire... Support... Grow... Enjoy...

 
The shared experience of a Nick Kelsh Weekend Photography workshop will feed your photographic soul.
Nick Kelsh, totally from the heart, the country photography weekend was really perfect for me… exactly what I needed and what I expected.  I was honored to be there, and would love to do it again.  Thank you so much for taking the time to top off our weekend with all that discussion and analysis in the post-workshop webinar session. It was the perfect way to review all the great times we had and the things we learned, along with tons of editing advice. It was fabulous, you are fabulous, Anne is fabulous. Thank you so much for everything. I am aching to do it all again. And I hope you (and ALL my new photographer-friends!) will come to Boston one of these days soon. I want more!!!   🙂    🙂    🙂 Cindy Ringer, Massachusetts

I went to the fall foliage workshop just wanting to have fun with other photographers, enjoy a chance to play with my camera, and figure out a few difficulties I had technically. I got that and so much more. So when Nick says it will re-energize your passion and build your confidence, it is NO EXAGGERATION!!!!! And it is loads of fun to boot!!!! (I hope to see y’all at another workshop down the road!) A workshop with Nick is not only a learning experience, but one where we laughed and shared our love for photography while building friendships in the process! I get emotional every time I look at the photos. Trying to find the words to capture the weekend and explain it to friends and family… “Awesome” and “amazing” and “wonderful” repeated over and over and over is pretty much what I’ve come up with so far. I think this is a case where I’ll have to let my photos speak for themselves! Nick and his wife Anne are as kind and fun as they seem online…even more so in person, I do believe! I hope to be able to attend once again! One of the attendees described it as a “once in a lifetime experience that I hope happens more than just once”— a perfect description of how I feel! 

Terryl Hicks, Louisiana

Wow, Nick! Thanks for the incredible weekend! I was the newbie of the weekend, having just discovered your teachings a few months before the workshop. I still hadn’t had time to finish a single class. But fate intervened. With two weeks notice, I discovered an extremely rare open weekend in our family schedule. No easy feat with four young children. I took a chance and dove headfirst into an amazing experience. I was definitely the least experienced photographer for the weekend. And walked away with skills I will use the rest of my life. And friends.  Even the imperfections of the weekend are what made it perfect. I’m forever grateful to be a part of the first weekend workshop. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. I’m no longer just a mom who likes to take pictures. I’m a photographer! Cynthia Barclay, Ohio

An exclusive invitation to a place I love—the place I live

I moved to Philadelphia in 1981 to accept a job as a staff photographer of The Philadelphia Inquirer.  As a young bachelor from Fargo, North Dakota, there was no doubt in my mind where in the city I would live. I wanted to be as close to the center city historic district as possible, and ended up a short walk from Independence Hall—the epicenter of American democracy—where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution had been signed. Philadelphia is the real deal. I loved walking in the front door of “my” three-story row house across the street from the 18th century cemetery that contained the remains of a Declaration signer. The idea of American democracy is very much alive on the sidewalks and in the walls of Philadelphia.

Anne and I are thrilled to invite you to join us in our amazing city at this wonderful time of year for a truly special experience. We offer you a festive city explored through our intimate, intensive, personalized, hands-on photography workshop—headquartered in a charming historic boutique hotel.  Picture Revolutionary Era architecture with halls decked, a bustling holiday buzz, seasonal sunlight bouncing off narrow cobblestone streets, Amish farmer’s markets, the “Rocky Steps” and more.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn from my lifetime of shooting photographs while visiting our country’s birthplace. American democracy could not have chosen a more beautiful place to have been born. Join us here for the rebirth of your photographic life.

You’ll be inspired and challenged. You’ll photograph, explore, play, eat, relax, grow, bond and, I predict, above all else, be absolutely thrilled with how it will change your photography. You’ll gain the skills and confidence to take control of your camera. You’ll enjoy a memorable getaway and return home with those memories beautifully captured in the kind of photographs you’ve always dreamed of shooting—the kind that you’ll now be comfortable shooting consistently, that will enrich your life and the lives of those you love and those you photograph.

Why spend this time with me?

Very simply, you want to shoot beautiful photographs. Maybe you have a fancy expensive camera that you’ve never taken full advantage of. You’d love to confidently shoot in manual mode and you’ve decided you’re finally going to crack the proper exposure “code.”

You aspire to professional looking photos with out-of-focus backgrounds, the beautiful soft focus of bokeh holiday lights, or the blur of motion captured, but think you could never do that!  Or maybe you can already do that but you want to free your imagination to explore your artistic side, using the amazing creative controls your manual settings offer.

You’ve always wanted to dedicate time away from your daily distractions to your passion, this hobby you love. Getting together for a few days with like-minded photographers who share your enthusiasm for this miraclous medium sounds like heaven. 

I can help you. This workshop is for you. No question.

I’ve hosted hundreds of seminars, retreats, public speaking events, webinars, and written and/or photographed nine books and I’ve come to the conclusion that a small group over a period of days may very well be the perfect teaching and learning format.  There’s enough time for me to connect with every student personally and still give you time to be alone with your cameras and exercise your mind’s eye—in other words, shoot great photographs. That’s what it’s all about.

For me personally, these workshops could possibly be the most exciting thing I’ve ever done in my career. A list of the great photographic experiences of my life would have to include some of these workshops. They were thrilling, and I’m incredibly proud that the attendees have repeatedly asked when we can do it again – and more than a quarter of them have come back for a subsequent workshop – or two!

Yes, we’re going to make sure you’re secure in knowing how to use your camera in manual mode but I want more than that for you. I want you to think like a photographer. I want you to think in terms of photographic communication—I want you to tap into your inner storyteller. I want you to create images—during the workshop and beyond—that will enrich your life and the lives of the people you love.

I want to help you get there. And I want you to have good old-fashioned fun doing it. 

Oh, and one more thing…

I guarantee you’ll leave a better photographer.

But don’t just take my word for it…

See what others have said below:

My workshops are nothing, if not fun!

Below are some moments from various events I’ve done.

About Nick Kelsh

Nick Kelsh is a renowned photographer—with nine published books and repeat appearances on Oprah and The Today Show.

Nick’s programs have attracted a following of thousands of amateur photographers of all levels. His passion for teaching and helping others, knack for creatively delivering photography instruction in easily digestible bites, and inspiring, entertaining style make learning photography easy and fun. He has shared his expertise and knowledge on his How To Photograph Your Life website, blog, and Facebook page, as well as in his popular online courses, live workshops and speaking engagements.

Here’s What You’ll Get:

A three-day immersive photography workshop in our nation’s greatest historic district—center city Philadelphia.

We’ll kick off with  dinner and our welcome introductory session  on Monday, November 26 and end the afternoon of Thursday, November 29. Take advantage of your Bonus Session by coming early on Monday for your free camera-settings checkup with Nick. The first 5 people to register will be guaranteed an individual session, and other sessions will be “first come, first served” (individual or small group by camera brand) as time allows.

We’ll then spend the next three days diving into the lessons, assignments, photo shoots, reviews/critiques and editing. As always with photography, we’ll be working on mastering or reviewing your camera settings, lighting, composition, and many other specialized techniques and general tips. We’ll shoot in various locations in and around the historic district and other Philadelphia spots.

Our schedule will include both lessons/discussions and on-the-street training. Our itinerary will allow for flexibility to take advantage of optimum locations, time of day and light conditions (and to adjust for weather if necessary)—for viewing and photographing the glory of this city as it gets ready for the holiday season.

Oh, and of course, we’ll build in time to relax . You’ll leave refreshed and re-energized, with deeper photographic knowledge and skills; wonderful new photo-friends, a collection of photographs you’ll be proud of, and the confidence, creativity and control of your camera to consistently shoot the photos you’ve always dreamed of shooting.

My Philadelphia Photography Workshop is a magical event that will:

  • Give you the confidence and skills to control your camera creatively in the daily situations that make for great photographs. 
  • Improve your understanding of various lighting situations and techniques, ability to expose photographs properly, compositional thinking, storytelling tactics and your post-processing and editing skills.
  • Establish new ways of thinking about your photography and the way you take pictures. It will help you not just relax but empower you…and it all shows up in your pictures. 
  • Make you aware of just what makes photographs that work…and photographs that don’t. You’ll be guided by me and enjoy the support and feedback from a diverse group of photographers who share your passion.
  • Give you a heart, head, and photo album filled with wonderful memories of a unique autumn rural experience shared with what are surely to become lifetime friends. This is guaranteed to be unforgettable. 

ADD ON DAY

Photographing Longwood Gardens Holiday Spectacle:

Flowers, Fir Trees, Fountains and Lights!

Friday, November 30

Extend your stay and learning opportunities with our Longwood Garden Trip Add-On Option to your Philadelphia Photography  Workshop. Add a special day trip to the Brandywine River Valley, home of Longwood Gardens, one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. We’ll capture its magnificent flowers and fields, glorious holiday displays and world-famous illuminated fountains. Join us to photograph a flourish of fountains and flowers in this unforgettable holiday botanical experience.    

 Longwood Garden’s exquisite Conservatory is reminiscent of the splendor of France’s Versailles with fanciful topiaries, imaginative wreaths, ornate mirrors, and more than 50 trees trimmed in classic holiday hues and sparkling crystal ornaments.

 Thousands of floating cranberries, apples, and gilded walnuts create an intricate mosaic in the grand tradition of a French parterre garden. Outside, colorful fountains dance to holiday music, strolling carolers herald the season with song, and a wonderland of a half-million twinkling lights await.

 Imagine the photographs… and let Nick Kelsh guide you in capturing them in all their glory!  

 Topics addressed may include:

  • The Exposure Triangle
  • Capturing Motion
  • Long Exposures
  • Bokeh Lights
  • Garden Landscapes
  • Flowers and trees
  • Photographing Water Fountains
  • The Magic Hour
  • Photographing Lit Christmas Trees
  • Holiday Ornaments, reflections, and other details

 Join us to get one more holiday adventure and photography packed day with Nick out of your Phildadelphia Workshop! 

(Friday, December 1, 10:30 AM to 7:00 PM. We will provide transportation from The Franklin Hotel to Longwood Gardens and back.)

When you register for the Philadelphia Workshop choose the Add-On Day option to join us on this special photographic excursion to the holiday jewel of Brandywine River Valley.

 

PRE- WORKSHOP PREPARATION

Before the workshop begins you’ll be asked to upload a set of ten photographs to give us a sense of who you are and where you are in your photographic journey. It could be a picture of your family and then your photographic greatest hits and/or mistakes! I’ll review these with you in a private consultation call before the workshop and then we’ll share them with the group in our opening night presentation, as we get to know each other and all share our photographic achievements, challenges, and goals.

MASTERING MANUAL MODE

We welcome a diversity of experience and skill levels among attendees. I know that we’ll have students attending this workshop who could probably teach significant portions of it. On the other hand, we’ll have people with expensive cameras who lack the understanding of how to take full advantage of all the bells and whistles.

To level the playing field, I want to make sure that all attendees are relatively comfortable with their camera settings before we get to Tuesday morning.  If anyone who’s attending wants to get on the phone with me before the weekend, I will be happy to walk you through your settings.

You’ll be asked to watch (or review) my 60-minute “F-stops, Shutter Speeds, and ISO Made Easy” training in advance of the workshop.

Also, I will be available on location during the day on Monday, November 26th, for anyone who wants to be among the first to arrive so that I can sit down with you to demystify your camera settings. The first 5 people to register will be guaranteed an individual session, and other sessions will be “first come, first served” (individual or small group by camera brand) as time allows.  A basic knowledge of the exposure triangle and a rough understanding of how to take a light reading is going to go a long way here. 

On the other hand, for some students, coming to grips with their cameras settings over the course of the workshop may be the huge personal milestone they’ve been dreaming of. It’s all good, believe me. My point is this: I want to help you before the workshop really gets going so we can maximize our time shooting photographs and telling stories.

STORYTELLING

We shoot photographs to tell stories so we will spend time addressing this all important topic.

We’ll talk about the how to tell a story in a single image and how to shoot a collection of images that tell a story.

We’ll focus on shooting photographs during this workshop that tell stories in a personal way…your way. I want you to go home with a set of pictures that was taken by a specific personality—you. That’s, after all, what good storytelling is all about; it’s the way the story is told and not the story itself.

I want your pictures to say something about how you feel about the world and the people you’re with. That attitude is going to result in the very best family photos when you get home.

And we’ll discuss the difficult but necessary task of choosing which images to keep and which to delete. We’ll discuss how cropping, editing, and converting to black and white (or not) can enhance your photos and the storyline.

Storytelling with a camera is an art and you will not leave the workshop having mastered it, believe me. But your ability to be a visual communicator will grow and flourish.

Essentially, we’re all going to photograph the same barns, trees, landscapes, people and views but, as all great storytellers know, the story is in the telling.  This is a profound lesson to learn as a photographer. 

It’s not about being self-centered, it’s actually the opposite. It’s about sharing your vision with the world. It’s what we photographers do.

FOLLOW UP VIDEO AND VIDEO RECORDING

A couple of weeks or so after the workshop we’ll have a followup session via webinar for a final overview of the experience, review of your photos and editing lessons.

You’ll be asked to evaluate and edit your collection of photographs during the week following the workshop and submit a sample of them for my review with the group. We’ll discuss content, technique, composition, and storytelling and I’ll demonstrate editing techniques in Lightroom.

You’ll receive a recording of this session to download for review as needed—and as a keepsake of the group’s greatest hits and our shared experiences together during this memorable workshop.

Includes 4 Great Bonuses!

PLUS AN SPECIAL EXTRA BONUS OPPORTUNITY DURING THE WORKSHOP!

(Combined value over $800!)

In order to give you all the support you need, we’re giving you the added benefit of the following bonuses, making your workshop package even more valuable. This is our way of preparing you to get the most out of your weekend, and for optimal success afterwards.

A special bonus for the first 5 people to register: a guaranteed spot for a personal Camera Settings Checkup on the day the workshop kicks off!

Personal Pre-Workshop Phone/Skype Consultation & Photo Review with Nick

Discuss where you are in your photographic journey, your goals, challenges and any questions you may have. Get samples of your photographs reviewed for feedback, advice on how to prepare to get the most out of your workshop, and a personal plan for growing your skills to take your photos to the next level!    (Valued at $125)

Basic Photography Course (Self-Study)

The first module of this course will get you familiar with all your camera settings, and then you’ll learn, or review, the fundamentals of composition, artificial and natural lighting, photo storage/editing and more. Whether you shoot with a DSLR camera, point-and-shoot or even your smartphone, you’ll master the practical tips & techniques of the pros. (Valued at $79)

GOING MANUAL Course (Self-Study)

This is my best-selling manual photography course in which I walk students through everything they need to know to make the concepts of manual photography finally click! Watching (or rewatching) these 8 modules of video lessons will get you prepared for our weekend work in shooting in manual mode and provide plenty of review afterward. You’ll get comfortable with the three key settings—the exposure triangle—and much more, to give you a great foundation to start taking your photography to the next level. (Valued at $159)

Camera Settings Checkup

(Individual sessions guaranteed to the first 5 registrants)

Arrive early to get a FREE session (individual or small group by camera brand, as time allows) to get yourself and your camera ready to hit the ground shooting. I’ll give your settings a once-over and get you up to speed on all those buttons and dials! We’ll clear up any confusion or problems that have been holding you back. The first 5 people to register will be guaranteed an individual session, and other sessions will be “first come, first served” (individual or small group by camera brand) as time allows. (Valued at $100)

SPECIAL EXTRA BONUS: Free Portraits by Nick

During the workshop you’ll get FREE personal portraits by Nick Kelsh! Joining Nick in a live workshop gives you a great opportunity to be professionally photographed by a renowned photographer—location, lighting and schedule will dictate when you’ll be photographed, as you’ll be dealing with an artist at work! 🙂  Includes retouched digital files.  (Valued at $350)

Our Historic Venue in “Old City”

In the heart of America’s most historic square mile, tucked away in a welcoming neighborhood steeped in long-standing Colonial tradition, our headquarters will be just a few short blocks from Philadelphia’s most photographed treasures, including Independence Hall!

Our workshop will be headquartered at The Thomas Bond House Bed & Breakfast in Philadelphia’s Old City.

Step into the 18th century in this exquisitely restored 1769 bed & breakfast gem.  The four-story house was built in 1769 by Dr. Thomas Bond, a celebrated Philadelphia physician and surgeon best known for helping to found the Pennsylvania Hospital, the first public hospital in the United State, along with his friend Benjamin Franklin.  The Thomas Bond House is an example of the classical revival “Georgian” style architecture, and the original part of the residence was built in 1769, with additions made in 1824 and 1840.  Interesting architectural details include a Rumford fireplace in the parlour, the “borrowed light window” on the garret floor allowing light to get from an outside room to an inside room, and the grand stair leading from the third floor to the garret floor, which was copied by the nearby City Tavern. 

The house served as a residence until 1810, and then as a stocking manufactory, leather tannery, leather goods manufacturer, rag supplier, customer broker and retail shop until being restored as a B&B in 1988.

 

Cobblestone … Liberty Bells … Historic Doorways …

Here’s a sample of photographs taken in and around the area to give you a flavor for what you will experience…and photograph.

Treat yourself to this valuable experience.

You deserve it!

There’s no doubt that this is a significant investment.

It’s a commitment to yourself and your passion that will pay you back for the rest of your life.

Consider this: for the cost of a memorable getaway under the experienced guidance of a renowned photographer, you will grow as a photographer in joyful and unexpected ways that will enrich your relationship with photography for as long as you live.

You’ll always be able to tap into the moments and insights that are going to make this weekend so amazing. 

Plus you’re guaranteed to go home with some amazing photographs—and an amazing group of new photo-friends!

This is an opportunity you’ll want to experience if you can.

Ready to take your photography to the next level?

Join us now to be part of an extraordinary experience!

Don’t miss this opportunity to grab your spot for an amazing city photography workshop with our early registration discount!  Space is limited to 14 participants so register now to reserve your spot and save $200!

SAVE $200 WHEN YOU REGISTER NOW!

Discounted investment for Early Registration: $1495

(Valid through September 15th. After that the Regular Price is $1695!)

Hurry to register now if you want to…

  • Save $200 with our Early Registration Discount!
  • Grab your 4 BONUS OPPORTUNITIES plus take advantage of a chance to be professionally photographed by Nick.
  • Be first in line to claim a slot for your personal one-on-one  Camera Settings Session with Nick. Remember:  The first 5 people to register will be guaranteed an individual session, and other sessions will be “first come, first served” (individual or small group by camera brand) as time allows.
  • Get the room you want (first come, first serve).
  • Be sure to get in.  The workshop is limited to just 14 participants. We expect it to fill up!

Once those slots are filled you’ll miss the opportunity to enjoy this rare experience on the intensive road to photographic improvement—and to enjoy a wonderful seasonal getaway with like minded photography enthusiasts in one of America’s most photogenic cities.

Want in, but not sure about travel/housing yet?

No worries… it’s RISK-FREE to secure your spot!

We understand that you may need a little time to look into travel arrangements or make plans with potential roommates—and we can help coordinate both— so we welcome you to register now to get a discounted spot (and secure your bonuses) and, if you’re unable to make suitable arrangements, we will allow a full refund of your workshop fee for 72 hours from the time of registration, so it’s risk-free to reserve your spot while you make suitable travel arrangements!

So you can reserve your spot with absolutely no risk, while you take the time you need to finalize your travel plans.

Still on the fence?

You may have lots of questions, so below are lots of answers!

FAQs

WHO IS THIS FOR?

Very simply, this is for anyone who wants to become a better photographer. Photographers of all levels are welcome. Probably the most satisfying experience will be had by owners of  a SLR or DSLR camera. You want to be able to manually adjust your f-stops, shutter speed and ISO settings. Having said that, if you want to do this weekend with only a smartphone camera, I would welcome that challenge.  (As long as you wouldn’t mind all the discussion of manual photography) – that could be a wonderful photographic experience for sure. I will try to make the challenge for each participant personal and appropriate to their level and interest.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE COST?

The workshop fee includes:

  • A three-day photography workshop, with hands-on instruction, assignments, photo review and editing instruction.
  • Bonus Camera Settings Checkup with Nick if you arrive early on Monday. The first 5 people to register will be guaranteed an individual session, and other sessions will be “first come, first served” (individual or small group by camera brand) as time allows.
  • Nick’s Basic Photography Course (self study)
  • Going Manual Course (self-study version)
  • Follow up webinar after the workshop for photo review and editing instruction
  • Bonus Portrait by Nick
  • All admission fees for any attractions we visit on the group photo tours
  • Transportation during the workshop
  • Welcome dinner, breakfasts and a farewell lunch.

Not included:

  • Accommodations are not included and must be booked separately (See next Question for housing details.)
  • Other meals — free to be on your own, or join us in a group dinner at your own expense.
  • Airport transfers

HOW DO I RESERVE MY ROOM?

You’ll receive detailed pricing/photos and reservation info after registering for the workshop once details are finalized.  We will be headquartered in a historic hotel near Independence Hall, such as the Morris House, or comparable lodging. You can let us know if you have a roommate request—otherwise we’ll be happy to assign you a roommate.

CAN I ROOM WITH MY FRIENDS?

Yes! We’ll appreciate you sharing accommodations with friends or fellow participants, as rooms will need to be booked on a double occupancy basis. Rooms will be booked first come, first serve, so if you and a friend register for the workshop at the same time, you’ll be able to book a room together. If you don’t book with someone you know you’ll be assigned a roommate…a great way to make new aphoto-friends!  You can also find a roommate through our private Facebook group for attendees of this workshop.  Private rooms are limited and may be available on a first come, first serve basis.

WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO WIFI?

 Yes,

WHAT ABOUT MEALS?

Monday’s welcome dinner, daily beakfasts and a closing meal on Thursday are provided.  Other meals are at your own expense—feel free to go out on your own, or you’re welcome to join Anne and me in a group.

WHAT ARE THE LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS?

Details on the host hotel will be shared as soon as they are finalized.  We will be headquartered in the Independence Hall area to provide plenty of opportunities for photography lessons and the enjoyment of historic Philadelphia.

WHERE DO I FLY INTO AND HOW DO I GET TO THE HOTEL?

You want to fly into the Philadelphia International Airport. Taxis and Uber rides are options for hotel transportation, and the Septa train is easy and inexpensive (but would then require a short cab ride or bus to get to the hotel).  You may also be able to share rides with other attendees and organize those arrangements through our private attendee Facebook group.

WHAT ABOUT LOCAL TRANSPORTATION?

We will cover all local transportation during workshop hours.

WHAT IF I HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS?

Please let us know if you have any special dietary or mobility needs. IMPORTANT NOTE:  Because several of the attractions we will visit are National Historic Landmarks and may not be fully handicapped accessible.  We will do our best to accommodate your needs within our ability.  Please contact us if you have concerns about this. You can email Workshop Coordinator Terryl Hicks at [email protected], or let us know if you’d like phone call to discuss how to accommodate your concerns.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO I NEED?

Bring your camera and all the lenses you may want to use. If you have a tripod—and it’s not a hassle to bring—bring it. (Many folks in the past have brought their tripods and ended up not using them. It’s your call. It’s NOT mandatory.) If you own a detachable “speedlight” you can bring that, too.  (Although, again, past participants have ended up not using them, so you decide.) And, of course, chargers, portable batteries, a flash drive.

When you pack your equipment for our photo-tours, try to keep yourself light and mobile. Your choice of camera bag is important. There will be some walking involved — and for the most part you’ll be using your camera and whatever lenses you own. 

Bring your laptop for post-processing your photos. We will do some editing work onsite during the workshop. I use Lightroom for editing and I’m going to suggest you do, too. If you plan to use Lightroom it would be good to have it installed before you get there.  If you need help learning to use it before the workshop, here’s a course I recommend:  ?  https://www.howtophotographyourlife.com/product/how-to-edit-photos-self-study/

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I PACK?

Comfortable walking shoes are mandatory. Obviously, it could rain or even snow a little, but big heavy boots would probably be overkill. Layers to adjust for varying degrees of cold or warm. A raincoat (which we hope you won’t need!) Rain/sun hat. Jacket or coat for nights. You may want to look half way decent for eating in a big city restaurant, but certainly relaxed casual. Average temperatures for that time of year in Philly are 50’s day / 30’s nights—but anything can happen weather-wise these days!  *For your bonus portrait Nick, remember to bring clothes that you want to be photographed in. If you’re wondering what’s best to wear for that, ask yourself what you want these photos for… a nice personal photo for your family or social media? A business headshot for your work?  With your camera for your photography page? Just dress accordingly.  In terms of colors, black isn’t great, bright white is the worst and solid colors are always the safest way to go. Think seasonal! Keep in mind that you could end up in photos taken by me or others throughout the weekend (which I may share in my blog or facebook page), so keep that in mind—seasonal city clothes, avoid t-shirts with logos, etc.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

Average temperatures for that time of year in Philly are 50’s day / 30’s nights—but anything can happen weather-wise these days!

WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION POLICY?

Your workshop fee is fully refundable for 72 hours from the time of registration. This will allow you to secure your spot early—to take advantage of the discount and special bonus—but be risk-free, with time afterward to be sure you can get travel arrangements in place. (Please contact us at [email protected] if you’d like help with arrangements.)

WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?

Please email our workshop coordinator Terryl Hicks at [email protected]  or Anne Kelsh at [email protected] and they’ll be happy to address any questions you may have by computer or phone.  They can offer advice about transportation, rooming and other logistics to help make the trip manageable, affordable and possible for you!

So join us now to get your discounted spot and special bonuses!

This special experience, which I, as your trusty photography guide, have carefully and lovingly programmed for you, is sure to engage, enrich and inspire you…in mind, body and soul!  

Don’t delay, as space is limited – hurry to grab your spot!

Also, rooms will be available on a first come, first serve basis, so book soon to have the widest choice.

Register now to take advantage of our Early Registration Rate!

I hope you’ll join us for a memorable weekend and I look forward to helping you…

Stay in focus.

Nick

Nick Kelsh is a renowned photographer—with nine published books and repeat appearances on Oprah and The Today Show—who has become a photo-guru and friend to many thousands of family memory keepers and photographers of all levels. Nick’s passion for teaching and helping others, knack for creatively delivering photography instruction in easily digestible bites, and inspiring, entertaining style make learning photography easy and fun on his How To Photograph Your Life website and blog and Facebook Page, and in his popular online courses, live workshops and speaking engagements.

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