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Waterfalls and Wildflowers Spring Workshop

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  • Waterfalls and Wildflowers Spring Workshop
    April 27, 2018 - April 29, 2018
    6:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Spring Photography Workshop April 27-29, 2018

This will be a two day field workshop near Jasper Arkansas  located in the area of the Buffalo National River in North Central Arkansas. Just about all of our time will be spent photographing the endless possibilities of this unique area, with personal instruction from Greg Disch.

During this workshop we will learn the techniques necessary for obtaining beautiful silky smooth waterfall photos.  We will also learn how to capture great close-up and macro shots using spring wildflowers as our primary subjects.  This is a teaching workshop with personalized instruction in any area that you need assistance.  This is a great way to learn if you are new photography or just want to add to the knowledge you already have.

Eden Falls in lost Valley Park in the Buffalo National River area of Arkansas.

Workshop Itinerary

Friday April 27

We will meet at the Ozark Cafe on the square in Jasper at 6:00 pm for dinner  and to get acquainted with everyone in the group.  We will discuss preparations for our morning shoot on Saturday, and be sure everyone has transportation.

Saturday, April 28

We will meet for breakfast at the Ozark cafe in Jasper at 7:00  before departing on our shoot Saturday morning.  plan to bring a picnic style lunch, snacks, and drinks for during the day Saturday as we may not have anywhere available to stop for lunch.

We will do in the field training on how to photograph waterfalls, to obtain the smooth silky appearance that we all like to see in waterfall photographs. In addition, there should be a great variety of wildflowers that we will be able to photograph, there are number of unique techniques that will we explore to capture great flower photos in the field.

We will return to Jasper and meet for dinner to discuss the days photo opportunities and have a question-and-answer session.

Sunday, April 29

We will again meet for breakfast at eight o’clock at the Ozark Cafe in Jasper. After breakfast we will venture out to another waterfall location. After shooting at this location, we will journey to a second location for another  shoot.  We will complete our photography sessions at around 4:00 pm  Sunday afternoon completing the workshop.

In addition to shooting wildflowers and waterfalls, we will have the opportunity to photograph the elk in Boxley Valley, numerous old barns, and other landscape opportunities.

The flaming Red Maple tree towers over the Boxley Valley Baptist Church, built around 1840 and has remained continuously active. The church lies within the Buffalo National River boundaries near Jasper Arkansas.

Changes to the Itinerary

In order to offer the best experience possible for the workshop participants we reserve the right to alter the itinerary when our judgment warrants it.  This could be due to unforeseen circumstances, closures, weather or other conditions beyond our control.  We may also alter due to new or unexpected photographic opportunities that may arise.

In Arkansas, May is generally the spring rainy season and a good time for shooting waterfalls. However, the weather is very unpredictable and in Arkansas waterfalls generally have water only in wet periods. There will be no guarantee that we will actually be able to photograph waterfalls with flowing water.  On the other hand, we may have too much water  being unsafe  traveling to the locations to photograph the waterfalls.   In case of either of these conditions we will have alternative subjects to photograph and we will still be able to cover the techniques of photographing waterfalls.



The workshop fee will $489.00 per participant.

The workshop fee includes all lectures, fieldwork and critiques of your images during our  sessions.  This is a photography workshop, not just a photo tour, my goal is provide as much personal hands on help as possible.  I will check with each participant to see how you are doing and if you need help,  if you wish for assistance let me know, if not just let me know, and you will be free to shoot on your own.  I will be more than willing to look through your viewfinder or at your LCD to check your images.

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Workshop Policies and Information

About the Workshop

Our workshops are based on digital photography, the assistance that I can provide and the immediate feedback of digital make “in the field” workshops one of the most effective teaching formats available.  Whether finding the correct exposure, looking through the viewfinder for the perfect composition, or learning how to use the equipment, you can’t beat real world experience.  Classes are kept small, it’s all about personal, individual attention.

Digital offers a number of benefits for learning photography including:

1. Immediate feedback on exposure and composition
2. Immediate critique from the instructor an other participants
3. Ability or afternoon or evening reviews and projection
4. Automatically capturing all shooting information (Meta Data)
5. Ability to manage work flow while still on location

Group Size

We keep our group size small, this provides for a high degree of personal attention and a great amount of flexibility in making the workshop the best possible experience for the participants.

This workshop is limited to a maximum of 6 participants.

What is Included

Your workshop fees include full instruction and critique during the workshp.

What is Not Included

Transportation during the workshop, lodging, meals, incidental expenses and items of a personal nature.

Health and Physical Considerations

All participants should be in generally good health, walking and moderate climbing may be necessary in outdoor workshops and you will be responsible for carrying of your own equipment on location shoots.  If you are taking any medications be sure to bring a supply sufficient for the duration of the workshop. If you have any concern about your ability to participate in a workshop please contact us before registering.


Equipment Needed

To get the most from the workshop you should have a Digital Single Lens Reflex  (DSLR) camera, tripod and an assortment of lenses.  That being said, it is the photographer not the camera that makes the photo.

We may be photographing the Arkansas Elk in Boxley Valley and  a long lens in the 300mm or longer range is needed in most cases.
For photographing waterfalls a tripod is essential. Neutral density filters are recommended along with a cable release for your camera.  for photographing wildflowers, a lens capable of close focusing is recommended. For very close-up images the use of either a diopter or close-up filter or extension tubes is recommended. A macro lens is also a great way of obtaining extreme close-ups however considerably more expensive than the previous options.

Transportation During Workshop

We do not provide Transportation on field trips, carpooling will be done among participants for these workshops.  If you do not have a car let us know and we will be sure there are  enough seats with other members during the workshop.


Lodging is not provided, you will need to make your own reservations, we will be meeting in Jasper AR, and be eating most meals there.  Jasper has several motels and there are cabins all around. Click here for area information.


Meals, drinks, and snacks are not provided, and are the responsibility of the participant.  I some cases we may need to pack a lunch for the day and at other times we will stop when and where convenient for the group.  Breakfast and dinner may be at a predetermined location or as available based upon where we are and our photography schedule.

Registration, Payment, and Refund Policy

You can register any way you like, just so I get your information, you can use the online registration, the contact formemail,  postal mail, or call me on the phone (479-414-6889) either to register or just ask a question.  Registration is done on a first come basis, so register early to secure your space.   A deposit of $500 is required to reserve your space, and full payment is due 30 days prior to the workshop. Enrollment is limited in our workshops, so once you have been accepted your participation is important to us – we are counting on you to attend. If you must withdraw from a course, we must receive written notice of your cancellation, and then apply the following refund policy:   We do not make refunds on workshop fees. We do not make partial refunds for unused portions or services of a workshop for any reason whatsoever. If we are able to fill your space in the workshop we will give full credit towards another workshop. If we are not able to fill your space we will issue 50% credit towards a future workshop.  If there are openings I will accepts last minute registrations when possible.

We can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in the services to be provided. We reserve the right to change our arrangements should conditions necessitate, or to cancel any aspect of the workshop due to exceptional circumstances.
In the unlikely event that we need to cancel a workshop we will refund all monies paid, in full. Notification of our cancellation will be made via either a telephone call or an e-mail to you at least 14 days prior to the beginning of a workshop other than an emergency. We cannot be responsible for phone messages and e-mails not being received in a timely matter due to your service providers. We cannot be responsible for non-refundable airline tickets unused or other travel arrangements because of a workshop cancellation. All workshops have a minimum participation level which must be met or the workshop may be canceled.

Non Photographer (Spouse, significant other, or friend)

We welcome spouses to join you on the workshop experience however “workshop activities” are limited to registered, paid attendees.  You may have a non photographer accompany you to all activities but they must pay for the workshop.  If they wish to accompany you on the trip but not attend the workshop activities, but stay with you, finding other activities during the day,  and  meet for meals and social type events that is perfectly acceptable.

Cancellation Policy

In the unlikely event that we need to cancel a workshop we will refund all monies paid, in full. Notification of our cancellation will be made via either a telephone call or an e-mail to you at least 14 days prior to the beginning of a workshop. We cannot be responsible for phone messages and e-mails not being received in a timely matter due to your service providers. We cannot be responsible for non-refundable airline tickets unused or other travel arrangements because of a workshop cancellation.

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The more the better, at least as far as the photography goes.  Workshops will not be canceled and no refunds will be made due to weather, we will not be responsible for any additional costs that may be incurred by weather delays or cancellations due to weather, flight delays, or other. Participants should come to the workshop prepared for all weather conditions. We will generally update everyone within a few days of the workshop so that they know what type of weather to expect.

Trip Extensions

We may be able to extend your trip in the area, if you would like more time and personal instruction.  Please contact us for more information and rates before the workshop.


We prefer that you do not smoke, however if you must please abide by the following guidelines.  Smoking is not allowed in or near vehicles, during instructional sessions, during group meals, or at other times when in close quarters with other workshop participants.


Our meeting point during the workshop will be the Ozark Cafe in Jasper AR.

The Ozark Café is a North Arkansas Landmark Established 1909 and has served the people of Newton County and surrounding areas almost 100 years. The walls are covered with photographs and newspaper articles to keep those memories alive. Easy to find the Ozark Café is on the square in downtown Jasper.

107 E Court St.
Jasper AR 72641



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