John Fielder Photography Workshop

July 1, 2017 – July 2, 2017 all-day
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

A Benefit for Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Early Wildflowers around Vail, Colorado
July 1-2, 2017, Saturday-Sunday
Cost: $850 includes some meals, no lodging

Join Colorado’s premier landscape photographer, John Fielder in Vail, Colorado for two days of nature photography and instruction. At this time of the year, the aspen trees are fully leafed and early season wildflowers, possibly yellow mules ears, purple lupine, and red Indian paintbrush, are in bloom! There will still be plenty of snow covering the Gore Range to make a stunning background.

This Workshop offers a well-rounded and highly resourceful educational experience, appropriate for any level of outdoor photographer, but especially for beginners and intermediates. The program consists of a slide-based lecture, field shoots in beautiful locations, and an interactive critique session on participants’ laptop computers. A full, yet comfortable, schedule optimizes field time and helps facilitate the absorption of invaluable, professional information. Long days afford ample opportunity to travel backroads and hike remote locations with John. John will also discuss post-processing of your images with computer programs such as Adobe Lightroom, and do live demonstrations.

No participant should feel that he or she is not qualified to attend. Limited enrollment gives participants quality time with John Fielder and ensures that each person gets the specific instruction needed based on their individual level of experience. Fellow pro nature photographer, Gary Soles, assists John at most workshops, further ensuring individual attention. A group-based critique session allows students the chance to learn from others’ work, while personalized field instruction addresses the photographer’s needs related to both understanding camera functions and techniques of composition. Transportation to field locations and some meals are included.

John Fielder has worked tirelessly to promote the protection of Colorado’s ranches, open space, and wildlands during his 35-year career as a nature photographer and publisher. His photography has influenced people and legislation, earning him recognition including the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award in 1993 and, in 2011, the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s first Achievement Award given to an individual. Over 40 books have been published depicting his Colorado photography. He lives in Summit County, Colorado, and operates a fine art gallery, John Fielder’s Colorado, in Denver’s Art District on Santa Fe. He teaches photography workshops to adults and children. His latest books are Colorado’s Yampa River: Free Flowing & Wild from the Flat Tops to the Green and Wildflowers of Colorado. Information about John and his work can be found at

Trail hikes will be up to 2 miles round trip at 9,000 feet therefore moderate physical fitness is recommended.

Camera Equipment:
Digital cameras only, SLR or Mirrorless bodies best with lenses from at least range 18-135mm for APS (small) sensor cameras, and 24-200mm for full size sensor cameras. A good tripod. Point & shoot cameras are recommended for closeups, but will not serve all the purposes of wildflower photography to be discussed and practiced especially extreme depth of focus techniques at f22. Laptop on which to edit your photos. Editing means picking winners, not necessarily processing.

Schedule & Workshop Home Base: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, 522 S Frontage Rd. East, Vail

8:30 – 12:30:
Slide lecture “The Art of Seeing.” Continental breakfast provided.
12:30 – 2:00:
Break for lunch, on your own.
2:00 – 8:30:
Travel to location for evening field photography. Picnic dinner provided.

Meet for morning field photography. Box Continental breakfast provided.
5:30 – 9:30:
Travel to and from locations for morning photography.
9:30 – 10:30:
Hot Brunch provided.
10:30 – 1:00:
Editing of photos, critique session, and participant digital slide show.
1:00 – 1:30:
Book signing and adjourn.

Contact Betty Ford Alpine Gardens: (970) 476-0103