Category : His Light Workshops

2 weeks, 4 days ago 4



Those were the words spoken by Tom Cruise in Jerry McGuire to Cuba Gooding!  Now I’m speaking them to you!  I believe in VALUE. When I spend my own hard earned money, I want my money’s worth.  I want you to get your money’s worth too!!!!


So what on earth am I talking about?  I’m an educator, I love photography and photographers, and I enjoy nothing more than learning and getting better myself, and hopefully helping other do the same!  That’s why this retired guy still teaches workshops and seminars.


Here’s where you come in.  My workshop attendees could learn so much more if they came to workshops ready to learn.  So what do I mean by that?!  Let me make some suggestions and I’m going to back them up with some action on my part!


Here are my suggestions for you:


(1.)  Whatever your workshop provider sends to you in email correspondence, READ IT!  Most workshop providers provide very important information to help the student get the very most from the workshop experience.  It is part of what we feel you’re paying for, and we diligently try to provide it.  If you don’t read it, you get less from the experience, and we never want that to happen!


(2.)  Be sure to know your camera so you can make the following setting without having to consult your camera manual!


A.   Settting your aperture (f stop).

B.   Setting your Shutter Speed.

C.   How to select Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority opr Manual Exposure.

D.   How to Set your White Balance.

E.   Be sure to prepare your batteries so they’re all charged and ready to go.


Know that the answer to all questions is: “It all depends!”  John Shaw was known for saying this all the time and it sometimes upset folks because they wanted a simple answer, but John was right, it really does depend.  Let me give you and example:


Let’s say you walk up to the railing at Sunset Point of Bryce Canyon National Park, and ask your instructor which lens should I use here?, and he says, “It all depends”, He’s right, maybe you want to shoot the overall broad scene, or maybe you want to shoot a small beautiful section of the Hoodoo!




See, it all depends!!!


Starting next season, I’m sending every attendee my full set of Foundational Guides, free, so they will be armed with all the most important basics.  I will endeavor to send my attendees everything I can think of that would make their experience better.   I take no pleasure in depositing workshop fees when I think my attendees may not have gotten everything they should!


Everyone should leave a workshop knowing they had a great time, great fellowship and are a better photographer than before they arrived.  I’m committed to make that happen for every person that decides to join me!




the pilgrim



1 month ago 3



We’ve had a great week of shooting and just having fun in Northern Ohio.  This has been a great group and it has gone well!  Thought I might publish some of my favorite personal images from the later part of the week!
















the pilgrim



Photo by Jaki Miller


2 months, 2 weeks ago 6



Tour the Historic Route 66 through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.  We will end our journey in Nelson Ghost Town and a visit to the Neon Museum in Las Vegas.  If you are into Americana this is a must trip.  Relive the glories of The Mother road!



One of America’s most unique and spectacular parks Arches and Canyonlands.  Hit the most incredible locations for early and late light each day and full classrooms sessions each day.  If that were not enough you will get to join Bill for a burger at one of the top rated cheeseburger locations in America, Milt’s Stop and Eat!!!!



Spring in the Smokies is one of the most pleasant n natural history sites in america.  We will shoot spring flowers. beautiful streams and that perfect spring green array of color.  This is my home park and I’ve run over 40 worships intros park, trust me, you will hit the best locations!



One of the hidden treasures of Americana is Roanoke Va, home of the O. Winston Link Museum, the master of steam engine photography and we will visit it!  The Virginia Museum of Transportation, Black Dog Salvage, and the D-Day Memorial and a trip to fLynchburg and Appomatix!  Country Stores, antiques and classic cars, what an event!



One of our most popular event a week in Nashville, Music City with Ricky Skaggs Country and Bluegrass Music Legend and great shooter.  Ricky will be with us on location and in the classroom for the four of the five en a half days.  View one of the countries most valuable and largest classic car collections, shoot at Antique Archaeology, (the American Picker’s Store) and The Marathon Motorworks area.  The bonus, your registration fee includes a ticket to attend Ricky and Kentucky Thunder’s annual concert at the Historic Ryman Theatre.



One of the parks that few people get to shoot in is the wonderful Badlands, Black Hills, and the beautiful Spear Fish Canyon.   The Fall foliage is spectacular and the region is filled with interesting and exciting , wildlife, landscape and Americana subjects.


His Light Workshops Details

All Workshops limited to 8 attendees except Nashville which will have 12.

All Workshops are $995.   *excluding lodging sand meals.

To Register:  Contact Bill Fortney  @  or call

(606)-528-6119  or (606)-344-0455

EARLY REGISTRATION: Register before December 31 for a workshop in the 

Following year and receive an additional 10% off .


All of His Light Workshops will deal with Learning to See Photographically, Advanced Composition and the Art of Extraction.




I will also be doing workshops with Jack Graham and Jack Graham Workshops including our New Fuji X-System Workshops!





To join Jack and I for His workshops contact Jack at: 





Please note that these discounts are for FUJI “X”PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSOPS ONLY and are different and do not apply to workshops run individually by Jack Graham or Bill Fortney as well as workshops found under, Ultimate Photo Workshops and His Light Photography Workshops 


1. RETURNING ATTENDEES: 10% discount 


2. EARLY REGISTRATION: Register before December 31 for a workshop in the 

Following year and receive an additional 10% off (domestic workshops only)