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Nashville Ricky Skaggs Workshop  -    July 30th  - August 3,  2014

Limited to  15 Attendees   $799.  Workshop Fee

* Includes a ticket for the Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder concert at the Ryman Theatre

Leaders:  Bill Fortney, Jim Begley, and Country Music Legend, Ricky Skaggs, and Snake Barrett


Join Jim, Ricky, and I for a great Americana workshop in Music City, Nashville, Tennessee. Great Americana locations like Canonsburg Village, Nashville’s Broadway at night, and the city scape with river reflections.  Add to all of that we will visit the American Picker’s Antique Archeology Store in Marathon Motor Works area.  Photograph priceless guitars and portraits of Ricky in conjunction with Dury’s Camera and guest lighting instructor Nick Coury!  Fee includes a ticket to the Ryman Theatre performance of Ricky and Kentucky Thunder, this years performance was fantastic!





Brown County Indiana in Fall Workshop  -    October 15th – 19th       SOLD OUT

Limited to  8 Attendees   $899.  Workshop Fee

Leader:  Bill Fortney & James Haverstock


One of the best places to photograph fall foliage in America.  Covered bridges, forests filled with a great variety of deciduous trees, the wonderful village of Story, and Nashville, Indiana. The Indiana rolling hills and quant barns make for a wonderful place to enjoy the brisk weather!  Many great photographic surprises wait for us in Indiana!







Acadia National Park –    October 21st – 26th, 2014 

Limited to  12 Attendees   $995.  Workshop Fee 

Leaders:  Jack Graham & Bill Fortney

To Register Contact:  Jack Graham    2014 Workshop Registration Form

Or Visit 


Please note that lthough the workshop starts at sunrise on Oct. 21, we will meet at Blue Nose Hotel in Bar Harbor Maine…the evening of Oct. 20 for an hour or so to go over itineraries, travel and workshop goals
Please consider joining Bill Fortney and Jack Graham to photograph Acadia National Park and the beautiful Maine Coast in the fall. Instruction, unbelievable subject matter and great results are guaranteed!!! I have no doubt you’ll come away with lots of new information and photographic tips which will improve your photography as well as some wonderful images of this amazing location.


Great Smoky Mountains N.P.  in Fall Workshop  -    October 29th – November 2nd   SOLD OUT

Limited to 12 Attendees   $899.  Workshop Fee

Leader:  Bill Fortney & Jim Begley


There is few other places in America as spectacular as the Great Smoky Mountains in fall.  Our workshop is planned for the end of October at the back end of the peak foliage.  Why? Simple the park guests are starting to leave, and the stream beds are covered with beautiful leaves, perfect for intimate landscape shots in the brooks, rivers, and in Cades Cove.  Wild life are active, and a good number of leaves are still hanging in the trees.  This will be a workshop with an emphasis on finding the picture in the picture, extraction!  We promise you will leave a more observant and effective photographer!






Nelson Ghost Town – Las Vegas Neon Sign Museum,  Nevada –    November 9th  - 121th, 2014 

Limited to  12 Attendees   $995.  Workshop Fee 

Leaders:  Jack Graham & Bill Fortney

To Register Contact:  Jack Graham    2014 Workshop Registration Form

Or Visit 


Join Jack and I for an Americana workshop extravaganza.   Spend two days shooting the great Ghost town of Eldorado at Nelson, Nevada.  Just 20 minutes from Boulder, Nevada, our home base, only 40 minutes south of Las Vegas!  We will also photograph the fabulous Neon Sign gGraveyard, & Museum in Las Vegas, visit the famous Pawn Stars  Pawn Shop in Old Las Vegas. The Ghost town of Nelson is one of the most target rich environments I’ve ever shot, thousands of individual color and graphic opportunities and lots of real Western History!  If you love Old Car City,  this is a workshop for you!





We take reservations as people contact us, usually by email or phone calls,  that they want to be included in one of our events. However a reservation is not complete until we receive the information below and a Deposit.


DEPOSITS – The deposit amount is specified with each workshop and it is due at the time of the actual booking of a workshop.  Your space in the workshop is not reserved until your deposit is recieved.  The full balance is due 60 days before the event.  If we do not receive the balance at that time we reserve the right to give your spot to the next person on the wait list. The deposit is $300.

You can mail a check of $300. to:


Bill Fortney /His Light Workshops
160 Whirlaway Trail
Corbin, KY   40701


Or call either  (606)-528-6119 or (606)-344-0455 and we can take your credit card over the phone.


If you cancel your workshop the following applies.
If cancellation is received at least 90 days prior to the start of a workshop, you will get a full refund, when we fill your space.


For cancellations received 31-89 days prior to the start of a workshop the deposit will be forfeited, but can be applied to a future workshop.


Cancellations received 0-30 days prior to the workshop, all deposits, and workshop’s fees will be forfeited.  However, 100% of forfeited funds can be applied to a future event.


If His Light has to cancel an event, all funds are completely refunded.


** Note additional workshops may be added… Check my blog and the His Light Workshops Website for future offerings


For Space in any of these events please reach me at:

or call:  (606)-528-61  Home Office   or   (606)-344-0455  Mobile phone

9 months ago 2

On sale, right now, on ebay, is a Nikkor 13mm f 5.6 lens!  Asking price?  $45,810. U.S.  Seriously? Was the 13mm a great lens, well sure, is it the widest lens ever commercially made for a DSLR, that is not a fisheye?  Yep.  If you are an Arab Oil Barron can you afford it, well sure……


Before you make a bid or write a check consider this, with the same money you could buy:

1 D4

1 D800

1 Df

14-24  Nikkor zoom

24-70  Nikkor zoom

70-200 f 2.8 VR II Nikkor zoom

200-400  f4 VR II Nikkor zoom

600 f4 AF-S VR Nikkor zoom

4 SB-910 Speed lights, a full compliment of Think Tank rolling cases and bags for the above,

and have enough money left over to spend a month traveling to every major National Park!


Just in case you were wondering, my entire FujiX system which consists of three bodies and seven lenses only came to $8,500.!!!!
Want to know where to spend your money wisely?  Early this week we will announce the newly revised workshop list for His Light, myself, and Jack Graham for 2014!!  We have 14 exciting events!!!   By-the-way skip the 13mm lens and you could attend every one!!




the pilgrim



9 months ago 17


I got this question from yesterday’s blog and it made me want to set the record straight…..  I really appreciate the question!!



This starts with a short story.  In my early years as a photographer I used to love to read articles, and publications from a photographer named George Lepp.  George was one of the original columnist of Outdoor Photographer Magazine, and still is!   When I first met George he was a Nikon shooter, he later switched to Canon and is highly supported by them. That didn’t keep him from being honest when evaluating equipment or products, he called it the way he saw it, which I’m sure did not always please Canon, but he was honest!   I came to trust him because I knew he had integrity.  My late father stressed to me that when it is all said and done we have nothing more valuable than our character, integrity, and our faith. I’ve tried very hard to always adhere to my father’s advice and follow George’s lead.


So to the answser to the question above is;


I worked for Nikon for 11 years as their NPS tech rep for the southern U.S.  I did my very best to always be honest with my customers and give them the best guidance I could.  Nikon paid me a salary and provided benefits, and I very much appreciate all they did for me.  However, that never affected what I said when I offered advice, I always told the truth. Fortunately my telling the truth was never a disadvantage to Nikon.  I believe my customers thought more of Nikon because they provided that kind of service to them, through me.  If I ask for some ones help, I  expect them to tell me the truth, and that is what I do.  I do the right thing, because I said I would.


I no longer work for Nikon.  I now write a blog, teach classes for my own company, for Jack Graham, and Kelby Training.  I appear before audiences all across America, and I only want to do one thing, make their lives better, because I was in it for a brief moment.  For my entire career I’ve believed that almost all companies in the photo industry make good products, some are better than others for their intended purpose, but most companies make very serviceable, cameras and lenses.  What you buy is up to you, I don’t benefit either way, I hope to offer my opinion, and they are only that, my opinions.  I do however have 43 years of industry experience to back up my opinions.


Do I work for Fuji?  No.  Do I work for Nikon?  No.   Do I work for Singh Ray filters?  No, or Think Tank, or Lowepro?  No.  I want to keep my position as a neutral source of information so I may be of real help to you!  Let me tell you how far I’ve gone to do that.  In late July I was contacted by Fuji and asked to send a photo of myself and a testimonial about how much I loved the Fuji X system for use in a 2 page spread, national ad.  I thanked them, but declined.  It was way to soon after leaving Nikon to appear in a competitors ad, even though I was happily using Fuji cameras. I wouldn’t do that to my friends at Nikon, I respect them to much, I owe them better than that, and I don’t want to be perceived as on the payroll for Fuji, which I am  not.  By-the-way, every piece of Fuji equipment I own was paid for, nothing has been given to me.  I was offered the chance to be used as a featured speaker representing Nikon yesterday, I said thank you, but no thanks, I am a free moral agent and I want to keep it that way.  Both of those decision cost me money, a lot of money, and some good exposure which for a blogger and workshop leaders is a valuable commodity, but it isn’t worth it to me.  I want people to come to this blog and know I will be honest in my evaluations of products, that matters more to me than the money.  Money can’t buy integrity, that must be earned.  While we are on the subject, some of the sponsors of my workshop company do provide some products for us to use and evaluate, but I receive nothing that I have not paid for to own long before I was sponsored by those companies.  In other words, if I promote a product, I first bought it with my own money, free stuff could not buy my loyalty.


Have I turned my back on Nikon?  No, I still own a significant amount of Nikon gear and still love it.  When I can have it handy, I still use it, I just can’t comfortably carry it in the field as I did when I was a younger man.  Do I still think Nikon makes great gear, you bet, 95% of everything I’ve shot in my career has been with Nikons going back to the Nikon F.  Do I think Fuji makes great gear, you bet, I am using it 95% of the time now and I’m getting wonderful results from it.  I can hear someone saying how can that be???!!!  Let me ask you a question, do you have children, more than one?   Do you love all of them?  Do you love them each in different ways, but all equally?  There you go.  My cameras and lenses are my photographic children, each are different and I love them all.  Are they equal, of course not, each have their own strengths and weaknesses but I still love them.  I also think Canon, Olympus, and Sony, Panasonic and Leica and many other camera companies make great stuff too!


I do this blog for two reasons; to spread my belief in and love for my God, and to share my great enthusiasm for photography and the wonderful people it has brought into my life.  One thing is for sure you can always come here knowing I will shoot straight with you, as best as I can.  I hope you believe me, but then, that is your call.




the pilgrim


9 months ago 4


I love this time of year, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and boy do I have a lot to be thankful for!  I’m a big child about the Christmas season, so needless to say this is an exciting time of year for me, but for more reasons than just the holidays!  Winter is a time for me to recharge my batteries, get my tires changed, and get fueled up for Spring!  My last workshop was with Jack Graham out in Death Valley.  Before we started we had an afternoon and morning in Las Vegas and we drove out to Nelson near Eldorado Canyon.  Nelson is a Ghost town that is very much like Old Car City, but more than just cars and trucks, though they have that too!  I love Americana subjects and Nelson is really a terrific place.  The great thing about Nelson is there is every kind of subject from buildings, to small close-up possibilities.


When you get off the road and in for the winter, I have some suggestions about things you can do to get ready for Spring shooting;


1.  Winter is a good time to update all your computer software and firmware in your cameras.  If you want to be able to use your post processing more effectively, this is a great time to be a member of Kelby Training,  they have tons of great classes on all the major processing programs, especially Lightroom and Photoshop!  



2.  Winter is a great time to go through your files and empty some of the gigabytes of images you’re never going to go back and work on! You might also organize your files so when you  need that killer shot, you know exactly where to go and retrieve it! This is preaching to the choir here, I need to do this myself, big time!


3.  If any of your gear is having issues this is the time to get them in for repair or just a check-up while you don’t have to have them. Sensor cleanings, re-lubricating any lenses, and cleaning you tripod leg locks are all maintenance that can be done in the down season.


4.  Any good trip is worth doing right, so use your winter months to do your research and planning for your trips when the weather breaks!  Google websites, print out maps, calculate driving times and when you can be for the best light, it will all add up to better production next year!


5.   Time to get inspired!  Take a class, read a few photo books, attend some gallery shows, all this will get your appetite prepared for going after those prize winning images you will make in 2014!


Within a few days, just in time for the Black Friday madness, I will announce all the new addiitons for the 2014 season!  Stay in touch, we will offer some special offers for those that get enrolled by the first of the year! Nelson is on the list!!!!!




the pilgrim