The Advantages of a Photography Workshop with Erin


 Workshop at Sunrise


There are certain essentials that any world-class photography workshop or tour will provide, including expert location knowledge and great trip organization. Erin’s workshops go beyond those essentials to provide a whole range of instructional benefits to participants who desire them. Whether you are a beginning photographer or a seasoned pro, Erin and her co-leaders are committed to providing you with what you need to come away with outstanding photographs for your portfolio.


Advantages of a Photography Workshop - Erin Babnik Teaching

Dedicated instruction.

Erin and her co-leaders make you their priority. Your photographs and your experience come first. Small groups ensure plenty of personal attention.

  • Finding and finessing compositions.
  • Making the most of ephemera and location conditions.
  • Creative options for exposure and camera operation.
Advantages of a Photography Workshop - Focus Stacking

Progressive in-field techniques.

In addition to traditional and fundamental techniques, you will have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge in-field techniques that are necessary for certain post-processing solutions. These include:

  • Strategies for dealing with very high-dynamic-range scenes, including (but not limited to) shooting for effective exposure blends.
  • Strategies for creating extreme depth-of-field, such as shooting a focus stack. You will also learn how to carry out these techniques in combination with high-dynamic-range scenes and/or with quickly changing conditions.
  • Options for creating panoramas, perspective blends, focal-length blends, and multi-axis stitches to extend field of view and to finesse compositions.
  • Night photography techniques, including twilight blends, photographing the Milky Way, and including the moon in a scene.
  • Creating sun stars and eliminating flare when shooting into the sun.
Advantages of a Photography Workshop - Processing Session

Progressive post-processing techniques. 

All of Erin’s workshops include post-processing sessions that provide total workflow solutions from raw file preparation through to sharpening for web and print. Erin and her co-leaders are at the forefront of the field in post-processing techniques, bringing the latest innovations and personal tips and tricks to each session. These include:

  • Exposure blending (multiple methods).
  • Focus stacking (multiple methods).
  • Stitching (multiple methods).
  • Advanced dodging and burning techniques.
  • Light painting, light bleed, emphasizing textures, the Orton effect, and other stylizations.
  • The creation and use of masks (luminosity masks and other “found masks”, hard masks, combining and editing masks) for localized editing control.
  • Advanced color work: editing for color harmony, for color complexity, and for compositional benefits.


Advantages of a Photography Workshop - Creative Coaching

Artistic approach.

Erin is an enthusiastic supporter of photography as a creative medium. Whether you prefer methods that are very simple or very expressive, you will receive thoughtful and encouraging mentoring that aims to help you to create personally satisfying photographs. Erin and her co-leaders go beyond the craftsmanship of photography to cover a variety of issues involved in the creative process. These include:

  • Creative choices that emphasize mood and suggest concepts.
  • Developing personal style.
  • Strategies for connecting with a location or a set of conditions.
  • Coping with the pressures of social media.
  • Overcoming a photography “slump”.
  • Finding sources of inspiration.




My workshop/tour with Erin was absolutely fantastic! Erin is so kind, thoughtful, intelligent, and extraordinarily knowledgeable about photography and art. It was a wonderful experience and I have great images and memories.

—Brad Warner, USA

I’ve been home for one week now and I have re-lived our trip every day. I have started a number of thank-you notes, but feel unable to articulate my thoughts without you thinking I’m crazy. So, to begin: I had a wonderful time. The mountains and you were perfect. I have finally started processing the photos. As I work on them I hear your words in my mind about why and how they were composed. Lessons I’ll long remember.

—Aphra Pia, USA

I’m writing this testimonial four months after attending the Death Valley / Eastern Sierras workshop with Ted and Erin. This year, I’ve been on seven photography workshops with five different instructors. As I go back and review images, the trip I took with Erin and Ted seems to be the one that keeps producing. Their expert guidance and dedication to scouting / getting the shot has become evident the more I review my images. Ted and Erin weren’t afraid to travel away from conventional destinations in order to get the group their best shots. In the field, Ted and Erin were patient and inspiring. The week I spent with Ted and Erin has changed the way I photograph and perceive nature.

—Cody Wilson, USA

I had a great time, learnt a huge amount about photography, and saw parts of the area that I would never have seen had it not been for your local knowledge. As we speak I am putting a few of your processing suggestions into practice on an image from the trip.

—Kris Bell, UK

I would like to express my thanks for the organization of last week’s exceptional workshop. Even if it was exhausting to hike, it was worthwhile after seeing these beautiful places.

—Jozsef Bognar, Hungary

Your workshop had many fine photo opportunities, a superb post processing session, and your undivided attention in the field when requested. In addition, it was lots of fun with a terrific group of fellow participants. Indeed, a very well run photo trip. This was my first photo workshop with you. There will be more.

—Carl Zanoni, USA

Thank you for an amazing workshop. I learned so much – not only from the help you gave me one-on-one, but as you helped others or set up your own shot. It was so much fun!

—Sandra Woods, USA

Thank you both for such a wonderful trip through some quite amazing locations. The care and effort you both put into making this trip a success was evident from the first day. The photos I’ve captured on this adventure are probably some of my best work yet. Really appreciate you sharing your time and knowledge with me. I do hope I’ll be able to do another trip with you guys in the near future!

—Matt S., USA

I really enjoyed my workshop with Ted Gore and Erin Babnik! They took us to some fantastic shooting locations in Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra Mountains, and always got us to the right place with plenty of time to set up for the best light. The group was small (5 people), so there was no problem getting individual help, and we had some great discussions about technique, gear and philosophy. Their price was very reasonable, and I plan to go with them again as soon as I can. I highly recommend them to anyone wanting an advanced workshop in landscape photography.


—John Birchard

WFR Patch

Erin Babnik is certified by Wilderness Medical Associates as a Wilderness First Responder.


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