Les Saucier Photography

the more you practice... the more you see

Workshops and Photo Tours

2018 Workshops & Photo Tours

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Charleston, SC ~ Charleston 5-Day Photo Tour
March 26 - 30, 2018

Brevard, NC ~ Fujifilm X-Series Gear
4-Day Workshop
May 10 - 13, 2018

Brevard, NC ~
Abstracts in Landscape Photography
4-Day Workshop
June 21 - 24, 2018

Brevard, NC ~ Summer Blue Ridge Parkway
5-Day Workshop
July 25 - 29, 2018

Charlotte, NC ~
Adobe Lightroom
& Adobe Photoshop
2-Day Workshop
Sept. 8 - 9, 2018

Brevard, NC ~ Fall Blue Ridge Parkway
5-Day Workshop
Oct. 24 - 28, 2018

Canton, GA ~ Gibbs Gardens & Old Car City
4-Day Workshop
Nov. 8 - 11, 2018

10% off all workshops/tours for returning workshop/tour participants - discount code: RETURN10

Workshop FAQ

A workshop is about learning how to move your art and craft up to the next level. It is about learning what a "Wow" shot is and how to "make" it. It is about expanding your creative vision and learning new skills. Photographing in the field is mixed with classroom work. Your images are critiqued within a group setting. Instructors rarely shoot during workshops (see more info below). Beginning and intermediate photographers will gain much from a workshop.

A photo tour is about photographing in the best locations at the prime time. You should have as many opportunities to capture a "Wow" shot as possible. It is about getting up early and staying out late. There is no classroom time during a photo tour. Instructors always shoot during photo tours, but they are always available to offer suggestions, assist participants and answer questions. Photo tours are for all levels of photography.
A typical day for a workshop would be to rise before sunrise, travel to a “first-light" location to be part of the magic of dawn. Typically, we will spend the morning at one or two locations, travel to lunch as a group, spend the afternoon in the classroom, and then travel back out to the field for afternoon light and sunset opportunities. We will then – as a group - enjoy the fun and camaraderie of dinner together. The classroom (which is approximately 30-40% of the workshop), contains different presentations, critique and discussion of participants’ work and assignments.

A typical day for a photo tour would be to rise before sunrise, travel to a “first-light" location to be part of the magic of dawn. Typically, we will spend the morning at four or five locations, travel to lunch as a group, take a short break, go back out to the field for three or four locations and then afternoon light and sunset opportunities.
During workshops, it is our policy that instructors offer their undivided attention at all times to our participants and, therefore, do not, as a general matter, photograph in the field. There are occasions when, in the course of demonstrating a particular technique, instructors will set up their equipment and photograph for instructional purposes. Occasionally, during sunrise and sunset opportunities, instructors will join the participants in photographing, but never in such a way as to not be immediately available to assist participants or answer their questions.

During photo tours, instructors always shoot but they are always available to offer suggestions, assist participants and answer questions.
A full workshop would be 10 participants with one teacher and one assistant. As leaders or 16 participants with two teachers, we take pride in the fact that we are always present, not working on our photography (leaders photograph during photo tours), and eager to make your experience as good as possible.
Workshops are open to photographers who are comfortable with their cameras, who photograph with a tripod and who have a DSLR/CSC camera with a variety of lenses. If you are a digital photographer, participants are asked to have a basic knowledge of how to download images and how to process those images for projection.
You can register online with the red Add Tuition to Cart button next to the online description.
For workshops your registration includes tuition and handouts. Tuition does not include rooms, food, transportation, or any personal expenses. For photo tours your registration includes tuition.
If you cancel before 30 days of a Workshop/Class/Tour, you will be charged a $25 processing fee. Sorry, no refunds within 30 days of a Workshop/Class/Tour unless we can find a replacement.

NO REFUNDS will be given for cancellations/no-shows AFTER the Workshop/Class/Tour has begun. If a Workshop/Class/Tour is cancelled by Les Saucier Photography, participants will be informed as soon as possible and tuition fees refunded in full.

Les Saucier Photography is not responsible for any losses incurred as a result of a course cancellation. We encourage participants to purchase refundable airline tickets and consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.
Rooms are usually blocked and you will receive that information after registration. Rooms are arranged and paid for directly by participants.
We feel very strongly that much is learned during meals and there is an excellent connection and intimacy that occurs when like-minded souls dine together. We, therefore, take much time and energy in organising a variety of eating locations and making reservations so that our time eating does not interfere with our time photographing and experiencing the beauty of each location.
You will learn an appreciation of nature, you will increase your knowledge of the craft of photography and how to optimize your experience in the field. You will receive immediate feedback – during the workshops, in the form of critique discussions – generally every day. You will also learn who you are in the creative process as we feel this is such an important tool – often underestimated. We emphasize the four stages of creative vision:

  • Seeing the subject - everyone sees the world differently
  • Capturing the subject with your photo skills and equipment - emphasizing what caught your eye to the viewer
  • Post-processing or optimizing your image - another chance to emphasize what caught your attention to the viewer
  • Sharing your image with the world - how can you enlarge the universe, if you don't share your vision with others
Generally, there are few long hikes. We feel that we want you to use your time with us – photographing and learning – not hiking. All that said, you should feel comfortable walking about one mile with your camera gear and experiencing full days from sunrise to sunset.
Upon registration, there will be a “what to bring” list. This is not meant to be a shopping list – rather, just a list that will add to your experience with us. You should, however, have 2 cameras bodies, a variety of lenses, a tripod, and a way to download and view your images - preferably a laptop.
We welcome spouses or best friends – as long as they are not photographing with any type of camera including smartphones.
Each of us, in addition to possessing an overarching desire to be the best professional nature photographers we can be, came to our profession through the route of the workshop experience. We have seen, and learned firsthand, what it means to participate in a wonderful and meaningful workshop, and well as some that weren’t quite that way. We want our participants to know what it is to have the very best of that experience and to gain as photographers from having spent their time with us. Yet, more than that, we want to celebrate the beauty of nature with our participants in a way that can best be found, we believe, when we open our hearts to the diversity of the journey and join together in the dance of creativity. For each of us, photography is so much more about expression; so although we recognize the value of documentation in our medium, we feel that it is our going beyond the documentary aspects, both in how we teach and in how we photograph, that makes us different. We want to offer our participants the greatest opportunity possible to find for themselves their own path to self-expression and creativity through the process of photography.
It is French for "maker of sauces" or sauce chef or as we say in the south - gravy cook. Some pronounce "Saucier" as "so-sure," this is how they say it in Saucier, MS. In some parts of the country people say, "so-shay." I like and use the French pronunciation, "saw-see-AY." I have heard it pronounced every way you can think of, from Saucy to Saucer. If it sounds close, I will answer.

Why I conduct a lot of my workshops in Brevard, NC?

I am very lucky to be able to live pretty much anywhere that I would like. But as a nature photographer, I have particular needs - a location with outstanding natural beauty, a comfortable climate to be outside all year long, great food plus warm and friendly neighbors. Brevard, NC meets and exceeds all of those needs plus I already know the language. I conduct workshops in Brevard because it is beautiful in all seasons of the year. It is a resort town, so food and accommodations are excellent. I know the best photographic opportunities and when to photograph them. And, my expenses are lower by not needing a motel room so I can keep my Brevard workshops more affordable. Check out the video below and you will see why Brevard and the surrounding Transylvania County is a nature photographer’s paradise.

My Transylvania from Land of Waterfalls on Vimeo.

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“You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” 
― Ansel Adams

“To the complaint, 'There are no people in these photographs,' I respond, There are always two people: the photographer and the viewer.” 
― Ansel Adams

“Sometimes I arrive just when God's ready to have somone click the shutter.” 
― Ansel Adams

“You don't take a photograph, you make it.” 
― Ansel Adams

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” 
― Ansel Adams

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.” 
― Ansel Adams

“A photograph is usually looked at- seldom looked into.” 
― Ansel Adams

“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” 
― Ansel Adams

“If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?”
― Ernst Haas

“We don't see the world as it is, we see it as we are”
― Anaïs Nin