Come join us in some of the most picturesque and beautiful places in the state of West Virginia! The workshops are available to anyone who would like to learn more about landscape photography. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner to professional. These workshops are limited in attendance to accommodate more one-on-one instruction. Various topics are covered such as, exposure, filters and lenses, ISO, compositions, post-processing, etc.
2016 Autumn in the Potomac Highlands: September 29 - October 02
This workshop, co-led by landscape photographer Randall Sanger, will cover digital photography techniques while capturing images in spectacular locations in the Potomac Highlands region of West Virginia. We'll work on subjects such as long exposure, creative composition, filter use, panoramas and more. This workshop will include sunrise/sunset and waterfall photography. Typically, the autumn colors are at peak, or very close to peak during this time period. Primary locations may include Dolly Sods Wilderness, Blackwater Falls State Park, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the Monongahela National Forest. Workshop tuition is $450. You are responsible for lodging, meals and transportation. To reserve your spot in this workshop, email me at email@example.com and additional information will be provided. Group size: 10 participants.
"Just completed my second workshop led by acclaimed photographer, Randall Sanger. This workshop, which was in Autumn, was located in one of the most beautiful places found anywhere, the New River Gorge of West Virginia. So much photography was crammed into nearly four days. Randall will lead you to extreme vistas for opportunities to capture sunrise and sunsets, high above the floor of the Canyon. Waterfalls are so numerous in this area with a wide variety of sizes and water flow. You most certainly will get your thirst for photographing them quenched! The awesome ruggedness and beauty of the places that Randy will place you in front of are enough to make this workshop top notch in itself, but throw in Randy's style of teaching coupled with his willingness to share the knowledge acquired from decades photographing scenic landscapes and waterfalls, raises the bar to the highest level! Randy will teach you not only how to get the best compositions of a scene but also how to set your camera's manual functions to bring out various aspects that you may not even notice! Post processing is also covered for making your images the best they can be once you begin editing. This workshop was so much FUN! No other way to describe the experience. Participant size is kept small so each person receives the optimum personal attention. Small group size also allows for faster travel between destinations resulting in more photo's taken. Talented photographer, Todd Williams assisted Randall in helping folks and drive our group to different area's. Todd also has a wealth of information he shared with us. Overall, this workshop was just like my first with Randall in the Potomac Highlands in the Spring. Crammed full of gorgeous locales that are unmatched and photography insight on shooting them from a man now known to me as a good friend! Priceless!!"
"This workshop was best one I have ever been to. I stumbled across Randall’s page while researching Bridge Day a few years ago. I was just in awe of his work. You could see but most of all feel his passion for the mountains, scenic views and sunrise to sunset in his beautiful back yard. My sister and I signed up for his workshop with much anticipation and excitement. Getting to see more of the gorge area and to meet and work with him in person. After a quick meet and greet I soon figured out Randy and his assistant Todd were as professional as they come and know the area well. Randy works with each photographer no matter what skill level we have. They worked with us on compositions and abstract shots. Randy worked with me and helped me develop the confidence I needed behind my camera. This workshop was an amazing adventure, waterfall after waterfall, lake and the Mill. Randy and Todd both know when and where to be at the right time according to the lighting and time frames. Overall very productive workshop, great new friendships developed, lots of laughs and the best part seeing what West Virginia has to offer. It is definitely a hidden gem and we are already planning to go back. I would like to thank Randy and Todd both for an incredible experience of a lifetime! Thank you for sharing your love of WV, your passion and skills in photography with us. I recommend this workshop to photographers of any skill level. You will not be disappointed. We will be back in the spring and fall of 2016 for sure!"
"I had such an amazing experience this weekend. I had no idea what to expect when I signed up for your workshop. I was hoping to gain a better understanding of both my camera and landscape photography. I had no idea I would learn as much as I did or receive the amount of support and encouragement that you, Martin and Todd provided. I am excited to continue to use my camera and learn. I am most excited that you all provided a strong foundation during this workshop. I feel like I am now able to seek the information and ask the questions needed to take my pictures to the next level, and then the next and so on. As if that wasn't enough, I had a blast getting to know everyone. The laughs were endless and I just had the best time! I certainly hope to come to another workshop in the future, maybe next fall in Canaan."
"I have been wanting to explore the New River Gorge region for a few years now and for my first trip to the area, I decided to join Randall Sanger’s Spring Photography Workshop. Randy has years of experience photographing the NRG and it was a great way for me to get introduced to all the wonders of the NRG. Randy was ably assisted by Todd Williams during the workshop. During the workshop, the focus was on creating images. We spent 12-14 hours in the field everyday photographing. Both Randy and Todd were very gracious with their time and attentiveness. They drove all the workshop participants to amazing locations for four days and made sure we were at the right place and right time. I’m sure they spent hundreds of dollars just on gas. Also, Randy and Todd are really accomplished photographers. However, they barely shot themselves during the workshop and were always there on hand for guidance and feedback. Overall, this workshop has been very productive for me and a great experience overall. Thanks to Randy and Todd, I created many good images and can’t wait to go back to the NRG."
“A big thanks to Randy for a fabulous four-day photo workshop of the waterfalls and vistas surrounding the New River Gorge in beautiful West Virginia. Randy and his friend Todd toured five of us photographers to over 10 different waterfalls and to multiple overlooks of New River Gorge and New River Gorge Bridge. Randy and Todd know their waterfalls! They gave great tips on composition, ideas for foreground subjects, and pointed out key vantage points for best shots. They also helped with photography basics of ISO, shutter speed, aperture, depth of field and use of polarizing and neutral density filters. Randy is a well-known and published photographer in West Virginia with a number of awards for his book on West Virginia waterfalls.”
"I have been to three of Randall Sanger’s workshops. So far none of them has been a disappointment. I am a novice and not really familiar with many of my camera’s functions. It was my goal to become more serious about my photography and learn how to get into the manual settings. Bingo! Randy was a great help. Randall’s workshop will expose you to sensational waterfalls and mountain vistas that no other state can rival. If you didn't have a camera in your hand you would have a thrilling time just enjoying your surroundings. West Virginia really is America’s best kept secret! I am native to this state yet his expert knowledge took me to places I never knew existed before! Some of what Randall covers is composition, diverse ideas for subjects and tips on the best angles, and how to adjust your camera to adapt to different lighting requirements. Randall talks about the aperture, ISO, and other camera functions. Not only was I shown the best West Virginia has to offer but I was escorted around to every location enjoying great conversation. I am confident that anyone (novice, intermediate, or professional) involved with photography would enjoy and benefit from Randall’s workshop. He is a great photographer and a great guy. I plan to attend more of Randy’s workshops to improve my skills and soak up some awesome company. Randy, I want to thank you and your assistant, Todd Williams Photography, for a wonderful time giving you 5 stars!! I will be back. P.s. What about a tour out west?"
"I was extremely excited to attend a Randall Sanger Photography Workshop in the New River Gorge region of West Virginia. My schedule and responsibilities at home permit very little time away therefore I choose my excursions very carefully. The workshop did not disappoint! The instruction was excellent and the locations were many and beautiful. It is amazing what can be just around the next curve. Randall’s knowledge of the weather conditions and lighting made getting “the shot” a virtual certainty. Todd Williams co-led the workshop adding his expertise. The small size of the class allowed extra instruction time. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone who enjoys landscape photography. Living in West Virginia I frequent this area a few times a month with my job but rarely have time to explore. The beauty of the mountains is ever changing and often breathtaking. The workshop is a perfect experience to expand ones knowledge of landscape photography and capture a collection of beautiful photos. Thanks to Randall, Todd and the workshop I have photos that I have difficulty believing they are mine. Best of all it’s time well spent when you meet new friends. Looking forward to another awesome Randall Sanger Workshop in the near future!"