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Private Photographic Lessons and Workshops

Imagine spending an entire workshop with your own professional coach.
Yes, just for you!! ...or a small group that wants private lessons together.


What would you like to learn? ...your digital or 35mm film camera, lenses, exposure, working with light, composition, tripods, extension tubes, and more...

What about a personalized tour to a specific destination?

Lou designs the workshop or tours to meet your specific needs. Begin at your skill level and advance to where you want to be.

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Feb. 11 - Mar. 11, 2014 (Tuesdays)

Beginning with a Digital Camera (CLC and Discovery Course)

Just got a new digital camera and need help setting it up and using it?

The ease and fun of digital is about to begin! We'll start from scratch. You'll learn to set up your camera, then use it to begin taking interesting photos with some simple tips for good photographs. See instant results in class. For each class bring your digital camera, fully charged batteries and the camera's manual.

Class meets for FIVE sessions:
1) Tuesdays., 12:15 - 3:15 pm, at the College of Lake County, South Lake, Vernon Hills Campus, Room R230

OR

3) Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus, Room E125


For registration information and images illustrating this class, click below.

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March 15, 2014 (Saturday)

Macro Workshop

Looking for a great opportunity to explore macro photography with Lou’s coaching? Join Lou Nettelhorst, in this one day Macro Workshop to get close-up and personal with your images. There’s nothing like going into a tiny world and seeing whole new “vistas.” He’ll have extension tubes available to try with your Canon or Nikon cameras and telephoto and/or macro lenses. So, if you don’t have a macro lens, you can still sign up and use the extension tubes to capture those close-ups. Why not try shooting through art glass?

The workshop includes a macro lesson followed by two shoots in the mini-studio with a wide variety of subject materials available, as well as two feedback sessions with sample images from each participant. You’ll bring a sack lunch and need a laptop and flashdrive to make your images available for review.

Lou also will have Lensbabies to loan during the day, allowing each participant to manipulate focus and depth of field in a very special way. For information about Lensbaby go to: www.lensbaby.com/ www.lensbaby.com/ To purchase use code: Wnettelhorst.

To register and see images illustrating this workshop Click Here For More Information, then on the Macro Workshop Registration Form.

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Mar. 18 - May 13, 2014 (Tuesdays)

Designing Your Photographs (CLC and Discovery Course)

So, you want to learn to design images, not just take pictures?

Enhance your awareness of subjects, tap into your creativity, and learn how to see and compose photographs. Be a part of interactive photo exercises and projects.

For the first class bring five samples of photography in a jpg format on a CD or USB flash drive.

Class meets on TUESDAYS for six sessions:
1) 12:15 - 3:15 pm, at the College of Lake County, South Lake, Vernon Hills Campus, Room R230

OR

2) 6:30 - 9:30 pm, at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus, Room E125.

Students are welcome to repeat the course.

Click below regarding registration.

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April 14 - 18, 2014 (Mon. - Fri.)

Smoky Mountains Spring Workshop - 2014

Looking for a great opportunity to photograph in the Smoky Mountains?

Join Lou in this five day, spring workshop to explore incredible photo opportunities in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Year after year, this is the prime time to enjoy wildflowers, classic Smoky Mountain grand vistas, river scenes, cascading water, and even some wildlife. Of course, with all the beautiful wildflowers, shooting macro is very exciting. Lou arrives early to scout and help find the most desirable locations. He provides coaching during the various shoots and offers two or three critiquing sessions and lessons in the classroom. Our home base is the gateway to the Smokies at The Highland Manor Inn in Townsend, TN. The workshop setting is informal, relaxing, and fun!

To register and see images click below, then on the Smoky Mountains Workshop Registration Form.

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May 10 - 24, 2014 (Saturdays - Grayslake Campus)

Photographing in Nature (CLC Course)

Would you like to shoot better nature pictures and have hands-on fun with your camera?

We'll begin in the classroom briefly reviewing your photos and learning some tried and true tips, and then head out to a scenic location to practice what we've learned. For the first class bring five samples of photography in a jpg format on a CD or USB flash drive. Please bring a sack lunch with a beverage.

For registration information and images illustrating this class, click below.

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June 12, 2014 (Thursday)

Photographing in Nature: Chicago Botanic Garden

Looking to photograph garden flowers in professionally cultivated gardens with easy access and the added benefit of a coach?

This Thursday outing's location is at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, IL. Lou provides individualized coaching as you explore your own photographic styles. It's the perfect time to shoot a wide variety of plants and their flowers, especially the roses. Depending on plant availability, the actual photo sites are determined during his scouting several days prior to the outing.

On the following Tuesday, you will share a few of your images with Lou and the other photographers to get feedback and insights about those images. This critiquing session is held at his home in Grayslake from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

REGISTRATION IS BASED ON FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. THEREFORE, IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING, IMMEDIATELY EMAIL LOU [Lou@LouNettelhorst.com] YOUR INTEREST TO CONFIRM SPACE AVAILABILITY,THEN DOWNLOAD, COMPLETE AND MAIL REGISTRATION FORM.

For images illustrating the outing and a link to the registration form, click below.

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July 26, 2014 (Saturday)

Hawthorn Gardens Photo Workshop

Hawthorn Gardens Photo Workshop
On Saturday, July 26, 2014 from 10 am - 12 noon at the Hawthorn Gardens and Gift Store in Hawthorn Woods, I will conduct a photographic workshop to help people improve their images.

Following some instruction on my Ten Tips for Improving Your Photography, you actually practice the tips with my coaching, right there at the Gardens. Come and learn while having fun photographing!!

Hawthorn Gardens & Gift Store
24481 Old McHenry Road
Hawthorn Woods, IL 60047
Registration fee is: $20

PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL TO REGISTER
(847)726-0627 or hawthorngardens@comcast.net

Aug. 23 - 29, 2014 (Sat. - Fri.)

Olympic Peninsula Workshop with Lou Nettelhorst

Looking for a great opportunity to photograph in the Olympic Peninsula?

Join Lou Nettelhorst in this six day, late summer workshop to explore incredible photo opportunities in Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. Bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca and anchored by the Olympic Mountains, no other place in America can match its diversity in terrain and weather in such a compact geographic area. There are three totally different and distinct environments: wild rocky coasts and pebble beaches, lush moss-draped rainforests, and soaring snow-clad mountains with extensive alpine meadows. There’s a stunning variety of marine and mountain plants and animals. Some of the fantastic locations that we’ll visit (conditions permitting) are: Hurricane Ridge; Lake Crescent; Salt Creek Recreation Area; Sol Duc Falls; Hoh Rainforest; and Ruby, Rialto and Kalaloch Beaches. Lou arrives early to scout and help find the most desirable shooting locations. During the various shooting experiences, Lou provides coaching and also offers numerous critiquing sessions and lessons in a classroom setting. Our home base will start in Port Angeles and move to Forks, Washington. The workshop is informal, relaxing, and a fun way to learn. PLEASE JOIN US!!

To register and see images click below, then on Olympic Peninsula Workshop Registration Form.

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Sept. 9 - Oct. 7, 2014 (Tuesdays)

Beginning with a Digital Camera (CLC and Discovery Course)

Just get a digital camera and need help setting it up & using it?

The ease and fun of digital are about to begin! Learn how to set up your camera to capture interesting photos and gain some simple tips for good photographs. See instant results in class. Bring your digital camera, fully charged batteries and camera manual. Participants must provide an adjustable digital camera (have a manual (M) setting - be able to change shutter speed manually, lens aperture/f-stop, ISO, etc.), either a point-and-shoot or one with interchangeable lenses (DSLR).

Class meets for five sessions:

1) Tuesdays, 12:15 - 3:15 pm, at the College of Lake County, South Lake, Vernon Hills Campus

OR

2) Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus

For images illustrating this class and registration, click below.

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September 13 - 27, 2014 (Saturdays, 10 - 5pm - Grayslake Campus)

Photographing in Nature (CLC Course)

Would you like to shoot better nature pictures?

This three-Saturday class is for those who want hands-on fun with their camera. The course consists of two days, each with some classroom activities followed by a drive to a scenic location to practice what we've learned.

Instructor coaching is provided in the field as you work with your camera. The shortened third day involves sharing images from the second field trip with instructor feedback.

To the first class bring five samples of your photography in JPG file format on a USB flash drive or CD. Also, please bring water and a sack lunch with a beverage.

Requirements: For the first two classes, participants must bring a tripod and an adjustable digital camera (have a manual (M) setting - be able to change the shutter speed manually, lens aperture/f-stop, ISO, etc.). Students will provide their own transportation to the field locations.

For images illustrating this class, click below.

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October 13 - 17, 2014 (Mon. - Fri.)

Smoky Mountains Fall Workshop - 2014

Looking for a great opportunity to photograph in the Smoky Mountains?

Join Lou in this five day, fall workshop to explore incredible photo opportunities in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Year after year, this is a wonderful time to enjoy fall color in its full glory, classic Smoky Mountain grand vistas, river reflections, cascading water, and even some wildlife. Of course, with all the colorful leaves and intense colorful reflections, shooting macro abstracts is very exciting. Lou arrives early to scout and help find the most desirable locations. He provides coaching during the various shoots and offers two or three critiquing sessions and lessons in the classroom. Our home base is in Townsend, TN, the gateway to the Smokies, at The Highland Manor Inn. The workshop setting is informal, relaxing, and above all, fun!

To register and see images click below, then on the Smoky Mountains Workshop Registration Form.

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October 25 - 26, 2014 (Friday & Saturday)

Macro Photo Conference - Hilltop Hotel & Conference Center, Seekonk, MA

What a unique Macro Photography Conference with twelve highly experienced photographers teaching their skills in macro and post-processing techniques to those who are excited to learn and advance their macro photography to the next level. The instructors are all accomplished photographers in many styles, but they were selected for their abilities to produce great macro images. There will be plenty of how-to presentations and about five hours of photographing with varying subject matter.

Instructors will be available to help participants with composing subjects and technical aspects. The ratio will be 8 participants to 1 instructor, so that you should not have a problem finding help, if you need it. Just bring your camera, macro lens, and tripod, and we will take care of making you a better macro photographer.

Along with learning how to be a better macro photographer, you will also learn about some of the great post-processing programs available to take your images to the next level.

Leading New England photo retailer Hunt’s Photo will be there selling lots of photo products. Tamron will have tech reps on hand with lenses available for you to try out.

The registration limit is 100 participants, and it should sell out quickly.

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Oct. 28 - Dec. 2, 2014 (Tuesdays)

Designing Your Photographs (CLC Course)

So, you want to learn to design images, not just take pictures?

Enhance your awareness of subjects, tap into your creativity, and learn how to see and compose photographs. Be a part of interactive photo exercises and projects.

NOTE: To the first class, bring five samples of your photography in jpg file format on a USB drive or CD.

Class meets for six sessions:
1) Tuesdays, 12:15 pm - 3:15 pm, at the College of Lake County, South Lake Campus, Vernon Hills, IL

OR

2) Tuesdays., 6:30-9:30pm, at the College of Lake County, Grayslake Campus, Grayslake, IL

Students are invited to repeat the course.

Click below regarding registration.

Click Here For More Information

November 8, 2014 (Saturday)

Macro Workshop with Lou Nettelhorst

Looking for a great opportunity to explore macro photography with Lou’s coaching? Join Lou Nettelhorst, in this one day Macro Workshop to get close-up and personal with your images. There’s nothing like going into a tiny world and seeing whole new “vistas.” He’ll have extension tubes available to try with your Canon or Nikon cameras and telephoto and/or macro lenses. So, if you don’t have a macro lens, you can still sign up and use the extension tubes to capture those close-ups. Why not try shooting through art glass?

The workshop includes a macro lesson followed by two shoots in the mini-studio with a wide variety of subject materials available, as well as two feedback sessions with sample images from each participant. You’ll bring a sack lunch and need a laptop and flashdrive to make your images available for review.

Lou also will have Lensbabies to loan during the day, allowing each participant to manipulate focus and depth of field in a very special way. For information about Lensbaby go to: www.lensbaby.com/ www.lensbaby.com/ To purchase use code: Wnettelhorst.

To register and see images illustrating this workshop Click Here For More Information, then on the Macro Workshop Registration Form.

Click Here For More Information