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Thu, Jun 23


River House Basement

Nature Photography Workshop with Dean Schoeppner

Come hone your nature photography skills at Whiterock Conservancy during a 1.5 day workshop with professional photographer Dean Schoeppner!

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Nature Photography Workshop with Dean Schoeppner
Nature Photography Workshop with Dean Schoeppner

Time & Location

Jun 23, 2022, 8:30 AM – Jun 24, 2022, 11:30 AM

River House Basement, 1314 Fig Ave, Coon Rapids, IA 50058, USA

About the Event

1.5 Day Nature Photography Workshop with Dean Schoeppner

limited to 10 photographers

This class incorporates a mix of classroom, hands-on instruction in the field, and social/free time during a 1.5 day stay at Whiterock Conservancy. 

The goal is to learn the capabilities of you and your camera and share ideas. Experiment with creative ideas and make your photos unique. 

  • Learn the best techniques utilizing the aperture/shutter speed/ISO. 
  • Try various focus and metering patterns to get the shot the way you want it. 
  • Add in some unique composition ideas, and create the photos you envision. 
  • Critique samples from the day's shooting. 
  • Handle lenses, tripods, filters, and other accessories in the field. 

We will also find time to explore basic editing of color, contrast, cropping, etc. Some simple retouching can be explored as well.

Basic Schedule:

3-4 hours: Classroom Instruction (River House Basement, 1314 Fig Ave). 

5-6 hours: Hands-On, in the field shooting with ideas and locations scouted out.

4+ hrs. Social and Post-Production tips.

Possible late night shooting: crescent moon, milky way, lightning, etc. (weather dependent)

Read the full event schedule for more details. 

Participant fee covers cost of workshop. Lunch and dinner will be provided on June 23rd and a self-serve breakfast on the 24th. Participants are responsible for finding their own housing. Whiterock Conservancy has reservable houses and first-come, first-serve campgrounds. Participants should call 712-790-8221 directly to book accomodations, as multiple houses have been blocked off from online reservation for the event. Booking cut-off for this event is June 7th. 

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About the instructor

Dean is a Coon Rapids, Iowa native, and has been a long-time tent camper and nature photographer. Having had the opportunity to spend time in nature, both in Iowa and other locations, has given him access to some great photo opportunities. But home is Iowa, and its landscapes at Whiterock Conservancy have always proven to provide great images. He received a degree in commercial photography and spent more than 40 years in the industry.  The first half of those years was in the custom photo lab business, serving photographers and  advertising agencies, processing countless rolls of film, prints and slides. As digital photography took over, and the lab business subsided, he returned to the studio and spent the next 20 years as a commercial photographer producing thousands of published  photos in books and magazines, ranging from gardening to tractors, quilts and woodworking. Oh, not to forget the sign language for babies guide. He’s shot a lot of stuff along the way. Through it all, he has always been an outdoors person and still enjoys camping and hiking with cameras. Even if a photo outing results in few great photos, he believes just watching and listening is worth the time. He has shot Nikons personally since the mid 70’s, but was issued Hasselblad and Canon  equipment for work assignments for many years. In the last few years he has been dabbling in time-lapse photography.

View Dean's work on instagram @lostplanet_images

Contact Dean Schoeppner with any questions. Participants will be contacted by Dean after registration.


  • 30 minutes

    Meet & Greet & Introductions

  • 1 hour 30 minutes


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