Jerry Dodrill

Contemporary Tahoe Digital Photography

June 22nd– 26th, 2020

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This intensive course will take participants through an experiential approach to color landscape photography while exploring tools and creative techniques to make great photos in the natural world. With a mixture of lectures, field sessions, digital darkroom work, and critique, we will work to:

  • Anticipate and capture best-case lighting situations
  • Learn to understand how cameras interpret light
  • Create visual depth in images
  • Utilize depth of field and show motion in images
  • Refine compositions
  • Use various filters and fill-flash
  • Learn a journalistic approach to visual story telling
  • Edit and evaluate your images
  • Perform basic darkroom work
  • Discuss images in group critiques.
  • Not a 9 – 5 workshop, will be out shooting sunrises, and sunsets.

Daily assignments will be given. While the course and critiques will utilize a digital workflow, the main focus is on creating strong visual images. Both film or digital photographers are welcome, though film processing is not available as part of the course. An SLR camera and general fitness level suited to light or moderately strenuous hiking in mountainous terrain is required. Workshop hours will vary, some very early mornings for the sunrise, and late hours for the sunsets.



Jerry Dodrill’s career as an adventure and landscape photographer has fostered a lifestyle that the average person might call unconventional. In college he dropped pre-med classes in favor of fine art and spent free time climbing Yosemite’s granite walls. Photography was at first a by-product of many adventures, but quickly became a goal of its own. He has climbed many peaks in the Sierra Nevada, as well as in Bolivia, Argentina and China; adventures which generate wild tales best told around a raging campfire.

In 1997 Jerry achieved degrees in both fine art and photography from Pacific Union College (Napa Valley) then worked for several years under acclaimed photographer Galen Rowell before pursuing his own projects. He has won several international awards and has been exhibited in fine galleries such as the Ansel Adams, Mountain Light, Mumm Napa Valley, and Banff Center for Mountain Culture. He ran his own gallery near Bodega Bay from 2003-2008. His work has been featured in many ad campaigns, books, and publications and is represented by Aurora Photos, Portland Maine. He currently resides in Northern California’s Sonoma Wine Country.

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