Photography Workshop

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Photography & Personal Vision Ranch Workshop with Karen Gordon Schulman

 August 20th – 26th, 2017

It may seem ironic but it is what it is…the seventh annual photography workshop being offered by Focus Adventures at Focus Ranch. Karen Gordon Schulman, photographic artist,writer and teacher is the owner of  Focus Adventures, a nationally recognized photo tour and workshop business based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Focus Adventures offers inspiring, fun and educational photo workshops and international tours. Karen often wondered about Focus Ranch as she occasionally redirected phone calls over the years. In 2006, Karen was introduced to us  (Maureen and Terry Reidy) and the ranch. She offered her first “Fall in Focus” Photography Workshop in September, 2006 and it was a hit. It didn’t take long to realize that Focus Ranch provided the perfect setting for another of Karen’s quality Focus Adventures programs and we began planning for her return before she drove away.

Things don’t always work out the way we plan and there had to be several postponements in scheduling Karen’s return but in 2012, we had our second photography “hit” thus beginning this annual trend. We are looking forward to once again being featured as one of Focus Adventures’ offerings in 2017.  

Learning new techniques!

Learning new techniques!

“Karen, my time with you was one the most wonderful experiences I have ever had. I look at life now through the eyes of a camera. I see art everywhere! I am constantly exploring new apps and you would not believe how many flower pics I take now! Thank you for everything. You seriously changed my life!” (Photography & Personal Vision at Focus Ranch) Sue Sweeney , Madison, NJ

Focus Ranch In View!

Focus Ranch In View!

Focus Ranch In August:

Seasonal changes begin early at the 7000 ft. elevation. Daytime temperatures have moderated but mornings and evenings continue to be cool. Landscapes are highlighted with shades of gold and punctuated with the flowers of late summer – Indian Paint Brush,  asters , wild geraniums, lupine – to name a few. The Little Snake River flows lazily, contrasting with the active pace of the ranch.

Wildlife and livestock are adjusting to the seasonal changes, offering opportunities for scenic horseback riding and hiking.  Birds are beginning to migrate and so once again, we will see our feathered friends from the north. All in all, it is a great time to be at Focus, participating in the workshop and experiencing ranch life.

Joni in Aspen Alley

Joni in Aspen Alley

A typical day at the ranch usually starts with a hearty breakfast-forewarned by the wake- up bell but instead, coffee/tea, juice and a light snack will get you going so as not to miss out on the early morning light. A full breakfast will be served upon your return. Ranch activities, which include riding, hiking, sightseeing, relaxing and fishing will be coordinated with the photography events and interests of the participants. The schedule of the day is determined by photo opportunities, quality of light, instruction and ranch experiences. Meal times for lunch and dinner will be somewhat flexible and adjusted when necessary.

After dinner activities will vary. This may be a time for discussion, reviewing work or time to just enjoy each other’s company and the ranch. Karen and the group will make this call! Our goal during the time you are here is to weave a ranch experience into your creative journey.

A Horse's Panoramic View

A Horse’s Panoramic View

Insights Into Photography And Personal Vision

What You Learn: During this workshop, Karen covers both the technical and aesthetic sides of digital photography and will guide you in developing and expanding your own unique photographic vision. During field exercises, Karen will provide opportunities to broaden your creative spirit and challenge you to try new techniques with your camera.

Who Should Attend: Karen works with all skill levels, from more casual to advanced photographers hoping to expand their vision.

Participants need to be comfortable with the basic operation of their digital cameras and at the minimum have an understanding of the relationship between ISO, aperture and shutter speed, as you will be working mostly on expanding personal vision. Digital cameras and a laptop computer  (or iPad) with editing software (that you are familiar with) are REQUIRED for this workshop. If you are interested but unsure if this program is for you, please contact Karen. (contact information below)


Elma with a vision!

Elma with a vision!

“Focus Ranch is an ideal, picturesque location…Karen and Joni were always available to assist and offered many helpful photo suggestions. Hospitality at the ranch is beyond excellent!”  (Photography & Personal Vision at Focus Ranch)     Elma Oda, Torrence, CA

More about Karen:  A sensitive, professional photographer and educator, Karen Schulman believes that participating in a photo workshop or tour is about more than making great photographs. It’s a journey of self-discovery. Karen’s photography appears in numerous publications as well as private and corporate art collections. Karen is a life member of the American Society of Media Photographers, The Texas Photographic Society, the North American Nature Photography Association and the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.          

A cowboy and his dog at work

A cowboy and his dog at work

Focus Adventures: established in 1985, is a privately owned company located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Owner Karen Schulman has been an educator since 1968 and a photographic artist for 36 years. The company originated in Los Angeles, California, and relocated to Steamboat Springs in 1991. Focus Adventures has been recognized in numerous publications as a leader in the field of photographic instruction.

Karen, thank you for the great workshop (Photography & Personal Vision at Focus Ranch)…and for the cameraderie you fostered. Terry and Maureen and their staff went out of their way to create a relaxed, hospitable atmosphere…I would highly recommend Focus Ranch to friends !”

                                                                             Maria Armstrong, Littleton, Colorado

Workshop Details

Cost: $2595 per person  (tax and tip included)

  • The cost is all inclusive: private room, food, workshop and ranch activities.
  • Early Registration Discount: $100 if reservation is made by March 1st

Arrival is Sunday afternoon after 2 p.m. and departure is Saturday after breakfast.

Maximum number of workshop participants: 10

  • Traveling companions not enrolled in the workshop will be charged the regular guest rate: 6 nights/dbl. occupancy, tax & tip incl…..$2259
Sunflower Show

Sunflower Show

Transportation: There will be a $50 per trip charge for transportation to and from Steamboat Springs airport or town.

Deposit: $ 500.00 per person due within 10 days of making the reservation.

Cancellation 60 days prior to the workshop will allow for a full refund minus $100.00 for administrative costs. Cancellation 59 days or less, no refund will be issued unless your canceled place is filled.

Balance of Payment: due April 15, 2017

In the event that the workshop has to be canceled by us for any reason, you will be notified as soon as possible and you will receive a refund of all deposits and fees. Focus Ranch nor Terry or Maureen Reidy, Focus Adventures nor Karen Gordon Schulman will be responsible for any loss on non-refundable airline tickets or lodging. Our limit of liability is the return of all paid fees. Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended. Travel Guard is an associate member of the Dude Ranch Association and can be accessed at www.travelguard.com.

For additional information about a stay at the ranch, contact Focus Ranch, Maureen or Terry Reidy.  Phone: 970-583-2410 or mailto:roundup@focusranch.com

For additional information regarding the workshop, please visit www.focusadventures.com

karen@focusadventures.com or by phone at 970-879-2244.

  Photos courtesy of: Karen G. Schulman, Joni Potekhen, Kathy Santos, Janet Klenk, Jan Sherwood and Sue Sweeney