DSLR Photography Workshop Series

With year-round opportunities to take great photos and expert instruction from accomplished amateur photographer Jim Henderson, Callaway Gardens is the perfect venue for learning digital photography. Our Digital SLR Photography Workshop Series features a combination of classroom instruction and hands-on practice in our spectacular woodland surroundings. Classroom instruction takes place in either the Discovery Center Auditorium, featuring theater seating and lighting, and a state-of-the-art overhead projection system; or the Discovery Center Classrooms, where table seating and electrical outlets for laptop computers facilitate a productive hands-on environment.


About the Instructor
Jim Henderson
brings an encyclopedic knowledge of digital photography’s technical aspects, a mastery of the discipline’s artistic side, and an incredible knack for teaching and inspiring his participants in a fun and enthusiastic manner. Using custom PowerPoint presentations, Jim presents each topic in easy-to-understand fashion and illustrates concepts using his own photography. For more information and to contact Jim personally, visit his website.

About the Foundations in DSLR Photography Workshop Series
The Foundations series was developed with a simple goal in mind: to free the aspiring photographer from reliance on the automatic exposure mode. The camera’s automatic exposure mode is fine for snapshots and sometimes okay for postcards. It is, however, rarely useful to the creative photographer, who uses ISO, aperture and shutter speed like a painter uses paint and brushes. At the conclusion of the series, you will have the knowledge and skill to use your camera’s advanced features and take your own photography to a new level of creativity!

About the Adventures in DSLR Photography Workshop Series
The Adventures series was developed for intermediate and advanced level students who have mastered the fundamentals of photography and are ready to conquer the various specialty areas of photography. Classroom instruction builds on content covered in the Foundations series. The amount of workshop time devoted to the classroom varies considerably depending upon the topic. See the individual course descriptions for more information.

Enrollment is limited and preregistration is required. Bring your digital camera, owner’s manual, charged batteries and storage media. Dress casually in layers for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. 

Enrollment in all DSLR workshops is limited and preregistration is required. To register online, CLICK HERE. Or, contact the Education Department at 706.663.5153 or education@callawaygardens.com. Within a few days of registration, participants will receive a confirmation email with more information about the workshop and details to request a digital handout from the instructor.

Overnight accommodations are available at a discounted rate to workshop participants. Call 1.800.852.3810 and ask for the $99* Workshops and Hikes Rate at the Mountain Creek Inn.

*Rate is based on two people in a Non-View Room at the Mountain Creek Inn. Not valid Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 4-7, 2015)

Participants should bring their digital camera, owner’s manual, charged batteries and storage media. Dress casually in layers for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.


Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 Foundations I: A Beginner's Guide to DSLR Photography (What the Camera Manual Doesn't Tell You)
Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 Foundations II: Creative Photography Beyond the Auto Mode
Saturday, Feb. 15, 2015 Foundations II: Skill Builder Photo Shoot with Instructor
Saturday, March 14-Sunday, March 15, 2015 Adobe Lightroom I: A Comprehensive Two-Day Introductory Course
Saturday, June 27, 2015 Foundations III: Mastering Focus and Exposure
Saturday, June 28, 2015 Foundations III: Skill Builder Photo Shoot with Instructor
Friday, July 4, 2015 Adventures in DSLR Photography: Mastering 4th of July Fireworks at Callaway Gardens