Dear Linda and Bill,
I had to thank you for the super wonderful trip. For me, it was the most fun and needed get away that I have had in ages! I also know how hard you both worked behind the scenes to make it great. It couldn’t have been better. I learned so much (Thanks!) and I was inspired by you and by the others in our group. Your encouragement and theirs meant so much to me.
I just can’t stop thinking (or talking!) about my excellent experience with you. I can’t wait to go again.
It was so much fun!
I want to thank you very, very much. I belong to the Sudbury Valley Nature Photographers group. We had our meeting this evening.
I feel very much a newcomer and amateur next to some of the photographers and their work. After the main program members are encouraged to show a
few of their photos. I took a few in from the trip, a couple of water
photos, a couple of landscapes and a few close-ups of flowers. Thanks to you I finally learned how to shoot close up. And, I got thumbs up from the members, thanks to your excellent teaching. I mentioned your workshops to all. Most of them had seen your ad in the various photo magazines. A couple were interested in your programs
workshop provided. Wow, to be surrounded by so many great photographers at a
wonderful location was a dream.Thanks to you and Bill-so much.
I intend to strive for more consistent and improved results by employing the
“manual mode” rather than the Aperture preferred method. Also, when to
Matrix or spot meter the scene. Exposing for the highlights and placing the
tone at the right place on the scale will be new to me also.
Good luck to You and Bill in the future and I hope we’ll meet again.
Thanks again and have a great summer!
I feel my photography has improved tremendously. I am aware of much more in the art and I am constantly on the look out for things to photograph. Attending your workshops has made me more aware of the potential of my surroundings.
Thank you for what you have done and for what you will do in the future.
I arrived in California safe and sound. When I’m asked about my trip to North Carolina with Bill and Linda Lane, I proudly reflect on the Southern hospitality that you all have shown me. I enjoyed my trip and really enjoy my photographs. My family, friends, and “ER family” have given me the utmost compliments. I’m honored in saying that I’ve been asked to decorate the walls of our ER waiting room with my photography. I’ve chosen six photos that I’ve taken with you all in North Carolina. They are currently being enlarged to 24″ x 36″, then will be matted and framed. This is so surreal! Your corner of the world exudes a natural beauty that isn’t here in the west. Thanks again for your camaraderie! I would also like to illuminate on the warmth and support from Bill and Linda. Glad I was fortunate to receive the last available position you had in this workshop.
Claudette J. Devereaux, RN
I had an awesome time, and once again reminded me why I keep coming back to your workshops. You and Bill have mastered the art of presenting a professional workshop with the down home “have a good time” family get together. Also, as you and I discussed, there’s a right way and wrong way to do critiques and I really like the way Bill passes along feedback without making the photographer want to give up all together. I felt really good about the photos I brought to show, but with Bill’s feedback, I know how I can make them better.I look forward to my next Bill and Linda workshop.
I wanted to thank you and Bill for the workshop. I really really enjoyed it. I learned so much more with you guys than I have on my own and with the online classes. I felt like I was part of a family when I was there and have made long time friends. My husband Randy and I will be taking another workshop in the future. Everyone was so nice and so friendly. I love the teaching style that you and Bill offer. You both made me feel very comfortable to ask any question and help calm my nerves. I would have stayed to say good bye after class but I was worried about driving home by myself and getting lost.
Thank you again
It occurred to me after I came home from the North Carolina workshop that you guys have had more of an impact on my photography than any other thing I have done. I have taken college classes and gone to a number of workshops in different parts of the hemisphere, but I have improved most as a result of the four workshops I have taken from you. I just thought you should know. I have been to the Smokeys, Marlinton, WV, Tangier Island and the North Carolina workshops so far and will probably make them all before I’m too old.
Have a merry and blessed Christmas and a prosperous new year. I will probably see you in one of your workshops during that time frame.
Bill and Linda,
I give you all credit for beginning my photography journey several years ago after attending a spring workshop in the Smokies. I now travel across the US with my camera and use the images for programs, etc. Twice I have won the Virginia Wildlife magazine’s annual photography contest. I have had images selected for front covers of both magazines and books. Blame it all on you!!!
I just got home a few hours ago but wanted to let you know, before other distractions interfere, what a wonderful time I had over the past few days with you and the other participants at the Great Smokies Photo Workshop! The shooting venues were fantastic, but more importantly, both of you were fantastic as well. You have a unique ability to impart your vast knowledge and guidance to people with enthusiasm, friendship, and genuine concern that they benefit from the workshop. I feel that great sense of accomplishment that I felt after my previous workshop in Marlinton. You folks are terrific and you can definitely count me in for another workshop next year and for several years after that! Thanks again for an instructive and fun few days in Tennessee!
Thank you for another wonderful workshop. This was my second workshop to Dolly Sods in the past two years. Both were terrific experiences. I highly recommend your workshops. The passion and knowledge you both have for nature photography is evident the entire workshop. I am constantly amazed at your teaching skills and your ability to make the technical side of photography so easily understood. Equally amazing is your skill at working with classes where the level of the students range from raw beginners to experienced semi-pros. The days are full of learning that is truly entertaining and fun.
I can’t begin to thank you both enough for this past weekend. I learned so much about the little parts of my D200. I needed to be forced into using it and outdoor photograph was just the ticket. You both were very personable and accommodating to me. I have been in other workshops and the instructors always seemed to be more interested in getting “their” shots and not in the development of their students. You both rotated around, checked on everyone, and were available to the rookies at all times.
I can only apologize for my lengthy delay of not responding with my feelings concerning my two, absolutely great workshop experiences this year, The Great Smokey Mountains of Tenn. and Big Meadows on Skyline Drive, Va. I want to give my appreciation to two of the finest people I have met in my long lifetime. The two of you continue to totally amaze me as to your professional skills and to the apparent ease in which you teach these skills to many un-learned people such as myself. Your demeanor is always calm and your eagerness to answer questions or to give demonstrations is astounding. Your stamina during the long day (s) in the field is another wonderment, going from one student to another, answering questions, giving technical support, fulfilling the needs of each and every student. I get weary just watching. So much for the praise, which I know to be true and insufficient, I did enjoy myself at both of these great workshops and I do continue to learn from the two of you. You are fulfilling a lifelong dream–“To be able to take a photograph not just a snapshot”. I know I’ll never be as talented as the two of you but you have already given me more skills then I thought possible. As you said Linda, ” You can teach an old dog new tricks”.
With much appreciation and respect;