The Cuyahoga Valley Photographic Society has a tradition of offering high quality photographic instruction featuring America's finest nature photographers, including Sam Abell, Ian Adams, Craig Blacklock, Willard Clay, Tim Cooper, Jack Dykinga, Ralph Lee Hopkins, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Pat O'Hara, Joe and Mary Ann McDonald, John and Barbara Gerlach, David Muench, William Neill, Rod Planck, Jim Roetzel, Nancy Rotenburg, Galen Rowell, John Shaw, Eddie Soloway, Tony Sweet, Brenda Tharp, Larry Ulrich, Larry West, and Art Wolfe.


Photographers using either digital or film cameras are welcome to participate, but film processing will not be provided and only digital files can be critiqued during the workshop.


CVPS Fall Photo Workshop

Nature Photography with Willard Clay

Thursday, October 25 – Sunday, October 28, 2018

Fee:  $395 for CVPS members

 Join one of the masters of landscape photography, Willard Clay, to strengthen your photographic skills and vision.  Willard will share his years of experience to help participants gain a deeper understanding of what makes great nature photography and how to incorporate those elements in their own work.  He will place special attention on teaching about strong composition, as well as understanding and creatively using light.  Field sessions will provide the opportunity to apply these ideas and techniques, assisted by Willard.  In addition to classroom lectures and field shooting, Willard will provide constructive critique sessions to help participants refine their work and take it to the next level. He will place special emphasis on shooting "intimate landscapes" in the style of photographer Eliot Porter, looking at Porter's artistic choices and techniques

Workshop Details and Registration

Participants must be comfortable using their camera equipment and a tripod, understand the basics of photography, and be able to download their images for critique.  The workshop will meet from Thursday, October 25 at 6:30 p.m. through Sunday, October 28 at 4:00 p.m.  Registration information can be found here. Download the flyer here!


A former Professor of Botany, Willard Clay has been a full-time photographer since 1982.  Specializing in large format photography, Will has been the primary photographer for nine books and has been published in a myriad of calendars, magazines, books and advertising agencies.  View more of his work at 

See below for photos of a few previous workshops and tours.

Cancellations and Refund Policy:

We rely on your attendance to make important arrangements, so if for any reason you need to withdraw, refunds will be made according to the following guidelines:
- Cancellations received 75 or more days prior to the workshop will receive a refund of the paid fee minus a $100 cancellation fee.
- Cancellations received 74 or fewer days prior to the event will not receive a refund unless you or CVPS find someone to fill your spot. In that case, you will receive a refund of the paid fee minus a $100 cancellation fee.
- In the event a workshop is cancelled by CVPS, all monies will be refunded. Every effort is made not to cancel an event, but we reserve the right to do so and we are not responsible for any losses you may incur due to a cancellation.

Tony Sweet at Volvo Graveyard  Brenda Tharp at the Borrow Pit Ralph Hopkins

Sam Abell  Hocking Hills tour  West Virginia

Canaan Valley