On Location Workshops
I’ve never been a fan of traveling in big groups organized by travel agencies or tour companies. I have always enjoyed traveling alone at my own pace, undistracted by others that may not share the same motives and passion for photography that I have. I especially enjoy creating my images alone as it allows me to connect deeper to the nature around me and as a result, create what I feel are more powerful, meaningful images. I wouldn’t pay to go on a tour in a big group myself, so you wont see me guiding more than a few people at a time.
By limiting myself to working with only a few clients at once, I hope to provide you with a more authentic experience, traveling and shooting exactly the same way I would on my own. With my undivided attention, I am able to explain the way I see the world, utilize light, and organize scenes in order to create my unique imagery. Without being in a big group, we won’t have to worry about sharing compositions, crowding around the same spots, and waiting up for others that might not be at your same level. The lessons you learn from both me and the places we travel to, will have the ability to sink in deeper to help you grow both as a photographer and a person. My goal is to provide you with a powerful experience that you will never forget as well as form a long lasting, personal relationship with you in order to be a part of your photographic journey.
Your health, safety, and comfort are also highly important to me and necessary in order for you to be able to enjoy your trip. Without needing to take care of several other clients, I can make sure your needs are met and I can look out for you properly while in the backcountry.
The ability to be flexible is extremely important in photography. Light, weather, and conditions can change in the blink of an eye and one of the biggest factors of capturing a great image, is being there when everything lines up. Having to wait for others on the trail, or to pack up or unpack, can hinder the ability to be flexible and constantly be on the move while chasing ideal lighting. I would hate for you to miss out on unique opportunities for your photographs because of other clients holding you back. On the other hand, we will be able adjust our agenda in order to move at your own pace without having to worry about keeping up with other clients that may be in more of a hurry than you are.
I’ve always been a strong believer in the “Leave no Trace” motto. Over the years I have seen a huge increase in crowds in the places I travel to as a result of their popularity, and unfortunately that has caused for these special places to be damaged, littered, and in some cases destroyed. I don’t want to contribute to the overcrowding of these wild areas and feel I am leaving a negative impact on the environment. Out of respect of these sacred locations, by keeping our group small, we won't be contributing to this increasingly destructive problem.
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Ryan Pawlowskion October 10, 2019
From the very first time I laid eyes on Eric's work, I knew I had to attend one of his workshops. And when one of his more recent workshops just so happened to be taking place in my backyard, I had to jump at the opportunity. I was not disappointed in the least. From shooting in the field to chilling around camp after a long day of shooting and hiking, Eric is a pleasure to be around. His cerebral approach to photography as well as his conscientious interactions with each and every attendee of his workshops shows that Eric is a genuine human being and a master of his craft who feels most at home when connecting with the beautiful world we live in through creative photography. I can safely say that I learned a variety of new techniques and skills that I continue to use in my photographic endeavors to this day. Most importantly, I believe Eric broke down the narrow vision of what I was attempting to capture with my photography; instead expanding and completely and forever changing the way I look at the world and what I'm photographing. Safe to say, this will not be the last Eric Bennett workshop that I attend!
Brent Clark (brentgoesoutside)on September 5, 2019
I feel very lucky I got to be guided by Eric to a very remote and beautiful place. He was extremely generous with his time and knowledge before, during, and after the trip. His focus was on developing each photographer in the group to be his or her own artist, rather than setting up trophy shots to hunt. He's very encouraging of creativity. In addition to being a knowledgeable photographer, he is an accomplished outdoorsman and I learned a lot from him about being outside. Last but not least, he is FUN! Everybody wants to take good photos, but why not have fun on your vacations too? Eric's the man.
Kevin Kingon August 6, 2019
I recently had the pleasure of attending a Patagonia workshop with Eric. I was greatly appreciative of the interest that Eric took in the participants. He ensured that he solicited our input and also took interest in what we thought our areas for improvement were and helped to make those improvements.
I enjoyed the fact that we backpacked to an area to stage from as opposed to staying in town. That allowed much more time for exploration. Eric is very much in tune with the environment and that carries over into his workshops. I highly recommend Eric to anyone interested in an outdoor adventure.
Martin Gonzalezon July 10, 2019
Eric is a photographer who's passion for the land is both inspiring and infectious. I joined Eric on a workshop to Olympic National Park and was absolutely floored with how he approached his photography. His teachings of how to photograph a scene with focus on the subject will reside with me for a very long time. He doesn't guide you to photograph the shots that have been done over and over but pushes you to find something unique and more importantly what you connect with the most.
Beyond the photography, Eric is a pretty funny dude! This makes for a super enjoyable experience all around where you will be photographing nonstop to having a good laugh over a campfire.
This workshop has resonated with me greatly. Once it was completed, I grabbed a note book and wrote down all I could remember for reference. In the future, I would not even hesitate to take another workshop led by Eric.
Gareth Cogganon July 2, 2019
I joined Eric on a workshop to Patagonia in April 2019. The knowledge of the area and showing me unique areas and compositions that are often overlooked in the area were invaluable. I would see many photographers just getting the standard shot and moving on. With Eric we would spend many hours out shooting not just at sunrise and sunset but all hours of the day. The workshop exceeded my expectations and would not hesitate to join Eric on other one in the future.
Stephen Vecchiottion November 28, 2018
I had a private workshop with Eric for a full day at Zion National Park, Utah this past October. His knowledge of the park, capturing really cool scenes and great light, as well as his broad knowledge of photography techniques were superb and I left with a truly great experience. He is easily approachable and genuinely cares about guiding you. I am very pleased to have had the chance to hook up with Eric and am planning on doing so again in the near future at other locations.
Jacob Lewison October 6, 2018
I had a private workshop in Iceland with Eric in September of 2018. My photographic process has changed significantly since this workshop. Eric’s ability to break down complicated concepts and get to the core of your motivations to take photos is second to none. His ability to find and execute world class images throughout bad weather and harsh light is incredible, allowing you to shoot longer. I walked away from Iceland with several unique images and a new motivation to shoot even after the golden light has all but faded.
Outside of shooting in the field, Eric’s knowledge and passion post-processing is uncanny. During our down time he helped me articulate my artistic vision on certain images, by talking through composition and giving me post-processing advice. Overall Eric is a genuine and fun guy, someone I consider a dear mentor. I’m grateful for the new skills and amazing memories from my time in Iceland!
James Sankion June 13, 2018
I went with Eric to Patagonia on a private workshop in April of 2018 and had an incredible experience.
My highest praise for Eric's workshop was his willingness and ability to teach various techniques throughout different times of the day and in imperfect weather conditions. We spent 5 days around El Chalten and after 2 days of rain, I was stunned to see other photography groups pack up and leave. I later heard that those groups spent their time in town drinking and eating at expensive hotels. Eric and I stuck it out and spent the rainy periods talking about photography theory and all things life. Another reason that I was grateful to have gone with Eric was that I also saw other groups shooting sunrise, then did nothing else for the rest of the day. Eric took me out for sunrise and then spent the entire day hiking around with me, showing me various scenes we could shoot outside of the golden hours.
Eric has the knowledge and passion to teach at all levels of photography. Not only were the photography lessons incredibly valuable, but Eric is a funny guy and we had an absolute blast. I'm grateful I was able to come home with new skills and memories I'll remember for a lifetime.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this workshop to anyone.
Bennett Sorianoon January 28, 2017
I hold this workshop accountable for inciting a fiery passion within for travel, people, places, and most of all: photography. My photography has taken leaps forward from the techniques I learned from Eric. I was able to apply the things I learned as I learned them in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The food was one of a kind, caught from the island's surrounding waters, and so delicious! Sunscreen is a must, but my fried back didn't stop me from getting the most out of the trip, I had such a blast!
Besides the San Blas scenery, it's easy to tell when I went on this workshop by looking at my Instagram page; the quality of my photos have improved greatly thanks to this once in a lifetime experience.
I am so thankful, and yes, I WILL be back.
Ian Livesayon January 21, 2017
I had a great time with Eric and the group this past summer. August blessed us with immaculate conditions and I couldn't have been more comfortable sleeping in my hammock during those warm, Caribbean nights gazing up at the stars. It was my first time participating in any kind of photography workshop trip, and right off the bat I felt like I belonged. Eric made a tremendous effort to tailor the lessons and principles according to our own abilities and skill levels. It was great to shoot side by side with Eric in a one-on-one setting and receive professional criticism and feedback. It was also great to be able to shoot with a diverse group of photographers and to learn from their perspectives and styles. Downtime was used effectively through discussions, snorkeling, smashing coconuts... It was incredible fun and we shared many laughs together! Eric led us to another world and I would highly recommend the experience.