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Small Group Workshops

Whether you are just beginning in nature and outdoor photography, are a seasoned pro from another discipline, or just want to join a group of like minded people for a great experience, you should definitely take a photography workshop with me. Scroll down for more…

Private Lessons

Don’t just read about it – let’s go out and do it! You will have my complete attention. We will cover topics tailored specifically for you. Whether you’re a beginner, need to brush up on various techniques or just want a private guide – let’s go!


My “Limited Edition” images are printed on the highest quality museum grade materials. Papers from Hahnemühle, Harman, and Ilford are among the best available and known for their inherent quality and longevity.


Photography learning & guide services for individuals and small groups


These photography workshops and tours are “field workshops” where chasing light is the imperative. My first priority is to get you to the best locations at the best times to capture stunning images and second to assist you in the techniques required to get them. Since the best light is typically in the morning or afternoon, and depending on the workshop, we are often up well before sunrise and photograph until after sunset. Sometimes we go well into the night! During break times we will discuss and review our images and I will offer critique and suggestions for editing. Post workshop image review, critique and editing techniques are included with my workshops.

I also offer private lessons. Sometimes we just want to have someone show us the “how to” of photography. Personally I always learn better by doing rather than reading about whatever topic I’m interested in learning. My private sessions are more intensive since you have my complete attention. We will cover the many aspects of outdoor photography at a pace most comfortable for you. I will tailor the session(s) for your specific needs.

If you’d like to learn how it’s done or just need a guide to safely get you there and back you should definitely contact me!

Groups are limited to only 6 participants ensuring a quality and relaxed experience. With less pressure you have more time for your artistic creativity.

Topics covered:

  • Learn manual control of your camera: aperture, ISO, speed controls
  • How to use Natural Light
  • RAW vs JPEG
  • Exposure
  • Composite image building techniques
  • Panoramic image techniques
  • HDR technique
  • Depth of Field
  • Composition
  • When & how to use filters
  • Hyper focal & Focus Stacking Techniques
  • Conceptualization
  • How to See in Black & White
  • Capture images now for your future editing skills
  • Equipment selection and use
  • Using your smart phone and tablet & software

Click on an image to the right for more information on that particular workshop

Pick a workshop to the right, sign up and reserve your spot. I will get in touch with you personally to work out details and answer any questions you may have. I look forward to hearing from you.

Custom Workshops: Don’t see what you’re looking for? You might have an idea I want to do also! Contact me and I will plan it for you.


Sunset At McClures Beach - J Gunther Photography

Beautiful Sunset at Mc Clure’s beach -Point Reyes California

Point Reyes National Seashore

Most Saturdays or Sundays 9a – sunset



Tiger – San Francisco Zoo

 San Francisco  Zoo Camera Walk

Most Wednesdays 10a – 1:30p


Private Lessons


“I had great time with John spending the day out at Pt. Reyes. Got lots of personal attention and help with several of the issues I’ve been struggling with for years. I feel like I have improved tremendously in just one session and got several great photos.  I’ve already recommended him to several friends and have signed up for more classes!”

Lesley B.

Mill Valley, CA

“John’s experience as a seasoned photographer is evident. His suggestions and tips have provided me an opportunity to expand my abilities and visualize better photographs.”

Rob L.

Winsor, CA

“I’ve taken several workshops from some very well known photographers. On this workshop we encountered a severe wind storm in Death Valley which altered our original itinerary. John had a plan “B” which allowed us to get some great shots and continue our workshop in a safe manner. John’s skill and hospitality was wonderful. I have many years of experience and it was definitely worth my time and expense.”

Mike C.

Welches, OR

“I spent a photo-day with John at Point Reyes and it was an extremely well spent day. His photo shoot locations resulted in some very remarkable pictures, the discussions had me starting with new techniques. I can see a clear difference between the pictures taken before and after the shoot. If ever I am in the ‘neighborhood’, the first thing I will do is to check out with John for another opportunity to join him.”

Menno G,