About Outdoor Photo Workshops

OPW offers you the best in outdoor adventure and nature photography workshops, helping you improve your photography and make great images in a fun and relaxed setting. Our instructors provide in-field, hands-on photo instruction coupled with classroom sessions and image critiques, tailoring their instruction to meet the needs of each photographer, regardless of skill level or camera equipment. Our focus is on helping you improve your nature photography skills and expand your creativity while providing you opportunities to photograph unique and exciting outdoor adventure and nature subjects.

OPW's Owners, CEO's, Founding Fathers, Guys Who Think They Are in Charge,
and Lead Photography Instructors...

Les Voorhis

Award winning nature photographer, Les Voorhis has been a professional photographer since 1990. After learning the ins and outs of the stock photography business as a Photo Editor and Image Library Manager for Stock Imagery in Denver, CO, he decided to put his skills to the test with his own work.

Les is widely published and his published images have appeared in magazines, advertising campaigns, retail packaging, calendars, web sites, books and more. Clients include, Bugle Magazine, Wolf Publishing, Harris Publications, Game and Fish Publications, Primedia Group, Pentax Corp., Smith-Southwestern, South Dakota Magazine, Bowhunter, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and many others.

Les is also a teacher, teaching photography classes and workshops for everyone from the rank beginner to the seasoned professional. In 2007 he was asked to join Tamron Lens Corporation's educational photographers group and teach workshops for them around the United States. He is on the staff of Naturescapes.com online photo magazine and is also the past chair of the NANPA Resource Relations Committee. Profotos.com selected him as one of the top 100 photographers in the country in 2001.

Les owns Focus West Gallery in Spearfish, SD with his wife Julaine and published his first book in 2006 called "Spearfish Canyon, A Journey Beyond the Rim". In doing so, he started his own publishing company which has several more titles coming out in the near future as well as a new calendar and greeting card line. Les' work is also available in several other galleries and art shows through out South Dakota and the western US and is available as stock through http://www.royaltineimages.com.

Jason Hahn

Jason Hahn is a professional nature photographer who specializes in capturing unique photographs of the creatures and scenery that make Florida such a special place. Certified as a Florida Master Naturalist, he uses this knowledge to capture exceptional photographs of wildlife and natural scenery in his resident state and abroad. He has been widely published in books and magazines nationwide with clients such as Outdoor Photographer Magazine, Florida Wildlife Magazine, Defender Magazine, Nature Newswatch, Kiteboarding Magazine, Watchable Wildlife Guide, Sybex Publishing, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and many more.

Jason has been a regular photographer and writer for New Floridian Magazine, past board president for a central Florida artist's cooperative, and owner of GalleryCraft Web Design, a company specializing in designing websites for photographers and other artists. He is also an active member of the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). His work has been awarded top honors by NANPA and he was also one of only 20 photographers from around the world selected to particpate in the Images for Conservation Fund (ICF) Pro-tour competition for 2008.

Jason's photography is featured on his website, www.jasonhahn.com, and can be found in galleries throughout the central Florida area.

People Crazy Enough to Be OPW Photography Instructors...

Steve Babbitt

Steve Babbitt has been making photographs of the Western United States for the past 25 years. He works with digital, silver and non-silver photographic processes in black and white and color. Steve is drawn to subjects, primarily in the landscape, which are often abstract or in some way seem out of place or not readily identifiable.

Steve has been teaching photography at the college level for 20 years and is currently a professor of photography at Black Hills State University in South Dakota. His photographs can be found in the collections of The Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; The Getty Museum Library, Malibu, California; the Sioux Falls Civic Fine Arts Center, Sioux Falls, South Dakota; The Dahl Fine Art Center, Rapid City, South Dakota and the San Francisco Art Institute..

Steve's photography is featured on his website, www.stevebabbittphotography.com.

Jim Caldwell

Jim is an award winning photographer who traveled the country in the 1970s and 1980s as a motion picture cameraman making TV commercials, industrial films and documentaries. He is also a stock photographer and his images have appeared in many national and international publications such as Popular Photography, Audubon Magazine, and The London Times in addition to hundreds of textbooks, calendars and travel brochures.

Jim has also has a passion for teaching photography and sharing his many years of experience. He has arranged photo tours and traveled and photographed many parts of the world such as China, Tibet, Turkey, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica and many others. He grew up camping, photographing and exploring the Florida countryside and is currently pursuing his Florida Master Naturalist Certification.

Jim has been an active member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) for over 35 years as well as National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), and the North American Nature Photographer's Association (NANPA).

Some of Jim's photography can be found at his website, www.elusiveimage.net and he hosts a podcast for nature and travel photographers at fotobug.podbean.com.

Dick Kettlewell

Dick Kettlewell has been a professional photographer for 28 years, having worked both as a photojournalist and a nature photographer while earning numerous awards.

As a photojournalist he spent many years on daily newspaper staffs including the Albuquerque Journal and the Rapid City Journal during which he was primarily a sports photographer, covering sporting events from high school level to professional. He has also worked for numerous major newspapers on a contract and freelance basis, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Washington Post, etc.

While with the Rapid City Journal, he produced a photo column for that paper's outdoor page entitled "Spring Creek Chronicles" which featured images and stories about the region's wildlife and landscapes. This column was also the recipient of many journalistic awards for both photography and writing. Kettlewell continues to publish that column for the Rapid City Journal and is currently working on a book of the same name and theme.

In addition to publishing his nature images in other well-known publications such as the Smithsonian Magazine, the Discovery Magazine, the Natural History Magazine, etc., Kettlewell has also published two books about the wildlife and landscapes of the region entitled Black Hills Impressions and South Dakota Wildlife Impressions. Both are produced by Far Country Press and are available in major bookstores such as Borders and on the Amazon network.

The Power Behind the Throne, She Who Makes it all Happen, OPW's Business Manager...

Nicole Hahn

Nicole has not written her bio yet, she has been way to busy organizing our workshops, and trying to keep us all in line, an impossible task at best! I was going to make up her bio, maybe throw in some stuff about her being raised by wolves as a young girl, or her time as a placekicker in the NFL, but I figure I am in enough trouble as it is. So I'll just stick this in here until she finds it, I get caught and have to replace it with the real bio!

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