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.


Great Smoky Mountains Photo Tour
Apr 18 - 22, 2017

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Tour Fee:
$395 CVPS member
$455 non-member (includes CVPS membership

Cuyahoga Valley Photo Society is pleased to offer  a photo tour to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Led by CVPS Steering Committee photographers Bill Dickinson, Mary Ann Kucera and Dave Longfellow, this tour provides an exciting opportunity to experience one the country’s premier national parks in the spring. The Smoky Mountains are the most biologically diverse area in the National Park System. Ancient mountains, forested landscapes, waterfalls, wildlife, and a magnificent array of spring wildflowers await you.

The Smokies are located in the southern Appalachian Mountains. At a distance of 525 miles from northeast Ohio, the trip is worth taking to explore and photograph this iconic national park.

This tour will focus on the amazing photographic opportunities in the Smokies. To maximize our time in the field, there will be no lectures or critiques during this trip. CVPS leaders will guide you to locations such as Clingmans Dome, Cades Cove, Roaring Fork, Hardwood Cove, Laurel Falls, Porter Creek, and Schoolhouse Gap. With over 1500 varieties of blooming plants in the park, the tour will provide many opportunities to observe and photograph spring wildflowers.

The Smokies are a mountainous park. Many of the shooting locations are accessed via a moderate hike. Some optional locations may require a more rigorous hike.

To register, use the on-line registration system (register on-line) or call the Conservancy for CVNP: (330) 657-2909.  Questions? Please email



Exand Your Vision: Black and White Photography with Eileen Raffertyr
November 9-12, 2017

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Tour Fee:
$395 CVPS member
$460 non-member (includes CVPS membership

Join the Cuyahoga Valley Photo Society for a unique workshop with photographer and artist Eileen Rafferty to expand your photographic vision. Black and white photography has a rich and eclectic past and inspires and fascinates us today. 

In this workshop we will learn to see our color world in grayscale tones to craft a compelling black and white photograph; explore figures from photographic history for inspiration; and look at creative approaches to black and white photography. We will also have field shoots to practice black and white seeing, constructive critiques, and creative assignments to help guide you with your new vision! While there will be some demonstrations of converting to black and white in Lightroom, this is not a software workshop; the emphasis will be on seeing in black and white—while shooting—to strengthen your images and photographic vision.

Participants must be comfortable using their camera equipment and tripod, and downloading their images for critique. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own laptop with Lightroom installed. The workshop meets for a brief orientation the evening of November 9, then all day November 10, 11, and concludes by 5pm November 12. Classroom sessions will meet at Courtyard by Marriott - Stow.

The workshop fee is $395 CVPS member/ $460 non-member (non-member fee includes membership dues). A $225 deposit is required at registration with the balance due September 30. Fee does not include lodging, meals, or transportation.  To register, use the on-line registration system (register on-line) or call the Conservancy for CVNP: (330) 657-2909.  Questions? Please email


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 60 or more days prior to the workshop will receive a refund of monies paid minus a $50 cancellation fee. If the workshop fills up, the $50 cancellation fee will also be refunded.
- Cancellations received 59 or fewer days prior to the event will not receive a refund unless the workshop fills up. If the workshop fills up, the registrant will receive a full refund of all monies paid.
- In the event a workshop is cancelled, 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.