Photography WorkTour: Northern Italy

October 2018

Join me for a very special workshop with a small, private group exploring and photographing my favourite places in Italy. From the vineyards of Barolo and the Langhe to the sparkling Ligurian Sea and quaint villages of the Cinque Terre, this adventure offers something for everyone—both photographers and non-photographers alike.

Space is extremely limited and sells out fast. Register before 1 December, 2017 for a 10& discount!

Get all the details and book online here

Learn Lightroom at The Photography Show

I am teaching Lightroom at the Adobe Theatre all four days of The Photography Show, 18–21 March, NEC Birmingham.

These sessions are free with your conference registration but will be ticketed. Tickets are free and may be collected in advance each day. Some tickets may still be available at the time of the session(s) but it’s best to get tickets ahead of time to ensure entry to a particular session. Note that these tickets for the Adobe Theatre are not the same as the ‘show tickets’ for the main conference. Tickets to the Adobe Theatre are only available at the stand, on the day.

The complete Adobe Theatre schedule is at

The Photography Show is the UK’s biggest and best event for all things photo related.

Digital Photography Essentials at Phoenix Cinema

Nat Coalson Presents Digital Photography

On the evening of Thursday January 19, 2017, I presented a seminar in the screening room at the Phoenix Cinema in Leicester. I was thrilled to meet and speak with folks in the packed house, comprised of Phoenix Members and Friends.

We covered many of the most important topics related to developing a successful photography practice, both for hobbyists and professionals alike. Some of the key points of the talk included

  • Learning to see
  • Subject matter
  • Light
  • Designing a photograph
  • Using the equipment
  • Processing and output
  • Practice and training
  • Personal projects and bodies of work

The feedback has been very supportive, with some of the comments including

“Thank you very much for organising the workshop with Nat Coalson. I found his presentation rich and stimulating and he talked with great clarity. I have a longstanding interest in photography and, having just finished a major project, have the time to develop my interest. The timing of Nat’s workshop was perfect for me.”

“Thank you very much for arranging a very enjoyable members event this evening. Nat’s passion for photography was inspirational and the time flew by. There was so much useful information that I will certainly be contacting him for a copy of his presentation.”

“Just a note to say thank you for the event yesterday evening, my wife Ruth and I enjoyed it very much. Whilst I am a keen photographer, I am always learning and taking inspiration from the work of others and there was much to take on board last night.”

My sincere gratitude to Sarah Vallance and the Phoenix Board of Directors for inviting me to present at this fantastic venue. The facilities and support are excellent and I’ll certainly be doing more photography classes, lectures and presentations at the Phoenix!

Next Lightroom Workshop

My next class is 27th January at the National Space Centre in Leicester.

I’ll be teaching essential skills for enhancing photos with Lightroom.

Learn the most important adjustments in the Basic panel, dodging and burning with local adjustment brushes and gradients, retouching using the Spot Removal tool, and much much more!

Get all the details here >

Workshop: Photography as Fine Art, July 2015

Abstract Photograph: Matador by Nat CoalsonLaramie County Community College, Cheyenne campus

Monday July 13 – Friday July 17, 2015
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. each day

Gallery Open House Thursday July 16, 6-8 pm

Are you a dedicated photographer looking to hone your craft? Have you wanted to learn the best ways to finish your work and present it for sale?

Whether you love nature, travel, portraits or any other kind of photography, there are key principles and fundamental techniques every photographer needs to know to elevate your work to fine art.

This five-day hands-on intensive workshop will give you the knowledge and skills to take your photography to the highest levels of quality while expressing your personal vision.

 The big picture… and the fine details
The workshop will include a balanced mix of lecture presentations and hands-on instruction, both in the classroom and in the field. You will learn examples and get instruction on lighting, composition and other elements that demonstrate an exceptional photograph. The topics presented are the most important best practices for working at the highest levels of image making and will give each student the foundation they need to develop their own body of work with confidence. A portion of the workshop will include shooting and post-production work.

Mezzaluna e MelagraneKey topics of instruction will include:

• Fundamental principles and history of photography as fine art
• Working with light
• Composition and design
• Digital post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop
• Color management
• Fine art digital printing
• Finishing, mounting and framing
• Portfolios and presentation
• Working with photo reps, galleries and museums
• Group and individual image critiques

One RockLocation shoots will be held on campus and/or offsite; there are areas on campus and within 15 minutes of the school that would be appropriate for location shoots. (For outdoor shooting sessions held offsite, LCCC will provide transportation.)

Printed course notes and supporting reference materials will be provided to students.

With a small class size limited to 15 students, each participant will receive personalized, one-on-one instruction in addition to participating in group lectures and exercises.

Open enrollment
This workshop is open to all photographers working at any skill level. There are no pre-requisites for enrollment and interviews or portfolio reviews are not required. However, understanding photography fundamentals such as basic camera operation and an interest in developing your own specific photographic style will be helpful.

Great Cloister, Fountains Abbey, Ripon, EnglandGallery exhibitions
A gallery show will be held as part of the workshop. The instructor and students are invited to bring 3-4 framed pieces to be displayed in the school gallery. At the Gallery Open House we will also present a digital show of photographs taken during the week.

Register now – space is limited
You will come away from this workshop with the skills and knowledge to begin making fine art photographs immediately!

$300 per person
To register call Lisa Trimble at 307-432-1603

Abstract Nature Photograph: Flow III by Nat CoalsonAbout the Instructor
Nathaniel Coalson is a fine artist, travel photographer, writer and instructor based in Colorado and England. Nat specializes in providing fine art and creative services used in commercial interior design. He has worked in the arts industries for over 25 years; in addition to fine art photography Nat has worked professionally in graphic design, digital prepress and printing. Nat’s work has been exhibited internationally, received numerous awards and is held in private and corporate collections as well as commercial installations.

Nat is an Adobe Certified Expert in Lightroom and Photoshop and an author of many books on photography and imaging, including the popular series Lightroom: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process and Nature Photography Photo Workshop published by Wiley and distributed worldwide. Nat is an experienced instructor who has taught photographers working at all levels. He provides training and consulting in photography, printing and digital imaging for private and corporate clients. Nat is also the writer and producer of the photography instruction web site

For more information and to see Nat’s work visit and

Testimonials for Nat’s Instruction

“Nat is an excellent teacher who makes complex technical subjects easy to understand and implement.”—Ron Cooper, Denver, Colorado

“Nat Coalson is not only a passionate photographer, but also an accomplished digital professional. This combination makes him the perfect instructor.”—George Jardine, Denver, Colorado

“Nat is a very patient, well spoken, educated person; he has a great vocabulary and truly knows (in this case) Lightroom inside and out and can present information in an easy-to-grasp way. He is more than just a lecturer, he is a real teacher.”—Jock Goodman, Waimea, Hawaii

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the personal photography sessions I have had with Nat. Not only is he personable but knowledgeable in the field of photography. He adapts very well to all skill levels in a group and makes sure he pays attention to the matters or questions at hand. I learned a lot of my own eye and style when I was able to print off shots from a previous session and have him critique them at our next session. Thanks, Nat! We will definitely see you again.”—Chanel Podell, Denver, Colorado

“Nat Coalson was recommended to me as someone that would listen to my desires, review my work and then make recommendations that would help me build a partnership that would produce images I’d be proud to display in my home and gallery. Without question, Nat’s lived up to his recommendation. His attention to detail and gentle guidance has been priceless to me.”—Ray Beair, Austin, Texas

Join us in Tuscany, Spring 2014!

Tuscany photo Tour Spring 2014We’re excited to announce another photo tour of Italy! Next spring we’re taking a small group through the heart of Tuscany. Photographers will have lots of time to make beautiful images and, of course, I’ll be available for personalized, one-on-one instruction. We also have lots planned for our non-photographers! From history and culture to winery tours and exceptional cuisine, we’re offering a unique tour you won’t find anywhere else. And like our previous tours, we’ll visit very special, authentic places well off the tourist map. We’re limiting the maximum group size to 16 people – and we’re already half full!

If you want to join us please contact me today to register. Get the details here

My Next Digital Photography Class 22 August

Digital Photo Workflow: From Capture to Print with Nat Coalson

Digital Photo Workflow: From Capture to Print
Leicester People’s Photography Gallery (map)
22nd August
7 pm – 9 pm
(Please arrive by 6.45 pm for 7 pm start)
Free to all members of Leicestershire photo clubs

Join the Leicester People’s Photography Gallery and pro photographer Nat Coalson for a comprehensive look at the current best practices in the modern digital photography workflow. Nat will discuss techniques for capturing the best images with a digital camera (including important shooting techniques) and working with them on the computer, all the way through preparing files for printing by a lab and even making your own fine art prints. You will learn key workflow techniques in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as the most essential colour management and asset management practices.

This will be a general overview—nothing overly complex or advanced—and will be useful to photographers working at all levels. The format is presentation style and not a hands-on class. (You don’t need to bring a computer.) We will wrap up the evening with a Q&A session, so come prepared with your photography and imaging questions!

RSVP for this Event on Facebook

Instructor Bio
Nathaniel Coalson is an American photographer currently based in Leicester. Since 1987, Nat has worked professionally in art, design, photography, digital imaging and printing. His work has been exhibited extensively, received numerous awards and is held in private and corporate collections as well as commercial installations. Nat is the author of many photography-related books including Nature Photography Photo Workshop and three editions of Lightroom: Streamlining Your Digital Photography Process, all published by Wiley and distributed worldwide. Nat is an experienced teacher, speaker and mentor who has taught photography and imaging for over two decades. He is an active member of international art, photography and design associations, an experienced juror of photographic competitions and has written for numerous industry publications. For more information and to see Nat’s work, please visit

Join us in Italy this Fall

Barolo landscape by Ron Cooper

Barolo landscape by Ron Cooper

This October I am leading another fantastic photo tour through northern Italy! We’ll explore much of Piedmont and Liguria, including the Maritime Alps.

Our previous tour participants have had incredible experiences, as conveyed through their overwhelmingly positive and supportive comments – and most importantly, spectacular photographs!

We’re offering a $100 discount if you register before April 30, so don’t wait! Space is extremely limited as we are keeping the group small to provide the absolute best experience for every participant.

You can get all the details and see a gallery of photos provided by previous participants at

Contact me to register or if you have any questions. Looking forward to seeing you in Italy this fall!

United Kingdom Photo Tour June 2013

Only four spots remaining for my private photo tour of the UK in June… join us to visit and photograph London, the Cotswolds, Peak District, York, Edinburgh and more! Please contact me for details.

Next Photo Workshop in Crested Butte, Colorado

Summer in Crested Butte: Alpine Vistas and Colorful Wildflowers in the Colorado Rockies
with Russ Burden and Nat Coalson

July 18-July 23, 2011

Join us for a photo workshop in the Colorado Rockies this summer!

We’ll photograph wildflowers, aspen groves, pristine rivers and lakes against the spectacular mountain scenery around Crested Butte, Kebler and Ohio Passes and the ghost town of Gothic.

Your instructors are professional photographers Russ Burden and Nat Coalson, both of whom are experienced, caring teachers who have led successful photography workshops and classes for many years.

In the field, Russ and Nat will help you develop the skills needed to make photographs that fully express your vision. We’ll focus on composition and creativity as well as mastering your camera’s many functions. In the classroom, you’ll learn how to use Adobe and Nik software for the ultimate creative control over your images. Throughout the workshop, hands-on demonstrations, lessons and group critique sessions will help you refine your image-making skills.

Registration for this workshop is now closed.

Moab Photography Symposium

Turret Arch seen through North Window, Arches NP. (C) Nat Coalson

Moab Photography Symposium
May 12-15, 2011
Moab, Utah

Enjoy three illuminating days in the spectacular red rock deserts of Utah with seasoned pro photographers including John Sexton, Tom Till, Nat Coalson, Michael Frye and many more. You’ll master photographic techniques from creative to technical in numerous presentations, classes and field workshops. Two lucky photographers will win a free copy of Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS5!

Hurry, space is extremely limited and there are only a few spots remaining!

Learn more and register at

My 2011 Event Schedule

Below is a list of the classes, workshops and speaking engagements I currently have scheduled for this year. Hope to see you at an event in the near future!

March 3 Lightroom at Boulder Digital Arts

March 20 Epson Printing Seminar
Lone Tree, CO
Details and registration here

March 25-27 Professional Photographers Association of Massachusetts (PPAM)
2011 Annual Conference

March 31 Designing the Photograph at Boulder Digital Arts

April 16-17 Lightroom Class in Denver

April 30-May 7 Italy Photo Tour

May 12-15 Moab Photo Symposium

June 8 Outdoor Photography at REI
7-8:30 PM Park Meadows Store
Online registration coming soon

June 4 Photo Workshop at Garden of the Gods
Details and registration here

July 22-24 Wildflowers in Crested Butte
Details coming soon

August 13-15 Colorado Photography Festival

Sep 29-Oct 2 Grand Tetons and Jackson Hole with Bret Edge

Nov 4-5 Loveland Photo Society

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