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Photography in the Texas Hill Country

March 21-25, 2018



Continuing Professional Education

32 Possible CPE Hours
Art / Media
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Join Brian Loflin, award-winning photographer, naturalist and highly regarded author, here at Mo-Ranch in the very heart of the magical Texas Hill Country for a four-day nature and wildflower photography workshop.

This workshop will be packed with hands-on instruction to help you grow your photographic abilities with newfound skills, techniques and proficiency.

Mo-Ranch’s 500 acres are a beautiful setting on the North Fork of the Guadalupe River. Here, habitats include: aquatic, riparian areas, grasslands, oak-juniper woodlands and limestone hills. We will make use of all of them.

This workshop is tailored for serious photographers at any experience level who want to grow in your art and craft. The workshop will feature hands-on learning, demonstrations with native flora and fauna of the area, and will cover many subjects including discussions on:

  • Mastering exposure
  • Composing for impact
  • Perfecting color
  • Managing light
  • Improving lighting with flash
  • Getting close
  • Tools to make field work easier
  • Support equipment
  • Focus stacking
  • Backgrounds

During this workshop you will master the basics of photography with a highly regarded instructor who makes the process exciting. You will also go “beyond the basics” and explore the use of depth of field and image motion to create stunning effects. You will practice techniques for composition that will make your images excite. You will also learn many favorite “tricks of the trade.”

Split between classroom lectures, copious hands-on field shoots and lively critique session, you learn as topics are thoroughly explained and illustrated indoors, then actively explore them through outdoor practice. Group critiques help you identify areas you can improve while letting you see the work of your classmates. The Larkin Digital Photography Lab will become your “second home” as you hone your post-processing skills. Computer workstations with Photoshop Elements installed are available for each students’ use during the workshop.

By late March, the wildflowers at Mo-Ranch and the nearby Hill Country habitat include Bluebonnets, Wine Cups, Indian Paintbrushes, Indian Blanket, Antelope Horn Milkweed, Milk Vetch, Spiderwort, Texas Lantana, Drummond’s Phlox, Texas Groundsel, Texas Vervain, White Prickly Poppies, Pink Evening Primrose and many, many more.

Register now, space is limited! Last year’s photography conference sold out.


Join Brian Loflin, award-winning photographer, naturalist and highly regarded author, here at Mo-Ranch in the very heart of the magical Texas Hill Country for a four-day nature and wildflower photography workshop.

Brian Loflin is a highly respected photographer, author, teacher, lecturer and journalist. His seasoned professional career spans more than four decades in the advertising, aviation, bio-medical and publishing industry.

As a graduate biologist with a background in marketing and communications, his early experience was as a medical photographer and a freelance photojournalist producing materials that served a variety of educational, technical and consumer publications. Brian’s award-winning photographs have been published in many international magazines as well as books and other publications, including major news agencies of the world.

His work that spans four decades has won numerous industry awards, but most importantly, his work has won the admiration and respect of his clients. Those clients include leading names in the advertising and aerospace industry including: Bozell Worldwide, Young and Rubicam, Milici Advertising, Frye-Sills Advertising, Fairchild Aircraft, Saab Aircraft Corporation, Aeritalia, Raytheon/Beech Aerospace and BFGoodrich Aerospace.

Brian was active in several professional industry organizations including Aviation Writers and Photographers Association, and American Society of Media Photographers. He is a current member of International Society of Aviation Photographers and Organization of Biological Field stations. He is past president of the Minnesota Nature Photographers and founder and current president of the Austin Shutterbug Club.

Brian is a highly regarded teacher whose passion is in passing his knowledge and vision along to others. He currently teaches photography at the University of Texas at Austin and held similar positions at University of California at Riverside and Riverside Community College. Brian actively teaches and conducts seminars and workshops in many areas of photography. He also leads nature photography tours and workshops in a variety of global destinations.

Brian and his wife Shirley designed, authored and photographed Grasses of the Texas Hill Country (now in its second printing) and Texas Cacti, two photographic field guides published by Texas A&M University Press and available at most book sellers. Their latest book, Texas Wildflower Vistas and Hidden Treasures is now in production. Keeping busy, they are now producing a pair of new books, Grasses of Houston and the upper Gulf Coast and Aquatic and Wetland Plants. Brian is also currently photographing and publishing a book on Austin’s Waller creek.

To see a collection of Loflin’s work, please visit his blog at and websites, and

All workshop participants will be housed in Wynne/Flato hotel rooms. Hotel rooms are large, each with two queen beds and a full bath.

Costs include housing for 4 nights, 12 meals and tuition (which covers supplies, meeting spaces and instructors).

Single Occupancy: $910
Double Occupancy: $685
Commuter: $400 (excludes housing at Mo-Ranch, includes lunch and dinner during the workshop)

This workshop will have a maximum of 12 participants.

For help with or questions about registration, contact the registrar at or 800-460-4401 x 246.

Registration/Cancellation Policy

A $75.00 deposit must accompany registration. The balance of all fees will be due 60 days prior to the start of the event, or upon registration if within 60 days full payment is required at the time of registration. Full refund less $75.00 administrative fee per person will be made if cancellation is received more than 30 days prior to the conference. There are generally no refunds for cancellations received on or after 30 days prior to the start of the event nor any applying of the deposit toward other charges or future deposits.


Scholarships are available! Click here to learn more.

What to Bring

Linens are provided. Bring sturdy shoes suitable for Mo-Ranch’s rocky, uneven terrain, casual clothing, a swimsuit and river shoes to enjoy the river. Bring a light jacket/sweater, flashlight, insect repellent, water bottle, large brimmed sun hat and sunscreen.


Mo-Ranch is 90 miles one-way, or a 2-hour drive from the nearest airport (SAT), allow 3 hours travel/check-in time for departures. We recommend generally scheduling arriving flights before 3 p.m. and departing flights after 3 p.m. to be sure you do not miss any of your event.

If you are in need of shuttle service to Mo-Ranch, call Kars for Hire in Kerrville at (830) 890-8200 at least 15 days in advance to arrange transportation from San Antonio International Airport.

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