Webinars to Develop Your Photographic Creative Vision

Morning glow on Denali

“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

– Dorothea Lange


Active Photo Tours webinars are for outdoor photographers who want to continue to improve their creative vision.

Most webinars are free (except where noted) and are presented on the Zoom platform.
Registration is required – passwords most often are not.




Image for the Windy App Webinar

When and where is the most dramatic and colorful light and clouds? Sometimes shots like this are a matter of luck but many times they can be a matter of making informed decisions of when and where to go based on understanding how to forecast clouds and light for photography. You can learn to increase your chances of capturing dramatic, moody and colorful light in our 4-part webinar. (See details below)


4-part webinar sponsored by Arizona Highways PhotoScapes via Zoom

Discover how to use the best tool for planning around the best light and weather for your next photography shoot. Meteorologist and nature photographer Michael DeYoung takes you through an indepth 4-part series on how to forecast when your photography shoot will have the best lighting conditions. During this series, you will learn how to set up the proper preferences, and practice using this tool to predict shooting conditions in your local area. Sessions last 60-90 minutes.


Dates: January 16, 23, 30 & February 6, 2023 (Mondays)

Time: 4 PM Pacific Time (3 PM Alaska, 5 PM Mountain, 6 PM Central, 7 PM Eastern).

Cost: $150 for all 4 sessions

Registration Closes: Friday, January 13, 2023

You will need Zoom downloaded on your desktop or tablet


BASIC OUTLINE: Each session will be approximately 45 minutes with 15 minute Q & A

Session 1: Intro to windy: Understanding what Windy is, its capabilities and limitations. Moving beyond oversimplified weather graphics. Setting up your preferences and defining what’s most useful on Windy for forecasting dramatic light and photogenic clouds. Understanding graphical cloud forecasts – your best tool from windy. The explanation of model used along with its strengths and weaknesses.

Session 2: Basic meteorology helpful for photography. Fair weather cloud ID. Explanation of states of sky and ceiling. Using Windy to forecast favorable conditions for colorful sunrise and sunset clouds. Using FAA webcams and realtime observations for forecast verification. Live analysis and predictions for the next few days. The importance of cloud proximity for better sunrise or sunset color predictions. Explanation of assignments.

Session 3: Sharing of images of cloud ID. Discussion of precipitation and storm producing clouds. Identify transitions in weather patterns and when they might lead to dramatic light. Live analysis and prediction for the next few days.

Session 4: Getting forecasts for remote locations. Understanding meteograms and how they differ from graphical forecasts. Comparing models to make the best determination of accuracy. Discussion and critique of predictions from last sessions and voluntary image sharing.


Watch the brief YouTube video on Windy



You can view more details and purchase any recordings of previously paid webinars, by clicking on the “ON DEMAND” button below any of the webinar listings.


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If you like our courses and find value in them, please consider a small donation to help keep our free webinars going.




There are no more free webinars scheduled for the first half of this year.

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* * * PLEASE NOTE * * *

Upon registering, you will receive an email from us with a subject line that includes the webinar title followed by the word, “Confirmation”. If you do not receive the confirmation email within 10 minutes of registering, please check your spam folder first and then, if still not found, email us.

Be sure to save this confirmation email so you can easily find it before the meeting.

We strongly encourage you add the notice to your calendar app whether it be iCal, Google, Yahoo, or Outlook calendar. Once saved to your calendar, it will remind you of the upcoming meeting. You can find the link to add the notice to your calendar in the confirmation email. The links to add to your calendar is located towards the middle of the email: “Add to calendar, Add to Google Calendar, Add to Yahoo Calendar” (For iCal users, select the first option “Add to Calendar” . It will create an .ics file type that, when double clicked, will open and add to your iCal app.)


Below is a sample of the confirmation email and where to look for the meeting ID.


Meeting Confirmation Email Sample


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