About John Deas
Born in Tachikawa, Japan, the son of a career Air Force officer, John
Deas has lived in Japan, Germany, Africa, Okinawa, the Philippines, and many
states in the United States. After high school, John joined the U.S. Navy and
became a Hospital Corpsman stationed with the U.S. Marines. Four and a half
years later, he left the military with an Honorable Discharge. In 1977, he
returned to the family home in Charleston and graduated from The College of
Charleston in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science in Business.
John began taking photographs at the age of 4 using his
grandfather's old Brownie camera. He has taken thousands of images using a
variety of cameras. He makes images of the things he truly loves, specializing
in landscapes and nature photography. In 2006, John converted to digital
He has undertaken numerous photo shoots to locations such as Everglades National
Park, Yosemite National Park, Bodie, Mono Lake, Great Smoky Mountains National
Park, Acadia National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National
Park, Congaree National Park, and the Canadian Rockies. Some of his other
favorite locations are the many waterfalls in West Virginia and North Carolina
as well as the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
John has a deep love of nature and all things in it.
It is his love of being in the outdoors that led to his leading workshops to
some of the iconic as well as lesser known locations on the East Coast.
The Appalachian Trail, the Great Smoky Mountains, the North Georgia Mountains,
waterfalls throughout the southeast, or the Outer Banks of North Carolina will provide a
wide variety of scenic and nature images.
Representations of his work have recently been on display
in various galleries and art centers throughout the Southeast.
Workshops are designed with one thing in mind - helping you learn how to take
better landscape and nature photographs. We'll cover composition,
lighting, ideal time of day for particular types of scenes, scouting, and
planning including great website resources. We will spend time talking
about an ideal set of equipment for this type of photography and some of the
optional items that can take your photography to the next level. While in
the field, we'll cover techniques for obtaining the desired result in the
camera to help minimize the amount of post production (Photoshop) work that must
be accomplished when you get back home. We'll leave no stone unturned.
When you get done with a workshop you will know how to use your equipment like
Each day we will travel to a variety of locations where we will
stretch and then expand your photographic skills. We start early, often
well before first light so we can be in the right location at the right time.
It will be a long day by the time we finish with an evening meal, a review of
the day's events, and a critique of a select number of photographs. Then,
we'll get ready to do it all over again. I will do everything in my power
to ensure that you have a great learning experience, have a fun time, and return
home with trophy photographs and a sharpened set of photographic skills.
I am available for private instruction where we can arrange for
one-on-one time at a place of your choosing. Although one must realize
that such instruction costs more than attending a multi person workshop, there is
often a value component to getting such personalized information.
Not only do you get to choose where we shoot and what you want to focus on,
there is no sharing of the instructor's time. You can ask the questions at
any time and at any rate, and the answers you receive will be designed to address
only those things that you feel would be of benefit. So, in some cases,
you might get the equivalent of several days of shared instruction compressed
into one or two days. The minimum length of private instruction is one
day. Rates will be based on the location and stated learning objectives.
for a custom quote for a session.