Fort Christmas

with DPA Instructor Tom Fawls



Capture Antebellum Architecture and Surrounding Landscape Scenes with DPA


A battalion of U.S. Army Soldiers and a determined group of Alabama Volunteers arrived on Christmas Day back in 1837, just 20 miles east of Orlando, to construct a fort. The structure, Christmas Fort, stands today as a memory of the Second Seminole Indian War, from 1835 through 1842. 

Whether the exterior or interior of the structures, there are abstract patterns and perspectives of wooden surfaces, peppered with flourishes of history, to allow you to capture vintage still lives and other photographic narratives with your camera.

Your instructor, with 7 photo books under his authorship, will also share tips and techniques on capturing alluring photos of the surrounding landscapes, sturdy trees that date back 150+ years, silhouetted against the sky. The branches in whole or part, along with other subject matter within this unique and picturesque setting can be used to exemplify successful principles of composing images. Whether Leading Lines, Rule of Thirds, Depth of Field, and other tried and true methods, this old-world setting, and Milton\'s years of experience, will inspire group discussions of powerful compositions that help to create portfolio-worthing photographs.

Over a century ago, there were tribes, soldiers and pioneers who lived a life of hunting, fighting, trapping and homesteading, leading the way to the nation as it is known today. 

With effective choices of the menu and control features of your camera, these themes can be aptly depicted as shown herein.The rendezvous spot for the group will be 300 North Fort Christmas Road at the Fort Christmas parking lot on Fort Christmas Road—2-miles north of State Road 50. 

To join Milton on this informative and enjoyable shoot, simply contact the DPA Booking Agent toll free at 1 877 372 2231 or to register on line, go to and click on Orlando. From there scroll down and the directions to enroll are clearly explained. 

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