Where can I see all the dates in one place?
Click here to see our Calendar, that includes all the dates in one place.
What am I going to learn in your introduction photography workshop?
We will spend the first 45 minutes going over basics photography techniques and talk about the shoot and answer any questions to help you understand your camera; But then we will go on the shoot and show you how I see through the camera. You really begin to see differently when you take photographs rather than talk about how to take photographs. We will get you to really connect with whatever you are photographing and have a great time shooting and you will learn so much.
What kind of camera do I need? Do I have to have a dSLR or will my little point & shoot be okay?
Our classes explore manual settings and lens choices, therefore we do not recommend point and shoots. Please bring a dSLR with manual mode settings and a knowledge of how to change your Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. If you can’t figure out how to change these things, just bring your manual to the workshop. We’ll help you!
Are your classes complicated? A lot of technical information overwhelms me.
No. Great photography is not about the equipment. Great photographs come from photographers who know how to see. The workshops are designed to get you started down that path. I focus more on the aesthetics and how we see what the camera sees. If you take our Introduction Photography Classes, we do go over a good bit of information, but it will help you in the long run.
What should I bring? I have a tripod, a laptop, two DSLRs, four point & shoots and my mother in law.
Each workshop is different. For each workshop, we focus on different techniques, therefore the things you need may change. That being said, you will always need your DSLR and any lenses you have. I will show you techniques with and without a tripod. You might consider the manual to your camera if you’re unsure of how to change settings on your camera. At most workshops we have professional photographers saavy in camera settings, but some off-brand camera are a little trickier to figure out. Leave the mother in law at home unless she’s lugging equipment for you but bring whatever you feel like lugging around. You won’t have time to use the laptop, we’ll be busy with hands on learning. So get ready to shoot!
How long have you been teaching people how to take better photographs?
I have been a professional photographer for over 25 years and have been doing workshops for the past four years. I love teaching photography and I think hands on is the way you learn the most.
How do I schedule my workshop and how far in advance can I schedule?
Most workshops are available to register up to five months in advance. Check out our Calendar to see all the dates in one place. If you want to schedule a one-on-one workshop, click here to submit an inquiry!
I can’t make the Workshop I want to go to, will there be more dates posted?
You bet. We add additional workshops often and I plan to add some different workshops very soon plus additional date of the current workshops. We’d love to hear about new workshop themes you would be interested in.
What happens if the workshop that I want to sign up for is full?
Once a workshop if sold out we will be adding new workshops for that safari in the near future. Or just e-mail us and I will make sure to get a new workshop scheduled right away.
Do you limit the number of people in your workshops? Some workshops pack in a whole bunch of people.
Workshops are limited to 15 people. I focus on encouraging you by working with you. There will be at least two professional photographers at every workshop and often two or more assistants.
Can my kids (mom, husband, dog, best friend) tag along?
Sorry but no. Only registered folks can come. This helps you focus! We want you to get the most out of the workshops you attend. The less distractions the better.
What happens if I need to cancel?
Life happens, so if you need to cancel or reschedule, I understand but please remember you must cancel 24 hours in advance of your workshop or you forfeit your registration fee.
What happens if rain is in the forecast? Do you still hold the workshop?
I monitor the weather forecasts closely for workshops days and, if the chance of rain is greater than 70%, I usually cancel. You will receive a cancellation notice the afternoon before if it looks like rain. Then, just go back to the schedule to pick another date and I will probably add another date right away. However cloudy is not problem, it does not have to be a sunny day but a rainy day will not be ideal so we generally reschedule.
How do I tell if there is any room left in a workshop?
When you click on a date and register for the class it will not let you register if the class is full. You will see a box that says the workshop is Sold Out. Then just sign up for another class or e-mail me and I will get a new safari on the schedule.
If you didn’t see the answer to your question, have you checked our Workshop Info page?
Can you give a general overview of the workshops?
We will take you to some fabulous locations where we can have a great time shooting. We provide real live models to photograph so you can learn by doing, not by just reading a book or watching someone else take pictures. You will be able to direct the models so you can create your own shot.
Lighting: You will learn how to:
- Find light. Use natural light. Make light
- Shoot in hard, soft, bounced, reflected, subtractive, diffused and directional light
- Use artificial lighting on-camera, off-camera and with multiple lights to give you dramatic images
- Shoot in a variety of lighting conditions – from best time to worst time of day, using natural light or creating your own incredible lighting effects
Composition: You will learn how to:
- Develop an eye – see things from composition to lighting
- Compose images to give them a creative edge
- Find cool backgrounds for portraits
- Recommend clothing options for your clients and how the right attire impacts the final images
- See images with a new perspective
- Put creative flair into your shots
- Choose the best camera lens to make a huge difference in an image
What workshop should you attend?
If you have a brand new camera (or one that you’ve had for awhile) and are not comfortable with using all the features, we strongly suggest that you start with the Introduction to Photography workshop, prior to signing up for any of the more intermediate and advanced workshops.
Most workshops run in three hour segments. They include an educational section that will cover lighting, composition and how to become an artistic photographer; Best of all, they include a “live shoot”!! So you have the best of both worlds – Education and “hands on” shooting. There will always be a minimum of two professional photographers on hand to answer your every question and guide you along the way.
Additionally, you will have full rights to the photographs you take. Whether you want to use them on your website or simply share with friends/family, you can use your shots in any way you choose.
We strive to bring you a wide variety of useful workshops with a flexible schedule of available dates. We do reserve the right to postpone a workshop if we do not have a minimum of six participants.
One and Two Day Workshops
For many years we have hosted one and two day workshops for professional photographers. Yes plan to add more in the future, please contact us and we will give you some of the upcoming dates.
Want to host a workshop in your area?
We are happy to travel to you and customize an incredible workshop in your area. As the host, you may attend the workshop free of charge just for setting up the workshop. Please contact us to discuss all details.
We are excited to offer a three-week online workshop that allows us to train photographers all over the world. This workshop is an incredible way to learn from the comfort of your own home. We set up a forum that enables you to connect with the other students, and build lasting relationships with them – just as you would if you were attending a studio workshop.
This is how it works: students start of by sending me five of their favorite images, then I will review and post comments. You will be given assignments based upon your level of experience and the area of photography in which you want to excel. We provide videos to re-enforce the assignments.
We can also go over pricing, marketing and Photoshop techniques with you. Email me with questions at anytime during this course. Call or e-mail me to discuss all options.
We can customize a private mentor class for an individual or for a small group. It will be tailored to the area of photographic interest in which you want to grow. Just give me a call or e-mail me and we will talk about the details.
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I have more questions! What should I do?
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I will get back to you as soon as possible. Keep in mind, however, that I am a working photographer and it may take me a day or two to get back to you though I try to get to you the same day.