The Transition To Film


With Photographer Ashley Crawford

August 8th - September 4th, 2016 | Registration now open
$200 active participation / $150 silent participation


Whether you’re just beginning with film, want to start, or you’re somewhere in your journey along the way and feeling frustrated, this workshop is aimed at not only teaching you the basics, but also showing you the ins and outs of how Ashley Crawford makes it work for her business.

Join Ashley in this 4-week online, interactive course if you have an old camera that was passed down to you and you have no idea how to use it. Film is a medium that never went out of style and can be used in a very functional, beautiful, relevant way to document everyday beauty. If you want your art to stop being about the post-processing and more about the real moments. If it matters to you that your children’s lives are photographed the way yours was then this online interactive workshop is just for you!

-Why film & where I started
-Falling down, getting back up & the mental madness that comes with it
-Camera overviews
-35mm vs 120, pros & cons
-How to load film across the board & what to be careful about
-Keeping a journal
-Film stocks
-ISO & how it relates to the film you’re shooting
-Overexposing & underexposing
-Metering methods
-Labeling & shipping film
-Lab choices
-Scan sizes
-Pushing & pulling film
-Basic scans vs. premium scans
-Organizing hybrid sessions
-Keeping track of film going in & out
-Manual focus vs. autofocus
-Posing & feeling a connection with your subject
-The real cost of shooting film & how to price yourself accordingly
-Managing client expectations
-How do I know I’m ready to make the leap to using film in sessions?

-Students must have the use of either a film camera or access to one for 4 weeks (eBay is a fantastic source & old 35 mm’s don’t cost much).
-The ability to shoot in manual mode.

Exploring the Art, Business and Marketing of Senior Photography


With Photographer Brittni Schroeder

August 22nd - September 4th | Registration now open
$250 active participation / $200 silent participation


Do you LOVE high school senior photography, but can’t book enough seniors? Are you wondering if you need a senior rep program, but don’t know where to start? Are you struggling with evoking real emotion with your seniors? Learn to find your target clients and build your business and brand in the Senior Photography Industry. Learning to take amazing pictures is only part of running a successful senior business. Come join Brittni of BRITTNI SCHROEDER PHOTOGRAPHY and MOZI MAGAZINE and learn how to work with clients an build a successful senior photography business.

This 2 week, interactive course will help you not only learn to work with seniors, but how to create a brand and experience that clients talk about over and over.

• How to find your target clients
• Creating a senior rep program that works for you
• Networking to build your business
• Maximizing your social media
• Word of mouth marketing
• Building your brand
• Working with Make-up and Hair Artist
• How to get natural looking poses and evoking emotion
• Post Processing
• How to maximize your sales
• In home ordering
• Marketing on Off Season

There will be assignments as well as Q&A section and private Facebook group for all members to interact after the workshop.

Business Basics & Beyond


With Photographer Lauren Grayson

August 29th - September 18th, 2016 | Registration now open
$300 active participation / $250 silent participation


In this three week intensive workshop, Lauren will cover everything about starting, having and owning a successful photography business. Whether you are a hobbyist unsure of where to begin, a new business owner or a few years in still struggling to find your way, this course is for you.

Lauren will provide a weekly video going over all of the topics for discussion, a PDF copy of all of the slides for notes and your own worksheets to work along with during and throughout the course.

Defining who you are as an artist, what you want your brand to say about you and how to shoot what you love and get paid for it will all be answered in this course.

Lauren will show you the tools you need to create a profitable and thriving business that you not only love, but doesn’t overwhelm you!

-Writing an effective business plan
-Finding your authentic voice & creating a cohesive brand
-The importance & basics of branding
-How to shoot what you love & get paid for it
-Defining & setting goals
-Outlining your business model & structure
-Websites that sell
*For active participants, a bonus video critiquing each business brand via their website & social media

-Taking a real look at our finances & expense
-Pricing for profit (for real!)
-An overview of the many different pricing structures & finding which one suits your business model (& personal life!) best
-A look into in person sales, shoot & burn, all inclusive, online galleries etc. & the pros & cons to each
-How to sell without selling
*For active participants, I will take some client scenarios or real emails, questions & hiccups from students & go over some example responses to those in a bonus video

-Marketing in depth, the various forms of marketing, how & when to use each one (social media, paid advertising, local business partnerships & more!)
-Finding & defining your ideal client & target market
-The importance of customer service (& how to blow your clients out of the water!)
-Creating a successful referral program
-How to keep a client base & why this is a key element to your business success
-Implementing & creating studio policies
-Client communication
-Workflow tips

* Anyone that lives within a 60 mile radius of zip code 44310 cannot register for the workshop.



With Photographer Roxanne Bryant

September 19th - October 2nd | Registration opens on Monday, July 25th at noon EST on Roxann's Workshop Page
$250 active participation / $200 silent participation / $100 alumni participation

* Registration will open up on Monday, July 25th at noon EST on Roxanne’s Workshop Page.


The power of color leaves a deep and lasting impression on our imagery. The key to confident editing is understanding why color behaves the way it does. In this intensive, you will gain insight on how color theory creates richness and depth, conveys mood, illuminates focal points and composition, and directly communicates your story. Learn subtle color control through the mindset of a painter, working with the HSL (Hue/Saturation/Luminance) panel as your palette.

Utilize color theory in LIGHTROOM to correct color casts, analyze color relationships and separate colors for more sensitive and dynamic color range in your work.

Perfect the “Art of Seeing” through deep self-critique to push your own personal boundaries and confidence with editing. Finally, embrace a no-short-cut approach to editing – one that will bring greater understanding of every image as a singular work of art. Be prepared to take risks, try different approaches and bravely reinvent color in new ways.

Intimate critique and discussion with Roxanne Bryant, editing exercises, and assignments will bring new life to your color imagery. All seats will gain access to an “After the Class” private Facebook group for continued community and support in the art of color theory and editing.

Part one: the art of seeing & seeing color
– Lesson 1 – THE ART OF SEEING: Training our eyes for color, value & composition sensitivity. Making a purposeful plan for edits. Recognizing the power & limitations of editing.
– Lesson 2 – COLOR THEORY BASICS: The color wheel, color mixing, primary, secondary & complimentary colors. Color context. Warm & cool hues. Harmonious color schemes. Warm & cool color combinations. Monochromatic schemes.
– Lesson 3 – WHITE BALANCE AS AN ARTISTIC TOOL: Seeing & recognizing color & color casts in-camera. Training our eyes for color sensitivity while shooting or “en plen air”. Inspirational WB corrections, past student work. WB lean vs a WB cast. Warm & cool light.

Part two: lightroom & color
– Lesson 4 – LIGHTROOM BASICS: Working top down. Reassessing WB in LR. Color effects in LR: A Deeper look at saturation, contrast, clarity, blacks, warm/cool push & how theses tools deeply affect color.
– Lesson 5 – THE HSL PANEL & HOW IT RELATES TO THE COLOR WHEEL: Basic tone & value: B&W work. Seeing tone & value in color. Using the HSL panel to create color separation & depth.

Part three: the art of editing: using color to create powerful imagery
– Lesson 6 – A COMPLETE EDIT FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: Creating a focal point shift using the HSL sliders.
– Lesson 7 – CORRECTIVE EDITS: The importance of color correction before B&W edits.
– Lesson 8 – CREATIVE CHOICES: Creating purposefully warm & cool edits.

Part four: post editing
– Lesson 9 – REACHING A RESTING PLACE: Recognizing when an edit is complete. Using virtual copies. Editing with fresh eyes. Trusting your gut. Printing as an artistic process.
– Lesson 10 – INSPIRED: Learning to let go – edits with heart. The meaning of a memory. Edits beyond rescue. Student work from past classes. Easing the workflow – creating presets, SYNC, previous.

Part five: final words
– Lesson 11 – THE ARTISTS HEART & LEARNING TO TRUST: Overview, follow up. Staying in touch: The FB after-the-class forum. PDF distribution.

This intensive is taught through LIGHTROOM only and uses the most available version of LR for lessons and instruction. A basic understanding of the software is required and no instruction of the technical aspects of the program will be given (ex: uploading, cataloging, keywords, etc). This class strictly adheres to the artistry of color editing, encouraging personal vision to make imagery sing. A solid understanding of manual shooting with a DSLR to achieve accurate exposure is strongly suggested to gain the greatest understanding of the concepts presented.

Beyond Motherhood | Rediscover Your True North


with photographer Wendy VonSosen

September 19th - October 9th | Check back soon
$250 active participation / $200 silent participation


Did your journey in photography begin when your kids came along? Are those tiny people, growing up and beginning to shun your camera? Are you wondering what’s next? Rediscover your True North by Connecting with your purpose and reigniting your passion for photography beyond motherhood and through all stages of your life. Passion doesn’t end when the kids grow up and is the key to producing meaningful images. Determining what’s closest to your heart and then pointing your camera towards those passions creates art and beauty with meaning. The purpose of this 3 week course with WENDY VONSOSEN is to identify your individual passions and combine those passions with photography.

This workshop will begin with a detailed questionnaire specifically designed for this course which will help you hone in on your passions – causes, ideas, beliefs, and subjects that are most important to you. We will then explore how to create personal projects around those passions. Lastly we will talk about how to take those personal projects to the next level by publishing, promoting, and profiting from them. Weekly assignments, discussions, inspiration, and individual feedback are included during the 3 weeks that we’ll be together. Be prepared to do some soul searching and goal setting that will help point you toward your True North and get you on the path toward meaningful creativity.

Topics that we’ll cover:
Week 1: Reconnect with Your Passion
– Solitude & Reflection
– Creativity
– Purpose

Week 2: Creating Personal Projects
– Fear
– Motives
– Originality vs. Authenticity
– Goals

Week 3: Profiting from your Personal Projects
– Permission
– Persistence
– Trust

* To get the most out of this interactive workshop, active participation is highly recommended.

Everyday Beauty | Change The Way You See Your Everyday Life


With Photographer Ginger Unzueta

September 26th - October 16th, 2016 | Check back soon
$250 active participation / $200 silent participation / $100 alumni participation


Learn how light, composition, connections & details come together to create memories that will last a lifetime. Ginger will teach you how to capture authentic moments through observing the beautiful mundane & routine that occur within the walls of your home. In addition, she will present ideas for you to create your own storytelling session from start to finish. She will discuss shooting in public places & the importance of getting in the pictures yourself. Ginger will talk about personal projects & how these projects have helped her grow as an artist; including two of her highly publicized projects; Life with Pito & The Joy Project. Finally, Ginger will discuss & share her love of shooting in & near the water & how this has helped her embrace imperfection in her work.

Walk away from this workshop with a renewed passion for appreciating & documenting your everyday. These three weeks will not only help you grow as an artist; but will help you to see the world around you with fresh perspective & love.

This three-week interactive online workshop consists of three assignments with personal critique & feedback from Ginger on each assignment. She will also share videos of her editing workflow.

A Q&A section will also be provided. At the end of the course there will be a private section on Facebook where participants can continue interacting & sharing with one another. Ginger’s past students have also created a project called CHERISH THE DAY. Alumni will be given the opportunity to participate in this beautiful project as well.

You will receive a PDF of all of the course material.

-Finding the beauty in your everyday life
-Utilizing light effectively indoors & outdoors
-Composition, framing & perspective
-The spaces within our homes
-Details of the our lives & loved ones
-Planning & implementing a lifestyle session
-Shooting in public places
-The importance of getting in the frame
-The importance of personal projects
-Shooting in & around water
-See Ginger’s editing workflow through screen videos where she discusses images from start to finish
-Other camera options (Ginger discusses a bit about shooting in the water)
-The importance of personal projects

Reflecting You | Connecting To Your Voice And Your Story


with Photographer Amanda Voelker

October 17th - October 30th, 2016 | Check back soon
$200 active participation


When it comes to finding artistic voice, the task seems daunting and one often feels lost in the search. Questions such as, “How do I find my voice?” and “How do I make the story I am yearning to tell cohesive, honest, beautiful and mine?” are asked on repeat. Amanda will teach you how to connect deeply with yourself and your vision and create strong connections within your work. Through understanding, forging and strengthening these connections, you will clarify your artistic voice and tell a story as authentic, unique and stunning as you.

In this two week workshop, Amanda will address voice, self portraiture as a way to connect more fully with yourself, feeling and forging deep connections with what you are photographing, the importance of storytelling along with elements of a strong story, and finally, how to bring it all together in your authentic and unique way. Amanda will also spend time focusing on creative techniques, with a focus on Freelensing, as a means to break through barriers and find new ways to more fully tell your story.

During the two weeks there will be daily lessons and three assignments, each with intimate and honest feedback from Amanda. Students will be encouraged to actively engage in the discussion and will be given the chance to ask any and all questions. Amanda will also give students a look into her work, her ongoing journey and her editing. When it comes to her and her work, anything you want to know, she’ll tell you. After the workshop, Active Seat Students will have two weeks to submit a collection of 15 images for Amanda to critique, based on topics covered in the workshop and will receive detailed feedback.

All students will receive a PDF of the workshop as well as an invitation to a private Facebook group to continue the discussion.

– Introductions – why connection is the soul of art
– What is voice?
– Who are you and why do you create?
– Self portraits – the why and the how
– Cultivating connections: place
– Cultivating connections: people
– Putting it all together: elements of storytelling
– Storytelling: techniques
– A return to our artistic voice
– Freelensing and creative shooting
– Class questions answered
– How I edit video tutorial
– Creating a cohesive collection: telling your story strongly
– When you feel a loss of connection
– Allowing your story and voice to evolve

Simple Shooting SOOC


With Photographer Stephanie Beaty

October 10th - October 30th, 2016 | Check back soon
$200 active participation / $150 silent participation

Are you ready to transition from auto and program modes to manual? Transform your shooting results in 30 days by learning the foundations of natural light portrait photography from STEPHANIE BEATY of LIFEOGRAPHY. Discover the easy way to capture beautiful images SOOC (straightoutofcamera) without image processing or photoshop. Stop relying on editing to correct your images and learn how simple and freeing it can be to ‘get it right in camera’.

● Beginners who want to learn to use their DSLR.
● Program, Aperture or Shutter Priority Mode shooters who are ready to make the leap to manual.
● Photographers who rely on shooting RAW to consistently correct exposure, white balance, sharpness or crops.
● Anyone spending significant time on nonstylistic editing for image presentation.
● Shooters who depend on actions for image correction instead of enhancement.

In Simple Shooting SOOC, some of the topics Stephanie will guide beginning photographers through include:
– A DSLR overview and custom settings that will make your camera work for you
– Demystifying exposure and the exposure triangle to share how aperture, shutter speed and ISO work together
– Metering like a pro
– Focus modes and the best way to select AF points
– A no-fail formula that will help beginners eliminate camera shake and nail focus in simple portraits
– Natural Light 101 and the top three lighting scenarios that can help every beginner succeed
– Easy tips and tricks on getting correct white balance in camera
– Professional framing secrets for dynamic portraits, the rule of thirds, and how to avoid ‘spraying and praying’ / overshooting through thoughtful composition
– What ideal SOOC images should look like. Before and after editing examples that demonstrate the benefit of high quality SOOC images
– My favorite beginners photography book and website reading lists

Suggested Equipment:
DSLR and 50mm Lens (or any lens with at least an f2.8 maximum aperture) All images will be shot in JPG mode and shared SOOC, resized for web.

Simple Shooting SOOC includes a topical PDF guide, as well as recorded tutorial videos. Participants are encouraged to submit three images at the start of the workshop for review and goal setting and contribute to multiple technical assignment threads.

Stephanie has been shooting professionally since 2006 and is an award-winning portrait and commercial photographer currently based in Tampa, Florida. Her work has been featured in a variety of international publications including Practical Photography Magazine, For The Love by Jinky Art and JPG Magazine. Her photographs were recently selected for multiple juried gallery exhibits by The Darkroom Gallery in 2014. She has a heart for encouraging others and a passion for helping women pursue and achieve their creative and professional goals, while maintaining life balance.

Embracing The Chaos | Finding Connections Amongst The Chaos


With Photographer Jayme Ford

October 24th - November 6th | Check back soon
$200 active participation / $150 silent participation / $100 alumni participation


Want to break free from the ordinary & create emotive images that will stand the test of time? No more fake smiles & uncomfortable looking, forced connections. Learn to work with unhappy dads, stressed out moms & those crazy littles. Come join Jayme Ford of The Paper Deer Photography & embrace the chaos of these crazy beautiful family’s. If you have ever wanted to whole heartily capture the love between family members & fully document your clients story of togetherness & love, this 2 week, interactive course will help lead you on your way!

We will also be going over much more, such as; the shy photographer – building confidence, workflow, pricing & how to attract the right clientele, getting testimonials while boosting your SEO at the same time & a bonus iPhoneography course along with a bonus videography crash course! There will be a few assignments as well as a Q&A section & private Facebook group for all members to interact during & after the workshop. There will also be a link posted to the complete PDF at the end of the course!

– Getting to know your clients
– Location scouting & finding the light (assignment #1)
– Working with children
– Working with mom & dad (bonus assignment #1)
– Directing vs. over-posing
– Telling a story through perspective
– Indoor lifestyle (assignment #2)
– Nightmare sessions & go-to gear
– Workflow & editing (video)
– The shy photographer
– Business (assignment #3)
– Referrals & SEO
– Personal projects & donating your talent
– Relating to your clients (bonus assignment #2)

Anyone who yearns to document the real moments of you clients, who wants to feel confident going into a session all while spending more time with YOUR family because your workflow has been cut in HALF.

A DSLR and knowledge of shooting in manual is recommended for this workshop.

Exploring Through Your Lens | Taking Risks And Facing Our Fears


with Photographer Dana Pugh

October 31st - November 13th, 2016 | Check back soon
$200 active participation / $150 silent participation


Often times, we mistakenly think that the pursuit of a great image is all about perfection. What we forget is that sometimes the very best of life is tucked away inside moments of imperfection. This is especially true when photographing children. Children are true explorers. They lack the self imposed boundaries that we place on ourselves. Because of this, while photographing children, it is important to step outside of traditional notions of perfect photography and into the idea of becoming explorers ourselves.

In this two week class, Dana will talk about stepping outside of your comfort zone and learning to embrace taking risks in your work. She will talk about how this has set her apart from her competition by consistently expanding her skill set and confidence level. You will be encouraged to make mistakes and take calculated risks to try and create photographs outside of your comfort zone. Dana will walk you through her process of dissecting how to achieve an image she has in her mind and show you how she decides on the gear and the technique to get her there. She will also tackle simple fears that require little gear, but will help you gain confidence as a photographer.

The assignments will encourage you to become an explorer. To push past the boundaries that you are currently imposing on yourself so that you can create images beyond the ordinary. She will talk about how she includes her kids in the process and how taking risks in her photography has allowed her to not only enjoy photography more, but be a better mom. Much of the work she does helps to bring her older children on board with creating so that photography becomes fun for them again as well.

There will be assignments and individual critique for all active participants. Dana will make herself available daily during the class to support your own process. A PDF guide will be made available for participants after the class, as well, all active members will be invited to join a private Facebook group to continue the conversation and exploration.

You will receive a PDF of all of the course material.

– Becoming comfortable with our fears
– Becoming comfortable with critique
– The art of being prepared — including tips on preparing for nightshooting and underwater shooting plus a look at Dana’s gear lists (not just photographic gear, but other equipment that helps her be an explorer)
– Being an observer or a participant
– Becoming a thinking photographer
– Planning for success
– Dissecting to learn new technique
– Taking the risk

Newborn Lifestyle Photography From Start to Finish


with Photographer Jean Smith

November 7th - November 19th | Check back soon
$250 active participation / $200 silent participation

You love newborn photography, but you don’t know where to start. Or maybe you feel completely uninspired by what you have been creating. Or perhaps you want more a more natural feel and emotion in your newborn photos. Learn how to walk into a client’s home and feel 100% confident that you will be able to create a more natural and beautiful collection of images. This two week course taught by the talented JEAN SMITH will show you how to approach newborn lifestyle photography from initial client contact all the way through blogging and sharing images to attract new clients.

This workshop is for ANYONE who either currently photographs newborns or would like to start doing so. Because this workshop focuses on the style and techniques of in-home lifestyle photography, any photographer level will benefit from the information taught.

Initial Client Contact and shoot preparation
Vision, Style, and Creativity
At the session – equipment, props, client’s home
Newborn session workflow
Light – Natural
Light – Artificial
Posing and working with the subjects
After shoot workflow
Blogging and social media
Lifestyle photography vs Traditional photography

There will be assignments as well as a Q&A section.

“Journeys End in Lovers Meeting”: An introduction to capturing a wedding


with Photographer Jason Watts

TBD | Check back soon
$200 active participation / $150 silent participation

“The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.” – Rumi

Are you primarily a lifestyle photographer that have always wanted to start shooting weddings but didn’t know where to start? Are you the type of photographer that would like to pick up a few weddings a year and still maintain your family photography roots? This online class, taught by renowned photographer JASON WATTS, is designed to teach you about the basic of the wedding photography from a lifestyle photographers point of view. We will cover how to price your work, working with wedding clients, how to utilize your family photography skills in a wedding environment and best practicing on balancing to completely different type of photography.

“When I started off in photography, covering a wedding seemed like an impossible mountain to climb. All of the pressure, time and skills needed felt out of reach. Like many of you, I focused on lifestyle sessions purely because I felt comfortable working and learning in that setting. Weddings can pose the greatest test of a photographer, both creatively and mentally. They require completely focus and attention to detail and yet have some of the most rewarding moments. This class is your first step to peeling back the curtain on how it all works, growing your confidence as a photographer and learning to step out of your comfort zone.”

Topics that will be covered:
1. Pricing your work
2. Understanding contracts and necessary paperwork
3. Working with potential wedding clients
4. Tips for Engagement shoots
5. Overview of camera equipment and techniques needed to photograph a wedding
6. Scouting locations and working with different environments
7. Learning to be bold but not obtrusive
8. Working with large groups (wedding party, families, etc)
9. Finding the details to convey a story
10. Best practices working with the bride and groom.
11. Editing Video (30­45min)
12. Post wedding delivery to clients
13. Marketing/Follow up after the wedding
14. Live Q&A discussion

Mastering Your Off-Camera Flash


with Photographer Nichole Van

TBD | Check back soon
$200 active participation / $150 silent participation

Never be a slave to the sun again! Join NICHOLE VAN and learn how to harness light and get amazing images at any time of day in any location. Best of all, add to your skill set and differentiate yourself from photographers who have to rely on natural light alone.

Join Nichole for an in-depth discussion of off-camera, on-location lighting. This workshop will cover understanding the properties of light, setting up and using off-camera lights, getting amazing images even in the harshest, brightest light, shooting outside on location, and creative lighting tricks. This workshop will focus on both wedding and family photography, showing you ways to incorporate lighting into most shooting situations. Take your skills to the next level!

All participants will receive Nichole’s entire OCF DIGITAL WORKSHOP (a $149 value)!

Documentary Photography


with Photographer Lindsey Bergstrom

TBD | Check back soon
$200 active participation / $150 silent participation / $100 alumni participation
Day after day we strive to capture literal blinks in time—for both our clients and ourselves—that stitch together moments into beautiful memories. We think of ourselves as photographers but in most cases we are storytellers; witnesses to intimate moments, small triumphs, and quiet sorrows. After this photography workshop you will walk out with a concrete plan for your first documentary project, knowledge and also practice under your belt regarding what it takes to successfully tell stories with your camera, and a better appreciation for the history of documentary work.
Before embracing lifestyle family photography LINDSEY BERGSTROM completed her Master’s degree in Documentary Photography and then chronicled the lives of the families who remain behind in times of war as well as motherhood in rural America. She now has two small children and has shifted her focus to capturing the raw, real moments of their lives.
You will start by examining the work of notable photographers to gain an understanding of the different approaches available and identify which you may want to use. In addition, each participant will present their idea and a plan for a project that they will in turn initiate… baby steps to get going and overcome whatever fears and obstacles may be holding you back. A part of this means a lot of sharing and discussion. Defining your hopes, fears, and dreams are a huge part of success, so you will walk away with big dreams for your project.

At the end of the course Lindsey will not only look over everyone’s plan and offer feedback, but as an added incentive to finish your first documentary project she will also schedule individual project reviews with each participant 30 days after the class ends. This presents an incredible opportunity to not only apply your new skills and get timely feedback on your photography, but also external accountability to get out and shoot… for those of us that need that extra little kick to shoot that project we’ve had in mind for so long! Also included is a detailed PDF as a guide for your project.

* Lindsey will also will schedule individual reviews with each participant one month after the workshop ends. This added bonus will allow you to check in with Lindsey after you’ve had some real time to work on your project. This will be a low stress (promise!) chat about your project…what went right, what when wrong, your artistic vision, and a critique of your project portfolio.

All experience levels are welcome and encouraged. The class will be a friendly environment where you can share both ideas and work with others to receive constructive feedback.

Perfecting Exposure, Light and Images


With Photographer Nichole Van

TBD | Check back soon
$149 active participation / $119 silent participation

Tired of having less-than-perfect images out of camera and spending hours “fixing” problem photos in Photoshop? Do you dream of perfectly lit images with soft, creamy skin and little color noise? Would you like to achieve beautiful exposures every time you press your shutter? Do you want to be able to find amazing natural light at any time of day in any location? Basically, are you ready to take your images to the next level? If so, then Perfecting Exposure, Light & Images with NICHOLE VAN is just for you.

This workshop covers topics that will help you achieve perfect images straight from your camera. As a photographer, you can spend countless hours learning Photoshop tricks to reduce editing and proofing time, but in the end, the best solution is to have beautiful images straight from your camera.

Consequently, this workshop covers:
• how to get perfect exposures every time,
• an in-depth discussion of aperture and depth of field,
• how to get amazing blur or bokeh,
• understanding and using histograms,
• ways to ensure sharp images and troubleshoot focus issues,
• my specific formula for finding beautiful natural light both indoors and outdoors at any time of day
• manipulating camera angle and focal length to create beautiful portraits,
• tips on how to create and capture client reactions and emotions,
• managing the look of a location and how to inject more drama into images,
• creating amazing sunflare, from metering to lens selection to focusing, and
• controlling the look, type, direction and strength of the flare you get, from spiky clean sunflare to hazy golden light, guaranteeing beautiful results every time.

So much more than a vague suggestion to just “walk around and see what looks best,” this workshop provides in-depth diagrams for finding, shooting and troubleshooting your natural light, ensuring that the light in your photos is perfect every time. Based on the idea that you can’t fix what you can’t see, the workshop also walks through what good and bad natural light look like and help you understand what causes the bad and how to find the good. This workshop also covers basic traditional lighting patterns that relate to natural light and discusses how to utilize them. Best of all, finding perfect amazing natural light also means dramatically improving the white balance of photos straight out of camera.

Most importantly when taken all together, this workshop thoroughly discusses ways to manipulate the digital format of DSLR cameras to ensure amazing image quality right out of camera. Because of this, the information and shooting tips in this workshop will lessen editing time, particularly for problematic skin, due to significantly improved file quality.

Participants in this workshop will receive the following:
• Using Natural Light Digital Workshop
• Secrets to Extraordinary Images Digital Workshop
• Achieving Perfect Exposure and Sharp Images Digital Workshop
• Capturing Sunflare Digital Workshop
• Specific shooting assignments and personal feedback (for active attendees)

Each digital workshop includes a pdf manual and video, so all total, this workshop includes nearly 170 pages of instruction with 13 videos. You can see each workshop in detail HERE.

Let your Lightroom Shine


With Photographer Laura Morita

TBD | Check back soon
$315 active participation / $250 silent participation / $100 alumni participation

Does the thought of sitting in front of your computer to edit make you want to cry? Do you feel like you’re wasting time trying to figure out skin tones, white balance, and what the heck all those sliders in Lightroom do? Or do you absolutely love editing and just wish you knew more about Lightroom so you could make your images really shine and streamline your workflow? Well, this workshop is for you.

In this three week interactive workshop, LAURA MORITA will walk you through all the tools in the Develop module of Lightroom and show you how she edits not only her images, but some of YOUR images too. This is not a “watch me edit” type of workshop. Laura takes the time to give detailed explanations of what all the sliders do and why she uses (or doesn’t) use them. You’ll learn how to get rich, clean color edits with good skin tones as well as dramatic black and whites in Lightroom. She’ll show you how she handles tough edits that might usually have you running to Photoshop. You’ll learn how to sync your images, make local adjustments, deal with color casts, make your own presets, and so much more! Laura will be using LR5.

Included in this workshop is a 156 page pdf detailing all of the Develop module panels with examples of how Laura uses them in her own editing. As one student raved, “the pdf that you created was way over the top……. Morita Overachiever Award material! Seriously, that little or should I say BIG document will be with me on all my editing adventures.”

This workshop is all about learning how to make Lightroom work for you so that you can get the results you want and save time! This online Lightroom workshop covers the Develop module only. No previous knowledge of Lightroom is required, as Laura will walk you through every step. While this is an editing course, if Laura sees that your images could use improvement with a better understanding of the actual capture of the image, she will address that too.

Laura has a love for teaching and enjoys when she sees the light bulb come on when her students understand a concept. She teaches online editing workshops, has presented on child photography and editing, and has given several presentations on child photography at Canon’s Live Learning Center in San Francisco. She currently is writing a series of articles for Canon on how to capture better pictures of your kids. Her students have loved her classes and appreciated the thorough explanations and videos.