Specialty Workshops

A Customizable Workshop Experience

Our Specialty Workshops are a detailed and thorough exploration of creative techniques, and how you can apply them to your photography. Each 90-minute workshop is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of every detail needed to creatively use the techniques in your own images.

And, when you register for any four Specialty workshops you’ll save 10% on tuition. Choose any seven and save 20%. Register for all ten, and save 30%. Simply add your choices to the cart and the discounts will be automatically applied.

The Liquid Lens

Mixing Water, Oil, and Glass

A droplet is like a camera lens: It magnifies, focuses, and creates a new reality. When you place dozens of water droplets on a sheet of glass, a kaleidoscope of colors explode into multi-layered imagery. Change the droplet to oil, and spherical worlds emerge into infinite possibilities.

In this workshop, we’ll discuss how to choose great subjects for your droplet images, why the shape of the subject plays such an important role in the final image, how to create an inexpensive platform for droplet photography, what type of glass is best, lighting techniques to add color and shape, and how to precisely create the perfect droplet. An open discussion with Q&A will follow the presentation.

Essential Insights:

  • Creating Perfect Droplets
  • Setting Up the Glass For Success
  • Choosing the Right Subjects
  • The Water and Oil Balance
  • Why Light is the Critical Element

January 10, 2023 @ 4:30 p.m. PT

90-Minute Session

The Liquid Lens Workshop


Deep Focus

Infinite Sharpness and Focus Stacking

The fascinating images created using focus stacking are often described as three-dimensional or hyperreal. The results appear razor-sharp, multilayered, and with textural quality that’s impossible to reveal in a single capture. Focus stacking is the simple process of capturing a series of images all focused on a different part of the subject and then merging them to create a single image that is precisely sharp—everywhere you want precise focus. And, recent technology makes the process nearly automatic.

In this workshop, you’ll learn the details and insights that will make your focus stacking successful. We’ll discuss the gear choices that will deliver perfect captures, review appropriate camera and lens settings, consider workflow and software options, and recommend subjects that will make your attempts at focus stacking a success. An open discussion with Q&A will follow the presentation.

Essential Insights:

  • Lens Choices for Success
  • In-Camera and Macro Rail Stacking
  • Eliminating Vibration for Crisp Images
  • The Best Focus Stacking Software and Settings
  • Image Refinement and Retouching

January 17, 2023 @ 4:30 p.m. PT

90-Minute Session

Deep Focus Workshop


Look Closer

The Wonders of High Magnification Photography

When we move the camera close, subjects reveal intricate details, fascinating patterns, and intense colors unseeable with the naked eye. High magnification transforms the most ordinary subjects into panoramas measured in millimeters and images of a nearly invisible world.

Your camera is a window into the magnified world, and in this workshop, we’ll share all you need to know to capture every detail. We’ll explain how to move beyond life-size and into the world of high magnification on your DSLR or mirrorless camera. You’ll learn to successfully increase magnification to 2x, 5x, and even 10x life-size. We’ll also share best practices for precisely adjusting both camera and subject, specialty gear that creates more magnified possibilities, and how to create interesting light—even when it’s measured in just millimeters. An open discussion with Q&A will follow the presentation.

Essential Insights:

  • Extending the Macro Lens
  • Precise Subject Positioning
  • Working With Microscope Objectives
  • Specialty Gear and Techniques
  • Precision Lighting for Color and Detail

January 24, 2023 @ 4:30 p.m. PT

90-Minute Session

Look Closer Workshop


Light on the Edge

Reflection and Refraction

Light impacts every photograph. It delivers shape and form, color and tone, highlight and shadow. Light is what we see within every photograph—and what it reveals.

This workshop will show you how light can define your subject and raise your images to the next level. Using a combination of reflectors, mirrors, glass, liquids, and a wide variety of shaping tools, we’ll share how and why light is the clearest path to better photographs. Whatever your style or specialty, we’ll share creative techniques that will open up new possibilities and change how you create pictures. An open discussion with Q&A will follow the presentation.

Essential Insights:

  • How Light Leaves Clues
  • Creating the Ideal Highlight
  • Using Light and Liquid in Harmony
  • Refining the Edge of Light
  • Producing the Perfect Shadow

January 31, 2023 @ 4:30 p.m. PT

90-Minute Session

Light on the Edge Workshop


Light in Motion

The Artistry of Light Painting

Light painted images appear crisp and sharp, yet completely serene. Subjects are detailed in their shape and texture, while also appearing richly nuanced and softly illuminated. Light painting creates possibilities that are unreachable using any other lighting method or technique. And, the effect is incredibly creative, fun, and simple to achieve.

In this workshop we’ll share insights on how to make a great light painting on your first attempt. We’ll also discuss the best light sources to choose for light painting, easy methods for controlling the light beam, introducing softness in your light paintings, and why light painting makes impossible light a reality. An open discussion with Q&A will follow the presentation.

Essential Insights:

  • Creating Layered Illumination
  • Light Sources and CRI
  • Shaping and Coloring Light
  • Diffusion and De-Focus Techniques
  • Creative Light Blending

February 21, 2023 @ 4:30 p.m. PT

90-Minute Session

Light in Motion Workshop


Moments in Time

Using Your Shutter Creatively

Creating absolute clarity in a moving subject, or introducing the silky qualities of motion blur are techniques that every photographer can master. Freezing time enables us to see what the naked eye cannot, while extending time introduces qualities that only a camera can capture.

In this workshop, we’ll share a variety of methods for changing the way time is conveyed within your photographs. We’ll discuss stopping motion using speeds greater than 1/50,000th of a second—far beyond the shutter speed range of most cameras! We’ll also share some creative techniques for introducing motion blur into lights, landscapes, portraits, or anything you can imagine! An open discussion with Q&A will follow the presentation.

Essential Insights:

  • Shutter Speed vs. Light Duration
  • Precise Timing and Triggering
  • Curtain Sync and Shutter Drag
  • Choosing and Using ND Filters
  • Strategies For Introducing Motion

February 28, 2023 @ 4:30 p.m. PT

90-Minute Session

Moments in Time Workshop


Infinite Illumination

Shaping and Redirecting a Single Light Beam

Light is like the 8-ball on a pool table. It travels in a straight line until strikes something in its path. When we insert mirrors, reflectors, cards, and fabrics into a beam of light, we can change that single beam into almost anything—including more light sources!

In this workshop we’ll share the remarkable versatility and power of a single light. We’ll show you the ways that illumination changes when it’s shaped, how to create many lights from one, and why some reflected light can completely change how light works. An open discussion will follow the presentation.

Essential Insights:

  • Why Indirect Light is So Unique
  • Turning a Single Light Into Multiple Sources
  • Creating Perfectly Formed Highlights
  • Controlling the Tone and Depth of Shadows
  • Using Specialized Reflectors and Mirrors

March 7, 2023 @ 4:30 p.m. PT

90-Minute Session

Infinite Illumination Workshop


From Capture to Archive

Strategies for Naming, Sorting, Finding, and Protecting Your Images

Pictures from our cameras, our phones, and even the images created on film all need to be organized and protected. But the sheer volume of digital images we create can feel nearly impossible to manage properly. But it’s easier than you may think.

In this workshop, we will introduce you to proven strategies that will help you organize every digital image you possess—old and new. We’ll share how you can reduce your storage space, safeguard your pictures from theft and loss, and most importantly, locate any image in seconds. An open discussion will follow the presentation.

Essential Insights:

  • Strategic File Naming
  • Protecting Your Images with Metadata
  • The Pyramid of Keywords
  • What to Keep, What to Discard
  • Simple Backup Strategies
  • How to Locate Any Image in Seconds

March 14, 2023 @ 4:30 p.m. PT

90-Minute Session

From Capture to Archive Workshop


Blending Light

Seamlessly Mixing Colors, Qualities, and Types

Whether it’s daylight, tungsten, LED, sunlight, flash, or fluorescent, every light source has unique qualities and tones. But mixing them can create complimentary hues, saturated colors, and a variety of interesting looks.

In this workshop we’ll share some creative ways to blend light, discuss effective combinations of light color, decode the mystery of mixing flash and sunlight, and explain how to combine camera settings and light sources to get just the right look. An open discussion will follow the presentation.

Essential Insights:

  • How to Easily Combine Sunlight and Strobe
  • Successfully Mixing Different Colors of Light
  • Merging Continuous Light and Flash for Effect
  • The Creative Possibilities of High Speed Sync
  • Using the Magic Minutes of Dusk

March 21, 2023 @ 4:30 p.m. PT

90-Minute Session

Blending Light Workshop


Perfect Printing

Creating Gallery Quality Prints From Your Best Work

There are few things in photography more enjoyable than making a fine print of your work. Whether it’s a small image for a desktop frame, or a very large display image, creating a beautiful print is a uniquely satisfying pleasure.

In this workshop we’ll explore a variety of techniques to help you obtain brilliant prints. We’ll show you how to match your printer to your monitor, which papers are ideal for which kinds of subjects, software settings that will lead to repeatable results, considerations for making beautiful black and white prints, and simple solutions for difficult print subjects. An open discussion will follow the presentation.

Essential Insights:

  • Getting Results That Match Your Monitor
  • Choosing the Ideal Paper Surface
  • Printer and Software Settings for Repeatable Results
  • Enhancing Color and Contrast
  • Special Techniques for Monochrome Printing
  • Tips and Tricks for Challenging Prints

March 28, 2023 @ 4:30 p.m. PT

90-Minute Session

Perfect Printing Workshop


Workshop Features

Program Design

Each workshop session builds toward a higher level of expertise, with both Joe and Joey addressing specific topics to help you extend your knowledge. The session concludes with a corresponding project that will reinforce the insights from that day’s presentation. The next session begins with a thoughtful review of the project images where we’ll discuss techniques to enhance the visual appeal of each image.

What You Can Expect

Expertise, insight, and transparency. Whether it’s the techniques we employ, the gear we use, the resources we rely on, or how they merge in the creation of images, we want to share that knowledge with you completely and openly. Your progress is greatly accelerated through knowing what to embrace—and what to avoid.

Visual Learning

Our online workshops are presented live from our Media Studios located in California and Colorado. Each space is equipped with high-resolution cameras, cinema lighting, professional audio, and production systems that deliver a visually rich learning experience. The sessions are easy to see, easy to hear, and deeply informative.

Skill Level

Although a progression through a series of workshops will always offer the most potential for growth, every individual workshop is created as a complete learning experience. Each of our workshops focuses on a particular area of interest that will introduce you to new concepts and techniques that you can use in the creation of fresh images. We encourage you to chat with us about which of our workshops may be most beneficial for you.

Workshop Size

Deep learning and understanding are at the core of what we do, so we limit the size of our workshops—both online and in-person. This gives us the ability to connect with each photographer to discuss individual objectives. This is the foundation for rapid improvement, and it leads to the creative application of new ideas and techniques.

Photographic Harmony

Digital photography unites the imagination, the camera, and the computer—ultimately leading to a finished result. Because each part of the process is dependent on the others, the most refined photographs become possible when the steps are creatively fused. In every session, we explain how each process enhances the others, leading you to the finest possible results.

Shine a Spotlight

Your success in photography is how we measure the success of our workshops. If you have questions, comments, ideas, or requests, please let us know.

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