Specialty Workshops

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.

You may register for each Specialty Workshop individually, or as a complete series for reduced pricing.

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

May 24, 2022 @ 4:30 p.m. PT

90-Minute Session

The Liquid Lens Workshop


Complete Specialty Workshop Series

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

May 31, 2022 @ 4:30 p.m. PT

90-Minute Session

Deep Focus Workshop


Complete Specialty Workshop Series

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

June 7, 2022 @ 4:30 p.m. PT

90-Minute Session

Look Closer Workshop


Complete Specialty Workshop Series

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

June 14, 2022 @ 4:30 p.m. PT

90-Minute Session

Light on the Edge Workshop


Complete Specialty Workshop Series

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

June 21, 2022 @ 4:30 p.m. PT

90-Minute Session

Light in Motion Workshop


Complete Specialty Workshop Series

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

June 28, 2022 @ 4:30 p.m. PT

90-Minute Session

Moments in Time Workshop


Complete Specialty Workshop Series

Photography Coaching:

One on One

Creative direction, technical challenges, individual goals, and accelerated learning are all excellent reasons to explore personalized coaching.

By Appointment

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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