Private and Small Group Workshops

Put my 38 years of professional shooting experience to work for you!  I am now offering private and small-group instruction in both Fine Art Photography and Photoshop, taylored to fit you or your group's needs.  Over the past eight years, I have worked with photographers whose ability levels have ranged from beginner to professional.  In the field, I teach both the technical side of the camera (either film or digital) along with vision and composition techniques for creating stunning images.

These intensive workshops can include a full day of shooting, a full day of Photoshop, or a combination of the two - you decide.  We will start at dawn and go through dusk - so bring lots of energy and a passion for learning!  Most students learn more in one day than in an entire week of workshops!

Field instruction can be held along the Big Sur / Monterey / Carmel coast, Point Lobos State Reserve, Pinnacles National Monument, San Juan Bautista or Fremont Peak State Park.  I am also willing to travel to Yosemite, eastern Sierra, and Death Valley (I have a lot of experience with all these locations) at an additional fee.

 Topics covered in the field will include:

  • Exposure
  • White Balance
  • Reading Histograms
  • Depth of Field
  • Adding Depth to your Image
  • Reading and Controlling Light
  • Choosing RAW or JPEG
  • Composition
  • Proper Use of Filters including: polarizers, split-neutral density, and neutral density
  • Perspective
  • Hyperfocal Focus 

For those of you interested in Photoshop, topics will include:

  • Intro to Bridge
  • Basic Photoshop Workflow
  • Levels
  • Curves
  • Hue/Saturation
  • Sharpening
  • Adjustment Layers
  • Masks
  • Paths
  • Burning and Dodging
  • Spot Healing Brush and Clone Stamp
  • Combining Images
  • Adobe Camera RAW for RAW Processing
  • Double Processing RAW FIles
  • Building and Saving a Master File
  • Preparing a File for Print
  • Preparing a File for Web Display
  • Introduction to HDR (High Dynamic Range)
  • Advanced Masking Techniques
  • NEWLY ADDED - Luminosity Masking techniques for utlmate image processing control of either a single or blended images

Each Private Workshop will also include an image review session where I will review either images you bring or those captured during our field shoots. I will also provide a written review of up to 3 images per participant once the workshop has concluded.

Each full-day private workshop will last a maximum of 10 hours (winter days may be shorter but we will work from dawn to dusk). Each half-day private workshop will last a maximum of 5 hours. Due to the length of summer days, we will shoot either a sunrise or a sunset TBD ahead of time.  A 45-minute lunch/breakfast break will also be scheduled. Meals are not included as part of the workshop.

Price:  FULL DAY: $700 per first person / each additional participant $150 (up to a maximum of 4). HALF DAY: $400 per first person / each additional person $75 (up to a maximum of 4).

A 50% deposit is required to hold the day with the balance due 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.  Please click to read my: Cancellation Policy.

 

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 Please contact me at don@donsmithphotography.com for further information.