About My Workshops
“You don’t have to travel to amazing places to learn to See, but it’s more fun that way.” -Ken Lee
I started The Art of Seeing because I love helping others grow as photographers as much as I enjoy making my own images. Maybe the most important lesson I've learned in twenty-some years of chasing the photography muse is that Photography is a Whole Brain Activity, meaning that there are distinct craft and creative aspects to picture making. I try to address both in my teaching.
Mastering gear and technique is undeniably important in transforming what you see in front of your eyes or in your head into a finished photograph. I speak geek and I'm happy to dive into the details of exposure, dynamic range, critical focus and post processing with you. But it's more often what and how we choose to photograph something that determines the true impact of an image. "There’s nothing worse than a sharp picture of a fuzzy concept,” is the way the master himself, Ansel Adams, put it. He was talking about what some call the Photographer's Eye. I call it the Art of Seeing. Unfortunately, aspiring photographers are usually left to unravel this mystery on their own. As a student of the creative process, I discovered that creativity and artistic vision are skills that we all can learn, practice and develop. We cover lots of practical tips to help you expand your creative vision in my workshops. I don't know who first said, "creativity is a muscle", but if that's the case then my workshops are like photography bootcamps where you build the technical and creative 'muscles' to create stronger images.
“...my workshops are like photography bootcamps where you build the technical and creative 'muscles' to create stronger images.”
Your desire to learn and improve your photography is more important than your level of experience. Everyone sees and learns differently. Some are very technically oriented, others more vision driven. The best way I've found to handle varying levels of experience and photographic styles is to schedule lots of time for individual coaching. Whenever possible I also use lectures, demonstrations, examples and feedback to communicate key concepts.
Finally, inspiration is important. You should be passionate about your passion. What better way to get inspired and focus on your photography than to immerse yourself in an amazing location where everything is new to your eyes and you are free from distractions. I work hard to create unique, photography focused, off the beaten path adventures. Some icons are, well, just too iconic to pass up (e.g. Taj Mahal or Angkor Wat). We will pay proper homage to the 'must-sees' but we'll also get off the tourist trail to experience local life on a more authentic level. This is often where the most impactful images of a trip are made.
Thanks for reading. Please contact me if you have any questions. I look forward to meeting you out there someday,