Instruction & Workshops


          I teach a variety of workshops in a group setting both on location and at a rental studio, and a listing of my upcoming workshops is below. I also teach all of these subjects, and more, on a personal basis to individuals and small groups, who may learn more easily in that type of environment, or who have special needs or techniques they would like to develop more fully.


          I also have implemented something I call "Workshops on Demand", where an individual or small group may prefer to have a workshop or instruction in a limited situation. These can be tailor-made to take place at any location or at any time.


          Below is a listing of workshops that I have taught at various times at MPW (2016-2017) and/or the Washington School of Photography (WSP (1981-2016); the predecessor to MPW).  Most of these workshops were 6 hours in length, and were taught on a Sunday afternoon, from 2 PM to 8 PM.  Obviously, after all of those years of teaching all aspects of photography, I have a substantial knowledge of most types and kinds of photography. In addition, I use both Lightroom CC and (especially) Photoshop CC in my photography, in order to make my images the very best that they can be. I am available to teach most aspects of digital image modification as well.


          I am also available for talks, short workshops or judging for photography organizations in the Metro DC area (including NoVA and Baltimore), including camera clubs and photography competitions.




     Upcoming Workshops: (these will begin in February, 2018)


     Workshops previously taught at MPW and/or WSP:


High Key and Low Key Photography: Portraiture, Beauty and Glamour

Photography of the Ballet 

Macro, Copy, and Closeup Photography: Images

Macro, Copy and Closeup Photography: Equipment and Techniques

Studio Fashion Photography 

Dynamic Studio Lighting Techniques

Basic Studio Techniques: Lighting, Equipment and Methods

Lighting Techniques for Portraiture

Glamour Portraiture and Model Headshots 

Makeup and Lighting Techiques for Fashion and Beauty

One-Light Portraiture

Outdoor Portraiture

Preteen and Teen Portraiture

Camera System Testing and Evaluation 

Dynamic Digital Color: Understanding and Creating Images with Impact

Studio Lighting in a Day (3 hour workshop)



Other Potential Workshops or Instruction Topics:


Basic Digital Photography (see further topics below)

Understanding and Using your On-Camera Flash

Environmental Portraiture of Artists in their Studio

Nature Photography

Street photography: What is it & How do you do it?

Street Photography: DC Monuments

Street Photography: "Found" vs "Created" Images

Long Exposure Photography



Possible Instructional Topics:


• Controlling Your Camera Exposure: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO

• Image Control: Depth-of-Field, Subject Motion, and Sensor Noise

• The Histogram: Correct Exposure and Exposure Compensation

• Color: The Color of Light and White Balance Selection

• Focusing Techniques: Auto-focus and Manual Focus

• Composing: Selecting and Using Different Lenses; Prime vs Zoom Lenses

• The Image: Cropping, Framing, and Composition

• Exposure Controls: Manual Mode vs Automated Modes

• Camera Stabilization: Tripod vs Internal Camera Stabilization

• Light Quality: Source Size, Shadows, and Contrast

• The Studio: Flash vs Continuous Lighting

• Natural Light and Available Light



Thank you and I hope to see you in one of my future workshops!     





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