Creative Photography Workshops and Mentoring with Dave

Learn Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom from a professional photographer and educator.

My patient, paced teaching style has helped hundreds learn with confidence and tackle creative goals. I offer the collective learning of small-group workshops or the tailored guidance of private sessions. I prioritize your pace and needs.

I work individuals or groups of emerging photographers and artists:
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Topics include:
• Turning fear into creative courage
• Photographic intention and mindset
• Staying creative and happier during the Pandemic
 Creative composition and taking visual risks
• Improve your instincts and ‘seeing’ the opportunity
• Guidance for building your personal style and creative momentum
• Getting un-stuck (yes, it happens to every creative!)
• From Hobby to Business: What you need to know to make the shift
• Choosing the best gear for your style, your budget and your body
• Creating your photography website
• Branding your creative business and bringing your work to market
Lightroom: Taking control of your image library as well as expert development
• Photoshop: Work precisely on photographs, or create composites with control and confidence

Here are my latest offerings:

Type Title Location Date Status
Camera+Lightroom_Icon The Art of Travel and Street Photography:  2 days ONLINE December 12 & 13, 2020 FULL
Inspiration, Motivation & Personal Vision: 2 days
A photography workshop to kickstart Covid-times creativity! 
ONLINE Jan 16 & 23 2021 Inquire
Camera+Lightroom_Icon Explore The Beautiful Palouse! : 4 days  Eastern WA/ID June 11-14, 2021 Booking


Lightroom Mastery:  LEVELS 1 & 2
Learn Lightroom essentials and beyond in ONE weekend
ONLINE (TBA) Details
Camera+Lightroom_Icon The Art of Travel and Street Photography
5 days of Inspiration, Shooting Assignments, Crits & Lightroom
ONLINE Summer 2021 Details
The Art and Soul of Eastern Cuba: 2021
Our Seventh licensed trip! Brochure coming. Inquire now.
Oriente, Cuba December 2021 Inquire
  Photoshop For Photographers: Levels 1 & 2 ONLINE By Request Inquire

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 Customized Individual Instruction
Just what you want to learn, when you want to learn it.
Online and in person using masks. Ongoing Inquire

1. Group workshops provide full immersion into a fun, creative collective learning experience. You’ll benefit from sharing ideas, inspiration and knowledge with other experienced artists. My multi-day workshops offer the opportunity to work in desirable locations to learn while shooting, and gain important insights through group photo reviews. Students also receive individual coaching.

Independent learning
with me allows us to fully customize the experience to fit your learning style, pace, and any other specific needs. We have the freedom and direct focus to follow the moment, shoot together and review images. We work at my location, in the field or at your home. You can bring current projects or images to work on.

3. Online learning via Zoom with shared screens in scheduled sessions. Similar to #2 above, we address your specific needs at your convenience, right from your location. Zoom is free, and all you need is my emailed link. Contact me to inquire about price and scheduling sessions.

~ Student Reviews: Learn what past students have experienced in my workshops.

(NEW DESTINATION WORKSHOPS WILL BE LISTED AS DEVELOPED such as: Borneo, Varanasi, Prague and Portugal.)

The Art and Soul of Cuba!

December 2021;  Small groups are best: Only ten travelers!

Join us in Cuba a uniquely-designed tour for photography enthusiasts and culture lovers.
Our 2021 trip is being planned for when travels are allowed:

Red Car, Proud owner, Havana, CubaThis tour is for photography enthusiasts and cultural travelers alike. You’ll be humbled by the warmth and generosity of Cuba’s people, and you’ll experience first hand why Cuba and it’s proud and resilient people capture the heart of avid travelers. This is a specially-priced tour that includes all lodging, transportation, access, guidance and most meals. We provide meaningful cultural exchanges with Cuban citizens and stay mostly in licensed family-owned Casa Particulares. These are the very best way to have an authentic Cuban experience. I provide daily photographic guidance as we travel and shoot. There are also options for the non-photographing partner, such as local cooking or dance classes, museums and solo cultural explorations.
A limited number of single room supplements are available.  To provide the best experience, our group is limited to just ten travelers.  Here is our 2019 brochure just to get an idea of how we adventure and see Cuba.

Photographing the Beauty and History Palouse with David Julian

Eastern Washington, June 11-14, 2021

Washington and Idaho’s amazing Palouse. With miles of country roads, rolling hills of green and gold, and remnants of rugged country life, this is a prime bucket-list location every photographer must see. We don’t just show you where and how to capture the landscape, we work with local people to provide an informative Palouse experience. We include dawn and sunrise shooting, farm history and equipment, historic homes, night shooting, and all the rusty trucks, barns and silos we can fit into our memory cards. We discuss composition, storytelling with multiple images and how to make different images than you see everywhere online.

Our hands-on 4 day workshop covers some of the region’s best locations, in the best light and instruct you in editing of your images in Lightroom. Visit finds not on the photographer’s map! Plus, for your convenience and to be more ecologically sound, we travel in our own secure air-conditioned van. We’ve been able to keep our price well below similar workshops, while offering top end experience. This workshop is limited to ten, and always sells out.


Beyond Lucky: The Art of Intentional Travel and Street Photography 

Annually at Maine Media Workshops, Rockport Maine
We host this workshop ONLINE via Zoom during Covid.

Join me to learn, practice and enjoy new ways for making compelling travel and street photographs. Our learning begins with a constructive review of student works to help set goals for the week. We gain further inspiration from images Dave has gathered from several brilliant international photographers. With set goals and serendipitous light, we explore favorite coastal Maine locations and visit local fishermen, mechanics, carnival workers to find photogenic opportunities and practice skills. Throughout the week, discussions focus on tuning in, setting intentions, approaching strangers, connecting or not, and designing the frame. Demos include research, preparation, equipment choices, shooting style, POV, timing the moment, and modifying available light. We also experiment with intentional blur, flowing action, backlighting and working at night. Reviews of our location captures deepen the cycle of learning. By week’s end, each student shares a collection of their best images, and contributes to our workshop album. I’ll also also demonstrate expert workflows in Lightroom and NIK plugins to help students refine their captures and imbue them with personal style.

Click here for all workshop details and registration

Creative Photography With Any Camera  (in Seattle; when requested)

This popular workshop is for anyone wishing to create beautiful photographs with whatever digital camera they own, from dSLR to featured compact. You will be fully immersed in photography for a weekend of discovery through presentations, demonstrations, inspiration and practice. With guided shooting, you will learn creative camera settings while tuning your eyes and awareness. Based on your needs, I introduce my techniques for capturing nature, macro, people, still life, travel, action and experiments in personal vision

Contact me to inquire


LIGHTROOM Mastery : Levels 1 & 2 with personal guidance

Seattle, (See schedule at top of page)

Japanese-garden-in-Fall-900x599Why learn Adobe Lightroom CC? Simply because it’s the most powerful suite of Photographer’s tools available. It’s also incredibly efficient, intuitive and fun to use once you learn how to use it. But many need guidance to get started.

This weekend workshop teaches photography enthusiasts and professionals how to use Lightroom CC as a perfect partner. Saturday introduces the essentials of Lightroom, importing, organizing and image correction. Sunday dives deep into professional workflows, automating tasks, pro development, printing and exporting images for any use. We also explore how LR can create slideshows, online galleries and photo books. Using follow-along demonstrations, examples and guided practice, participants will be able to master their own digital workflows to organize, expertly develop and display photography. Many workshops are ‘watch only’ which means you’re mainly taking notes. These workshops are hands-on demos with practice and guidance. Plus you keep the files. That’s how people really learn.


Creative PHOTOSHOP for Photographers :  Levels 1 & 2 with personal guidance

Seattle, ONGOING

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Photoshop CC is hands down the world’s most creative tool for photographers. Photoshop CC lets you turn ordinary photos into extraordinary images as well as explore and experiment intuitively. These demonstration and hands-on workshops are focused towards photographers seeking to transform their RAW images into professionally-crafted photographs or composited artworks. Through organized, paced demonstration and follow-along tutorials, participants sharpen their skills to confidently dive into creative projects. With patient guidance, I’ll help you learn Photoshop CC for professional results. If you do not own Photoshop CC, you can download the free trial, or use your version for this workshop. Other ‘bargain’ workshops are Watch only, but mine are hands-on learning with all-day guidance. That’s how people really learn.

Contact me to inquire

We are working on workshops in Borneo, Varanasi, Prague and Portugal.











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3 Responses to Creative Photography Workshops and Mentoring with Dave

  1. Pingback: David Julian Photography, Illustrator & Educator

  2. Merrill Mack says:


    I would be interested in learning the techniques used in your photo illustations. I am a fairly decent photographer, have knowledge of my camera and my photoshop skills are probably considered mediocre although I know a little about a lot things. Are any of your upcoming workshops teaching these techniques.

    • David Julian says:


      Are you ready to learn some Photoshop Illustration with me via remote Shared Desktop?

      I’ve been teaching remotely that way and its working very well.
      We use Skype and shared screens.

      If so, please get in touch.

      thanks, Dave

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