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 learning style and your needs.

David Julian workshops tintype headshot ©2015 Daniel CarrilloDave works individually with emerging photographers and photographic artists:

• Choosing the right camera system, lenses and accessories
Professional Critiques

Photography fundamentals:
 Camera settings and custom functions
 Composition and owning the frame
Improve your Landscape, Travel, Street, Portrait or Macro photography
Lightroom: Taking control of your image library as well as expert devlopment
• Photoshop: Work precisely on photographs or create composite montages with total control
• Kickstart your innate creativity when stuck (yes, you do have it in you!)
• From Hobby to Business: What you need to know to make the shift
Brand your creative business and begin to market your work
Discover your personal style and build creative momentum

Here are my latest offerings, updated December 1 2018:


Type Title Location Date Status
NEW: The Art and Soul of E. Cuba + Havana  
E. Cuba+Havana Dec 8-19 FULL
Photoshop For Photographers: Levels 1 & 2
Seattle Feb 2 & 3 2019 Details


NEW: Lightroom Mastery:  Levels 1 & 2
Seattle Feb 16 & 17 2019 Details

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 Customized Individual Instruction 

Just what you want to learn, when you want to learn it.

In Person or Skype Ongoing Contact
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Seattle Ongoing Contact

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 also bring current projects or images to work on.

3. Online learning via Skype with shared screens in scheduled sessions. Similar to #2 above, we address your specific needs at your convenience, right from your location. Skype is a free app, and easy to set up in minutes. Contact me to inquire about price and scheduling sessions.

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

The Art and Soul of Cuba (East Cuba + Havana!)

December 8-16 (Oriente) and 16-19 (Havana) 2018  Only ten travelers!

Join us in Cuba a uniquely-designed tour for photography enthusiasts and culture lovers.

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 stay in government-licenses family-owned Casa Particulares, which is the very best way to have an authentic Cuban experience. I will provide photographic guidance daily as we travel and shoot. There are also options for the non-photographer, such as cooking, dance, museums, shopping, beaching, and wandering in amazement!
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 detailed tour brochure.

Photographing the stunning Palouse with David Julian and Alan Lawrence

Eastern Washington, June 21-23, 2019

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.  This is our fifth year!


Creative Photography With Any Camera
Seattle: ongoing by request

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, ONGOING

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












7 Responses to Creative Photography Workshops and Mentoring with Dave

  1. Cindi Soderman says:

    Hello!! I am interested in the photography trip in October. Can you give me more deatails, length of stay and cost? Thanks

  2. Matthew says:

    Dear Mr. Julian.
    I am interested in learning how to use Adobe Lightroom. I have taken several courses and did not have any success. My most difficult problem is your Level I: setting up catalog preference and importing from SD cards, flash drives, and CD and also to take the photos from the Lightroom files and put them back into flash drives.
    Do I need to get an Adobe Lightroom set up in my laptop and bring my Laptop to your class.

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  4. 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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