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.
Dave 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 April 15:
Professional Photo Critiques with Dave
The Art of Travel and Street Photography
This popular workshop fills early!
|August 5, 2018||Details|
Photographing The Beautiful Palouse
|Palouse, WA||June 17-20 ’18||FILLED|
Art of Intentional Travel and Street Photography
|Maine (week)||July 1-7, 2018||FILLED|
|Sri Lanka||Nov 4-17, 2018||Details|
NEW: The Art and Soul of E. Cuba + Havana
|E. Cuba+Havana||Dec 8-16+19 2018||Details|
Lightroom Mastery Levels 1 & 2
Photoshop Mastery Levels 1 & 2
Customized Individual Instruction
Just what you want to learn, when you want to learn it.
|Seattle or Skype||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.
2. 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.
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The Art of Intentional Travel and Street Photography
July 1-7, 2018 at Maine Media Workshops, Rockport Maine
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 Maine locations and visit local folk 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.
NEW: Photographing Exotic Sri Lanka
November 4-18, 2018
Join pro travel and wildlife photographers David Julian and Susan Meyers on a truly unique photographic journey in Sri Lanka. We’ll have a full itinerary including ancient temples, street vendors, verdant landscapes, terrestrial and avian wildlife and cultural events. Australia native Susan is also a well-published bird photographer/author and veteran tour leader in Asia. David has led cultural photography workshops in many countries. They are combining their skills for this very unique itinerary that spans many photographic interests. Non-photographers are equally welcome as all of our locations offer a lot besides photography. Here are all the details.
The Art and Soul of Cuba (East Cuba + Havana!)
Join us in Cuba a uniquely-designed tour for photography enthusiasts and culture lovers.
This 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 Palouse with David Julian and Alan Lawrence
Eastern Washington, June 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.
Outdoor Portraits with Off-Camera Flash
This hands-on workshop in Seattle will introduce photographers to techniques and tools for lighting portraits outdoors.
using small dedicated flash units and the portable light modification tools. The objective is to learn and control both natural and added light for a balanced, professional look.
This workshop is perfect for those seeking professional portrait lighting with minimal burden to use anywhere in the world, outdoors or inside. We won’t be using heavy, expensive gear and calculations: Portability and ease of use is our primary focus. Workshop is taught by two professional photographers. Other ‘bargain’ workshops are Watch only, but mine are hands-on learning with all-day guidance. That’s how people really learn. More info coming as we finalize this new workshop.
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Creative Photography With Any Camera
in 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.
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LIGHTROOM Mastery : Levels 1 & 2
with personal guidance
Why 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.
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Creative PHOTOSHOP for Photographers : Levels 1 & 2
with personal guidance
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.
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MORE DESTINATION WORKSHOPS WILL BE LISTED AS DEVELOPED.