Here are the online workshop details:

Class Overview

I have a profound sense of wonder and awe for light. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I would argue that light can turn something ordinary into something otherworldly. It has the ability to amplify emotions and connections in images and speak straight to the heart. Light can be the factor that takes an image from good to awe-inspring. 

So if we know that light is key in creating interesting images, are we really in control of it? Do we walk into a situation and really SEE the light and know how to use it to it’s fullest potential intentionally? The Magic of Light will push you to slow down, open your eyes and really SEE the light around you with fresh eyes. Happy accidents are awesome, but to really be in control of your craft, you should be able to walk into any situation and use the available light to it's fullest potential. This class will encourage you to think outside the box and experiment with all kinds of light both indoors and outdoors. We will cover hazy backlight, dramatic sun-flare, rim light, heavily shadowed light, full sun, overcast, available artificial light, and more. 

The Magic of Light will push you creatively as well as give you new technical knowledge and confidence that will help you let go of any fears about controlling the light around you and help you get the images that are stuck in your head out into your camera. All light may not be equal, but you really can make an interesting image in any kind of light.

What You Will Learn

  • explore how to slow down, be inspired by light and see it with fresh eyes
  • learn how I utlize my in camera meter to get great exposures and spend less time looking at the back of my camera
  • simple tips to help you focus in backlight 
  • understand how to create varying degrees of haze and control it with intention vs luck
  • explore how to achieve dramatic sun-flare
  • identify the specific conditions that create dramatic rim-light
  • my light based outdoor location scouting system
  • explore the important role shadow plays in relation to light
  • learn how to best utilize the light after the sun goes down
  • explore how to get creative through manipulating exposures
  • identify some practical tips to make the most of overcast or flat light
  • learn to embrace full sun. Life doesn't always happen during the golden hour
  • explore ways to use artificial light in creative ways

Class Mechanics

This three week online interactive workshop will include:

  • daily interaction from me answering any questions you might have about the materials presented
  • video lessons to supplement each of the 12 written lessons
  • weekly assignments due each Sunday with individual feedback from me on each assignment via screen capture video 
  • 3 bonus assignments to help reinforce the lessons (detailed feedback will not be given on bonus assignments)
  • editing videos will be provided where you will be able to watch me edit a few images in different lighting scenarios but  please note this is not an editing class. The focus of the class is to create good images straight out of camera
  • silent students will be provided a section of the classroom to interact with one another but cannot ask questions outside that area or submit assignments
  • alumni students will be allowed to submit assignments in a group thread for brief group feedback from me
  • an informal, live Q&A where all active & alumni students in the class will have to opportunity to chat, interact, and ask questions live
  • silent students can to submit one question for me to answer during the live Q&A
  • a recording of the live Q&A will be presented for the silent students and the active and alumni students who could not attend the live meeting
  • at the conclusion of the workshop, a 240 page PDF will be provided containing all the lessons presented during the course
  • all class members will be invited to join a private Facebook group after the class ends
  • an opportunity to participate in the Magic of Workshop alumni monthly collaboration that you can see HERE


A DSLR or mirrorless camera and a firm understanding of shooting in manual mode

Dates of Next Class

sometime in the fall


Please message me with any questions HERE.

Please note that if you currently hold a position as a workshop teacher or plan to teach a workshop, you may not be allowed to register for the class. 

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