Exploring Light, Color and Composition at the Beach

Shells, water, weathered wood, clouds, sand or people, the weekend promises to be fun.

Dewey Beach, Delaware

Friday, April 25th, 5 p.m. through Sunday, April 27th, 2 p.m.

Details: The Surf Club is a comfortable, cozy, quiet, on the beachfront, has small kitchenettes and has room for small groups of people to meet. I've held many gatherings here and have found the staff to be supportive and helpful.

Friday evening. We'll meet at 5:00 in my room for a potluck dinner. It will be a casual meet and greet, and then, weather permitting, we'll take time on the beach to photograph the sunset. We'll leave my room at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. sunset.

Saturday morning. I will be up before dawn shooting, and anyone who likes is welcome to join me. 

At 10:00 a.m. Saturday, we will meet in my room to officially begin instruction.

The weekend will be free-flowing with a mixture of time for classroom learning about light, composition and color and time to photograph on the beach and small towns around Dewey Beach.

During the weekend, I will do a 30-minute review of composition and challenge you to see light in composition. You will be 'free' to photograph your choice of abstracts, landscapes, colors or people in the street. 

With such a variety of 'scenery' available to us, subject matter will be YOUR choice!

We'll spend time talking and experimenting with natural and available light. We'll talk about 'seeing' light and how to work with light with no fancy tools, both inside and outside and in the shade.

We'll shoot sunrise (optional!) and sunsets and Sunday afternoon take time to share photos, so bring your laptops and get ready for a wonderful weekend at the beach.

You'll have lots of opportunity to shoot and get lots of personal attention to have questions answered. 

A really fun weekend to get creative and explore while listening to ocean waves

Where: Accommodations are not included in the price. We will be meeting at the Surf Club, in Dewey Beach. Please call them directly to reserve your rooms,[masked]-7059. You will have to tell them you are with our group to get these special rates.

For the April workshop, an oceanfront room for Friday and Saturday night with a Sunday 5 p.m. checkout is $129 plus 8% tax. A large room is $149.


Full amount due at time of registration.


30 days before, no refund.

60 days before, $150 refund.

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  • Susan S

    It was an awesome personalized photo teaching and learning event. Vickie out did herself to make sure we got the information we wanted and great group critics after morning and evening outings. I would highly recommend this workshop for any level photographer . And to be at the beach, what else can you ask for!

    May 1

  • Neal M.

    Yes I will have some photos posted by the end of the day. Thanks for the assist!

    May 1

  • Mark S.

    I was fascinated by the discussion of this Meetup. Have any pictures been posted? Please help because I am Meetup challenged!

    April 30

    • Vickie L.

      No photos as of yet...but you will just click on the menu item called' photos' and go from there...

      May 1

  • Neal M.

    I posted one photo but I can't figure out how to post more than one in a file. I guess that means I'm Meetup challenged too!

    April 30

    • Vickie L.

      Yes, you are meet up challenged... :-) But we can fix that. On the menu above, you posted photos under 'files' -- wrong place. Go to 'Photos' and you might have to create a new album--very simple! Looking forward to seeing your photos.

      1 · May 1

  • Deb F.

    This sounds like great fun, I'll be in Vegas that weekend - so I hope you'll consider doing it again!

    1 · March 28

    • Vickie L.

      Hi Deb, Thank you for reaching out and I think it will be great fun, too! How can anyone NOT have fun at the beach! Let's see how it goes, and if people are interested--yes! Of course!!! I'd love to do it again!

      March 28

    • Vickie L.

      It was great....I'm thinking about doing it again, weekend of May 17th and 18th. Let me know if that sounds like fun!

      April 30

  • Stacey C.

    Can I start the weekend on Saturday by chance?

    March 29

    • Stacey C.

      Thanks. Im working on rearranging things to go.

      1 · April 2

    • Vickie L.

      Hi Stacey, We missed you! It was great fun. I'm thinking about doing it again, weekend of May 17th and 18th. Let me know if that sounds like fun!

      April 30

  • Will

    Had a great time and learned lots! Like Neal I liked the small group which allowed us to pick Vickie's brain. Got an opportunity to try some things I had only read about. Also learned a bit about Dewey Beach, nice place. I would recommended this meetup to everyone!

    1 · April 29

  • Neal M.

    This was an excellent event for me. There were only 3 people, so I got a lot of individual instruction from Vickie. I did several things for the first time, including shooting in "Manual" and using a tripod. We got up at 4:30 one morning so we could shoot a sunrise. It was worth it!

    1 · April 28

  • Will

    "Pot Luck" suggests that we bring something - any theme or suggestions?

    April 14

  • Neal M.

    What's the minimum number you need? Do we have enough yet?

    April 14

    • Vickie L.

      I say let's do it--it would be great to recruit a few more--but I love the beach! And so, we are on...yippeee!!!

      1 · April 14

  • Neal M.

    I made my hotel reservation and I'm all set. Looking forward to it very much!

    1 · April 10

  • Will

    Vickie, My wife and I are going to be in Dewey over that weekend. If you get a enough folks to have the class let me know and I'll send you the tuition for myself along. My wife is just going for the beach. We will be there Friday.

    April 4

  • Neal M.

    Not quite ready to push the button to register, but rearranging my schedule so I can be there. What should we bring in addition to the obvious?

    April 4

    • Vickie L.

      Hi Neal...Great question--and nothing 'special' is required, but I will spend some time this weekend and write up a list of things that would be great to have. I'm so glad you can come!

      April 4

  • Will

    Hi Vickie,

    Are you still going to do this? Jo, my wife, and I are interested. Let me know.

    As to how I would like my picture displayed, I never displayed any so I am open.

    The Oregon trip sounds fun but we can't make that one.


    April 2

    • Vickie L.

      HI Will, If I get three people, I will do it for sure. I've had three people express interest...and so let's see what happens with that!

      1 · April 3

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