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This is a group that wants to get maximum leaning in the shortest possible time! These 'fun-shops' are taught by Michael Seewald, a working master fine-art photographer that has created, and shown, photographic art the world over. His passion for teaching equals his photographic art skill level. Says who? Say the grads who've come from all all over the country to join him, from New York to Miami, and from San Francisco to San Diego. For some 30 years he's been sharing his knowledge gleaned from a degree in photography and, now, 40 years of practice in it. He's won dozens of national and international awards. We hope you take the opportunity to join Michael in one of his rare workshops in the Monterey area, or join him a little further out of town, in Yosemite or Napa, or even in his home town, based in San Diego. See ya soon, Valerie Seewald (past Seewald collector, now wife!)

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Carmel 3 Day, A-Z 'intense yet fun' photography class only $795

$795 for an intense, yet fun, three consecutive day class. Deposit required: $200. YEP, this is a BONUS CLASS - All participants that sign up for all three days will receive a signed Michael Seewald original photograph of choice, approx. 11x14 in size, valued at $750! WOW! ________________ NOTE: "We sell many spaces in these workshops through our gallery in Del Mar (North San Diego county, where we are based), NOT through MeetUp. Just letting folks know as it might look like there are no, or few, sign ups. That's usually not the case." The Seewald's 'Becoming a Master Photography Workshops' presents Michael Seewald's Carmel, CA, Two or Three Day, A-Z "Everything there is to know, compositional and technical", photography workshops. If you can only make Fri. and Sat., subtract $195. (But take all three and net yourself a Seewald original of choice valued at $750 plus the extra day of leaning with a master). _____________________ Michael Seewald’s recent workshop grad Kim Signoret-Parr wins ‘BEST OF SHOW’ at San Diego Int’l Photo competition, 2014 besting over 4,300 world-wide entries. Here is what Kim said on her class critique form. Remember, she was already an advanced photographer, getting her work accepted into the fairs. “Michael Seewald thoroughly lays out the rules of composition (I knew the rules, he SHOWS YOU HOW TO PUT THEM ALL INTO PRACTICE, and more importantly, all the things that can ruin a photo- I already knew the rules and then during three days: repeats, repeats, repeats ... drilling in our subconscious like a mantra what you need to remember every time you make a photograph. In the class we learn to MAKE a photograph not TAKE a photograph. We learn to make fewer, but better pictures. We learn to walk away from something that isn't working. Michael gave me new ways to think, new tools, and I am grateful and very happy that I spent three days learning from him. …. The unexpected benefit of the class was that I learned new ways of thinking and seeing. ” Kim Signoret-Parr, La Jolla, CA, Class of May, 2013 ______________________ "..I thought he did a great job of explaining everything. He was very patient with us and didn't make us feel bad when we didn't know or understand things.... ...I went into the class hoping to learn the manual functions of my camera, as I had never learned that. I've tried reading books and it just never "clicked". I really felt that I got it after day one, and after day three I felt completely comfortable. ...I learned a LOT about all the functions on my camera I never used and feel like that was a huge benefit. I loved that we went out and "shot" in the field so that we could really get comfortable with the new ideas and techniques we were learning. Michael picked beautiful spots to shoot. ... I really look forward to taking more classes ..." Pamela Scholten, Class of[masked].'11 Intermediate photographer, Anaheim, CA ___________ Photo copyright Michael Seewald 6.30.'05. All rights reserved. Students shares images made during the previous days fun in Carmel. Carmel / Monterey 'fun-shops' with Michael Seewald "These two and three day Carmel photo classes/ workshops (aka 'fun-shops') are not to be missed. They generally fill up fast and provide great images that you will be able sell, if you are wanting to that is, Or to just hang them on your walls for you and your friends to appreciate for the rest of your life- guaranteed." MS This is one great place to take an outdoor workshop. We not only learn all of the basics of good compositional factors but receive all of knowledge so we can use the technical skills needed to make them as well. We have a chance to apply all of the new knowledge in one of photography's heartlands. Ansel Adams, The Weston's (Edward, Brett and Cole) and a multitude of other serious fine art photographers (artists) have called this unique place home. Point Lobos State Park, Carmel California by Michael Seewald. All rights reserved. We will usually work many of the areas best photogenic spots: Cannery Row; Big Sur; 17 Mile Drive; Fisherman's Wharf (night photography); Point Lobos; the Carmel Mission; the 'Barnyard' mall with it's terraced flower gardens; Carmel Village and quite a few other locations on and off the beaten path. We will visit many of the photography and painting galleries in Carmel where Michael will point out how the compositional elements were used properly, or as in 90% of the time- improperly, and in no time the students are critiquing the art with that same critical eye. ______________ Michael has been helping photographers for 30 years now. Here he poses with some of his Carmel students at the Highlands Inn, April 2008 Note: Karla Stevens, beginner, taller middle lady in upper row in above photo, has her testimonial here... "...Michael, the workshop met my expectations. Delightful. Fun. Entertaining. This is what I wrote in an email to one of my friends: "Last weekend I participated in a wonderful Photography workshop (3 days) in and around Carmel. The hands-on work was done at the the most beautiful and inspirational spots in Monterey County; The Mission, Old Town Monterey, Point Lobos, The Barnyard, Carmel by the Sea... What a wonderful place – where better to practice a new way of seeing and exercise my imagination. The days averaged 9 hours plus gallery walks that followed. ... The workshop is done in Carmel twice a year by Michael Seewald -(www.Seewald.com) he is funny, inspiring and entertaining as well as a master photographer - all the techie stuff would NOT have been lost on YOU - as for me, well, time will tell, I hope to hang on to some of the techie stuff and at least be able to create some beautiful art, with a camera, when I go to Europe in June. I was there for the inspiration, the brain exercise, to hang out w/ my Mom and Aunt Elise and for the creative stimulation - I was not disappointed and am blessed, really, holy cow, how great is this life!!" Here is part of Karla's critique form. How_helpful_was_class: 10 - Very helpful How_satisfied: 10 - Very satisfied value_for_the_money: About right quote_me: ON name: Karla Stevens, Salinas, Ca _________________________ $200 to reserve your space. Balance due 15 days prior. Cancellation/refund policy: All classes outside San Diego county- cancellation policy as of 11.1.'11 60 or more days before class, a certificate good for a future class will be issued (good for one year). With less than 60 days before class: No refund nor certificate will be issued. MORE INFO HERE: http://www.seewald.com (http://www.seewald.com/)

San Diego 3 day 'A-Z, ALL about comp. and tech. class', $695- includes $750 orig

NOTE: All three days for only $695! $200 deposit to hold your space. We sell some of the spaces through visitors to our Del Mar gallery. Hope you can join us. So the class could be fuller than it states here. MS Who is Michael Seewald? Maybe the most awarded (as far as winning national and international competitions), artist alive. With a degree in photography, and forty years of traveling the world creating over 65 portfolios, a month per trip, he's also the most productive photographic artist alive too! _____________ 'Become a Master' Two and Three day, A-Z, all about photography,both compositional and technical. The following video is from a Michael Seewald's three day digital photography class grad, beginner David Durney http://youtu.be/2ijDWHV84Vs _________________ All day Friday and Saturday (only $495), add a optional Sunday, ($195). This is a BONUS class- you will receive a Seewald original photo valued at $750 if you take all three days!!! PLENTY of ONE-ON-ONE time with master photographer Michael Seewald, no more than 6 students per class. __________________ " this exciting class turned my digital camera into an artist's tool! I learned the difference between taking a picture and creating art. ...by taking this workshop Michael will open up a whole new world of photographic possibilities for you, he did me. ....” Troy Garrow, San Diego, Ca. / Class of[masked].’07 ________________________ Welcome to the exciting world of Michael Seewald's Photography classes This is a three day class, where you will learn everything from A-Z, in both the technical AND the compositional department. You can not make award winners without having the full knowledge of these elements, and Michael Seewald, an international award winning artist, will be your guru in attaining all this info Michael Seewald's compositional 'fun-shops' (yeah, they are not easy, but Michael keeps it light, so it's a lot of fun too, so students call them fun-shops, not 'work'shops) are held about once a month in San Diego County, in Southern California, where he lives with his wife Valerie (ex-collector, now wife). He also holds the 'A-Z' classes up in photogenic locations in central California once or twice a year- in Carmel, Napa and Yosemite. He leads you step by step through the critical thinking process necessary to 'make', not just take, a photograph. Worth looking at not just for a second or two, but for many seconds. You'll learn the principles to captivate your audience with well thought out images. He'll give you the 'map' you have been missing to make your 'art' pop, to make 'WOWS', like his. It's not just luck, it's skill, and he wants to pass this knowledge to YOU, at very reasonable prices for what you get! This is something passed down from the masters, 'how to see', 'how to compose', how to 'hold someone's eye in your art', and not even many photo professors understand this well, nor a lot of pros, that's why you just might have one or two in your class, that flew in from N.Y., or San Fran, etc., in the class with you, it's not uncommon! ________________________________ "... elements of composition being explained and repeated until we finally got it!" Carl Morrison, advanced photographer. Placentia, California / Class of 12.'98 ________________________________ "...The class does a great job at equipping the student with tools to esthetically enhance any photograph, past or future. I used to think I was a pretty good photographer because I had good technical knowledge of how to take pictures. This class turned on a little "light bulb": I have spent the last 40 years in photography trying to say, "Look what I can do with a camera" rather than concentrating on how to use the picture's strong points to enhance its message." Jeff Fischbeck, advanced photographer, San Diego, CA / Class of 8.'03 ________________________________ "...Was I crazy for flying across the country for a weekend course? Very possibly, but I would do it again. I went to learn about composition and I did. I feel grounded now in an area that was a mystery to me. ...I feel I have acquired some of the basic building blocks of good composition. With practice and perseverance I may find it easier to produce more of those “WOW” photos Seewald wants us to make. Was it worth the trip? An unqualified YES!" Mike Gotthelf, advanced photographer, Boston, MA/ Class of 2.25.'[masked].'06 ______________________ Beginner photographer Becki Smith poses with Michael and her new Certificate of Achievement. "Oh my goodness... I knew I had a lot to learn but I never imagined I could learn so much...! I took away so much knowledge and hands on experience from this workshop. I was somewhat nervous about my beginner skill-level but Michael's ability to teach while exercising his natural tendency to turn everything into a joke was great!! I was at ease in no time. It was a true honor to be taught by someone with Michael's talent and experience. It is obvious that he truly enjoys sharing his God-given talent with others." Becki Smith, San Diego, California. Beginner photographer/ class of 11.'06 ________________________ Call Michael with any more questions at[masked] More info here, along with dozens of testimonials: http://www.seewald.com/San_diego_digital_photography_workshops_and_courses.htm To reserve, enter $200 deposit in payment box, or pay for complete class now, your choice. Balance due two weeks prior. Cancellation/refund policy: All classes outside San Diego county- cancellation policy as of 11.1.'11. Sixty or more days before class, a certificate good for a future class will be issued (good for one year). With less than 60 days before class: No refund nor certificate will be issued, but you will still receive a $750 Seewald original of choice (from about a dozen images) if you're paid in full on a three day. So basically it's a no loss policy. ;/) MORE INFO HERE: http://www.seewald.com/San_diego_digital_photography_workshops_and_courses.htm

Yosemite 3 day Michael Seewald's A-to-Z, 3 long, but fun, days- only $795

'Becoming a Master Photography Workshops' presents: Michael Seewald's 3 day Yosemite Photography Class, 'A-Z all about photography, both compositional and technical' Seewald's workshops...the difference over others? You aren't just driven around to pretty sites, which you could do on your own, you are taught how to see, think and create, like a master, from a master. That way, when you get to pretty places on your own, you'll be able to make exciting, award winning art with the concepts you've now practiced and learned. Copyright (http://www.seewald.com/images/PhotoClass/students_work/Yosemite/ValleyFromTunnel_GROUP_photo_class_258.jpgCopyright) Michael Seewald 2014, all rights reserved BONUS CLASS All participants that take the three day class will receive a signed Michael Seewald original photograph of choice, approx. 11x14 in size, valued at $750! WOW! That's right, BUT if you need to you can take just the first two days, for $595, the Friday and Saturday. BUT most take all three and get the extra learning/practice with a master PLUS get the bonus Seewald original photo too. $200 reserves your space. Balance due 30 days prior. Cancellation/refund policy: All classes outside San Diego county- cancellation policy as of 11.1.'11. 60 or more days before class, a certificate good for a future class will be issued (good for one year). With less than 60 days before class: No refund nor certificate will be issued. ______________________ "...I enjoyed another great outdoor experience with Michael, rain and snow and sunshine. What a wonderful opportunity to study with a master of the light in so many different light conditions. I will be back again for another class." Vicki Dobbs, Clovis, California, Yosemite class of March 10-22, '09 Video testimonies: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ijDWHV84Vs ____________________ All the particulars here: http://www.seewald.com/San_diego_digital_photography_workshops_and_courses.htm

Carmel 3 Day, A-Z photography class only $795

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$200.00

$795 for an intense, yet fun, three consecutive day class. Deposit required: $200. YEP, this is a BONUS CLASS - All participants that sign up for all three days will receive a signed Michael Seewald original photograph of choice, approx. 11x14 in size, valued at $750! WOW! ________________ NOTE: "We sell many spaces in these workshops through our gallery in Del Mar (North San Diego county, where we are based), NOT through MeetUp. Just letting folks know as it might look like there are no, or few, sign ups. That's usually not the case." The Seewald's 'Becoming a Master Photography Workshops' presents Michael Seewald's Carmel, CA, Two or Three Day, A-Z "Everything there is to know, compositional and technical", photography workshops. If you can only make Fri. and Sat., subtract $195. (But take all three and net yourself a Seewald original of choice valued at $750 plus the extra day of leaning with a master). _____________________ Michael Seewald’s recent workshop grad Kim Signoret-Parr wins ‘BEST OF SHOW’ at San Diego Int’l Photo competition, 2014 besting over 4,300 world-wide entries. Here is what Kim said on her class critique form. Remember, she was already an advanced photographer, getting her work accepted into the fairs. “Michael Seewald thoroughly lays out the rules of composition (I knew the rules, he SHOWS YOU HOW TO PUT THEM ALL INTO PRACTICE, and more importantly, all the things that can ruin a photo- I already knew the rules and then during three days: repeats, repeats, repeats ... drilling in our subconscious like a mantra what you need to remember every time you make a photograph. In the class we learn to MAKE a photograph not TAKE a photograph. We learn to make fewer, but better pictures. We learn to walk away from something that isn't working. Michael gave me new ways to think, new tools, and I am grateful and very happy that I spent three days learning from him. …. The unexpected benefit of the class was that I learned new ways of thinking and seeing. ” Kim Signoret-Parr, La Jolla, CA, Class of May, 2013 ______________________ "..I thought he did a great job of explaining everything. He was very patient with us and didn't make us feel bad when we didn't know or understand things.... ...I went into the class hoping to learn the manual functions of my camera, as I had never learned that. I've tried reading books and it just never "clicked". I really felt that I got it after day one, and after day three I felt completely comfortable. ...I learned a LOT about all the functions on my camera I never used and feel like that was a huge benefit. I loved that we went out and "shot" in the field so that we could really get comfortable with the new ideas and techniques we were learning. Michael picked beautiful spots to shoot. ... I really look forward to taking more classes ..." Pamela Scholten, Class of[masked].'11 Intermediate photographer, Anaheim, CA ___________ Photo copyright Michael Seewald 6.30.'05. All rights reserved. Students shares images made during the previous days fun in Carmel. Carmel / Monterey 'fun-shops' with Michael Seewald "These two and three day Carmel photo classes/ workshops (aka 'fun-shops') are not to be missed. They generally fill up fast and provide great images that you will be able sell, if you are wanting to that is, Or to just hang them on your walls for you and your friends to appreciate for the rest of your life- guaranteed." MS This is one great place to take an outdoor workshop. We not only learn all of the basics of good compositional factors but receive all of knowledge so we can use the technical skills needed to make them as well. We have a chance to apply all of the new knowledge in one of photography's heartlands. Ansel Adams, The Weston's (Edward, Brett and Cole) and a multitude of other serious fine art photographers (artists) have called this unique place home. Point Lobos State Park, Carmel California by Michael Seewald. All rights reserved. We will usually work many of the areas best photogenic spots: Cannery Row; Big Sur; 17 Mile Drive; Fisherman's Wharf (night photography); Point Lobos; the Carmel Mission; the 'Barnyard' mall with it's terraced flower gardens; Carmel Village and quite a few other locations on and off the beaten path. We will visit many of the photography and painting galleries in Carmel where Michael will point out how the compositional elements were used properly, or as in 90% of the time- improperly, and in no time the students are critiquing the art with that same critical eye. ______________ Michael has been helping photographers for 30 years now. Here he poses with some of his Carmel students at the Highlands Inn, April 2008 Note: Karla Stevens, beginner, taller middle lady in upper row in above photo, has her testimonial here... "...Michael, the workshop met my expectations. Delightful. Fun. Entertaining. This is what I wrote in an email to one of my friends: "Last weekend I participated in a wonderful Photography workshop (3 days) in and around Carmel. The hands-on work was done at the the most beautiful and inspirational spots in Monterey County; The Mission, Old Town Monterey, Point Lobos, The Barnyard, Carmel by the Sea... What a wonderful place – where better to practice a new way of seeing and exercise my imagination. The days averaged 9 hours plus gallery walks that followed. ... The workshop is done in Carmel twice a year by Michael Seewald -(www.Seewald.com) he is funny, inspiring and entertaining as well as a master photographer - all the techie stuff would NOT have been lost on YOU - as for me, well, time will tell, I hope to hang on to some of the techie stuff and at least be able to create some beautiful art, with a camera, when I go to Europe in June. I was there for the inspiration, the brain exercise, to hang out w/ my Mom and Aunt Elise and for the creative stimulation - I was not disappointed and am blessed, really, holy cow, how great is this life!!" Here is part of Karla's critique form. How_helpful_was_class: 10 - Very helpful How_satisfied: 10 - Very satisfied value_for_the_money: About right quote_me: ON name: Karla Stevens, Salinas, Ca _________________________ $200 to reserve your space. Balance due 15 days prior. Cancellation/refund policy: All classes outside San Diego county- cancellation policy as of 11.1.'11 60 or more days before class, a certificate good for a future class will be issued (good for one year). With less than 60 days before class: No refund nor certificate will be issued. MORE INFO HERE: http://www.seewald.com (http://www.seewald.com/)

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