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Welcome beginners, intermediate and advanced photo enthusiasts...

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"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.

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“...Michael was great! 20 years of photography and I learned
more in his two day 'A-Z', and his one day 'All about portraiture' class,
than I had in my previous 20 years of trial and error!"
Rhonda Mazurek, professional photographer, Temecula, CA
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Welcome to the exciting world of master photographer Michael Seewald's photography workshops. These are 'too fun' to be called workshops his students say, so they call the 'fun-shops'!. But as fun as they are, they are super informative.

Lessons and gatherings for Beginners , Intermediate, advanced or pros...

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From 3 hour classes on 'Intro to your camera' or 'Night photography made simple', and 'How to compose to make award winners' to the all encompassing 'Everything you ever NEEDED to know' (A-Z of both composition and technical). An intense, yet fun, three day class. Either here in San Diego, or Yosemite, or Carmel or Napa-Sonoma.

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In the two and three day classes, Michael basically transfers the knowledge gained from his college degree and 40 years of practicing it, all into YOUR brain - no broth, no potatoes, no veggies, just MEAT! (Sorry vegans, meant no offense ;/)

Folks from the other side of the country have heard, word of mouth, that it's worth it to travel across the country for them, and many have!! But you don't have to, he lives here!

"The outdoor part (Days 2 and 3) gives the student real-time feedback and the opportunity to practice getting it right, sometimes using Michael's setup as an example. ...Practical advice about equipment and lighting too."

Eric Yee, advanced photographer.
New York, New York
Weekend class of 9.28-29.'03
and our One Day Portrait class he flew back for later!!!
"...I leaned so much from Seewald's A-Z class, I knew it'd be worth it to come back for the one day portrait class, and it was!" Eric Yee

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Here, Michael Seewald's Canal Reflections, Venice, Italy '94 takes 'First Place Color' and 'Best of Show', San Diego Fair Int'l Photo competition, 1996. The image bested over 3,300 world-wide entries (from Russia, New York, Chicago, So. America, etc.)!- You're odds to win? Once every 3,300 years- WOW! UNLESS, that is, you know something most the other photographers don't!!! Like what makes a great composition and how to create it on purpose, as Seewald does time and time again, rather than by accident... which could take forever!

Michael Seewald has been teaching film, and now digital photography classes, since 1985. He's had hundreds of students take their skill level, not just up a notch or two, but right to the top.

These classes are taught with enthusiasm from a master. They are for photographers, and painters, that want to start winning art competitions, be they photographic or painting ones, or just make much stronger 'photo-art' during travel. Maybe you want to start selling or exhibiting your photos, or start making money shooting portraits and weddings, as many of Seewald's students have. But they also are for beginners that have a yearning to learn everything possible in a very short amount of time, and at a very reasonable price.

Your instructor has been winning awards as an artist since childhood, in both painting (since age 13) and photography (1st national award at age 19), and has a degree in it with 40 years of practical knowledge stacked on top of all that.

“... one of my favorite quotes: Someone once said, "Kindness without honesty is sentimentality, and honesty without kindness is cruelty". Michael was kind AND honest when critiquing our photographs ...”

Don Haake, intermediate photographer, Carlsbad, CA,
San Diego class of 2.14-15.’09

Does he really know what he's doing/teaching? Good question, you'll be happy to know your next instructor/friend is the only photographic artist that has won EVERY major local, national and international competition there is in San Diego:

'First Place Color' Museum of Photographic Art's 'Int'l photo competition sponsored by the S.D. Reader

'Best of Show', San Diego International Photo Competition, besting over 3,300 world-wide entries.

'Best of Show' from the San Diego Art Institutes Southern California juried competition, besting hundreds of paintings, sculptures and photos combined, and judged by a sculptor.

Hundreds of first, second and third places in various local art / newspaper and magazine competitions.

"Michael Seewald is amazing to work with! ...the class was so very helpful and surprising to someone like me who 'thought' they had a good eye for composition. He pushes you to the limit of frustration to better bring about the artist in you. At the same time he is fun, generous and kind. And most of all, PATIENT! I am amazed at his graciousness with everyone no matter what the skill level or equipment brought to the class.

His suggestions are never without merit and always helpful. Oh, and his story telling isn't bad either. At the end of the class you will want more and guaranteed you will want to go on at least one trip with him in the future. Very Addictive. Very fun! Very educational!

Thank you Michael for all your generosity!"

D'Arcy Lewis,
Temecula, CA
Class of 5.'06

He has also created the most extensive collection of art portfolios of any photographic artist alive. With over 55 trips, usually a month per place, to various world-wide locations ... from Australia to Iceland, from Portugal to Costa Rica, from India to Molokai, and from Russia to Peru, just to name a few - hey, that rhymes, cool ;/).

And he recently has had a bit of acclaim for all this creating, as he was invited to exhibit his art at a major fine art museum in Kunming, China. Entitled 'Life Elsewhere', he exhibited 50 of his personal favorites from all his travels to date, a tiny selection from the hundreds he's created.

He has been interviewed on many of the local TV 'magazine' programs, been written up in the San Diego Union Tribune , North County Times, Rancho Santa Fe and Del Mar Times newspapers, as well as the national fine art photography magazine The Photographers Forum.

"...I learned more in 3 days than
I had in several school classes ...
Tamara Ames, beginner, San Diego, CA.,
Yosemite class of 3.20-23.'09

More info, images of his latest released series, Vietnam, and hundreds of student testimonials, at http://www.seewald.com

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Michael Seewald explains his art at the Yuan Xiaocen Art
Museum in Kunming China, May of 2011.

Here Yang Song, the president of the Chinese division of
Audi Car Corp., whom sponsored Michael's exhibition, listens to his explanation of why so many of his images have won awards.

The exhibition, entitled 'Life Elsewhere', featured 50 of Seewald's
favorite pieces, many award winner and 'best sellers'. Behind Michael are a few images from the three previous trips he's made there, the first being in 1987, when the country had just opened to visitors.

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Yep, this is for beginners, intermediate,
advanced AND PROS too! Hundreds of testimonies
from all the above levels are on our website: http://www.seewald.com

"I really enjoyed the class and I came out with a lot more value from it than I thought I would. It made me want to use my camera for other uses besides my commercial photography too. It opened the door to the joy of photography ...."

Rick Whitehead,
Professional photographer.
N. San Diego County, Class of 11.'05

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Click here to check dozens of testimonies... (http://www.seewald.com/San_diego_digital_photography_workshops_and_courses.htm)

These classes are generally held at our art gallery on the top level of the Del Mar Plaza, in Del Mar.

1555 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar Plaza, suite 312,
Del Mar, CA 92014 / 858.793.3444

Sign up on MeetUp, or contact Michael
to do so at 760.633.1351

Upcoming events (5)

Beautiful Napa, 3 Day, 'A-Z workshop' only $795

Napa

$200.00

'Becoming a Master' photography workshops presents Michael Seewald's Napa, California, Two or Three Day, 'A-Z everything there is to know, compositional and technical', photo workshop. Three back-to-back days of intense, yet fun, learning with master photographer/artist Michael- only $795. ($200 deposit, with the balance due two weeks prior). This is a BONUS CLASS: Everyone that takes all three days receive a $750 Seewald original, of choice, for doing so! _______________ "..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 __________________ Copyright Michael Seewald 2003, all right reserved. Image sponsored by Joe and Judy Donovan of New England, USA. Stream near Lake Sonoma by Michael Seewald. "These two and three day Napa 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 ________________________ Here Seewald takes 'Best of Show', San Diego International Photo Competition, besting over 3,300 world wide entries, 1996. ______________ And by the way, hundreds of Seewald's collectors have purchased, sight unseen, over $1,000,000.00 of his art in the past two decades! He now receives an average of $2,700 per photograph, sight unseen, a year in advance of the patron even seeing what they have purchased! 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. Copyright Michael Seewald 2003, all right reserved. Sponsored by Patrick O'day of Fairbanks Ranch, California Window, Clos Pegase Winery by Michael Seewald We will also visit galleries 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. _________________________ BONUS CLASS - All participants that add day 3, for only $195 more, will receive a signed, Michael Seewald original photograph of choice, approx. 11x14 in size, valued at $750! WOW! ONLY $795, with a $200 deposit to reserve your space. Balance due two weeks prior to class date. 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, but if you signed up for the three day, you still get the $750 Seewald signed original of choice (from about a dozen), so basically no loss of funds! MORE INFO HERE: http://www.seewald.com/napa_sonoma_photography_classes.htm (http://www.seewald.com/carmel_california_digital_photo_classes_workshops.htm)

Carmel 3 day, 'A-Z photographic compositional workshop' - only $795

'Becoming a Master' photography workshops presents Michael Seewald's Carmel California, Three Day, 'A-Z everything there is to know, compositional and technical', photographic workshop. If you can only take Friday and Saturday, it's $200 less! _____________________ 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! ______________________ "..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 Michael poses with some of his Carmel class students at the Highlands Inn, April 2008 Note: Karla Stevens, beginner, taller middle lady in upper row, has her testimonial below. 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. _________________________ () Photo copyright Michael Seewald 6.30.'05. All rights reserved. Students shares images made during the previous days fun in Carmel. _______________________________ "...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!!" 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/carmel_california_digital_photo_classes_workshops.htm

Yosemite Class -Michael Seewald's A-to-Z, three whole days- only $795

Yosmite National Park

$195.00

'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 Michael Seewald 2014, all rights reserved BONUS CLASS All participants that take the three classwill 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. "...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 ____________________ $195 to reserve 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. ____________________ All the particulars here: http://www.seewald.com/San_diego_digital_photography_workshops_and_courses.htm

Yosemite Class -Michael Seewald's A-to-Z, three whole days- only $795

Yosmite National Park

$200.00

'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 Michael Seewald 2014, all rights reserved BONUS CLASS All participants that take the three classwill 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. "...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 ____________________ $200 to reserve your space - contact us. 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. ____________________ All the particulars here: http://www.seewald.com/San_diego_digital_photography_workshops_and_courses.htm

Past events (112)

3 Day 'A-Z workshop' in Monterey/Carmel- Thurs.-Sat.

Carmel, CA

$200.00

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