What we're about
Studio Without Walls Photo Workshops (established in RI in 2009) provides an educational and practical, low cost venue for aspiring photographers, young or old, to learn basic techniques of approach and application of ideas in a variety of locations and learning situations. It is perfect for photographers that have experience, and knowledge of their Digital SLRs, who want to broaden their base of knowledge with a variety of workshops that include Alternative Lighting, The Intimate Portrait, On-Location Model Shoots, Introduction to the Nude, International Travel Workshops, Film Developing, and other opportunities to have fun and learn, with a small group of like-minded individuals.
The Workshops were founded and administered by John Hames (Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Savannah College of Art & Design), who has taught photography for 10 years at the University of Rhode Island, Salve Regina College, Rhode Island College, the Beijing Institute for Fashion Design, and currently teaching for the Rhode Island School of Design Continuing Education Certificate Program in Photography (in his 9th year), and who has an extensive 40 years of photographic and travel experience to draw upon.
“If I have to describe John Hames in one word, I’d use “outstanding”; not only as a teacher, but also as a photographer and a person. Without a doubt, I can say that John was the best professor of the digital photography program at RISDCE.” – AC, 2009
“John has traveled the world, and has a mastered the practicalities of being in a new city or foreign country. He has an uncanny ability to chronicle the events of his life and experience, and an astounding visual/emotional aptitude for relaying the human experience through photography. John is a generous teacher, cultivating a creative environment for you to hone your unique skills as a photographer and have your own authentic experience.” – AO, 2010
“John is a talented photographer but as a teacher he possesses a real gift. There are those teachers in our lives that have an impact on us because they open our eyes and make us want to do better, I will always remember my kindergarden teacher and also John Hames.” – CS, 2011
“John is extremely well-versed in both the technical aspects of photography and the aesthetics of composition. He also has a remarkable breadth of knowledge of prominent and historic photographers. Therefore, he is able to give his students feedback on a variety of perspectives to help them improve the critical details of the image and better depict the dramatic impact of their work. John’s articulate and gentle feedback guides students of any level to improve. John has a critical eye that uncovers the most surprising details, yet always finds the beauty in every photograph.” – JC, 2011
“While John is clearly expert in the technical components of photography, where he flourishes is his approach to teaching it as an art form. From that very very first class session, a new paradigm emerged. My approach to photography was forever and favorably altered. “ – MF, 2005
“He uses his technical knowledge and artistic intuition to produce high quality images in a journalistic style. What has always impressed me about John is that, despite the depth and breadth of his travel portfolio, John has an innate and impressive capacity to remember detailed information about the location and subjects in each photograph. In this regard, he is not only an excellent photographer, but a curious and intelligent observer of the world around him. ” – RRC, 2010
"Thank you for considering joining the group. I aim to make our workshops informative, challenging, comfortable, and fun."