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Learn Photography From Professionals!


Our mission is to teach people with a passion for photography how to take better photos, master the capabilities of their camera, and understand the world of photography through hands-on education and guidance from industry professionals. Whether you just picked up your first camera or are a seasoned pro, we have classes to meet your needs.

All instructors at The Workshoppe are professional photographers currently working in the industry and have years of training and experience in photography. Our instructors take the complicated world of digital photography and make learning it fun and easy for everyone.

Photography Workshops:

We offer a variety of beginner, intermediate, and advanced classes that take place in studio and on-location throughout San Diego. In all of our workshops, you will learn proper photography techniques and skills that will help you take better photos and advance as a photographer.

Our workshops include:

Introduction to Photography

Manual Exposure

Photography Composition Techniques

Night Landscape Photography

Outdoor Portrait Lighting

Studio Portrait Lighting

Basic Product Photography

Landscape Photography

Introduction to Photoshop

Lightroom and Photoshop Portrait Retouching

Starting a Photography Business (Seminar)

Photography Equipment (Seminar)

Life of a Professional Photographer (Seminar)

1-on-1 Photography Tutoring (by request)

Free member meet & greet events

Also, join us for group shoots throughout some of San Diego's most photogenic locations.

What makes The Workshoppe so great?

All workshops are instructed by experienced professional photographers.

Classes take place in studio and outdoors throughout San Diego.

We provide a fun and friendly atmosphere. We'll even try to make you laugh.

We make photography fun and easy to understand for beginners.

Live portrait and lighting demonstrations with professional models.

Small instructor to student ratio for more effective instruction and 1-on-1 help.

And most importantly, we love photography; it's our job and our passion.

What our members say about The Workshoppe:

“ I will tell you what. This is my first exposure to instruction from working Photographers. Nick and Don were outstanding and very patient with us. Some really had trouble with their cameras and they were patient enough to see them through. The knowledge they presented us will be used by me in my future endeavors. I will definately be taking more classes with these gentlemen. ”

- Richard Shirk

“ As always, I think Nick and Donald are great instructors. One is Canon and one is Nikon so no one is left behind. I love their classes and always try to attend when they are offered. I look forward to them when I sign up and keep hoping for more classes to be posted. I get depressed when I don't have a photo shoot with these guys...lol! ”

- Nancie Casey

“ The instruction is phenomenal--and Nick and Don make it so much fun. I think they're the Abbot and Costello of workshops when it comes to their humor! Lot's of hands on, with both jumping in to help, inspire and encourage. I LOVE these guys! ”

- Cynthia S.

“ I think this statement says it all "I’ll be attending more."

- Chuck Bane

“ The workshop was terrific the instructors had lots of knowledge to share enjoyed sharing it with us and made it easy to understand I enjoyed it so much I just signed up for another workshop ”

- Gilbert Piron

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Join us today and learn to become a better photographer!

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If you have questions, please contact us: (619) 630-0045 | info@sandiegophotographyworkshop.org

Upcoming events (3)

Introduction to Photography 101

Presidio Park


The location for this class has changed to Presidio Park. This class will no longer be held at Balboa Park. See address and meeting instructions above. Introduction to Photography This beginners workshop introduces the fundamentals of photography during a walking tour of the beautiful Presidio Park. If you just bought a camera or are new to photography and want to learn how to take beautiful photos, this workshop is for you. This workshop will introduce you to the basics of exposure and composition techniques that will open the door to endless photographic possibilities. This is a hands on learning experience and a wonderful opportunity to capture beautiful photos of one of San Diego's most scenic areas under the instruction of experienced professional photographers. This workshop will cover: • How your camera works • Lenses • Camera controls and functions • Filters & accessories • Equipment care • Using shutter speed to control motion • Using aperture to control depth of field • Basic composition techniques This workshop takes place outdoors and involves a little walking, so we recommend that you dress comfortably. Don't forget to bring your camera, lenses, charged batteries, and memory cards. We recommend that you have a DSLR or mirrorless camera with shutter priority and aperture priority modes. We do not rent equipment. Notes: The price for this class is $79 and payments must be made when you arrive at the workshop. If you purchased a deal voucher for this workshop through Groupon or Living Social, please bring and present your printed or smartphone voucher when you arrive at the workshop. We do not enforce expiration dates on deal vouchers. Please RSVP for this workshop if you plan on attending. This workshop requires a minimum of 10 people to commence. If 10 people do not sign up for this workshop by 5:00 pm on the day before the workshop, the workshop will be canceled. If you joined the waiting list for this class, you will be automatically added to the attendance list only if an attending member changes their RSVP to "not going." If you do not get to attend this class, please feel free to sign up for a future date. If you are an attending member and you cannot make it to this class, please change your RSVP to "not going" so that a waiting member can take your spot. Click here for more important information (http://www.sandiegophotographyworkshop.org/messages/boards/thread/33486752).

Outdoor Portrait Lighting w/ Model (Natural Light & Flash)

Outdoor Portrait Lighting If you have ever wanted to take beautiful, professional quality outdoor portraits, this workshop is for you. This workshop will teach you how to use various outdoor lighting techniques and lighting equipment to light your model in different situations. We will cover using natural light and artificial light with reflectors and diffusion panels as well as on and off-camera flash to light your model. This will allow you to take excellent, well-lit portraits in any outdoor environment with either basic or advanced techniques. You will also learn a variety of popular lighting patterns from flattering beauty lighting to dramatic split and Rembrant lighting. We will also cover how to achieve a proper exposure both on your model and in the background in a variety of lighting situations. A professional model will be present for demonstrations and practice. This is a wonderful opportunity to get some excellent shots for your portfolio. We will start this workshop in the afternoon so that we can work up through the golden hour and use sun's direction to better understand how to adapt to each lighting situation. We recommend that members have a DSLR or mirrorless camera and a good grasp on aperture priority mode or manual mode before attending this workshop. Required Equipment: Camera, lens (telephoto recommended), memory card, fully charged batteries. We will bring lighting equipment for everybody to share; however, if you wish to bring your own equipment to use, here is list of what we recommend for this class: • 5-in-1 reflector and diffuser • Speedlite flash and wireless flash triggers • Light stand • Umbrella or portable softbox Additional Info: If you are interested in purchasing lighting equipment, here are some links to some inexpensive equipment we recommend to get started. Neewer 110CM 43-Inch 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Round Light Reflector (http://amzn.com/B002ZIMEMW) Neewer 47"x71" 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Oval Light Reflector (http://amzn.com/B00GNV226K) Yongnuo Speedlite Flash (http://a.co/50c09Sx) Yongnuo Wireless Flash Triggers (http://a.co/4dLX1Z3) Neewer 32"x32" Protable Foldable Off-Camera Flash Soft Box Kit (http://a.co/8tdvwoe) Neewer 6ft Light Stand (http://a.co/18mRegm) Sekonic L-308s Light Meter (http://a.co/0rnsV6Z) or Sekonic L-478D-U LiteMaster Pro (http://a.co/1inKpVH) 12"x12" Inch Collapsible 18% Gray Card (http://amzn.com/B00HT9MA1W) Join us for this lesson in one of the most popular areas of photography and take the next step in becoming a better photographer. If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to call or email us. [masked] [masked] Refund Policy: • This class requires a minimum of 5 reservations to commence. If we do not receive the minimum number of RSVPs by 3:00 PM on the day before the workshop, the workshop will be cancelled or rescheduled, and payments will be immediately refunded. • A refund will be provided if you cancel at least 24 hours before the workshop. If you cancel within 24 hours or do not show up to the workshop, you will not receive a refund.

Private Photography Lessons
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No RSVP necessary - Please contact us to schedule. Private lessons are a wonderful way to get one-on-one undivided education on any area of photography you want to learn. Unlike group lessons, private lessons are available on both weekends and weekdays; however, this is contingent on our schedules as we are working photographers during the week. We have many years experience in different aspects of photography so let us help you We can teach you whatever you want to learn in many areas of photography including: • Getting to know your camera • Introduction to photography (Getting off Auto mode) • Manual exposure • Off-Camera Flash (OCF) • Landscape photography (daytime and sunset) • Night landscape photography • Outdoor portrait lighting * • Studio portrait lighting * • Retouching with Lightroom • Retouching with Photoshop • Product photography • Starting a photography business • Or a mix of any of the above and areas of interests you may need help with. To schedule a private lesson please send us a message, comment below, or call us at[masked]. Rate: $150 for two hours minimum ($75/hr thereafter) Add a guest for $75. * Portrait lessons require a model to photograph. You may bring a friend or model who you booked yourself, or we can book a model for you for an additional $100. A good source for finding models of all experience levels is www.modelmayhem.com. Keep in mind, many models want to be compensated for their time in cash or a copy of the images (TFP).

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Introduction to Photography 101

Presidio Park


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