Free Seminars

Mike's Camera is proud to present the foremost experts in photography to help you get the most from your camera in your journeys. Seating is first come first served, so make sure you are there in time to see your favorites!


FREE Seminars with National Geographic, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer and Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman (Olympus Visionary)

Landscape and Wildlife Photography

Theater B • 10:30AM - 11:20PM

Theater B • 1:30PM - 2:20PM

JD Photography As a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and National Geographic photographer, Jay Dickman is on one of the most traveled and celebrated photographer in the Olympus Visionary program. Travel photography is how we share with our friends, or our audience, what is so important about our subject, whether places or people. We’re visual creatures, and still photography is how we remember an event. Jay will demonstrate the various components of that narrative and how we combine those elements to engage and share the magic of that place we’ve visited, and that we’re sharing. Still photography is so important in how we recall, and remember, an event, here are some of those important components that Jay will discuss, story telling through visual narrative (how National GeogrJD Photographyaphic and other publications present a story) and using composition to create those more engaging images.

What works in a photo: moment, palette, connectivity, and how to use your viewfinder as your canvas. Elements of what makes a powerful image. Photography and art: the relevant components of each, and the problems and issues of the travel photographer: how to make life more simple

A Unique Opportunity to Learn More!

Travel photography and Using Visual Narrative to Grab your Audience

With Olympus Visionary

Jay Dickman

Jay Dickman Photography As a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and National Geographic photographer, Jay Dickman is one of the most traveled and celebrated photographer in the Olympus Visionary program.

Travel photography is how we share with our friends (or our audience) what is so important about our subject, whether places or people. We’re visual creatures, and still photography is how we remember an event. Jay will discuss the various components of that narrative and how we combine those elements to engage and share the magic of that place we’ve visited, and that we’re sharing. Still photography is so important in how we recall, and remember, an event, here are some of those important components that Jay will discuss:
  1. Story telling through visual narrative (how National Geographic and other publications present a story)
  2. Using composition to create those more engaging images
  3. What works in a photo: moment, palette, connectivity
  4. What works in a photo: moment, palette, connectivity
  5. Photography and art: the relevant components of each
  6. What it takes to make a powerful image
  7. The problems and issues of the travel photographer: how to make life simpler
JD Photography

With our stunning Colorado sunsets, you’ll be sure to capture some stunning images from this shoot. Join Jay Dickman for unique hands-on experience photographing the serene landscape and wildlife at Denver’s Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), located 10 minutes from downtown Denver. NWR is consists of open lakes, wetlands, prairie grasslands, and woodlands on nearly 17,000 acres of prairie, lakes, wetlands and a variety of habitats, making it one of the largest urban wildlife refuges in the United States. The Rocky Mountain Arsenal has been called "a significant habitat island for wildlife" and "a place to renew the relationship with nature."

Date Time & Location

Saturday May 30th 5:30PM - 8:30PM

Rocky Mountain Arsenal

All times are approximate and are for planning purposes. Exact meet-up locations will be emailed to all participants on May 29th.

Tuition $99, Register Today!

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A Unique Opportunity to Learn More in a Hands-On Workshop Nikon Technical Representative, Alex Podstawski

Nikon Wireless Flash & Macro Workshop and Hands-on Shooting Stations

Alex Podstawski Photography Nikon Training Specialist Alex Podstawski will deliver a special hands-on workshop designed for Nikon owners to get started with wireless flash.

Alex will begin with a short overview of the buttons and menus for flash settings. After a solid understanding of how to set-up your gear, participants will photograph at the shooting stations. Then we'll discuss some of the processes involved in creating several still-life images. This workshop will allow you to make the most of the amazing technology with stop motion and off camera flash photography.

The fun part, you will use your Nikon camera to CREATE images of some of same still-life setups at our hands-on lighting stations! Our lighting stations for the evening are generally one or two flash setups that you’ll be able to easily duplicate at home or in your studio. The entire program is designed to help you get jump started into the world of Nikon flash photography.

Participants will need to bring their own NIKON camera and lenses and Nikon will provide all the flashes necessary for this event. Due to the technology used by the other manufacturers, non-Nikon cameras will not function properly for this workshop.

Recommended Cameras: D80, D90, D7000, D200, D300, D300s, D700 and D800 All of these cameras have the wireless commander system built-in which will allow for seamless shooting. Alex P

Note to owners of D40/D40x/D60/D70/D70s/D5000/D3/D3x: You may participate in this workshop but you will need to provide an additional item to trigger the different groups of Nikon flashes wirelessly. The only recommended triggers for your cameras are: SB-800 or SB-900 or SU-800.

Lens Recommendations: a moderate telephoto (80mm through 135mm) that will focus closer than about 5 feet. Other lenses may be used with varying degrees of results.

Dates and Times

Saturday May 30th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Infinity Park,

Immediately after Colorado Photo Expo

Tuition $99, Register Today!

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FREE Seminars with Rob Knight, Lumix Luminary

Lumix Logo

Seminar 1: Traveling Light with LUMIX

Theater A • 12:30PM - 1:20PM

4k video is four times the resolution of HD video. That extra resolution means unbelievable video quality even if you are viewing the video on a non 4k TV. The remarkable thing about 4k video is what it means for your STILL photography. Each frame from a 4k video is an 8mp image. That means you can capture up to 30 photos per second and make prints up to 20"x24" and beyond. Panasonic LUMIX Luminary Rob Knight will show you the latest 4k-capable cameras and how to take full advantage of this exciting new technology.

Seminar 2: 4k Photo and Video: The Best of Both Worlds Rob Knight Photography

Theater B • 2:30PM - 3:20PM

Professional photographer and educator Rob Knight has been using mirrorless cameras for over three years. He will show you how the current generation of Panasonic LUMIX cameras give you DSLR-quality images and video in a form factor that you'll be happy to take on your next adventure. Rob will share tips for getting the maximum image quality from these small-but-powerful cameras including the GH4, GX7 and LX100.

A Unique Opportunity to Learn More in a Hands-On Workshop with Panasonic Lumix Luminary Rob Knight

Travel Photography in Motion

A Hybrid Photography Hands-on workshop

Rob Knight Photography Virtually every digital camera on the market today is capable of capturing high definition video, but many photographers don’t use these powerful features. How about you? If you’re not adding video to your still photography portfolio you are missing out on some great story telling opportunities and a lot of fun! Maybe you don’t know the best settings for shooting video, or maybe you just don’t know what to do with your video clips.

Panasonic LUMIX Luminary Rob Knight will show you how you can add video into your workflow to make your travel photography POP. This program is not about how to replace your still photography, it is about how to enhance and support your photos by adding motion. You will meet Rob at Mike’s Camera on Colorado Blvd. at 5:30 where Rob will demonstrate some examples of “hybrid photography” and show you how to use inexpensive easy-to-use software to blend your video clips and still images into presentations you can be proud of. After this brief program Rob will take you into the field and on the 16th street Mall downtown Denver to put this information to work. You’ll learn tips and techniques for capturing great video with your DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Rob will offer suggestions for:
  1. Choosing between stills and video
  2. Camera settings for great video
  3. Getting the correct exposure for video
  4. Composition tips for video
  5. What makes great travel photography (and video)
By the end of the evening you’ll have some incredible images (moving AND still) and you’ll probably be wondering why you didn’t add video to your workflow a long time ago!

Class Size

Due to the hands on nature of the workshop, this program is limited to a maximum of 20 students.

Tuition $99, Register Today!

Learn more about Rob Knight


FREE Seminar with Sony Representative, Marc Morris

sponsored by Sony

Big Photography in a Compact Form: The Benefits of Mirrorless Technology

Marc Morris Photo

Theater A • 10:30AM - 11:20AM

Innovations and Technology in Photography: A discussion of the technical changes and innovations currently taking place in interchangeable lens camera category and the manufacturers that are bringing about the evolution of the modern camera and lens, and taking our gear, (and ourselves) into the futures of photography and videography.

Unique Opportunity to Learn More in a Hands-On Workshop with Sony Technical Representative, Marc Morris

Exploring Urban and Street Photography Workshop Marc Morris Photography

Urban environments can be some of the most diverse and target-rich places to photograph. Most photographs contain a subject within a setting or background. The beauty of or urban settings is that that Buildings and the landscape serve as both subjects and settings and the people in those places and spaces only add to the interest of time, place, mood and feeling.

This workshop is designed to improve your photography regardless of whether you consider picture taking a hobby, or you are a serious enthusiast, or a prof, or earn your living in real estate, design, and construction industries.

Discover Downtown Denver through the lens in a photo walking tour and workshop and learn the nuances of both street and architectural photographic genres in downtown Denver. Marc will discuss and assist in compositional and exposure techniques, as well as attempting to define color theory and atmosphere. You will have the opportunity to use the latest in mirrorless cameras and lenses to borrow if you choose, or of course you are also free to bring and use your own gear. Also, while not 100% necessary, tripods are very much recommended.
  1. Basic rules and guidelines for photographing buildings
  2. Street photography basics and understanding how to make the environment part of the story
  3. Personalized input and feedback from Marc while on your walkabout
  4. Principles of how people see, vs. how the camera sees
  5. Framing, cropping principles- Looking for and using natural frames and lines
Marc Morris Photography

Workshop Overview

6:00PM to review camera functions/features
6:30PM Head to first Shooting location
6:45PM – 7:15PM Shooting location #1
7:15PM – 8:00PM Shooting location #2
8:00PM-8:45PM Shooting location #3
8:45PM- 9:00PM Return to Parking Garage to close the session
All times are approximate and are for planning purposes

Class Size

Due to the hands on nature of the workshop, this program is limited to a maximum of 20 students.

Tuition $99, Register Now!

Learn more about Marc Morris


FREE Seminar w/ Canon Technical Representative Shawn Weishaar

Seeing your World while Traveling Locally

Shawn Weishaar Photography Shawn Weishaar Photography

Theater A • 1:30PM - 2:20PM

Spend an hour with Shawn as he will show you how enjoyable it can be to stop and see what’s in your own back yard. We all have things we love to shoot, and for Shawn it is old barns, and finding the beauty in our everyday landscapes.

Shawn will go over some of his photos and the techniques and choices he makes to capture stunning images when out for a shoot.

Shawn will demonstrate what he carries in his camera bag and why, and will give recommendations for what you’ll want to take with you when you leave your home to always be ready for the unexpected. Shawn will take your for a virtual drive as he shows you the great photography you can capture just by getting in car and hitting the roads around where you livShawn Weishaar Photographye and looking carefully through your lens.

You’ll see some spectacular images from Shawn’s travels and workshops he’s led while in Cancun, and from around the Hood River in Oregon that will make you want to get out and capture the natural beauty in our local Denver metropolitan area and mountains.

 

A Unique Opportunity to Learn More in a Hands-On Workshop Canon Technical Representative, Shawn Weishaar

Mastering Outdoor Portraiture Photography

Shawn Weishaar Photography Outdoor Portraits present portrait photographers a variety of challenges and opportunities. Many experienced photographers will agree that capturing a portrait that truly represents a person is one of the toughest, most challenging assignments and would rather do landscapes. After this workshop you will love to take portraits. This workshop will teach those comfortable working with their cameras in manual mode to learn how to see and understand natural light and then put it to use to create beautiful images with depth and dimension.

Throughout all the shooting Shawn will be close by for field evaluation of your work and helpful suggestions and provide positive and constructive feedback. The workshop will begin with a brief lecture/discussion for our goals and some portraiture basics. Then you’ll be actively shooting a model in different lighting situations using reflectors, strobes and Westcott Ice Lights.

Throughout all the shooting Shawn will be close by for field evaluation of your work and helpful suggestions and provide positive and constructive feedback. The workshop will begin with a brief lecture/discussion for our goals and some portraiture basics. Then you’ll be actively shooting a model in different lighting situations using reflectors, strobes and Westcott Ice Lights.

Shawn Weishaar Photography

What You'll Need

A digital camera that permits manual settings and a passion for making beautiful photographs is all that is required for this workshop.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is for any intermediate to advanced photographer who wants to develop their skill in taking portraits. It will be a chance to combine improving your photographic skills and improving your skills working with people. Shawn Weishaar Photography

Date & Times & Location

Saturday May 30th 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM Gazebo at Infinity Park All times are approximate and are used primarily for planning purposes

Class Size

Due to the hands on nature of the workshop, this program is limited to a maximum of 20 students.

Tuition $99, Register Now!

Learn more about Shawn Weishaar


FREE Seminar with GoPro Technical Representative, Ryan GassGoPro

GoPro 101: Capturing Life's Most Exciting Moments

Theater B • 12:30PM - 1:20PM

GoPro Got a GoPro or thinking about getting one? In this seminar with GoPro’s Ryan Gass will go over the key features of the HERO 4 collection so you’ll know which camera is right for your needs. Ryan will demonstrate all the fun ways to mount your GoPro for exciting and distinctive points of view, and best practices to capture and share your content.

Whether you capture stills, video, or even time-lapse photography, Ryan will start at the beginning: From getting the camera out of the box to setting up for your shoot. He'll also share his insights on the various buttons and menus to get you up and filming and capturing quality content quickly, without struggling over the controls and show you creative uses and all the fun you can have with a GoPro.

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A FREE Seminar with Tamron National Technical Representative, Jeff Allen

sponsored by Tamron Logo

Choosing and Using the Right Lens for Travel, Nature and Landscape Photography

Theater A • 11:30AM - 12:20PM

Jeff Allen Photography Join Pro Photographer and Tamron Technical Representative Jeff Allen for a fast-paced discussion on photography basics including choosing and using the right lenses for the photographer on-the-go. Jeff will discuss the convenience and incredible shooting versatility that All-in-one™ wide angle-to-long-telephoto zoom lenses provide for the active photographer and why this makes them a more popular choice than any other interchangeable lens category.

Jeff Allen Photography Jeff will also demonstrate how exploring your angle of view and point of view, and varying your depth of field, shutter speed and ISO settings will impact the effects on the resulting image you capture. Jeff will explain how vibration compensation in lenses works and will demonstrate the benefits shooting with tripods and monopods, and share his vast knowledge of many other useful tips for capturing stunning photographs. Jeff Allen Photography

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FREE Seminars with Nikon Ambassador, Lucas Gilman Nikon Ambassador

Maximizing Your Next [ADVENTURE] Shoot

Theater B • 11:30AM - 12:20PMLucas Gilman Photography

Theater A • 2:30PM - 3:20PM

Lucas Gilman will take you on a visual adventure around the world sharing vibrant images ranging from kayaking in India, Surfing in Brazil, and extreme skiing in Alaska, Wyoming and South America. Lucas will share laughable stories from travels, expeditions and major events such as the Ironman, Kentucky Derby and Tour de France. Along the way he will inspire your inner adventurer to pursue your next great journey! Key topics for the presentation: Finding you passion and the next great adventure, maximizing your productivity, workflow in the field, safeguarding your visual assets, and choosing the right equipment.





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FREE Seminar with Mike’s Camera Technical Representative, Joe Klocek

Studio Lighting and Shaping Light for Optimal Portraits

Theater A • 3:30PM - 4:20PM

Joe Klocek Photography Learn how to create dramatic lighting effects using both studio lights and speedlites. Your instructor Joe Klocek will guide you through the process of setting up various types of portrait lighting for a live shoot! You’ll become comfortable with the quality and aesthetics of light, controlling the power output of lights, where and how to place lights, guiding and instructing your subjects and much more!

The seminar will focus on lighting techniques. It will give you a good set of tools to use as you go forward and work on your own to create portrait lighting set-ups. Joe will review the following topics with the class:
    Joe Klocek Photography
  1. Aesthetic Choices
  2. Light Principles
  3. Light Positioning and Ratios
  4. Subject Guiding and Posing
  5. Studio Lighting vs Speedlights
  6. Lighting small and large groupsJoe Klocek Photography
  7. Side Lighting
  8. Back Lighting
  9. Hair Lights
  10. Background Lights
  11. Creative Lighting Positions

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A FREE Seminar with Mike’s Camera Imaging Specialist, Julie Okada

The Art of Self Curating your Photography

Theater B • 3:30PM - 4:20PM

Julie Okada Work Stories are told in various ways and times, what gives them life is the telling of them. We’ll walk you through the steps to paring down your hard drive full of images, to editing them, curating and telling your stories with your photographs.

Julie’s passion lies in working with artists – especially photographers, fine artists and crafters that cross her path through her business and everyday life. Having worked with many creative people in her career, she believes that we all have a story to tell, but sometimes we need encouragement and direction to articulate it.

Julie will help you in the process of going through your computer’s hard drive full of images you’ve collected over the years, shoeboxes of old family photos and other cherished mementos, editing with purpose, and turning your images and collections into stories you can share. Julie Okada work

Celebrate your memories and give your photos the exposure they deserve. Let us show you how! Ideas to inspire you and get your creativity flowing: From simple tabletop frames arranged on a mantle or office credenza, to more elaborate wall groupings for the office, or an intimate grouping for the home, Julie will inspire you to celebrate and honor your images and your family and memories in ways that are meaningful and genuine for you to tell your story.



From simple tabletop frames arranged on a mantle or office credenza, to more elaborate wall groupings for the office, or an intimate grouping for the home, Shannon will inspire you to celebrate and honor your images and your family and memories in ways that are meaningful and genuine for you to tell your story.

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