Hands-On Workshops

A unique opportunity to work hands-on with award winning photographers.Select from one of five Hands-on Workshops to learn from a star studded lineup of professional, award winning photographers. ONE DAY ONLY, SATURDAY MAY 30!


Space is limited, and each workshop is only $99!


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!


A Unique Opportunity to Learn More in a Hands-On Workshop with 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!


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!


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 Today!


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

Tuition $99, Register Today!

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