PRIVATE WORKSHOPS - Don Smith Photography
Sunset at Matterhorn Rock


2019/20 Private and Small Group Workshops

Put my 40 years of professional shooting experience to work for you! I am now offering private and small-group instruction in both Fine Art Photography and Lightroom/Photoshop, tailored to fit you or your group's needs. Over the past 12 years, I have worked with photographers whose ability levels have ranged from beginner to professional. In the field, I teach both the technical side of the camera along with vision and composition techniques for creating stunning images.

These intensive workshops can include a full day of shooting, a full day of workflow, or a combination of the two - you decide.  Most students learn more in one day than in an entire week of workshops!

Field instruction can be held along the Big Sur / Monterey / Carmel coast, Point Lobos State Reserve, Pinnacles National Monument, San Juan Bautista or Fremont Peak State Park. I am also willing to travel to Yosemite, eastern Sierra, and Death Valley (I have a lot of experience with all these locations) at an additional fee.

Topics covered in the field will include:

A complete version of my video series: A Simplified  Method to Processing.

White Balance
Reading Histograms
Depth of Field
Adding Depth to your Image
Reading and Controlling Light
Choosing RAW or JPEG
Proper Use of Filters including: polarizers, split-neutral density, and neutral density
Hyperfocal Focus


Finding a Scene, Linking Elements in a Cohesive Manner, Creating Pathways, Directing Your Viewer's Eye, Balancing Highlight/Shadow, Notan, Color Harmony, Perspective, Creating Depth, Working with Light

For those of you interested in Lightroom/Photoshop, topics will include:

Basic Photoshop Workflow
Adjustment Layers
TK Action Palette
Burning and Dodging
Spot Healing Brush and Clone Stamp
Combining Images
Adobe Camera RAW for RAW Processing
Double Processing RAW Files
Building and Saving a Master File
Preparing a File for Print
Preparing a File for Web Display
Introduction to HDR (High Dynamic Range)
Advanced Masking Techniques
Luminosity Masking techniques for ultimate image processing control of either a single or blended images

3rd Party Plugins from ON1, MacPhun, and Topaz

Each full-day private workshop will last a maximum of 8 hours. Each half-day private workshop will last a maximum of 4 hours. Due to the length of summer days, we will shoot either a sunrise or a sunset TBD ahead of time. A 30-minute meal break will also be scheduled. Meals are not included as part of the workshop.

Price: FULL DAY: $1000.00 per first person / each additional participant $300 (up to a maximum of 4). HALF DAY: $600 per first person / each additional person $300 (up to a maximum of 4). Additional Hours can be added at $300.00 per hour.

Consultation Fees: My hourly rate for consultations is $150.00 per hour. Please contact me ahead of time to discuss your needs.

A 50% deposit is required to hold the day with the balance due 90 days prior to the start of the workshop. Please click to read my: Cancellation Policy.

There are no discounts for multi-day workshops.


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