I am happy to announce that I will be offering one-on-one instruction here
in my studio office. These sessions will be a full day with a one hour
break for lunch. The focus of a private lesson is often a great way to
quickly advance your technical skills, and improve your creative vision.
Topics that can be covered include the many ingredients required for making
excellent landscape and nature photographs. This includes developing your vision and creativity, field technique, composition,
post-processing, editing, fine art printing, and refining
the direction of your work. A key feature of our class will be
a portfolio review in order to assess your work and discuss
areas for improvement and development. I am committed to the sharing spirit
of teaching, an example I learned from Ansel Adams. I pride myself in
offering constructive critiques and positive
feedback on how to improve your photographs.
The one-day sessions will be customized to your instructional
needs. You can choose to focus on one aspect such as just post-processing
or printing, or we can make the day a full overview of each step of my
process from capture to fine art print. Prior to attending, I will require
that you email a sample of your work so that I can evaluate your
strong and weak points. I will also ask that you include in your
email, an explanation of what you hope to accomplish and what areas you’d
like to focus on during your private workshop. We can then work together
to develop a program suited to your needs, ensuring that
you get the most out of your day with me.
How we work
Over my 16 years of experience with digital photography, I have developed
simple tools needed to achieve quality master files and museum
quality prints. While there are many ways to accomplish high
quality work in Photoshop, I haven’t found the need to concern myself
with learning every trick of the digital darkroom. During our private
session, I will teach you what I’ve learned over
the many years of post-processing and production to achieve high quality
work, but this is by no means a “digital darkroom” seminar.
Instead, I will offer you the “tools” necessary to critically
view your work and recognize what adjustments need to be made to heighten
the impact of an individual image as well as an entire body of work.
Maximize your visit with a trip to Yosemite
Since I also offer Private Yosemite Workshops
and since I am so close to Yosemite
National Park (see below), you can come up to the park for photography,
AND take a private studio session with me! I think that many folks could maximize
their visit to the area by scheduling a photo field trip to Yosemite Valley,
or even to the High Country and Tuolumne Meadows/Tioga Pass/Mono Lake
while the Tioga Pass is open (generally from June through October). I
will be very glad to provide you with tips and locations for your Yosemite
I am offering the opportunity to work side by side with me to refine your own images. You will learn from both observation and participation
in the process. You will aslo benefit from the digital expertise of my
O’Connor. These sessions are personalized to your interests
and needs. Please contact me at wneill [at] sti.net with your questions and for further details!
My home studio is located in Oakhurst, California (see below). I am about
30 minutes from the Mariposa Grove in Yosemite National Park, and about
1.5 hours from Yosemite Valley. We are also near Bass Lake, the Merced
River Canyon and the Sierra National Forest.
Our office is equipped with Apple Mac computers, but the software we use
the most – Photoshop and Lightroom - is interchangeable between
Macs and PCs so that this aspect of the session is not Mac dependant or
specific. For fine art printing, I use a Canon ImagePROGRAF 6100 24”
The cost of this full day (from 9am to 5pm), private session is $600.00.
This fee includes your choice of either Landscapes
of the Spirit or Impressions
of Light in ebook form, and a proof print of one of your own
images produced during our private session.
will accept payment via:
Secure Credit Card via PayPal (no PayPal account
Check or Money Order
Please send us an email
at wneill [at] sti.net for more details on signup, and include potential dates for your
session. We are not able to book dates beyond 3 months of the current