I love teaching, and I'm passionate about sharing my knowledge of photography and helping others express their photographic vision. I'm dedicated to making sure that every student who takes one of my workshops comes away with new skills, new inspiration, and new ideas about how they can express themselves through their photography.
Cutting Through the Clutter
The world of digital photography can be complicated and confusing. There's lots of conflicting information out there. I work hard to cut through the clutter and give students clear, simple advice that will help them improve their photography and better express their own unique view of the world through their photographs.
It's one thing to watch an instructor talk about finding the right exposure, or demonstrating a Photoshop or Lightroom technique. You may think you understand it—until you try it yourself.
I think the best way to learn is by doing. In my workshops I make sure that every student has the opportunity to practice the techniques that I teach, with one-on-one help from me and my assistants.
The Ansel Adams Gallery's Yosemite classroom allows students to get hands-on experience with Lightroom and Photoshop, and of course the outdoor classroom is unparalleled.
Many workshops talk about small class sizes, and then say they limit the number of students to 15, or even 20. I don't consider 15 to the be a small class. It's impossible for an instructor to give fifteen people the personal attention and hands-on experience necessary to improve their technique and learn to make more creative photographs.
I believe in truly small classes, and personal attention. The maximum number of students in my workshops is twelve, and most have less. And classes with at least six students include a knowledgeable assistant to make sure that there is always someone available to answer questions.
Insiders Knowledge of Yosemite
I lived right in Yosemite Valley for over 20 years, giving me insights into the light and weather that few others can match. I wrote the book on Yosemite—literally: The Photographers' Guide to Yosemite is widely acknowledged as the best guide to photographing the park. While the weather is always unpredictable, I use all my experience to put my workshop participants in the right place at the right time to get great photographs. And small class sizes allow us to go to spots that would be impractical for a larger group.
I guarantee that you'll learn a lot during one of my workshops, but you'll also have a great time, and an experience you'll never forget. I hope to see you in a workshop soon!
What People Are Saying...
"I wanted to write and say how much I enjoyed this summer's Hidden Yosemite workshop. While the water levels were a bit low, and the weather didn't always cooperate, it was the best educational experience of my brief photographic career. Michael is an outstanding teacher and the disciplined, creative approach to his own photography was very apparent in his very thorough presentations during the workshop. The range of concepts, ideas and tips covered was wonderful and his choice of images to illustrate the various concepts was excellent. The field sessions were great at enhancing and reinforcing what he covered in the inside sessions. I throughly enjoyed the entire week and look forward to another Ansel Adams Workshop soon."
Dear Michael & Mike [assistant Mike Osborne],
"I just wanted to thank you both once again for a truly great workshop. You both inspired and taught me a lot. I always planned to get "back" into photography when I retired, this course with both of your guidance gave me the jump start I needed. You both helped to "open" my eyes and gave me confidence in what I was seeing.
"Thanks again, this is my first step on what I hope will be a wondrous journey..."
"Thanks for an incredible experience. I am inspired and already planning several trips to use what I learned and hopefully, improve my photos.
"Your comment about me taking to light painting like a "duck to water" was very much appreciated. I credit you for my interest in the technique. After looking at the shots from the weekend, my wife and I have decided to return to the "scene of the crime" next month so I can try again....not because they are not good but rather we both like them and want more.
"Thanks again...I will not forget the workshop nor can I thank you enough. Please pass my thanks on to Mike, also."
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I started offering private workshops about six years ago, and they've become very popular. People like the opportunity to take a class tailored to their specific skill level, interests, and schedule. Individual attention also really accelerates the learning curve: students seem to learn as much during a day of one-on-one instruction as they do in two or three days of a group workshop.