"You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” Ansel Adams
Based on the beautiful and scenic island of Maui, Hawaii, my home-base of over 20 years, participants of all levels will work directly with me to gain new skills, ideas, and inspiration toward creating more powerful photographs.
My photography workshops provide passionate photographers an opportunity to explore their own personal means of expression while I assist and guide them with the important technical and creative aspects found behind every evocative photograph. You will learn how to get the strongest image in-camera, improve your composition skills and exposure techniques, and create more dynamic photographs more often.
But information is nothing without inspiration.
The enjoyment and adventure of every workshop – from Maui to California to Europe and exotic locations around the world – is getting out into the world and seeing it with a fresh eye, and then learning to communicate photographically that wonder in an expressive way. The world is alive with beauty and it’s an incredible opportunity to become aware of ways to show its worth. I love when I can share this with others while assisting them develop the skills and senses required to capture that beauty in a photograph.
The INSTRUCTIVE photo workshop will allow us time for an informative presentation period, general photographic discussion covering topics specific to your current level and needs, and hands-on shooting technique at a beautiful Maui location for sunset.
This is perfect for beginners-to-intermediate-amateurs who are looking to gain a better understanding of optimal and creative exposure, guiding principles for expressive compositions, and how to achieve a stronger and more compelling image in-camera.
If you are staying in South Maui or on the Lahaina-side, I will pick you up and we will venture out together staying in one of the two areas outlined above.
The INTENSIVE photo workshop will allow us time for an informative presentation period, in-depth photographic discussion covering topics specific to your current level and needs, and hands-on shooting techniques and guidance at a number of beautiful Maui locations. And, an after dark introduction to night photography and painting-with-light!
This is perfect for all levels of passionate photographers looking to gain a better understanding of both the technical and the creative aspects to making more personal, expressive, and dynamic photographs, while exploring some of the more remote locations that Maui has to offer.
We will explore stunning landscape compositions in one or two of the three areas outlined on the map above and our time will include:
•Shooting hidden waterfalls along the Road-to-Hana (weather permitting)
•Capturing extended exposures along the island's most ruggedly beautiful coastlines
•Spending time photographing after dark using long exposures and exciting painting-with-light techniques
It's no wonder - this is my most popular workshop!
The IMMERSIVE workshop is not for the faint of heart! This is a long day that will allow us plenty of time for in-depth photographic discussion, topics specific to your current level and needs, and hands-on shooting technique at numerous locations along the Road-to-Hana and around the south end of the island.
This is for the adventurous type who can’t get enough shooting time, and who wants to explore the furthest reaches of Maui. We will drive the Road-to-Hana rounding the entire bottom of the island stopping at beautiful locations all along the way. As we venture around the bottom of the island, we will pass through the pastoral lands and old churches of Kaupo and enter the rainforest jungles of Kipahulu. If the weather and light is right, we may opt to hike the Pipiwai trail in Haleakala National Park and photograph the bamboo forest, or we may spend the day going from one stunning coastal spot to the next. We will likely photograph waterfalls, and our day will end along Maui's most stunning coastline where we will shoot through sunset, finishing with some night photography and exciting painting-with-light techniques.
This workshop is designed for exploring and photographing the entire south end of the island seen on the map below.
This is not for people who:
•Get car or motion sickness
•Have trouble going with the flow
This workshop is for:
•Passionate adventure types who can’t get enough of photography
•Enjoy driving and exploring, and are not bothered by curvy roads
•Enjoy burning the candle at both ends and getting the most out of a day
Each workshop includes transportation to-and-from your Kihei/Wailea or Lahaina-side location, instruction specific to your current level and needs, cold drinks and snacks, a healthy vegan meal (for the 10-hr and 14-hr workshops), and a follow-up email covering much of the workshop information.
Each photography workshop will be custom tailored to your individual level and needs - based on a questionnaire that will be sent to you - as we remain flexible with current weather and shooting conditions.
IN-THE-FIELD discussions may include:
•Depth of field and optimal focusing
•Raw vs. JPEG
•Black and white imagery versus color
•Printing and finishing
•Presenting and selling work
•The Zen of photography
•Developing an individual style
WHY CHOOSE MY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS?
First, I work directly with you. Whatever your current photographic level, my objective is solely on assisting you walk away with further technical knowledge, photographic inspiration and a deeper understanding of creative perspective and process.
Next, I believe it is very important for an instructor to be able to showcase a strong collection of photography and success in the photographic marketplace before they attempt to pass on knowledge and guidance. This is where information and inspiration is drawn from! I was 15+ years down the photographic path before I began working with earlier-on-the-path photographers. During that time I have:
•Been earning my living solely as a professional fine art landscape photographer for over a decade and continue to gain new collectors from around the globe.
•Successfully assisted over 250 passionate photographers along their photographic journey in-the-field.
•Exhibited and sold work in galleries and exhibitions here in the US and internationally.
•Been awarded by the International Photography Awards (IPA) with over 50 awards.
•Been published in numerous publications including Light and Landscape Magazine, Outdoor Photographer's The American Landscape, American Photo Magazine Images of the Year, and Black and White Magazine, Wailea Magazine, and others.
•Have worked directly with the top printers and fine art finishers in the country.
•Have worked as a fine art photography consultant and gallery director and have sold over 3.5 million dollars worth of fine art landscape photography by the likes of David Fokos, Peter Lik, Charles Cramer, and others, in addition to my own work.
If you are looking for a professional photographer who is dedicated to assisting you along your own path towards creating more expressive and powerful images of your own, reach out and let's work together!
A FEW RECENT TESTIMONIALS:
"Scott is every bit as inspirational and engaging as his photographs. His passion and generosity left me feeling very privileged to have spent a few hours shooting with him. Scott was exceptionally invested in making sure I got the most out of the session. Not only in understanding my skill level and what I wanted from the workshop, but in what I wanted out of my photography generally. He asked questions that I have to admit I had never asked myself and that helped me to realize why my photography up to now has generally been so ‘unfocused’... Out in the field we worked through each shot step by step to make sure I understood the how and why. My particular interest for the session was the night sky and Scott's local knowledge meant we wasted no time in getting to the best spots. I left the workshop buzzing. Scott helped me refine my technical skills and taught me new techniques. But most significantly, he encouraged me to 'feel' as much as 'think' about my photographs which is something that has already had quite a profound affect on me. I came away with a greater confidence in my photography and some great images, but most importantly a renewed excitement, passion and focus for why I go out shooting in the first place."
Amanda Morrison - London, England"
As an enthusiastic amateur photographer I have tried many sources and educational opportunities to improve my photography skills but the recent workshop I took with Scott on Maui was the best by far. He covers every aspect of photography from mental and philosophical to technical and practical. His passion is evident and was particularly inspiring as we discussed a wide variety of topics over the course of the day. Of the many things I have done over the years on my vacations in Maui this is on the top of my list to repeat on my next visit. I would encourage any photographer who wants to improve their skills to consider taking this workshop. It’s time and money well spent."
Ty Hutchins - Fresno, California
"I was in Maui for a conference and looking for a photographic instructor who would be flexible enough to accommodate me in between my packed schedule. I am glad to say that my experience with Scott has been fabulous. He started off with a brief presentation on the basic foundation of photography which was very illuminating for me. Although I have been photographing for quite some time, his explanation of F-stops, use of filters and basic composition enabled me to look at these concepts from a whole new perspective. Following our initial instruction, we went out for photoshoots at local spots and implemented these principles. The whole experience was wonderful and immensely satisfying. Scott is a very accomplished photographer, instructor and above all a very genuine human being. If you are in the Maui area and like photography, give Scott a call. You will be amazed how much you will learn."
Anindya Dutta - Fremont, California