Classes & Workshops
Photography classes and workshops taught out of the Silly Dog Studio location on Whidbey Island, Wa.
Workshops take place on Whidbey Island working out of Daniel's studio (Silly Dog Studios) or meeting in the lovely town of Langley, Wa.
Beyond technology and formulaic techniques, all workshops focus on introspection to help you better tell your story through the art of photography.
Small Workshop Size
Workshop sizes are limited to ensure ample one-on-one instruction.
Photography Classes and Workshops
We offer a variety of photography and creativity workshops and classes.
All Classes Include:
- Full access to the studio resources (darkroom, printers, etc.)
- Drinks and food throughout the day
- Shooting locations for Whidbey Island and the area
- Supplemental support videos
- 1-on-1 follow up Skype session for certain workshops
- Small class sizes
In-person workshops and classes
Northwest shooting and the fine art print
In this four day workshop we will spend some time exploring the Pacific Northwest in and around parts of Whidbey Island and the northern edges of the Olympic mountains. We will then return to the studio and spend time editing our images and making some fine art prints to take home.
One day printing workshops
July 28, 2018
August 25, 2018
November 17, 2018 (new date)
In this one day workshop, we will be focusing on making prints of digital photographs. The first part of the workshop will cover some of the key concepts and techniques to making a great fine art print and the rest of the day will be spent editing and printing your images.
Lori and I are hosting an amazing two day workshop on sustaining your creativity and creative practice. This workshop is not a series of lectures on steps to follow, but rather a community driven sharing and relating experience. If you have ever felt like you just needed a jump start on your creative practice, wanted to take a step forward or just need a batter recharge, this workshop is all about finding your creative groove.
In this self-paced streaming or downloadable course, you will learn the basics of Lightroom®. If you haven’t ever used Lightroom® or just feel like you aren’t getting what you need from the program, this course is all abut helping you stay on top of organizing, managing, and editing your digital photographs. In the course, we will cover how to get setup using Lightroom, organize and managing your digital assets, using the editing and developing tools and finally how to export and print your images. The course comes with all the necessary supporting files, presets, and demo files.
Adobe® Photoshop® basics
In this online course, you will learn the basics for working in Photoshop to edit your digital photographs. This course is for anyone who has very little experience with Adobe® Photoshop® or primarily uses Lightroom® to edit their images. The lessons cover the basics that you need to get your workspace and settings established, edit photographs and learn some of the cool things you can do to your images.
Digital Black and White
This class is all about creating the best black and white images possible. We start with an overview of how black and white and the zone system. From that foundation we will start to work through how to create black and white images using a variety of digital techniques and methods. Once we have created our black and white images, we will dive into a ways to edit the images for maximum effect. Finally, we will cover how to export and print your black and white photos.
From Our Students
“Daniel is an intuitive teacher. He has a gift for how to challenge me not only to be a better photographer but to step back and see how my photography fits into the larger picture of my creative work as a whole, to grapple with and come to understand why my photography matters, so that when I lift my camera to my eye, it is not random but intentional.”-Cami Dorn
“I feel very fortunate to have met, worked and studied with Daniel Gregory. He’s thoughtful, engaging, and talented both technically and creatively. I’ve had the chance to learn from him both one-on-one and in a group setting. He is a wonderful teacher and mentor.”
“Through out my life I noticed that what distinguishes a great teacher from a good one is that while both know technical details of their trade very well, the great teacher can craft the program, the material that you learn upon in such a way that will inspire you to learn and discover more no matter how steep is the learning curve. And Daniel is a great teacher that will inspire you, support you and when you are stuck will give you the best advice that you need at that point. Like ‘Go and reshoot it.'”
Frequently Asked Questions
What do I need to bring?
Each workshop has a different set of needs. Once you register, you will be sent a detailed handout about the workshop. The handout contains details about the workshop content, locations, directions to the studio and complete workshop schedule. It also includes a list of required materials and optional materials.
What is your payment and refund policy?
For most in-person workshops, payments are due in full at the time of registration. Our approach is that your payment for the program is a commitment to participate, just as it is our commitment to provide the best experience possible. It is a commitment on both our parts. So, the short answer is we don’t provide refunds on workshops, classes and courses.
If you need to cancel your reservation with more than 60 days notice, funds paid are transferable to a future workshop space permitting. With less than 60 days until the workshop, there are no refunds or transfers. There are no refunds or transfers for any reason once the event, class or workshop date has begun. We highly suggest that you get trip insurance to reduce your risk.
Do I need to bring my own computer?
Yes. The studio has super high-speed Internet, printers, power and all sorts of crazy darkroom stuff, but the one thing we don’t have are computers for you to use. If you really want to attend a workshop, and don’t have access to a laptop, please feel free to contact me and I will see if we can figure something out.
Are there any prerequisites for attending a workshop?
For almost all of the workshops there are no prerequisites. In the event a workshop does require some advanced or prior knowledge it will be specifically called out on the workshop registration page. If you are ever concerned about the specific topics or technical requirements for a workshop, please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to answer any of your questions so that you can feel great about your decision to sign up.
Do you offer any discounts?
There is a 10% discount for referrals and 10% for alumni of prior workshops. You can also apply multiple discounts to a single workshop. For example, if you refer two people and have attended a prior workshop, you will receive a discount code that will allow you to take 30% off your registration. If you are an alumni or have referred someone, please contact us prior to your registration and we will give you the necessary code to receive your full discount.
Can I be put on a waitlist?
Absolutely. Life happens and we want to make sure that we can get you in a workshop if at all possible. If the workshop is full, we will take down your name and contact you if a spot becomes available.
Do you offer payment plans?
Most workshops payments are due in full at the time of registration. Some workshops only require a deposit, but most are require the full payments. I do understand that sometimes it makes sense to be able to pay for the cost of a workshop over time. If you want to discuss that as an option, please contact me and we can figure out something that will work for you to be able to attend the workshop.
My credit card has a charge from Silly Dog Studios. What is that?
The name of Lori’s and my studio is Silly Dog Studios. That also happens to be the name of our business too. So when you register for a workshop with my, you are receiving a credit card charge from Silly Dog Studios LLC. For those of you who need the nuts and bolts, technically it is Silly Dog Studios LLC with a dba/ Daniel J Gregory Phtoography.
PO Box 435
Langley, Wa 98260