The Meaningful Image

Workshop Series

From Vision to Print

in-person workshop

Whidbey Island, Wa
October 14-17, 2021


Normal Price $2000
Early Bird Price $1500


Does it seem like you are having trouble making the photographs you want? Are you having trouble getting prints of your images that you are happy with? This workshop takes on the processing of image-making, from the spark of an idea behind the camera to crafting the print.

The Meaningful Image Workshop: Vision to Print is a small intimate in-person workshop designed to help you better understand how and why you create the photographs you create and realizing that vision in the print. Learning to make better photographs isn’t just about learning more Lightroom or Photoshop. It comes from developing a deeper connection to what matters to you and having the skills to create the images we want. This workshop focuses on both sides of that process. Identifying what matters, understanding how to see it in the camera, and finally crafting a print to your sense of seeing. 

Our work this week primarily focuses on printing and the art of printing. There is no faster way to become a better photographer than to learn to be a better printer or start printing your work. For many of us, there is a haze around getting the print the way we want. In this workshop, we break down how to approach printing and the foundations of printing to make sure that you can take steps to produce wonderfully beautiful images that speak to what you imagined when you clicked the shutter. 

Who is this workshop for? Is this workshop for me? The workshop is set up to be step-by-step. We take it slow and make sure that you get what you need from each session. The intimate nature of the workshop allows for one on one attention as needed. The workshop is designed for anyone who wants to be better at their photography and printing. Our workshops are geared to anyone interested in learning digital. If you want to get better at shooting and editing your images, this is a great option. In my experience teaching workshops and classes, I have learned that even when starting with the basics, we all realize that we are in the same boat no matter what skill level we think we are at. There is always something new to learn and share.


Itinerary and Topics

The Meaningful Image Workshop: Vision to Print  is focused on the capture to print aspects of making an image. We will be focused on the shooting, editing, and sharing of images. At the heart of this workshop is Topics in the Intro workshops include:


  • Finding your vision in the field
  • Understanding what makes a meaningful image to you
  • Translating what we see into the camera and print
  • Basics of Color ManagementFine Art Workflows
  • RAW Processing
  • Smart Objects in Photoshop
  • Color Adjustment Tools
  • Black & White Conversions
  • Masking and selecting
  • Sharpening and noise reduction 
  • Proofing prints
  • Paper testing and evaluation
  • Crafting the fine-art print


Each day will have aspects of analyzing prints and images, speaking about your work, making new work and printing. 


What to Expect

We will be shooting each day and working in the studio. You will be working with images that you bring to the workshop and images that you create on location. 

The course is limited to no more than five (5) participants. This is so that we can have time to build a community of support, share meaningful work with time to discuss, and have the flexibility to customize the experience as needed.

We will be meeting everyday from 9-5 except for the days where we photograph early or late. Most days will have one shooting session in either the am or pm. 

The studio will stay open until about 8:00 each night if you want to stay and use the printers to work on your images. 

The editing techniques will cover basic workflows through advanced techniques. There will also be opportunities for you to share what and how you approach editing your images.

We will supply all the printing ink and papers. We will be using Epson printers and printing on a variety of Epson, Canson and Hahnemühle papers. 


What you’ll need

We will be shooting a various locations each day and spending time in the studio discussing images, editing and making prints.  You will need to have bring a compute or tablet to work on your images. We have full Internet access and printers for you to use. 

This class will cover editing in a variety of tools focusing initially on Lightroom and Photoshop. We will look at other tools and software programs, but they are not required for the workshop.

You will need to be able to produce digital images (digital camera or scans of film) for shooting assignments, editing assignments,  and critiquing of images.

Come with an open, upbeat attitude. We want to make an inclusive and supportive community of photographers, so being respectful, supportive, and engaging is important.



We treat each other with mutual respect.

We do not engage in disruptive or unsafe behavior that disturbs others, threaten others physically, or engaging in verbal harassment.

We don’t act unreasonably or interfering with others’ use of the facilities (online or in-person) or class time.

When providing feedback, we provide honest, open dialogs about our work and the work of others in a respectful manner.

Silly Dog Studios does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran.

Silly Dog Studios values and celebrates the diverse backgrounds, cultures, experiences, and perspectives of people in our community. Encouraging and protecting diversity creates an environment that promotes freedom of thought and shared learning.

Anyone who violates these guidelines will be removed from a workshop, course, or program. No refunds will be given.


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 about COVID-19?

Keeping everyone in our family and community safe is very important to us at Silly Dog Studios. The workshop will be hosted in my personal studio, and we require that if you are attending a multiple-day in-person workshop that you be fully vaccinated by the start date of the workshop. 

We will also do a daily temperature check and have plenty of hand sanitizer and daily sanitization of the common work areas.

We ask that if you are not feeling well or ill that you skip the workshop or one of the days. Please feel free to see our refund policy for additional information.


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.

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