A Meaningful Image Online Workshop

Enhancing Your Photography Critique Skills


4 hours of training

 Live online workshop

Two different session dates are being offered.

First Workshop Option

August 15 and 16, 2023
4 pm – 6 pm Pacific Time

Second Workshop Option

Sept 2 and 3, 2023
11 am – 1 pm Pacific Time

Price $100

Reservations are not confirmed until payment is received. You will receive a receipt via email as confirmation. An email will be sent out one week prior to the workshop and then the day before with the Zoom link for the course.

There are no refunds for this workshop if you can’t attend one or both sessions.

This workshop is not eligible for alumni or other discounts.

If you are on a waiting list, you will not be charged a deposit fee or tuition until space becomes available for you and you confirm your desire to register.

By registering, you are indicating agreement to the terms and conditions of this site.


Welcome to the two-day, four-hour workshop on Enhancing Your Photography Critique Skills. This workshop is designed to help you develop a deeper understanding of the art of critique and enhance your ability to analyze and appreciate photographs using a variety of methods and approaches. 

Through interactive discussions, practical exercises, and engaging activities, this workshop will guide you through the fundamental principles and techniques of analyzing and understanding photographs.  By the end of this workshop, you will have gained valuable insights into the art of analysis, refined your analytical skills, and learned how to effectively communicate your insights and interpretations of photographs.

Workshop Objectives

– Learn how to analyze photographs using the principles and techniques presented in the workshop. 

– Develop a critical eye and enhance your ability to interpret and appreciate visual imagery.

– Practice effective communication skills to articulate your thoughts and provide constructive feedback.

– Engage in group discussions and collaborative exercises to foster a supportive and inclusive critique environment.

– Apply the methods to your own photographic work to gain a deeper understanding of its impact.

By the end of this workshop, you will have gained a deeper understanding of critiquing photographs. You will have honed your analytical skills, enhanced your ability to express subjective experiences and emotions, and developed effective communication techniques for providing constructive feedback. I hope you can join us for an engaging and transformative workshop that will deepen your appreciation for the art of critique and elevate your photography skills.

There is no difference between the two sessions. They are the same workshop, just on different dates.

Space in each session is limited to 15 participants. 


The workshop is broken down into two days.

The first day covers the key concepts and ideas for the analysis and critique of photographic images. Topics for day one include:

Developing a Base Model for Evaluating Images 

Elements of Visual Analysis

Understanding the role of composition, light, and subject matter in photography

Techniques for observing and interpreting visual element

Subjective Experience and Emotion 

Exploring the emotional impact of photographs

Identifying and understanding subjective experiences evoked by visual imagery

Expressing personal interpretations and emotional responses

Tools and Techniques to use alone or in a group

The second day is a practicum session. We will be applying and using the techniques from the first session using some of the images submitted by the participant’s work submitted before the second session. Each person in the workshop will have the opportunity to have 1 or 2 images analyzed by the group. 

The first session will be recorded to have a copy to rewatch as needed. The second session will NOT be recorded for privacy and copyright. 

      What to Expect

      This is an online workshop. We will be meeting over Zoom.  This is not a recorded class you watch anytime; this is a live online workshop. That is right, live from the Whidbey Island studio so you can ask questions, get immediate feedback, and participate in the discussion.

      The first workshop will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 15 and 16, 2023,  from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm Pacific time.

      The second workshop will meet on Sunday, September 2 and 3, 2023, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Pacific time.

      What you’ll need

      You need to be able to access Zoom and the internet. Wear your PJs and fuzzy slippers if you like. I also recommend that you have something to take notes with, as I pack in a lot of information.

      “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 Shepard


      What other workshop attendees say about the experience

      “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.'”

      Mikhail Kolesnik


      We treat each other with mutual respect.

      We do not engage in disruptive or unsafe behavior that disturbs others, threatening 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 dba/Daniel J Gregory Photography 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 dba/Daniel J Gregory Photography 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.

      Common 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 or event. The booklet 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.

      However, for most workshops, participants need to bring their computers. Digital cameras are required for on-location or shooting workshops. The studio equipment (printers, scanners, etc.) is available for participant use during each workshop. While we run Macs in our studio, workshops are mostly Adobe-centric or universal software centric, so Windows-based PC users should have few concerns about compatibility. I also worked for several years at Microsoft and have lots of Windows experience.

      We use a variety of media. If you want to print on alternate substrates, please bring your preferred media.

      For online workshops, you only need access to the Internet and a working device to connect to the session via the provided link.

      Is there some way to reduce my financial risk if I can't make it for some reason?

      I understand that things happen, and you can read our refund policy below or in our Terms of Service. I highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your workshop. Having that in your back pocket can reduce your risk and put your mind at ease. Travelex is a good company, as are many other options.

      All payments made are non-refundable. Funds paid are transferable if you cancel more than 60 days before the start of your workshop. Daniel J Gregory Photography reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 45 days before the workshop begins.

      Silly Dog Studios dba/Daniel J Gregory Photography is not responsible for cancellations due to medical or travel emergencies. Participants are still responsible for any losses regarding flights, travel, lodging or other undefined expense. Again, please consider travel insurance to remove any worries you might have. We recommend you purchase travel insurance through Travelex.

      If Silly Dog Studios dba/Daniel J Gregory Photography must cancel a workshop, all fees and deposits are refunded in full or transferred to another workshop.

      What about COVID-19 and vaccination requirements?

      For in-person workshops, we require that attendees be vaccinated. If you fail to produce your vaccination status, you will forfeit your spot in the workshop, and no refund will be provided.

      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, you will need to bring a computer. We don't have computers for you to use. If computers are not required for the workshop, we will let you know in advance.

      For smaller workshops or online sessions, many of our attendees prefer just to take notes the old fashion way.

      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?

      Some workshops do offer an early-bird rate.  The early bird rate, when offered, will be automatically calculated in the price. The rate is available for workshops with early-bird pricing until four weeks before the workshop start date.

      I also offer a discount for alums and referrals. If you want an alum or referral discount, please get in touch with me before registering for your discount code.

      Alum discounts may not be used for any online class or workshops except for the Meaningful Image full-length course.

      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?

      Some workshops do have a non-refundable, transferable deposit, but unless noted, a workshop payment is due in full at the time of registration. We 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 us and we can figure out something that will work for you to be able to attend the workshop.