Meaningful Image Workshop

Meaningful Image Core Course

Starts in Early October 2024

Meet approximately every two to three weeks online until May

Pay a non-refundable, transferable deposit of $400 to hold your place in the workshop. Reservations are not confirmed until a deposit is received.

Online

Starts October 2024

Early Bird $1900

Regular Price $2200

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Normally from 3:00 - 5:00 pm Pacific time (may change based on enrollment)

Enrollment limited to 6 people

Class Info

Class Overview

Are you struggling to define what makes a great photograph or to explain the meaning behind your personal work? Do you find it frustrating when others don’t see beyond the surface of your images? Are you having trouble connecting your photographs to each other? 

This small and intimate workshop is designed to help you find your voice as a photographer, understand the meaning of your work, and develop your ability to articulate it. We’ll cover topics such as creating cohesive bodies of work, editing techniques, and developing consistency in your approach. 

The workshop is perfect for anyone who wants to deepen their understanding of how they create and why their work matters. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced photographer, there’s always something new to learn and share. We take it slow and provide one-on-one attention, so you’ll get exactly what you need from each session. Don’t miss this opportunity to take your photography to the next level!

What to expect from the course

There is no travel for this workshop to keep everyone safe. You will be able to do the entire workshop from your couch in your PJs if you like.

The course is limited to no more than six (6) 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 online every few weeks for 2-3 hours. Each session will have a theme for the session. These themes will revolve around understanding and enhancing your voice, vision, signature and photographic style. 

Assignments will be given and reviewed in follow-up sessions. 

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.

Core Content

  • Picking the right images
  • Understanding what photography means to you
  • Who you are as a photographer
  • Why one image works and another doesn’t
  • Developing language to talk about your work, your artistic seeing, and projects
  • Learning how to speak about photographs
  • Define and develop actionable steps to sharing your work with others
  • Developing editing, organization techniques, and workflows for consistency of your style and voice. 
  • Reviewing work
  • Making prints
  • Discussions of editions and presentation considerations

Online Course via Zoom

This course is an online course. 

What you’ll need

You will need to have access to a computer, tablet, or phone that can use Zoom. You will need Internet access to attend the sessions.

You will need to be able to produce digital images (digital camera or scans of film) for shooting assignments, editing assignments, and critiquing 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 will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.

Guidelines

We treat each other with mutual respect.

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

We don’t act unreasonably or interfere 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.

Please note that 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.

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