Workshops and Classes: Descriptions and Calendar

I love photography and I love sharing what I’ve learned over the years! I’ve worked with large classes through educational groups like Stanford University, the Digital Media Academy, and Eastern Arizona College. I also offer one-on-one and small group workshops on a variety of topics to help you get to the next level in your photography. This section is updated as new workshops are added to the calendar, so check back often. Contact me for information about the workshop you’re looking for! I offer customized private lessons and workshops to individuals, companies, and special interest groups.

1-on-1 and small group workshops are a great way to get customized instruction that answers your questions, an hour at a time, so you can digest the material and get hands-on experience. I guarantee you’ll learn something you can immediately apply to improve your photography, or your money back! Sign up for a workshop or private lesson today to start improving your photography!

Holiday Photography Workshop
Dec 16 2014, 9:00AM-12:00 noon. Globe, AZ.
Make the most of holiday season photo opportunities with this special workshop! There will be useful tips for everyone, no matter what skill level and camera you possess, though bringing a camera with interchangeable lenses (e.g. DSLR) is strongly encouraged to get the most out of the training. We will discuss techniques for capturing festive lights, family portraits, and other special holiday memories. The workshop includes lecture and demonstration of fundamental camera and composition concepts, a chance for practice with real-time coaching, and an overview of Kenneth’s editing process to further enhance photos, participants will have the option to continue to discuss and share ideas over lunch in Downtown Globe. This workshop is proudly co-sponsored by the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce. Register at with a credit card, or call the Chamber at 928-425-4495. Hurry, space is limited to 15 participants!
Holiday Family Portraits
Introduction to Digital Photography for Teens
Jul 21 to Jul 25, 2014, 9:00AM-5:00PM. Stanford, CA.
Students will learn the fundamental concepts of digital photography, including exposure, camera controls, composition, and digital editing at this week-long camp with their peers. This intensive course will allow students to explore various types of photography, including photojournalism and storytelling, action, and portrait. We will encourage students to explore and make their own creative and technical choices such as composition, perspective, and lighting after learning the fundamentals from a professional photography instructor. Inspired by visual presentations, assignments, critiques and self-editing, students will develop their own personal view of the world and turn it into a photo portfolio showing imagination and personal vision. For more info and to apply, visit Digital Media Academy.
Teen Photography Workshop
Advanced Digital Photography for Teens
Jul 28 to Aug 1, 2014, 9:00AM-5:00PM. Stanford, CA.
This is an accelerated course in digital photography that will teach students to thoroughly understand and apply the fundamental concepts of photography. Students will gain mastery over their camera controls and develop a personal voice through their photography. This course will provide opportunities for students to learn the techniques of professional photographers working in the field of portraiture, photojournalism, and sports/action. Creative and technical choices pertaining to composition, perspective, and lighting by the students will be required. Students will create a digital portfolio exhibiting their personal vision, imagination, hard work. For more info and to register, visit Digital Media Academy.
Photography Workshop Live Demo
DSLR basics and Hands-On Practice Clinic: Fundamentals of Exposure and Composition
Future workshop dates TBD. Contact me to ask!
This is the perfect way to get comfortable with your digital SLR camera. You will get an hour of training on the fundamentals including how to control your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings, and the purpose of each of these exposure settings. We will talk about how to start improving your composition through a better understanding of graphic design principles. You can learn to improve your shots with your existing gear, and we will also explore other equipment recommendations (including gear I love using) that can help you achieve specific goals. You may be surprised how just an hour of professional training can give you the insights needed to take your photography to the next level! Ready to try it out? Stay for the next hour (optional) to get hands-on practice with the concepts you just learned, with professional coaching along the way so you can gain confidence about shooting different scenarios.
Adobe Lightroom Post-Processing Techniques and Editing Workflow
Future workshop dates TBD. Contact me to ask!
Kenneth will show you his Adobe Lightroom workflow and recipes for efficiently and beautifully processing thousands of images. We will walk through techniques for import and backup, rating and culling, applying sync and presets, retouching and relighting images, processing the hero shots, and publishing your photos. At each step, Kenneth will reveal tricks and tips for getting the most out of Adobe Lightroom, including how it’s different from Photoshop, and techniques that may take someone years to figure out on their own. We expect that those who have never used Adobe Lightroom before will be able to catch a glimpse of how this wonderful application can change their life as well. (Given that this is primarily a lecture / demo, it is not necessary to bring your own laptop. Personal training in Adobe Lightroom is also available by request.)
On-Location Portrait and Event Photography: Wedding Lighting and Lightroom Workflow
Future workshop dates TBD. Contact me to ask!
When it comes to photographing weddings, one of the keys to success is being prepared for all of the various lighting situations you will encounter throughout the special day. Many photographers, especially those just starting out in wedding photography, are intimidated by the speed at which you need to be able to switch gears as the lighting conditions change. Kenneth will reveal his secrets to getting the shots for every part of the wedding, including what’s in his gear bag and the purpose of each piece of equipment, how to adjust between photojournalism and posed portraits, and how to find and create good light wherever you are. Finally, we all know that once the guests have gone home, the photographer’s work has only just begun, so Kenneth will show you his Adobe Lightroom workflow and presets for efficiently and beautifully processing your thousands of wedding images.Kenneth is pleased to offer this workshop sponsored by the Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area (PPGBA). Enrollment is limited to 15 attendees to ensure an intimate environment to learn and ask your questions!
Food Photography: Lighting and Scene Preparation
Future workshop dates TBD. Contact me to ask!
Whether you’re photographing in a studio or at your favorite restaurant, a little knowledge and technique can dramatically improve your food photography. Many people, especially those using smartphones or point-and-shoot cameras, feel disappointed by the dark and grainy images that fail to show off how delicious their entrée or dessert really was. Kenneth will discuss how to improve your shots, including what’s in his gear bag and the purpose of each piece of equipment, how to simply but mindfully prepare your dish for photography, and how to find and create good light wherever you are. Bring your DSLR and tripod!
Kenneth is pleased to offer this workshop at Bloomspot Headquarters. Come and learn by listening to the lecture and participating in the hands-on lab portion. We promise there will be fun and tasty foods to practice with! To book this workshop for your own group, please visit
Fruit tart, with backlight and fill light.

Bonus Section

If you want to try the self-learning route, these books have been very influential to me:

Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson: Great beginner resource. Plenty of examples showing the effect of aperture, shutter speed, etc.

Photography by Barbara London, John Upton, and Jim Stone: Used in Stanford University’s Digital Photography class (CS178). Lots of fascinating nitty-gritty details. I’ve read this textbook cover to cover.

Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting by Fil Hunter: This book is an amazing blend of technical details along with practical problem solving techniques for challenging photo situations. Check this out after you’ve mastered the fundamentals.

The Hot Shoe Diaries by Joe McNally: This book opened my eyes to what you can do with portable flash units. Amazing.

A World in HDR by Trey Ratcliff: High-Dynamic Range (HDR) photos done well, by the “father” of HDR himself.

Cinematic Storytelling: The 100 Most Powerful Film Conventions Every Filmmaker Must Know by Jennifer Van Sijll: We’ve all seen these storytelling techniques and devices a million times, but once it’s explained, you’ll be able to use them in your own work to tell the story.

Book Photography from Kenneth Chan Photography in Globe