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TOP 5 REASONS TO ATTEND HSW

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  1. #1 Comprehensive Academics

    I have done many many photo workshops and photo trips.  By far, this was the most organized and focused one that I have ever taken. The planning that went into this workshop was very impressive and the fact that you had a curriculum that was well thought out and that built on previous lessons was nothing short of superb. 
    Not sure that I have ever had workshop leaders so dedicated to teaching in the way that you both did.”
    — Carl V.

    We want you to learn … Learn how to read the scene. Learn how to see the light. Learn how to make photographs that aren’t snapshots. While most workshops simply take you around to predetermined sights, telling you where to point the camera and what the camera settings are for that shot, we here at HSW do things differently. Our workshop curriculum is built upon the building blocks principle: concepts taught and implemented at the first location are carried over to the next location, where a new concept is introduced and built upon the first concept. This continues for each location throughout the entire workshop.

  2. #2 Expert Faculty

    “Michael is a great instructor. Knowledgeable. Patient. Funny … He’ll help you get from any level of shooter you happen to be to a new level of technical competence and compositional awareness. Tell him where you want to get, he’ll help get you there.” — Scott J.

    All of High Sierra Workshops’ faculty are true professionals. That’s not just hyperbole! We require that all instructors are either working professionals in-the-field or are full-time academia professors. This guarantees that you are receiving the highest quality of education — on par with a photography university — that is current, relevant, tested and peer-reviewed. No amateurs sharing what they read on a blog — true professionals providing professional instruction!

  3. #3 Best Locations

    “Another workshop with High Sierra Workshops, that can only be described as Extraordinarily Great !!! If you are someone looking for a workshop that will take you to the right places at the right time of day, meaning perfect light, and in some of the most beautiful locations….You can stop looking!
    Just pick one of the workshops that you are drawn to and go with the guys at High Sierra Workshops. You will have a great time.. “
    — Rick M.

    Each of our workshops takes approximately one to two years to scout and develop, as we ensure that we match the best shooting locations possible with the best light, all paired to the workshop’s academic curriculum topics. And before any new workshop goes live, we go the workshop locations one last time, exactly one-year prior to the scheduled workshop, to ensure that the lighting conditions are the best and we have the best locations possible for the region. We leave no stone unturned (proverbially) in our search for the best shooting locations. And we believe we found them, in fact, with some workshops having nearly 75% exclusive locations that aren’t in any guidebook!

  4. #4 One-on-One Attention

    “This quality of the workshop was represented in a number of ways.  First, I noticed that when Michael was addressing the group he was consistent at making eye contact with each person in the group throughout his entire presentation.  Second, at every location, either Michael or Aaron would stop by each photographer and discuss their set up and composition.  That discussion was always in an encouraging, yet non-patronizing manner. Though we were a group of ten participants, I felt I was getting individualized training.” — Bernard H.

    It’s difficult to learn photography when you are in a large group and the instructor rarely is seen. In all our workshops, we ensure that our student-to-faculty ration never exceeds 2-to-1. All of our intermediate and advanced level workshops are strictly limited to only 5 participants. Five students! This ensures that you have ample one-on-one teaching from your instructor. In our beginner workshops, if the workshop enrollment ever exceeds ten students, we automatically bring in a second instructor. The quality of our education is directly related to the one-on-one instruction you receive, tailored just for you, like it was a private workshop.

  5. #5 Student Support

    “You were 100% right about Color Services. I’m very pleased with what they did for me…a wall hanger from the last morning shooting those shafts of light coming through the fog.” — Jerry W.

    From the post-workshop gallery support to image critique with your instructors to working with our sponsors to ensure you get the best professional level experience and product, the HSW team lead by our Director of Student Resources is here to guarantee that our student support is bar-non. We like to say that the workshop experience doesn’t end when the workshop ends … the support continues on!

Dear High Sierra Workshops,

I was on the winter Yosemite trip and wanted to thank you for an extremely valuable workshop. This was the first multi-day workshop that I have attended. Now that I have had a chance to absorb Michael and Aaron’s comments and tried to apply those concepts to my photography, I really appreciate the value of the lessons you were teaching us. 

Before, I was trying to capture a picture with as much detail as possible. Now … I actually feel more engaged in the process since I don’t feel that I need all the HDR and other computer techniques to make good photos. I think I understand why many pictures, while technically correct, seem cluttered, overly enhanced (containing too much information), and why the subject is lost. Getting involved with the photo process means that there are more decisions to be made, but it adds more fun. My comments probably sound quite sophomoric but I do have this feeling that — WOW — all of the sudden I am beginning understand what I should be doing.

I appreciate that your workshop was not a primer on using the latest computer techniques or camera options or showing us where to place our feet to get the perfect picture. You taught me valuable and useful techniques that can be applied to all of my photography. It is refreshing to capture photos with the perspective that engages me as a photographer and I feel invigorated with my photography.

Thanks again for an outstanding workshop.  I am looking forward to participating in more.

— Bill H.


All of High Sierra Workshops' faculty are true professionals. That's not just hyperbole! We require that all instructors are either working professionals in-the-field or are full-time academia professors. This guarantees that you are receiving the highest quality of education — on par with a photography university — that is current, relevant, tested and peer-reviewed. No amateurs sharing what they read on a blog — true professionals providing professional instruction!