I am soooo excited to be sharing this with you!!
While I don’t know for sure how many people were there, it was well over 100–a room full of all levels of photographers eager to learn (and all levels of cameras–while most had dslr’s, plenty had various types of point-and-shoots). Some might be concerned with the size, but it was not a problem at all. Val & Stephanie did a great job of presenting the information and they had two large screens, which made it easy to see. For the four hours in the morning workshop, we went through Val’s guide to “understanding the basic elements of photography” (we each received our own workbook-style copy) based on his book.
Everything was presented in a easy-to-follow, step-by-step manner. I could immediately see their passion not only for photography, but for sharing with others! And I LOVE their mission statement: “to Share the Gift of Photography and to Teach The Basic Elements and Principles of Photography to all who wish to learn!”
While the morning workshop alone was great, the photo safari that followed that afternoon was invaluable! Being able to immediately put into practice all the information I just learned was incredibly helpful! Val gave us different assignments–focusing on one element at a time. Then, by the end, we were all shooting in FULL MANUAL MODE! How cool is that?!
Val & Stephanie not only get right in the action, teaching & helping everyone with all kinds questions, but sometimes they are the action!
They were our subjects while teaching us to do panning motion & freeze motion shots! We also practiced close-ups with blurred backgrounds (bokeh), exposure, silhouettes, sunsets, and so much more!
Val even used some people’s cameras to take a few shots of them-while teaching of course! (shows what a good photographer he is that I like a picture of me well-enough to post with no makeup & messy hair)!
Afterward I was able to go home and take these sweet shots of the boys in full manual mode!
Pretty cool, huh?!
And, here’s where I’m ULTRA excited for you……GIVEAWAY!!!!
Val agreed to giveaway 2 photography workshops–complete with the additional 2 hour photo safari!! That’s right, TWO lucky Mom Endeavors readers will win a seat at the “Capturing True Emotion” workshop of their choice!!!! That’s a $450 value–FREE!!! AMAZING!
Currently, there are upcoming workshops in Salt Lake City, Seattle, Austin, Dallas, Las Vegas, San Francisco, San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, and Phoenix (I’ll be volunteering at the next Phoenix workshop!) Head over to the workshop site at Event Complete to check the specifics.
If you are one of the lucky ones near those cities (or have friends/family there who you want to win it for), then you don’t want to miss this!!
*I know the locations won’t work for all of you, so stayed tuned to the blog for another giveaway in a few weeks from Val that everyone can use!
Giveaway Has Now Ended–
Congratulations to Sara@Super Saving Sense and Cynthia who are the lucky winners of a seat at the Capturing True Emotion Workshop of their choice!! I think you are going to love it–can’t wait to see your pictures!
For those of you that didn’t win, Val has offered a nice discount–You can receive the $450 workshop and photo safari for the discounted price of $125! I’ve checked comparable workshops in my area and this seems to be a really good price! To register for the workshop at the discounted rate, visit the Event Complete registration page and enter the coupon code at the registration check-out page. Coupon code: photo friend
Let me know if you decide to register for the March 6th workshop in Phoenix–I’ll be there! 🙂 Thanks to all who entered–and be on the lookout in the next few weeks for another giveaway from Val that anyone could use (no matter their location)!
1. Leave a comment below, telling me what you’re most interested in learning about your camera or photography.
Get extra entries by (leave a separate comment for each):
– Following Mom Endeavors on Google Friend Connect (see widget on the left side bar) (if you already are, thank you, make sure you leave a comment & let me know!)
(up to 4 entries per person)
Giveaway will end on Feb. 25th at 11pm PST. Winners with a valid entry will be selected at random using random.org. I will email the winners and they will have 48 hours to claim their prize.
*Come back on Feb. 26th to see the winners and to get a very good discount code to register if you didn’t win. And, check back for another giveaway in a few weeks from Val that everyone can use!!!
Disclosure: I received no compensation for this and paid for the workshop with my own money. I just was simply so impressed with Val & the workshop that I wanted to bring the opportunity to you. Val agreed to do this giveaway in exchange for my honest review. As always, all opinions and experiences are my own. For more information, read my disclosure policy.
**Happily linked to TidyMom’s I’m Lovin’ It Friday Party because I’m totally loving this workshop & what I can do now on my camera!!