Photography Classes & Workshops
Photography classes and workshops taught out of the Silly Dog Studio location on Whidbey Island, Wa.
Workshops take place on Whidbey Island at our Silly Dog Studio location or meeting in the lovely town of Langley, Wa.
Beyond technology and formulaic techniques, all workshops focus on introspection to help you better tell your story through the art of photography.
Small Workshop Size
Workshop sizes are limited to ensure ample one-on-one instruction.
Photography Classes and Workshops
We offer a variety of photography and creativity workshops and classes.
All in-person classes include:
- Full access to the studio resources (darkroom, printers, etc.)
- Drinks and food throughout the day
- Shooting locations for Whidbey Island and the area
- Supplemental support videos
- 1-on-1 follow up Skype session for certain workshops
- Small class sizes
Multi-day in-person workshops and classes
Platinum and Palladium Printing
March 22 as optional digital negative day
$900 three day / $750 for two day
There is nothing quite like the platinum/palladium print. Its rich tonal values and depth make a photograph unlike any other. In this two-day workshop we will explore the process of making this amazing prints in platinum and palladium. This is one of the most rewarding historical process to work with.
During the workshop we will explore a number of developer and paper options available for the process. There is an optional third day on March 22 where you can learn how to make digital negatives.
Working in Silver: Black and White Photography
October 5-6, 2019 Optional Day October 4, 2019
$800 for thee days / $700 for two days
In this two day workshop, we will be completely focused on working with digital black and white images. We will cover converting to black and white as well as how to get get the most out of the printer. There is an optional third day for the workshop that take place out in the field. We will visit a number of locations where we will discuss and learn about what you need to do behind the camera to make the best black and white images.
April 27-28, 2019
$150 / day or $275 for both days
Are you using Lightroom and would like to get better at using the program to manage your photography? This two-day workshop is designed to help you get the most out of Lightroom.
The first day is focused on how to stay organized in Lightroom including importing, storage, metadata, backing your data and exporting your images.
The second day focuses on the development module and how to approach editing your images.
You can sign up for one or both days of workshop.
One-day in-person workshops and classes
Connecting with your work:
An introspective look at photography
February 23, 2019
This one-day workshop is focused on how we can create more meaningful work. Each of us has a unique story to tell and vision to share, through a series of exercise and conversations both with and without the camera, we will work to help refine and build on our current process to reclaim a deeper connection, growing awareness, and expanding community from our photography.
Color Management 101
February 16, 2019
In this one day workshop, we will be focusing on color management and the color workflow. The 101 workshop will focus on a basic understanding of color theory, color concepts and the basics of color management for capture, display and output. We will also review some of the key tools and technologies to use when developing a fully-managed color environment.
Papers and printing for digital photography
September 14, 2019
This one-day workshop is all about working with papers for digital printing. We will be working with a variety of papers, paper vendors, printer settings, and alternative mediums in this hands-on workshop.
Begins March 2019
In this self-paced streaming or downloadable course, you will learn the basics of Lightroom®. If you haven’t ever used Lightroom® or just feel like you aren’t getting what you need from the program, this course is all abut helping you stay on top of organizing, managing, and editing your digital photographs. In the course, we will cover how to get setup using Lightroom, organize and managing your digital assets, using the editing and developing tools and finally how to export and print your images. The course comes with all the necessary supporting files, presets, and demo files.
The course is a self-paced six-week course with supporting videos and handouts. Each week there is also an optional one hour webinar where you can ask questions and get review of content from the prior week or any week’s content.
Capture One Basics
Begins April 2019
In this online course, you will learn the basics for working in Capture One to edit your digital photographs. This course is for anyone who has very little experience with Capture One or primarily uses Lightroom® to edit their images. If you are looking to work outside the Lightroom model or are looking for a new look and way to think about your images, this class is for you. The lessons cover the basics that you need to get your workspace and settings established, organize your photos, edit photos and learn some of the cool things you can do to your images.
The course is a self-paced seven-week course with supporting videos and handouts. Over the course of the eight weeks there are severa optional one hour webinar where you can ask questions and get review of content from the prior week or any weekhttps://www.sillydogstudios.art/wp-admin/post.php?post=854&action=edit#’s content.
Digital Black and White Basics
Begins March 2019
In this self paced six week course, we dive deep into the digital black and white process. Each week, you will be sent a link to a video and PDF download and sample images to use for that weeks topic. We start with the most basic approach to understanding black and white images and then work through converting, editing, sharing and printing. This class is all about creating the best black and white images possible.
The course is a self-paced six-week course with supporting videos and handouts. There will also be several optional one hour webinar where you can ask questions and get review of content from the prior week or any week’s content. These will be recorded and made available for download as a part of the course.
From Our Students
“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.”
“I feel very fortunate to have met, worked and studied with Daniel Gregory. He’s thoughtful, engaging, and talented both technically and creatively. I’ve had the chance to learn from him both one-on-one and in a group setting. He is a wonderful teacher and mentor.”
“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.'”
Frequently Asked 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. The handout 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.
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. The studio has super high-speed Internet, printers, power and all sorts of crazy darkroom stuff, but the one thing we don’t have are computers for you to use. If you really want to attend a workshop, and don’t have access to a laptop, please feel free to contact me and I will see if we can figure something out.
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?
There is a 10% discount for referrals and 10% for alumni of prior workshops. You can also apply multiple discounts to a single workshop. For example, if you refer two people and have attended a prior workshop, you will receive a discount code that will allow you to take 30% off your registration. If you are an alumni or have referred someone, please contact us prior to your registration and we will give you the necessary code to receive your full discount.
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?
Most workshops payments are due in full at the time of registration. Some workshops only require a deposit, but most are require the full payments. I 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 me and we can figure out something that will work for you to be able to attend the workshop.
My credit card has a charge from Silly Dog Studios. What is that?
The name of Lori’s and my studio is Silly Dog Studios. That also happens to be the name of our business too. So when you register for a workshop with my, you are receiving a credit card charge from Silly Dog Studios LLC. For those of you who need the nuts and bolts, technically it is Silly Dog Studios LLC with a dba/ Daniel J Gregory Phtoography.
PO Box 435
Langley, Wa 98260