March 10th -12th
Friday, Saturday and Sunday -
If you can only make the two
day, Fri. and Sat., it would be $595.
Yep, get lots of one on one time with
Those that take day three report that the training 'all comes together' on
day three, and that it was well worth it, besides...
this is a 'BONUS CLASS', all participants taking all three days
will receive a Seewald
original of choice, a $750 value!
(For those paid in full and
critique form sent in.
Framing available thru our frameshop at reduced prices)
6 students per class, so call now.
3.1.'17 Sold Out
Waiting list available.
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"I took this CARMEL class with hopes of truly understanding how to take good
pictures on purpose and to finally answer my questions of correct f-stop and
shutter speed combinations. This workshop answered all my questions, and
more. ... If you are looking to perfect
your skills or simply start at the beginning, this workshop will definitely
get you going in the right direction.
...Michael explained concepts
well and always gave examples of what he was talking about. It made things
just that much easier to understand. For instance, I was having trouble
understanding "fill flash", but he explained it very well and then
practice a few shots that covered that concept. ..."
Carmel class of 8.11.2011
Michael poses with some of his Carmel class
at the Highlands Inn, April 2008
Note: Karla Stevens, beginner, taller middle
lady in upper row, has her testimonial below.
Carmel / Monterey
'fun-shops' with Michael Seewald
"These two, three and four day Carmel photo class/ workshops
(aka 'fun-shops') are not to be missed. They generally fill up fast and
provide great images that you will be able sell,
if you are wanting to that is, Or to just
hang them on your walls for you and your friends to appreciate for the
rest of your life- guaranteed." MS
This is one great place to take
an outdoor workshop. We not only learn all of the basics of good
compositional factors, the do and don'ts of making art that keeps the viewers
attention, but all of the technical skills needed to make them as well.
We have a chance to apply all of the new knowledge in one of
photography's heartlands. Ansel Adams, The Weston's (Edward,
Brett and Cole) and a multitude of other serious fine art photographers
(artists) have called this
unique place home.
Click photo to enlarge.
Point Lobos State Park, Carmel California
by Michael Seewald. All rights reserved.
We will usually work many of the areas
best photogenic spots: Cannery Row; Big Sur; 17 Mile Drive; Fisherman's Wharf; Point Lobos; the Carmel Mission; the 'Barnyard' mall with
it's terraced flower gardens; Carmel Village and quite a few other locations on
and off the beaten path.
We will visit many of the photography and painting galleries in Carmel
where Michael will point out how the
compositional elements were used properly, or as in 90% of the time- improperly,
and in no time the students are critiquing the art with that same critical eye.
Click photo to enlarge.
Photo copyright Michael Seewald 6.30.'05. All rights reserved.
Advanced student Dan McGeorge shares images
made during the previous days class in Carmel.
He got so good he recently opened his own gallery, now that's a testimonial!
"Michael, My recent outdoor show in Santee, Ca. was a great success.
I can't tell you the number of times people have looked at different
pieces of my artwork and said "Wow!" It is exactly what you said would happen
from the application of your principles.
I am really jazzed about (the multi-day class) Carmel, I have
my room and plane tickets already taken care of....Looking forward to seeing / learning from you again soon. "
Click photo to enlarge.
We meet at local restaurants and enjoy breaking bread
together and learning from Michael at the same time. Trips to various
locations are taken with Michael driving, sometimes an extra driver/student
helps take the group too. We take gallery tours and Michael critiques the work,
as well as the students with their new found knowledge. One place we
visit, the Highlands Inn overlooking Point Lobos State
Reserve, usually has a splendid photography exhibit in the main lobby/bar
area (see group photo above).
Depending on how many days you sign up for,
of course, we also go to Point Lobos Reserve and work there, as well as the
'Barnyard' in Carmel Valley. Some go out to Big Sur to shoot stream and verdant
green, moss covered trees/forests, as well as the beautiful beach waterfall at
Julia Pfeifer State Park.
Click photo to enlarge.
Imsuk Lee and Robin Dias pose with Michael
and their Certificates inside the beautiful Pine Inn.
again, time permitting, 'work' at the Carmel Mission and
work throughout one morning there, and Carmel proper,
shooting some of the hundreds of classic old homes that line the tree shrouded
streets. Lots of nice art will be created, and some students have made the price
of the class back in selling a few made from here!
We will return home in a good frame of mind
knowing that our art is progressing (slow at first, then faster by the end of
the class) in light-year proportions over past growth rates- (see testimonial
"Michael's class was a very exciting experience for me. I knew the
concepts of photography (mostly technical) but have not been at all
successful in applying them when I'm out and about taking pictures.
I had no eye for composition and knew that was my biggest downfall in
getting the pictures I so desperately wanted... Between the morning of day
2 and the afternoon
of day 2 some remarkable things happened for me and it felt like my mind
opened up and my soul smiled. I saw, I understood and I achieved
knowledge and results that I've been struggling to obtain for a year.
Michael helped me begin a journey of passion that I have wanted for so
long and now I have the tools to spend a lifetime perfecting. Thank you
Laura Gabel, intermediate
San Diego, California.
Class of 7.14-15.'07
great way to really dive into your ‘fine art’ growth and make some great art
worth hanging in yours, AND OTHERS', homes. Come and stay in the
Carmel area, where Ansel Adams
and the f/64 photography group regularly met and talked art photography with a
contemporary master, just like they did.
Dear Mr. Seewald,
Admittedly (after signing up and reading the pre-class info
on your site) - I am feeling a bit intimidated - I am brand spankin' new to the whole camera/photo thing and hope this class is not wasted
on me (lots of $$ for a beginner) or too intense or stressful. I am in it for
the 'fun' and am not interested in anything intense, competitive or too much
like 'work' and thus far I am (while maintaining a perky attitude) completely
challenged by the 'techno stuff' - not even sure I want to know this much
detail.... hope I am simply having cold feet or buyers remorse and looking
forward to having those symptoms relieved and dispelled.
we 'quieted her fears' and here is her critique from
the class after taking it, just a month later; first by the numbers and then written
"...Michael, the workshop met my expectations. Delightful.
This is what I wrote in an email to one of my friends:
"Last weekend I participated in a wonderful Photography workshop (3 days) in and
around Carmel. The hands-on work was done at the the most beautiful and
inspirational spots in Monterey County; The Mission, Old Town Monterey, Point
Lobos, The Barnyard, Carmel by the Sea... What a wonderful place – where
better to practice a new way of seeing and exercise my imagination.
The days averaged 9 hours plus gallery walks that followed. ...
The workshop is done in Carmel twice a year by Michael Seewald - he is funny, inspiring and entertaining as well as a master photographer - all
the techie stuff would NOT have been lost on YOU - as for me, well, time will
tell, I hope to hang on to some of the techie stuff and at least be able to
create some beautiful art, with a camera, when I go to Europe in June. I was
there for the inspiration, the brain exercise, to hang out w/ my Mom and Aunt
Elise and for the creative stimulation - I was not disappointed and am blessed,
really, holy cow, how great is this life!!"
How_helpful_was_class: 10 - Very helpful
How_satisfied: 10 - Very satisfied
value_for_the_money: About right
Karla Stevens, Salinas, Ca
Carmel class of 4.'08
NOTE: If you need a personal, 'live' testimonial,
we are sure she, or many from
hundreds, would volunteer to
confirm these testimonials, just pick any name, they all have first and last
listed, and ask us. MS