Lights & Shadows 2012. Fall in Washington.

Arroyo Grande, CA

Lights & Shadows 2012. Fall in Washington.

A workshop about controlling light. No matter what you photograph, this intimate multi-day workshop with award winning photographer and dynamic light expert Gavin Seim, will have you exploring your creativity and seeing light in a whole new way.

A workshop about controlling light and demanding more. No matter what you photograph, this intimate multi-day workshop with award winning photographer and dynamic light expert Gavin Seim, will have you exploring your creativity and seeing light in a whole new way.

The 3 day hands on workshop. Revised for 2012.
  • The Six Keys to Image Quality.
  • HDR. The new film. Not that overused fad.
  • The Portrait, The Pictorial, The Blend.
  • Live shoot excursions and field work.
  • The Strobe effect. Better using flashes.
  • Zones, Tones and Visualizing.
  • Managing light, range and pixels.
  • Better channel editing. When, where, how.
  • High dynamic range portraiture technique.
  • Burn & Dodge. Mastering hidden magic.
  • A Night Out. Group dinner on Gavin.
  • Editing your own images from excursions.
  • Details details. Keeping images artifact free.
  • Advanced HDR layering and masking.
  • The long exposure. Getting great results.
  • Make large format prints. A final review.

Lights & Shadows 2012, Fall in Central Washington - October 22-24 2012.

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Contact Gavin. For local and lodging info just contact Gavin,, 509 754 5255.


Thoughts from Gavin Seim. Light, shadow, tone and planning are critical to great images. The nuances of how they connect from capture to digital development are equally important. In Lights & Shadows we'll study what lies under the surface and how to better control light on every level. From making a better initial capture, to producing a perfectly edited masterpiece.

From subtle light manipulation to High Dynamic Range situations, Lights & Shadows is a collaborative workshop where we'll be honest about results and learn to demand more of our images. We'll learn about better exposure, leveraging Zones, tones and HDR. About light and shadow. About tone and the delicate quality that makes a finished image a piece of art.

Whatever place you're at with your photography, you'll step up to another level during Lights & Shadows. Whether you have a style that's modern and bold or you're a veteran from the film days looking to make classically inspired work. This is a workshop is about light that will challenge all of us. We're going to refine our skill at capturing and manipulating light when and where we need it.


Who's it for? Lights & Shadows is for intermediate, advanced or professional photographers in virtually any genre. Photographers that want to challenge their skill and become better craftsman. There are no specific skill requirements and Gavin will work with each student to help them grow. Though ideally you should have a digital SLR or mirrorless system, a tripod, a laptop computer and knowledge of basic editing and photographic tools. We also recommend a photo editing program like Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop (or similar) and you may also want a HDR tool like Photomatix (You can save 15% with code: PPS15). There are no age restrictions, though attendees under 18 need parental permission for excursions.

The group will be working in the field during shooting excursions throughout the area of the workshop, then following up with final edits at the home base. Note that transport full meals, lodging and gear are not provided with the workshop. Though we can carpool during excursions.] and will have snacks available.

Below are further examples of Gavin's work. You can find more via his main website. If you have questions about the workshop feel free to email or call Gavin directly... 509 754 5255,

Who is this Gavin Guy? Gavin Seim is an award winning photographer and owner of Seim Studio's in Central WA, where he focuses on high end wall portraits and fine art pieces. He's the maker of Seim Effects editing tools, the host of the Pro Photo Show and the man behind A twenty seven year old dynamo, Gavin has nearly fifteen years experience behind the lens. He's energetic, passionate and known for cinematic high dynamic range images, large wall portraits and refined digital workflow. In between studio work, Gavin takes his wife and two children on road trips, exploring, making images and teaching workshops throughout the USA. Gavin's work has been featured in publications such as Rick Sammon's Digital Wedding Secrets, leading imaging podcasts, Venue magazine, The Good Life, the PPA Magazine, Shutterbug and more. Attendees have come from as far as the UK for Gavin's workshops. He's passionate about making images as perfect as they can be and he understands how to control quality on a deep level.

What people are saying about Gavin's workshops....

"Thanks for the workshop, it was absolutely fabulous (aside from that crazy northern accent!" - Megan Huddleston.

"I just took Gavin's HDR class and it was great! I felt there was a perfect balance of classroom learning and going out to shoot. The others in the class were wonderful to work with. It was nice to be in a classroom setting to be able to collaborate with other photographers as well as stretch my creativity when shooting the same subject as 6 other people. I would totally recommend taking a class of Gavin's if you were ever thinking about it. He is easy going, attentive to the wants of the students, and is great with constructive criticism. - Molly Nickles

"Good times and learned a lot" - Maureen Gorman Leary

"Gavin, Once again I have been educated by your teaching. You are a great instructor"... John & Shauna Warrick

"Gavin - just wanted to say THANKS for the Burn and Dodge class the other night! Also for the great stuff that you went over at Wall Portrait Conference! You completely changed my thought process when it comes to creating Portraits for print"... JB Brookman

Energetic and entertaining for everyone... Edmund T

I think your workshops are awesome, your work is awesome, and I'm going to continue trying to learn everything I can from you. Jennifer Hinkle

I thoroughly enjoyed your workshop and am trying to remember all you taught us! Christie S.


A sampling of Gavin's work and the some of things we'll be studying. Visit Seim Studios see Gavin's latest projects.

doorway winter seim

heathers sunset HDR portrait - seim

whispering - barn 2009

Refund Policy

Before booking workshops, carefully review your workshop information, including location, date, time, and cost. Refunds will not be granted through Fisheye Connect. For questions please reference our Attendee Policies.

Art Designs Photography/Bonnets & Lace Photography Studio

Cost: $ 429.00
Guest Price: $ -1.00
Skill Level: Open to All
Date(s): April 25, 2011 09:00 AM - April 26, 2011 05:00 PM
Duration: 2 days
Group Size Limit: 4

Materials Needed

  • Camera (SLR or Mirrorless).,Photoshop (or equiv).,Computer.,Tripod.


  • Basic camera knowledge..,Basic editing skills.

Gavin Seim

Workshop Host