September 23, 2019

Refining the Artist – 2020 Edition

This class is a boot-camp style, intense training course designed for photographers yearning for the ability to think and see more creatively.  During the three-month span, we explore many scenarios, pitfalls, habits, and handicaps that keep us from seeing the vast expanse of possibilities that exist right in front of us.  Through in-depth workbook reading and exercises, daily feedback and discussion on a private Facebook group, live and recorded videos, and genuine soul-searching, you will learn to overcome impediments, open your eyes to all the possibilities, and learn to visualize the potential of any given scenario, from shutter click to finished piece of art.  Once a month, Sally will host a shoot-out in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex.

How it works:

The class is broken down into three month-long parts.  Students may choose to take one or all of the segments of the course.

  • PDF workbooks will be available for each active student, one per week for the first two months, and 2 during the final month with multiple editing videos.  Small exercises will be included throughout, and one assignment will be given each week.
  • Students are given access to a private Facebook group where access to class materials, exercises, live and recorded videos, and critique will take place.
  • Daily discussion, questions and picture shares are welcome and highly encouraged.
  • The weekly assignment will be submitted for formal critique, which will be recorded on video and posted by Sally.
  • Bonuses, videos, discount codes and more will be posted in the group at various times.
  • 3-month students will obtain all actions and overlay sets available in the store as a complementary bonus.
  • In-person shoot-out is optional but free for students.  If attendance is not an option, all shoot-outs will be recorded and posted.

Part One:  Observing and Recognizing the Possibilities | $350   VIEW FULL SYLLABUS

This segment will address locations, weather conditions, subjects, and other conditions in a variety of scenarios.  Common creativity impediments will be explored.  Using the elements of design and color theory, we will seek to overcome what masks our vision, and have our eyes opened to the potential that exists.  We will also explore how we can gain flexibility and expand our capabilities to better adjust to our circumstances.

Part Two: Maximizing the Potential of the Scene  | $350  VIEW FULL SYLLABUS

This segment will be all about “working” the scene before us, learning methods to make speedy assessments of what we have available, and how we can utilize them as much as possible to bring out the fullest potential.  Lenses, angles, viewpoints, compositions, and other lesser-used creative techniques will be explored in detail.  Also included is a discussion on personal vision and story-telling, and making your individual “story” strong.

Part Three:  Visualizing the Final Outcome  | $350 VIEW FULL SYLLABUS

The final segment will be all about processing!  Not just processing at the END, though!  We will discuss the importance of visualizing the end product while or even before taking the picture.  Various creative editing techniques in Lightroom and Photoshop will be demonstrated, and exercises will include student picture-plays and discussion of how our individual vision and brand should ring loud and clear in our finished product.

boy flexing muscles in beautiful clouds

Worried about time??

 This class will be intense, but NOT in the sense of having a lot of busywork or shooting requirements.  It will more of the soul-searching variety.   Assignments and exercises are built to complete WHILE you are doing your thing, whether that be parenting, traveling, shooting clients, or any number of other activities and commitments.  While you should expect the course to challenge your thinking and your vision, it does not require a large number of time-stealing obligations.


  Monthly slots will be available on a limited basis.

SHOOT-OUT DATES: (will be held indoors if weather is bad)

January 25

February 29

March 21

“The Refining the Artist class stretched me to think outside my normal shooting & thinking habits and allowed me to access a creative part of my brain which had grown dormant. You’ll love this class!” – Maggie B.

“Sally truly inspired me to grow as an artist through careful introspection and take my photography to the next level with amazing creative exercises and constructive feedback. It was a pleasure to be in her class!” – Bryn T.

“Refining the Artist was just what I needed to help me get in touch with my artistic voice. It also helped shine a light on both my strengths as an artist and things I need to work on to grow. Sally is a wonderful, inspiring teacher!” – Amy H.



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