I've been teaching photography workshops for over 25 years. In addition to Martha's Vineyard, past locations include New Zealand, Tuscany, Venice, Nova Scotia, Mexico, Missoula MT, Tucson AZ, Madeline Island WI, Rockport ME, Santa Fe NM, Cape Cod MA, Atlanta GA, and New Milford CT.

During a workshop, we divide our time pretty evenly between the field and the classroom. Most of our time in the field is spent together as a group, so that each participant can receive hands-on help with planning and making photographs on-location. I have extensive knowledge of most of the locations where we’ll be photographing, making it easier to schedule the shoots for optimal conditions. We try and take advantage of early morning and late afternoon light, and are often out shooting in the morning at first light.

The emphasis during classroom time is on editing and critiquing your new work. I also give plenty of informal lectures, with topics relating to the day’s shoots. My primary focus is on color and light, and how they can magically transform the most mundane subject matter. I also cover such varied topics as learning to see in new ways, digital tips and tricks, exposure, color temperature, composition, and fine art. My passion for color inspires my own photographs, which I will share throughout the workshop. Days are long and intense, but also exhilarating and rewarding.

You will have the opportunity to make some wonderful new images — and more importantly, you'll learn to see the world around you in a new, more intensely personal way. You will be challenged to make photographs that have more in common with painting than with photojournalism, to see the landscape through the eyes of an artist — with your own unique vision.

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Workshops at a Glance

Cape Cod 3-day Weekend

Alison Shaw
June 7-9, 2019
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Martha's Vineyard weeklong

Alison Shaw
September 15-21, 2019
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Martha's Vineyard 3-day Weekend

Alison Shaw
October 11-13, 2019
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Focus on You

Alison Shaw, Sue Dawson
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Private coaching with Alison
Introductory hour
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Sharpen your Focus:
Taking your work to the next level

Alison Shaw, Sue Dawson
October 22, 2018 –
May 15, 2019
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Staying in Focus

Alison & Sue
July 9, 2018-
June 3, 2019
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