March 16, 2015

photography workshops for 2015

The group photography workshops are full-day events – and are a mixture of seminar presentation and practical shooting. The workshops will be held at my studio space in NJ. There is free parking, and it is easily reached from the main highways in the area. There is also regular bus transport from NYC. (We can fetch you from the bus terminal.)

The fee for the full-day workshop is $600 and the workshop is from 9am to 8pm. Lunch and refreshments are included!

The workshops are now limited to 6 people – and working within my own studio with more equipment readily at hand, gave the workshop a relaxed tempo. The material is always streamlined a little bit more, from workshop to workshop.

More info about the photography workshops.

The three workshops for 2015 will take place on:

  • May 17, 2015  (Sunday)
  • July 19, 2015  (Sunday)
  • Sept 20, 2015  (Sunday)

Book a spot at one of the workshops.  Each class will be limited to 6 people.

If you would like an individual workshop, or a personal tutoring session, those are available as well throughout the year, depending on both of our schedules. The studio is only 17 miles from Manhattan. Just a short hop from New York and quite accessible by bus. Oh, and there’s parking at the studio. Free parking.

If you are limited in how far you can travel, there are Skype sessions and also video tutorials to help you get a much better understanding of photography and lighting techniques.


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1 Stephen S. October 30, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Would love to attend a workshop of yours in So. Cal. There are a bunch of us here in the Los Angeles/Orange County area who are dying to learn from the master of off-camera flash. Please come join us soon….


2 Neil vN October 30, 2013 at 6:12 pm

As much as I would like to, the logistics make it a financial gamble whether I’d get enough people to sign up for any workshop where I travel. Even New York.

If you consider the starting point for me in announcing a workshop away from my own studio, at some point I have to commit to going ahead and book hotels and venues and flights .. even before I have reached the break-even point. Then there are the additional costs of models and catering once the workshops have been confirmed. The costs pile up quickly.

I had to carefully weigh the feasibility of all other workshops away from NYC / NJ. It’s just too much work, and too much time away from my business, for too little money. Not just that – there is also the risk of actual financial loss for me with this.

Specifically, the workshops in Dana Point and San Francisco in 2009 and 2011 were teetering on the financial break-even point. (Keep in mind that I was on the road for a week each time then.) Then there was the oddity of the workshop in Atlanta in 2009, which sold out … but no one at the workshop was from Georgia. Everyone had flown or driven in for the workshop. It was at that point that I decided all workshops will be in the NYC / NJ area.

There have been a few exceptions subsequently though – workshops in Dublin (Ireland), and Amsterdam. So traveling workshops can still happen, but I would have to carefully consider them.


3 Steve November 21, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Damn, that’s us folks across the pond out of luck then….


4 Neil vN November 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Oh, go on … New York beckons you.


5 Stephen S December 2, 2013 at 7:58 am

Neil, sorry to hear about what happened last time in So. Cal. I understand your risk. I guess I will continue to learn here in the blogs and thru your excellent books.
Continued success to you.


6 Michael May 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

I lived in Southern California for 8 years and “flaky” people were the norm. If people in New York City or San Francisco say they will attend the seminar then they will attend. However, SoCal is a different animal.


7 Gary Teto May 22, 2014 at 6:35 am

I am not a professional but have all of the necessary equipment as if I was and it keeps multiplying. I participated in one of Neil’s workshops a couple of years ago and was one of a number of photographer’s who did a street shoot with him in NYC. Now, forget all of the tips, tricks and time saving instructions that you get from him personally for a minute. Go out and hire a model or two for time of the workshop and you will spend the $600 if not more. Then bottom line is you are paying for the model (s) and Neil with all he brings to the table is a bonus at no charge.

On a serious note, you will not be disapppointed. Be open minded, don’t think you know more than he does and you might even get one of those black foamy things:-)) Hope all your day’s are picture perfect.

Warmest Regards,
Gary Teto


8 Tom K. June 2, 2014 at 4:38 pm

Do you want to know what I love about your photographs Neil? I just figured it out. When I look at your work I never find myself thinking about what camera, what lens, what post processing technique you used on the photo. I do that with the vast majority of images I look at. But looking at your work I just think………that is a beautiful picture. It’s that simple.


9 Adel June 26, 2014 at 6:47 am

I am since my debut photo, you are one of my greatest sources of inspiration. I have really enjoyed participating in this workshop, but I live in Paris so it’ll be a little hard for me. good luck


10 lisa October 12, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Neil, I just found your remaining workshop date – I’m booked:( Will you be offering 2015 dates at your studio? I have been a big fan for many years (but apparently not a very good blog reader;). Would love to learn from you in person some day. Thanks!


11 Neil vN January 2, 2015 at 6:21 am

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