It’s so important to me that you feel inspired to come along on one of my workshops. Not only through my imagery, but hearing the stories of previous workshop participants and seeing some of the images they walked away with. Below you will find true testimonials from some of the many participants I’ve had the pleasure of teaching.
— Allen B. from Crosby, Tx
— John S. from East Vineland, New Jersey
— John B. from Plano, Texas
— Leslee H. from Plano, Texas
Let me explain: I’ve attended several workshops with other leaders. On one, the critique was undeservedly bruising. On one, the critique wasn’t really critique (no constructive criticism). Some were simply photo tours, and that’s OK – I didn’t expect instruction there. I’d gotten to a point where I considered myself a good photographer, but I didn’t feel like I was still growing.
Mike shook me out of my rut. He suggested different ways to look at my subjects. He gave us assignments before the day’s shoot, so we had a challenge. He explained how he decides when and where to shoot. He told us why the sunrises were likely to be more impressive than the sunsets in Banff, and how he researches a location before he even starts a trip. He taught me how to market my work better.
I’m hooked, and I’ll be taking at least one workshop with Mike every year.
— Anita O. from Carrollton, Texas
— Sharon T. from Tulsa, Oklahoma
— Mark S. from San Diego, California
— Chantelle P. from Fort Worth, Texas – www.chantellereneephotography.com
— Lisa R. from Austin, Texas
Mike is a good-natured guy with a smile and a passion for teaching photography about the size of Texas. Be ready to kick your adrenalin into high gear, because he has meticulously planned out your photography adventure and has scheduled ‘class’ time for you to learn the post processing techniques as well. What I noticed about Mike is that he makes sure everyone in his workshop is given equal time and instruction. He genuinely wants to help others learn to create out of this world photography.
I would also recommend the Death Valley workshop. There is a mystery and awesomeness to the desert that you won’t want to miss photographing and Mike is the guy that will teach you how.
— Lorna K. from Las Vegas, Nevada
— Henry P. from Dallas, Texas
I had a blast stomping around in the wilderness with Mike and the group under red-light, laughing and learning about much more than just photography. Mike handles the group well, guiding students of various skill levels so everyone fully understands how to capture the kinds of images that made him famous.
If you attend this or any of his workshops, not only will you walk away with a stunning piece of wall art of your own, you’ll leave with at least a few new friends.
— Daniel C. from Jacksonville, FL
— Dave C. from Denver, Colorado
Mike Doesn’t Just Teach You Photography But Leaves You With An Experience.
I had always wanted to learn how to photograph the night sky. Purchasing a DSLR for a trip to Africa, while in Namibia I attempted to take a picture of the milky way. To my astonishment, with the little knowledge I had gained in a 5 week course, I had captured a rudimentary picture which only wanted me to learn more. After searching the internet, I came across Mike’s astrophotography workshops. I immediately signed up for a workshop but was nervous that I was too much an amateur. I asked Mike a few questions via email, and he reassured me that I would feel comfortable.
Mike is a very good teacher, structured, organized and knowledgeable on many different levels. On the very first night, when the sky appeared cloudy, he assured us that the type of clouds we were viewing would probably dissipate. I was absolutely taken aback in that his prediction was spot on. He constantly worked with us in choosing the right settings and making sure we understood his choices.
With respect to field work, he knew the exact locations to get the best pictures, but also the best viewing. At one point where he was teaching us how to create panoramic photos of the milky way, he worked with us two at a time, where it gave me a moment to really take in where I was, what I was seeing and how magnificent it was. It was at that point that I realized that Mike doesn’t just teach you photography but he leaves you with an experience.
We had the opportunity to have some lab time with Mike, where he was patient in teaching us a few things about Photoshop and Lightroom that would make our pictures come to life.
In conclusion, my experience with Mike has only deepened my desire to purse photography to greater a depth.
— Dan T. from Toronto Canada
— Anne S. from San Diego, California
— Allen R. from San Antonio, Texas, California