The 2018 TDS Workshop Season

Our custom photography workshops are crafted to provide relief from life's daily distractions, enabling you to focus on improving your craft. You'll have the opportunity to learn new techniques, ask questions, compare notes, display your work, relax, (eat good food) and enjoy the company of others who share your passion.

Balloon Night Glow (2) Sonoma Country Hot Air Balloon Classic - Photo by Jeff Goldberg.

This is the TDS Workshop experience: Affordable, personalized, and stimulating. Classes are limited to 8 participants. We combine classroom instruction with hands-on shooting, then prepare our images for review. You'll experience the full cycle of learning, and feel your confidence growing with each activity.

Please join me, Derrick Story, for a workshop this year. Do it for you, and for the pursuit of your passion.

Upcoming Workshops

Schedule of Events for 2018

Some of our favorite events return to the 2018 workshop season. Once again we'll explore San Francisco's urban environment and capture its gritty beauty in our viewfinders. I've also completely retooled the hot air balloon festival event, adding new dimensions to our adventure, including a crash course in drone photography :-) And speaking of new, we're going to visit another world by exploring Lassen Volcanic National Park. It's an amazing place. Take a look at this lineup, pick your favorite, then get on our reserve list now.

San Francisco Skyline The San Francisco Street Photography Workshop is an annual favorite for our photographers.

Take a look at this overview, and if you see something you're interested in, fill out the "Send Me Info!" request form. By doing so, you're placed on the reserve list for the event of your choice. (That means you have first opportunity to sign up before all the seats are filled.)

  • San Francisco Street Photography - April 26-28, 2018 - We'll work entirely on location in San Francisco. We'll book a hotel in picturesque Union Square that will serve as our headquarters during the event. No rental car will be necessary. We'll explore the City's hidden treasures and capture them through our lenses. And we're adding new shooting locations again this year, including twilight assignments. This is San Francisco like you've never seen it before. And as a bonus, Olympus Trailblazer Mike Boening will be joining the teaching staff and leading sessions on street shooting and night photography. Two instructors, three days, and all for just $695. (That's right, it's 3 full days in one of the most photogenic cities in the U.S.)
  • Sonoma Country Hot Air Balloon and Drone Photography Workshop - June 2018 - This is our aerial workshop for the season, and in more ways than one. Yes, we'll be attending the Sonoma Country Hot Air Balloon Classic, including the colorful Dawn Patrol event. If you like hot air balloons, you'll going to love this event. But you'll also have the opportunity to learn drone photography and create beautiful images from above. And we have a few additional surprises for you as well. This will be a colorful, exciting, workshop that will add truly unique images to your photo library. Three days, $695
  • Burney Falls and Lassen Volcanic National Park Workshop, Late September 2018 - Two of California's natural gems in one adventure workshop. The wildly impressive Burney Falls on one day, and the bubbling, simmering Lassen Volcanic National Park on the other. Three days, hundreds of images, only $695.
  • The Nimble Classroom Series - Improve your photography skills by attending our Nimble Classes, accessible via your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Even though we're using the latest online technology, this is a personalized experience. Classes are limited to 6 participants, your questions can be submitted before each session, and there are live Q&A segments built into each class. Online learning with a personal touch: this is the Nimble Photographer way. You can see the current schedule for the Nimble Classroom Series here.

For more information, visit the TDS Workshops page.

Send Me Info

Save my place! TDS Workshops fill up quickly. You can put your name on the reserve list for the event of your choice, and receive additional information, by completing this brief form and hitting the Submit button.

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How to Reserve a Spot for a 2018 Workshop

Street shooting in San Francisco, flying high over Sonoma County, the simmering magic of Lassen, the majestic beauty of Burney Falls... these are some of the topics for the 2018 TDS Photography Workshop Season.

McArthur-Burney Falls [EXPLORED] Burney Falls by Steven Bratman.

By getting on the reserve list, you can save your place at the front of the line. Those on the reserve list have the opportunity (but not the obligation) to secure a seat for the event of their choice. Using the Send Me Info form on the workshops page, simply choose the workshop you're interested in from the popup menu, then enter your name and email. Click on the Submit button. That's all there is to it.

I'll send you a confirmation letter to let you know you're on the list. At that time, you can respond with any questions you have about the event of your choice. Reservation forms with itineraries typically go out 90-120 days before the event. At that point you can sign up for the workshop and pay the course fees.

We specialize in personal service. So we're here to answer any questions you have. Use the Send Me Info form to get the ball rolling.

Hope to see you in 2018. We're going to have a great time!