Joel Grimes


Hands on Training

I have used this site to formulate many of the ideas and topics I use in my workshops.  However, the wonderful thing about a workshop setting is the ability to interact and connect with other artists.  There is no substitute for human interaction and the ability for hands on demonstrations.

One of my main objectives at a workshop is to leave those who have attended with a renewed vision and a passion for creating fresh new images that can compete in todays market place.  It is a thousand time more productive to inspire and motivate someone to create, than it is to just feed them a bunch of technical information. 

Yes, as part of the workshop, I will do multiple hands on demonstrations showing many of the lighting techniques and the post processing techniques I use.  However, all along I try to keep the technical aspect in context to a artistic perspective that emphasizes each individuals  personal vision and uniqueness.   I love to treat photographers as creative  artists, not technicians.

One of the biggest disappointments I have experienced attending workshops is when the photographer lecturing spends 90% of the time talking about what a wonderful and brilliant photographer they are.

This is a disservice to those attending and in the end a complete waste of everyones time.  Inspiration comes from a motivated heart, not from an over inflated ego.

Read what some of the attendees have said about the past workshopsWorkshops_Lectures_Testamonials.html

“One does not think during creative work, any more than one thinks when driving a car. But one has a background of years - learning, unlearning, success, failure, dreaming, thinking, experience, all this - then the moment of creation, the focusing of all into the moment” - Edward Weston

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