early 2011 workshops

I love teaching people how to use their cameras. So many people have purchased these fancy digital SLR cameras (you know the bigger cameras where you can change out the lenses) and well, they don’t know how to use all the fabulous buttons and functions on their cameras. Do you want to learn how to use your digital SLR camera off of auto mode? Want to learn manual? If you’re interested, I’m doing some workshops in early 2011 that will focus on how to use your camera and it’s manual functions so that you can have more control over the images you capture. We will also touch a bit on natural light, color, contrast, and composition. There will be limited spots as each workshop has a max number of people and registration will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Need an idea for your Christmas Wish List? Need to tell your spouse, parent, sibling what they can buy you? Ask for a gift certificate toward a workshop for Christmas. Email the link to this blog post to whoever is gonna buy you Christmas gifts this year as a “suggestion”.  :)  And if you’re looking to give a gift certificate for a workshop fee or even a portion toward a workshop fee, contact me (cori@derksenphotography.com) and I’ll hook you up with a fancy little gift certificate! The gift certificates are available in any amount.

We’re trying something new this time. I wanted to offer the option of a couple smaller workshops with less people, in turn allowing for even more one-on-one time. So, here goes. We’re trying it out.

**Registration and payment are due when you sign up for the class. Your spot is not saved until your payment is received. Spots are first come first serve.
**We’ll even be shooting pictures of some little kids together in our own mini photo shoots for hands on practice.
**Workshops are offered in Fresno, California in my home.
**Equipment needed for workshop: DSLR camera and recommended canon’s 50mm 1.8 lens or nikon’s 50mm lens (nikon’s focusing system is different so check that it’s compatible with your camera and will focus before buying).


And here’s one of the shots that I took during this workshop of our sweet little baby model in my little home studio. :)

Here are a few comments from previous workshops:

“Cori’s class was amazing!  I have gone from taking ok pictures to really loving my pictures!  I would recommend her class to anyone who wants to improve your own photography skills.  So much great information!”
~Cary from Fresno

“Thanks so much for the workshop Cori!!  I feel like I have a brand new camera!!  I would recommend your workshop to anyone!!”
~Kirsten from Orange County

“I would definitely recommend the class to a friend.  Cori made learning my camera fun and took my intimidation of it away.  By the time I left, I felt very confident in manual and I was very excited to go and experiment using the tools Cori taught us. Thanks so much for everything.  Its true–I am so excited to try now whereas I was just frustrated before!!”
~Kristy from Fresno

“I am so appreciative of your workshop.  It helped me to be confident with my camera (which I didn’t even know how to turn on before) and to not be afraid of trying.  I love that you gave me this spark inside to go out and capture every moment I can.  Now I’m not afraid to touch our “fancy camera” and I think I’ll actually be more likely to take it places instead of my little dinky point and shoot.  Thank you for helping me grow and learn!  Can’t wait for the next class… what can we learn next?”
~Amy from Fresno

“I would definitely recommend this workshop to someone else.  I loved that you limited the number of people so that each of us had  plenty of “one on one” time. Whether we were beginners or more advanced, there was plenty to learn and practice.   I also thought it was super helpful to have two live photo shoots.  It gave us the chance to practice what we were learning while receiving great feedback.  It was also really fun to practice with the different lenses. Great workshop!”
~Brooke from Clovis


  1. shara on November 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    seriously…. your workshop revolutionized how i take pictures! i’ve been manual ever since- something i never thought i could do walking in! i’m telling everyone about it!

  2. Joanna on November 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    I sent the link to my Mom and Husband…fingers crossed that I can make it to one :)

  3. kristen bordonaro on November 14, 2010 at 9:47 am

    hi cori!
    i absolutely LOVE your work! there is a ton of talent out there but i identify with your style most! just wondering how the enrollment is going for the jan 29th workshop? i’m seriously considering flying out to cali to attend. not sure if i can get past the idea of leaving my three little ones :) just wondering if it’s even an option? thanks, cori!

  4. Heather Ordunez on November 29, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Any plans for 2nd classes??? Would love to learn more!!! Thank you for the great 1st class!!!