Aperture Academy Photoshop and Lightroom Classes...

The Magic of Creation

Post written by Jeanette Smith, Creative Arts Instructor for Aperture Academy

What is it that motivates us to create, to share for the pure pleasure of expression? Where does this energy come from?

We seek ways to express our uniqueness, connect with people who share the same excitement, and acquire knowledge so we can communicate more thoroughly. Then, one day we find ourselves in just the right place, at just the right time, and we are happy.

As a teacher of creative arts, I am lucky to witness, on a regular basis, the eagerness, that "ah-ha" moment of clarity and the ensuing satisfaction that comes with learning something new. I wish students could see themselves at that moment. See themselves gazing back at me with such wonder; confident that the knowledge they take with them will become a vehicle for a deeper channel of creativity.

My first classroom experience at Aperture Academy, the Photoshop® for Photographers class, awakened this magic.

"I loved the class, it was just what I needed for a boost to help my picture-taking."  - Brenda Bresnahan

My advice to students learning Photoshop? Focus on doing one thing at a time.

Photoshop is a big animal, it does many things; not difficult things, but there are many, many things Photoshop can do. However, it's very methodical, and Photoshop will do exactly what you tell it to do. By defining one task at a time, and achieving just that, you will enjoy a powerful feeling of accomplishment.

In my class, our goal is to teach you to leverage the power of Photoshop as a modern day darkroom. Our on-site workshops blend perfectly with this digital classroom experience...at Aperture Academy, we provide a whole soup-to-nuts package for the digital photographer, no matter what experience or skill level.

When you join us in our workshops, you will shoot at beautiful locations, with the lighting at your back and a fantastic view in front of you...then come into my classroom and watch your images come to life!

Please visit our Website, sign up to come with us and join the fun!


Press Release: Aperture Academy Gallery and Photography School Grand Opening; Guest Speaker from Snow Leopard Trust

You are invited to the Aperture Academy grand opening celebration from 6-10pm, Saturday, December 5th, 2009. Hosted by nature photographer Stephen Oachs, there will be food, drink and live music. Come meet the Aperture Academy instructors, get a free lesson, tour the gallery and sign up for some of the $5,000 worth of prizes...and bring a friend.

Campbell, CA--November 19, 2009--Stephen Oachs is extending a personal invitation to join him and his guests at the gala Grand Opening celebration of Aperture Academy on December 5th, from 6pm-10pm. Located at the Pruneyard Shopping Center in Campbell, California, the Aperture Academy is a beautiful 4,000 square foot gallery, studio and workshop for all things digital photography. The grand opening will be attended by local dignitaries, esteemed guests from across the U.S., from various organizations such as the Snow Leopard Trust, and award-winning photographers. "It's going to be a memorable evening," said Oachs.

Appetizers and refreshments will be catered by Sara Bromberg and Talula Bay Catering, who will be catering all of Aperture Academy's events and available to those who rent out the gallery space.  Live music will be provided by renowned guitarist, Jerry Snyder. There will be special guest speaker from the Snow Leopard Trust, in recognition of Stephen Oachs' philanthropic efforts through his award-winning photograph, "Endangered Beauty." Photography instructors Brian Rueb, Scott Davis, Jim Patterson, Scott Donschikowski and creative software instructor Jeanette Smith will all be attending and contributing to the festivities.

This celebration not only officially launches the Aperture Academy, but it marks the first event of many to be held there. "We are booking up quickly for the holiday season, and we're very excited to see the interest in Aperture Academy. The gallery was designed to be a multi-purpose venue with an atmosphere of class, comfort, taste and distinction," said Oachs. "We look forward to the many events, celebrations and memories to come."

To learn more about Aperture Academy's grand opening, or to inquire about reserving the gallery for your function, visit http://www.ApertureAcademy.com or call 408-369-8585.

About Aperture Academy

Founded by award-winning photographer and entrepreneur, Stephen W. Oachs, the Aperture Academy is a unique combination of fine art photography gallery and state-of-the-art teaching facility featuring classroom and in-field workshop instruction. Established in 2009 by Stephen Oachs, the Academy is located in Campbell, California, in the Pruneyard Shopping Center. The Academy offers a fun, interactive environment for learning everything related to digital photography, providing the best hands-on instruction in the industry. The state-of-the-art facility has individual student workstations outfitted with the latest software and hardware for Mac and PC platforms. Professional, award-winning instructors guide students of any skill level from learning to shoot in the field to techniques for digital post-processing, in a relaxed, personalized environment. Also an event venue, the 4,000 square foot facility's open floor plan makes it perfectly suited for social receptions, business and fund-raising events, camera club meetings and much more. Visit http://www.ApertureAcademy.com or call (408) 369-8585 to learn more about the school, reserve the gallery, or to register for classes. 


About Stephen W. Oachs

Stephen Oachs is an award-winning photographer, successful entrepreneur and technology veteran who began his journey in photography the moment he picked up his first camera.
Stephen's unique and distinctive style has earned him recognition as one of today's finest nature photographers. He was recognized in 2007 as wildlife photographer of the year by the National Wildlife Federation and was awarded best nature photographer in 2008 by National Geographic for his work photographing the endangered snow leopard. In 2009, Stephen founded The Aperture Academy, a unique combination of fine art photography gallery and classroom.

His work has graced the pages of many notable worldwide publications, including National Geographic, Popular Photography, Outdoor Photographer, National Wildlife Magazine, among others. Stephen and his work have been profiled locally in Gentry Magazine, and The Mercury News, and he has made numerous appearances as a guest lecturer.

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Grand Opening Gala on Dec. 5th, 6-10pm -- You are cordially invited...

Grand Opening Celebration!

On December 5th, from 6pm to 10pm, the Aperture Academy will hold a grand opening event. We invite you to come tour the gallery, enjoy food and wine, win prizes and meet Stephen Oachs, the Aperture Academy staff, and our guest speaker from the Snow Leopard Trust.

Please bring a friend...or all your friends...to the Pruneyard Shopping Center in Campbell, CA, and enjoy:
  • live music by wonderful guitarist, Jerry Snyder;
  • hourly prize drawings for $5,000 worth of merchandise and classes;
  • refreshing appetizers and drinks;
  • a fun preview of our Photoshop® & Lightroom® classes;
  • meet Aperture Academy founder, Stephen Oachs, and the Academy staff;
  • guest speaker from the Snow Leopard Trust;
  • and the special unveiling of Stephen's latest fine art print!
Join us for a fun evening of great art, good food, fine music and stimulating conversation...and help us celebrate the opening of The Aperture Academy in style!


The Aperture Academy is Open!

Welcome to the opening of Aperture Academy!

Located in the Pruneyard Shopping Center in Campbell, California, the Aperture Academy is a 4,000 square foot venue featuring the fine art photography of Stephen W. Oachs. In addition, this facility contains a large classroom which will provide a fun and interactive environment to learn everything photography!

Whether you're a beginner or advanced photographer and looking to brush up or polish existing skills, our state-of-the-art classroom and in-field workshops will provide you with hands-on instruction with the latest equipment by instructors who are teaching the most current approaches in photography, software and more.

At the Aperture Academy we do: