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Sharpening Your Photographic Vision with Sam Abell (Three Sessions – In-Person Learning)

  • Friday
    January 5, 2024
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday
    January 6, 2024
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • Sunday
    January 7, 2024
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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© Photo by Sam Abell


In-Person Learning

When we talk about a photographer’s personal vision, we refer not only to the present and how one can photograph with a more refined way of seeing – we must also encompass the complete experiences and ambitions of the photographer, fully embracing one’s past work and future projects. Only by editing and understanding one’s past work, sharpening and refining current work, and devoting oneself to future projects will the photographer truly develop and realize a unique photographic vision.

Join National Geographic photographer Sam Abell as he guides photographers along their journey, conducting a weekend divided amongst shooting assignments, portfolio reviews, and discussions all with one purpose: creating images that have more clarity while simultaneously developing a true, unique personal vision. Sam will discuss his technique of seeing in layers, the importance of seeing well, and how to see with more discriminating power. The goal of this workshop is to help each participant discover where they are now and where their work can take them.

Sam Abell’s thirty-year career has been dedicated to achieving artistic expression through documentary photography. He has pursued his goals primarily through his lengthy, in-depth coverage for National Geographic magazine and its Book Division. At the same time, he has maintained a career as an artist, teacher and author. His numerous book credits include The Life of a Photograph, Seeing Gardens and The Photographic Life, to name a few. His most recent book Amazonia was published in January, 2010 to coincide with an traveling exhibition of images organized by the University of Oregon Art Museum. He is currently at work on a sixteen-volume set of books titled The Sam Abell Library.


  • Three Sessions
  • Dates: Friday, January 5, 7-9 pm + Saturday and Sunday, January 6-7, 10 am – 6 pm PST
  • (Please note exact meeting times may vary.)
  • Enrollment Limit: 15 students
  • Skill/Experience Level: Students should have a working knowledge of their camera and the ability to shoot in manual mode.
  • Tuition: $1,375  (Become a Member today and received up to 20% off!)
  • Location: This course will meet at The Shay (World of Hyatt), a new boutique hotel in Culver City. Students will enjoy meeting in the Hayden Boardroom, located on the 2nd level.

NOTE: This is classified as a “Special Guest” workshop. We advise you to read the “Special Guest Refund Policy” HERE before enrolling.

Traveling from out of town? Need a place to stay?

We recommend The Shay, a boutique, destination by Hyatt hotel conveniently located at 8801 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232. Guests of LACP will receive 15% off the listed room rate (pending closures and black-out periods).

Click HERE for instructions on booking online.


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