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

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

  • December 3, 2021
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • December 4, 2021
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm
  • December 5, 2021
    10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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.

COVID-19 Alert:
Please note this course will be held at the Los Angeles Center of Photography in 2021. Depending on the status of the virus, participants will be required to wear masks at all times, in addition to practicing social distancing. By registering for this class you recognize the risks of contracting COVID-19 and release and hold harmless the Los Angeles Center of Photography from all liability.

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

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

For this particular workshop, we have two recommendations for you:
Miyako Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. This hotel is walking distance to Art Share LA, the location of the workshop.
We recommend The Culver Hotel, a boutique hotel conveniently located in Culver City. Guests of LACP will receive 25% off the listed room rate (pending closures and black-out periods). Click HERE for details on booking.

NOTE: The Culver Hotel is not in downtown Los Angeles. You will need transportation to the workshop location.

Weekend-Intensive (Three Sessions)
Dates: Friday, December 3, 7-9 pm + Saturday and Sunday, December 4-5, 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: $1,275



Venue Phone: (213) 687-4278

Venue Website:

801 E. 4th Place, Los Angeles, California, 90013, United States

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