Cristi Owen Photography | fancy camera workshop




When I bought my first fancy camera I spent years shooting on AV priority mode and couldn’t quite understand why my photos lacked the wow factor I was looking for. This workshop is designed for those who own a fancy camera but are still not sure how to use it to its full potential. 


Previous attendees have included students who were just taking their camera out of the box as well as those who own a photography business. There’s a maximum of 12 attendees per workshop to ensure everyone gets individual attention and can learn at their own pace. 


I host most of the workshops, but you are also welcome to host a workshop. If you have a group of friends and a location that you would like to hold the workshop at, I’d be happy to come to you. The host makes the full payment to Cristi Owen Photography and you can have 1 to 12 people attend the workshop you host. 


Camera settings, lens choice, focal point and compositional elements will be discussed at length during the morning portion of our day together. After lunch (provided by the workshop), we will spend a few hours practicing what you learned. I will be shooting too, sharing my camera settings and my thought process behind each image and answering your questions.  We will then look at our images together and answer any final questions. I will briefly share my favorite Photoshop techniques as well. 

Here’s an overview of our day together: 

9:00 Introductions

 The Technical Stuff (exposure, camera settings, focal points, focal length, etc) 

The Fun Stuff (compositional elements) 

Equipment: What’s What 

12:30 LUNCH (included) and Review 

1:30 Assignment/Hands-on Practice Outside with “models” 

4:30 Post Processing 

5:30 Sharing of Images/Critique/Q&A 

7:00 The End 

What You Need

Notebook and something to write with if you like to take notes

Any digital camera will work as long as it has a manual (M) mode

Your Camera’s Manual

Don’t forget your camera’s digital memory card (CF, SD, MMC, xD, MS, MD, SM)

Don’t forget to charge your camera’s battery

A card reader or your camera’s cable to download photos

A laptop

If you don’t have Photoshop, you can download a free trial version prior to the workshop at


Gilbert, AZ or wherever you are hosting it 

How Much

$229 per person or $1600 if you are hosting it. Please note payments are non-refundable. 


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More Info

If you would like to read about previous workshops and see some behind the scenes photos, please click here.