Join Photographer Dave Julian to deepen your skills for seeing, feeling and interpreting life through creative photographic narratives.

There are no available registration dates at this time.

Motorcycle stunt rider in India
Indian Motorcycle stunt rider – by David Julian

This workshop is ideal for those already making visual narratives or who want to dive into a new way of using their camera. Our week begins with a curated presentation of inspiring storytelling images. After open discussion, participants also share some of their own images and life stories as a way of creating momentum toward our week together. With set intentions and serendipitous light, we visit less-traveled locations and local people to capture what is seen and felt through our own personal lens. Dave’s guidance includes methods for approaching subjects, tuning in, finding stories, and composing images in visual layers.

Back in our digital lab, we review our new images with a focus on ideas and emotion over technical perfection. Dave also demonstrates effective editing, image sequencing, and Adobe Lightroom development methods to help you refine your captures and imbue them with your own personal style. Throughout the week, we dine together both on and off campus to share friendship, humor, stories and ideas. By week’s end, each participant shares their best images, stories, and their new creative goals.

Barber giving a haircut in an alleyway in Havana
Barber giving a haircut to a client in Havana – by David Julian

Course requirements

Workshop level: Intermediate to advanced. Email Dave ([email protected]) if unsure of your level. Participants should know their digital camera’s operation and how to shoot in manual focus and manual exposure modes. A ‘less is more’ gear philosophy is encouraged so you can focus on creative energy. Any recent DSLR or Mirrorless digital camera will work for this workshop. Students must bring their laptops and may edit in Adobe LR or another program of their preference.

Contact Dave directly with any content or technical questions about this workshop.

Student testimonials

“Thank you, Dave, I learned so much during our week in Maine. Proud of my new work and I am inspired to continue in this direction!” – Leigh C, VT

“The best part was that David encouraged us to ‘play’ with both photographing & developing. This allowed me to take risks and see differently” – Frencesca Galluccio-Steele, Portland, ME

“David is a great teacher. He’s patient and works with the needs of each individual student while inspiring the whole class to go beyond their expectations.” – Former student

“It was such a treat to spend the week being with everyone and in the world of David Julian. I had a blast.” – Former student

“Hi Dave, your Art of Storytelling workshop was the kickstart I needed to gain confidence shooting stories on the street. I never knew there were methods for this style of storytelling. I’m now out weekly to build a portfolio of my work. Loved the inspiring presentation of fantastic photographers too.” – Dan C, PA

“Dave, you have been an outstanding and inspirational mentor. You saw into my work, listened to my rationale, you were honest in critique, and I gained a universe of knowledge from this course.” – Carla K, WA

“David was an inspiration and a great teacher. He awakens the creative self that often can get neglected by duty and deadlines.” – Char E, WA

Images © David Julian – Header image taken in Rockport Harbor, Maine.

Past student work

Maine, Richard Brunck - Dawn Rockport Harbor - David Julian workshop
Dawn Rockport Harbor – by Richard Brunck
Carnival in Bath, Maine - by Richard Brunck
Carnival in Bath, Maine – by Richard Brunck
Maine, Bath, Marilyn London - Ewing, Homer's Wife_3 - David Julian workshop
Homer’s wife, Bath, Maine – by Marilyn London
Kathy Tenga-Gonzalez - David Julian workshop
Image by Kathy Tenga-Gonzalez
Automaster, Maine - by Mike Conley
Automaster, Maine – by Mike Conley

Share This

Instructor: David Julian

Dave is a Seattle-based photographic artist and educator. Between assignments, he is photography faculty at The University of Washington and Seattle Creative Academy. He has led over fifty of workshops in the US and in India, Canada, Alaska, Mexico and annually in Cuba. His publications include Orion, Outside, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, PRINT, Outdoor Photographer, B&W and Rangefinder. He has also been guest and host on five photography podcasts including Hit the Streets. He is an official Fujifilm X/GFX CREATOR photographer.