Magnolia Plantation & Gardens Workshop/Seminar
Charleston, South Carolina with Denise Ippolito ~ March 26, 27, 28, 29th 2015 / $899.00 During this workshop/seminar my goal is to help you capture compelling images using light, color, effective depth of field, sharpness, creative camera techniques and more. Next I want to introduce you to some fun post processing techniques to turn your images into one of a kind works of art. CLICK HERE for more info. FULL/WAIT
7 1/2-Day/8-Night: A Creative Adventure ~ Tulips & A Touch of Holland Workshop
April 9 -April 16, 2015 ~ $4995 Limit: 12 photographers
Keukenhof – Delft- Amsterdam- Flower Fields- Kinderdijk
For more information or to sign up CLICK HERE. Join Denise Ippolito, the author of “Bloomin’ Ideas,” and “The Art of Flower Photography” for a great trip to Holland in mid-April 2015. Day 1 of the workshop will be April 9, 2015. We will have a short afternoon get-together and then our first photographic session at the justly-famed Keukenhof. Our last day, Day 8, April 16 will be a full day of photography.
The Palouse ~ A Creative Adventure/BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tour (IPT)/Eastern Washington State. May 29-June 2, 2015/5 Full Days: $1699- FULL WAIT
The Palouse ~ A Creative Adventure/BIRDS AS ART Instructional Photo-Tour (IPT)/Eastern Washington State. June 5-June 9, 2015/5 Full Days: $1699- FULL WAIT
Rolling farmlands provide a magical patchwork of textures and colors, especially when viewed from the top of Steptoe Butte where we will likely enjoy spectacular sunrises and/or sunsets. We will photograph grand landscapes and mini-scenics of the rolling hills and farm fields. We will take you to some really neat old abandoned barns and farmhouses in idyllic settings.For more information or to join this tour CLICK HERE.
2015 UK Puffins and Gannets Instructional Photo Tour
June 29 through July 5, 2015: $5499: Limit 10 photographers/FULL WAIT. Two leaders.
Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland on the morning of Monday 29 June. Stay 7 nights in two wonderful modern country cottages with lots of amenities.
5 days of planned puffin/seabird trips—weather permitting, 1 full day of gannet photography with 2 separate sessions on the boat.
All lunches and dinners are included. All 5 puffins boat lunches will be bagged and brought along for the day as there will not be serving lunch on the island . We usually eat them on the short boat trip from Staple back to Inner Farnes. Also included is a restaurant lunch on the gannet boat day and a farewell fine dining thank you dinner. For more info CLICK HERE.
Nickerson Beach Workshop ~ Friday, Saturday & Sunday July 17, 18, 19, 2015, $899.00 includes 5 photo sessions and 2 Image Review/ Photoshop sessions. Join Denise Ippolito at Nickerson Beach, Long Island NY. In July the Common Terns should be in full swing with plenty of chicks and feeding opportunities. If you have never seen their aggressive behavior at feeding time you must! CLICK HERE for more info or to sign up.
5 FULL DAYS: $1699 Meet & Greet Sept. 7th at 8pm
Join Denise Ippolito at the Swan Island Dahlia Farm in Canby Oregon (just south of Portland) for a great learning and photography experience. Swan Island features more than 40 acres with over 350 varieties of dahlias in a plethora of colors, shapes and sizes, making it one of the largest growers in the United States. For more information CLICK HERE.
Old Car City Workshop/Seminar October 9,10,11th 2015 ~ $399.00. Old Car City boasts 4,500 old cars on 34 acres mostly along wooded trails. Old cars have an allure that can’t be explained. They are full of interesting curves and lines, some of them have unique hood ornaments and emblems. Old Car City is a treasure trove just waiting to be unwrapped. During this workshop I will cover all of the steps needed to produce eye popping HDR images of old cars, trucks, buses, wheels and much, much more. So get out your old jeans and dirty sneakers and prepare to roll up your sleeves for another creative adventure. For more information CLICK HERE.
Bosque del Apache, New Mexico 2015 ~ Two Dates
Bosque del Apache 2015 BIRDS AS ART/A Creative Adventure Instructional Photo-Tour (IPT). 3-FULL DAY IPT: NOV 22-24, 2015. $1149. Meet and greet and introductory slide program after dinner on your own at 7:00pm on SAT NOV 21.
Bosque del Apache 2015 BIRDS AS ART/A Creative Adventure Instructional Photo-Tour (IPT). 4-DAY IPT: (three full and two 1/2 DAYS) NOV 28-DEC 2, 2015. $1499. Meet and greet at 3pm on SAT NOV 28 followed by an afternoon photo session at the crane pools and the introductory slide program after dinner on your own.
For more information CLICK HERE.
Dalmatian Pelicans , Northern Greece ~ January 24th – 29th, 2016
5 Nights/ 4 Full days of photography
Photograph beautiful Dalmatian Pelicans in Greece. Our trip will be from January 24-29th, 2016. Our hotel accommodations are located fifteen minutes from Lake Kerkini. This is a huge plus as we will be able to take advantage of great light at a moments notice. Lake Kerkini Greece is well known as one of the best locations to photograph Dalmatian Pelicans. For more information CLICK HERE.
Japan In Winter ~ February 9-24, 2016-Full Wait
For more information CLICK HERE.
General Workshop Info:
Participants are expected to have a working knowledge of their equipment including but not limited to exposure, f-stops and shutter speed. A 50 % deposit is required to confirm your registration. The full balance is due 60 days prior to the start of the workshop. To sign up for a workshop you can simply make a deposit by Paypal or credit card by clicking on the ADD TO CART button that is directly under each workshop listing. If you have a misc. amount due that is not listed please use the BUY NOW button that is listed just below and follow the easy directions that are posted there.
My General Cancellation Policy: Deposit and balance paid will be fully refunded if cancellation is made prior to 60 days before the workshop start date and your slot is filled. A 10% processing fee may apply to some deposits. No refunds will be given if cancellation is made less than 60 days before the workshop start date. Workshops that are longer than a one-day workshop may have a different cancellation policy so please check carefully. I reserve the right to bring additional clients along on any given workshop. In the event that I am unable to make a trip -every effort will be made to secure a qualified leader.
I am available for private one, two and three day workshops. My rate is $750.00 per day and that will include two shooting sessions and one laptop session per day. My travel expenses and lodging if applicable will be priced accordingly.
I am offering afternoon workshops for camera clubs and other groups. These are a 3-4 hour hands on workshop at the location of your clubs choice. The workshop would be conducted on a Saturday or Sunday and would require a 10 person minimum. Entrance fees to the location would be separate and not included in my fee. Travel expenses and lodging for Out of State Clubs will be priced accordingly.
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How to Make the Most of Your Workshop Experience
My number one goal is to offer you the very best photographic experience. Please provide me with a gear list and any questions or concerns you may have about your gear upon sign up so that I can offer you my recommendations. During the workshop I will be in the field to assist you with tips on composition, exposure, camera settings and more. I am always happy to answer any questions you may have during and after the workshop. As part of my workshop fee please feel free to send me 5 jpeg images from the trip for critique or simply to share. Please ONLY 5, thank you
If you are taking a workshop the very first thing to do is come prepared. Make sure you have all your gear in working order and back-up gear in the event something goes wrong. A spare Camera body, extra batteries and additional memory cards, multiple lenses and a camera strap (in case you hand hold). Tripod, flash, flash batteries, camera manual, etc…. If this is a multiple day workshop you will most likely want to bring your laptop to download your memory cards-most folks forget their card readers and hard drives. I also bring a multi-outlet plug so that if the hotel has limited outlets I am prepared. Plenty of extra dry cloths, a spare pair of shoes and large plastic bags in case of rain. Cell phone and charger. If your workshop is in the summer months don’t forget to bring water, sunblock, hat and bug spray. All kinds of things can and will go wrong on a workshop -it just happens so do try to be prepared.
When we start off the workshops we have enough time (we are not pressed for time) to set up our gear and walk out to our starting position. As soon as I arrive I usually start rambling off things for folks to do-Like check their camera settings, adjust their tripods, check their batteries and cards, check for proper footwear, etc… I am never trying to bark out orders my intent is to keep the group moving-some folks like to poke around and while that is fine if you are on your own it is not really fair to the others in the group. If you are someone that requires a lot of time setting up and going to the bathroom and re-lacing your shoes or reorganizing your trunk THEN you may be doing all of that on your own in the parking lot and meeting up with the rest of us. I recommend if you are someone that likes to take your time – get to the shooting location extra early!
Folks sign up for workshops for a variety of reasons. Some clients sign up just to be brought to a location at the right time of year and to know in advance what they might expect. There are clients that join a workshop to shoot with others and make new friends. But most sign up to learn and in order to learn you will need to stay close by and listen. Be open to suggestions and try to concentrate on improving your weak points. Let me know in advance what you are having trouble with in the field. It makes no sense to tell me after the workshop that you would have liked to work on your compositions more…..
If this is a bird photography workshop please be respectful of the birds and their environment. We will go over the guidelines for each specific location that we will be photographing at as well as some general rules: No harassing, feeding, touching the birds, eggs or nest scrapes. No loud music will be allowed and no alcoholic beverages. No food permitted during the workshops so eat in advance. All of my workshops are non-smoking and I do ask that you refrain from smoking even in the parking lot as we are setting up.
I hope this information helps you make the most of your upcoming workshop, remember the most important thing is that you have fun and enjoy yourself
What some of my clients have to say:
It was a fantastic workshop. I know I learned a lot and spent most of my time watching and listening because both of you had so much to offer. Your enthusiasm and sincere enjoyment of photography came through! It was great that you presented complementary approaches to the subject (f2.8 vs f32) and you did it with great professionalism and humor. You both were attentive to your students and tailored your presentation to our interests. I would highly recommend it to others and wouldn’t change a thing! hope to see you both again soon! my best, Mark Donaldson
I enjoyed the workshop and can think of several things that I will definitely need to get going to try on my own. Such as the in camera high key, the matte prints for quick “fake” backgrounds, tips on using Fractalius. It may have been nice to get to other areas in the gardens but with only 3 hours there is only so much ground that can be cover and you kept things moving. You and Denise make a good team. Both of you got everyone involved and gave them chances to get the image. I believe the price point and number of participants of the workshop was reasonable. If you and Denise each have mailing lists please add my address to both of them, as I would attend another workshop with either of you. Thanks for a good learning experience. John Jakubik
Thanks for all your help and energy at the Silk Mill. The pre walk in the semi private workshop gave me a good mental picture as to what I wanted to do and get me familiar with the mill. I enjoyed the workshop and tried different techniques that I have never used previously. I have not had time to review any images but when I do I will email you a few to view/critique. The group gelled good together was a lot of fun, helpful with each other and courteous when setting up photographs. This was one of the best workshops I have attended in a long time. James Saxon
Thank you so much for a wonderful workshop this morning, you were just fantastic. I’ve got some wonderful pictures (and am seriously contemplating a 500mm lens. I’m going to see if I can talk my husband into your July workshop (if there are any openings left) or you may just see me again there, I learned an incredible amount along with taking some great images and good company. Best regards, Hali Sowle
Hi Denise, First of all, I want to thank you both so much for such a terrific workshop yesterday morning at Nickerson Beach. What a wonderful experience and I learned so much from both of you. I am going through my images this morning and I have so many shots that I just love. It was a great time and you are both superb instructors. I really liked your teaching style and you are both so approachable that I never felt uncomfortable or stupid asking questions. Secondly, I would like to sign up for the next workshop at Nickerson beach at the end of July. I think you said it was July 24, but I am not sure. Let me know if you still have openings and I will send you the deposit. Thanks again & best regards, Betty Wiley
Denise, What a fabulous week! You are one terrific workshop leader and friend. I found the workshop stimulating, fun, energizing and just wonderful. Your encouragement to try new things with our cameras really helped me get over some humps.
Denise, Thank you for a wonderful 5 days at the Swan Lake Dahlia Garden. I learned so much and now I am ready to have more fun looking closely at the images. You are a talented photographer and also have a superb style in teaching. What a great combination! Muriel McClellan
Denise, Thanks for the extraordinary workshop! I loved every minute. You’re the best. Felice Willat
Thanks Denise, It was a great shoot. I really appreciate your leadership, composition tips, post-processing advice, guidance on specific locations to shoot within the prison, and management of the group. Kudos! I will be continue to learn from you by referring to your blog and galleries. Again, many thanks for guiding us at ESP! Peter
Hi Denise, I was on the Ft Myers IPT and you were very patient helping me with my camera settings. You have a gift. I know people that are very knowledgeable but can’t explain things and don’t have the patience. Take care, Brent Bridges
Hi Denise, I wanted to thank you for your expert help at the William’s Nursery Macro class. Your site is amazing b. t. w…. your photography is pure art. I have no expectations of ever taking pro quality bird images but I sure enjoy the hobby aspect for myself. I realized that I was afraid of the camera before I took the class, I’ve got over some of that fear now so thanks again! Linda Federico
Denise – I think I am going to buy a yearly pass to Longwood Gardens after the workshop yesterday. It really opened my eyes that I can do this stuff. You did a great job together. Steve Berkowitz
Wayne and Chris Kliewer write: Chris and I wanted to thank you and Denise for a wonderful morning at Nickerson Beach. We picked up some pointers. Thanks again for a wonderful class experience yesterday. Please pass on our thanks and appreciation to Denise
Hi Denise, I just want to say how much I enjoyed the entire workshop and would strongly recommend it to anyone wishing to improve their flower photography. It has helped me improve mine significantly. My thanks to both you and Artie for the experience. Ron May
Had a blast in the Everglades and learned so much about photographing birds. A fabulous workshop filled with information and practice.
Each day, we all saw how much our eye had changed just in three short days. The participants had so many different (fabulous) shots and Denise Ippolito was amazing as she had a depth of knowledge that addressed each level of ability.
She is part bird whisperer and part butterfly as she flits from person to person asking questions to make us think (um, what were those settings anyway!) and all the while pointing out situations to shoot. She saw birds that I would never have seen. The best part? She would see a shot and then tell us the thinking behind it. People say Denise thinks out of the box – I say (and told her) – she was never in a box!! Thank you so much, Denise Ippolito!!
Denise, you are a fabulous teacher and a fabulous photographer thank you! Jackie Ross
Denise, Just wanted to thank you for organizing a fun and informative workshop. We had a very nice group of people and I think everyone had to walk away with something. Please sign me up for the morning workshop at Longwood Gardens. I look forward to joining the group. Mike Lotito
Denise I would not have missed the workshop for anything. You did a great job. You both have a nice style and compliment each other nicely. I did get a number of images I like and I got a lot out of the morning. Carole Wiley
Hi Denise, Wow, you get such a special thank you. I am sure I have never taken any class where someone checked in with me and set me on the right course as often as you. Amazing and super appreciated. I hope you had a good a time as I did. Sue
Denise – Thanks for the great workshop and all the help. I have sent you a friend request. I hope we meet again – maybe at Longwood or Eastern State Pen or ? Nickerson Beach will definitely be on the list of favorite places. Eric
Good morning Denise, Just want to say thank you for all the hard work that you put in at Nickerson Beach. From your great presentation (love your artistic approach) on Tuesday nite until the farewells on Friday, you were fantastic. I have been shooting a lot of landscapes this year and had become sloppy in my approach to bird photography….you and Artie have gotten me tuned up (translated…kicked my butt) again and i feel much better about my readiness for my trip to Africa on Friday. I am looking forward to joining you on some of your other workshops in the near future. Wishing you well as you ramp up your career… I know it will be a successful one. Malcolm
Hi Denise–Just want to thank you for an enjoyable workshop at Longwood. I want to thank you, in particular, for your patient coaching with Becky. She enjoyed your instruction and is well on her way to mastering the mysteries of f/stops, DOF, ISO, etc. Please email me with any future workshops of yours. Phil Witt
Denise, Awesome images as usual! You are such a gifted photographer and teacher! I am so glad that I made the Swan Island Workshop. I learned a ton and came home with so many images that I love. I look forward to continue to learn from you! Susan Dimock
Denise, I really loved the workshop and got a lot out of it. You are a great leader/teacher. I like the way you are always checking everyone to see that we are still engaged and on topic. I learned a lot from you. Will never take a photo of a flower again without thinking of you and how you would approach it. Thanks again, Joe Barranco
Hi Denise, Your HDR presentation at the Ocean county Camera Club this past Monday was excellent. You have convinced me to take a second look at HDR as a very positive tool. Thanks. Roger Friend
Douglas Bolt writes: I appreciate the attention that you devoted to the group. Very helpful morning. doug
Denise. Thanks for a great time Saturday. It was much more than I expected. Already using Lightroom and PS tricks. Look forward to shooting again with you soon. Terrific day! Pete
Hi Denise, Thanks for yesterday. I had a wonderful time. The Purple Sandpipers were an extra treat. Just wanted to send a quick note of thanks. Jon
Hi Denise, Thank you for a wonderful set of workshops! The images from the workshop tell the story – we had a terrific time! The GRIPS camera club members who participated in the workshops were impressed with your enthusiasm, expertise and your willingness to share your knowledge and techniques. All agreed that it was time well spent. You showed real professionalism when the venue unexpectedly changed at the last minute and required a whole new approach. Kudos to you for making it a success! Lynn Fulton
Hi Denise, Thank you so much for all your teaching and guidance and friendship over the last couple of weeks! I really enjoyed getting to know you better, and learned a lot from you. I now have the books to peruse, and Topaz and Fractalius to play with. Thanks for everything! Geri George
Thanks for sharing your skill, interest, enthusiasm, and patience. There’s lots of good instructional information out there but there’s no better way to learn than in the field with a good instructor. And a good leader makes that learning experience possible. You did it all. I especially appreciate experiencing a new way to “see” opportunities for good photos. Your creative blur technique, for example, will become part of my photographic repertoire. Finally, and most importantly, thanks for sharing the Bosque experience. It was a delight to be with you and Artie. I returned home with memories that will last a lifetime. Bruce Goodwin
Dear Denise, What an excellent workshop—well organized and run. Betsey Henkels
Just got back late night yesterday from a scintillating and great learning workshop with Denise Ippolito. Had tons of fun learning,commingling and having a blast. If anyone wants to learn bird photography Denise is the best of the best. Thank you Denise for my intro to Bird photography. It is definitely not for the birds ! Came away with awe and respect for what you do and how you do it. Usha Peddamatham
Hi Denise, The only thing I can say is, thank you for being an inspiration. You are not only a great teacher but a wonderful person who really cares about teaching. Florida was a great experience with you and above all I learned from you, Patience Thank you so very much, see you in Galapagos! Love and regards, Gaurav Mittal
Hi Denise, I have to tell you I really enjoyed your presentation tonight at the Orlando Camera Club. Your work is absolutely stunning and very diverse! I am one of your newest admirers and look forward to seeing more of your work. Best regards, George Crudo Orlando Camera Club
From one of the participants at the Garden Club of America’s Photography Study Group Seminar which was held in Sarasota Florida. Denise was a great instructor and great person. I learned so much from her. I hope I can take another workshop from her. And I love her photography! Thanks Denise, Eloise Carson
Denise, Thanks for all of your coaching and assistance last week. You definitely made the trip better and added to the experience. You give a good balance to Artie’s intensity. I look forward to being with you in Homer. Thanks, John
Thank you so much Denise. It was a pleasure meeting you. The workshops and seminar were fantastic and I know that the attendees learned a lot and really enjoyed themselves (myself included). It’s always nice to meet someone you’ve been “friends” with online and then discover they’re even nicer in person. Edith Itzcovici-Levy
Hi Denise, Just wanted to thank you for all your help at the IPT last week. It was really great to hang around listening to your suggestions throughout. I really did learn so much more this trip, although maybe it’s just taken longer for it to sink into my thick skull! I really feel my images are getting better, I’m seeing better things out of the camera and attribute that to you and Artie and of course all the co-leaders. You guys put together a really good group, lots of fun and great teachers. I do have to say your creativity really does inspire me, it just may take me awhile to get there. At Bosque I wasn’t quite so sure about the blurs, now I think it’s pretty neat, something to work on. I really hope we get the chance to shoot again sometime, maybe a trip east to your neck of the woods. Take care, and good luck with all your future projects. Mark Hardymon
Denise, Once again I want you to know how much I appreciated your instruction and guidance through the week-end. You have not only the gift of creating beautiful artwork but of teaching others about it as well. A wonderful combination! I look forward to attending additional workshops by you in the future. Peggy Steinberg
Dear Denise, Had meant to e-mail you after the Long Island IPT but things got really busy as soon as I got back. The holidays have given me some chance to catch up. Many thanks for the advise and instruction during the IPT – it truly was very helpful and appreciated. I did purchase the blur guide and am anxious to start trying some blurs (many of my photos are already unintentional blurs so I figure it won’t be too hard). Best wishes for the very best New Year. Dick
Hello Denise, I really learned a lot over the weekend. Having never done HDR exposures before I felt out of my league, but felt it finally clicked Sunday morn. The Mill was fascinating. Thanks for sharing your talent and knowledge with us all! Jean Diblasio
Hi Denise, Another great workshop with a great group of people. So much to shoot and great instruction.
Hi Denise, I had such a wonderful time last week at Bosque and just wanted to thank you for all your help. I learned so much and had such a great time, It was a real hoot!! We had such a good group and an even better group of leaders, so willing to share their knowledge and help out at all times. The photography was spectacular but the people really made this trip special for me. I’ve always been pretty straight forward in my photography, but your creative influence has really got me thinking about new and different roads to follow and for that I’m forever grateful. I hope your future is bright and successful and I look forward to seeing and working with you again. All the best in the upcoming holiday season, take care. Mark
It was a wonderful workshop and I came back with many keepers. You got my creative juices going, so I made a folder in my gallery just for you. Debby L.
Denise, Thanks so much for the Blurry day at Bosque and for a good dinner. I enjoyed myself and obtained some good ideas. Thanks and hope to meet again, JP
Hi Denise, I had a great time. Learned a lot, including patience and persistence. You are an excellent teacher. Thanks. Will get to my pix tomorrow. Roger Friend
Denise, Thank you, thank you, thank you-
Had a wonderful time and learned enough to stuff my little brain.
Hello friend! I just wrote a short note to Art to let him know that my first IPT was a great adventure! I enjoyed your insights and ideas, and truly grew more confident in my knowledge of the tools that are available. It’s one of those things that you want to have as a “do-over”. I wish I was better at the beginning, but that’s why there are more beginnings. The photo’s that you posted from the week are exceptional. Thanks for the introduction to blurs, and know that I wish you well! Thanks again, Deb Keller
Hi, Denise! Nickerson was oodles of fun and a great learning experience. You are not only a very talented photographer and artist, but a truly nice person and fun to be with. Be well, John Haedo
Dear Denise, It was a great pleasure to meet you in Bosque as I mentioned I love your creative images and indeed photo’s reflect the photographer, you are very nice too! Hopefully you had a nice Blurry day in Bosque, a pity I had to go back home, but I will enjoy the pictures on your website soon, best wishes, Jan
Hi Denise! It was so fun to meet you this week and I learned tons and tons! I am excited to get back out and practice some more. Maybe I will see you again if you come back to Portland to see the iris gardens! Be sure to let me know! Thank you again, Carol Gary
Denise… I loved being out with you…
Not only are you an exceptional photographer… Eager to share what you know, but you wanted me to be successful… I loved the support and knowledge from backlighting, exposure compensation, to composition and camera settings…
The photoshop session was the Best… Hopefully, you’ve unleashed the rabid photographer within!!!
And your generous kind spirit was a delight to be with.
Many thanks for a most memorable time…
Hi Denise, Awesome workshop @ Bethlehem Steel especially the stacks. Thanks for showing how to use “Virtual Horizon”. Its a great tool. Thanks, Linda Russo
Hi there Denise. You are on the leading edge of trendy!! Your workshop was refreshing. A welcome addition to the BAA line-up. Keep in touch. Joanne
Good morning Denise, First of all I would like to say that I thought you did an excellent job with your workshop. It was well organized. You tried to give each of us some personal attention. Sally Foster
Hi Denise, Thanks for a great workshop. I had a terrific time and learned a lot under your teaching and organization. I have a lot of photos I am happy with. I wish I could take a class with you more often . I would really like to learn some of your photoshop techniques with the filters and papers. I have your books, but there is nothing like seeing it in person. Thanks so much. Ted
It was a privilege and a once in a lifetime opportunity to be with Denise and Artie at Bosque. I learned so much, enjoyed my fellow photographers and was inspired by Denise and Artie’s love of the natural world. The workshop was amazing from beginning to end and I will never forget the experience. Sue Eberhart
Denise I had a lot of fun during the workshop. I learned so much from it, and I think I actually got a few good captures. One of the best parts, however, was viewing your slide show. I especially liked the image of a skimmer doing its thing on glassy water: WOW, talk about setting the bar high!! I bet you keep that location a well-guarded secret. J It was also cool to witness the pride you expressed about your work at the end of the slide show, telling us how many countless hours you’ve spent out in the field to capture images like that. You can’t buy experience and you can’t fake effort or desire or sheer force of will. That passion is a key component of what makes you so good and it’s cool as well as inspiring when you let it come through. John Haedo
Denise: I would like to say to you also that it was a pleasure spending time with you during the trip. And thanks for all the tips on composition in the field and Photoshop. I can tell you that I now am very aware of the background for a picture, as I realize that if there’s a tree right behind the bird’s head, it’s not a good picture. Believe it or not, I didn’t even see the background before, and your advice has made a big improvement in my technique. Michael Yessik
Hi Denise, I enjoyed the workshop tremendously & learned much. Larry Tawa
Hi Denise, I just wanted to thank you for an enjoyable time yesterday at Longwood Gardens. I appreciate the insight you provided and the opportunity to shoot with you. I love the fact that you have so much energy and enthusiasm for photography. . . A kindred spirit! If you happen to be in my area of NJ or if you want to shoot in NYC some time, let me know and I’ll be happy to join you. I hope to see you again soon. Oh, and hopefully I’ll get to process my images in the near future. Noreen B.
This week I actually had to chance to practice what I had learned at the weekend seminar in Tampa/Brandon. You (Artie) & Denise have no idea how much I learned…but more importantly, how much I was inspired, during those two days…I genuinely can’t thank you two enough! Thanks much! Best regards, Greg Clarkson
Thank you so much Denise, it was wonderful to be on the workshop with you again, you are a great mentor, and photographer and just plain fun to be around, you definitely made it a great weekend. H. Sowle
Hi All, As said previously by my colleagues this was a fantastic IPT and I really loved every minute of it. One of the many reasons I attended the IPT was to get inspirations for my future workshops and this was definitively achieved and more. I feel it will be difficult to be surrounded by a better group of talented and dedicated photographers in the future. Thanks again Denise and Artie, you are great leaders and both of you models to follow for my own business. Kind regards to all. Pierre
Denise I’m now so motivated to get back out and do more shooting! Thank you for such a wonderful workshop and especially for taking the time to help me become a better and more creative photographer. Hope to see you again soon! Anne Harlan
Hi Denise, Just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed the shoot and workshop Saturday night. Being my first ever workshop I did not really know what to expect. Both you and Scott were very helpful and I learned several new things, especially with regards to night photography. I am considering joining your Christmas Longwood Gardens workshop, if our schedule works out. I especially appreciate how both of you were so friendly to my wife Dorothy, making her feel included, when she really was not a part of the workshop. She is the biggest fan of my photography and it always helps me to have her along on my trips. Take Care, Ken K.
Denise, I so enjoyed your energy information and admired the most amazing photography….. I got a lot out of your presentation and it left me with wanting more….. The most important message of all was that you were willing to share and teach everything you have learned. That was huge for me. Thank you for all you do in improving the artist in us all. YOU ROCK!!! ? Jackie Miller Brady
Denise, thank you so much for an amazing presentation! Your commentary and visuals were fabulous! Fiona Keyes
Hi Denise, It was great meeting you and a really nice group of fellow students. I also learned a few tricks to keep me thinking, and plan to return to Weehawken for a sunrise or moonrise in the near future. Thanks for an excellent and fun workshop. Debby L.
Denise/Artie, Thank you so much for another great IPT at Nickerson. I entered one of my shots from the IPT titled “Early Breakfast” in the Art in Nature Contest at the Wardmuseum.org. I won first place in the Bird category. Nice to see that the judges recognize creative and new techniques. I’ve tried to win the bird category for three years. The best I ever did was third with a Piping Plover chick. This was very special for me. Denise thank you for sharing your creative vision with us and Artie for pounding it into my head. On Friday July 26th, I stayed all day and worked on pleasing blurs. I have another 500 plus winners I am sorting through. No photoshop was used (except for cropping) just the IPT technique you shared with us.Pretty cool! Wahooo! Kind regards, Timothy L. Thompson
Denise: Thank you for the EXCELLENT, dynamic presentation you made last night at the Chester County Camera Club. You provided a LOT of useful information. You inspired me to experiment more. An especially big THANK YOU for being a creative, innovative, energized and happy photographer, who shares her tips and joys. Anita
I’d just like to thank you again for your all the help you gave me on the IPT. You understood when I was struggling. Thank you for demonstrating your Mongoose head and a very big thank you for lending me your Skimmer pod – it opened my eyes to low level photographing (my Snowy Plover photos are amazing!!). I will definitely buy a new tripod without a centre column, so I can set up really low, or I might even buy a Skimmer ground pod, which was the one that you recommended me to get? And also for showing me, and Geoff, some basic techniques within Photoshop, particularly with using layers. I’m still sorting through my photos and am hoping I’ll remember your instructions when I get to process them! If I don’t, hopefully, Geoff will be able to interpret his scribbled notes! Many thanks again, and maybe we’ll catch up with you sometime. Cheers and thanks, Sheila
Hi Denise, I can only begin by saying Thank You!!! What a wonderful opportunity you provided all of us with this mornings workshop. The high point for sure was meeting you and seeing Artie again, it has kept me smiling ever since. The site was spectacular!!! I am very grateful for this morning, for your time, knowledge and eagerness to teach and share. We are lucky to have had time with both of you and i feel new inspiration after our ‘play time’ in the field! The site was wonderful and even the morning fog added that unpredictable light element….got some interesting shots as the sun broke through. I look forward to shooting again with you and discovering another venue that holds new images to capture. I’ve been busy processing the images….more to learn there…and yes, perusing the B&H site for a 5D mark lll!!! Oh boy!! Thank you very much….today was bliss….pure bliss. My best, Sherb
Denise, Just wanted to thank you for an excellent workshop last Sunday. I thought the Graffiti Underground – Mugsy’s – Eastern State Penitentiary mix made for a perfect day of shooting. And thanks for the excellent composition and exposure tips – I’ve already seen some improvements in my ability to “see the shot”. Thanks again – looking forward to my next workshop adventure. Karl
Hi Denise, I wanted to thank you for an amazing day of learning and fun. Your workshop was truly inspirational and fun. I will certainly be scheduling another one with you. Debra Miller
Denise, I really enjoyed the session especially the practical aspect of working with you at the Jetty — the on-going tips and guidelines you provided for composing, analyzing as you go, using the histogram and watching the blinkies will be invaluable and change my approach —- the hands-on with you there is so much more valuable than reading about techniques or just hearing about the techniques … all in all it was a great time …. Terry D.
Hello Denise, I am still telling “photo friends” about your amazing work as presented at the MLCC earlier this month. I am so glad to have met you and hope MLCC will be featuring a Photoshop workshop by you, as I will definitely be attending! Viewing your photography is like an escape into a perfect world! Jackie
Hi Denise, Hopefully, you remember me from the Longwood, PA seminar. I had such a wonderful time and learned so much. I think the most important thing you gave me was the freedom to be me! Thank you again for your time, talent and encouragement. With warm regards, Rose Mary Lalonde
Denise, Thanks for a wonderful day! Because of that day I have a renewed interest in Nature Photography. Thanks! Hope to see you out there. Pete
Thanks for a GREAT workshop, Denise. The mill was a fabulous photographic adventure. I’m loading more than 600 images on my iMac right now — Lori D.
Denise, Thank you for a wonderful Saturday afternoon. Again, I totally loved every minute. Still going through all the photos. Thank you again and again. It was really fun and I learned a lot. KK
Denise, Thank you for the two days of great photography and lessons. Jon Saperia
Denise, I had a blast. I learned some new techniques and went manual and I was actually comfortable doing so. It’s something I rarely do. Thanks for a great workshop. Tom Snyder
Thank you for yesterday. It was wonderful from start to finish. You are so encouraging, inspiring and a fantastic teacher both with camera in hand and on the computer. I love so many of my images from yesterday.
Thanks again for a wonderful day. Take care. Pam
Dear Denise, Thank you so much for your fabulous presentation(s) in Sarasota for the GCAPSG group. You were the shining star and everyone got such value out of your program, expertise and willingness to be helpful. Jane Rogers
Hi Denise, Jeanne and I thoroughly enjoyed last night’s presentation at the Lehigh Valley Camera Club. Not only did you present wonderful images but the stories and the post-processing behind them made the talk all the more entertaining and informative. Don Schroder
This was a terrific weekend of photography and learning! Thank you, Denise, for being such a patient and caring teacher for those of us who aren’t as quick to catch on as we wish we were. I’m so excited to try lots of the great ideas you so generously shared. And I look forward to my next chance to be with YOU! Nancylee Cranmer Mudd
Hi Denise, First of all, thanks for sending the group photo. But more importantly, I want to thank you for a wonderful workshop experience. Aside from your spectacular work, you are a wonderful instructor, and have great attention to technical detail. You also have PATIENCE of STEEL, but most all, a terrific person! I am truly grateful that I found you on the internet!!!!! I enjoyed every moment of the workshop, even the photoshop session, where I had the greatest difficulty. I know in time I will learn everything I need to know. I hope in the near future we will meet again, I was sincere of my offer to assist you in any way. Thanks again for all your efforts and energy for a great weekend workshop. Sincerely, Sandra C. Halpern
Hi Denise, Thanks for coming to the Lehigh Valley Photo Club last night. Your ornithology images are spectacular. I was so much reminded of John James Audubon’s Folio paintings. The light colored backgrounds you use make the birds really stand out. It was a pleasure listening to your enthusiasm as well as a feast for the eye looking at your gorgeous images. Susan
Hi Denise, Your HDR presentation at the Ocean county Camera Club this past Monday was excellent. You have convinced me to take a second look at HDR as a very positive tool. Thanks. Roger Friend
Denise, First of all I want to thank you for all your help and encouragement. I had a wonderful time and loved working with you. I can’t believe how organized you are and already have images on your blog. They all look fabulous. It was a treat meeting you and working with you. I look forward to getting together again. Pamela
Dear Denise, I apologize for not getting a chance to say thank you for the wonderful workshop at the mill on Saturday and Sunday. It was amazing!! I had the greatest time and met some really nice people. You are a wonderful host and facilitator. Please be sure to include me on your future outings. See you along the way. Warmest regards, Tony Monaco
Rosalie and I loved the tour to Chile and Patagonia. You are a first rate leader and made it all worthwhile. The trip was great in spite of the problems unique to us. The location and hotel were all top of the line. We were fortunate to have good weather. We would consider doing it again in April so please keep us on the list. I saw your blog and it is so good that I have forwarded the link to all our club members (100 strong). We wish you all the best and a Happy Holiday season.
Tom and Rosalie
Hi there Denise! Just wanted to say I really enjoyed the sunflower workshop today and wanted to thank you again for all your help & expertise. Looking forward to another “photo adventure” soon! Best, Ginger White
Hi Denise, It was a GREAT workshop! You and Scott did a fantastic job. I really enjoyed it. Thanks so much for all your hard work and effort. The location is beyond awesome!!! Kate Ryan
Denise, I just wanted to say on behalf of the Board and myself thank you for coming to our club and doing such an awesome presentation. I have heard many great comments from the members about how much they enjoyed your presentation and seeing your stunning images. It is speakers like yourself that have helped make our club a great place to learn and become better photographers. Hope you made it back last night! Please let me know if you are ever back in Orlando and we can get a group together for dinner! Best to you, Katrina H. Guensch-Bennett
Denise, we had a fantastic time. We learned a lot and got lots of good shots. Can’t wait to do another workshop with you. Looking forward to Barnegat. Thanks again, Dave & Eli
Dear Denise, I feel I learned so much, now have to practice. I am even getting comfortable with blurs. You are an amazingly accomplished artist and teacher and so gracious about sharing your visions. We are really looking forward to Bosque, so very different from Old Car City.Elizabeth L.
Dear Denise, Thank you so, so much for such a marvelous presentation and sharing your skill and gift with all of us last night. Your photography is just exquisite and so inspiring. Anyway, we all truly loved your time with us, your energy and your spirit. Thank you again, Kitty Kono Main Line Camera Club
Denise, I had so much fun and learned sooo much from you guys it should have been illegal. I wanna go back, pitch a tent on the beach and stay there awhile! JH
Denise, This was one of the most enjoyable and productive trips we’ve had. You and Artie make a great team. Great to see your business doing well, couldn’t happen to a nicer person. This doesn’t say enough, but you’ve probably noticed I’m not very loquacious. later, Alan
Hi Denise, Thank you sooo much for your enlightening, inspirational and informative presentation last Monday. We all enjoyed your presentation and your easy approach to all the items covered. Very easy to follow and understand. You clarified many issues that we have been dealing with so now we can go out and try them. I especially appreciated the artistic approaches that can be used on all our photos. Thanks From the Lansdale Camera Club Members
Canon Everglades Workshop Denise Ippolito was a huge help. We dealt with pretty much every imaginable problem in a span of four hours. As always, the folks that stayed close to Denise and to me and asked lots of questions learned the most. It was Denise who actually led most of the group into the field well before sunrise while I stayed behind dealing with a variety of tripod, tripod head, and plate issues. Thanks for you help. The folks loved you and I would have been dead in the water without you there. Art Morris
Denise, I am late thanking you but, I want to thank you for making our 2011 Spring Foto Fun day such a success. Everyone there really enjoyed having you be part of our special day. We’ve never had a speaker who enveloped the day from the beginning to the end, from being one of our judges, interacting with attendees, providing a wonderful program, and providing door prizes and bringing handouts etc. And thank you for my bag of goodies…that was very thoughtful of you. Please keep us abreast of your successes in the coming years and I hope to catch up with seeing you at one of your programs.
Ken Sichel President DVCCC
Our speaker, Denise Ippolito was delightful, entertaining, engaging and very informative. She showed a collection of incredible bird photographs and explained her secrets for capturing such amazing images, including – ‘be on the scene first’ to get the best shots. She also showed a number of images which were manipulated in a Photoshop plugin called Fractalius. It creates unusual, eccentric artworks in a single step. The effects are based on extraction of so-called hidden fractal texture of an image. With it, you can also simulate various types of exotic lightings and high realistic pencil sketches. Everyone in attendance was mesmerized by Denise’s work. Check out Denise’s website for blogs, workshops and to download her amazing e-book tutorials. Main Camera Club Blog
I would recommend anyone who wants to be a better photographer to grab any chance to take a workshop with Denise! Muriel McClennan
Denise. I got nothing but positive feedback about both the workshop and the evening’s presentation. I understand you have been invited as a potential speaker at our 2016 Photo Beach Bash. Regards, Dick Snyder
Denise, I’m a member of the Ocean County Camera Club and attended your presentation Monday evening. I couldn’t stay after the meeting so I decided to drop you an email to tell you how wonderful your presentation was. In my opinion is was the best presentation we’ve had at the club in the few years I’ve been a member. It was informative, interesting, and presented in a very friendly manner. BK
Hi Denise, It was great, I loved it! Thank you! I was so caught up in taking the photos the time evaporated. I got so many great shots. Definitely I’d like to go back, I have to see if that weekend in August is going to be a conflict in terms of other travel. Thanks again, you ran a nice workshop! Sharon
Hi Denise, I am surely the one to be offering a thank-you for this past week-end! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and only occasionally felt the cold as you did prepare us well and once engaged in a photoshoot, there is no pain. I am very pleased with my shots and have just ordered your video on creative multiple exposures. I will be interested in further meet-ups with you, hopefully up here in Canada. Cheers from an admirer, Sandra R.
Denise, I can’t tell you how much I not only enjoyed, but learned at your presentation … I’m looking forward to working with you some day when the weather gets nicer … your photos were great and your presentation was second to none … thanks again … AK
Hi Denise, Thank you so much for all your help and inspiration during the Lonaconing Workshop. You made the experience very informational, creative, and fun! I hope to be able to learn from you again in the future! Here are a few photos for you. I love what you did with the “leaf on the windowsill” – the feeling the texture gave to it is quite soft and romantic. My next step is to learn more about post processing and textures – I would love to be able to create the same magic that you can! Thanks, Betsy
Hi Denise, Thank you for an awesome weekend! Your presentation was fantastic and all of the feedback has been awesome! Beginners and advanced photographers alike enjoyed it! Your workshops both days were great too! Thank you so much!!! Lisa Cuchara
Hi Denise, I thought the weekend was just wonderful. I learned a lot, got some awesome shots, and just plain had a fantastic time. I can’t thank you enough for all of the personal help you bestowed upon me. I’m sure each attendee felt the same, but I really felt it was one on one rather than a group event. Now I have material to draw from for a long time to come. It means so much to an advanced beginner like me to be able to work with and watch you work, listen to how you think and what you are looking at, and then teaching me how I can make my shots better. I received more than I could have imagined from the workshops. So thank you for the weekend, Margo Bury –
Many thanks for taking the time to give your “Nature Travel” presentation to the LVPC last night. It was awesome and judging from the comments after the show, everyone else thought so too. The images were all terrific and I thoroughly enjoyed the stories and photographic information behind many of the photos. Also, glad you were pleased with the crowd…92 attendees including 10 new club members! A win-win for everyone!
It was good to see you and thanks again,
Dear Ms. Ippolito
I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation. Breath-taking is an understatement.
Denise, I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation last Monday. You are so creative and your artistic sense is right on. It was great to see you again. I wish you would do some workshops on the jersey shore.Since my wife is ill I can’t travel far from home.
Denise is one of the best photographers that I know – her creative style and ability to see what the rest of us do not constantly amazes me. She generously shares her knowledge and inspires those photographers who are fortunate enough to attend one of her workshops, yet also shares her skill and passion with the rest of the world through her blog. She truly is a genuinely nice person and her generosity of spirit brings out the best in everyone she meets – whether in person or virtually.
I am so glad that I had this experience and could go with you. You are the best leader. Not only is your outstanding personalty an asset, but your constant willingness to share your knowledge is impressive. So different from the many workshops that I have attended.
Thank you so much for the Photoshop tips too.
Thanks once again, Denise. It was nice to see you again, and I enjoyed the workshop and Longwood Gardens. Your skill, creative eye, and images inspire me….simple as that!
Denise, Big thanks… was well worth the time. Love learning new techniques from a really great teacher!!!!
Once again…thank you so much for the inspiring flower photography you share with all of us. You are one of the most creative macro photographers I know. My best to you…Janie Greene