Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

We made some changes, so this is an update with the current info/outline on the workshop!

Here is a recent pic I took for the new assignment added to the last workshop!! Yes these are backlit bubbles, nothing fake going on here!
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The next workshop starts June 9th 2014:) (Today the early registration opens and you can receive a huge discount if you sign up during this time! I have been teaching online workshops for over 7 years! The workshop last 6 weeks with the first 5 weeks will be active portion! You will have 5 regular assignments and 5 bonus assignments, all regular assignments include a one hour live class! The main focus on the workshop will be natural light! In the workshop you will find editing tutorials,shooting tip, shooting videos, and two other instructors besides myself!!

Fee Structure and Participation
Full participant – $575 USD

Partial (or silent) Participant – $300 USD

As a full participant you may have full access to the forum and view all the written documentation and videos I post, you’re eligible to receive constructive feedback on each assignment from me and my assistants, participant in class contests, join the live virtual class, receive and give feedback on fellow class members, receive my actions and presets. Return as an alumni student and pay the alumni discounted fee.

As a silent participant you will also be able access all the written documentation and videos I post, but will not receive feedback or be able to post in the forum. You will not be eligible for the contests or live virtual classes. You may upgrade to a full participant by paying the difference in fee.

What happens once I pay.
You will receive a paypal receipt that your payment has been received. You receive another registration confirmation once the registration is closed! count as notification that you are enrolled on the workshop. Toward the start of the workshop date you will receive information regarding the start time. (usually this is done a day before) All email notification will be sent to the email account connected to the paypal address you signed up with. Also check the blog as it will say if emails have been sent, and if you have not received it please check your spam folders.

Do I have to be on the forum at certain times?

You will have access to a private forum that is open 24-7. I am on the forum each week day. Jenny & Cris (my assistant instructors) will be on a few days a week to help on the forum and assist with feedback! Each Monday I will post a new assignment, with a class newsletter ! You usually have a week to complete assignments and will post these for feedback in the forum. If you miss the due date you will find another section on the forum to post late assignments.

Will the forum be accessible once the workshop is over?

On completion of the workshop I leave the workshop forum open for approximately another week before I take it online, you will not have access to it after this time.

What is the turn-around time for critiques?
During the week I ask that you allow up to 24 hours for a reply on assignment, I’m active daily. On the weekend I ask for 48 hours. Unless you post in the late section, these can take a little longer as current assignment will be priority!

Does each critique tell exactly how to make improvements?
I offer detailed feedback if your image needs improvement, and give praise and tell you what I like if you got it. Occasionally I will offer feedback via video, if I feel I need to express or show you something I can not get across in the writing.

What are virtual classes?

A place we will meet as a group to discuss assignments. This is a live streaming class and you will hear me answer questions back and you will be able to view my computer screen. For each assignment I will finish the class with live editing of the assignment. Each week I post one class schedule and sign-up for the virtual class. If it fills I schedule another to ensure everyone can join and participate. An email will be sent about an hour prior to the start time with all the information you need to log-on and participate. The live streaming class will be done via a live webinar program, you will hear me speaking, and will be able to see my desktop and editing programs but are muted yourself. You will be able to ask and answer questions by typing into a chatbox. I record each virtual class and upload it into the forum as a video. You are free to watch as many times as you like.

What about students that live out of the United States, how does this work?
You will have 24-7 access to the forum. I am on the same time zone as New York. Eastern time. However, I have many international students from other parts of the world, i.e Australia,London,Denmark,India,Japan and etc and it has never been an issue. You are not obligated to be on the forum at any specific time. I’m on daily. I do virtual classes each week and change up the times … Say I do one at 11pm eastern time and one at 7 am eastern time …. It has never been an issue I record each virtual class and upload it into the forum at a later time; you are free to watch as many times as you like if you missed it!

What kind of equipment should I have for your course?
I would like for you to have a digital SLR
(photoshop or lightroom will be handy) but the latest and greatest of everything or anything is not essential. Our goal is to become proficient in finding the light.

What kind of experience should I have to take your course?

I would like for you to know how to shoot in manual for my class!

Could you tell me more about the dates assigned to your syllabus for the class? 

Main Assignments
Assignment 1: Dramatic Light-
Shooting into the light
Side Lighting

Assignment 2: Mid-day Sun & Backlight (full sun)
Full Sun
Covered Shade
Open Shade
Using your reflector
Capturing mid-day sun-flare

Assignment 3: GOLDEN HOUR, Late in the day..
Open shade
Facing the sun
Backlight & sharp
Backlight & dreamy
The sun just went down shot
Using your reflector & using what’s around you!
Capturing golden light sunflare

Assignment 4: Subject & Sky

Assignment 5: Putting it all together
Putting the techniques you have learned and focusing on capturing photographs with strong visual impact! This will assignment will focus less on technique and more of the creative vision of what you learned!


+You will find many editing videos on the forum

Friday, October 7th, 2011

We are slowly getting into the swing of things again over on the Fall 2011 class of the Finding The Light Workshop. The students are producing some fabulous work and giving one another wonderful encouragement and support. It’s a beautiful thing to see in the industry, because we could all use a pit crew hanging off our camera strap from time to time. Detra, Jenny and I are grateful to be a part of that kind of goodness.

The students have just finished up the first assignment – the dramatic black and white, along with the bonus side lighting assignment. These are the assignments that challenge the photographers the most in the workshop and the participants have been really working hard at honing and perfect their skills, based of the feedback given to each individual photographer. Often it takes several attempts but they just keep clicking away until they get it. Love that fighting spirit lol.  I am so happy to share a few images from our photographers showcasing light kissing their subjects in all the right places. Keep up the great work guys!








I never get sick of seeing assignment 1, not only is it a great moment when people conquer it, but also by week 8 sometimes there has been a striking transformation that has taken place. it is truly such a thrill to be at this point with the excitement of anticipation of what may lay ahead. I hope you will tag along for the ride and/or perhaps consider joining us on the next one – most likely around end of Jan/beg Feb 2012. perfect time for our Southern Hemisphere people to make us all jealous with your sunshine and beaches! .  Next assignment is shooting in full mid-day sun. My FAVOURITE – g

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

FYI – lots of you have been asking about the upcoming class,  we are so glad you are as excited as we are for it to start.


The start date is the 26th SEPTEMBER and early registration will be opening on the 15th of JULY. Thank you for your patience while last minute details are/were worked out.

In the meantime enjoy your summer (or stay warm and cosy if winter is visiting your house) …

for more general information about the workshops check out HERE

Monday, July 11th, 2011

I am so excited to share another set of images from some of the students of the spring Finding the Light Workshop (Workshop 12) held online over the last few weeks. It is always a thrill to be able to watch the development of each photographer as they walk their journey in “finding the light”. We absolutely love being a part of this journey together and are truly excited to see where these roads might take them.

Dana Yannone

Toni Raper of Maeve Photography

Val Spring of  The Red Balloon Photography

Sherry Ferrante of Ferrante Photo

Penelope Carrington Wallace from Petite Shards

Michelle Eichelberger of michellediane com.

Melissa De Luna

Thanks everyone for your commitment,  patience, desire to learn/grow/challenge yourself and one another. Thank you for embracing the beauty in finding the light – may the “sunflare’ be with you. xoxo -gail

Check back on Wednesday for another installment of student work.

For the upcoming fall workshop (starting on either Sept 12th or 19th 2011 TBA), please check out THIS LINK for more information. Registration will open soon.

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

I sent out the class emails this evening!!! I did start using a bulk email service to make life easier !! Please make sure you add my email to your safe list !!! Contact me asap if you did not get it:)

THE CLASS IS FULL My next workshop will be September 2011

Monday, April 25th, 2011

I sent out a class newsletter to students of the Spring 2011 workshop , please check your email. Make sure you add me to your safe list so I do not end up in your spam folder. If you did not receive this please contact me asap at thelightworkshop@yahoo.com
The class forum will start on schedule April 25th , look for an email in the evening !
Thank you

* If you are wanting to sign up I have two full participant spots left*

One spot

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

I’m going to do a final count soon !! I believe I only have two spots left !! If you have not registered yet , do it now before it’s too late!!!!

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

I’m very excited to announce the Spring workshop dates with you ! I will be starting a new class April 25th 2011. This class is my most popular class, be sure to sign up now !!
With early registration you will receive an awesome discount ! If you sign up with in the first 24 hours for a full participating spot, you will get $100.00 off and receive a free non participating alumni spot for my fall workshop. If you miss the 24 hour mark and sign up with in the first 72 hours after this post you will receive 100.00 off the full participating spot. If you want to sign up for the non-participating spot you will get 50.00 off the regular price , but you must register and pay with in 48 hours ~! I hope you can join us .. My workshop includes over 12 hours of live classes with access to the 24-7 workshop forum! I have 1-2 videos included and content with your assignments and I have more videos located in the video selection for you to watch. Each workshop I add and improve :) I have been teaching these for over five years . Don’t miss out! For full class details click on info tab.

Regular pricing for 2011

(split payment option available only for FULL PARTICIPANT students.. for limited time only.

Alumni Spotlight & Review – Marina Pershina (read below) Her work from workshop & current !

Last year I had the great opportunity to spend 8 weeks of delight, encouragement, inspiration, discovering, lots of communications … and it’s all about Detra’s workshop!!!
It was my first experience of learning online and I was really blown away!!!
This woman definitely knows her business and shares openly her skills with us.
Until last May I had no idea how to use the natural light and benefit from it. I had tons of pictures with overexposed sky or dark objects. She covered everything – backlights, flares, haze and halo effects, using reflectors, capturing the sun and the sky, lights and shadows… What’s more, her bonus assignments were as interesting as the main ones! Should I add that her actions that I won are invaluable and I use them all the time.
Everything just makes much more sense for me now and my sessions are nothing else but having fun with my little clients! Please feel free to see my progress here http://pemavi.livejournal.com/
P.S. See you at the spring workshop 2011 ☺

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

I will be adding new videos and some new content to the forum! My workshop includes over 12 hours of live classes with access to the 24-7 workshop forum! I have 1-2 videos included with content assignments and I have more videos located in the video selection for you to watch. I will be upping the prices of my next workshop, this will allow for a smaller classes and upgraded content! I will be doing an early registration workshop discount November 8th! This will be only for 24 hours !
My workshops last 60 days , the winter workshop will stay open one week later, this way I can make sure everyone can work with any weather situation that may arise ! I will have more details I will post November 7th!