Photography Workshop at Sun to Moon Gallery

"Expressive Digital Photography"

A 3-Day Photography Workshop with ALISON SHAW
& Scot Miller combining lectures with daily in-the-field photography sessions, critiques & more.

Thursday, May 19 - Saturday, May 21, 2016
Workshop Cost: $675.00

Limited to 12 participants - Call to reserve your place!

Workshop at Sun to Moon Gallery is sponsored by Competitive Cameras

"Photography was getting stale. I was in a rut. The cameras themselves were becoming less and less interesting to me. The fun of the craft was gone – or at least was quickly slipping away. Then, I had the good fortune to discover Alison Shaw's workshop at Sun to Moon Gallery. And my life behind the lens changed. Alison’s class is worth the time and money and above all else it is worth pouring yourself into." – John C.


Fine photographs by Alison Shaw, at Sun to Moon Gallery, Dallas, TXWORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:

Looking to expand your photographic creativity? Learn from renowned photographer & gallery owner Alison Shaw of Martha's Vineyard ( and Scot Miller ( Alison, who has taught workshops in Cape Cod, Maine, New Mexico, New Zealand, Tuscany & Venice, brings her unique teaching style to Dallas for three days of lectures, field photography sessions, critiques & more.

The emphasis during classroom time is on editing and critiquing your new work. Alison gives plenty of informal lectures, with topics relating to the day's shoots. Her primary focus is on color and light, and how they can magically transform the most mundane subject matter. She also covers such varied topics as learning to see in new ways, digital tips and tricks, exposure, color temperature, composition, and fine art. Her passion for color inspires her own photographs, which she will share throughout the workshop.

We will visit some great, varied photography locations over the three days that will challenge your creativity. Days will be long and intense, but also exhilarating and rewarding.

The workshop will help you sharpen your technical skills, expand your abilities to see, and make photographs in new and personal ways. We’ll explore color and light, and how they can magically transform the most mundane as well as the grandest subjects. Alison’s passion for color – its creative possibilities, and how to maximize its effect – is what inspires her own photographs, which she will share extensively throughout the workshop. She’ll also discuss exposure, digital tips and tricks, filters, color temperature and composition. Alison swears by Adobe Lightroom, and will share her Lightroom workflow during the workshop.

We’ll begin by sharing your personal photographic goals, and reviewing your past work. Each day, we’ll divide our time between the classroom and the field. We’ll take advantage of early morning and afternoon light to photograph, leaving mid-day for classroom time. During classroom time Alison will critique new work each day, lecture, and give individual feedback.

Field photography subjects will be varied. During the 3-day workshop, you will have the opportunity to make some wonderful new images - from nature and the Great Trinity Forest, to the urban landscape of downtown Dallas, to Dallas Heritage Village and more! Most of the time in the field will be spent together as a group, so that each participant can receive hands-on help from Alison and Scot with planning and making photographs on location.

You will make some wonderful new images, as you learn to see the world around you in a new, more intensely personal way.

Photography Workshop with Alison Shaw at Sun to Moon Gallery, Dallas, TX
|Alison works with students in the field and the classroom, exploring:

– Acquiring technical skill
– Developing a personal style
– Practices to work more effectively in color
– Abstract imagery
– Improving compositions
– Digital workflow using Adobe Lightroom

Alison offers guidance and support with both technical and aesthetic issues relevant to the photographer. This is a terrific opportunity for you to work with a highly regarded professional while improving your technique, developing your personal style of landscape photography and acquiring a valuable set of tools for professional development.

Requirements/Equipment participants will need

This workshop with Alison Shaw is geared towards advanced-beginner to intermediate/advanced photographers, shooting with a DSLR or mirrorless camera, who have a reasonably good understanding of exposure basics, camera control settings, and their own editing software. Participants should be familiar with their camera’s operation in manual mode.

Participants are required to work digitally and need to bring a digital camera, a tripod, and a laptop for downloading and working with images. You’ll also need image-editing software, preferably Adobe Lightoom 6 or 5 (highly recommended– Alison uses Lightroom to manage her own workflow). If you don’t have Lightroom, an imaging software that you are familiar with, such as Adobe Photoshop, will do. You’ll also need a memory stick to transfer your images to the classroom computer daily, so they can be projected.

Cost: $675.00
Small class size– Enrollment is limited to 12
Call to sign up – 214.745.1199
(Thursday & Friday lunches are included, plus any admission fees)



Thursday, May 19 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, May 20 6:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(note- sunrise is 6:25 a.m.)
Saturday, May 21 6:00 a.m. – noon


Levee Street neighborhood
Trinity River, Continental Pedestrian Bridge, Trinity Groves area
Great Trinity Forest
Loop 12 Trinity wetlands
Trinity River Audubon Center
Dallas Heritage Village
(Final locations to be determined)

Transportation, etc.

Participants are responsible for their own transportation. Likely photography field trip locations will be discussed with participants upon sign up. For our photography field trips you can drive your own car or car pool with other students. We can help coordinate this at our first meeting. The $675 cost includes lunches on Thursday and Friday plus any admissions to locations for photography sessions. Incidental costs, any parking fees and meals in addition to the complimentary Thursday and Friday lunches are each participant’s responsibility.


A $175 deposit at the time of your reservation reserves your space in the Alison Shaw workshop. The balance of $500 is due on or before April 28, 2016.

We rely on your attendance to make important contractual arrangements so if for any reason you need to withdraw please notify us in writing (email) as soon as possible. If notification of cancellation is made on or before April 21, we will refund your deposit, less a $100 cancellation fee.

If notification of cancellation is made April 22 – April 27, we will retain the $175 deposit.

Refunds are not available after April 27 unless we can fill the vacancy, in which case you will be charged a $175 cancellation fee. Refunds, if necessary, will be made by check.

Sun to Moon Gallery Workshops reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time for low enrollment or for other reasons and will promptly refund all payments made to date.

Waiver of Liability
Sun to Moon Gallery shall have no responsibility or liability for personal injury to any participant, or damage to any participant’s property, or for personal injuries or damage to the property of any other person resulting from the participant’s involvement in our workshop. We shall have no responsibility for the acts, errors, or omissions of instructors or staff, transportation companies, restaurants, shooting locations or other providers of services to participants in the course of the workshop. We have the right to cancel any workshop and to alter the time, context, or format of any workshop in the event circumstances require it. In the event a workshop is cancelled, for any reason, the extent of our liability is limited to the return of all fees paid to us.

About the Instructor

Sun to Moon Gallery Workshops instructor Alison ShawAlison Shaw has been a photographer all of her life, living on Martha’s Vineyard for most of that time. After graduating from Smith College in 1975, she went to the Island “just for the summer,” and never left. She got a job with the Vineyard Gazette, working her way up to Design Director. She also shot photographs for the paper and was the New England Press Association’s Photographer of the Year four times.

Alison began showing photos at art galleries in the early 80s. In 2000 Alison left the Gazette, and put all of her energy into Alison Shaw Photography, which is now a multi-layered enterprise. Her work has evolved from documentary to abstract, using her camera to literally paint with light. Another popular series of Alison’s work is the artist’s studios series – details of the studios and tools used by artists.

Over 8,000 of Alison’s fine art prints are in public and private collections. Her photographs have been in 19 books so far. She teaches photography workshops on the Vineyard every fall (since 1988). She teaches photography workshops in Venice, Maine, Nova Scotia, Santa Fe and on Martha's Vineyard for the Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Workshops, Rocky Mountain School of Photography, and the Alison Shaw Workshops.

The Alison Shaw Gallery, which Alison owns and runs with her partner Sue Dawson, is located in an old single-engine firehouse at 88 Dukes County Avenue in the heart of the Arts District in Oak Bluffs.

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Sun to Moon Gallery
1515 Levee Street
Dallas, TX 75207

Phone 214.745.1199