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A Body of Work

February 14th, 2015 |  by No comments

Almost any photographer can produce 10 to 20 really good images but that in itself, may no longer be enough to gain them the recognition that will take their craft further. Developing a voice or a style and eventually developing a successful body of work may help provide you with the edge to take your work to the next level.


20140407_chefchaouen_0111If you are a painter there are words to describe the style of painting that very clearly communicates the type of work you produce such as Impressionism, Realism, Photorealism, Fauvism, Surrealism. If you work in ceramics, or glass or just about any form of art other than photography the outside world gets a pretty good idea about your art. Yet, when it comes to photography, most folks just call themselves a photographer, which leaves the door wide open for interpretation. When I say that I am a photographer, I am routinely asked if I do weddings and when I say no, I am asked if I do wildlife and when I say sometimes, they are already confused. When I add in that I also photograph people and landscapes and produce commercial work for magazines, and fine art for galleries they are clearly even more confused.

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Advertorial for Canon in The New Yorker

June 14th, 2013 |  by No comments

I was pretty psyched to see a three page advertorial with my images run in The New Yorker and more ads are about to be released by several other National publications with additional images.2013_Canon_ad

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Teaching Lightroom 5 in full swing

June 13th, 2013 |  by No comments

Our Lightroom Workshop in Chicago was treated to a very nice surprise as the first day of the workshop was the morning after the official release of Lightroom 5. These lucky folks were among the first in the world to receive training on Lightroom 5. From Chicago I head to Toronto for where I will be giving a creative lecture and a lecture on Lightroom 5.

The next big Lightroom 5 workshop is in our home in Palm Beach Gardens July 23-26th. When we teach in our home we include a very special 7 course dinner with wine.

This week Adobe mentioned us in the official Lightroom Blog as a training resource

Lastly our Lightroom 5 book is in production and will be released within a month.




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Digital Photo Destinations Workshops – Not a photo tour – A true photography workshop

April 3rd, 2013 |  by No comments

John Paul Caponigro and I take folks to exotic places like Antarctica, Iceland, Greenland, The Atacama Desert, Namibia and places that folks dream about but rarely experience. When you travel with Digital Photo Destinations you get much more than a photo tour. We provide lectures as well as critiques of work and everyone gets one on one time.  Roger Ressmeyer who has been an executive at Getty Images and Corbis and has produced covers for National Geographic and now is producing a movie recently took our workshop in Iceland. Here is what Roger had to say about our workshop:

“Seth and JP’s Icelandic workshop was perfect in every imaginable way. It reignited my creativity and stretched my technical understanding to new heights. They are the teachers to teach teachers, and their laughter and excitement and awe of nature is totally contagious. I will be recommending their workshops to everybody who loves photography.”



See what others are saying about our dynamic program


Don’t miss out on our fabulous programs:

August 28-10, 2013


Dec 6-14, 2013


February 16-25, 2014


Namibia (Only 5 spaces left)
October 31 – November 11 2014 (more info soon(



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Second Workshop Just Added Auroras/ Night Photography /Glaciers and Ice Caves Added March 6-12, 2013

November 20th, 2012 |  by No comments

Our Auroras and ice Caves Workshop in Icelandsold out so fast that we added a second session March 6-12, 2013. This session only has 9 spots left. If you would like to reserve a spot contact

Einar Erlendsson <>.

Workshop Updates


Our Atacama Desert workshop  December 3 -11 2012 in Chile is sold out .

Our Antarctica South of the Circle Workshop, February 8-21  has only 4 spots left.




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Keynote and Full Day Seminar with Seth Resnick at 2012 Nature Visions – November 9-11 Manassas, Virginia

October 22nd, 2012 |  by No comments

I am very excited to present the Keynote at 2012 Nature Visions on November 10th  and a full day seminar on November 9th. Nature Visions is s Mid- Atlantic Photography Association Exposition held in Manassas, Virginia. The concept of the expo is to promote and advance the appreciation of photography in the Mid-Atlantic Region and elsewhere,  encourage the participation in photography by individuals with all levels of experience and all areas of photographic interest, and increase the appreciation of photographic art within the community.

The venue is the Hylton Performing Arts Center  an elegantly styled opera house with a 100 foot stage at George Mason University – Prince William County Campus 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, VA 20110


Friday November 9th, 2012 from 9-5



“Creating Dynamic Killer images is a creative program that seeks to reinvigorate your capacity for creativity. We concentrate on techniques that improve the overall photographic process, from concept to output. Creativity is fueled by experiences, sights, sounds and smells. Sitting still won’t bring new ideas in; experimenting and trying new things will jog your creativity. Practice, practice, practice. Creativity is like a muscle that you need to flex regularly. In much the same way that our bodies get out of shape without using our muscles, as a photographer our cognitive and visual capabilities decrease if we try new things and if we don’t shoot images almost every day. As a professional photographer I have the luxury of being able to carry a camera every day and thus always tweaking my skills but many folks don’t have this luxury and if they haven’t shot pictures in a while they feel visually about the same as not exercising. Becoming a better photographer is really about training yourself to make your minds eye more creative. It’s about how to look for, see, and create better images. While some of this is intuitive other parts of this take training. Rather than just taking pictures this seminar will help refine your creative vision and help you create more effective and compelling images bringing your creativity to a new level.


Keynote Nov. 10th  (4:30PM – 6:30 PM)
Do you ever find yourself in a creative rut, simply shooting cookie-cutter assignments or projects? Even with an arsenal of current technology, the best computer, and the most current edition of Photoshop, your work can suffer if you lose that spark of inspiration that we all need. How do you rejuvenate yourself and get excited once again about picking up your camera? This event with Seth Resnick may be just what the doctor ordered!Join us as Seth shares anecdotes on creating some of his favorite images that have taken him to every corner of the world. As Seth shows his work he will explain what drove him to tackle these assignments and how he executed them. What are some of the most powerful lessons Seth has learned in his vast photographic career? How has he transformed from a fledgling newspaper photographer into the industry icon he is now? And finally, what jazzes Seth about taking out his camera today? How does he recharge his creative juices on a daily basis.

I hope to see you there…


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Workshops, Lectures and Upcoming Trips

September 27th, 2012 |  by No comments

Monaco Glacier calving

I am back from our Digital Photo Destinations trip to Greenland and the Arctic. The trip was awesome and we were in the Arctic for an historic event. The extraordinary decline in Arctic sea ice during 2012 is finally over. Sea ice extent bottomed out on September 16, announced scientists at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) on Wednesday. The sea ice extent fell to 3.41 million square kilometers, breaking the previous all-time low set in 2007 by 18%–despite the fact that this year’s weather was cloudier and cooler than in 2007. Nearly half (49%) of the icecap was gone during this year’s minimum, compared to the average minimum for the years 1979 – 2000. This is an area approximately 43% of the size of the Contiguous United States.

I have posted alumni highlights from this trip  and my own images from the trip .



 2013 Iceland Adventure – Auroras / Night Photography & Glaciers / Ice Caves – Plus Aerials



March 14 – 20, 2013

Limited to 14 Participants

Price TBA (includes travel, room, and board in Iceland)

Instructors – John Paul Caponigro / Seth Resnick / Ragnar Th Sigurdsson

The Adventure

2013 is a super year for auroras – a twelve-year peak. Join us for northern lights, night photography, super-jeeps, hiking glaciers and exploring ice caves. This is photography workshop is like no other.

Digital Photo Destinations (Seth Resnick and John Paul Caponigro) join forces with Focus On Nature and arctic photographic specialist Ragnar Th Sigurdsson (, a native of Iceland who has extensive knowledge in night photography and lighting on location.

Our special workshop is scheduled when the moon is nearly full and ninety degrees to the northern lights making conditions ideal for night photography. Imagine photographing Iceland’s glacial lagoon (Jokullsarlon) by the light of the moon with northern lights.

We’ll hike the south coast’s glaciers during the season when they are bluest and ice caves are most numerous.

We’ll also take super-jeeps into the winter wonderlands of the volcanic highlands.

Join us and you’ll think you’ve gone to another planet – but that’s the way Iceland is.

Special Extension

A limited number of seats are available for a one-day special aerial photography extension.

Starting and ending in Rekjavik, we’ll divide our time between the north coast’s lake Myvatn and the south coast’s Jokulsarlon (the glacial lagoon), with a foray into the highlands behind the glaciers. We’ll ride zodiacs, hike on glaciers, run under waterfalls, and 4-wheel through rugged terrain accessible to only a few. Our guides known the local terrain like few others do. (This will be John Paul’s sixth and Seth’s fourth workshop in Iceland.)


Creativity, composition, exposure, workflow, and post-processing are only a few of the topics that will be presented.

We’ll focus extensively on night photography – long exposure, flash, light painting and of course astrophotography.

You’ll get lots of guidance on site and reviews of your work off site.

Get ready for a non-stop week of making images in a breathtakingly beautiful landscape!





There is only one spot left in our Atacama Adventure workshop  December 3 to December 11, 2012.

We also have a special promotion for the 4 spots left in our Antarctica 2013 Workshop

The following offers are good through October 15th.

$2,500 off owner’s suite
$2,000 off suites
$1,500 off superior and deluxe cabins
$1,000 off triple cabins
Plus an additional 5% off if you’ve travelled with Quark before.

Sea Spirit is one of the most comfortable boats we’ve travelled on; even the triples have private baths.
Our group will be a small intimate group with many old friends accompanying us.

I hope you can join us!

Contact to register





D-65 will teach you detailed workflow utilizing the 7 modules of Lightroom 4, to vastly improve your digital asset management, processing and image delivery skills.You’ll learn the fundamentals of Lightroom 4 and become an expert in keeping every image you shoot organized, edited  and archived through keywording, metadata and collections.You’ll optimally develop  and enhance your images with presets and synchronization. And have the ability to move between Lightroom and Photoshop with ease while delivering quality images to friends, family or clients.


Visit our website for more information on the program and toregister.


“Seth and Jamie are a tag team of information you won’t find anywhere else.  Their teaching style is engaging, informative, and entertaining.

Palm Beach Gardens, FL: October 2-5
*limited to 10 participants – takes place in our home,
enjoy wine tastings & seth’s fantastic cooking

Boston: October 12 – 15

San Francisco: November 5 – 8

Seattle: January 25-28

Palm Beach Gardens, FL: March 5-8

Los Angeles: April 26-29

New York: May 16-19

Chicago: June 9-12

Denver: August 4-7

Save $100

  or MORE

Tuition for the workshop is $1,099 and we are offering $100 off the fee for all registrations by September 30th!  Discount code: SEPT

WE ARE ALSO OFFERING “The Buddy Plan”. If you and a buddy are interested in attending any D65 Workshop, the second person can attend for only 50% (Yes, FIFTY PERCENT) of the tuition fee.

For example, the tuition for our 4-Day Intensive Workflow Workshop is $1,099 per person. If you bring a friend and you register together, both of you can attend for a total of $1648.50, or $824.25 each. Be sure to tell us that you’re registering under “The Buddy Plan”.


Seeing Color: Creating Dynamic and Saleable Images, PhotoPlus, New York

October 25, 2012 1:30 to 3:30 PM


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Highlights from our DPD trip to Iceland

September 3rd, 2012 |  by No comments

John Paul Caponigro and I (DPD) in conjunction with Einar Eriendsson and Focus on Naturejust concluded our Iceland Workshop. We had a fantastic time and are already planning to return this coming winter to hold a workshop on Auroras, Ice Caves  and glaciers and aerials which we will announce soon. If you would like to

2013 is a super year for auroras – a twelve-year peak. If you are interested in early notification about this workshop which will be limited to 14 people, please write to

I realized on this trip that Ice is my muse and wanted to share some of the highlights of our Iceland trip which is the first part of our Arctic Adventure. Tomorrow we start out Greenland Workshop and will post those images when I return.

 Green algae in pools at crater on Snafellsnes, Iceland

Church on Snafellsnes

Computer screen in lava near summit of crater on


Multicolored lava at crater


Sensual lava


Basalt formations on Snafellsnes

Basalt Columns Snafellsnes

Birds foraging for krill in breaking waves

The highest peak in Snafellsnes is snow free for the first time

Car at sunset on Snafellsnes

The aurora as seen in Snafellsnes


Opera house in Reykjavik

Silica flats at Powerplant

Breaking waves in Rekjanes

Crater in the Highlands

Striations in the hillsides of the Highlands

Sheep on a mountainside in the Highlands

Waterfall in the Highlands

Waterfalll in the Highlands

Waterfall in the Highlands

Waterfall in the Highlands

Wall of volcanic crater

Panoramic of entire crater

Obsidian reflecting blue sky near crater

Full moon rising over Heckla Volcano



Rainbow at Seljalandsfoss




Rainbow at Skogarfoss

Storm brewing in South East Iceland

Sculpted ice in Glacial Lagoon

Formation in Glacial Lagoon

Glacial Lagoon

Glacial Lagoon

Glacial Lagoon

Glacial Lagoon

Ice on Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

 Fallsjokull Glacier

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Antarctica 2013 – Save $1000 – Register by Aug 15th Antarctica Trip Feb 8-21, 2013 — South of the Antarctic Circle with 30 people-

August 6th, 2012 |  by No comments


Join us for our fifth trip to  Antarctica February 8-21, 2013  in this special digital photography workshop led by world renowned photographers – John Paul Caponigro and Seth Resnick. This time we will be heading South and crossing the Antarctic Circle which is truly a phenomenal experience. For the first time we’re offering a more intimate experience for fewer than 30 people – a small group within a larger group. You’ll be able to participate in all regularly scheduled public cruise events Quark Expeditions Sea Spirit, and in our private presentations. We’ll have Zodiacs dedicated to our photography group only with one instructor guiding each boat. We’ll work closely with the crew to shoot in the best times at the most beautiful places. Most importantly, we’ll work closely with you to help you make the most of the adventure and get the best results possible. You’ll benefit tremendously from our advice, guidance, demonstrations, lectures, reviews, special pre and post voyage webinars and one-on-one attention. Plus, we’re going on one of the most comfortable boats in the fleet. You’ll get world class locations, world class accommodations, and world class guidance.

Crossing The Antarctic Circle  & The Antarctic Penninsula

Few can say they’ve travelled past the Antarctic Circle to the last-explored and least-know realm on earth. Here’s your chance to join the select few who’ve crossed that final border, into a world where the sun never sets. This will be a trip of impossibly long sunsets as we approach the line where the sun only skims the horizon but is never lost from sight. We’re going late in the season so channels and bays that would otherwise have been ice-lock will be open to us and calving glaciers will be berthing icebergs the size of city-blocks. Penguin chicks will have hatched and will be moving from their nests. Seal and whales will be plentiful. We will try to even get to sail through the Gullet, a small channel our captain with over 20 years experience in the area navigated for the fourth time in his life in 2009. It was like floating past frozen clouds, which covered all but the sharp peaks of the mountains and dropped below the mirror-like surface of the water.)
Our Antarctica 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011 workshops all sold out fast so don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Registration is now available for our Antarctica 2013 Voyage.
Register by August 15 and save $1,000.

During our voyage south of the Antarctic Circle and back, we’ll visit the highlights of the Antarctic Penninsula – Deception Island (sailing into an active volcano), Paradise Bay (gliding in its mirror-like waters), Neko Harbor (walking above a calving glacier), Lemaire Channel (sailing through mountain peaks at sunset), Plenneau Bay (exploring an iceberg graveyard) and many more.
Having made four voyages, we find ways to improve our Antarctica experiences each time and are dedicated to making this the best trip yet.
Day 1 – Ushuaia, Argentina??
You will begin your journey in Ushuaia, a small, but bustling port town at the tip of South America.  This Argentinean town is an ideal gateway for you to explore the southern extent of Patagonia while preparing for your adventure ahead. Get active in the mountains or enjoy some hand crafted chocolate in town.
Day 2 – Embarkation Day??
The Beagle Channel sets you on your way as the ship sails in the late afternoon. The channel opens up to the vastness of the southern ocean, where your next land sighting will be along the Antarctic Peninsula.  Named after the famed ship in which Charles Darwin voyaged, the channel presents many great photo opportunities to capture sea birds hovering overhead.
Day 3-4 – Crossing the Drake Passage??
The waters of the Drake Passage are unpredictable, so hope for clear skies and a calm ocean. You’ll have plenty of time to stare out at the sea, get to know your fellow shipmates and chat with your Expedition Team. ??Time over these two days will be spent preparing for the exciting days ahead, with numerous educational and informative lectures from your Expedition Team. You’ll learn about everything from safety procedures to the history of whaling in Antarctica.
?Day 5-8 – Exploring the Peninsula??
With the Drake Passage left in our wake, we make a final approach to Antarctica.  Get your cameras ready, as the continent’s coastline will make its first appearance, signaling the start of your adventure in the realm of the Antarctic.  You’ll see plentiful icebergs floating by and be fixated on the surface of the ocean as curious whales spout and breach before your eyes.  ??As exciting as it can be from onboard the ship, your true exploration occurs when you disembark and set foot on the great continent.  There are several potential landing sites we may visit, including Neko Harbor  , Petermann Island, or Pleneau Island.  While weather dictates which specific landing sites we can visit, each one presents a new collection of wildlife and natural attractions. ??Your days will be busy spotting wildlife and being mesmerized by the beauty of Antarctica. Watching penguins waddling on the beach and listening to the crackling and crumbling sounds of icebergs and glaciers will become your daily entertainment, while kayaking with whales and camping in Antarctica are a couple of extra activities you’ll want to book ahead of time and experience at least once.
Day 9-10 – The Antarctic Circle
Crossing the Antarctic Circle is an impressive achievement, as most expeditions to the Peninsula do not reach 66° 33’ S. You and your shipmates will celebrate in style with a well-earned glass of champagne!??With a toast to the first explorers who ventured this far south, you can take pride in knowing you’ve made it to a part of the world still visited by very few people. This is raw Antarctica, a special area that you’ll experience during the midnight sun if you’re on our first voyage of the season.
Day 11-12 – Northbound Along the Peninsula
If you haven’t had your fill of Antarctic wildlife and icebergs by now, you’ll surely be satisfied by the time we return to the Drake Passage. We’ll continue to journey onto land and out by Zodiac twice daily as we travel north along the western Peninsula. Your Expedition Team will also be on the lookout for any species of penguins, seals and whales that may have eluded you on the journey south.
?Day 13-14 – Drake Passage to Ushuaia
Re-crossing the Drake, Antarctica fades away and you’ll be left with a collection of memories to last a lifetime. Excited conversations with your newfound  friends will make the time passing the Drake Passage fly by, independent of weather and sea conditions . Your Expedition Team will round up their series of lectures as well, perhaps with a slideshow of some of the great landing sites and wildlife you’ve visited over the course of your voyage.
?Day 15 – Disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina??
Today you’ll say goodbye to your Expedition Team and your fellow travelers.  You’ll disembark in the morning so that you may catch your homeward bound flights.???Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.
Important reminder: Embracing the unexpected is part of the legacy – and excitement – of expedition travel. There are no guarantees that we can achieve everything we set out to accomplish. A measure of flexibility is something all of us must bring to a voyage. There are nearly 200 recognized sites in the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetlands and the places mentioned above may be changed to others equally as interesting.
The Boat
The Sea Spirit is one of the most stable and comfortable boats in the fleet.
Prices start at $13,790  (Your cost may vary based on the cabin you select.)
Save $1,000 – Register by August 15.
Quark’s standard payment terms require an initial 20% deposit.
Full payment is due 120 days before sailing.
You must be on our Digital Photo Destination list to register for our program.

** Join by emailing us your contact information (name, email, phone) –

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Greg Gorman & Seth Resnick workshop in Mendocino August 12-17 SOLD OUT

July 24th, 2012 |  by No comments

Greg Gorman & Seth Resnick workshop in Mendocino August 12-17  is SOLD OUT but there is a waiting list if you write to There is still space for the workshop the following week, August 19-24 with Mac Holbert. For more information go to

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Categories: Creativity, Workshops