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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Denver Botanic Gardens


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Labor Day Lift Off, Hot Air Balloon Festival

Live Models, Interactive Photography & Lumix Gear Demo!

Portfolio Review

Starting Photo Business


Lightroom 101

Photo Management for Apple Devices

Photoshop Elements 101


A Morning With the Racehorses

All Owl Photography Workshop

Birds of Prey Workshop with Hawk Quest & Tamron

Birds of Prey Workshop with with West Coast Falconry

Composition Workshop with Photo Walk at Red Rocks

Garden of the Gods Photo Walk

Macro Photography Workshop at Hudson Gardens

Night Photography at Blackhawk Plaza in Danville

Night Photography: Painting with Light - 3-Part Workshop

Off Camera Flash Photography Workshop

Studio Lighting for Portraits

Train Museum Photo Shoot with Sony - 2-Part Workshop

Videography: Denver Chalk Art Festival

Wild Horses- 3-Part Workshop

Wildlife Photography Sacramento Zoo

Wild Bird Photography

Wildlife Photography Cheyenne Mountain Zoo


Color Management

Drone 101 - How to Fly a Drone: A Beginner's Guide

How To Take Great Landscape Photos

Lighting 101 - Perfect People Pictures

Lighting 201 - Outdoor Portraiture with Strobe Lighting!



Smartphone Photography

Nikon Flash Seminar


Portrait Photography: LED Lighting

Portrait Photography: Natural Light

Vincent Versace Program

Portrait Photography: Off-Camera Flash / Strobe


How to Use a Film Camera with a Photo Walk

Astrophotography Workshop

Film Photography - Westwind Barn

Nature Photography - Japanese Tea Garden

Night Photography - Golden Gate Bridge

Night Photography - San Francisco Waterfront

Night Photography - SFO Palace of Fine Arts

Night Photography - Old Town Sacramento

San Francisco Photo Walk

Rambler Ranch WS


Meet your Instructors

Andrew Krebs - California

Andrew is passionate about everything photographic. He has been an avid photographer since having his eyes opened to the wonders of photography by taking classes in college in 1989, and has been entranced ever since. Andrew is an experienced professional event photographer having covered commencements, marching band contests, weddings, and parties in 6 states. He has worked as an assistant for a professional portrait photographer in Chicago, a wedding photographer in 4 states, and for a newspaper in the Chicago suburbs. Landscape and night-time photography are personal passions, and he loves finding that “Unseen” image: Interpreting angle or image that nobody else sees into a spectacular photo.

Andy Lopušnak - Dublin

Andy Lopušnak is a world traveler and professional sports, cityscape and portrait photographer. He has served as the official portrait photographer for CBS Sports’ coverage of the PGA Championship, Thursday Night Football and the Final Four with Andy’s photos being used on-air and through CBS Sports’ social media sites. In addition to CBS, Andy has worked for Getty Images and has had his photos used by USA Today, ESPN and numerous online and print media outlets. When Andy isn’t behind his Sony a7s taking photos, he is the manager of the Dublin, California store. To view his photographic work, please visit www.AndysPictures.com.

Brian Rabin - Boulder

Brian is a certified photographic consultant and The Industrial Sales Manager at Mike's Camera in Boulder. Brian is a seasoned photographer and a lead instructor at Mike's Camera. He is well known for his enthusiasm and passionate instruction style and brings over 20 years of experience in various photographic disciplines including event photography, portraiture, macro and street photography. His work has appeared in one-man shows, group exhibits and has been published in national and local magazines.

Bryan McClure - Pleasant Hill

Bryan McClure is currently a professional photographer working in Contra Costa County, California. Bryan specializes in portraits and event photography and uses many creative light effects in his work. Bryan has been teaching private lessons in photography for nearly a decade. He has worked with/for several other professional photographers in the area dating back into the mid 1970's. He studied graphic arts at Diablo Valley College and is experienced with programs such as Lightroom, Photoshop CS4 and 5. In addition, his strong background in camera technology make him a valued and experienced classroom instructor with Mike's Camera in Pleasant Hill, California.

Bryan lives with his wife Joan and his yellow Lab, Tucker in Concord, California.

Christian Metzler - Denver

Christian studied Visual Journalism at the Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, California and Video Production at Media Village, Capetown, South Africa. He has been shooting primarily Canon for 15 years and is currently a freelance photographer for Compassion International, the world’s largest child advocacy organization.

Danielle Barrow - Mill Valley

Danielle is a master at taking pictures with her smartphone. Her passion for photography has her now growing into bridge cameras and exploring different exposure possibilities. Helping others with their cropping and printing possibilities on a daily basis has helped her take her art to the next level. Being a passionate photographer recently brought her to the next level where she teaches others what she has learned.

Douglas Huner - Park Meadows

Douglas Huner has been in the photographic industry since 1982 photographing weddings and portraits and printing B&W as well as Cibachrome from 1985 to 2007. Doug has worked in camera sales at Mike’s Camera since 2007 and teaches the point and shoot digital class. Douglas currently photographs weddings, the National Parks, railroads, and loves to scuba dive and travel and photograph around the country as well as different parts of the world.

Duane Worley - Denver

Duane is a 3rd generation professional photographer from western Nebraska. He’s taught photography in state and national programs for the Professional Photographers of America and has 14 national merits for his portraits. In 42 years of shooting with his father, Duane became an expert with various cameras, lighting, retouching, print finishing and framing. Duane’s daughter and granddaughter continue the family photography tradition to five generations.

Greg Hazard - Colorado Springs

Greg has chronicled vivid images from around the world for over twenty years – from award winning weddings and events around the country to photojournalism in the Amazon jungle and incredible concert images with worldwide touring acts. His unique style has earned him a reputation as a "go to" photographer in multiple markets. Attending Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, California, provides Greg with a solid foundation in technical and creative skills. Extensive knowledge and experience with lighting, posing, design and composition sets Greg apart from the myriad of other photographers. He is also a member of Northern California Professional Photographers (NCPP) and Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI). For over a decade Greg worked as a photographer for Great Expressions Wedding Studio in Walnut Creek, CA. During this time he was also an instructor with the Civic Arts Program in Walnut Creek. His classes included Digital Photography, Photoshop, Indoor Lighting and Outdoor Lighting.

Heather Shaw - Pleasant Hill

Heather enjoys photographing people, animals, landscapes, events and whatever inspires her. Her goal is to keep capturing others' memories and also taking the path less traveled to capture scenes very few have ever seen. She has been an active professional photographer since 2009, and her passion for photography shows in her attitude and her work. Earning a photography degree from Modesto Junior College, Heather has extensive experience using, developing and printing film, using DSLRs (Canon and Nikon) and editing images with Photoshop. She has had her work selected to appear in shows in Anaheim, CA and she has been recognized by a gallery located in Stockton.

Jeff Lawson - Wheat Ridge

Jeff Lawson has been in the photographic industry for nearly 30 years. He began his career as a portrait and wedding photographer then moved to the retail side of photography. He has worked as a store manager and now as a sales person at the Mike’s Camera in Thornton, Colorado. Jeff’s photo passion is landscape and nature photography.

Jeremy Chad Monsma - Wheat Ridge

A native Coloradan, Jeremy developed a passion for photography at a very young age. As an adult, he has devoted his life to teaching and helping others. Monsma’s experience and passion for photography is apparent in all he does. He describes himself as a very hands-on and visual type of person; these qualities are reflective in his class instruction as well. “My goal when teaching is to make everyone feel like they belong by being caring and approachable.”

Joe Klocek - Park Meadows

Joe Klocek has worked in the photographic industry as a photographer, salesman, and instructor since 2005. Today he teaches courses on a variety of topics, including macro, wildlife, exposure theory, videography, and studio lighting. In the past few years he has been a guest speaker for photographic societies and travel expositions. He lives in Denver with his wife, son, and unmanageable book collection. You can find him at the Park Meadows store.

Joel Quiggin - Sacramento

Like many of us, Joel Quiggin received his first camera at a young age. From there, he realized that this “toy” could become a tool, with which he could share his story. Wishing to advance his knowledge to the next level, Joel pursued photography courses during his college years. Joel has now been in the photo industry for over 17 years and has become well versed in portrait, landscape, lighting, and product photography. Over the years, Joel has received many awards for his photographic work and has been published in various media. Most importantly, Joel is very passionate about sharing his knowledge with others.

John LeMaster - Boulder

John starting shooting when he was 14 years old with his grandmother's Kodak Instamatic. He graduated to a Pentax K1000 and began doing wedding photography and portraits. By the age of 18 John was shooting professionally and after moving to Colorado he combined his love of photography with his love of the outdoors.

Jonathan Shoup - Denver

Jonathan has been a working professional photographer in Denver for ten years. He brings his youthful energy and unbridled enthusiasm to every project and is insatiably driven to create memorable art in the commercial industry. His work has been featured in many of Denver’s local print and online publications. Jonathan specializes in editorial fashion, commercial studio production, music and performance art photography. He is in inspired perfectionist with a tireless attention to detail.

Jose Luis Vazquez - Menlo Park

Jose Luis is from Mexico City and is a Certified Photographer Consultant (CPC). He began working at Mike’s Camera in 2012. Jose is a photographer with 20 years of experience and specializes in portrait photography, as well as weddings, quinceaneras and studio photography. He also teaches classes and conducts one-one-one consultations. Photography is not just a hobby for him, it is an actual way of life… “It’s not just how you hold a camera and snap the picture, it’s the way you see
 life and everything around you.” Jose Luis absolutely loves photography and it shows in his classes!

Josh Olsen - Denver

Josh has been taking pictures for 15 years. He is an accomplished printing and darkroom technician along with being an internationally published portrait photographer. He also specializes in a documentary style of photography and never goes anywhere without a camera. Currently he is studying at Metro State for his BFA in Communications and Design.

Kasandra Portice - Park Meadows

Kassy has a growing passion for macro, product and black & white photography. Being a native Coloradan, she regularly takes her dog hiking while carrying around her medium format film camera, capturing various landscapes. Her gardening and baking hobbies have coincided with her photography and have allowed for all three of these passions to flourish side by side.


Kim Nagel - Menlo Park

As the granddaughter/daughter of the owners of Idaho Camera Inc. in Boise, Kim Nagel was literally born and raised in the photography business. She moved to the Bay Area about 3 years ago, and enjoys traveling the world. She loves shooting both macro and landscape photography. Kim has had a camera in her hand since she could walk. She has gained most of her knowledge from lessons with her dad, as well as working in the family business. Kim loves sharing her passion for photography with others, and is excited to bring her expertise and enthusiasm to the Mike's Camera family!

Louis Archuleta - Sacramento

After studying his long-time interest in the visual arts and graduating from the photography program at American River College, Louis Archuleta has dedicated his life to advancing his skill set and his talents in the world of photography. He is a diversified and well rounded artist with a keen eye for lighting and portraiture. He has dedicated countless hours developing his own unique style and his passion for portrait photography shows as he strives to capture the soul of his subjects through light and lens. His award-winning work has been featured in galleries, blogs and publication.

Mark Harrington - Sacramento

Mark has been intrigued by the visual arts ever since he bought his first video camera when he was 13. It was all plastic and had an antenna that transmitted the video to a VCR. Remember those VHS tapes used by dinosaurs and cavemen alike? Following High School he completed his bachelor's degree in film production. He recently had one of his documentaries premiere at the Sacramento International Film Festival. Over the years his love for the photographic arts grew, keeping his camera rolling and shutter snapping away for weddings, magazines, portraits, real-estate, and documentary projects.

Mary Richardson - Mill Valley

Mary picked up her first camera in 1986 and became addicted to photography immediately. Attending classes at Palomar College in San Marcos California she received a Certificate of Proficiency in both Photography and Graphic Communications.

Her work has been published and has received numerous awards in various photo competitions as well as having been exhibited at selected galleries. She has worked in the printing industry for over 10 years and is now a sales associate and instructor at Mikes Camera in Mill Valley California. Mary has over 15 years of experience working with Adobe Photoshop. marysfotografix.com

Matt Todd - Menlo Park

Matt has been taking pictures since he was 8 years old. Every summer he would come out to Colorado and take pictures – it was a post card perfect shot from the top of Mount Elbert that hooked him to stay in the photo world. He’s currently the manager of Mike’s Camera in Menlo Park. He spends his free time shooting pictures of wildlife and nature.

Reza Toghani - Dublin

Reza Toghani is a skilled landscape, nature and nighttime photographer, from Iran with over 30 years of experience. Using both film and digital technology he has been able to capture exotic locals and create powerful and thoughtful images. Reza owns and has operated three 35mm film cameras and now uses a Canon 5D MKIII and a Fuji X100T. With his experience, flavored by his foreign perspective and vast knowledge of still imagery, Reza's able to produce breathtaking photographs and teach others how to do the same! When not photographing the wide vistas of Yosemite and the world, Reza is helping people find the right camera at the Dublin, California store.

Rob Schmid - Denver

Robert is a passionate and accomplished photographer. He shoots professionally in fields such as fight & sports photography (Muay Thai, mixed martial arts and boxing), product photography, and is well versed in studio shooting. Some of the photography Rob is most passionate about capturing the world around us all, and the experiences of life. He accomplishes this and helps teach other to be successful by using all the tools available to a modern photographer/videography including utilizing aerial photography/videography to gain new prospective. Along with photo Robert is accomplished video and drone expert ranging from commercial work to travel photography/videography. He is a certified commercial drone pilot with over three years of flight experience. He is a certified Adobe professional and has well over a decade of experience with post processing techniques through Adobe and many other software packages. He has been teaching for over nine years and has been working in the industry for over 16 years. You'll find if you're in any of his classes he is passionate and enthusiastic about photography and helping you to learn how to capture your life's moments and preserve them.

Robert Silver - Dublin

Robert is an award-winning and published photographer. With years of commercial, fashion & portrait photography experience; he has an extensive amount of experience in capturing images that not only tell a story but communicate excellence. Over the years, Robert has gained a deep-seated knowledge photographic equipment in order to cover an entire wedding, complete a commercial product shoot, capturing a compelling editorial or a dynamic portraits. With a strong attention to detail, an ability to meet demanding deadlines and a history of satisfied client; Robert has been able to establish myself as a professional photographer in one of the world's most competitive field. He is a member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA). When not in his full-service commercial photo studio, Robert can be found at our Dublin location. Check out his work by going to RobertSilverPhotography.com.

Ryan Hurtig - Denver store

Ryan Hurtig has been in the photographic industry for 20 years. He started at Robert Waxman Photo and Video in downtown Denver in 1995 and witnessed the shift from film to digital in that period. He has been with Mike’s Camera since 2012 and teaches the Nikon DSLR class and the Micro 4:3 class in Park Meadows. He enjoys using his cameras on hikes in national parks, beaches and downtown urban environments. A native Coloradoan, he lives in Denver with his wife Rachael and their retired racing Greyhound Reggie.

Samantha Koch - Boulder

Samantha Koch is a native to Colorado who started shooting at a young age digitally before leaving to attend the University of Minnesota to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Cinema and Media Production. While there she also pursued a minor in Photography where film photography helped bolster her love for the craft. She is also well-versed and practiced in Videography and roles needed to make movies from her years at the U of M. She has worked for Apple, Inc., The Denver Center Theatre Academy and is currently a member of the Denver Film Society. In her free time Samantha enjoys seeing theatre productions and attending film festivals

Shelia Mitchell - Boulder

An ultra-creative, Shelia really enjoys teaching photography and she has a great understanding of how people learn and her curriculum reflects this. With a degree in psychology she is patient and driven to help people learn the concepts she instructs on. She’s studied at the Art Institute of Kansas City and is currently studying graphic design at Red Rocks College.

Shelly Au - Park Meadows

Shelly Au worked for an overseas nonprofit Organization for 22 years. He spent 17 of those years living in various parts of Asia. His experience and ability to make subjects comfortable has allowed him to capture powerful images among people who are ordinarily suspicious of being photographed.

In 2013, he received his Master of Professional Studies in Digital Photography degree at the School of Visual Arts in New York, under Photoshop Hall of Fame Katrin Eismann. He was given the Paula Rhodes Honors Award and that same year was one of three finalists for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards in the Photography Category amongst thousands of students all over the world. He’s currently a freelance photographer, mentor, and coach other photographers while working and teaching at Mikes Camera. You can see his work at http://shellyau.com.

Simon Watkinson - Park Meadows

Simon has been involved in media and entertainment since studying recording Arts and Media Business in London in the late 90's. He¹s managed live music venues, recording studios and in 2008 moved to Los Angeles where he worked with X-Games, AEG and NBC. Simon's real passions are cinema and videography, and his extensive knowledge in these areas make him a great resource for those wanting to learn video and multimedia. In addition to his extensive video background Simon is also an avid photographer shooting for over 10 years.


Steve Reczkowski - Pleasant Hill

From the classic Kodak Disc to the giant Polaroid 20x24, and early digital compacts to Phase One backs, Steve's shot it all. He relocated to Northern California to study photography at the San Francisco Art Institute under some of the west coast's masters of the medium. Afterwards, he donned many hats spanning a 20-year career in the photo industry as a photo editor, gallery director, staff photographer, first assistant, digital retoucher, artist, and consultant. Art and visual journalism are his underlying passions in photography. He love's the way photos communicate messages and tell stories. See some of his work at http://www.stevereczkowski.com/.

Susan Helgeson - Dublin

Susan loves sharing her passion for photography. An award-winning photojournalist, she worked for 11 years in the newspaper business at the Alameda Newspaper Group and later Lesher Newspapers. Her experience shooting a wide variety of assignments from news to sports to features informs her diverse photographic knowledge.

Her background also spans both film and digital photography, as well as, lighting and portraiture. Presently Susan enjoys travel, landscape and macro photography especially of our local East Bay Regional Parks and Northern California.

Her goal is to help others develop their camera and photo skills to create their own great images!

Tara Swan - Menlo Park

Tara is a film photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a graduate from De Anza College, she earned Associate of the Arts degrees in Liberal Arts and Portrait Photography. Starting out as a digital photographer since high school, she decided to take a film photography class as an extracurricular to earn her degrees. But after taking the film class, she decided she didn't want to do anything else. Today, almost all of her art is shot with film no matter if it is for personal expression or professionally done and hired sessions. To her, film allows her to slow down and focus on the most important details in front of her. From finding the perfect lighting and angle, to connecting more with her subjects. Tara's objective and focus for each session is to capture each shot near perfectly within the camera instead of needing extensive post processing afterwards. Alongside being a photographer in her own time, she also teaches others about film and how to work with it. Whether it be a group shoot, a small one on one, or even talking in front of classes. Tara enjoys sharing her experiences with film and giving her knowledge about the unique art medium itself.

Terry Darnall - Denver

Terry has worked in the photography industry since 1990. He worked in film services to start and then moved into camera sales. He has also worked as a product photographer for an Ebay store. He likes to do existing light photography and event photography.

Tom Davis - Park Meadows

Tom Davis has worked in the photographic industry since 2007. He’s got valuable experience working primarily in black and white fine art photography. As an avid hiker his passion lies in nature and landscape photography. He works in sales and teaches classes at Mike’s Camera Park Meadows. Currently he shoots professionally mostly doing portraits, weddings, and events. He received his Certified Photographic Consultant status through Mike’s Camera in 2013.

Vijay Varma - Menlo Park

Vijay has been working as a photographer for the last 40 years. He came to the United States from India in 2003 and joined Ritz Camera. He worked with them for 10 years and then joined Mike’s Camera in 2012. He enjoys event photography and nature photography. Photoshop and Video Editing are post production passions. Anytime he can shoot outdoors, adds to his excitement.


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