Providing Professional Development for Serious Photographers


  • 10/28/2022
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • TaborSpace 5441 SE Belmont St. Portland, OR 97215


  • OPPA, ASMP, PPW and PPA Members
  • Non Members

Registration is closed


with Scott Detweiler

Hands-on class with photographing in the morning, and practicing compositing in the afternoon.

We will have a hybrid/streaming option for those who can't make it in person! 

Location is the TaborSpace (Annex Room), which has a parking lot and plenty of nearby street parking too. 

This day-long seminar will help you refine your tools to create more artistic images through strategic lighting, posing, and Photoshop. In addition, these creative compositions will open up new markets by producing products that stand out to your potential clients. This is critical with so many photographers in the market today!

This crazy in-depth one-day seminar covers utilizing creative strategies used by painters for hundreds of years, including cropping, color theory, and composition. We will also learn some lighting strategies, get a chance to practice those with some hands-on photography, and then move into an afternoon of Photoshop. To further help us achieve our goal, we will utilize some of the new Artistic AI tools, which are just now starting to come onto the market.

Artificial Intelligence has been in the news recently and will continue to be a significant part of many industries. Recently AI has been directed to learn what makes "art" and has learned a lot about composition and artistic styles by looking at billions of pieces created worldwide. I want to show you what a few of these different systems can do for you and how an artistic learning AI can be harnessed to push your creativity into our photography.

This day-long hands-on seminar will help you create additional products, open new doors, and help you become a more efficient and artistic photographer. Bring your camera, Photoshop, and an open mind!

About your Speaker

Scott Detweiler

M. Photog., M. Photog.Cr.

I have been an artist and painter since I was pretty young when I worked with pen & ink, marker, and acrylics.  I became interested in Photoshop when it still came on floppy disks. My motivation to focus on photography came when I realized that it was never truly mine, mentally or legally, no matter how I modified an image. I could paint or manipulate the image for hours or days and never actually own it.

The decision to start shooting stock started me on the journey I am on today. My initial challenges were lighting-related. I could envision the image I wanted, but getting the lights to cooperate was a constant source of frustration. To get past this, I shot as often as possible, and by changing small variables each time, I learned how my alterations affected my images.

As a Physics major, I enjoy the technical aspects of photography. I like to know my camera settings, angles, focus depth, fall-off, and other elements of the scene that directly affect the result. By understanding these things, it becomes much easier to make creative decisions.

Our studio challenges each other to set up complete scenes and take a single photo without test shots. This has dramatically improved our abilities to create successful scenes from our imagination, even on location or group shoots where planning isn't much of an option. We are always learning and trying new ideas.

Most of my work is now commercial photography, retouching, boudoir, fine-art, and 3D modeling photography. I also do corporate headshots, catalog, and magazine work but love the occasional commission for something much more artistic.

Teaching others is something I enjoy doing via workshops, speaking engagements, or traveling to shoots as often as possible. I also do themed shoots, seminars on lighting, posing, and post-production seminars that are open to the public at my studio near Milwaukee, WI.

I love passing on my knowledge to those now facing similar frustrations with the technical aspects of this fantastic artistic outlet.

OPPA Members receive 1 OPPA Point for attending this workshop in its entirety.

PPA members will receive 1 PPA Merit for attending this workshop in its entirety. 

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