Lights & Shadows is a career changing workshop about controlling tone, detail and demanding more. No matter what you photograph or what your experience, this intimate multi-day workshop will have you stretching your creativity and seeing light in a whole new way.


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This workshop is still available for private events or clubs.

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If you have questions or need to arrange payments, contact Gavin, – 509 754 5255.

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3 Day Hands On Workshop | Revised for 2012.

  • Photographics, Art and History
  • The Six Keys to Image Quality.
  • HDR. The new film. Not that new fad.
  • Space, Line, Tone. Using them as one.
  • Strobes and beyond. Better using artificial light.
  • Field Day. Lets go find that light.
  • Mastering Zones, Tones & Visualizing.
  • The Long Exposure. Getting great results.
  • Mastering high dynamic range technique.
  • Night Out. Group BBQ Dinner on Gavin.
  • Burn & Dodge. Mastering hidden magic.
  • Elegant channel editing. When, where, how.
  • Advanced HDR layering and masking.
  • Editing your own images from excursions.
  • Presentation Tactics. Raising the Bar.
  • Make & mount our prints. A final review.
  • in 2012 each student will also receive a DVD of Gavin’s 4 hour video series, EXposed. For further study.

Thoughts from Gavin.
“Light, shadow, line and tone and are critical to great images. The nuances of how they connect from capture to digital development are equally important. Lights & Shadows is about half classroom and half field work. We’ll study what lies under the surface of a great image and how to better control light and detail on every level. From making a better initial capture, to presenting a perfectly edited wall print.

Lights & Shadows is a collaborative workshop where we’ll be honest about results and learn to demand more of our images. We’ll learn about better exposure, leveraging Zones, tones and high dynamic range. About light, shadow and subtle details. About colors, tones and the delicate quality and presentation that makes a finished piece of art.

Whatever place you’re at with your photography, you’ll step up to another level during Lights & Shadows. Whether you have a style that’s modern and bold, or you’re a veteran from the film days looking to make classically inspired images. This is a workshop that will challenge every one of us. We’re going to refine our skill at capturing and manipulating light when, where and how we need it”.

Gavin Seim

Who’s it for?
Lights & Shadows is for intermediate, advanced or professional photographers in any genre. Photographers that want to challenge their skill, further master light and become better craftsman. There are no specific skill requirements and Gavin will work with each attendee to help them grow. Ideally you should have a digital SLR or mirrorless system, a tripod, a laptop computer and a knowledge of basic editing and photographic tools. We also recommend a photo editing program like Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop (or similar) and you may also want a HDR tool like Photomatix (You can save 15% with code: PPS15). There are no age restrictions, though attendees under 18 need parental permission.

The group will be working in the field during shooting excursions throughout the area of the workshop, then following up with final edits at the home base. Note that transport, full meals, lodging and gear are not provided with the workshop. Though we can carpool during excursions and we will have snacks and water available.

Below are further examples of Gavin’s work. You can find more via his main website. If you have questions about the workshop feel free to email or call Gavin directly… 509 754 5255,


Who is this Gavin Guy?
Gavin Seim is an award winning photographer and owner of Seim Studio’s in Central WA, where he focuses on high end wall portraits and fine art pieces. He’s the maker of Seim Effects editing tools, the host of the Pro Photo Show and the man behind

A twenty seven year old dynamo, Gavin has nearly fifteen years experience behind the lens. He’s energetic, passionate and known for his cinematic images, large wall portraits and refined digital workflow. Gavin spends months on the road each year with his wife and three children, exploring, studying, making images and teaching throughout the US.

Gavin’s work has been featured in Rick Sammon’s Digital Wedding Secrets, leading imaging podcasts, Venue magazine, The Good Life, the PPA Magazine, Shutterbug, Wall Portrait Conference and more. Attendees have come from as far as the UK for Gavin’s workshops. He’s passionate making images as perfect as they can be and he understands how to control quality and presentation on a deep level.

What people are saying about Gavin’s workshops….

“Thanks for the workshop, it was absolutely fabulous (aside from that crazy northern accent!” – Megan Huddleston.

“I just took Gavin’s HDR class and it was great! I felt there was a perfect balance of classroom learning and going out to shoot. The others in the class were wonderful to work with. It was nice to be in a classroom setting to be able to collaborate with other photographers as well as stretch my creativity when shooting the same subject as 6 other people. I would totally recommend taking a class of Gavin’s if you were ever thinking about it. He is easy going, attentive to the wants of the students, and is great with constructive criticism.Molly Nickles

“Good times and learned a lot” – Maureen Gorman Leary

“Gavin, Once again I have been educated by your teaching. You are a great instructor”… John & Shauna Warrick

“Gavin – just wanted to say THANKS for the Burn and Dodge class the other night! Also for the great stuff that you went over at Wall Portrait Conference! You completely changed my thought process when it comes to creating Portraits for print”… JB Brookman

Energetic and entertaining for everyone… Edmund T

I think your workshops are awesome, your work is awesome, and I’m going to continue trying to learn everything I can from you. Jennifer Hinkle

I thoroughly enjoyed your workshop and am trying to remember all you taught us!  Christie S.


A quick look at Gavin’s work and things we’ll study. See more On his Website


*exact location is subject to change. Costs are subject to change at any time. Booking locks in current price. In the event the presenter becomes ill or otherwise cannot attend, a replacement will be sought. Should the workshop be canceled, damages are limited to a full refund of payments made.

**Cancellations: Registrations are refundable up to 60 days prior to the workshop (for individuals). After which they are non refundable. In the event you can’t make it, payment may be applied towards any other Seim Studios LLC workshop.

I'm Gavin Seim. I'm a Shadow Hunter

I started photography in 1997 at age 12. I'm a PPA Master, Hot One and Loan Collection winner and Lightroom expert. My images, tools and workshops have been featured in books and throughout the industry.

I was born in WA USA. I started working pro (using that word loosely as I sucked) using film at age 16. It was not easy to find training then and often I beat my head against the wall to win. 20+ years in the trenches earned me my Masters (M.Photog) from PPA but it taught me that's just the start.

I moved to Mexico in 2017, exploring the magical light of the South, creating tools and workshops as well as the Pro Photo Podcast. There's lots of videos and free things here. If you have questions I'm here to help

You're rightly skeptical of photography tools in today's market. That's why all sales are NOT FINAL here. I guarantee each tool and workshop with my 31 day No-Regrets Guarantee! -- 
Gavin Seim

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