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SFW Perspectives are live online webinar programs from our most esteemed photography and writing instructors. These creative artists set a high bar with their ability to captivate an audience — offering insights, unique perspectives, and a masterful command of language. These programs are designed to expand your technical skills as well as your personal vision.

You can engage in these programs even if you can’t make one of more of the live presentations. Paid participants have access to recordings of these online presentations for two weeks following the live event.

with Keith Carter

December 13 and 15, 2022

Get your MOJO workin’ again on Keith Carter’s magical mystery tour of your very own illustrious creative spirit.


with Mallory Benedict

February 4, 2023

Pick the appropriate platforms and develop your editing skills to make your picture stories stand out.


with Kristina Varaksina

February 11, 2023

Discover how to achieve thematic authenticity, create work with personal meaning, and link emotions with visuals.


Previous Perspectives:

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Abstract Expressionism & Photography

with Valda Bailey and Doug Chinnery

December 6 and 8, 2022

Explore the imagination, color outside the lines, push against convention, and bend the rules with Valda and Doug leading the way.

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Above and Under Water with Maggie

with Maggie Taylor

November 9 and 12, 2022

Plunge into Maggie’s wet world above and under the surface to create water scenes using Photoshop in your digital composites.

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The Editorial Portrait: Production Process from Start to Finish

with Celeste Sloman

October 22, 2022

Dive deeply into the world of a contemporary portraitist for a greater understanding of the realities of working in the industry at a high professional level.

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Self-Publishing for Photographers: Books to Zines

with Dan Milnor

September 13 & 15, 2022

Get strategic about the creative range of self-publishing options while exploring typography, materials, software, and more.

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The Magical World of ICM

with Roxanne Bouché Overton

September 6 and 8, 2022

Learn to enhance traditional photography in unexpected ways as you push your imagery into the realm of the exceptional.

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Eyes Wide Open - The Joy of Nature Photography

with Eddie Soloway

May 31 – June 2, 2022

Swim in the creative, but honor the thoughtful. Get ready for ideas to set you free, to shake you out of ruts, and charge you up to make new photographs, right now!

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Coloring in Maggie's World

with Maggie Taylor

May 12 and 14, 2022

Come play in Maggie’s world to expand your understanding and use of color in your creative work.

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Best Practices: Protecting, Storing and Archiving Your Digital Images

with Michael Clark

March 19, 2022

Build a robust storage solution for your digital content, learn about the tools you need to protect your content no matter what calamities may come.

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Travel Portraits

with Nevada Wier

February 8 and 10, 2022

Join Nevada to learn the skills and approaches to the technical, practical, creative, and social aspects of creating natural, respectful, and unique portraits.

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Editorial Portrait Photography: The Essentials

with Victoria Will and Jeff Lipsky

January 25 and 27, 2022

Enjoy and prosper from two engaging evenings with Victoria and Jeff as they demystify the ever-changing professional world of editorial portrait photography.

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Working Smartly with Smart Objects

with Maggie Taylor

December 8 – 11, 2021

Unleash the power of Photoshop’s Smart Objects in creative compositing to experience the freedom of changing your mind on an object’s size, shape, warping, smart filters, and even facial expressions.

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Color, Light, Action, Pattern

with Nevada Wier

November 15 – 18, 2021

Take a deep-dive exploration of the four visual elements essential to every transcendent travel photograph.

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Mastering Instagram: An Insider’s Guide

with Pei Ketron

November 6 – 13, 2021

Transform yourself from a “lurker” to an active and confident content creator.

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From National Geographic to the Photo Ark: The Endless Quest for the Perfect Picture

with Joel Sartore

March 2 – 4, 2021

Join National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore to elevate your photographs to their full potential while making the world a better place.

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Travel: Across the World and Deep Within

with Pico Iyer and Reid Callanan

February 16 - 18, 2021

Consider why travel in the new millennium is not just a luxury, but a moral obligation, and why it is more important than ever, in our accelerating age of information overload, to clear our heads and not forget what sustains us most.

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Three Simple Lines & The Color of Wind

with Natalie Goldberg and Eddie Soloway

January 27 - 29, 2021

Exploring the intersection of images and words, Natalie and Eddie reveal the truths they have learned about these two universal languages; and their stories and insights are sure to change how you perceive your life as a writer or a photographer.

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Day to Night, through Ellis Island, to "Jay Myself”

with Stephen Wilkes

January 12 - 15, 2021

Take a unique in-depth look at the creative and technical processes behind three masterful bodies of work with renowned photographer, filmmaker, and National Geographic Society explorer Stephen Wilkes.

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Finding Your Voice

with Joyce Tenneson

December 15 – 17, 2020

Connect more deeply with your photographic voice on a practical as well as a spiritual journey that will change the way you see your creative world and your photographic projects.

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Wild Stories: The Perilous Art of Adventure Writing

with Hampton Sides and Douglas Preston

December 1 – 4, 2020

Consider and explore narrative non-fiction writing with Hampton and Doug that focuses on the outside world—including natural science, environmental politics, adventure sports, exploration, and far-flung travel stories.

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Gorman on Gorman: Five Decades

with Greg Gorman

November 17 - 19, 2020

Ride along with Greg Gorman and his high-octane energy and extraordinary storytelling skills as he offers you an intimate view of his ground-breaking 50-year career — from celebrity portraits to fine-art figure work.

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Being Maggie Taylor

with Maggie Taylor

October 27 - 29, 2020

Join boundless Maggie Taylor as she shares what she knows to be true and what she leaves to the magic of her creative process.

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From Uncertain to Now: An Autobiography in Photography

with Keith Carter

October 6 – 8, 2020

Come along on a creative journey across all 50 states and 16 countries for a Magical Mystery Tour of life in the arts with the one-and-only Keith Carter.

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Creativity and Travel Photography

with Nevada Wier

July 28 – 31, 2020

Nevada Wier elevates your aesthetic vision and expands your photographic skills in order to capture an image that rises above the usual travel clichés.

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Beyond the Single Image

with Julieanne Kost

July 14 – 16, 2020

Julieanne Kost shares her creative process in Photoshop from ideation to completion, demonstrating a wide range of methods to combine images as she removes technical barriers, expands your thinking beyond the single image, and opens up new possibilities for creative expression.

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The History of Eccentricity in Photography

with Keith Carter

June 30 – July 2, 2020

Keith Carter invites you to broaden your definition of what constitutes “creative work” as he explores fifteen eccentric figures in the history of photography who pushed boundaries, conventions, and expanded our visual vocabulary.

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Three That Changed the Face of Photography

with Sam Abell

June 9 – 11, 2020

Sam Abell uncovers the dramatically different work, and way of life, of three photography masters who changed both photography and the lives of all photographers who followed them.