Announcing RDPW Tutoring Program

Have you ever signed up for a class only to learn that you didn’t know as much as everyone else, or you knew more than anyone else, or—even worse—you didn’t know as much as you thought you knew?

Welcome to the RDPW Tutoring Program, where we meet you where you are in your photographic journey. You need more knowledge about Adobe Lightroom? Print processing? Camera functions? Cell phone applications? We have a tutor for you.

Not everyone wants or needs a class on any topic or on some topics. We have discovered that many simply want or need a focused session or more on their specific needs and wants.

To make this possible, the workshop has assembled a group of qualified individuals whose skill set has been approved by Richard Dischler.

$130 per hour for RDPW members
$150 per hour for non-members
*All fees paid to Richard Dischler

Location: RDPW (aka “Da Digs”)
220 S. California Avenue, Suite 115A/B
Palo Alto, CA 94306

Scheduling: All schedules arranged between participants

See the list of tutors.

Happy tutoring!

Basic Camera-1 – Fundamentals Class (April 8th)

Learn the Fundamentals of camera operation and photography methods in our Basic Camera-1 class

April 8, 2018

10:00am – 1:00pm

220 S. California Ave Suite 115A/B,  

Palo Alto, CA

$130 RDPW members / $150 non-members

The Basic Camera-1 class from the Richard Dischler Photo Workshops will cover the fundamental concepts of using any camera (DSLR, mirrorless, point & shoot, or mobile phone) in its creative modes to capture the images of your vision.  Take your camera off of Auto for more artistic results.  Additionally, an introduction to methods of image editing (post-processing) and composition will help you develop new skills you can immediately put to use.

The style of this class is to interleave topic discussion followed by practice of the newly learned concepts using your own camera.  We will cover the controls and adjustments in your camera and how they relate to the captured image.  You will use your camera to explore the affect of each control as we capture images in the vicinity of the classroom.  We will process some of your images in Lightroom to introduce you to the editing possibilities in this creative tool.

Topics covered in Basic Camera-1 include:

  • How digital cameras work – light, lenses, & electronics
  • Adjusting exposure controls and their impact on the captured image
  • Focus modes and light metering methods
  • The basics of image composition
  • A survey of post processing tools and examples of Lightroom editing
  • An overview of printing – printers, paper & ICC profiles
  • A discussion of other skill building opportunities

Bring your camera with a fully charged battery, and a removable memory card or cable for connecting to a computer USB port.  Your camera manual may also be useful to have with you to provide details of camera adjustment.

Our classes are small (4-6 students) to allow for one-on-one instruction – and we encourage lots of Q&A during the class.  Spend 3-hours with us and improve your photography!

Please contact us at for space availability and to sign up.

Mobile Device Photography Class

Learn how to create better photos using your mobile device.

March 10, 2018

9:30am – 12:30pm

220 S. California Ave Suite 115A/B,  

Palo Alto, CA

$130 RDPW members / $150 non-members

Mobile Device Photography from the Richard Dischler Photo Workshops can show you how to start creating photographs using your mobile device that go beyond basic snapshots and selfies.

The goal of this 3-hour class is to get a better understanding of mobile device photography, start taking better photos, basic editing, and get your images out of your mobile device. The class is structured in a lecture format with an opportunity to practice what you learn.

Topics covered include:

  • Basic mobile device photo functions
  • Apps and gadgets to go beyond the basics
  • In device editing
  • Exporting images to edit on a computer

Bring your mobile device of choice. You are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop with Adobe Lightroom installed to maximize the experience; however, it’s not required.

We offer small classes (6-8 students) to allow for one-on-one instruction opportunities.

Please contact us at for space availability and to sign up. Include what type of mobile device you use when signing up.

Adobe Lightroom 1 Class

Olya Gary will teach a free 3-hour Adobe Lightroom 1 class on Saturday, February 10, at 2pm at the new RDPW location: 220 S. California Ave Suite 115A/B, Palo Alto, CA 94306. Available spots are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

Photography Walkabout with Richard Dischler

Have you ever thought you need to travel to a remote destination to take a memorable photograph? Ever struggled at taking photographs where you are? Do you want to expand your knowledge of what makes up a good photograph? If so, this one-day workshop is for you!

The Richard Dischler Photography Walkabout will help you visually understand what goes into a memorable photograph. Photographers in attendance will be assisted by Richard and his team of seasoned photographers in photo shooting, review and critiques.

Please bring one camera. A smartphone, point-and-shoot, DSLR or mirrorless camera will do the trick. If you have multiple lenses, please bring just one, along with a healthy dose of enthusiasm and curiosity. All photography levels welcomed and encouraged.

After the Walkabout, please join us for an “Artist vs. Gearhead” discussion between Richard and Terry Shuchat of Keeble & Shuchat Photography. The discussion will take place from 6:00–7:00 PM and is included in the cost of the Walkabout. For more information on the discussion, click here.

This is a great opportunity to meet Richard Dischler who will be leading a six-month workshop on our OFJCC campus. For more information about the workshop, please click here.

For ages 18+
Sunday, June 4
10:00 AM–5:15 PM
Freidenrich Conference Center, Room F-401
Contact: Edgar Ochoa | (650) 223-8605 |

Walkabout Journey in Palo Alto

Walkabout date: Sunday, May 7, 2017, 10am-4pm

Pacific Art League
668 Ramona Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Edward Weston stated, “If you can see your feet, you can see a photograph.” If you really open your eyes and observe your surroundings, you will discover exciting and unique images right where you walk.

We invite you to experience a Walkabout adventure in downtown Palo Alto during a one-day workshop. Bring one camera (Point and Shoot, Mirrorless or DSLR) or a cell phone that has a camera built into it—and a healthy dose of enthusiasm and curiosity. If you have a DSLR or Mirrorless camera, please bring just one lens.

Richard will serve as a guide, and other members of the original RDPW will be available for one-on-one coaching. Afterward, there will be an image review and critique.

So come have some fun, and see where this journey takes you.

More details

Photographing the Human Form – July 16, 2016 10am – 4pm

Learn how to photograph the human body in a natural way using clothed models.

This workshop will teach you through live demonstration how to pose and photograph the human body with focus on creation of fine art portraits. Students will learn basic lighting techniques which can be used to accentuate the lines and form of the human body, as well as how to interact and instruct models to get the results you are looking to achieve.

You will have the opportunity to photograph these models, and a model release will be provided so you can use these images for your portfolio. Images will be reviewed/lightly critiqued during the class.

Class size is limited to 14 students.

Bring with you:

  1. Camera & Lens appropriate for portraits
  2. Laptop with whatever imaging software you use.  Our preference is Adobe Lightroom
  3. Dress comfortably
  4. A sense of humor. It goes a long way

Fee: $269.99 ($199.99 RDPW Members)

July 16, 2016
Class meets 10am – 4pm (with break)

Sign Up Now!
Register at or call 650-327-8996
Class fees must be paid at time of registration
Course SKU: 21563

How to Clinic: Photograph Artwork & Art Pieces — August 12, 2015 10am to 2pm

Photo by Charles Mujie. ©2013 by  Charles Mujie.

Photo by Charles Mujie. ©2013 Charles Mujie.

The Los Altos History Museum in partnership with the Richard Dischler Photo Workshops and Keeble & Shuchat Photography will be conducting a How to Clinic to photograph artwork and art pieces. Richard Dischler and his staff will conduct the clinic. You will learn how to setup and properly light the object to be photographed without the need for professional equipment. Bring along an artwork or art piece that you’d like to photograph. Please limit the dimension of the object to 12” in length, 12” in width, 4” in height and around 3 pounds in weight. Limited to 20 participants. Fee $29.00. To register please contact Grace Perry at 650-948-9427 x14.