One-Light Workshop on October 20

One-Light Workshop

Benton Street Studio

1105 Benton Street, Santa Clara, CA 95050

October 20, 2018

10 am to 4 pm


We all have experience with a one-light workshop every day of our lives:  The sun, the biggest, brightest light source.  We watch it rise, change color temperature throughout the day, filter through clouds, create rainbows in the rain, shine boldly in clear blue skies, and set itself against a million different backdrops.

In this hands-on workshop, we will demonstrate the use of one light source for portrait lighting.  You will be able to see the effect of one light source from different angles on the portrait subject and how you, the photographer, can impart, evoke, and provoke different emotions and reactions.  It is an exciting photographic adventure.

What to bring:

  • A camera
  • Laptop with imaging software (RDPW preference for Adobe Lightroom)
  • Comfortable attire
  • A sense of humor (It goes a long way)

This class is for those interested in refreshing and improving their skills and taking their photography to the next level.  At the end of this workshop, if you wish to continue, you are invited to enroll in the Richard Dischler Photo Workshop (RDPW), with its focus on pre-visualization techniques and philosophy, which will help you reinforce what you have learned and enable you to continue your momentum.

Through this Workshop, you will discover—and hone—your own, unique photographic voice.  You will also be better prepared for more in-depth lighting sessions being offered.

Most students finish this one-day lighting workshop with greater enthusiasm for their photography and a hunger for learning more.  Please join us and our growing community of local photographic talent.

Fee:  $249 ($189 for RDPW Members)

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Limited to 10

For more information, please visit on these and other class offerings.

New 6-month pre-visualization workshop starts on October 27!

This workshop is geared from the serious amateur to the professional photographer interested in improving their skills and is the prerequisite for the one-year advanced study Pre-Visualization Workshops. Members from Dischler’s current and previous six-month and one-year Pre-Visualization Workshops continue to receive public recognition for their work in juried and non-juried local, regional, national and international art and photography exhibits.

  • For more details on the workshop, click here
  • To see the session dates and sign up, click here

New 6-month Pre-Visualization Workshop

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.

New Six Month Pre-Visualization Workshop Session

A new session for the Six Month Pre-Visualization Workshop will start on Sunday, February 11, at 10:30am at the new RDPW location: 220 S. California Ave Suite 115A/B, Palo Alto, CA 94306.

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 |

Journey at JCC Photography Workshops

Develop your visual photographic journey at the Palo Alto Jewish Community Center!

A journey can be described as a trip, voyage, expedition or venture. A journey can be a noun (as in a person, place, thing or idea) or a verb (as in an action or something one does).

Many people journey by car, plane, train or boat. Others embark on internal journeys, writing thoughts or observations on what they see and feel. Still others journey with a camera, capturing their observations and feelings through the lens.

Richard Dischler Photo Workshops (RDPW) inspire members through individual journeys of seeing with more than just their eyes. Numerous members have received public recognition for their works in local, regional, national and international juried arts and photography competitions, exhibits and publications.

This workshop uses a unique methodology that focuses on visual imagery, taking your work to a higher level. Photographers of all levels are welcome. While fancy cameras are not required (or even needed), familiarity with manual mode is helpful.

The workshop meets once a month for six months, culminating in an exhibit in the Fitness Center. In between meetings, Dick provides one-on-one coaching during weekly office hours.

For details on the schedule and location, and to register for the workshop, go to the JCC website.

Announcing Our New Location

Thank you to everyone who joined us at the open house for the Men’s Exhibit on the 16th. As we announced at that event, the Richard Dischler Photography Workshop is going strong, and, starting next month, our new home will be the Pacific Art League (PAL) at 668 Ramona Street, Palo Alto.

Starting in November, 2016, all of our Pre-visualation Workshop sessions, the Six Month, One Year, and Plus sessions will continue at PAL, and we’ll provide the schedule as soon as we can.

We are also excited to announce that starting in January we will begin offering our classes again. We are planning to expand our schedule beyond just weekends, and we’ll now have opportunities to hold more classes than ever before. The schedule and registration will be available on the PAL’s website as soon as their new catalog is released, and we’ll send another update once that is available.

Quite coincidentally, Pacific Art League’s exhibition in November is of Photography, and a few of our members’s work has been accepted in the show. The reception will be held on Friday, November 4, from 5:30-8PM. This event is open to everyone so this will be a great opportunity to explore our new home, and, as we always do, support our members and friends in a new exhibition.

Thank you for your continued support of the Workshop, and we look forward to seeing you soon. If you have any questions,  please reach out to Richard at

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)

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