Richard Dischler Photo Workshops (RDPW): Discovering, Enhancing, Refining Your Photographic Vision

RDPW is also not your traditional camera club. It’s a journey into yourself to discover, shape, enhance, refine, and define your own, unique photographic vision. This journey, led by esteemed photographer and instructor Richard Dischler, is destined to provoke, inspire, frustrate, excite, and energize your creative interpretation of the eyes/mind/heart. The role of this workshop is to help each participant discover and further develop and advance his or her own photographic vision, with an emphasis on the art of seeing. The end goal is The Print.

Owning a pen doesn’t make one a writer any more than owning a camera makes one a photographer. It takes more than the instrument to make the artist. It takes innate talent, discipline, desire, and vision, combined with an intimate relationship with and understanding of your camera.

Like a writer with his first draft, the writing needs editing, refining, shape, and vision. The same could be said for photography. Raw talent often needs to be inspired, shaped, molded, encouraged, and enhanced.

We always start each year with The Walkabout. If you really open your eyes and observe your surroundings, you will discover exciting and unique images right where you walk. We invite you on this unique journey in Palo Alto on California Avenue on January 2020. Bring one camera—or a cell phone with built-in camera—and a healthy dose of enthusiasm and curiosity. Richard Dischler will serve as a guide, and other members of the original RDPW will be available for one-on-one coaching. It’s a great way to get introduced to the RDPW journey.

The general RDPW sessions are comprised of small groups of photographers, creating an environment that encourages each one to share images, ideas, and technical knowledge as well as create new friendships and excite fresh adventures into their art. These groups are now part of a larger community of photographers now numbering over 100 members.

Members use a wide variety of cameras, lenses, and printing equipment from various manufacturers, and they use an equally wide variety of paper, printing to an unparalleled level of quality and expertise. Once members have assembled a portfolio of images, Richard Dischler guides the photographer through a disciplined process of developing The Print to the highest form of excellence.

Again—still and always—the end goal is The Print.

Through their workshop journey, these photographers all work diligently toward developing their own, unique photographic voice, which is expressed in a captured image. From there, the image is finally rendered digitally according to one’s inner vision, which invites the quest for creating a final, developed Print. This quest involves a rigorous process wherein each photographer advances his or her development skills—using Adobe Lightroom—to refine and
render the image into a finished print that is measured against the most exacting standards established and promoted by the RDPW. When complete, these images deserve an honored place on a wall—not to disappear into the ether.

The Richard Dischler Photo Workshops have delivered unparalleled mentoring and guidance to its numerous participants—from beginners to advanced levels of skill. Workshop participants will notice a marked difference between what RDPW offers and what is available at the typical “camera club.” On the surface, the difference may be subtle, but it is profound. The result: over time, each participant discovers his or her own, unique photographic voice, which is far
more satisfactory than mimicking someone else’s vision.

Furthermore, these workshops have developed into a strong, supportive, knowledgeable community of outstanding photographers, many of whose work has been published or hangs in museums or private collections. Members become friends, hang out and meet at coffee shops or restaurants, share ideas, and solve creative and technical challenges.

The RDPW model is truly unique and unparalleled in our area and, maybe, across the country. Join the group. Beware: you are likely to become more aware, and your vision more acute and focused.

Members of the RDPW have received public recognition for their works in local, regional, national, and international juried and non-juried art and photography competitions, exhibits, and publications.

The Workshop is now into its 12th year. As a result, virtually every one of our members has received an award in a juried competition, showing in museums, publications, and other exhibit venues throughout the country in 2019. From recent members to those who have been involved since its inception, in 2019 alone, those listed below have earned a variety of accolades that deserve recognition—a pattern than has been repeated since our beginning. For a visual trip through the list of earned awards and member photographers, please visit the Gallery page at

New sessions and classes will begin in January 2020. For more information on the Workshop and upcoming Walkabout, please visit

Richard Dischler Photo Workshops
220 California Avenue
Suites 115A/B
Palo Alto, CA 94306

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