Upcoming Mansurovs Workshop Details

We are two weeks away from the first workshops this year and I wanted to provide an update on the content and location of the workshops. Due to a busy and hectic summer schedule, it was a little tough to keep up with the site, so I apologize ahead of time for not being able to provide all the details earlier.

1) Workshops and Dates

Once again, the workshops and the dates are the following:

  1. September 8, 2012 – Flash Photography Workshop (FULL)
  2. September 9, 2012 – Post-Processing Workshop (FULL)
  3. September 22, 2012 – Landscape Photography Workshop (FULL)

Our landscape photography workshop filled up during the first 48 hours and I had to take it out of the registration page. I was originally planning for around 10-15 people, but since I could not take the page down fast enough, I had to accommodate more people and reject all others that registered later. Sorry for not being able to squeeze everyone, but for those that could not join us this fall – we will have more workshops next year and we will surely plan on more than one throughout the year.

2) Location and Time

The first two workshops (Flash Photography and Post-Processing) will be held at the Doubletree Hotel DTC (Denver Tech Center). The meeting room name is “Teal” and it is located on the third floor. When you get through the main entrance, go straight, pass the front desk and you will see stairs on the right going up. Take the stairs and once you are on the third level, turn left – the “Teal” meeting room is at the end of the corridor. Both workshops will be hosted in this room. Please arrive promptly, since we will start at 9 AM sharp.

3) Availability

While our landscape photography workshop is completely full, we still have some availability for both Flash and Post-Processing workshops. If you are interested in attending these workshops, please register through our Workshop Registration Page (closed). This will be a great opportunity to learn from us in a full day classroom-style workshop. See below for more details on what we will cover.

4) Flash Photography Workshop Agenda (September 8, 2012)

The flash photography workshop is going to be all about using different types of lights. While we will go over all types of lights used in photography, our main objective will be to master speedlights. Many photographers feel quite challenged when using flash, so we will cover everything from flash photography basics to more advanced topics (on-camera flash using speedlights and off-camera flash with infrared or radio communication). We will go through indoors and outdoors photography and show you how to utilize lighting gear in various environments. We highly recommend to bring your camera and a speedlight with you, because we want you to experiment and get comfortable with flash by practicing it during the workshop. This will be a long, full day class, so please plan accordingly. We have already hired a model, who we will use for showing different lighting setups and possibly to model for us at the end of the class (time permitting).

Here is an outline of the flash photography workshop:

  • Natural light vs flash – when to use flash
  • Overview of flash systems, modifiers and triggers
  • Strobes vs portable vs studio lights
  • Flash photography basics
  • Exposure control
  • On-camera flash
  • Off-camera flash
  • Indoor flash photography
  • Outdoor flash photography
  • How to effectively utilize strobes
  • Advanced flash photography
  • Case Studies

As you can see, we will cover a lot of material during this workshop.

And by the way, here is a picture from last year’s portrait photography workshop:

Leeza workshop

NIKON D700 + 85mm f/1.4 @ 85mm, ISO 200, 1/8000, f/1.4

5) Post-Processing Workshop Agenda (September 9, 2012)

How should you handle photos once they are taken? What does an effective post-processing workflow look like? How should you process your images and what tools can save you time and money? These are some of the topics we will cover during this workshop. We will spend a lot of time going through simple, yet effective Lightroom and Photoshop tricks that will speed up and enhance the way you organize and process your images. This class will be great for any kind of photography, but we will primarily concentrate on post-processing portraiture and landscapes. This class will be a great follow-up to the flash photography workshop, since we will use some photos from that class to work with. This will also be a full-day workshop, so please plan accordingly.

Here is an outline of the post-processing workshop:

  • Overview of photography workflow
  • Post-processing workflow explained (Lightroom, Aperture, Photoshop)
  • Efficient workflow with Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Destructive vs non-destructive editing
  • Importing photographs
  • Organizing, sorting and managing photographs
  • Managing Lightroom catalogs
  • Backup strategies
  • Image editing in Lightroom vs Photoshop
  • Lightroom modules explained in detail
  • Photoshop basics
  • Exporting photographs
  • Case Studies: Portraiture
  • Case Studies: Landscape and nature

6) Landscape Photography Workshop Agenda (September 22, 2012, FULL)

Details of the landscape photography workshop have been sent to the workshop participants via email (we have been coordinating it for a while now). Our first introductory meeting will be held at the Ridgway-Ouray Lodge and Suites on Friday evening (September 21, 2012) at 7 PM. A detailed agenda will be provided to all participants before the workshop.

7) How to Sign Up

If you want to register for flash photography or post-processing workshops, please fill out our secure Workshop Registration Page (closed). The fees are very minimal, only $50 per workshop, per person. We are accepting credit card payments at this time, but you can also choose to pay with a check or cash on the day of the workshop (please notify via the contact form if you wish to do that).

Space is limited, so please sign up while there are some spots available.


  1. 1) Pascal
    August 30, 2012 at 12:40 am

    Hi Nasim,
    Do you have any updates in regards to the possibility of creating digital copies (DVD or other media) of your workshops?


  2. 2) Justin
    September 4, 2012 at 11:13 am


    I’ve always enjoyed your reviews, and just saw you had a flash workshop this weekend. I just signed up! I’m looking forward to finally meeting you. I’m very interested in environmental portraits so this should be great.

    I’m also interested in talking more about the 24mm 1.4…..I have a hankering for it!

    See you on Saturday!


  3. 3) Wai
    April 5, 2013 at 3:12 pm


    Cannot find any information on 2013 Fall Foliage Workshop. Read the guest article on last year’s workshops and I very much like to be in this year’s workshop. I am on your email notification for website new postings, wonder if I can get on the participant list for this year’s Fall workshop. Thanks.


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