Sculpting With Shadow & Light; Learn to Control and Create the Light that Defines Photography Under the Guidance of Master Photographer Sally Wiener Grotta

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Internationally respected photographer Sally Wiener Grotta has decided to open her studio to the public, for a series of exclusive photography and imaging Master Classes. The next will be a one-day session, limited to no more than six students, on Sculpting with Shadow & Light on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

Sally Wiener Grotta

Sally Wiener Grotta

For me, it's about the wonder of photography. I want to help aspiring and developing photographers to express their wonder and passion through their photography.

Hidden away in plain sight, in the picturesque Pennsylvania Pocono Mountains, is an old Masonic Hall that holds the state-of-the-art high-tech studio of internationally renowned photographer and storyteller Sally Wiener Grotta. Sally has decided to open her studio to the public for the first time, for a series of exclusive Photography Master Classes and Mentoring.

Unfortunately, given her busy schedule, these Master Classes will be limited to only a couple of sessions a year. But she is determined to fit them into her calendar, so that she might "pay it forward," sharing what she has learned during a wide-ranging career that has spanned decades and continents. "For me, it's about the wonder of photography. I want to help aspiring and developing photographers to express their wonder and passion through their photography," Sally explained.


The next Master Class -- "Sculpting with Shadow & Light" -- will be Saturday, June 22, 2013. The class will be limited to no more than six students, to allow Sally to give each one personal attention and advice. Students will experience an intense and exhilarating immersion into using light effectively and creatively, as they:

  • See and capture light with new sensitivity and sensibility.
  • Take control over available and ambient light to create pictures that express their personal vision.
  • Gain mastery over studio lighting on a still life setup and during a live model shoot.

The only prerequisites for the class are a passion for photography, a camera with control over f-stops and shutter speed, and some familiarity with that camera. Information about logistics and tuition (as well as other details) may be found on the American Hands Website.


"A global treasure" ~ Pat Schroeder, former U.S. Congresswoman

Sally Wiener Grotta is known not only for her enchanting storytelling and evocative photography, but also for her contagious enthusiasm and passion. "Sally is an inspired and inspiring teacher," wrote one of her students, voicing a frequent comment.

The photographer/storyteller behind the award-winning American Hands narrative portrait project, Sally has traveled on assignment all over the world, to every continent (including Antarctica several times), plus many exotic islands (such as Papua New Guinea). The recipient of over three dozen arts grants, her pictures have appeared in many exhibits, scores of national glossy magazines, numerous books and various ads. She has published eight non-fiction books (on photography and travel), and has been recognized as an X-rite Coloratti, one of “The World’s Top Professional Photographers.”

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