Our workshops and expeditions cover all aspects of photography and challenge, encourage and inspire the photographer in all of us. During the workshops, our complete focus is on you, the photographer.

Our instructors are working professional photographers who have a passion for sharing and inspiring. We recognize the commitment of time, energy and money it takes for you to attend a workshop and work very hard to be the best at intimately knowing our locations, providing a wealth of high quality information via excellent presentations and one on one help in the field, presenting extremely supportive and highly detailed image reviews, and doing all of this in an energy rich, supportive environment where inspiration and having fun are the hallmark of our workshops.

Our instructors do not shoot their own work when they are with students during our workshops. If you see instructors photographing, they are either shooting images of the participants engaging in the workshop for public relation purposes, shooting something that is to be used for educational purposes during the workshop, or demonstrating something for a participant(s).

SE Center Workshops fully realizes that in addition to the education business we are in the inspiration business, and ultimately, we are a service business. We are here to serve you and your complete satisfaction with your workshop experience is our pledge. After all, the majority of our workshop participants are repeat customers and we know as well as anyone that we only get one chance to make a memorable first impression. 

When we publish a workshop cost it includes everything. We won't surprise you with additional Materials Costs or Model Fees. If the workshop is all day at the SE Center, we provide lunch, snacks and beverages. Before you register you know the true cost of our workshops.


 ©W Earle

©W Earle

3/16-3/18/18 Creating the Fine Art Nude Image,

William Earle & Michael Pannier

A two and a half day in depth hands on workshop presented by Bill Earle and Mike Pannier. Focusing on all of the details that go into the making of a strong fine art nude photograph. We’ll work with just a few concepts and examples exploring all of the subtleties and details that must be considered taking as much time as needed with just a single image. A significant amount of time will be spent discussing all aspects of the image. We’ll work through every step of the process in detail from discussing the concept with the model, setting up the lighting and sets, post processing through making an exhibition quality print.

This workshop is for photographers serious about fine art figure photography and improving their work. This event is not about going home with a large quantity of images. It is about in depth learning. Each photographer must bring a laptop computer set up with Photoshop or Lightroom.

We’ll spend a few hours Friday evening in conversation about creativity, inspiration, composition and other elements that contribute to the making of strong photographs. Saturday will be dedicated to capturing the image and Sunday will be post processing and printing. Everyone will leave with at least one exhibition quality print of an image made in the workshop.

Space is limited to 4 photographers and these workshops fill up fast!

1 Seat Available Due To Cancellation

 ©D Burkholder

©D Burkholder

3/24-3/25/18, iPhone and iPad Artistry,

Dan Burkholder

Apps, Gizmos and Techniques for Amazingly Creative iPhone/iPad Photography

The iPhone is the new, hip and creative camera whose images now grace magazine covers, museum walls and gallery openings. In this workshop you’ll focus on the shooting, editing and stylizing techniques that will take you from casual captures to serious artwork. This workshop will open your eyes and pump your creative juices to craft images that you’ll be proud to share, exhibit and sell. With two days of shooting, processing, learning and fun, your every iPhone Artistry urge will have time to flex and stretch.

You’ll leave this class with a vast assortment of approaches and techniques to elevate your iPhone landscapes above the ocean of “me-too” filter effects and borders! 

Dan Burkholder has a long history of looking beyond the photographic horizon to explore, teach and exhibit the next great thing in imaging. His book, iPhone Artistry (Pixiq Press, 2012), is the universe’s most comprehensive and fun how-to book for iPhone photographers. His poignant monograph, The Color of Loss (University of Texas Press, 2008), intimately documented the flooded interiors of post-Katrina New Orleans. 


 © Danea Males

© Danea Males

4/28/18, Holga and Pinhole Workshop

Ashley Jones & Danea Males

In celebration of Worldwide Pinhole Photography Day, please joins us for a one-day Holga and Pinhole Workshop. Students will have the opportunity see a variety Holga and Pinhole imagery, and gain a solid grasp on both imaging making processes. Included in the course fee, participants will get to take home their own Holga and Pinhole cameras. Everyone will get the chance to shoot with both cameras before the end of the day. Local photographers and art educators, Ashley Jones and Danea Males, will provide hands-on instruction for this workshop.

Ashley Jones is an artist and educator invested in exploring work that discusses both the personal and the universal narrative. Her practice primarily includes large format photography, but she is continuously interested in utilizing visual communication in a variety of platforms. Jones received her M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design and her B.A. from the University of South Florida. 

Her works have been featured in numerous publications including Aint-Bad Magazine, American Oxford, LightLeaked, IMPRINTS Magazine, Ticka-Arts, and ToneLit. She is actively exhibiting nationally and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions. You can see more examples of her work at her website, www.ashleymjones.com.  

Danea Males grew up in Kilgore, Texas and earned her Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2008. She is a fine art photographer exploring the American landscape, looking to connect with cultures and societies that define the American experience. 

She is also a photography and art appreciation professor, currently teaching for Spartanburg Community College. One of her recent achievements include her solo exhibition, Not My Home. In the coming year, she will begin making photographs for a book about the Camino Real de los Tejas with author, Wes Ferguson.  You can see more examples of her work at her website, www.daneamales.com.



 ©Brandon Tribodeaux

©Brandon Tribodeaux

8/18-8/19/18, Crafting the Personal Project, 

Brandon Thibodeaux

Personal projects are essential to defining your identity as a photographer. Whether portrait series, photojournalism, or conceptual pieces, they express your passion and—if done well—inspire that same passion in others.

Maybe you've just started a new project. Maybe you're stranded in the middle of one. Or maybe you've been working on something for years and just need that last push to get it out into the world. Regardless of where you are in your process, Brandon Thibodeaux shows you how to take your idea and mold it into a finished body of work.

At the end of our time together we hold group discussions about what lies ahead for our projects. There are a multitude of resources and outlets for your work; some may be destined for a book, others for a gallery wall or perhaps even a commissioned assignment.

Whether it's for a curator, book publisher, or magazine editor, you come away with the know-how to harness your personal project's potential and get it in front of the right audience.

This is not a shooting workshop. Please bring a body of work, or several, to develop over the weekend.


Brandon Thibodeaux was raised in Beaumont, Texas, where his photography career began in 2002 at a small daily newspaper while studying photography at Lamar University. 

He now resides in Dallas, TX, and his clients include Atlantic Records, BBVA Compass Bank, ED&F Man, Fader, Forbes, FT Weekend Magazine, Guardian Weekend Magazine, Harper's, HGTV, Match.com, Monocle, Mother Jones, MSNBC, The New York Times, NPR, Oprah Winfrey Network, Shell Oil, Urban Land Institute, World Wildlife Fund, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.

His work is recognized by American Photo Magazine, Photo District News, and the Oxford American lists him as one of their 100 Under 100, New Superstars of Southern Art. His photographic project in the Mississippi Delta, “When Morning Comes”, was awarded Center’s Gallerist Choice Award 2013, AI-AP American Photography 30, the Critical Mass Solo Show Award 2013, the 2014 Michael P. Smith Fund For Documentary Photography Grant and the 2016 Palm Springs Photo Festival Portfolio Review Award.

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Cyanotype Day Workshop

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The Fine Art of Black & White Photography

Vincent Versace

Date TBD
The ability to create a stunning black and white image is one of photography’s greatest and most aspirational skills. Being able to "see" the potential to make an image in black and white is an enviable capability. A well-crafted black and white photograph remains the finest of the fine arts.

April 2019, The Business of Fine Art Photography

Claire Rosen