My Photographic Classes and Workshops

I offer photographic classes, workshops, private instruction and tutoring in photography. I work from my large studio in Seattle and on location. I teach beginners, avid enthusiasts, graduate students and professionals. I can design a workshop or individual instruction individually for you or you can choose from the below offerings,


• Flash. This is a tool that sometimes is underused and confusing. In this workshop you will learn how to create images that look naturally lit using the flash, along with studio lit, and amazing creative effects.
• Strobes. The wonderful world of strobes, where you can freeze dancers in mid leap, light a portrait using 3,4, or 5 lights, light large groups of people, light large subjects, shoot with a fast shutter speed in a dark room. Learn how to understand, meter, measure, and design light.
• Natural Light teaches you how to use the tricks and techniques used in studio lighting with natural light. You will also learn the basics of working with natural light on its own that will allow you to take better photographs of landscapes, soccer games,
• Hot Lights. Learn how to make beautifully lit images using inexpensive hot lights.
• Available Light. When you are out shooting on location, perhaps your child’s classroom, at a performance, in a restaurant, at a wedding, while studying at the library, you will encounter multiple lighting problems. Learn how to work with these in this workshop.
• Combination Lighting. What is you want to use natural light and strobes, or hot lights and flash, or available light, hot lights, and flash? What is you want the color temperature to all be the same, or different? This workshop teaches you how to creatively and technically combine different light types. You should have a basic understanding on how to use a strobe, a hot light, natural light, a flash, and how to meter before taking this workshop.
• How to Photograph Artwork. You use different lighting techniques to photograph paintings, photographs, glass art, collage, metal art, art made out of wood, baskets, weaving, ceramics, and floral art. This workshop teaches you these techniques.

Digital Photography

• How to Use your Digital SLR. This workshop covers only the technical aspects of what your camera can do. Learn what your menu options are and what they do, how to use white balance, how to understand the histogram, what all the dials and buttons do, what your focusing, metering, flash, and drive mode options are, shooting in black and white, color modes, long exposure digital noise reduction, etc.
• Manual Metering for Digital Photography teaches those of you who only want to work on proper exposure, use of histograms, aperture, ISO, and shutter speed.
• Beginning Digital Photography teaches everything that How to Use your Digital SLR teaches and Manual Metering, but is also designed for those of you who want to understanding light, how to see in black and white, along with the creative lessons in composition, use of color, learning to see, coming up with creative ideas, etc.


• Individual Portraiture. Want to know the techniques, tricks and secrets in portraiture? You will learn how to pose, light, communicate with your subject, prepare, style, portraits of individuals who have different needs. Some need a head shot, others need a classic portrait, a sensual image of themselves, a graduation portrait, a website shot, and then there are those who want to explore many sides of themselves in portraits.
• Family and Groups are hard to get one good image of everybody in, their poses, evenly light, not have someone blinking, and communicate with. This workshop teaches you how to.
• Babies and Children are not like adults, you have to work with them differently Timing, understanding how to work with little ones, and are essential. I learned the hard way. .I can teach you so you don’t have to.
• Editorial Portraiture is its own special world. You will learn how do you illustrate a story in a magazine using photographs, how to shoot a magazine cover, what the current trends and techniques are in this workshop.
• Fashion is also its own special world. It often combines with editorial but is so specific it needs its own workshop. You will learn how to find and work with models, direct poses, use studio and natural lighting, what the stylists do, how to work with designers, and magazines in this workshop.

Form and Figure

• Underwater Figurative photography is challenging. Knowing what camera options are available, how to work underwater, how to direct models, how to create sets, choreograph, along with how to use and meter light are all important aspects that I teach.
• Form and Figure includes dance, yoga, nude, along with how to work with and choreograph models.
• Nude Photography explores working with them human form in studio and on location, how to work with and find models, come up with ideas, lighting set ups, etc.

Night Photography

• Night photography is a mysterious and magical world, where the knowledge of shutter speed, light, white balance, tripods, and proper gear are integral. It is also much more fun and safer with a group!


• How to Take a Better Travel Photograph by understanding how light changes between seasons and during the day, what to shoot when, how to compose, how to use color and black and white, how to prepare for your trip, what to take with you and what to leave at home.

Guided Educational Photographic Tours in and around Seattle.
• When you are in Seattle, I can take you to see the sights you might not see on your own and teach you photography at the same time.
• I have led private tours for individuals and groups from all over the world while they have visited Seattle. I have worked with travel agencies in Europe in the past and am now working individually.

Guided Educational Photographic Tours around the World.
• I have taught travel photography in Europe on Rick Steve’s Europe Through the Back Door Tours, along with teaching workshops on travel photography for him in Edmonds.
• At this time I am asking people to email me and let me know where they are interested in traveling to, how long a trip they want to be there, at what dates, and if they want to travel individually or with a group.

My Photographic Classes and Workshops

Patricia Ridenour

Seattle, United States

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Artist's Description

I have been a photographic instructor for 20 years. I teach and have taught workshops and been a guest speaker internationally.

Some of these include the University of Wisconsin at Madison, The Photographic Center Northwest, Rick Steve’s Europe Through the Back Door, along with many others.

My editorial and commercial professional experience includes

Commercial clients such as…
Kodak, Thai Airways, Napa Ridge Winery,
Weston Hotels, The Seattle Opera, Continental Airlines, and Children’s Hospital.

Editorial clients such as…
Vogue, Travel Leisure, Conde Nast, and
The New Scientist magazines,
I photographed a Random House book on Altars, along with the book cover of the award winning book Little Altars Everywhere by Rebecca Wells who wrote Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood.

In the fine arts I have won multiple regional and national awards, grants, am in many permanent collections, and have exhibited internationally. Of note are a 1st and 2nd place award from the International Photography Awards, a 1st place award for excellence in Journalism from the SPJ, and having a piece that is part of the permanent collection at The National Museum for Women in the Arts at the Smithsonian.

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