2022 PHOTO CLASSES: camera workshops with Tom Dempsey, Seattle

Jan 10-Feb 2 “Nature Travel Photography” at Lifetime Learning Center (LLC)

Tom Dempsey will teach this class in 8 sessions at LLC, twice weekly
Mondays and Wednesdays on Jan 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31, Feb 2 in 2022.

In this class, learn how to plan and photograph your next nature travel adventure in the style of PhotoSeek.com. Bring your charged smartphone, pocketsize, or midsize camera to class, all welcome (preferably optical zoom magnification of 8x up to 25x, plus good electronic viewfinder). We’ll address how to better pre-visualize, expose, focus, compose, make panoramas, edit color tones, share images, and tell your story visually, via feedback from assignments.

Photographic travel dreams can be realized and remembered most vividly through thoughtful planning, active participation, and devoted editing.

Sign up at:

Lifetime Learning Center
(206) 949-8882 or email staff@lifetimelearningcenter.org 
All students, instructors and staff entering the LLC building are required to be fully vaccinated and will be asked to attest to their vaccine status.
Anyone entering the building will be required to wear a mask.

Lake City Presbyterian Church, Room B2
3841 NE 123rd Street
Seattle, WA 98125

Past workshops

Tom Dempsey (standing left) teaches photography students at Lifetime Learning Center, Seattle.

Tom taught the following classes at Lifetime Learning Center in Seattle:

  • (Note: the pandemic caused a 2-year break from 2020-21.)
  • “Smartphone Photography” 2019 Apr 1-May 24 for 8 days Mondays+Wednesdays: The latest smartphones make photography easier than ever. Bring your fully-charged phone to class, and we’ll learn how to better previsualize, expose, focus, compose, make panoramas, edit color tones, and share to impress your friends. Upgrading your phone will really help your photography. The best now have dual cameras on the back (such as Samsung Galaxy Note9 and iPhone 7 Plus or later). Their 2x telephoto lens greatly improves portraits and brings distant subjects closer. The latest “HDR Auto” smartly captures better shadows while preserving highlights. Other good cameras include Galaxy S7 and Google Pixel.
  • “Editing Digital Photography” 2018 Apr 30-May 16 for 6 sessions Mondays+Wednesdays: Learn how to edit digital images with emotional impact, true to the subject. Because cameras don’t record like our eyes see, we must compensate with smart tonal adjustments in Apple Photos, in my favorite Adobe Lightroom, or in your preferred editor. We’ll cover cropping, tonal editing (exposure, contrast, & Adjustment Brush), histograms, and color theory. We’ll review before and after edits of students’ emailed photo homework.
  • “Smartphone Photography” 2018 Jan 8–Jan 31 for 8 sessions Mondays+Wednesdays
  • “Digital Photography on the Go” 2017 Oct 31–Nov 16 for 6 sessions
  • “Editing Digital Photography” 2017 April 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20
  • “Digital Photography on the Go” 2016 November 1–17
  • “Digital Photography on the Go” 2016 March 28–April 18

I am an Artist in Residence for Alpenwild.com offering photography workshops in the Alps.

In Summer 2011, Tom Dempsey taught a 5-day Alps Photo Workshop visiting Venice and the Dolomites Mountains, guided by Gary Scott of Right Path Adventures, DolomitesWalkingTours.com


  • “Tom, I really appreciate your patience in explaining the color wheel, techniques of editing, and how to access various settings on our digital cameras.” – Nora MacDonald
  • “Thank you for all your help in making me more comfortable with my camera. A great class!” – Rochelle Goldberg
  • “I’ve really been enjoying this, Tom, and I think what I’ve been learning here is improving my eye for painting as well as photography. Thank you!” – Kay.
  • “After taking two classes with Tom Dempsey, my skill at composing photographs has improved greatly. Tom is a skilled photographer, and a knowledgable and patient teacher. He does his homework, presents well, listens respectfully to the comments and questions of his students and follows up. Tom gets back to us with emails to answer additional questions as well. He presents information at the correct level for his audience, whether individually or in the group. I really appreciate Tom as an instructor and plan to sign up for his photo editing class.” – Deb West, who has attended three class series plus private tutorials

Images from my book,“Light Travel: Photography on the Go”

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3 thoughts on “2022 PHOTO CLASSES: camera workshops with Tom Dempsey, Seattle

  1. Virtually by accident, I happened into Tom’s website in time to attend his basic “Light Travel” workshop in Lake City (Seattle), this spring (2016).
    Tom’s teaching style is so versatile that virtually anyone can profit, whether you’re trying to figure out your cell-phone camera, or an advanced enthusiast, shooting a complex DSLR. Tom seems extremely knowledgeable about cameras, post processing, composition, photography technique, and especially “travel photography”. He never talks “down” to a student, yet is unafraid of dispelling photography “myths”, patiently explaining the “why” of everything he teaches and demonstrates. His critiques of images are especially unique, as one never feels “criticized”, or “wrong”, and Tom always helps you feel good about your photography ~ a very encouraging coach! I have to believe that you who are accompanying him on his travel workshops this summer, will be more than delighted.

  2. Absolutely Great – as Usual But VERY QUICK Question. Do you process on an Apple MAC – if so what photographic Processing program do you reccommend? (My daughter has a MAC and is very keen on photography as a career). Thank you – (if you have the time?)

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