Testimonials - John Deas Photography


The Outer Banks, NC - April 5-8, 2018

I had become frustrated with trying to move to a fully manual mode from automatic mode. By the end of the class I had developed a complete confidence in moving forward. I look forward to implementing what I have learned and then taking another course. John provides a comprehensive class that can assist both the beginner as well as those who are more experienced. On the Outer Banks. weather can change quickly. John was prepared for these changes and made many “mid course corrections” that enabled us to fully take advantage of his knowledge. His experience at the Outer Banks gave us many opportunities to get some great sunrises, sunsets, lighthouse and wild horse shots. John further tried to insure success by giving you pre-course instructions on both clothing and camera equipment. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who is trying to improve their photography skills.

Dennis K. - Hickory, NC

The Great Smoky Mountains Workshop - October 12 - 15, 2017

I have had the pleasure of having attended three workshops over the past few years. Each workshop has provided opportunities for me to build on my skills, learn new techniques and see places at these locations that, without John, I would not have had the time or would have simply overlooked due to not knowing the Park. John has a very impartial personality which makes all those in attendance relaxed and evens the field between the most experienced and the novice. He takes the time needed to ensure those in attendance can get the "one on one" attention needed to ask and answer questions, learn the basics (exposure techniques and composition), and enjoy the natural surroundings of the Great Smoky Mountains. If you are questioning whether or not workshops are just money grabs, know this........... Johns workshops are worth the money and, if you listen, you will be a better photographer as a result of having taken the workshop. Who knows, you too may go back again, and again, and again.

Mike and Cheryl -  Kingwood, WV

The Great Smoky Mountains Workshop - October 12 - 15, 2017

I attended John's Smoky Mountains workshop, and had a great time. John is so familiar with the area, and always is willing to meet the needs and desires of the participants. I highly recommend this workshop. You will have a wonderful time!

John W, Charleston, WV

The Outer Banks, NC - April 6 - 9, 2017 

"I had an absolutely amazing time and I am so thankful I went on this adventure. I had the opportunity to attend the Outer Banks photography workshop and it was one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had. For four days, I was surrounded by wonderful leadership, enthusiastic fellow photographers and stunning views in all directions. I learned many new skills during the trip that allowed me to take my photography to the next level. I feel more confident now to go out on my own and know that I have the knowledge and skills needed to capture quality images. I cannot speak highly enough of this workshop. I had such a wonderful time that I'm already looking forward to joining again next year!"

Stephanie J.

The Outer Banks, NC - April 6 -  9, 2017

"I have attended several photography workshops over the years and easily rank John's among the best I've experienced. John was always prepared for any number of conditions you might encounter during a landscape workshop. In changing environments complete with high winds, blowing sand, quickly changing light, heavy rain, etc, John never failed to place the group in the best location to create our images. He remained flexible to the group dynamics as well as the outdoor conditions that confronted us and was always available to coach and instruct anyone that needed that time. Because of his attention to detail, preparation, experience, and constant willingness to help, I came away from John's workshop with a higher number of "keepers" than any previous workshop I've attended. John's workshops are easy to recommend because they are run very well, you are put in great locations, and you always enjoy yourself."

Michael C.

The Outer Banks, NC - April 6 - 9, 2017

"Although I had been to the Outer Banks many times, never had I been with a camera in hand. We had weather that ranged from gale force winds to rain to bright, sunny skies that made shooting conditions a challenge at times. John and crew worked very hard and carefully to select locations best suited for the varying conditions, having scouted the area many times before. There was never a rush or sense of urgency, help was always readily available whether it be a composition or exposure question, and each day ended with a joyous meal as a group. It was always evident that John and the other instructors had an abundance of talent and ideas which they freely shared at the right times. The workshop as a whole was well organized and ran smoothly in spite of having 3 more participants than originally planned for, and there was never a time when the group seemed distant. There were a number of very qualified shooters, participants, in the group, but everyone got along amazingly well and helped each other, an attitude and tone which John set during the initial group gathering. I actually met John the afternoon prior to the workshop beginning, and after introductions, he promptly and enthusiastically issued an invitation to join him that evening for a sunset shoot. I was new to this workshop group, with many of the shooters knowing the instructors and having been on prior workshops with them, but very quickly I felt very much at home and comfortable, almost as if I'd known John and Randall for a long time. I like to tell folks that I met a bunch of new friends on the OBX trip, and that's the way I feel. I am very comfortable in highly recommending this workshop for anyone wanting an Outer Banks experience, whether that person be a beginning photographer or a well seasoned shooter. I will be obliged to accept questions from anyone regarding this experience."

Riley B, Cornelius, NC

The Outer Banks, NC - April 6 - 9, 2017

"I have had the pleasure of joining two of John Deas workshops. One of Johns first worry is what's best for us as the photographers. 'Will it be an easy to moderate hike, will it rain, will there be good light.' He takes all of these things in mind and then chooses the best location that will benefit everyone in the workshop and not just one person. If needed he will leave his camera equipment in the truck and just spend the entire workshop helping beginners, or those who need assistance. As I said in the first sentence, I have had the pleasure of joining two of Johns workshops, and hope to enjoy more."

Kaliafeh W.

The Outer Banks, NC - April 6 - 9, 2017

"I have been shooting pictures beginning in the early 1970's, well before the digital world ever thought of becoming prevalent and mainstream. I had a scholarship through college, was primarily self-taught and thought of myself as someone who appreciated the consequence of composition and its relative importance in the pursuit of the epic image. Not until attending the recent OBX photography workshop did I truly and fully embraced the infinite ways in which a single subject could be viewed and portrayed. Having the benefit of seeing the same subject though the eyes of individuals, not unlike yourself who share the same passion, capture images from the virtually the same vantage but yet present it in a totally unique and fresh way, is quite an education. I found myself rethinking what I initially thought of as good and in return producing images that my peers applauded; most often on images that I had at first discarded. Honing of skill sets, building new bonds and finding my place amongst most very talented individuals attending the workshop is in itself the reward , not to mention it was fun and I'll never forget the experience! "

Kenny G.

The Outer Banks, NC - April 7 - 10, 2016

"I participated in the Outer Banks workshop, the first I have taken with John Deas. It was a wonderful experience. John knows great locations along the Outer Banks for good shooting at various times of the day and night. The workshop included my first-ever night-sky shooting; we left for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse after midnight and stayed through the prime Milky Way viewing period. There and in other locations, John checked on how participants were doing, answered questions, and offered suggestions as appropriate; I found him to be quite knowledgeable, helpful, and patient. I am considering taking other workshops with him, and recommend them to others."

John H.

The Outer Banks, NC - April 7 - 10, 2016

"I have been shooting as long as I can remember, but until recently I realized I have just been using rather expensive camera equipment to take "point and shoot" images. This had to stop. So, enter the OBX workshop!! I was made aware of the this workshop after attending my first workshop ever in West Virginia during the fall of 2015. I was hopeful that I could improve upon what I had learned in West Virginia - I was not disappointed!! John and Randy Sanger teamed up to bring the workshop group together and mentor, coach and demonstrate how to improve our images. Now I will say, the scenes were challenging and it took this novice a while to grab hold of the range of light of some of the subjects we were shooting -- but I got it!. Did I mention they shoot ALL DAY?!!! You not only get your monies worth, but you get all their attention, years of experience and, most of all, their desire to help others. This is a great workshop for early Spring - I would have been shoveling snow had I not gone. If you have any doubts about booking this workshop, just look at the work from John. You can do it too!"

Mike and Cheryl, Morgantown, WV

The Outer Banks, NC - April 7 - 10, 2016

"I had a great time at the Outer Banks Workshop. John and Randall knew the location well, and even had backup plans in case the weather didn't cooperate. They both gave us plenty of time at each location. The workshop was easy going and stress free."

Kaliafeh W. Orlando, FL

The Outer Banks, NC - April 7 - 10, 2016

"Enjoyed the Outer Banks workshop very much. Met some awesome fellow photographers and learned lots more about landscaping and long exposure. John and Randall were great!"

Mike B., Lewisburg, WV

The Outer Banks, NC - April 7 - 10, 2016:

"I recently attended a John Deas workshop at the OBX. It was a great experience, and I feel that I have improved my work. The workshop was well organized and he was very helpful with settings and compositions. I hope to attend another workshop with him in the future and benefit further from his experience."

Kimara W, Paoli, IN

The Outer Banks, NC - April 7 - 10, 2016

"John, had a great time on the OBX workshop with you and Randy. Will recommend it to my friends. Learned some new things (night photography) and was very pleased with your range of places to go and shoot. Thanks again for a great workshop...."

Art H, Shady Spring, WV

The Great Smoky Mountains Workshop, TN - October 15 - 18, 2015

"John, I really had a great time with you and Tom in the Smokies. I'm inspired to go back! You took us to some good places. Unfortunately, my photography didn't equal the locations. I have enclosed some I picked out of the bunch. You pick the ones you like best. A review and suggestions will follow in a few days. Again, it was a great time!"

Jack, Dahlonega, GA

The Outer Banks, NC - April 9 - 12, 2015

"I attended John Deas's OBX workshop and it was awesome. John knows all the neat places to go to get the best shots, and was continually helping with compositions, settings, and filters. I highly recommend this workshop."

John W, Charleston, WV

Charleston, SC - March 19 - 22, 2015

"I went on the Charleston Workshop given by John Deas Photography. John's rule of a maximum of six people insures the workshop allows for more attention and individualized instruction. Adding to an advantage of this beautiful southern city is the fact that John spent time here as an adolescent and certainly knows the area from Mt. Pleasant to Edisto. He is such a patient and flexible instructor- I can certainly say, 'its all about you and your photography.' If you want someone who knows the area, has an excellent knowledge of photography and is willing to transfer that to your shots, John Deas Photography is just that!"

Sandy H, Asheville, NC

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