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Events Calendar

Rocky Nook is delighted to announce new online events from our leading authors which will offer unique perspectives on photography, enabling you to improve your skills and develop your creative vision.

Conquer your Street Photography Fears – Brian Lloyd Duckett

Type of Event: 90-minute online masterclass with 30-minute Q&A

When: Tuesday, March 28th, 2023

Time: 10am – 12pm Pacific (6pm – 8pm GMT)


Many street photographers are held back because of the ‘fear factor’. In this 2-hr online masterclass and Q&A, pro street photographer and best-selling author Brian Lloyd Duckett digs deep into the topic and provides practical tips and techniques for getting over the discomfort of street shooting. Brian will present a street photography masterclass – a ‘mini-workshop’ – which will elevate your skills and equip you with a set of practical techniques.

 Why Attend?

  • Get comfortable in your own skin as a street photographer
  • Find a style of street shooting to suit your personality
  • Minimize the fear factor using Brian’s structured tips & techniques
  • Understand the legal and ethical issues
  • Deal with challenges

This masterclass will be recorded – As a participant you will be sent a password-protected link to the video recording to re-watch to your inconvenience.

About the Presenter

Brian Lloyd Duckett a professional documentary and street photographer, and he runs the London-based StreetSnappers organization. He runs street and documentary photography workshops around the world and is a brand ambassador for Fujifilm. Brian lectures extensively at camera clubs and photography societies and is a Visiting Lecturer on photography degree courses. His passion for educating street photographers continues through his YouTube channel (@streetsnappers) and his street photography podcast (The Streetcast). He also writes about street and documentary photography for travel, lifestyle, and photographic magazines. You can see Brian’s personal work at and the StreetSnappers organisation at Brian is the author of the recently published Rocky Nook book: Street Photography Pocket Guide (ISBN: 978-1-68198-919-8)

Composition and Photography Masterclass by Harold Davis

Type of Event: 90-minute online masterclass with 30-minute Q&A

When: Thursday, April 13th, 2023

Time: 10.00am-12.00pm Pacific Time


“To create exciting compositions, you must have a willingness to embrace serendipity and change as part of your artistic process. After all, composition is a process not a result” – Harold Davis

Good composition is a fundamental building block of photography. It is easy to recognize, but hard to achieve. In this live 2-hour online masterclass and Q&A, internationally renowned artist, photographer and best-selling Rocky Nook author Harold Davis well help guide photographers at any level to improve their compositions.

What will be covered?

  • Work with shapes such as lines, circles, and rectangles
  • Understand directionality, entering, and exiting in composition
  • Work with patterns and repetition
  • Recognize and use positive and negative space
  • Use the various kinds of abstraction in their own work


  • Master the fundamentals of composition
  • Help to develop your own personal style
  • Inspire your creativity

This online course will be recorded – As a participant you will be sent a password-protected link to the video recording to re-watch at your convenience.

About the presenter:

Harold Davis is an artist, photographer, educator, and the bestselling author of many books. His most recent books include Composition & Photography, Creative Garden Photography, and Creative Black & White, all from Rocky Nook.

Harold is the developer of a unique technique for photographing flowers for transparency, for which he was awarded the 2022 Photographic Society of America Progress award. According to Popular Photo Magazine, “Harold Davis’s ethereal floral arrangements have a purity and translucence that borders on spiritual.”

Harold is also known as a master of black and white. The Seattle Times put it this way: “Harold Davis is the digital black and white equal of Ansel Adams’s traditional wet photography.”

He is a Moab Master, and a Zeiss Ambassador, and an internationally known photographer, as well as a sought-after workshop leader. In 2022, two of Harold’s floral images were produced as United States postage stamps.

Harold’s website is

Photographic Practice: Entering the Creative Flow with David Ulrich

Type of Event: 2hr online masterclass with Q&A

When: Tuesday, May 2nd, 2023

Time: 10.00am-12.00pm Pacific Time


Are you looking for a much-needed creative boost? In this live 2-hr online masterclass and Q&A, renowned photographer, instructor, and best-selling author David Ulrich will help you to discover the keys to entering the “creative flow” and show you how this can assist and guide your creative work.


Attention and immersion are central ingredients in artistic exploration. Many artists, musicians, scientists, athletes, writers, and others attest to the importance of entering the “flow” state in which spontaneous discoveries are made, clarity is enhanced, and a heightened awareness is evident and becomes an important ally in your creative process.

This richly illustrated slide presentation and masterclass introduces the flow state, describes its many benefits, and helps photographers and other creative individuals discover the keys to entering the creative flow and realize the many ways it can assist and guide your creative work.

Why attend?

  • Discover the keys to entering the creative flow
  • Realize the many ways it can assist and help guide your creative work
  • Learn to navigate the essential balance between active effort and receptivity
  • Expand your creative possibilities

This online masterclass will be recorded – As a participant you will be sent a password-protected link to the video recording to re-watch at your convenience.

About the Presenter

DAVID ULRICH is an active photographer and writer whose work has been published in numerous books and journals including Aperture, Parabola, Mānoa, and Sierra Club publications. Ulrich’s photographs have been exhibited internationally in over seventy-five one-person and group exhibitions in museums, galleries, and universities and can be found in many public and private collections. David’s latest book is The Mindful Photographer: Awake in the World with a Camera (Rocky Nook, 2022).

Introduction to Astrophotography with a Camera or Smartphone With Mike Shaw

Type of Event: 2hr online masterclass with Q&A

When: Tuesday, May 9th, 2023

Time: 10.00am-12.00pm Pacific Tim


Are you just starting your adventure in astrophotography? Do you want to take stunning photographs of star trails, the moon, distant galaxies, comets, gorgeous gas nebulae and other treasures of the night sky?

In this 2-hour live online masterclass and Q&A, photographer Mike Shaw will teach you how to capture stunning landscape and deep-sky astrophotography images using your camera or even a smart phone!


Mike will begin by exploring the top landscape and deep-sky astrophotography subjects and the best times of year to capture them. Then, you’ll learn the essential astrophotography gear you need and how to set it up – lens choice, focusing tips, composition techniques, exposure settings, and more. You’ll also learn when you need a star tracker and when you don’t. Mike will then review several useful apps to help you plan a productive astrophotography session. Finally, he will conclude with astrophotography-specific post-processing tips to bring out the best in your astrophotography images.

What you will learn:

  • How to explore both landscape and deep-sky astrophotography with acamera or smartphone
  • Top night sky subjects and when to capture them
  • Essential astrophotography gear and how to set it up
  • Best astrophotography apps
  • How to edit astrophotography images

**This event will be recorded and can be watched at your own convenience**

About the Presenter

Mike Shaw is an astrophotographer, teacher, and author of The Beginner’s Guide to Astrophotography (2023), Creative Nightscapes and Time-Lapses (2018), and The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography (2017). Mike’s field workshops take him and his students around the globe, searching for the darkest, clearest skies. He began teaching photography classes in 2010 while working as a physics professor and soon succumbed to the lure of the open road. He quit his job in 2014 and has been enthusiastically teaching night photography ever since. He especially loves being present when people experience, often for the first time in their lives, that human connection with the night sky and the universe that transcends international borders.

Mike offers interactive online lessons with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and helped create the video tutorials for the Planit Pro app. In addition, he provides astronomy training to the US National Park Service, taught night photography and time-lapse classes in the Bryan Peterson School of Photography, and led an interactive Nightscapes Star Party Live! weekly on He licenses his work through Science Photo Library in London. He is a Delegate to the International Dark Sky Association and an active member of the Minnesota Astronomical Society and the Astronomical League.