The 2017 TDS Workshop Season

Our custom photography workshops are crafted to provide relief from life's daily distractions, enabling you to focus on improving your craft. You'll have the opportunity to learn new techniques, ask questions, compare notes, display your work, relax, (eat good food) and enjoy the company of others who share your passion.

Fall in Sonoma County A brand new event for 2017: Autumn in Wine Country.

This is the TDS Workshop experience: Affordable, personalized, and stimulating. Classes are limited to 8 participants. We combine classroom instruction with hands-on shooting, then prepare our images for review. You'll experience the full cycle of learning, and feel your confidence growing with each activity.

Please join me, Derrick Story, for a workshop this year. Do it for you, and for the pursuit of your passion.

Upcoming Workshops

Schedule of Events for 2017

The 2017 workshop season breaks new ground for the upcoming year. We're riding the rails from Chicago to New Orleans, learning about analog, and exploring California's wine country. Take a look at this lineup, pick your favorite, then get on our reserve list now.


Take a look at this overview, and if you see something you're interested in, fill out the "Send Me Info!" request form. By doing so, you're placed on the reserve list for the event of your choice. (That means you have first opportunity to sign up before all the seats are filled.)

  • San Francisco Street Photography - April 6-9, 2017 SOLD OUT! - We'll work entirely on location in San Francisco. We'll book a hotel in picturesque Union Square that will serve as our headquarters during the event. No rental car will be necessary. We'll explore the City's hidden treasures and capture them through our lenses. And we're adding new shooting locations again this year, including twilight assignments. This is San Francisco like you've never seen it before. And as a bonus, Olympus Trailblazer Mike Boening will be joining the teaching staff and leading sessions on street shooting and night photography. Two instructors, three days, and all for just $695. (That's right, it's 3 full days in one of the most photogenic cities in the U.S.)
  • The Northern CA Coast Tour - May 18-20, 2017 SOLD OUT! - After congregating in Santa Rosa, our adventure begins at the mouth of the Russian River where it meets the Pacific Ocean in Jenner, CA. For the next three days, we caravan north, exploring Fort Ross State Park, Salt Point State Park, Sea Ranch, Gualala, and Point Arena. Our base camp will be the Ocean Cove Lodge (, which is approximately 17 miles north of the town of Jenner, CA and 1/2 mile South of Salt Point State Park on the beautiful North Coast of Sonoma County. Three days, thousands of images, only $695.
  • The Chicago to New Orleans Rail Adventure - June 26-29, 2017 SOLD OUT! - For this unique photography workshop, we'll launch our adventure in Chicago, visiting iconic locations for street photography (and including a visit to the historic Central Camera Company). We'll then board a train called the "City of New Orleans." The route leads us through several states southbound, passing through Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, and arriving in the dynamic city of New Orleans, LA. It is approximately a 19-hour trip, starting in a city of street shooting paradise, traveling through lush, beautiful landscapes, and ending in the Deep South in a city rich in culture, history, and of course, a myriad of photographic possibilities. We'll then explore the French Quarter and other intriguing locations within NOLA. You'll fly into Chicago, then out of New Orleans. What a trip! Four days including train fare: only $795
  • Autumn in Wine Country: October 26-28, 2017 - Would you like to combine your interest in wine tasting with your passion for photography? And how about doing so during one of the most beautiful times of year in Northern California Wine Country: Fall. We'll spend the mornings fine tuning our photography skills and shooting on location, and our afternoons wine tasting and learning about the entire process, from growing the grapes, to harvesting, to making the wine itself. This is the perfect workshop to bring a friend because the afternoon sessions are open to both paid workshop attendees, and to one friend. Three days: $595
  • The Nimble Classroom Series - Improve your photography skills by attending our Nimble Classes, accessible via your computer, tablet, or smartphone. Even though we're using the latest online technology, this is a personalized experience. Classes are limited to 6 participants, your questions can be submitted before each session, and there are live Q&A segments built into each class.¬†Online learning with a personal touch: this is the Nimble Photographer way. You can see the current schedule for the Nimble Classroom Series here.

Send Me Info

Save my place! TDS Workshops fill up quickly. You can put your name on the reserve list for the event of your choice, and receive additional information, by completing this brief form and hitting the Submit button.

Pictures and Comments

How to Reserve a Spot for a 2017 Workshop

Street shooting in San Francisco, riding the rails from Chicago to New Orleans, wine tasting in Sonoma County, and exploring the Northern Coast of California... these are some of the topics for the 2017 TDS Photography Workshop Season.

San Francisco Night Scene San Francisco Street Shooting returns to the 2017 workshop schedule.

By getting on the reserve list, you can save your place at the front of the line. Those on the reserve list have the opportunity (but not the obligation) to secure a seat for the event of their choice. Using the Send Me Info form on the workshops page, simply choose the workshop you're interested in from the popup menu, then enter your name and email. Click on the Submit button. That's all there is to it.

I'll send you a confirmation letter to let you know you're on the list. At that time, you can respond with any questions you have about the event of your choice. Reservation forms with itineraries typically go out 90-120 days before the event. At that point you can sign up for the workshop and pay the course fees.

We specialize in personal service. So we're here to answer any questions you have. Use the Send Me Info form to get the ball rolling.

Hope to see you in 2017. We're going to have a great time!