I just wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much I like the recent turn your photography has taken. If my advice is worth anything, shoot no more flowers or pseudo-abstracts and concentrate on the pictorial. You’re developing a great sense of space, texture and mood, which is becoming more and more evident. And, your restrained use of HDR is what it was designed to do. Keep it up!
I just looked at your blog at http://blog.karenlmessickphotography.com/
You have some very nice work there. Very creative and artistic.
Congratulations on trying all these different approaches :-)
Author of Mastering Landscape Photography
I have been working with photography as a hobby for the past 25 years. In the short time I had with your class, I learned more useful techniques than I have ever received in any other class I have taken. The personal attention you provided along with practical examples and hands-on experience paid off immediately. I am now able to capture the picture correctly the first time - with little to no corrective processing in Photoshop necessary. Many thanks – this was time very well spent and I look forward to more rewarding classes with you in the future.
John Soulé, CISSP
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Enterprise FISMA Program Office
I saw your lecture at the Nature Visions Expo yesterday. WOW! Your images and your inspiration was life changing. I cannot tell you how impressed I was with your work. I especially liked your impressionistic style photos. Your presentation made the entire weekend worth it. Your style is so creative and yet you also made it look so simple, but I realize it’s not that easy.
I cannot thank you enough for taking the time this past weekend to work with me during the beach workshop. Even though it was work for you I hope you experienced as much enjoyment working with us as we did shooting. The knowledge you passed along and in addition having me apply techniques I have used in a different setting is priceless. What I equally enjoyed as shooting is the enthusiasm you pass along. There is no doubt photography is your passion.
Thank you again for the class. I didn't realize how much I'd actually picked up until I got home and saw how the images turned out.
I have already had a lot of compliments for the photos from that day.
-Brad M. Virginia
Hi Karen -- I was one of your students @ Fells Pt Saturday. Great program. Thanks. I've posted some of my shots on Flickr. You deserve credit for many of the shots. I hope to do another of your programs some time in the future. All the best. Bob Ogren
Thank YOU so much for a great class! I feel like I learned so much ----- AND got a sense of how much more there is to learn. I was always shocked at the end of each class --- it just seemed like the time flew by in an instant!
I just wanted to write to tell you how interesting and very informative you made "The Art of Seeing." I truly learned a lot and started putting what I learned to use this morning. While I walked to work from the train station, I actually started looking all around me and looking at everything around me. I thought of things I was seeing in even numbers and odd numbers. What really amazed me was that I was actually now looking at buildings to discern what was symmetric and what was asymmetric. The greatest thing I learned was the Rule of Thirds. This morning while riding the train and going through "Digital Photography", I actually looked at the placement of pictures. I feel like I am really opening my eyes to see everything around me. Thank you! I got more than my $30 worth from your class. I would have paid $50 for this ton of knowledge in only 2 hours.
Again thanks and I look forward to taking another class or workshop from you.
Many thanks for today's excellent lesson. You are both an excellent photographer and teacher.
You are a fabulous teacher and we learned so much that will enhance our photography skills. Many thanks.
Thank you for your patient and helpful instruction today at the Conservatory macro class. I enjoyed it tremendously - great exercise with a brand new camera! I appreciated your personal attention and your shared enthusiasm of photography! Loved the bubble experiment in the water fountain, too! I plan to join your Tulip & Spring Landscapes class in May.
I enjoyed your class very much on Saturday -- it was worth the trip from DC!