Photography Workshop Series

Join local photographer Ray Pfortner for a series of photography workshops at Lan Su. He'll show you the tips, tricks and best strategies for capturing the beauty of Lan Su with your camera. Workshops can be taken as a series or just as a single class. 

Included free with Lan Su admission or membership, no registration required.

Please note: 

  • The workshop on Sunday, September 24 takes place from 7 - 9 p.m. Access to the garden will be available to program participants only. (All other workshops in this series are held from 3 - 5 p.m.).
  • For the workshop on Sunday, October 29, please bring 10 photographs to share on a thumb drive or DVD.


Sunday, June 25 – Fundamentals of Digital Photography

Using your camera only in automatic mode is like visiting Lan Su - and never going inside! Explore the other settings on your camera to capture the photographs you see others bringing home and wish you could, too. You can! For beginner and aspiring amateur photographers who want to get more out of any digital camera, point and shoot or digital SLR. Also for any visual artist using photography to paint or draw from or in collage and mixed media. 

Sunday, July 30 – Travel Photography: The Art and the Craft

Are you disappointed with the photographs you bring home from your trips? Explore how to make your friends jealous of your travel photographs. Learn more about your camera's capabilities and especially about designing compelling photographs. For all levels of experience using any digital camera. Also for any visual artist using photography to paint or draw from or in collage and mixed media. 

Sunday, August 27 – Hands-on Garden Photography

After a short discussion of tips and techniques get out and make some pictures with Lan Su as your willing model. For all levels of experience using any digital camera. Also for any visual artist using photography to paint or draw from or in collage and mixed media. 

Sunday, September 24 – Focus on Composition - After Hours Workshop

Please note: This workshop takes place from 7 - 9 p.m. Garden access to the garden will be available to program participants only. (All other workshops in this series are held from 3 - 5 p.m.).

Discuss the fundamentals of designing a powerful photograph. Then practice with an exclusive after-hour photo shoot in the Garden in the very best light. Come back to the final workshop in this series on October 29 to share a selection of your results and to learn about how to turn them and other photographs into cash by licensing them.

Sunday, October 29 – Photo Sharing For Feedback plus Licensing Your Photographs For Income

Share photographs you took in the September 24 after-hour workshop or any other photographs for feedback on composition and how to do more business with your photographs, from making your own merchandise to renting your images to others.  For all levels of experience, using any digital camera. Bring 10 photographs to share on a thumb drive or DVD.



About the Presenter

Ray Pfortner has worked in photography for over two decades – as an educator, agent, editor, consultant and professional photographer. He leads cultural exchanges for all visual artists to China and Cuba. 


Upcoming Photography Workshop

Sunday, August 27, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Sunday, September 24, 2017 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Sunday, October 29, 2017 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Become a Member

As a member, you and a guest may visit as frequently as you like. Enjoy discounts on Lantern Viewing tickets and other special events, discounts in the Teahouse and Garden Shop plus so much more.


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Artist Addendum

Lan Su Chinese Garden is pleased to offer an Artist Membership Addendum for photographers and artists—professional and amateur alike. This yearly membership provides benefits created specifically for artists including additional access to Lan Su, the ability to sell photos and paintings of the garden and invitations to events tailored for an artist.

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Plant Guide

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