unsolicited Workshop Testimonials
Thank you so much for a wonderful workshop this morning, you were just fantastic. I've got some wonderful pictures (and am seriously contemplating a 500mm lens. I'm going to see if I can talk my husband into your July workshop (if there are any openings left) or you may just see me again there, I learned an incredible amount along with taking some great images and good company.
First of all, I want to thank you both so much for such a terrific workshop yesterday morning at Nickerson Beach. What a wonderful experience and I learned so much from both of you. I am going through my images this morning and I have so many shots that I just love. It was a great time and you are both superb instructors. I really liked your teaching style and you are both so approachable that I never felt uncomfortable or stupid asking questions.
Secondly, I would like to sign up for the next workshop at Nickerson beach at the end of July. I think you said it was July 24, but I am not sure. Let me know if you still have openings and I will send you the deposit.
Thanks again & best regards,
Thank you for a wonderful 5 days at the Swan Lake Dahlia Garden. I learned so much and now I am ready to have more fun looking closely at the images. You are a talented photographer and also have a superb style in teaching. What a great combination!
Thanks for the extraordinary workshop! I loved every minute. You're the best.
It was a great shoot. I really appreciate your leadership, composition tips, post-processing advice, guidance on specific locations to shoot within the prison, and management of the group. Kudos! I will be continue to learn from you by referring to your blog and galleries. Again, many thanks for guiding us at ESP!
I was on the Ft Myers IPT and you were very patient helping me with my camera settings. You have a gift.
I know people that are very knowledgeable but can't explain things and don't have the patience.
Take care, Brent Bridges
I wanted to thank you for your expert help at the William's Nursery Macro class. Your site is amazing b. t. w.... your photography is pure art. I have no expectations of ever taking pro quality bird images but I sure enjoy the hobby aspect for myself. I realized that I was afraid of the camera before I took the class, I've got over some of that fear now so thanks again!
Denise - I think I am going to buy a yearly pass to Longwood Gardens after the workshop yesterday. It really opened my eyes that I can do this stuff. You did a great job together.
Chris and I wanted to thank you for a wonderful morning at
Nickerson Beach. We picked up some pointers.
Thanks again for a wonderful class experience yesterday.
Wayne and Chris Kliewer
Just wanted to thank you for organizing a fun and informative workshop. We had a very nice group of people and I think everyone had to walk away with something.
Please sign me up for the morning workshop at Longwood Gardens. I look forward to joining the group.
I would not have missed the workshop for anything. You did a great job. You both have a nice style and complement each other nicely. I did get a number of images I like and I got a lot out of the morning.
Wow, you get such a special thank you. I am sure I have never taken any class where someone checked in with me and set me on the right course as often as you. Amazing and super appreciated. I hope you had a good a time as I did.
Denise – Thanks for the great workshop and all the help. I have sent you a friend request. I hope we meet again – maybe at Longwood or Eastern State Pen or ? Nickerson Beach will definitely be on the list of favorite places.
Good morning Denise,
Just want to say thank you for all the hard work that you put in at Nickerson Beach. From your great presentation (love your artistic approach) on Tuesday nite until the farewells on Friday, you were fantastic. I have been shooting a lot of landscapes this year and had become sloppy in my approach to bird photography....you have gotten me tuned up (translated...kicked my butt) again and i feel much better about my readiness for my trip to Africa on Friday.
I am looking forward to joining you on some of your other workshops in the near future.
Wishing you well as you ramp up your career... I know it will be a successful one.
Hi Denise--Just want to thank you for an enjoyable workshop at Longwood. I want to thank you, in particular, for your patient coaching with Becky. She enjoyed your instruction and is well on her way to mastering the mysteries of f/stops, DOF, ISO, etc. Please email me with any future workshops of yours.
Denise, Awesome images as usual! You are such a gifted photographer and teacher! I am so glad that I made the Swan Island Workshop. I learned a ton and came home with so many images that I love. I look forward to continue to learn from you!
Denise, I really loved the workshop and got a lot out of it. You are a great leader/teacher. I like the way you are always checking everyone to see that we are still engaged and on topic. I learned a lot from you. Will never take a photo of a flower again without thinking of you and how you would approach it.
Thanks again, Joe Barranco
Your HDR presentation at the Ocean county Camera Club this past Monday was excellent. You have convinced me to take a second look at HDR as a very positive tool.
Thanks. Roger Friend
I appreciate the attention that you devoted to the group. Very helpful morning.
Thanks for a great time Saturday. It was much more than I expected. Already using Lightroom and PS tricks. Look forward to shooting again with you soon.
Thanks for yesterday. I had a wonderful time. The Purple Sandpipers were an extra treat.
Just wanted to send a quick note of thanks.
Thank you for a wonderful set of workshops! The images from the workshop tell the story – we had a terrific time! The GRIPS camera club members who participated in the workshops were impressed with your enthusiasm, expertise and your willingness to share your knowledge and techniques. All agreed that it was time well spent. You showed real professionalism when the venue unexpectedly changed at the last minute and required a whole new approach. Kudos to you for making it a success!
Thank you so much for all your teaching and guidance and friendship over
the last couple of weeks! I really enjoyed getting to know you better, and
learned a lot from you. I now have the books to peruse, and Topaz and
Fractalius to play with.
Thanks for everything!
What an excellent workshop—well organized and run.
The only thing I can say is, thank you for being an inspiration. You are not only a great teacher but a wonderful person who really cares about teaching. Florida was a great experience with you and above all I learned from you, Patience :) Thank you so very much, see you in Galapagos!
Love and regards,
I have to tell you I really enjoyed your presentation tonight at the Orlando Camera Club. Your work is absolutely stunning and very diverse!
I am one of your newest admirers and look forward to seeing more of your work.
George Crudo, Orlando Camera Club
From one of the participants at the Garden Club of America's Photography Study Group Seminar which was held in Sarasota Florida. Denise was a great instructor and great person. I learned so much from her. I hope I can take another workshop from her. And I love her photography!
Thanks for all of your coaching and assistance last week. You definitely made the trip better and added to the experience. I look forward to being with you in Homer.
Thank you so much Denise. It was a pleasure meeting you. The workshops and seminar were fantastic and I know that the attendees learned a lot and really enjoyed themselves (myself included). It's always nice to meet someone you've been "friends" with online and then discover they're even nicer in person.
Had meant to e-mail you after the Long Island workshop but things got really busy as soon as I got back. The holidays have given me some chance to catch up. Many thanks for the advise and instruction during the trip - it truly was very helpful and appreciated. I did purchase the blur guide and am anxious to start trying some blurs (many of my photos are already unintentional blurs so I figure it won't be too hard). Best wishes for the very best New Year.
I had such a wonderful time last week at Bosque and just wanted to thank you for all your help. I learned so much and had such a great time, It was a real hoot!! We had such a good group and an even better group of leaders, so willing to share their knowledge and help out at all times. The photography was spectacular but the people really made this trip special for me. I've always been pretty straight forward in my photography, but your creative influence has really got me thinking about new and different roads to follow and for that I'm forever grateful. I hope your future is bright and successful and I look forward to seeing and working with you again. All the best in the upcoming holiday season, take care.
It was a wonderful workshop and I came back with many keepers. You got my creative juices going, so I made a folder in my gallery just for you.
Thanks so much for the Blurry day at Bosque and for a good dinner. I enjoyed myself and obtained some good ideas.
Thanks and hope to meet again,
I had a great time. Learned a lot, including patience and persistence. You are an excellent teacher. Thanks. Will get to my pix tomorrow.
Hello friend! I just wrote a short note to Art to let him know that my first IPT was a great adventure! I enjoyed your insights and ideas, and truly grew more confident in my knowledge of the tools that are available. It’s one of those things that you want to have as a “do-over”. I wish I was better at the beginning, but that’s why there are more beginnings. The photo’s that you posted from the week are exceptional. Thanks for the introduction to blurs, and know that I wish you well!
Thanks again, Deb Keller
Hi, Denise! Nickerson was oodles of fun and a great learning experience. You are not only a very talented photographer and artist, but a truly nice person and fun to be with.
It was a great pleasure to meet you in Bosque as I mentioned I love your creative images and indeed photo’s reflect the photographer, you are very nice too!
Hopefully you had a nice Blurry day in Bosque, a pitty I had to go back home, but I will enjoy the pictures on your website soon,
Hi Denise! It was so fun to meet you this week and I learned tons and tons! I am excited to get back out and practice some more. Maybe I will see you again if you come back to Portland to see the iris gardens! Be sure to let me know!
Thank you again,
Hi there Denise.
You are on the leading edge of trendy!! Your workshop was refreshing. A welcome addition to the BAA line-up.
Keep in touch.
Hi Denise, Thanks for a great workshop. I had a terrific time and learned a lot under your teaching and organization. I have a lot of photos I am happy with. I wish I could take a class with you more often . I would really like to learn some of your photoshop techniques with the filters and papers. I have your books, but there is nothing like seeing it in person. Thanks so much.
I had a lot of fun during the workshop. I learned so much from it, and I think I actually got a few good captures. One of the best parts, however, was viewing your slide show. I especially liked the image of a skimmer doing its thing on glassy water: WOW, talk about setting the bar high!! I bet you keep that location a well-guarded secret. J It was also cool to witness the pride you expressed about your work at the end of the slide show, telling us how many countless hours you’ve spent out in the field to capture images like that. You can’t buy experience and you can’t fake effort or desire or sheer force of will. That passion is a key component of what makes you so good and it’s cool as well as inspiring when you let it come through.
I would like to say to you also that it was a pleasure spending time with you during the trip. And thanks for all the tips on composition in the field and Photoshop. I can tell you that I now am very aware of the background for a picture, as I realize that if there's a tree right behind the bird's head, it's not a good picture. Believe it or not, I didn't even see the background before, and your advice has made a big improvement in my technique.
I enjoyed the workshop tremendously & learned much.
I just wanted to thank you for an enjoyable time yesterday at Longwood Gardens. I appreciate the insight you provided and the opportunity to shoot with you. I love the fact that you have so much energy and enthusiasm for photography. . . A kindred spirit! If you happen to be in my area of NJ or if you want to shoot in NYC some time, let me know and I'll be happy to join you. I hope to see you again soon. Oh, and hopefully I'll get to process my images in the near future.
This week I actually had to chance to practice what I had learned at the weekend seminar in Tampa/Brandon. You have no idea how much I learned…but more importantly, how much I was inspired, during those two days…I genuinely can’t thank you two enough! Thanks much!
Thank you so much Denise, it was wonderful to be on the workshop with you again, you are a great mentor, and photographer and just plain fun to be around, you definitely made it a great weekend.
I'm now so motivated to get back out and do more shooting! Thank you for such a wonderful workshop and especially for taking the time to help me become a better and more creative photographer. Hope to see you again soon!
Just wanted to let you know I really enjoyed the shoot and workshop Saturday night. Being my first ever workshop I did not really know what to expect. Both you and Scott were very helpful and I learned several new things, especially with regards to night photography. I am considering joining your Christmas Longwood Gardens workshop, if our schedule works out. I especially appreciate how both of you were so friendly to my wife Dorothy, making her feel included, when she really was not a part of the workshop. She is the biggest fan of my photography and it always helps me to have her along on my trips.
Denise, I so enjoyed your energy information and admired the most amazing photography..... I got a lot out of your presentation and it left me with wanting more..... The most important message of all was that you were willing to share and teach everything you have learned. That was huge for me. Thank you for all you do in improving the artist in us all. YOU ROCK!!! ?
Jackie Miller Brady
Denise, thank you so much for an amazing presentation! Your commentary and visuals were fabulous!
It was great meeting you and a really nice group of fellow students. I also learned a few tricks to keep me thinking, and plan to return to Weehawken for a sunrise or moonrise in the near future.
Thanks for an excellent and fun workshop.
Thank you so much for another great workshop at Nickerson. I entered one of my shots titled "Early Breakfast" in the Art in Nature Contest at the Wardmuseum.org. I won first place in the Bird category. Nice to see that the judges recognize creative and new techniques. I've tried to win the bird category for three years. The best I ever did was third with a Piping Plover chick. This was very special for me. Denise thank you for sharing your creative vision with us and Artie for pounding it into my head. On Friday July 26th, I stayed all day and worked on pleasing blurs. I have another 500 plus winners I am sorting through. No photoshop was used (except for cropping) just the IPT technique you shared with us.Pretty cool! Wahooo!
Timothy L. Thompson
Thank you for the EXCELLENT, dynamic presentation you made last night at the Chester County Camera Club. You provided a LOT of useful information. You inspired me to experiment more. An especially big THANK YOU for being a creative, innovative, energized and happy photographer, who shares her tips and joys.
I’d just like to thank you again for your all the help you gave me on the IPT. You understood when I was struggling. Thank you for demonstrating your Mongoose head and a very big thank you for lending me your Skimmer pod – it opened my eyes to low level photographing (my Snowy Plover photos are amazing!!). I will definitely buy a new tripod without a centre column, so I can set up really low, or I might even buy a Skimmer ground pod, which was the one that you recommended me to get? And also for showing me, and Geoff, some basic techniques within Photoshop, particularly with using layers. I’m still sorting through my photos and am hoping I’ll remember your instructions when I get to process them! If I don’t, hopefully, Geoff will be able to interpret his scribbled notes! Many thanks again, and maybe we’ll catch up with you sometime.
Cheers and thanks,
I can only begin by saying Thank You!!! What a wonderful opportunity you provided all of us with this mornings workshop. The high point for sure was meeting you and seeing Artie again, it has kept me smiling ever since. The site was spectacular!!! I am very grateful for this morning, for your time, knowledge and eagerness to teach and share. We are lucky to have had time with both of you and i feel new inspiration after our 'play time' in the field! The site was wonderful and even the morning fog added that unpredictable light element….got some interesting shots as the sun broke through. I look forward to shooting again with you and discovering another venue that holds new images to capture. I've been busy processing the images….more to learn there…and yes, perusing the B&H site for a 5D mark lll!!! Oh boy!!
Thank you very much….today was bliss….pure bliss.
Just wanted to thank you for an excellent workshop last Sunday. I thought the Graffiti Underground - Mugsy's - Eastern State Penitentiary mix made for a perfect day of shooting. And thanks for the excellent composition and exposure tips - I've already seen some improvements in my ability to "see the shot".
Thanks again - looking forward to my next workshop adventure.
I wanted to thank you for an amazing day of learning and fun. Your workshop was truly inspirational and fun. I will certainly be scheduling another one with you.
I really enjoyed the session especially the practical aspect of working with you at the Jetty --- the on-going tips and guidelines you provided for composing, analyzing as you go, using the histogram and watching the blinkies will be invaluable and change my approach ---- the hands-on with you there is so much more valuable than reading about techniques or just hearing about the techniques … all in all it was a great time ….
I am still telling "photo friends" about your amazing work as presented at the MLCC earlier this month. I am so glad to have met you and hope MLCC will be featuring a Photoshop workshop by you, as I will definitely be attending! Viewing your photography is like an escape into a perfect world!
Thanks for a wonderful day!
Because of that day I have a renewed interest in Nature Photography. Thanks!
Hope to see you out there.
Thanks for a GREAT workshop, Denise. The mill was a fabulous photographic adventure. I’m loading more than 600 images on my iMac right now —
Thank you for a wonderful Saturday afternoon. Again, I totally loved every minute. Still going through all the photos. Thank you again and again. It was really fun and I learned a lot.
Thank you for the two days of great photography and lessons.
I had a blast. I learned some new techniques and went manual and I was actually comfortable doing so. It’s something I rarely do.
Thanks for a great workshop.
Thank you so much for your fabulous presentation(s) in Sarasota for the GCAPSG group. You were the shining star and everyone got such value out of your program, expertise and willingness to be helpful.
Jeanne and I thoroughly enjoyed last night's presentation at the Lehigh Valley Camera Club. Not only did you present wonderful images but the stories and the post-processing behind them made the talk all the more entertaining and informative.
Thanks for coming to the Lehigh Valley Photo Club last night. Your ornithology images are spectacular. I was so much reminded of John James Audubon's Folio paintings. The light colored backgrounds you use make the birds really stand out. It was a pleasure listening to your enthusiasm as well as a feast for the eye looking at your gorgeous images.
Your HDR presentation at the Ocean county Camera Club this past Monday was excellent. You have convinced me to take a second look at
HDR as a very positive tool.
First of all I want to thank you for all your help and encouragement. I had a wonderful time and loved working with you. I can't believe how organized you are and already have images on your blog. They all look fabulous. It was a treat meeting you and working with you. I look forward to getting together again.
I apologize for not getting a chance to say thank you for the wonderful workshop at the mill on Saturday and Sunday. It was amazing!! I had the greatest time and met some really nice people. You are a wonderful host and facilitator. Please be sure to include me on your future outings.
See you along the way.
Hi there Denise! Just wanted to say I really enjoyed the sunflower workshop today and wanted to thank you again for all your help & expertise. Looking forward to another "photo adventure" soon!
Best, Ginger White
It was a GREAT workshop! You did a fantastic job. I really enjoyed it. Thanks so much for all your hard work and effort. The location is beyond awesome!!!
I just wanted to say on behalf of the Board and myself thank you for coming to our club and doing such an awesome presentation. I have heard many great comments from the members about how much they enjoyed your presentation and seeing your stunning images. It is speakers like yourself that have helped make our club a great place to learn and become better photographers. Hope you made it back last night! Please let me know if you are ever back in Orlando and we can get a group together for dinner!
Best to you,
Katrina H. Guensch-Bennett
Denise, we had a fantastic time. We learned a lot and got lots of good shots. Can't wait to do another workshop with you. Looking forward to Barnegat.
Thanks again, Dave & Eli
Thank you so, so much for such a marvelous presentation and sharing your skill and gift with all of us last night. Your photography is just exquisite and so inspiring. Anyway, we all truly loved your time with us, your energy and your spirit.
Thank you again,
Main Line Camera Club
I had so much fun and learned sooo much from you guys it should have been illegal. I wanna go back, pitch a tent on the beach and stay there awhile!
This was one of the most enjoyable and productive trips we've had. Great to see your business doing well, couldn't happen to a nicer person. This doesn't say enough, but you've probably noticed I'm not very loquacious.
Thank you sooo much for your enlightening, inspirational and informative presentation last Monday. We all enjoyed your presentation and your easy approach to all the items covered. Very easy to follow and understand. You clarified many issues that we have been dealing with so now we can go out and try them. I especially appreciated the artistic approaches that can be used on all our photos.
Thanks From the Lansdale Camera Club Members
Canon Everglades Workshop
Denise Ippolito was a huge help. We dealt with pretty much every imaginable problem in a span of four hours. As always, the folks that stayed close to Denise and to me and asked lots of questions learned the most. It was Denise who actually led most of the group into the field well before sunrise while I stayed behind dealing with a variety of tripod, tripod head, and plate issues.
Thanks for you help. The folks loved you and I would have been dead in the water without you there.
I am late thanking you but, I want to thank you for making our 2011 Spring Foto Fun day such a success. Everyone there really enjoyed having you be part of our special day. We've never had a speaker who enveloped the day from the beginning to the end, from being one of our judges, interacting with attendees, providing a wonderful program, and providing door prizes and bringing handouts etc. And thank you for my bag of goodies...that was very thoughtful of you. Please keep us abreast of your successes in the coming years and I hope to catch up with seeing you at one of your programs.
Our speaker, Denise Ippolito was delightful, entertaining, engaging and very informative. She showed a collection of incredible bird photographs and explained her secrets for capturing such amazing images, including – ‘be on the scene first’ to get the best shots. She also showed a number of images which were manipulated in a Photoshop plugin called Fractalius. It creates unusual, eccentric artworks in a single step. The effects are based on extraction of so-called hidden fractal texture of an image. With it, you can also simulate various types of exotic lightings and high realistic pencil sketches. Everyone in attendance was mesmerized by Denise’s work. Check out Denise’s website for blogs, workshops and to download her amazing e-book tutorials.
Main Camera Club Blog
I’m a member of the Ocean County Camera Club and attended your presentation Monday evening. I couldn’t stay after the meeting so I decided to drop you an email to tell you how wonderful your presentation was. In my opinion is was the best presentation we’ve had at the club in the few years I’ve been a member. It was informative, interesting, and presented in a very friendly manner.
It was great, I loved it! Thank you! I was so caught up in taking the photos the time evaporated. I got so many great shots. Definitely I'd like to go back, I have to see if that weekend in August is going to be a conflict in terms of other travel. Thanks again, you ran a nice workshop!
I am surely the one to be offering a thank-you for this past week-end! I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and only occasionally felt the cold as you did prepare us well and once engaged in a photoshoot, there is no pain. I am very pleased with my shots and have just ordered your video on creative multiple exposures. I will be interested in further meet-ups with you, hopefully up here in Canada.
Cheers from an admirer,
I can't tell you how much I not only enjoyed, but learned at your presentation … I'm looking forward to working with you some day when the weather gets nicer … your photos were great and your presentation was second to none … thanks again …
Thank you so much for all your help and inspiration during the Lonaconing Workshop. You made the experience very informational, creative, and fun! I hope to be able to learn from you again in the future! Here are a few photos for you. I love what you did with the "leaf on the windowsill" - the feeling the texture gave to it is quite soft and romantic. My next step is to learn more about post processing and textures - I would love to be able to create the same magic that you can!
Thank you for an awesome weekend! Your presentation was fantastic and all of the feedback has been awesome! Beginners and advanced photographers alike enjoyed it! Your workshops both days were great too! Thank you so much!!!
I thought the weekend was just wonderful. I learned a lot, got some awesome shots, and just plain had a fantastic time. I can't thank you enough for all of the personal help you bestowed upon me. I'm sure each attendee felt the same, but I really felt it was one on one rather than a group event. Now I have material to draw from for a long time to come. It means so much to an advanced beginner like me to be able to work with and watch you work, listen to how you think and what you are looking at, and then teaching me how I can make my shots better. I received more than I could have imagined from the workshops.
So thank you for the weekend,
Thank you for a wonderful workshop, I learned so much! Denise, I have been on many workshops but have never encountered a leader so passionate and giving as you.
This is the last day of the Death Valley workshop with the incredible Denise Ippolito. Death Valley is a spectacular location and I’m very glad I came. Denise, you are a fabulous teacher truly interested in helping your students advance their knowledge of photography and develop their personal vision. Many, many thanks. Theresa Bryson
Dear Denise, I am thrilled to receive a copy of your latest e-book so thank you very much. It is the perfect indulgence to curl up with and enjoy a cup of coffee and know that at the same time I am learning and expanding my creative ideas. Wow!
I enjoyed your Longwood workshop more than words can express. Yes, I learned new techniques from observing you, both technically in the field and afterwards with post-processing in the class-room. But ever since then, I continue to be challenged and inspired by concepts we learned from you, to practice our craft every day and to experiment creatively as well. This lasting impression, I think, is the essence of a great class and a great teacher, which you are.
As a bonus, one of the participants, Nima Marsh, and I have become photographic buddies. Although we didn't know each other before, we've returned to Longwood to practice one workshop technique at a time. We know, for example, how to check our histograms so we're NOT blowing out the reds! Nima is as serious as I at wanting to improve and so it's been fun comparing notes.
I am looking forward to lining up my calendar and getting on your schedule for a future workshop! Until then, please know how very grateful I am to have been a participant in your workshop and to receive your latest ebook.
Wishing you all the best! Pat Rhubottom
We loved everything about the trip. Your guides are outstanding and went above & beyond expectations! The pelicans were all we hoped they would be. And you were the perfect leader and made us work hard and think about our images. Everyone got along so well and we had lots of good conversation and laughs. Many thanks for such a wonderful trip!
Nancy & Chuck
The Greece workshop was a fabulous trip with great people and outstanding guides and leader. Lori Moilanen
My head and heart are filled with the pelicans, the guides and other accommodating and committed people and new friends from Greece. It is now truly one of the more memorable trips and I cherish it. Thank you for being you and making this all possible for all of us. You are truly special.