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Lensbaby ***FULL***

May 13 – 17, 2009
(Wednesday at 4:00 pm – Sunday at 1:00 pm)
Instructor: Craig Tanner
Tuition: $1,095
Deposit: $300

Our Pledge to You

One of Craig’s favorite lenses is the Lensbaby and he is thrilled to be offering this brand new workshop in 2009 on the art and techniques of using this creative lens.

The Lensbaby is a specialty lens that gives a whole new meaning to the phrase selective focus. In addition to selective focus the Lensbaby has other unique properties that make it one of the best bangs for your buck in terms of a single piece of equipment having the potential to spark creative epiphanies. During this four day workshop Craig takes you on a creative journey with the Lensbaby as the creative muse. Craig will start the workshop with a presentation that covers the basic operation of each of the Lensbaby models including focus, bending focus, locking focus, aperture ring and exposure techniques, and working with both the focal length and macro adaptor kits. Craig also discusses Lensbaby techniques for shooting a variety of subjects including macro, abstracts, landscapes, architecture and people.

Included in the workshop presentations is Craig’s very own specialty technique - the split focus portrait. He will also make a special composition presentation showing how working with the Lensbaby has the potential to dramatically alter and expand the way we think about image design theory. Craig will also share the Photoshop techniques that he uses as companions to some of his most conceptual Lensbaby shots.

The stunningly beautiful city of Savannah, Georgia, with it’s lovely squares, historic district and lively River Street, will be the backdrop for our Lensbaby explorations.

To register for this workshop, please use our online contact form and select Workshops in the choices for subject.  In the Message section, please type in "Lensbaby".

To see a slideshow of Craig's recent Lensbaby images that showcase some of the techniques will be exploring on the workshop click here.


As this is the first year for the Lensbaby workshop, we invite you to view the comments of participants of some or our other workshops:

The Next Step workshop was a wonderful experience… fun, and highly educational. It really made me think a lot about what it means to be creative, and how to improve my personal creativity. Amazing teachers, and a highly supportive and motivated group of participants.. I can’t wait for my next  workshop! -- Jennifer B. (Next Step Workshop participant March 2008).

I was sure that attending the Street Portraiture Workshop would help my photography skills grow. I could never have expected the amazing experience which unfolded. Craig has designed a workshop that will expand you as a person and open you up to creativity in a whole new way. There is no way to describe what you can expect as the experience will be unique for everyone. I can tell you that if you go to Savannah and open yourself to this journey, that Craig will guide you through experiences that will spark your creativity and photography, and quite possibly open you to look at the world with wonder again. -- Kate L. (Street Portraiture May 2008).

Additional Information

Getting There:

The closest airport to Savannah is the Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport (SAV).  The airport is approximately 15 minutes from downtown Savannah.  There is taxi service and there are rental cars available at this airport. Taxi fare to the historic district where our hotel is located is approximately $25.00.

We will release workshop participant contact information to the members of this particular workshop, with each participant’s approval, as the workshop dates approach so that you may arrange car sharing, etc. with each other.

Most, if not all, of our shooting locations are within walking distance of the hotel.  We do encourage the participants to share rental cars.


The Next Step workshop is hosted at, and we have a block of rooms set aside for the workshop participants at:

The Promenade Hotel Historic District
412 West Bay Street
Savannah, GA  31401-1115
(912) 233-1011

The prices for the rooms are $99 weekday/ $119 on weekend.  This is an excellent price for hotels in the historic district.

Each room includes: Flat Screen Television •Microwave /Refrigerator •Remote Control Television • Iron and Ironing Board • Blow Dryer • Complimentary Wireless Internet Access • Complimentary Deluxe Continental Breakfast •Coffee Maker with Gourmet Coffee

As of May 1, 2008,  there is a parking charge of $7.00/day for each car parked at the hotel.

When you call for reservations, please tell them that you are with The Mindful Eye (Craig Tanner/Marti Jeffers) Photography Workshops in order to get the special rate.

To register for this workshop, please use our online contact form and select Workshops in the choices for subject.  In the Message section, please type in "Lensbaby".




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