About Aperture Academy
In 2009, Stephen W. Oachs founded The Aperture Academy -- a unique combination of fine art photography gallery in conjunction with classroom and workshop instruction. Students of the Aperture Academy recieve hands on instruction designed for their individual skill level which includes everything from learning to shoot in the field to digital post processing techniques.
The Aperture Academy is a 4,000 square foot photography gallery and venue and is located in the Pruneyard Center in Campbell California. Whether you're a beginner with little more than passion to take great pictures, or an advanced photographer just looking to brush up or polish existing skills, our in-field workshops will provide you with real, hands-on instruction.
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About Stephen W. Oachs
Stephen W. Oachs is an award-winning photographer, successful entrepreneur and technology veteran, who began his journey in photography the moment he picked up his first camera.
Completely self-taught, Stephen's unique and distinctive style has earned him recognition as one of today's finest nature photographers. He was recognized in 2007 as wildlife photographer of the year by the National Wildlife Federation and was awarded best nature photographer in 2008 by National Geographic.
Stephen has received many other awards and achievements. His work has graced the pages of such notable publications such as National Geographic, Popular Photography, Outdoor Photographer, National Wildlife Magazine and many others..
Whether trekking through the wilds of Alaska, enduring the raw challenges of nature or experiencing the thrill of life on the edge, Stephen captures rare and breathtaking moments of light and time. His exceptional eye is filtered only by his passion for life, deep affinity with nature and love of adventure.
- Cheetah, mother nature's masterpiece! 2,851 photos, 660 members
- Our Animal Photography - High Quality Animal Photography 12,594 photos, 1,471 members
- Colorful Winter Shots 253 photos, 76 members
- Joshua Tree National Park 7,977 photos, 1,212 members
- Extremely Large Panoramas 10,000x minimum 1,700 photos, 618 members
- Top Photography Group ~ Monitored Queue ~ P1/C2 13,276 photos, 2,679 members
- Favorites: 200 1,506 photos, 1,201 members
- Favorites: 100 4,057 photos, 2,300 members
- Birds 494,765 photos, 15,239 members
- THE APERTURE ACADEMY WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE 450 photos, 56 members
- "Only Good Photographs - P1C2" 22,095 photos, 980 members
- 200+ Faves 1-2-3 (Post one,Comment and Fave two) 2,440 photos, 976 members
- 100 faves 5,017 photos, 726 members
- Owls 31,498 photos, 5,996 members
- Natural Landscapes 17,418 photos, 3,263 members
- Favorites: 50 6,695 photos, 3,354 members
- top-f [ 25+ faves ] 35,237 photos, 12,180 members
- NATURE'S BEST 813,055 photos, 21,674 members
- *The Best of Landscape around the world* 1,029 photos, 1,901 members
- art of landscape 2,124 photos, 14,202 members
- Wildlife Contest: - UP & RUNNING again - Voting in Water, Insect 27,651 photos, 1,875 members
- We travel the World 633,720 photos, 34,756 members
- ***SCREAM OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER*** 1,494,999 photos, 38,152 members
- A "Quality Only" Club -Admin Invite+Moderated Post 12,283 photos, 2,167 members
- Oregon Waterfalls 10,170 photos, 1,398 members
- Raccoons 3,385 photos, 810 members
- Your VERY BEST ever / Invite Only 4,688 photos, 1,309 members
- Oachs/Rueb Yosemite Workshop March 2009 34 photos, 6 members
- Super Eco (please tag: SuperEco) 4,115 photos, 512 members
- Sand/Sea/Sky/Sun : The Four Fantastic ( Invitation ) 8,804 photos, 916 members
- V.I.P - Very Important PHOTOS 101,615 photos, 6,775 members
- CityScape 454,115 photos, 17,932 members
- Absolutely Stunning 'Scapes ***INVITED PHOTOS ONLY*** 30,328 photos, 8,840 members
- The World Through My Eyes - Textured Tuesdays is *OPEN* 3,166,729 photos, 92,299 members
- Snow Leopards 18,880 photos, 1,760 members
- *THE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHER (P1/A2) 826,273 photos, 51,871 members
- Photo-Of-The-Day - post 1, comment on any 1 (read rules please) 5,485 photos, 914 members
- Water... Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Creeks 823,719 photos, 46,016 members
- Fine-ART photos (Invite only) 34,705 photos, 10,242 members
- 1000+ Best Places On Earth 27,866 photos, 2,768 members
- Canon DSLR User Group 2,443,828 photos, 125,191 members
- panoramas 215,449 photos, 26,377 members
- SF Bay Area Shooters (sfbas) 121,321 photos, 4,209 members
- *ABW* Gallery ~ by invitation only 1,092 photos, 1,408 members
- The Unforgettable Pictures ~ Post 1, Comment 3 ~ NEW RULES!! 246,383 photos, 30,156 members
- The Nature Conservancy 522,094 photos, 33,180 members
- visit the world - the travel guide 1,758,632 photos, 40,698 members
- ·Spirit Of Photography (Post 1 Award 5) - Comment or be banned 712,870 photos, 28,475 members
- Sunrise & Sunset 78,238 photos, 6,193 members
- SUNSET&RISEPIX 85,556 photos, 7,681 members
"wow it's an honour to be added as one of your contacts! Thank you"
14th February, 2010
"Stephen Oachs who calls himself a serial entrepreneur truly is one. That is what makes his stellar body of photography all the more amazing. He produces prodigious amounts professional quality photography while running non-related Tech businesses.
My hat is off to Stephen as I have many irons in the fire also and all of them suffer as none get the time they demand to bloom as Stephen pulls off with his ventures with aplomb.
Stephen inspires me not only as a superb photographer but also as an entrepreneur."
29th September, 2009
Steven Davis Photography says:
"Stephen Oachs is an amazing photographer. I've been on 2 of his workshops and am signed up for another one in Yosemite this October. He's a great teacher and his workshops are FUN!"
18th July, 2009
"Sign up for one of his workshops if you want the experience of a lifetime! Tons of fun and lots of learning at the same time! Awesome person and teacher. And he'll even let you pose with his Canon! ;-)"
17th March, 2009
chaybert (Brian Rueb) says:
"Stephen is one of the best photographers I know...and I know quite a few...he's got it all together...and he's a marekting genius...pure and simple.
Once he learns to travel with a pepper grinder...he'll be unstoppable."
4th November, 2008
- Stephen Oachs
- December 2007
- San Jose, California
- San Jose, California, USA
- I am:
- Male and Single
- Professional Photographer
- Aperture Academy
- stephen [at] stephenoachs.com
- AIM (AOL IM):