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! 3,822 photos, 813 members
- Our Animal Photography - High Quality Animal Photography 18,566 photos, 1,781 members
- Colorful Winter Shots 371 photos, 81 members
- Joshua Tree National Park 9,327 photos, 1,430 members
- Extremely Large Panoramas 10,000x minimum 1,606 photos, 658 members
- Top Photography Group ~ High Quality Photography 19,518 photos, 2,958 members
- Favorites: 200 9,098 photos, 2,308 members
- Favorites: 100 33,093 photos, 4,415 members
- Birds 739,018 photos, 18,157 members
- THE APERTURE ACADEMY WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE 534 photos, 56 members
- "Only Good Photographs - PLEASE P1A2" 48,535 photos, 1,750 members
- 200+ Faves 1-2-3 (Post one,Comment and Fave two) 10,848 photos, 1,826 members
- 100 faves 13,263 photos, 1,028 members
- Owls 47,361 photos, 7,332 members
- Natural Landscapes 18,185 photos, 4,121 members
- Favorites: 50 46,151 photos, 5,690 members
- top-f [ 25+ faves ] 61,944 photos, 12,960 members
- NATURE'S BEST 1,115,076 photos, 26,327 members
- *The Best of Landscape around the world* 1,250 photos, 2,101 members
- art of landscape 2,119 photos, 14,771 members
- Wildlife Contest: - UP & RUNNING again - Voting in Water, Insect 48,382 photos, 2,749 members
- We travel the World 971,046 photos, 41,809 members
- ***SCREAM OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER*** 2,113,562 photos, 46,098 members
- A "Quality Only" Club 14,254 photos, 2,136 members
- Oregon Waterfalls 12,548 photos, 1,620 members
- Raccoons 3,693 photos, 913 members
- Your VERY BEST ever / Invite Only 4,864 photos, 1,248 members
- Oachs/Rueb Yosemite Workshop March 2009 6 photos, 5 members
- Super Eco (please tag: SuperEco) 3,790 photos, 496 members
- The Pantheon of Seascape ( CLOSE ) 10,200 photos, 1,358 members
- V.I.P - Very Important PHOTOS 118,782 photos, 6,701 members
- CityScape 700,028 photos, 23,976 members
- Absolutely Stunning 'Scapes ***INVITED PHOTOS ONLY*** 31,134 photos, 8,953 members
- The World Through My Eyes - TGIF *OPEN* 3,955,809 photos, 111,107 members
- Snow Leopards 23,757 photos, 1,903 members
- *THE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHER (P1/A2) 1,111,683 photos, 57,939 members
- Photo-Of-The-Day - post 1, comment on any 1 (read rules please) 5,878 photos, 958 members
- Water... Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Creeks 1,195,025 photos, 56,099 members
- Fine-ART photos (Invite only) 36,004 photos, 9,926 members
- 1000+ Best Places On Earth 42,161 photos, 3,481 members
- Canon DSLR User Group 3,858,108 photos, 172,519 members
- panoramas 397,632 photos, 52,442 members
- SF Bay Area Shooters (sfbas) 151,931 photos, 4,758 members
- *ABW* Gallery - by invitation only 1,035 photos, 1,460 members
- The Unforgettable Pictures ~ Post 1, Comment 3 ~ NEW RULES!! 308,773 photos, 30,954 members
- The Nature Conservancy 876,104 photos, 39,810 members
- visit the world - the travel guide 2,833,662 photos, 76,530 members
- ·Spirit Of Photography (Post 1 Award 5) - Comment or be banned 702,463 photos, 29,281 members
- Sunrise & Sunset 118,025 photos, 7,656 members
- SUNSET&RISEPIX 106,140 photos, 8,425 members
"wow it's an honour to be added as one of your contacts! Thank you"
February 14th, 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."
September 29th, 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!"
July 18th, 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! ;-)"
March 17th, 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."
November 4th, 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