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.
- Your Best Shot 2016 4,683 photos, 7,193 members
- Southwestern archaeology 3,522 photos, 376 members
- Native American Cliff Dwellings, Petroglyphs and Pictographs 6,796 photos, 578 members
- Rock Art 16,951 photos, 1,438 members
- Cedar Mesa 557 photos, 94 members
- Cheetah, mother nature's masterpiece! 4,194 photos, 854 members
- Our Animal Photography - High Quality Animal Photography 18,889 photos, 1,850 members
- Colorful Winter Shots 398 photos, 85 members
- Joshua Tree National Park 10,501 photos, 1,532 members
- Extremely Large Panoramas 10,000x minimum 2,371 photos, 728 members
- Top Photography Group ~ High Quality Photography 28,932 photos, 3,249 members
- Favorites: 200 18,193 photos, 3,099 members
- Favorites: 100 65,819 photos, 5,705 members
- Birds 890,986 photos, 19,564 members
- THE APERTURE ACADEMY WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE 739 photos, 55 members
- "Only Good Photographs - PLEASE P1A2" 79,743 photos, 2,062 members
- 200+ Faves 1-2-3 (Post one,Comment and Fave two) 22,511 photos, 2,450 members
- 100 faves 21,695 photos, 1,280 members
- Owls 55,410 photos, 7,896 members
- Natural Landscapes 18,562 photos, 4,522 members
- Favorites: 50 77,740 photos, 7,013 members
- top-f [ 25+ faves ] 82,192 photos, 13,343 members
- NATURE'S BEST 1,309,675 photos, 28,523 members
- *The Best of Landscape around the world* 1,918 photos, 2,291 members
- art of landscape 2,106 photos, 15,052 members
- Wildlife Contest: - UP & RUNNING again - Voting in Water, Insect 60,421 photos, 3,061 members
- We travel the World 1,172,713 photos, 44,827 members
- ***SCREAM OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER*** 2,407,840 photos, 48,867 members
- A "Quality Only" Club 14,054 photos, 2,112 members
- Oregon Waterfalls 13,624 photos, 1,725 members
- Raccoons 3,886 photos, 965 members
- Your VERY BEST ever / Invite Only 4,829 photos, 1,239 members
- Oachs/Rueb Yosemite Workshop March 2009 6 photos, 5 members
- Super Eco (please tag: SuperEco) 3,810 photos, 494 members
- The Pantheon of Seascape ( CLOSE ) 10,106 photos, 1,432 members
- V.I.P - Very Important PHOTOS 125,528 photos, 6,678 members
- CityScape 800,588 photos, 25,779 members
- Absolutely Stunning 'Scapes ***INVITED PHOTOS ONLY*** 31,325 photos, 9,005 members
- The World Through My Eyes - Monochrome Mondays *OPEN* 4,299,992 photos, 116,623 members
- Snow Leopards 25,412 photos, 1,978 members
- *THE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHER (P1/A2) 1,260,892 photos, 59,862 members
- Photo-Of-The-Day - post 1, comment on any 1 (read rules please) 7,105 photos, 1,008 members
- Water... Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Creeks 1,357,953 photos, 59,645 members
- Fine-ART photos (Invite only) 36,589 photos, 9,848 members
- 1000+ Best Places On Earth 51,748 photos, 3,809 members
- Canon DSLR User Group 4,409,117 photos, 182,735 members
- panoramas 473,980 photos, 58,268 members
- SF Bay Area Shooters (sfbas) 160,702 photos, 4,867 members
- *ABW* Gallery - by invitation only 1,030 photos, 1,477 members
- The Unforgettable Pictures ~ Post 1, Comment 3 ~ NEW RULES!! 340,055 photos, 31,254 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