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.
- Cedar Mesa 522 photos, 88 members
- Cheetah, mother nature's masterpiece! 4,087 photos, 839 members
- Our Animal Photography - High Quality Animal Photography 19,048 photos, 1,837 members
- Colorful Winter Shots 389 photos, 82 members
- Joshua Tree National Park 10,160 photos, 1,507 members
- Extremely Large Panoramas 10,000x minimum 2,212 photos, 706 members
- Top Photography Group ~ High Quality Photography 25,635 photos, 3,168 members
- Favorites: 200 15,292 photos, 2,904 members
- Favorites: 100 55,431 photos, 5,378 members
- Birds 855,934 photos, 19,237 members
- THE APERTURE ACADEMY WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE 678 photos, 55 members
- "Only Good Photographs - PLEASE P1A2" 71,447 photos, 2,004 members
- 200+ Faves 1-2-3 (Post one,Comment and Fave two) 18,598 photos, 2,307 members
- 100 faves 18,551 photos, 1,195 members
- Owls 53,991 photos, 7,779 members
- Natural Landscapes 18,582 photos, 4,421 members
- Favorites: 50 70,907 photos, 6,710 members
- top-f [ 25+ faves ] 76,033 photos, 13,276 members
- NATURE'S BEST 1,252,923 photos, 27,963 members
- *The Best of Landscape around the world* 1,760 photos, 2,242 members
- art of landscape 2,099 photos, 14,996 members
- Wildlife Contest: - UP & RUNNING again - Voting in Water, Insect 57,167 photos, 2,997 members
- We travel the World 1,115,355 photos, 43,958 members
- ***SCREAM OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER*** 2,328,545 photos, 48,128 members
- A "Quality Only" Club 14,080 photos, 2,118 members
- Oregon Waterfalls 13,461 photos, 1,711 members
- Raccoons 3,835 photos, 949 members
- Your VERY BEST ever / Invite Only 4,837 photos, 1,244 members
- Oachs/Rueb Yosemite Workshop March 2009 6 photos, 5 members
- Super Eco (please tag: SuperEco) 3,802 photos, 495 members
- The Pantheon of Seascape ( CLOSE ) 10,097 photos, 1,410 members
- V.I.P - Very Important PHOTOS 123,734 photos, 6,682 members
- CityScape 775,515 photos, 25,369 members
- Absolutely Stunning 'Scapes ***INVITED PHOTOS ONLY*** 31,287 photos, 9,014 members
- The World Through My Eyes - TGIF *OPEN* 4,213,208 photos, 115,320 members
- Snow Leopards 24,970 photos, 1,954 members
- *THE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHER (P1/A2) 1,219,812 photos, 59,388 members
- Photo-Of-The-Day - post 1, comment on any 1 (read rules please) 6,726 photos, 994 members
- Water... Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Creeks 1,310,103 photos, 58,510 members
- Fine-ART photos (Invite only) 36,650 photos, 9,869 members
- 1000+ Best Places On Earth 49,043 photos, 3,742 members
- Canon DSLR User Group 4,268,889 photos, 180,390 members
- panoramas 470,070 photos, 57,574 members
- SF Bay Area Shooters (sfbas) 158,157 photos, 4,862 members
- *ABW* Gallery - by invitation only 1,029 photos, 1,468 members
- The Unforgettable Pictures ~ Post 1, Comment 3 ~ NEW RULES!! 332,038 photos, 31,177 members
- The Nature Conservancy 1,007,546 photos, 41,088 members
- visit the world - the travel guide 3,252,314 photos, 84,257 members
- ·Spirit Of Photography (Post 1 Award 5) - Comment or be banned 725,244 photos, 29,846 members
- Sunrise & Sunset 132,189 photos, 8,113 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