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 536 photos, 93 members
- Cheetah, mother nature's masterpiece! 4,156 photos, 850 members
- Our Animal Photography - High Quality Animal Photography 19,010 photos, 1,844 members
- Colorful Winter Shots 393 photos, 83 members
- Joshua Tree National Park 10,305 photos, 1,524 members
- Extremely Large Panoramas 10,000x minimum 2,247 photos, 715 members
- Top Photography Group ~ High Quality Photography 27,258 photos, 3,211 members
- Favorites: 200 17,040 photos, 3,025 members
- Favorites: 100 61,403 photos, 5,572 members
- Birds 876,334 photos, 19,409 members
- THE APERTURE ACADEMY WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE 707 photos, 55 members
- "Only Good Photographs - PLEASE P1A2" 76,576 photos, 2,048 members
- 200+ Faves 1-2-3 (Post one,Comment and Fave two) 20,792 photos, 2,383 members
- 100 faves 20,311 photos, 1,244 members
- Owls 54,700 photos, 7,837 members
- Natural Landscapes 18,600 photos, 4,475 members
- Favorites: 50 77,235 photos, 6,905 members
- top-f [ 25+ faves ] 79,565 photos, 13,321 members
- NATURE'S BEST 1,284,595 photos, 28,278 members
- *The Best of Landscape around the world* 1,842 photos, 2,275 members
- art of landscape 2,095 photos, 15,014 members
- Wildlife Contest: - UP & RUNNING again - Voting in Water, Insect 59,143 photos, 3,029 members
- We travel the World 1,147,557 photos, 44,399 members
- ***SCREAM OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER*** 2,375,615 photos, 48,473 members
- A "Quality Only" Club 14,060 photos, 2,113 members
- Oregon Waterfalls 13,580 photos, 1,721 members
- Raccoons 3,869 photos, 962 members
- Your VERY BEST ever / Invite Only 4,837 photos, 1,239 members
- Oachs/Rueb Yosemite Workshop March 2009 6 photos, 5 members
- Super Eco (please tag: SuperEco) 3,807 photos, 494 members
- The Pantheon of Seascape ( CLOSE ) 10,088 photos, 1,428 members
- V.I.P - Very Important PHOTOS 124,551 photos, 6,678 members
- CityScape 788,979 photos, 25,591 members
- Absolutely Stunning 'Scapes ***INVITED PHOTOS ONLY*** 31,332 photos, 9,008 members
- The World Through My Eyes - Monochrome Mondays *OPEN* 4,261,362 photos, 116,005 members
- Snow Leopards 25,281 photos, 1,966 members
- *THE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHER (P1/A2) 1,243,226 photos, 59,672 members
- Photo-Of-The-Day - post 1, comment on any 1 (read rules please) 6,948 photos, 1,006 members
- Water... Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Creeks 1,337,283 photos, 59,094 members
- Fine-ART photos (Invite only) 36,731 photos, 9,854 members
- 1000+ Best Places On Earth 50,530 photos, 3,766 members
- Canon DSLR User Group 4,349,653 photos, 181,864 members
- panoramas 474,208 photos, 58,000 members
- SF Bay Area Shooters (sfbas) 159,439 photos, 4,863 members
- *ABW* Gallery - by invitation only 1,029 photos, 1,473 members
- The Unforgettable Pictures ~ Post 1, Comment 3 ~ NEW RULES!! 336,980 photos, 31,237 members
- The Nature Conservancy 1,035,335 photos, 41,306 members
- visit the world - the travel guide 3,340,671 photos, 85,281 members
- ·Spirit Of Photography (Post 1 Award 5) - Comment or be banned 730,026 photos, 29,946 members
- Sunrise & Sunset 135,228 photos, 8,235 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