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 354 photos, 75 members
- Cheetah, mother nature's masterpiece! 3,875 photos, 822 members
- Our Animal Photography - High Quality Animal Photography 18,470 photos, 1,797 members
- Colorful Winter Shots 384 photos, 82 members
- Joshua Tree National Park 9,593 photos, 1,447 members
- Extremely Large Panoramas 10,000x minimum 1,601 photos, 661 members
- Top Photography Group ~ High Quality Photography 21,192 photos, 3,027 members
- Favorites: 200 10,523 photos, 2,484 members
- Favorites: 100 38,026 photos, 4,697 members
- Birds 769,555 photos, 18,496 members
- THE APERTURE ACADEMY WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE 590 photos, 56 members
- "Only Good Photographs - PLEASE P1A2" 54,829 photos, 1,841 members
- 200+ Faves 1-2-3 (Post one,Comment and Fave two) 12,407 photos, 1,966 members
- 100 faves 14,443 photos, 1,076 members
- Owls 49,432 photos, 7,474 members
- Natural Landscapes 18,321 photos, 4,228 members
- Favorites: 50 51,881 photos, 5,990 members
- top-f [ 25+ faves ] 65,346 photos, 13,051 members
- NATURE'S BEST 1,147,996 photos, 26,817 members
- *The Best of Landscape around the world* 1,406 photos, 2,155 members
- art of landscape 2,115 photos, 14,860 members
- Wildlife Contest: - UP & RUNNING again - Voting in Water, Insect 50,525 photos, 2,820 members
- We travel the World 1,009,848 photos, 42,550 members
- ***SCREAM OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER*** 2,168,341 photos, 46,743 members
- A "Quality Only" Club 14,191 photos, 2,131 members
- Oregon Waterfalls 12,707 photos, 1,642 members
- Raccoons 3,733 photos, 916 members
- Your VERY BEST ever / Invite Only 4,851 photos, 1,245 members
- Oachs/Rueb Yosemite Workshop March 2009 6 photos, 5 members
- Super Eco (please tag: SuperEco) 3,793 photos, 497 members
- The Pantheon of Seascape ( CLOSE ) 10,143 photos, 1,369 members
- V.I.P - Very Important PHOTOS 120,359 photos, 6,697 members
- CityScape 721,785 photos, 24,497 members
- Absolutely Stunning 'Scapes ***INVITED PHOTOS ONLY*** 31,230 photos, 8,978 members
- The World Through My Eyes - Weekend Showcase *OPEN* 4,027,324 photos, 112,549 members
- Snow Leopards 24,065 photos, 1,918 members
- *THE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHER (P1/A2) 1,141,110 photos, 58,445 members
- Photo-Of-The-Day - post 1, comment on any 1 (read rules please) 5,999 photos, 974 members
- Water... Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Creeks 1,226,171 photos, 56,806 members
- Fine-ART photos (Invite only) 36,191 photos, 9,908 members
- 1000+ Best Places On Earth 43,783 photos, 3,567 members
- Canon DSLR User Group 3,965,427 photos, 175,162 members
- panoramas 419,494 photos, 54,151 members
- SF Bay Area Shooters (sfbas) 153,733 photos, 4,788 members
- *ABW* Gallery - by invitation only 1,034 photos, 1,466 members
- The Unforgettable Pictures ~ Post 1, Comment 3 ~ NEW RULES!! 314,652 photos, 31,040 members
- The Nature Conservancy 906,991 photos, 40,201 members
- visit the world - the travel guide 2,946,969 photos, 79,081 members
- ·Spirit Of Photography (Post 1 Award 5) - Comment or be banned 708,868 photos, 29,471 members
- Sunrise & Sunset 122,156 photos, 7,807 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