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! 3,723 photos, 796 members
- Our Animal Photography - High Quality Animal Photography 18,537 photos, 1,728 members
- Colorful Winter Shots 364 photos, 79 members
- Joshua Tree National Park 9,112 photos, 1,404 members
- Extremely Large Panoramas 10,000x minimum 1,565 photos, 653 members
- Top Photography Group ~ High Quality Photography 16,660 photos, 2,828 members
- Favorites: 200 6,935 photos, 2,015 members
- Favorites: 100 24,503 photos, 3,884 members
- Birds 690,869 photos, 17,548 members
- THE APERTURE ACADEMY WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE 455 photos, 55 members
- "Only Good Photographs - PLEASE P1A2" 36,098 photos, 1,389 members
- 200+ Faves 1-2-3 (Post one,Comment and Fave two) 8,291 photos, 1,640 members
- 100 faves 11,628 photos, 960 members
- Owls 45,377 photos, 7,158 members
- Natural Landscapes 18,172 photos, 3,927 members
- Favorites: 50 35,882 photos, 5,177 members
- top-f [ 25+ faves ] 55,231 photos, 12,790 members
- NATURE'S BEST 1,047,035 photos, 25,182 members
- *The Best of Landscape around the world* 1,209 photos, 2,037 members
- art of landscape 2,134 photos, 14,625 members
- Wildlife Contest: - UP & RUNNING again - Voting in Water, Insect 43,689 photos, 2,590 members
- We travel the World 893,458 photos, 40,223 members
- ***SCREAM OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER*** 1,997,969 photos, 44,623 members
- A "Quality Only" Club 14,176 photos, 2,147 members
- Oregon Waterfalls 12,243 photos, 1,581 members
- Raccoons 3,668 photos, 894 members
- Your VERY BEST ever / Invite Only 4,915 photos, 1,254 members
- Oachs/Rueb Yosemite Workshop March 2009 6 photos, 5 members
- Super Eco (please tag: SuperEco) 3,769 photos, 496 members
- The Pantheon of Seascape ( CLOSE ) 10,281 photos, 1,326 members
- V.I.P - Very Important PHOTOS 116,240 photos, 6,698 members
- CityScape 658,219 photos, 23,022 members
- Absolutely Stunning 'Scapes ***INVITED PHOTOS ONLY*** 31,179 photos, 8,904 members
- The World Through My Eyes - Monochrome Mondays *OPEN* 3,810,732 photos, 107,715 members
- Snow Leopards 22,982 photos, 1,888 members
- *THE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHER (P1/A2) 1,058,264 photos, 56,794 members
- Photo-Of-The-Day - post 1, comment on any 1 (read rules please) 5,482 photos, 925 members
- Water... Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Creeks 1,124,755 photos, 54,181 members
- Fine-ART photos (Invite only) 35,824 photos, 9,956 members
- 1000+ Best Places On Earth 38,674 photos, 3,345 members
- Canon DSLR User Group 3,620,103 photos, 166,437 members
- panoramas 354,445 photos, 48,165 members
- SF Bay Area Shooters (sfbas) 147,010 photos, 4,696 members
- *ABW* Gallery - by invitation only 1,039 photos, 1,452 members
- The Unforgettable Pictures ~ Post 1, Comment 3 ~ NEW RULES!! 297,214 photos, 30,778 members
- The Nature Conservancy 809,600 photos, 38,869 members
- visit the world - the travel guide 2,595,361 photos, 70,626 members
- ·Spirit Of Photography (Post 1 Award 5) - Comment or be banned 693,512 photos, 28,972 members
- Sunrise & Sunset 110,047 photos, 7,331 members
- SUNSET&RISEPIX 102,020 photos, 8,293 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