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! 3,666 photos, 780 members
- Our Animal Photography - High Quality Animal Photography 18,381 photos, 1,691 members
- Colorful Winter Shots 352 photos, 78 members
- Joshua Tree National Park 8,856 photos, 1,363 members
- Extremely Large Panoramas 10,000x minimum 1,602 photos, 646 members
- Top Photography Group "High Quality Photography" ~ No People 17,554 photos, 2,782 members
- Favorites: 200 5,521 photos, 1,832 members
- Favorites: 100 18,842 photos, 3,564 members
- Birds 655,102 photos, 17,026 members
- THE APERTURE ACADEMY WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE 455 photos, 55 members
- "Only Good Photographs - PLEASE P1A2" 30,766 photos, 1,191 members
- 200+ Faves 1-2-3 (Post one,Comment and Fave two) 6,666 photos, 1,506 members
- 100 faves 8,895 photos, 916 members
- Owls 43,112 photos, 6,979 members
- Natural Landscapes 17,984 photos, 3,800 members
- Favorites: 50 29,695 photos, 4,831 members
- top-f [ 25+ faves ] 51,591 photos, 12,648 members
- NATURE'S BEST 1,004,932 photos, 24,346 members
- *The Best of Landscape around the world* 1,184 photos, 1,998 members
- art of landscape 2,129 photos, 14,514 members
- Wildlife Contest: - UP & RUNNING again - Voting in Water, Insect 40,592 photos, 2,490 members
- We travel the World 846,126 photos, 39,196 members
- ***SCREAM OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER*** 1,916,475 photos, 43,744 members
- A "Quality Only" Club 14,228 photos, 2,154 members
- Oregon Waterfalls 11,882 photos, 1,548 members
- Raccoons 3,608 photos, 884 members
- Your VERY BEST ever / Invite Only 4,931 photos, 1,258 members
- Oachs/Rueb Yosemite Workshop March 2009 6 photos, 5 members
- Super Eco (please tag: SuperEco) 4,132 photos, 498 members
- The Pantheon of Seascape 9,873 photos, 1,215 members
- V.I.P - Very Important PHOTOS 115,661 photos, 6,701 members
- CityScape 626,031 photos, 22,212 members
- Absolutely Stunning 'Scapes ***INVITED PHOTOS ONLY*** 31,190 photos, 8,876 members
- The World Through My Eyes - Portrait Thursdays *OPEN* 3,712,675 photos, 105,497 members
- Snow Leopards 22,523 photos, 1,866 members
- *THE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHER (P1/A2) 1,022,004 photos, 56,017 members
- Photo-Of-The-Day - post 1, comment on any 1 (read rules please) 5,321 photos, 903 members
- Water... Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Creeks 1,080,120 photos, 52,885 members
- Fine-ART photos (Invite only) 35,605 photos, 9,983 members
- 1000+ Best Places On Earth 36,644 photos, 3,218 members
- Canon DSLR User Group 3,448,319 photos, 161,160 members
- panoramas 330,883 photos, 44,707 members
- SF Bay Area Shooters (sfbas) 143,046 photos, 4,639 members
- *ABW* Gallery - by invitation only 1,039 photos, 1,449 members
- The Unforgettable Pictures ~ Post 1, Comment 3 ~ NEW RULES!! 289,771 photos, 30,651 members
- The Nature Conservancy 760,974 photos, 38,106 members
- visit the world - the travel guide 2,449,612 photos, 65,963 members
- ·Spirit Of Photography (Post 1 Award 5) - Comment or be banned 688,375 photos, 28,727 members
- Sunrise & Sunset 105,075 photos, 7,146 members
- SUNSET&RISEPIX 99,414 photos, 8,155 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