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.
- Southern Utah 16,437 photos, 769 members
- Bears Ears National Monument 917 photos, 54 members
- Your Best Shot 2016 27,299 photos, 38,437 members
- Southwestern archaeology 3,832 photos, 418 members
- Native American Cliff Dwellings, Petroglyphs and Pictographs 8,431 photos, 614 members
- Rock Art 20,103 photos, 1,510 members
- Cedar Mesa 736 photos, 100 members
- Cheetah, mother nature's masterpiece! 4,559 photos, 900 members
- Our Animal Photography - High Quality Animal Photography 22,491 photos, 1,919 members
- Colorful Winter Shots 382 photos, 92 members
- Joshua Tree National Park 11,599 photos, 1,665 members
- Extremely Large Panoramas 10,000x minimum 3,476 photos, 835 members
- Top Photography Group Closed ~RIP George 39,577 photos, 3,425 members
- Favorites: 200 20,955 photos, 3,879 members
- Favorites: 100 56,719 photos, 6,937 members
- Birds 1,094,166 photos, 21,336 members
- THE APERTURE ACADEMY WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE 836 photos, 53 members
- "Only Good Photographs - PLEASE P1A2" 107,595 photos, 2,227 members
- 200+ Faves 1-2-3 (Post one,Comment and Fave two) 38,113 photos, 2,963 members
- 100 faves 36,165 photos, 1,478 members
- Owls 65,100 photos, 8,332 members
- Natural Landscapes 18,361 photos, 4,873 members
- Favorites: 50 52,832 photos, 8,123 members
- top-f [ 25+ faves ] 100,579 photos, 13,430 members
- NATURE'S BEST 1,528,368 photos, 30,284 members
- *The Best of Landscape around the world* 2,507 photos, 2,416 members
- art of landscape 2,091 photos, 15,242 members
- Wildlife Contest: - UP & RUNNING again - Voting in Water, Insect 202 photos, 3,356 members
- We travel the World 1,377,835 photos, 48,657 members
- ***SCREAM OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER*** 2,657,451 photos, 52,257 members
- A "Quality Only" Club 13,958 photos, 2,084 members
- Oregon Waterfalls 14,658 photos, 1,814 members
- Raccoons 3,978 photos, 985 members
- Your VERY BEST ever / Invite Only 4,779 photos, 1,214 members
- Oachs/Rueb Yosemite Workshop March 2009 6 photos, 5 members
- Super Eco (please tag: SuperEco) 3,757 photos, 490 members
- The Pantheon of Seascape ( CLOSE ) 9,997 photos, 1,498 members
- V.I.P - Very Important PHOTOS 135,270 photos, 6,649 members
- CityScape 904,722 photos, 27,231 members
- Absolutely Stunning 'Scapes ***INVITED PHOTOS ONLY*** 31,805 photos, 9,034 members
- The World Through My Eyes - TGIF *OPEN* 4,527,504 photos, 121,740 members
- Snow Leopards 26,408 photos, 2,030 members
- *THE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHER (P1/A2) 1,422,700 photos, 61,661 members
- Photo-Of-The-Day - post 1, comment on any 1 (read rules please) 8,901 photos, 1,061 members
- Water... Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Creeks 1,545,819 photos, 65,000 members
- Fine-ART photos (Invite only) 36,882 photos, 9,734 members
- 1000+ Best Places On Earth 59,722 photos, 3,907 members
- Canon DSLR User Group 4,838,178 photos, 189,354 members
- panoramas 463,331 photos, 59,890 members
- SF Bay Area Shooters (sfbas) 173,052 photos, 4,914 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