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 16,558 photos, 773 members
- Bears Ears National Monument 942 photos, 54 members
- Your Best Shot 2016 27,243 photos, 38,331 members
- Southwestern archaeology 3,860 photos, 419 members
- Native American Cliff Dwellings, Petroglyphs and Pictographs 8,555 photos, 616 members
- Rock Art 20,396 photos, 1,514 members
- Cedar Mesa 751 photos, 101 members
- Cheetah, mother nature's masterpiece! 4,562 photos, 900 members
- Our Animal Photography - High Quality Animal Photography 22,470 photos, 1,916 members
- Colorful Winter Shots 382 photos, 92 members
- Joshua Tree National Park 11,593 photos, 1,667 members
- Extremely Large Panoramas 10,000x minimum 3,395 photos, 836 members
- Top Photography Group Closed ~RIP George 39,528 photos, 3,413 members
- Favorites: 200 21,446 photos, 3,893 members
- Favorites: 100 57,343 photos, 6,958 members
- Birds 1,105,525 photos, 21,392 members
- THE APERTURE ACADEMY WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE 837 photos, 53 members
- "Only Good Photographs - PLEASE P1A2" 108,506 photos, 2,230 members
- 200+ Faves 1-2-3 (Post one,Comment and Fave two) 38,757 photos, 2,957 members
- 100 faves 36,219 photos, 1,477 members
- Owls 65,482 photos, 8,357 members
- Natural Landscapes 18,353 photos, 4,873 members
- Favorites: 50 53,633 photos, 8,151 members
- top-f [ 25+ faves ] 100,645 photos, 13,424 members
- NATURE'S BEST 1,537,972 photos, 30,356 members
- *The Best of Landscape around the world* 2,543 photos, 2,420 members
- art of landscape 2,093 photos, 15,253 members
- Wildlife Contest: - UP & RUNNING again - Voting in Water, Insect 659 photos, 3,362 members
- We travel the World 1,387,580 photos, 48,755 members
- ***SCREAM OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER*** 2,667,631 photos, 52,379 members
- A "Quality Only" Club 13,947 photos, 2,082 members
- Oregon Waterfalls 14,715 photos, 1,821 members
- Raccoons 3,989 photos, 990 members
- Your VERY BEST ever / Invite Only 4,773 photos, 1,214 members
- Oachs/Rueb Yosemite Workshop March 2009 6 photos, 5 members
- Super Eco (please tag: SuperEco) 3,759 photos, 489 members
- The Pantheon of Seascape ( CLOSE ) 9,996 photos, 1,499 members
- V.I.P - Very Important PHOTOS 135,619 photos, 6,649 members
- CityScape 906,680 photos, 27,250 members
- Absolutely Stunning 'Scapes ***INVITED PHOTOS ONLY*** 31,802 photos, 9,031 members
- The World Through My Eyes - Weekend Showcase *OPEN* 4,535,883 photos, 121,879 members
- Snow Leopards 26,425 photos, 2,032 members
- *THE PERFECT PHOTOGRAPHER (P1/A2) 1,428,494 photos, 61,689 members
- Photo-Of-The-Day - post 1, comment on any 1 (read rules please) 8,941 photos, 1,062 members
- Water... Oceans, Lakes, Rivers, Creeks 1,553,306 photos, 65,158 members
- Fine-ART photos (Invite only) 36,903 photos, 9,728 members
- 1000+ Best Places On Earth 59,863 photos, 3,907 members
- Canon DSLR User Group 4,857,677 photos, 189,603 members
- panoramas 463,507 photos, 59,919 members
- SF Bay Area Shooters (sfbas) 173,910 photos, 4,920 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