Steampunk Portrait Workshop

Now only $69 per person!!Join Kathy and PhotoJourneys Workshops on Saturday May 11, 2019, 10am – 3pm,  for fabulous fun at the Watch City Steampunk Festival, where you will have hands on practice with on-camera flash, off-camera flash, the use of reflectors, posing, depth of field, getting the right exposure and finding the best background for your subject. And what fantastic subjects we will have! Everyone is dressed to the nines and delighted to have their portrait taken, so save the date and sign up today!


Please email me directly to ask questions or to sign up:

Mid-Coast Maine Photo Workshop

I’m delighted to join Bev Tabet Photography August 21st -25th

as a special guest instructor on her Mid-Coast Maine Photo Extravaganza!

Bev lived in the area for 12 years and she has an amazing list  

of excursions planned for us, including Monhegan Island!


Check out the PDF Itinerary here

Join Bev Tabet Photography with special guest instructor Kathy Tarantola for
A Midcoast Maine Photo Experience
at Ocean Point Inn, East Boothbay, Maine
3 p.m. Wednesday, August 21st

2p.m. Sunday, August 25th, 2019
$995 per person
($500 deposit due upon registration. Balance due June 21, 2019)
Take your photography to the next level with this Midcoast Maine Photo Experience!
(limited to 12 participants)
To REGISTER or for more information,
email or call 310-422-9707

A Year in Review (so far) and September Lightroom Workshop


Acadia National Park sunrise

Happy summer everyone!


Please forgive my negligence updating the website. In February I had a hip replacement and hesitated to schedule anything until I was 100%, so the website has said “Stay Tuned” for too long! I am doing great – back to working, shooting, biking, swimming, gardening and dancing. I’m still working on my mountain hiking skills 🙂 However, at this point, I have decided to postpone any additional location photography workshops for 2017, but I’m planning a couple of Lightroom classes.


But it’s been an exciting and busy year. I had a great opportunity to teach photography for the New York Film Academy for 3 weeks during their summer residency at Harvard University. We had a great class of students from all over the globe and the other classes running simultaneously were Filmmaking, Musical Theater, Acting, and 3-D Animation, so the collaboration between the classes was exciting for everyone.


I continue to teach Lightroom privately  and do consulting for a number of regular clients, which keeps me busy as well as my photography work for the Peabody Essex Museum. Just last night I had a chance to photograph Kirk Hammett, the lead guitarist for Metallica, at the opening of the exhibition of his collection of classic horror posters. What a fun night – he performed an instrumental piece that he and his musician wife, Lani, wrote specifically for the show. Some monster talent there! Kirk posted this photo to his Instagram account and it currently has 27,000 likes!



Below you will find the information for the Lightroom class and I’ll let you know when we get more on the calendar. We’re planning an Advanced Library module, Advanced Development, and possibly another 3 part Slideshow, Book and Print module workshop too.


Enjoy the rest of summer, and even in this harsh political environment, remember to be kind to one another. We can all make a difference.


Keep shooting!





Date: Saturday September 16, 2017
Time: 12-5 PM 
Location: Digital Silver Imaging, 9 Brighton St. Belmont, MA 
Fee for this course is $149*

Lightroom is the essential software tool for any serious photographer. Come and learn the fundamentals of this incredibly powerful tool that many professionals have come to rely on.

Experienced instructor Kathy Tarantola will help guide you through the basics. This workshop will thoroughly cover the Library and Develop modules where you manage, keyword, edit and enhance your images. With hands-on practice, learn how to quickly and easily import, organize, edit, rate, and enhance your images, and how to work through large shoots efficiently with synchronized settings and presets. We will discuss how Photoshop will still fit in your workflow, and learn how to move between Lightroom and Photoshop easily.

We will take several images through the entire Develop workflow, reviewing tools as we go. Topics emphasized will be based on student needs. You will have time to practice with your own images, ask questions, and get feedback on your work.

Lightroom Library Module
• Import process
• Organizing
• Renaming
• Presets
• Metadata and Keywording
• Using ratings and filters
• Collections
• Searching
• Exporting
• Mastering good workflow practices

Lightroom Develop Module
• Evaluating photos and making creative decisions
• Perfecting tone and color in each photo
• Applying sharpening and noise reduction
• Correcting lens distortion & chromatic aberration
• Paintbrush/ Tools
• Using virtual copies
• Making great black and white conversions
• Presets
• Soft Proofing for printing

The class will also cover the basics of the Slideshow, Print and Web modules, all of which take your workflow to a professional conclusion.

No prior experience with Lightroom is necessary; however a working knowledge of computers is necessary for you to get the most from this workshop. A laptop computer loaded with the current version of Lightroom is required. You can download a trial version at

You will gain a fresh outlook on how to manage your workflow and process your digital images faster and with more precise control, as well as learning to quickly increase your creativity and output stunning images.

Date: Saturday September 16, 2017
Time: 12-5 PM 
Location: Digital Silver Imaging, 9 Brighton St. Belmont, MA 
Fee for this course is $149*

Click here for more info and to sign up


Steampunk Workshop in Waltham – Amazing fun!

We had an incredible time photographing at the Steampunk Festival in Waltham back in May! The fabulous characters were all delighted to have us take their portraits and as a group we discussed adding fill flash or using reflectors to open shadows.

Along with demonstrations, we teamed up to allow each person to have a chance to shoot or assist. There were so many characters dressed to the nines to photograph, it was hard to choose who to ask to pose.

We were sure to ask permission and send copies of the images to the subjects, so they were delighted to pose.

We hope to run this workshop again next year, so stay tuned!

Annaleis & Jasper,

Fox Keri,

Fox Keri,

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PhotoJourneys Workshops first year a success!





Hi everyone,

I am so delighted that the first year of PhotoJourneys full schedule of workshops was a success. I ran three half-day classes as well as one weekend workshop on the Cape in Sept; a sunset class on the Boston Waterfront in May, and two mid-day photo walks in June, one in Salem, and another in the Boston Public Garden. Then there’s my freelance work, including photography at the Peabody Essex Museum, teaching Lightroom workshops, presenting a program on Panoramic Photography at the New England Camera Club Convention this summer, as well as to some individual clubs. Wow, I’m tired just thinking about it!

But how exciting and rewarding for me. I feel lucky to be able to meet so many of you great photo enthusiasts and try to bring a bit of my knowledge and experience to share.

I have just posted new Lightroom classes for 2016, which will be held at Digital Silver Imaging. Being an Adobe Certified Lightroom instructor means keeping up with the new version updates and fixes, so I took a couple of workshops at the PhotoPlus East convention in NYC this past October, one with Julianne Kost, the head Adobe Evangalista, and one with Katrin Eismann, who heads the photography department at the School of Visual Art in NYC. Both are incredible teachers and I not only learned technique, but style, so thanks ladies! And now I have more to share with you. Besides classes, I also teach Lightroom privately and this year have helped some clients move from Aperture, which is no longer supported by Apple, into Lightroom with only a few minor headaches. I sure wish these software programs wouldn’t specifically choose to NOT be compatible. It’s like the Canon and Nikon brands everything is opposite competition.

We are in the planning stages for 2016, so stay tuned!

Thanks everyone!

Kathy Tarantola


Melting snow and Mexico!

150228_yelapa_500As promised, I’m posting some colorful images from my jaunt to Yelapa, Mexico.

It was relaxing, beautiful, rejuvenating and inspiring!

mexico_banner Yelapa is a small village south of Puerto Vallarta by boat in the Sierra Madre mountains.

It has beautiful jungle, white sandy beaches, lovely and welcoming people, warm sun and a lovely breeze.

150228_yelapa_296Stars and the lights of Puerto Vallarta in the distance from our open air palapa.

150228_yelapa_192The yoga spot was an early morning ritual.


The new PhotoJourneys website has already produced some sign-ups so I’m delighted. I’m looking forward to working with all of you in some fun and picturesque locations. Check your calendars and sign up to join us!!

Past students, including Digital Photo Academy students, and camera club members, are eligible for a 10% discount on PhotoJourneys Workshops.

If you have any questions about any of the workshops, feel free to contact me at: or

 Hasta la vista!!

Is it SPRING yet?

Welcome to the PhotoJourneys Workshop’s New Website!

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The good news about the piles of snow is that in between shoveling (it was my fine idea that we didn’t need to buy a snow blower this year!) I’ve had time to get the PhotoJourneys Workshop’s new website up and running! With the help of the fabulous Brittany Roberts, a recent graduate of the the MassArt photo program and web designer extraordinaire, this site has become a reality. Although she is heading to Seattle for a great opportunity, she will still be helping me from the Pacific Northwest and I heartily recommend her for any web work you might have.

Browse the new site and let me know what you think – I’m happy to answer questions, get feedback and talk with you about ideas for future workshops.

I’m very excited about our workshops this year and have good input from past students about what they would like to see. I will be posting more information for the Portland website, but I leave in the morning for a week of sun, sand and surf in Mexico (yahoo!), then I have a corporate shoot in Chicago in the beginning of March, but I will get the information out. If anyone is interested in a portrait/flash workshop, let me know! If we can get enough people, I’d be happy to lead one.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look!

278A0685Out the back window – the snow is waist high!

Here’s our white world now – I promise to post some color from Mexico!