FRANK OCKENFELS 3: Looking Beyond the Obvious

© Frank Ockenfels 3, 2020


Sunday, September 20th Orientation. Korakia Pensione 4pm
Monday, September 21st  – Wednesday, September 23rd 9:00am – 4:00pm.
Thursday September 24th: 9:00am – 11:00am

This workshop will be a 3+ day exercise in seeing, creating and capturing light for those who want a shock to the system and want to push the boundaries of their own vision. Attendees should be able to use their cameras in Manual Mode and have a thorough understanding of all aspects of their camera’s settings. Come to have fun and ask lots of questions.

DAY 1:

We will start with conversation and a presentation of 5 images by each member of the class. After lunch we will break into groups of 3 and start shooting with natural light. Attendees should come prepared the first day with a digital camera, lap top computer and a thumb drive. We will stop at the end of each day to revue work made.

DAY 2:

We’ll be in studio and the class will be asked to bring things that create light…… “I call it the HOME DEPOT CHALLENGE.” On this day we ask that attendees bring a tripod. Once again we’ll break into groups of 3. There will be hot lights and other constant light sources available. We suggest attendees go to a lighting store or Home Depot and bring interesting light sources to the class.

DAY 3:

We’ll be on location. The class will be broken into groups of 2 and we will have 1 model for each group. This will give the class the opportunity to put new ideas into practice.


The class will meet on the 4th day morning to do a last review.

Frank is known to be one of the most involved, forthcoming teachers at the festival. You’ll learn to see light differently – work with the impact of lighting and posing subjects. You’ll have lots of one-on-one hands-on time with Ockenfels. You’ll come to know how he thinks about photography and how that informs his decisions about his work – and apply these insights to your own photography. We promise you this — you’ll take away an invaluable learning experience from this class. Students will photograph themselves and several models as well.


Photographers should bring their tripods, laptops and be conversant with their hardware and software in order to facilitate downloading and projecting their work for critiques in class. Digital projectors with standard DVI / VGA cables will be provided. If you require DVI connectors and / or adapters, please bring one to class.

All Workshop Participants are invited to the Canon/Freestyle Digital Print Center at Korakia on Thursday, September 24th from 11:00am to 6:00pm to have an image of their choice printed out on a Canon Pro 2000 printer, using custom profiles and on their choice of several inkjet papers

PRICE $2260

(Includes daily registration, models, boxed lunch and transportation for the fullf workshop days.




Frank W. Ockenfels 3 is one of the most sought-after portrait photographers in America. His portraits of such diverse personalities as Drew Barrymore, Jerry Seinfeld, Hilary Clinton, Kurt Cobain, Tom Waits, Spike Lee and Martin Scorcese have appeared in leading magazines throughout the world. Ockenfels’ work is seen frequently in Rolling Stone, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Us, Premiere, Esquire, New York Magazine and Spin. His work (including collaborations with artist Robert Longo) has appeared in galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles and Berlin.

His images are also featured in many award-winning publications including American Photography 9, S.P.D. 25th Anniversary Annual, Creative 21 and the 72nd edition of the Art Direction Annual. Frank has also shot album covers for David Bowie, REM, Queen Latifah, Shawn Colvin, Willie Nelson, Jackson Browne, Robbie Robertson, Melissa Etheridge and Don Henley among others. In addition, he has directed music videos for artists Blues Traveler, Better Than Ezra, Local H, Billy Mann, 1000 Mona Lisas, Chris Whitley and Alice in Chains, and has directed commercials for clients including Kodak, Champion, U.S. Robotics, Converse, Nike and K. Swiss.

Frank has photographed movie posters including Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Harry Potter 3, Vanity Fair, Chronicles of Riddick, Starsky & Hutch for studios such as Miramax, Paramount, Focus Features, and Warner Brothers and has done TV campaigns for all the major networks including The WB, ABC, NBC, CBS, Lifetime, Showtime TNT and Fox.

Frank’s ability to adapt to unusual ten minute situations as well as staying away from the obvious seem to be his trademark. He believes in once meeting someone to then decide what the image will be, working with existing light and making light collaborate with the subject to create the moment. In many ways Frank is unconventional and believes that photography can still have moments of purity without being overly conceptualized or retouched.


“It was amazing, brilliant and worth every penny. Frank Ockenfels was amazing and I would definitely take another class from him and recommend him to others. His advice was practical, encouraging, and professional. He made everyone around him happy to be there. He is a special human being and it was great to get a chance to work with someone who is operating at such a high level of creativity.” – AUGUST

“Frank’s workshop was transformative. I felt I left the workshop a better, more interesting and adventurous photographer… and also left more integrated into a like-minded photo community, with a handful of new photo friends.  I really appreciated Frank’s approach and ability to tailor instruction to individuals. He made good on his promise to crack our heads open and see our photography differently… it was exactly what I needed. I wish there was a next-level FWO3 class, cause I’d sign up in a heartbeat.” -CHARLES

“This is my second year in a workshop.  I felt there were just enough folks in the class for the instructor to get to know the attendees and for the attendees to get to know one another. I have made lifetime friends in these workshops. I feel the number of days is good. Frank was hysterically funny, very honest, extremely knowledgeable, engaging, helpful, hardworking, dedicated, encouraging, and fair. His passion for his art is infectious and his no bullshit approach to critiques were very helpful and entertaining. He really made the environment comfortable to push your limits and not worry about failing. I took away so much good from this experience.” – KIM

“Amazing.  Career changing possibly. He was the best.. inspiring, funny, informative.  Loved it.” – MATT

“Outstanding!  Stimulating!  Frank is an excellent, involved teacher who takes the teaching experience seriously.  Very supportive and encouraging. Frank is an excellent, supportive, involved instructor.  He takes the teaching experience seriously.  Very supportive and encouraging.” – DIANE

Spent the last week taking a workshop from the incredibly talented and kind Frank Ockenfels 3 at the Palm Springs Photo Festival. … I am so stoked to take what I learned from this week onto my next jobs. – MICHAEL

Awesome few days playing with light. Learning from the master Frank Ockenfels and meeting incredibly talented artists. -Julie