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3 Day CREATEography Workshop @ Shirk Photography Studio


2021 Workshops Just Released!


Photographers from around the world have been asking for it…  Now is YOUR Chance!

Many photographers struggle to stand out above the crowd… NOW is the time to step into the realm of Createography!  Join international award winning photographer Ben Shirk in his very own studio for a 3-day action packed journey to creating amazing composites.


Agenda & Timeline

Optional Meet & Greet    7 pm – 9 pm
The night before the workshop begins we will meet up for a few drinks and a chance to get to know each other a little bit and to discuss what you will be learning over the next few days.

Day 1   8:30 am – 6 pm  (Group Dinner 6:30 pm)
Start the day by learning how Ben begins his creative process and the specific elements he looks for to create dynamic images. You will learn how to begin creating your very own stock library of elements that will assist you in creating unique portraits.  Next you will begin learning the steps for planning a creative shoot and talk about the important details that you need to prepare before shooting for a composite.  Models will arrive.  Ben will demonstrate his approach to working with clients and how to give them a fun experience all while also preparing them to invest in his artwork.  You will get to experience first hand how Ben creates dynamic light that enables his subjects to fit seamlessly into a scene.  The class will focus on photography skills using both studio strobes and constant light.  Then Ben will demonstrate his techniques and trick that he uses to extract his subjects.  Afterwards you will have the opportunity to gain hands on experience creating perfect extractions while Ben guides you with suggestions.   The day will finish with dinner as a group, talking over the days events and all of the skills that you have already gained.

Day 2   8:30 am – 6 pm  (Group Dinner 6:30 pm)
Bring your laptops!  We will delve deep into the world of extracting and compositing.  After you have mastered the extraction process we begin the work of compositing.  We will start out with a pre-made background and concentrate on the little details necessary to make your subject blend seamlessly.  After you have gained valuable experience blending your subject into a scene we will get into more advanced compositing scenarios and techniques.  A sports team is scheduled for the afternoon and we will prepare an idea for them and then you can watch while Ben poses, lights and photographs a team for a poster.  We will end the day with a group dinner.

Day 3   8 am – 2 pm
You will work on creating your own masterpiece as Ben guides you and demonstrates more cool techniques to ensure that you will be able to create awesome images for your clients.  We will also spend some time on pricing and sales because creating pretty pictures isn’t enough to run a successful business.

BONUSES Included

You’ll receive the following BONUSES…. all YOURS to keep!

Immediate Download (upon payment in full):
Green Screen Extraction Action  ($149 value)
Smoke & Fog Brushes ($149 value)
(if you already own these… simply let us know and you’ll receive credit towards any other products on our site!)

At the workshop:
Texture Brushes ($59 value)
Many unique backgrounds/elements (priceless!)

After the workshop:
Discount Code for 33% OFF everything on our website!!! (one time use – unlimited savings!)
Lifetime Access to ‘Createography Alumni’ Facebook Support Group (PRICELESS!)… the education never ends with continuing support from Ben and all other past workshop attendees.

Lunch & Refreshments Included

For added convenience and extra time learning, lunch & refreshments will be provided daily and are included in the workshop cost.


Shirk Photography Studio located at 323 Cedar Street in Wilton, IA 52778.


Nearest airports are the Quad Cities International Airport (MLI) in Moline, IL (approx 40 min drive to our studio) and the Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) in Cedar Rapids, IA (approx 50 min drive to our studio).  A rental car is recommended for attendees.  Rental cars can be reserved at both MLI and CID.


The only lodging located directly in Wilton is Motel Wilton – a very small, budget-friendly motel that only accepts reservations by phone at (563) 732-2349.  More lodging options are available in Muscatine (approx 15 minutes from our studio) – such as AmericInn, Hampton Inn, or Best Western – all of which offer free breakfast.

Workshop Terms

NOTICE!!  Ben holds nothing back and shares everything he knows with his Createography Workshop attendees…  therefore to maintain the uniqueness and creative edge that our clients desire, this workshop is not available to photographers located in Iowa or within 200 miles of our studio (Wilton, IA 52778).  Please contact us for other learning opportunities regarding sales, pricing and the client experience.

Laptop or Desktop with Photoshop CS3 or higher required.  A trial of the current Photoshop CC version can be downloaded for the workshop and is highly recommended.

Basic understanding of DSLR cameras and Photoshop required.  If you are unsure if you will have sufficient knowledge for this course please give us a call!  (For those new to photography or Photoshop, please inquire about the possibility of a beginners course.)  We do send out a tutorial with basic Photoshop shortcuts, tips & tricks before the workshop to help speed up your workflow.

Images photographed during the workshop may not be used for publication or competition entries.

Shirk Photography LLC reserves the right to vary or alter the program content or cancel the workshop due to unforeseen circumstances.  Cancellation by Shirk Photography LLC will ensure a full refund of all amounts paid to Shirk Photography LLC less the value of any product already received. In the event of a workshop cancellation airline tickets, car rentals and hotel reservations associated with participation in this workshop will not be refunded. We recommend you purchase refundable airline tickets and make refundable car and hotel reservations. We also recommend you carry travel and camera equipment insurance.

Cancellations by attendees are non-refundable unless your spot in the workshop is transferred to another person. A $100 administrative fee to transfer your spot will be deducted from your refund, in addition to any fees for products already received.

We do offer Payment Plans for our workshop. The Payment Plans are basically INTEREST FREE loans and all payments are due unless your spot is transferred to another person. Unfortunately if we are unable to find a replacement on short notice we would be out the full amount of the workshop not just one payment.

Thank you for your understanding & please let us know if you have any questions!


Three full days of one-on-one instruction would be $7500.  Lunch and refreshments included.  Value of BONUS Products included is over $500.  Plus a one time use Discount Code for 33% off everything on our website.  And Lifetime Access to ‘Createography Alumni’ Facebook Support Group …  Total value of well over $8000… and now you can attend for just $1595!

In order to offer the best instruction and hands on learning ONLY 12 ATTENDEES WILL BE ACCEPTED… DON’T MISS OUT!!!