PHOTOGRAPHY 101 with Onne van der Wal at the Jamestown Art Center


Two sessions:  Tuesdays, January 21st and January 28th, 2020
7:30 – 9:00 PM 

Cost:  $195 for two classes

Come join Onne as he explains in a clear, concise and humorous way how to use your DSLR.  He will discuss and show examples both on the big screen and in his popular little Photography Reference Guide (included in the photo class fee). 

Stop using the P or Auto (Bozo) mode on your camera and start using ALL the settings that the real pros use to create stunning imagery. 

YOU need to be in control of your camera not the camera in charge of you! It’s not rocket science!   Once you discover what all the dials do, you will realize that’s its actually quite easy to be the master of your DSLR camera! 

The first class is about basic camera controls.  We will discuss exposure, aperture, ISO and how to set up your camera correctly, the importance of the histogram plus the benefits of shooting in RAW format not JPEG.

The second class is about workflow and post production.  Onne will demonstrate how to download your files from the camera and organize them in a simple method and how to process the files in Lightroom.

Onne will illustrate the workflow procedure via powerpoint presentation, which will be given to the students as a handout as well.  All you need to bring is a notepad and pencil and your DSLR, if you have one.  If you are in the market for a new camera and/or lens we can let you know what the affordable options are. 

This class is aimed at anyone who wants to learn the basics of digital photography or the advanced amateur that wants to polish up on his/her photo skills and get to the next level with their photography.  This is not an iPhone or Point and Shoot photo class.




Monday, August 17, 2020 – Meet in Reykjavik, Iceland
Tuesday, August 18 – Tuesday, August 25, 2020 on board Arktika in Kulusuk, Eastern Greenland

Photographing Greenland has been on my bucket list for many years and it finally came to fruition in the summer of 2018 when I spent 2 weeks shooting Greenland by boat. Needless to say I was blown away by the sheer beauty and remoteness of the area and came back with some amazing images. I decided there and then that it was the perfect place to host a 7 day workshop.

After the huge success of our 2019 workshop in Eastern Greenland, we have made arrangements to charter the boat from August 18-25 in the summer of 2020. We will join Artika again, a  65 ft Dutch built, Icelandic based wooden schooner, in Kulusuk, Eastern Greenland to explore and photograph one of the last remote and unspoiled wilderness areas in the world.

We will see massive icebergs and glaciers and hopefully polar bears, arctic fox and several species of birds. The boat will be our “floating Arctic cabin” from which we will base ourselves and go ashore every day to hike, explore and shoot the surrounding area; be it animals, birds, ice, glaciers or magnificent arctic vistas from along the sea shore or from the top of a peak or mountain top. The boat will move a few hours everyday to a new anchorage in order to change our vista and give us new subject matter to shoot.

One of my favorite activities while there in 2018 and 2019 was visiting the small Inuit settlements and learning about the indigenous people of Greenland. We will, again, have the opportunity to meet the locals and hear about their life in this harsh environment – and photograph portraits of the beautiful, unique people.

It is only fair to warn you that this is not a high-end, luxurious cruise ship with thousands of tourists but a basic but comfortable adventure vessel that will enable us to get to these remote locations.

This purpose built Dutch schooner will take a total of 12 people (6 -8 photographers plus myself, as the workshop leader, and my assistant). The boat has a crew of three and provides a top of the line, safe and comfortable adventure experience with the owner as the captain, a naturalist/guide to teach us about the flora and fauna of the environment, and a chef that keeps us all well fed. The guest cabins include two doubles and two four person cabins with two heads and showers. There will be some cabin sharing involved unless one takes an entire cabin (for two or four).

We will spend time photographing the area from on board but mostly ashore or from one of the boats or kayaks. There will be time allotted while on board to download our files, discuss the images and work on improving our shooting skills and post production skills. This will be a true photo workshop with a strong element of instruction and teaching from both “in the field” shooting and post production.

Getting to the boat:

Fly to Iceland’s Keflavik airport (which is a very well served large international airport) and then transfer from Iceland’s Keflavik airport to the domestic smaller airport in downtown Reykjavik (a 45-55 minute bus ride then jump on a 90-minute prop plane flight on to Kulusuk (Greenland) on an Air Iceland, where we will be met by the crew.

The cost of the workshop is $10,950 which includes the transfer from the International airport at Kevlavik, Iceland to the hotel in downtown Reykjavik, a night in the downtown hotel in Reykjavik, the air portion of the trip from Rejkyavik, Iceland, to Kulusuk, Greenland, and the transfer from the airpot in Kulusuk, Greenland to the boat. After the trip the transfer from the boat to the Kulusuk airport and the flight back to downtown Reykjavik is also included. There after you are on your own.

Not included is the gratuity for the boats crew and alcohol you consume while on board.

Price includes a 20″ x 30″ matte aluminum dye sublimation print of one of your own favorite images from the trip printed by Blazing Editions in East Greenwich, RI.

To reserve your spot for the 2020 Greenland Workshop we would need:

25% down payment of $2,737.50 due upon registration
50% of $5,475 due March 1st
25% of $2,737.50 final payment on June 1st



One on One with Onne Master Workshop 

On the Water: 
Spend one on one time with Onne shooting Newport and Narragansett Bay at a specific event or regatta or just shooting the local beauty.  Onne has a 25′ RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) that is stable, dry and comfortable. A price of $1,200 includes a three-hour session with Onne on the water and one hour of computer time learning workflow.  Onne can trailer a boat to a location of your choice (price dependant upon location).  A second photographer can be added for the same 3 hour period for $1,750 total.

From the Air:
Shoot from a helicopter for an hour with just you, Onne and the pilot. Afterwards, come back to Onne’s office and learn how to import, convert and manage your images. A price of $1,500 (for one or two people) includes one hour in the helicopter shooting with Onne and one hour of computer time learning workflow. You will have the chance to use Onne’s lenses if you shoot with Canon bodies. Date and availability subject to Onne’s schedule and weather. To reserve your space or inquire, contact us at or 401-846-9552.



Thursday, April 2, 2020
Newport Art Museum
Doors open at 5:30
Presentation begins at 6:00

Join us for Onne’s slide and video presentation of his last two extraordinary trips to Greenland.   In 2018 he had the pleasure of joining an owner on his 90 foot private yacht and exploring the West coast of Greenland from Ilulisat and around Disco Island.

Onne enjoyed the experience so much, he chartered an Icelandic based 65 foot steel ketch and gathered a group of seven keen photographers to bring along on his first high latitude workshop – this time on the East coast of Greenland, in and around Kulusuk and the Sermilik fjord.

Come share his passion for this stunning part of the world!



If you have a photo club, yacht club, or interested group, Onne is available for slide shows and lectures in your location. Whether it is a show about expeditions in high latitudes, racing and regatta action, or beautiful local scenery, Onne has been lauded as a captivating and entertaining speaker, typically drawing standing room only crowds to his slide shows.




Herreschoff Classic Yacht Regatta Race from Bristol to Newport

Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 11:30 am – 5:30  pm

Meet in the Gallery on Bannister’s Wharf at 11:30 for a preview then board The Gansett it 12:30 to head up to Bristol to photograph the gorgeous classic yachts as they race in Bristol Harbor.  You can then relax and enjoy the cocktail cruise back down to the dock in Newport.

COST:  $695 per workshop

INCLUDES:  A day on the water with Onne limited to 15 photographers to ensure individual instruction (boat holds 49 passengers so there is plenty of room to shoot). Onne shoots and discusses his shots as he goes along. He wanders the boat offering help with your own gear – or his own Canon bodies and lenses.  He will answer all  questions and offer his tips and tricks of the trade!

Lunch is included.  Sandwich with snacks (fruit, chips, cookies) and drinks (water, soft drinks, beer and wine included). We also hold a raffle and have “Swag Bags” of goodies from our photo sponsors like Think Tank, Manfrotto, Canon, Lexar, Onne’s Gallery and more. We meet at the Gallery at One Bannister’s Wharf a half hour prior to the boat’s departure to have an intro session, go over a few things with Onne and we then walk down to the boat at Bowen’s Wharf together. It is a short walk and there is a parking lot adjacent to the gallery.

ABOUT THE BOAT: “Gansett” is a stable, comfortable boat with cushioned bench seating, a hard top over the bottom deck (shade!) and a top deck which is higher for great shooting perspective. You can also shoot from the bow. Captain Jeff is an excellent captain and with Onne’s guidance puts us in the best spot for action, good light and great timing. We have a central area on the bottom deck for storage of camera bags (soft bags only – no cases please and NO TRIPODS). Must wear boat friendly shoes and bring jackets and sunscreen.

WHAT TO BRING: Bring it all!  Bring every lens you can fit into your bag and many people also rent a lens that they might not have in their arsenal. We will be close and far from amazing things to shoot. Onne lends his CANON lenses to those with Canon bodies so you can try out his 300mm or an extender or a 17-35 or a 14mm etc. No hard (Pelican type) cases, no tripods, and no flashes needed for the most part. Bring a rag to wipe salt spray off your lenses – it happens – even though the boat is a fairly dry ride! Bring your polarizer if you like and definitely bring as many CF Cards as possible! You’ll need them!

ABILITY/ WHO CAN COME: Anyone with a DSLR camera and a basic understanding of how to use it is welcome. NO point and shoots. We will allow up to 5 “riders” to come along (spouses, kids over 8, friends) but they cannot shoot. They will have to stay out of the way of everyone with a camera and will have to move around a lot to do so. Onne will not spend any time with them. We understand sometimes it’s hard to leave your spouse ashore when you get to go have all the fun! They will be served the same food and beverage and their discounted rate is $300.   If you have a disability or mobility issue, you will be comfortable on the lower deck and will have plenty of good shooting from there.

PAYMENT and REFUND POLICY: Payment in full is due at time of registration. ($50 OFF for repeat students!) by check, credit card or cash. You can choose to apply a gift certificate you might have or purchase one for someone for the whole or partial amount. IF you need to cancel – we will refund your deposit if it is at least 30 days prior to the event. If you cancel inside of 30 days we will issue you a CREDIT to use towards another workshop.

WEATHER and CANCELLATION: Each event has a weather day built in on either side of our scheduled trip. We try to use the day AFTER the event but in some cases might choose to go a day prior. We will give as much notice as possible and will be in contact with everyone as the dates approach. Weather days are used when it will be uncomfortable for students to be on the water. High winds, rain and storms will delay our workshop. Clouds and light rain will NOT. Please plan your schedule accordingly.