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November 18, 2021 - Create A Monograph Book or PhotoBook From Your Personal Project (Five Week Course)

Join Steve Simon for this five-week intensive retrospective phonebook-making course to transform your work into a finished book using Lightroom's Book Module.

  • Dates:; Nov 18-Dec 30, 2021
  • Genre: Photobook Monograph
  • Group Size: Max 6 participants
  • Skill Levels: All
  • Includes: Mentoring by The Passionate Photographer Steve Simon – Collaboration and culling of up to 1000 images of your strongest work. – Personalized assignments and editing for your artist statement/introduction/afterword – Individual reviews – Group reviews – PhotoBook Resource Guide with more than 60 of the world's best sites for On-Demand printing, Publishers, Distributors, PhotoBook Stores, PhotoBook Blogs and Book Fairs. – Training on editing, sequencing and the Lightroom Book Module as well as a PDF of your final book, ready for printing.

In this five-week online class, Steve will help you strengthen your vision and visual voice, with the mantra “the more personal you make it; the more universal it becomes” always close in mind.  


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Workshop Details

Articulate, Refine & Encapsulate Your Photographic Vision By Creating A Photo Book 

This online workshop has grown from the Personal Project sessions, inspired by students whose projects were to organize and cull their work into essentially a retrospective monograph of their strongest work.  Going through your archive with fresh eyes to pull out up to 1000 of your images for Steve to cull them down to a manageable number.

From there, we collaborate to build a narrative that amplifies your visual voice, using the Lightroom Book Module. Let the power of this process accelerate your growth and give you new confidence with the help of Steve Simon, who spends hours editing your work to weed out the weak so only your best work makes the cut. 

"Editing and sequencing of a photo book is like kneading bread dough. Massage and re-massage. Let it sit and go back to it. It's an ongoing process before you 'put in oven and print'."  Bruno Ceschel, Publisher

(We have more than enough baking time in this 5-Week Class :)

This workshop is for passionate photographers both amateur and professional who want to organize their work up until now and harness the power of the photo book narrative. (Limited to 6 Participants). 

The more personal you make it, the more universal the images become. Steve Simon has been a passionate documentary project photographer and the author of six photographic monographs. He knows the power and the benefit of organizing your archive to find out where you are photographically and springboard your passion for future photography. 

The workshop involves the culling, editing and sequencing from existing work to create a final portfolio with a creative, innovative and original narrative. In collaboration we concentrate on organizing a beautiful photography book culled from your best work. 

In the end, Steve will personally edit your work in collaboration with you to sequence and produce a photo book using Lightroom’s book module. (An exclusive Lightroom Book Module Tutorial will get you up to speed). We will figure out the most effective and innovative sequencing for maximum communication. The key to our success will be this close collaboration. We know our work so well it becomes impossible to be objective when scrutinizing it. The emotional metadata we see and feel when we look at our work is hard to discard. Steve will articulate why and how his choices were made offering you new insight into your own work.  

The type of book we create; number of pages, number of pictures, how you combine words and pictures to tell a greater story, the book format—all will be determined by your specific monograph or project in collaboration with Steve and fellow participants.

You will meet individually through Zoom with Steve one on one, as well as group Zoom lecture/critique sessions to learn and be inspired from each other’s work and books. The phonebook will be the final outcome. You will also get a PhotoBook Resource Guide with more than 60 of the world's best sites for On-Demand printing, Publishers, Distributors, PhotoBook Stores, PhotoBook Blogs and Book Fairs. 

Schedule April/May Course (Similar Schedule for May/June)

Week 1: Thursday Nov 18, 2021

Introductory lecture by Steve Simon (2hrs)

Course and participant introduction 

One-on-one reviews – 60 minutes per participant, by appointment. 

We discuss the individual Monograph to be pursued and establish a plan for its completion. Students will have uploaded up to 1000 images from their archive for culling/editing by Steve. First round picks will be available in a Lightroom web collections page. 

(Participants are present only at the time of their appointment.) 

Week 2: Thursday Dec 2, 2021

Lecture & Group Critique (2hrs)

The Art Of The Cull

Group Discussion of our various projects and speak to our path moving forward. Steve will cull down the work into a broad range of selects to be approved by the artist.

Students will communicate with Steve as needed (e-mail, phone or Zoom)

Week 3: Thursday Dec 10, 2021

 Lecture & Group Critique (2hrs) 

The Power of the Words & Pictures Combination

Steve introduces the culled down images from each book. Artist Statements are due. We go over the selects that both participant and Steve had culled to prepare for Lightroom Book. Students will view Steve’s Lightroom Book Module Tutorial. 

Students will communicate with Steve as needed (e-mail, phone or Zoom)

Week 4: Thursday Dec 17, 2021

Lecture & Group Critique (2hrs) 

We go through book module and talk about the edit, sequencing and discussion before final presentation of each book to the group. 

One-to-one reviews – 30 minutes per participant, by appointment. 

(Participants are present only at the time of their appointment.) 

Week 5 Thursday Dec 30, 2021

Lecture & Group Critiques. Final edit, sequencing and discussion before final presentation of each project to the group. On approval, Steve will email PDF’s of all participants final projects. 

    Our Venue: Your Home via Zoom

    A workshop BSD (before social distancing).


    There can be no photography book without a photographer, but there also can be no good photography book without a competent photobook designer. And finding the right person for the task is not easy. Thus, I did not hesitate to turn to Steve Simon for the design of this third book. And again, I am very grateful that Steve, who has already designed two books for me, agreed to help with this new project.

    Approaching an award-winning photographer with a folder or folders full of images can be very intimidating. But if I am left to work alone, I stare at my photos without implementing a coherent sequence. As a result, I end up running in circles with no clear direction. And this project had a rocky start going in many directions when I tried to handle it alone before Steve took over. There is no question that a competent editor like Steve is instrumental in accomplishing such a task. 

    Steve has an eye for design. He also possesses the knowledge, ideas, expertise, dedication, and passion for handling such projects.  Above all, even though Steve is a world-class and award-winning photographer, no ego dominates the process, so working with him always ends up as a positive experience. Steve has always remained faithful to the work that I handed to him because he tried to understand what I wanted. And since he has already designed my first two books, he has become familiar with my photography style while maintaining the required distance to my work and a high level of objectivity.

    As the author, I am too close to my photography to keep that distance, so this means I tend to be oblivious to flaws for some images I particularly like while also remaining overly critical of other pictures. A good editor like Steve will maintain a balance because, although he tries to see through my work, he doesn't share the same emotional baggage as mine, whether that baggage is positive or negative. 

    Without being judgmental, Steve clearly explains the image selection process and sequencing; he handles this process with much thought, care, and honesty. He will question what he doesn't understand. If more work on my part is required, he will not hesitate to tell me. Consequently, under Steve's magic wand, a pleasing and coherent presentation unfolded in front of my eyes; therefore, I will gladly turn to Steve for guidance on future projects because I already know I can learn so much from this passionate, talented, and inspiring photographer.

      Colette Simonds January 2021

    While putting together my street photography book, I felt I needed an editor that I could trust because I knew they would be helping me with my decision-making process.  I was familiar with Steve Simon because I used to listen to ‘This Week In Photography’ religiously when I first started getting into taking pictures.  He was my favorite personality on the show because he always seemed to have such a thoughtful and empathetic angle to the topics of the day.  That lead me to read his book, “The Passionate Photographer,” (also great) and I have tried to incorporate what I learned from it into my approach as an artist.  Finally, it was Steve’s eye and impressive work as a street photographer himself that solidified my choice to use him as a consultant for my project.

    I’m so glad that I did!  Steve was as gracious and thoughtful as I always imagined he would be.  He was able to look at my work and shake up how I viewed it.  I told him all sorts of wild theories and wonky philosophies about how I saw my work, and he as able to sort through all the fluff and get me to focus on the core of my message.  He did this with sensitivity and tact.

    And through it all, he was more amiable and responsive as I could have reasonably expected.  I ended up paying for five separate sessions because his input was that valuable.  Our conversations allowed me to save countless hours debating random minutiae with myself (that would have probably ended up nowhere and being a big waste of time), and our time together fostered an accelerated growth in me as an artist.  In less than a month of interaction, I feel like I am in an entirely different place as a photographer, and I feel that Steve is a significant reason for that. 

    I can’t recommend Steve highly enough!

    Tony Le

    I started working with Steve because I wanted to move from making individual pictures to working on photographic projects. Our first couple of sessions had an immediate impact on my photography in two ways.  First, Steve looked at a sample of my work, selected several strong images, and showed me what made them work.  We also talked about the images that didn’t work as well.  We dug into my picture making process and explored what I could do differently to increase the number of strong images I make. The sessions are interactive, so I can ask questions to be sure I understand Steve’s feedback.  Second, Steve looked at the strong images as a group and showed me how they could be the start of a coherent body of work. I really appreciate that he helped me begin to identify and develop my personal vision.  HIs questions and comments helped me sharpen the focus on what my project can be. In each session, Steve’s thoughtful suggestions and encouragement are helping me make steady progress on my goal of being a better photographer.  

    Larry Felton


    Steve Simon is a gifted instructor and also has the amazing ability to help you understand what you have unconsciously captured but may not have seen. You can then embrace that visual voice/style with direction and clarity. He is genuine and focused on your growth as a photographer … which is why I and so many others come back to his workshops and mentoring sessions.

    Denise Pensky

    It is said that people tend to emotionally support and defend that which they have created. Nowhere is that truer than for photographers in the pursuit of intended audiences for their photographs. We can subconsciously become prejudiced arbitrators when it comes to evaluating, editing, selecting and sequencing our own images. The private mentorship and critique sessions I’ve participated in with Steve Simon have been invaluable in helping me to cast off the emotional baggage attached to my photos allowing me to see them as they are and how they may relate to each other to form coherent collections greater than the sum of their parts. 

     Owen Seidenberg

    I would never be where I am professionally without great mentoring.  Thus, I knew the very best way for the quality of my photography to progress was to find an exceptional photographer as a mentor. Steve Simon has delivered big time…..with insight, skill, incredible editing ability and, of course, passion for the art.  Give him a try, it is a great investment.  

    Jeff Carson

    I participated in one of Steve’s Havana workshops, and recently had a online zoom discussion with him.  He has a comprehensive knowledge of Nikon’s equipment as well as the best photographic techniques to capture great images. Moreover, he is an  easy and fun guy to talk with because, clearly, he is genuinely interested in helping others enjoy photography.   

    Stephen Handley


    A picture is the expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?”  

    – Ernst Haas