Onne van der Wal Photography Workshops and Lectures

Have you ever wondered how Onne van der Wal gets his amazing photos? What technical tricks does he employ to shoot with great results in the challenging marine environment? What is his digital workflow and how does he convert his raw files? In the summer of 2009, Onne answered the long time requests of his followers and began offering Photo Workshops to give insight into his photography. We have had great success with 4 years of “Workshops on the Water” held over the summers since 2009. These unique workshops bring shutter bugs and working pros out on the water to shoot lighthouses boats and coastal scenes of Narragansett Bay from aboard a beautifully restored lobster boat, The M/V Gansett. Onne's workshops put shooters right in the action and have opened the door for other workshops like it and more with a different spin. In January of 2010 for the first time we took 4 eager photographers with us to Culebra, PR for a Workshop on the [Warm] Water, again from aboard a boat as we cruised the Spanish Virgin Islands. We hope to do more workshops like this in the future. We are also pleased that CANON has jumped in and offering another Newport workshop - part on the water as with our own Workshops on the Water (and again on the M/V Gansett), and part in the classroom learning about post processing, raw conversion, lighting, technique, workflow and printing! Learn more about these NEW CANON sponsored workshops in the links below.

2018 Workshops

$695 per workshop with $50 discount for returning students (except Volvo Race)

Saturday, May 19th – Volvo Inshore Race

Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm

Onne will be teaching you how to capture the speed and agility of these breathtaking around the world racing machines during the Volvo Newport Inshore Race onboard the "Northeastern" with a VIP flag!

Sunday, May 20th – Volvo Race Start

Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm

Don’t miss the opportunity to shoot the Start of the 9th Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race as the boats leave Newport and head across the Atlantic to Cardiff, UK. A parade of sail will take place in Narragansett Bay before the start, and the “Gansett” will have a VIP flag to get close to the action!

Saturday, July 28th – Candy Store Cup

Time: 10:30am – 3:30pm

Newport's own superyacht regatta is a spectacular site to behold! Come on board the "Gansett"”" to witness the 100 foot (and above) yachts competing for the famed Candy Store Cup" in our own backyard playground of Narragansett Bay.

Sunday, September 2nd – Around the Island Race

Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm

You will be shooting the 91st Annual race sailing around Conanicut Island (the oldest continuing yacht race on Narragansett Bay) with a variety of beautiful boats, views of the both the Jamestown and Newport Bridge and stunning Beavertail lighthouse.

Contact us to register.

Lectures at Your Location

If you have a photo club, yacht club or interested group, Onne is available for slide shows and lectures in your location. He has a variety of presentations ready for viewing and can custom tailor a show to suit your crowd. Whether it is a show about expeditions in high latitudes, racing and regatta action, a year of his greatest photos or sailing the globe, Onne has been lauded as a captivating and entertaining speaker, typically drawing stand room only crowds to his slide shows. To inquire about his availability and pricing, please use our online workshops inquiry form to contact us.

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Master Classes with Onne

Onne is available for one on one time in his 24' RIB chase boat or with up to 3 photographers. Spend a few hours shooting with Onne and get detailed instruction catered to your level, your equipment and your own questions and photography goals. This time can be during a regatta or event, or in a location of your choice. Onne is based in Newport, RI but his boat is trailerable and he WILL travel to other locations on the East Coast. Onne is also available for master classes at the computer discussing workflow, raw conversions and post processing. Rates are based upon the specific "class" and the number of students. DSLR cameras are a must, as is a basic understanding of shooting digitally and basic photography comprehension like f-stop, shutter speed and ISO. Entry level classes are a possibility, as are Photoshop basics, Lightroom basics and other workflow processes. Please inquire for scheduling and fees. info@vanderwal.com

Past Workshops

The January 2010 "Workshop on the Water" in Culebra, PR and the Spanish Virgin Islands was a great success!

We held 2 summer "Workshops on the Water" during the summer of 2010. Both were held aboard the perfectly suited motor boat, Gansett. Our first workshop was during the Classic Yacht Regatta in Narragansett Bay. 15 photographers joined us and had front row seats for a perfect day of sun and wind!! (25 knots+). We hope to offer this workshop again next summer as it was deemed a great success.

Our second workshop was a beautiful afternoon and evening session in and around Newport and Narragansett Bay, shooting Shields Racing & Women's Match Racing Worlds, lighthouses, cruise ships and the Nantucket Lightship and a beautiful sunset over Newport Harbor.

Thanks to all our workshop attendees... many of which were aboard Gansett with use for a second and third time doing the workshop!

Upcoming Slide Shows & Lectures

We will update this page with upcoming lectures or slide shows that are open to the public.