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Online Photography Classes

Learn to master the craft of Digital or Film photography with Cooksey-Talbott

For years I have run workshops in the Oakland and Fremont area and many local photographers have participated in my programs.

I stopped running paid educational events after some health problems made it difficult to drag the requisite equipment to the venue and conduct classes.

I am returning to offering paid photographic educational opportunities on a distributed basis via Skype and Google Hang Out.

If you want to learn about photography mentoring is an excellent path to take. Mentoring allows you to learn about exactly what you want to know without spending a lot of time on things you may already know or that are not applicable to your specific needs.

I have worked as a photographer since the 70's doing a variety of different kinds of photography ranging from Fashion, Tabletop, Editorial and Commercial to Fine Art Landscapes. I have always printed my own work to maintain quality and am an excellent wet or dry process printer.

Here are some of the topics that I can help you with:

Film Photography

  • Zone system
  • Using a densitometer to control your negatives
  • Darkroom setup and tuning
  • Printing procedures
  • C-Printing
  • B&W silver printing
  • Large format camera work, slides shifts, swings and tilts

Digital Photography

  • Panoramic and Stitched Capture
  • HDR Capture and Post
  • Photoshop
    • basic through advanced operations
    • contrast control
    • luminance masking
    • color grading
    • NIK Plugins
  • Digital Output and Color Workflow
  • Using ICC Profiles
  • Large format printing

If you are interested in mentoring please contact me via e-mail or on the phone at my studio: (510) 742-0548 M-F 11:00 - 6:00PST.

The rates for private instruction via the internet are 35.00 an hour for individual or 50.00 an hour for groups. If you want to rally your friends to help with the cost go for it!


S3 - Photowalk

Free Fun Photo Field Trips - Beginner to Advanced - Fremont's S3-Photowalk Digital Photo Group

The S3 Photowalk Group

The Third Saturday, S3, photography group is a free street level art outreach program sponsored by the Cooksey-Talbott as an adjunct activity to the Fremont Art Association. The group leader is award winning bay area photographer Cooksey-Talbott assisted by the Fremont Artist of the Year Jacline Deridder.

S3 photo walks are on the third Saturday of each month. Activities are free and open to all who are interested in taking photographs and having a good time. You will find skill levels and equipment ranging from beginner to professional at our events.

We go places and some are more difficult then others. Please check the calendar to be sure that you are adequately prepared. We ask participants to sign a liability release for field trips.

The S3 photo group is a very diverse group. We are trying to have something for everybody so please feel welcome to come and participate.

You can get more information on the S3 program and photography classes through our free online forum at

If you are interested in photography please join our free photo group on Ning and share your pictures. "Like" us on Facebook and participate in an ongoing free photographic art appreciation program and discussion.

All of these S3 activities are FREE. On the longer trips folks will throw in some money for gas but if you are short of funds or a ride that is strictly not a problem.

We welcome you to come on out and join us for a good time!!!

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Online Photography Classes
Learn to master the craft of Digital or Film photography with Cooksey-Talbott

S3 - Photowalk
Free Fun Photo Field Trips - Beginner to Advanced - Fremont's S3-Photowalk Digital Photo Group


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Fine art photography of California by master nature photographer Cooksey-Talbott. Hundreds of beautiful photographs are displayed for sale online as raw or ready to hang images.

Cooksey-Talbott Gallery is an online gallery of nature photographs. The collection includes pictures of the High Sierra, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite, Trinity Alps, Sonora Pass, Santa Barbara Hills, East Bay Hills and Garin Park as well as hundreds of different waterfalls. Legacy images are from medium and large format film taken with the Mamiya RB-67 and a variety of 4x5 view cameras. Some of the more recent work is shot with a Nikon D200, Canon 5D Mark II and the Sony A7r.

We offer archival quality prints in a wide range of sizes and media. We print on a heavy art papers and canvas using a Canon iPF8300 44 inch 12 color printer with pigmented inks. Our images are first party prints made directly by the artist. Prints are signed and numbered and include a Certificate of Authenticity.

Ralph Cooksey-Talbott Thomas has been working as a photographer since 1972 when he moved to California from Michigan. During the 1970’s he studied under Ansel Adams in Yosemite. Ansel published one of his photographs in the portfolio section of his book "Polaroid Land Photography" Ansel and Orah Moore, another of Ansel’s students, suggested that he shorten his name to Cooksey-Talbott, and that is the name he has worked under since. Cooksey also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the San Francisco Academy of Art. He has lectured in photography at the U.C. Berkeley Extension, Studio One in Oakland and Santa Barbara City College. Cooksey is currently working as a photographer and facilitating which is a monthly photo walk that meets up in Niles California.