Rad A. Drew Photography: Hui Hoolana, 2019

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Continental Divide at Dawn
Continental Divide at Dawn

Hui Hoolana, 2019

Creative Photography for the Soul


If you are unable to attend Retreat 2 with Jack and Rad scheduled over Thanksgiving, there are two other opportunities to visit Moloka'i in November. 

1. Retreat 1 at the Hui with Jack Davis
November 7- 14, 

Retreat 1 at the Hui with Jack Davis and special guests, Nat Geo Alumni, Dewitt Jones and Rikki Cooke. Retreat 1 is the same workshop as Retreat 2 described on this page, except that I (Rad Drew) will not be co-leading this workshop with Jack Davis. Details about Retreat 1 with Jack Davis will be posted soon; in the meantime, email Jack here.

2. Magical Moloka'i on Papohaku Beach with Rad Drew
November 11-16, 2020

This workshop is offered as an alternative to our Thanksgiving workshop at the Hui for those who can't be away over the Thanksgiving holiday. It will be a 5-day experience that will get everyone home in time to prepare for Thanksgiving with family. Details will be posted soon; in the meantime, email me here with questions!

Retreat 2

November 21 - November 28, 2020

A 7-Day Hawaiian Photographic Retreat 


Jack Davis and Rad Drew

guest presenters

National Geographic Alumni
Dewitt Jones and Rikki Cooke

Now, about Retreat 2 with Jack Davis and Rad A. Drew

We are SO excited and honored to be celebrating Creative Photography for the Soul’s 17th Anniversary at the Hui Ho’olana in beautiful Moloka’i Hawaii – and you’re invited!

This creative photography and digital imagery retreat is a week dedicated to sharpening the eye, expanding the mind and recapturing the joy of photography (and the fun of sculpting your work to perfection afterwards!) on one of the most beautiful and unspoiled islands in all of Hawaii!

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Spend the week exploring with Camera or Smart Phone (or with both, as most of us do!) in hand such places as the Royal Kapuaiwa Palm Grove and lagoon, Halawa Valley Gardens and its neighboring black sand beaches, private land trust Mo’omomi Bay (for a sunrise looking up at the tallest sea cliffs in the world!), Papohaku Beach (one of the best locations anywhere for wave photography!) and so much more. 

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Relax at the Hui Ho’olana retreat center on its secluded 100 acres, surrounded by a spectacular view of the western half of Moloka’i, the Pacific Ocean and distant islands. A beautiful rock-framed swimming pool and organic gardens compliment the grounds.

And when we’re not shooting, we’re learning (or playing or chilling or getting a massage ;) - about the latest and greatest features and life-saving workflow boosts of our desktop workhorses of Lightroom, Photoshop and 3rd party programs, to hidden features and indispensable apps for our mobile creative workflow.

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And after we shoot the sunset each night we’ll enjoy incredibly delicious dinners in the main lodge followed by inspirational and informative slide shows while sharing a glass of wine (or macadamia nut liqueur!) and reviewing the day’s events with your fellow photographer artists.

Jack Davis, Rad A. Drew, Dewitt Jones and Rikki Cooke will be your hosts and teachers for this retreat sharing their passion, knowledge, insight, creativity and joy of photography – and life!

© Jack Davis

Cost and How to Register

Cost for the all inclusive seven days (all meals, lodging, field trips, photo shoots, model fees, instruction and pickup and drop off at the Moloka’i airport): $3,550. Cost via installment plan: $3695

If you are interested in joining us for Retreat 2: Creative Photography for the Soul 2019, email me, Rad Drew, at RadDrew@gmail.com and let me know you would like to attend. I will confirm availability and provide you with instructions for making your payment. 

<• >] [ <•> What is this Retreat all about? <• >] [ <•>

This retreat is about exploring the art in our lives, our world and ourselves. It is a week dedicated to sharpening the eye, expanding the mind and opening the heart – giving ourselves permission to fall in love with photography all over again! Recapturing that eagerness and enthusiasm of a child as we explore the endless ways we can integrate creativity into our lives – especially with current camera options and software tools like Lightroom, Photoshop, and even the plethora of mobile photography apps at our disposal!

Renowned artist, author and Photoshop Hall-of-Famer Jack Davis, along with photographic artist and award winning iPhone photographer, Rad A. Drew, and with guest presenters and National Geographic alumni Dewitt Jones and Rikki Cooke, will once again (our 15th year!) teach a creative photography and digital imagery workshop retreat at the beautiful Hui Ho’olana Center on the incredible island of Moloka’i, Hawai’i. Whether you are a professional photographer, an addicted amateur or someone just deliriously giddy about shooting and enhancing with your smartphone (as we are ;), this week is for you! 

And while we explore Moloka’i, you’ll also explore new ways to shoot and shape your photography by allowing your eyes to play through the camera, and your hands to work through the computer (or mobile apps for that matter) to shape your images in ways you never thought possible. Learn new methods to craft that visual “story” you’ve always wanted to tell but may never have had the time, opportunity, skills or permission to before.

Learn steps to optimize, enhance, creatively interpret and share your images using everything from the latest Lightroom and Photoshop, to the plethora of mobile apps that are daily introducing new ways to stretch the creative photographic process. 

<•> What is “Creative Photography for the Soul”? <•>

One way to think about the “Soulish” part of the creative process is with questions like these:

What’s in Your Heart? The Inspiration Before you Shoot
How far you take your photography (and indeed, your life) has everything to do with how far you have given yourself permission to go. This “permission,” and the openness to experiment with your visual images and the stories they tell, starts long before you take out your camera. By preparing mentally and even emotionally to photograph (thus the “soul” aspect of the retreat), our goal is that you will be able to take your art to the next level. 

What’s in Your Hand? The Experimentation with How you Shoot
This idea is to focus on what photographic tools, in- eld shooting techniques and compositional ways of shaping a scene you can employ to create a unique and powerful image that re ects not only what you saw with your eye, but were feeling inside. Example techniques include using a macro or sheye lens, shooting Panoramas, HDR, motion blurs, time lapse, etc., all of which can be done with a DSLR, a Point-n-Shoot, or even a smartphone! (OK... our night shooting of the Milky Way IS kind of a SLR thing ;) 

© Jack Davis

What’s in Your Head? The Execution of your Vision After You’ve Shot
Just as in the days of the traditional darkroom, the storytelling process doesn’t stop with the camera, but only after the image is incarnated into something that can be viewed and shared in all its intended glory. And now more than ever, the capability to create imagery— to create art that would never be possible with just a camera alone—is limitless. This stage of creativity explores simple yet powerful ways of tweaking, enhancing and combining one’s photographs to go beyond what was captured to expressingwhat was felt, or what the photographer wants the viewer to feel. 

© Jack Davis

<• >] [ <•> Who is Heading up this Retreat? <• >] [ <•>

Jack Davis is one of the world’s leading experts on Photoshop, Lightroom and Mobile Photography, and is himself an award-winning photographer. He is coauthor of a dozen different titles on digital imagery including the bestselling guides to Photoshop, The Photoshop Wow! Book andHow to Wow: Photoshop for Photography, with over a million and a half copies sold in 12 languages. For over 30 years Jack has been an internationally renowned spokesperson on digital imagery, and routinely teaching at conferences and workshops around the world, including for National Geographic Lindblad Expeditions. Davis was also one of the rst inductees into the Photoshop Hall of Fame for his lifetime contributions to the industry, and is designated an Adobe Master Teacher. He has an AA and BA in Graphic Design, and an MA and MFA in Digital Imagery. 

© Jack Davis

Rad A. Drew is an acclaimed iPhone photographer and teacher who also shoots with mirrorless and infrared cameras. His creative images have been recognized internationally in Follow the Light, Studo b. Light Impressions, Miami; Mobile Photography Awards, Honorable Mention (2011, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17); Mobile Photography Awards Winner’s Show, SOHO Gallery, NYC; Mobile Shadow Stories Exhibit, SOHO Arthaus, NYC; Mobile Photography Awards, Obscura Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; L.A. Mobile Arts FestivalMIRA Mobile Prize 2017, Porto, Portugal; and more. Rad writes for online photographer’s resource, Luminous Landscape, and mobile art network, TheAppWhisperer, and is a contributor to The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone. He is the creator of the popular webinar series, How I Did It!™, and he shares his workflow with 1000 photographers in monthly Topaz Labs webinars. See Rad’s work and tutorials on his websiteFacebookYouTube, and Instagram, and subscribe to his newsletter.

Rikki Cooke worked for National Geographic for sixteen years. His assignments included shooting two books: America’s Ancient Citiesand The Blue Ridge Range as well as work in other National Geographic publications. He also photographed a book for the Smithsonian on Hawaii. His experience touches the full spectrum of photography, from lighting pyramids to photographing polar bears in the Arctic as well as national advertising campaigns for commercial clients. He and his wife Bronwyn are the authors of the award-winning book, Molokai, an Island in Time. And yes... he is an iPhoneaholic! 

Dewitt Jones is a National Geographic photographer of many years. He and Rikki have taught together for 20+ years. Dewitt has written many books, including, What the Road passes By, Canyon Country, andVisions of Wilderness. He is also known for his commercial photographs for Dewar’s Scotch, United Airlines and Canon Cameras. In recent years he is most noted for his talks on creativity that have inspired many corporations and large audiences. (View his TedX Talk here.) He brings the gifts of humor, insight and celebration of being alive to our time together. And yes... he, and his amazingly creative wife, Lynette Shepard, are both award-winning iPhoneaholics! 

To Register

Email me here for more information and let me know you would like to attend. I will confirm availability and provide you with instructions for making your payment.