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Eastern Market Mural Walk $45
Saturday, May 25, 2024 | 9am - 1pm | Eastern Market
Two story mural depicting several members of a marching band on the side of a 2 story brick building.
Pat Perry’s 2016 mural on Wilkins Street in Eastern Market District


To register for the Eastern Market Mural Walk Workshop – CLICK HERE.  Click on the “9AM” button to start the registration process.

Let’s get out for a nice stroll around The Eastern Market District and photograph the abundant variety of murals plus a few sculptures.

I list the time as 9am – 1pm. My plan is we will photograph from 9am – Noon then gather at Boulder’s Bistro & Brew for lunch. They offer a varied menu including vegetarian options.

Join this photography workshop in and around the Eastern Market District of Detroit. Join a small group lead by Certified Professional Photographer, Bob DiTommaso, as we explore the numerous murals in the area. Bob will be available to assist with compositional instruction as well camera settings. I have scouted Detroit checking out the abundance of murals. In thinking about how to conduct this workshop I decided that it would work best to park in one spot and walk. The area around Eastern Market has an abundance of murals which is why I choose it. We will have the opportunity to photograph dozens of murals during this workshop. You should be comfortable with walking several blocks (maybe a mile or two in total) over the course 3 hours. If you have never attended one of my events don’t worry. We move pretty slow and stop often.

collage of numerous Murals for workshop announcement.


What will the workshop cover:



    • Bob will discuss techniques related to composing and shooting for easier post-production.
      • How to reduce or eliminate keystoning;
      • Capturing the whole mural in the environment;
      • Isolating elements of particular interest;
      • Creating abstracts from portions of the scene;
      • Adjusting Exposure Compensation for the best possible in-camera capture;
      • 1 to 1 instruction showing participants how to make suggested adjustments.


      • A digital camera, it can be a DSLR, Mirrorless, or even a phone. (I have conducted several iPhone workshops and have become a believer!);
      • A variety of focal lengths will be very helpful (Either a zoom lens or a mix of prime lenses);
      • Wide angle lenses will afford you the opportunity to capture the entire mural including the surrounding environment;
      • Telephoto lenses are great for isolating portions of a larger mural, and/or photographing those murals we can’t get access up close and personal;
      • Tripods not necessary for this outing, I suggest you carry your camera on a strap along with a small camera bag to hold your additional lenses (if you have more than one).


Where will we meet?

There is a free gravel lot for the Dequindre Cut Greenway at the corner of Orleans St. and Wilkins St. Bob will be there with his Green Jeep Wrangler.


What Workshops Interest You!

    We are hoping to restart photography workshops and Photo Safari trips in 2021!  We are looking for your input on what interests you!  Photo Workshops are generally 2-3 hour workshops in our studio or in the Rochester / Metro Detroit area.  Photo Safaris are longer workshops – lasting 1-day to 7-10 days.  A 1-Day workshop in Metro Detroit is an awesome adventure that keeps the cost and time-investment very reasonable!  A slightly farther afield trip – say Northern Michigan fall color or Hocking Hills in Southern Ohio in Springtime – are generally a 3-Day Photo Safari.  7-10 Day trips involve flying, renting a vehicle, overnight stays, etc.  The Photo Safaris are an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Art of Photography.  They include one-on-one and group instruction.  Bob is there to help guide you throughout the experience.  The trips are all planned by Julie and Bob – hotel arrangements are all made, etc.  We make the experience a fun adventure!

    We are interested in creating a list of people interested in these types of Photo Adventures!  Please follow the link below to fill out our survey.  Please call us if you would like to discuss your ideas and suggestions.  Juliann – 248-495-1845.  Bob – 248-941-4859.  Here’s to Happy Photography Adventures in 2021 and beyond!


    Gift Certificates!
    Great Gift Ideas!

      Gift your family or friends with a Photography Workshop gift certificate!  It can be class specific or you can select any amount and the recipient can use it to attend workshops, private lessons or purchase photography gear!  Call us to learn more!

      Gift Certificates never expire.  Your receipt can determine how to use them – workshops, lessons or photo equipment.


      Juliann & Bob DiTommaso


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      Peak Design Cross Body Straps

        Peak Design creates innovative products.  Cross body straps, camera hand clutches and other options make carrying your equipment easier and better for your body!

        Bob sells the full line of Peak Design straps and bags.  Schedule an appointment to purchase these innovative products and make hauling your gear a little less stressful.


          Induro is a premium tripod made with carbon fiber.  If you are looking for a light-weight solution for carrying your tripod, you may find the Induro products are for you!

          Schedule an appointment in the studio to “try on” the variety of tripods Bob has available for sale.  Like every other piece of camera equipment, your tripod will impact your photography results.  The carbon fiber Induro products was well made and light weight.  Come in and learn if this is the right tripod for you!

          Vü Filters

            Vu filters are made with high quality German schott glass.  They offer a wide variety of filters to meet your needs.  From UV filters that protect your camera lens through elaborate filter systems that can dramatically impact your image, the Vu Filter system helps you become your creative best!

            Schedule an appointment to learn which filters would help you most.  Bob also offers a photography workshop on Filters periodically throughout the year.


              I am an authorized Benro and Induro retailer. Contact me to schedule a no-charge personal tripod consultation. We price match on-line retailers like Amazon and B&H!

              I learned to shoot from a tripod. To this day, I shoot a significant portion of my work using a tripod. There are several benefits. Working from a tripod feels more purposeful, it requires that you slow down, and it affords you the opportunity to step back consider the scene, and determine if you are crafting the best possible image.

              Tripods come in a dizzying array of, sizes, materials, and price points.
              How do you begin to wade through all the choices? I would start by considering your budget. A good tripod will most likely outlast even the most active photographer, so think about this being a once-and-done type of purchase.

              When you start to research tripods you will find all serious brands provide load rating data as part of their specifications. You want to buy a tripod with sufficient design to properly hold your valuable equipment. The load ratings typically start around 15lbs and can range upwards of 80lbs. They are best viewed in relationship to each other, rather than as absolutes. If you have a consumer DSLR like a Canon Rebel or Nikon 3000/5000 series camera with the kit lenses then your gear is relatively light. An entry level tripod will most likely meet your needs. But, do you have your eye on that next level camera and a few more lenses? If you think you are eventually liable to move up to a larger camera and lenses I would buy more tripod than you need today, and plan to grow into it.

              Once you decide on a load range that you feel is right for you, the next consideration is material. Aluminum is most common. I have owned several wonderful aluminum tripods over the years. On the plus side, aluminum is relatively light weight and inexpensive. On the down side, it transmits vibration more readily than other materials, and it can get quite cold in winter climates. Conversely, carbon fiber is superior at dampening vibration, is extremely light weight, doesn’t get as cold if you will be working outdoors in winter conditions, but it can run 3 times the cost of a comparable aluminum tripod.

              A properly fit tripod should be a comfortable working height without having to raise the center column. A significant part of the benefit of using a tripod stems from the stability provide by those three legs. As soon as you raise that center column you lose much of that stability. Just like load rating data, most tripod manufacturers provide specifications on their websites. Be sure you are reading the information correctly. Often the maximum height specification is with the column UP. Look for the height with the column in the down position. The other two considerations to keep in mind when reviewing height data is the closed height, and the minimum height. Closed height can be important if you plan to travel by plane and want to know if it will fit in your luggage. The minimum height specification will let you know how close to the ground you would be able to work.