Karen Gordon Schulman

Karen Gordon Schulman
Upcoming Tours
Cuba Photo Tour: Heart and Soul of Cuba January 17th, 2018
Ireland Photo Tour: Photography & the Creative Spirit in Western Ireland June 17th, 2018
Ecuador Photo Tour: The Spirit of Ecuador September 16th, 2018

Karen looks forward to sharing her love for each incredible country and people during her very special cultural and photographic journies. During the tours, Karen will offer group photography reviews, inspiration and education as well as individual guidance and instruction as needed.

Photographic artist, writer and educator, Karen Gordon Schulman is based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She majored in education and psychology at Penn State, and did graduate work at Manhattanville College. In 1979, Karen followed her photographic passion, studying fine art and commercial photography at UCLA. She uses a camera to capture the essence of a place and in the lifelong process of self-discovery. From her hand-painted silver prints and Polaroid manipulations to digital multiple exposures and now, iPhoneography, “It’s not about the tool” is Karen’s philosophy. In addition to creating art with her own iPhone, Karen leads iPhoneography workshops throughout the year and offers guidance during photo tours to those who have an interest.

Since 1985, when Karen created Focus Adventures in Los Angeles, she has been offering small group photographic workshops and tours that emphasize using the camera for enrichment of creative spirit and development of personal vision. She has experience working with all ages, from 7 to 70 and beyond, and is dedicated to incorporating trip participants’ personal awareness with once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunities. Karen has been working with Strabo Photo Tour Collection since 2000. www.focusadventures.com

"I encourage each person to give themselves permission to make mistakes, permission to create," Karen says. "The more we learn to “see” with our mind, heart, and spirit, life becomes more of an adventure. I welcome all skill levels and enjoy offering guidance to those with stronger left-or right-brain approaches to photography, to strengthen the other side."

“On a photo tour, I enjoy guiding participants to expand their creativity and/or technical skills, increase their confidence and have fun! Instruction can be as much or as little as they prefer. I look forward to seeing you on one of my tours!”

J.Turner

Photo By: Joe Turner

This was an excellent, stimulating experience. Karen is great, your local guide was patient, & knowledgeable. Very personable, I would gladly use him again.

J.Turner

It was a wonderful trip and worth the travel time!!! It's always a pleasure to have Karen as a leader. She definitely is committed to teaching and reviewing work. Some people don't want that and somtimes events conspire to make it hard to get the work prepared for reviews, but better by far that Karen is ready and eager to do that for those who wish to take advantage of her knowledge.

Jonathan Langsner
K. Cochran

I always learn so much from Karen, not only photography but new view on life itself. Instruction amount was about right, and Karen makes it known that she is always available for more. We could not have asked for a better guide. She took care of everything before we could even ask.

K. Cochran
P & B Roemmich

Pam & I agree that this vacation was the best we have ever done. We found all the people and experiences far exceeded our wildest expectations. We had a super group of fellow travelers. I thought Karen did a great job both as a photo instructor and a champion to bring our group together. Because of our superior experience we plan to join Karen in Ireland next summer.

Jacque is a fantastic person to work with. She kept us up to date on all our travel plans. We look forward to working her in the future!!

P & B Roemmich

We found the Moroccans to be hospitable and friendly, who are proud of their country and love their King. Our marvelous guide Ismail was about the best we have ever known, and we are experienced travellers. The country is exotic and beautiful - a must see! We felt safe at all times.

T. & J. Beers
J. Tillinger

Karen is terrific - always engaged, always available, great energy, great sense of humor. She has an amazing ability to get people through photo/camera gear crises when they occur. Makes things glow smoothly even over the rough spots. She's diplomatic but not condescending, encouraging and enthusiastic. Altogether a terrific leader and instructor.

J. Tillinger
C. Hirschfeld

Karen is a wonderful person with an amazing amount of info regarding photography. It was a joy to be with her.

C. Hirschfeld
J. Wetzel

Photo By: Jan Wetzel

I had the most wonderful trip of my lifetime. It was fabulous. Karen is an inspiring and gifted teacher and your local guide is amazing. His knowledge and wisdom and heart cannot be overstated. Thank you for planning this fabulous experience. I'm definitely a Strabo fan

J. Wetzel

Karen is inspiring. She works hard and provides plenty of individual attention. She is an excellent teacher. Your local guides are wonderful people and very professional and helpful.

S. Connors
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