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Last year was such an amazing experience with all my TEI students. Watching them grow as photographers in the past year has been unbelievably rewarding. I look forward to once again sharing my knowledge and expertise with the next generation of great rock photographers.
— Lisa Johnson


WORKSHOP 1: Life in the Pit: Rock Photographer The Experience 2016*

A TEI Experience with Lisa Johnson Rock Photographer

This practical application course will explore the ins-and-outs of living life in the pit as a photographer for a day with Lisa Johnson Rock Photographer. This course is a field trip to an actual photo pit, just like the pros do it, where you will have the experience to shoot a few songs of an actual band as they are actually performing live on the Vans Warped Tour. Not for the faint of heart. Photographing such a wild and varied experience like the Vans Warped Tour can be a little daunting. Especially if it’s one’s first time on the other side of the barricade. Hopefully with a little guidance and coaching they’ll be on their way to capturing that next iconic moment. Following the photo pit action, class will have a review of the experience together.  

Students should bring a camera. Cell phones will not be permitted as cameras in the pit for this class. The class is limited to 10 students. Artists and stage tbd pending daily schedule. This class was very popular last year and often sold out. Advance purchase is strongly advised. Please wear close-toed shoes.

*The TEI experience is a minimum of 40 minutes long but may go over.  


WORKSHOP 2: Rock Photographer 101: You Can Be A Photographer*

A TEI Experience Q&A with Lisa Johnson Rock Photographer

Curious about how to get started as a photographer? Then this workshop is for you. Learn what it takes to break into the biz, and more importantly how to stay in it. This inspirational Q&A workshop will explore the ins-and-outs of living life as a photographer, from where to get started, and then what to do once you do. Lisa will share her personal knowledge and experience and offer some guidance advice to put you on the right track.

Cameras are not required for this session. If you would like a portfolio review, please bring at least 8 images printed in minimum 8x10 format.

*The TEI experience is a minimum of 40 minutes long but may go over.  

You can attend either of Lisa's workshops or both!

Lisa Johnson has been photographing the Vans Warped Tour since its inception in 1995. Most notably, each summer she is responsible for the images that later appear on the cover of the annual Vans Warped Tour Compilation CD on SideOneDummy. 

Her images have appeared at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and are on permanent display at the Slidebar in Fullerton, California. In 2014, her exhibition Decades: Warped Since 1995 - Through The Lens of Lisa Johnson Rock Photographer showcased images and artifacts from the rich legacy of the Vans Warped Tour history and was a featured attraction on the summer tour.

Lisa has also captured iconic images of bands as varied as Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, The Offspring, Smashing Pumpkins, NOFX, Gaslight Anthem, Rise Against, Chuck Ragan, Bad Religion, The Vandals, Lagwagon and New Found Glory. Her images have been in countless magazines including Alternative PressKerrang! Magazine, Revolver, Rolling Stone, Hysteria Mag, Thrasher, US Today, LA Weekly and New Noise.

Lisa Johnson’s photographs documenting the Vans Warped Tour over the past two decades can be seen in the new book Misfit Summer Camp: 20 Years on the Road with the Vans Warped Tour. As well as in Vans: Off the Wall ‑ Stories of Sole from Vans Originals, a book on the history of the Vans shoe.






See Lisa in action captured at the tail end of this
classic Against Me! video


A group photo will be taken at every TEI Workshop. Photos will be uploaded sorted by city and will be available for download and posting. Please tag us! @thinktei #thinktei

TEI Workshops are group educational experiences.  The workshops are not structured for meet and greets, autograph signings, or individual photo opportunities with Gurus. Please be respectful of these guidelines. A separate Vans Warped Tour ticket is needed to attend the workshop (buy here).

Photo credit:
Headshot shot by Chad Sengstock
Header shot by Emilio Martinez