Private Instruction – NEW!

A little insight changes everything about your photos…a lot of insight really changes things!

These one-on-one private and personalized lessons are focused on introducing you to the concepts, operation, and techniques of digital photography. You will be shown how to work with the camera features required to take you forward in serious photography. With these skills you will take better photos of any subject and get more enjoyment from your photography. Who knows where it will take you?

I teach outdoor/nature photography, all lessons will be in the field. Outdoor photography has a lot of challenges. Nature is in control of the light, weather and a myriad of circumstances. As a professional at your side I can give you the insight and necessary preparatory guidance to help you get the most out of your photography. Each location is selected for its relation to a topic covered and to present photographic challenges which you are likely to encounter when on your own. Most lessons will take place in the San Francisco Bay area. If you live in the area most locations will be within an hour or so drive.

Suggested Locations Include:  Sausalito; Marin Headlands; Mt Tamalpais; Point Reyes; Golden Gate  Park

Who Should Take This Class?: You should! (you’re reading this for a reason, yes?)

  • Beginners – who need an introduction to their new cameras and to photography basics.
  • Novices and Seasoned Photographers – who want to review/refresh their skills.


These are private tutoring classes tailored to you. As such, the number of topics we cover depends greatly on the individual and the pace that’s comfortable for you. Classes are offered in minimum 4 hour blocks with options of 2 hour incremental additions. On the sign-up page you can select a date most convenient for you. You can keep it short or make a day of it. Whatever works for you.

Level 1:  Camera Controls – 4 hours  $150  

  • Camera Setup
  • Modes – Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Auto
  • Exposure and the Histogram
  • Focusing & Settings

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Level 2:  Exposure triangle – 4 hours  $150

  • Relationship of  Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO
  • Depth of field
  • Metering
  • Tracking &  Single Shot Modes

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Level 3:  Putting it together – 4 hours  $150

  • Basics of the Zone System
  • Bracketing, HDR,  & Filters
  • Composition rules (let’s break ’em)
  • Planning your composition for editing

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Level 4:  Going deep – 4 hours  $150  

  • Panoramas  – Horizontal & Vertical
  • Combining Pano & HDR
  • Hyper-focal & Focus Stacking
  • Advanced filter use

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Level 5:   Full Day – Practical exercises – 8 hours  $300

  • Working with light
  • Combining levels 1 thru 4
  • Trip and Image planning
  • Processing planning

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A La Carte – Mix it up! – 4 hours minimum $150

  • Pick any 4 topics from Levels 1 – 5
  • or maybe you have another topic?

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Additional hours can be added to each session

What’s NOT included – your transportation to and from, venue entrance fees, food and any other personal costs other than tuition.

Each participant will be required to sign a Liability release form for both J Gunther Photography and those required by some venues

Participants under 18 years old must be accompanied by a parent (no charge for the parent, glad to have you)

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