Private photography instruction - discussing motion blur

  Private Instruction

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

These one-on-one private lessons are focused on introducing the beginner photographer or new camera owner to the operation, techniques and concepts of digital photography. You will be shown how to work with the camera features required to take your first steps forward in photography. With these skills you can begin to 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. Unless you have a specific location in mind, each place is selected for its relation to a topic covered. 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. We’ll plan on keeping it close to you as possible.

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 – who want to review/refresh their skills.


These are private tutoring classes. As such, the number of topics we cover depends greatly on the individual and the pace you choose. Classes are offered in minimum 4hr blocks with options of 2 hour incremental additions. You can keep it short or make a day of it. Whatever works for you.


Level 1:  Learning your camera and its features – 4 hours  $150             Sign up…

  • Basic controls
  • Practical application of modes – Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Auto
  • Exposure and the Histogram
  • Focusing

Level 2:  Exposure triangle – 4 hours  $150                                                   Sign up…

  • Adjusting of exposure relating to aperture, shutter speed and ISO
  • Depth of field
  • Basic understanding of light
  • Filters

Level 3:  Putting it together – 4 hours  $150                                                Sign up…

  • Basic of the Zone System
  • Bracketing  & HDR exposures
  • Composition
  • Planning your photo for editing

Level 4:  Going deep – 6 hours  $200                                                             Sign up…

  • Panoramics  – Horizontal & Vertical
  • Combining Pano & HDR
  • Advanced filter use
  • Hyperfocal

Level 5:   Full Day – practical exercises – 8+ hours  $300                             Sign up…

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

A La Carte

  • Pick any 4 topics above – 4 hours minimum $150                                   Sign up…

Additional hours – $30 per hr

What’s NOT included – your transportation to and from, venue entrance fees, food and any other 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)


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