Private Photography Lessons

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

Last year (2016) I conducted 76 workshops. In doing so, many of my clients asked if I do private lessons. I realized that many folks like the one to one instruction afforded in this type of training. So in seeing a potential need, I decided to offer private lessons.

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

I teach outdoor/nature photography and 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 other 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. From photographic techniques to suggestions of what kind of  gear to invest in and how to use it, I’m right there with you to assist.

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. Of course you can make your own selection for a location too. Just let me know and we’ll make arrangements.

Suggested Locations Include:   Golden Gate  Park; Sausalito; Marin Headlands; Mt Tamalpais; Point Reyes; Sonoma Coast and beyond

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 enhance, review and or refresh their skills.


These are private tutoring classes tailored to you. As such, the number of topics we cover depends greatly on the you, 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 and location most convenient for you. You can keep it short or make a day of it. Whatever works for you. My training is centered on you with the goal of propelling you forward.

Level 1: Learning your camera  

– 4 hours  

  • Camera Setup
  • Modes – Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Auto
  • How To Use The Histogram
  • Focusing Techniques

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Level 4: Advanced Stitching Techniques

– 4 hours

  • Panoramas  – Horizontal & Vertical
  • Combining Pano & HDR
  • Hyper-focal & Focus Stacking
  • Planning Your Image For Future Editing

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Level 2:  Exposure triangle

– 4 hours  

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

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Level 5:  A La Carte – Mix it up! 

– 4 hours 

  • Pick any 4 topics from Levels 1 – 5
  • Use this session if you’re unsure about topics
  • or maybe you have another topic?

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Advanced Lesson – Creative Seascapes

The Pacific Ocean, right at our doorstep is a very adventurous place indeed. Capture the drama of stormy skies or stunning sunsets and crashing surf along rock outcroppings, sea-stacks and eroded cliffs. Using various photographic tools you can create images of real life as well as very surreal imagery.

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Level 3: Advanced Exposure Techniques

– 4 hours

  • Basics of the Zone System
  • Bracketing, HDR,  & Filters
  • Black & White Photography
  • Working with Tonality

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Level 6:   Practical exercises

– 8+ hours  

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

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If you are interested in a full course or combination of courses, let me know. We will confer and provide you with what you need. A discount for multiple courses will apply.


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