Private Photography Lessons

Learn & Master your craft…

Offering private lessons in the greater San Francisco Bay area, join me for a fun and informative session tailored to you.

I always learn better by “doing” rather than reading or just watching a video and I know many of you do as well. Sometimes we just need to have someone show us the “how-to” of photography. Learn tips, techniques and the “wow, I didn’t think of that”, suggestions which can accelerate you in your photography and are of substantial benefit and often priceless.

From day ‘one’ of owning your camera on to advanced topics and planning your photo trips, you should take a consider the sessions I offer. We can cover a lot of ground. Not only will you gain valuable experience, you’ll likely save money going forward in your journey.

Because my private sessions are tailored specifically to you, as such, they are more relevant and comprehensive since you have my complete attention. We will cover the many aspects of photography at a pace most comfortable for you.

When you select a session, you can: pick a convenient date, location, even specify particular subjects. Best efforts are made to make learning convenient for you.

Visit my Private Lessons page for more information on topics and session availability.

Learning your camera

Learn how to set up your camera. From image formats, color space, and all the controls.

The Exposure triangle

Shutter Speed, Aperture, and ISO. It’s all about controlling Light…


If your Composition is the song…sing it well.

There is an incredible difference between a snapshot and a work of Art.

Here is where you learn the difference…

Advanced Techniques

It all comes together here. Whether this is the “next step” in your journey or revisiting an old passion, you’ll love what we do here…



This is where you decide a direction…let’s start your journey!

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Accepting new Private Session Sign-ups Beginning in Late May 2021!

On-Line Sessions are available now

Information on photography topics; discussions, tips and more…
“Gotta have those megapixels…” Really?

“Gotta have those megapixels…” Really?

Recently a camera was announced having 64-megapixels. 64 MEGAPIXELS!!!! Each RAW image will be 64 megabytes - are you kidding me? Oh, I'd love to have one... That's going to take a wee bit of computer processing, especially when you have a whole card (or cards) full...

Hard Life

Hard Life

Sometimes we need to pull ourselves back a bit from our frenetic "modern life" it is for me when I am in the White Mountains just south and east of Bishop California. Known for the famous Bristle Cone Pine trees growing at 11,000' feet elevation, life is harsh....



For the last few years I have been using iPhones as my Smartphone and for making images. It started out simple enough, a snap here and there when visiting friends and such...  But then one day I had an idea. I would use it when scouting locations for workshops and...

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Pixel Trippin’ on the Lost Coast

Pixel Trippin’ on the Lost Coast

  Yesterday I got out of town and did a bit of “pixel trippin'” along the Lost Coast up in Humbolt County, Northern California. My main objectives were to photograph the “Candelabra Trees” and the abandoned lighthouse at Punta Gorda. One down, one still to do…I’m sure most of you have been there and had your objectives thrown arry. No problem, I’ll be back! For those of you unfamiliar with the Candelabra trees, they are a unique growth of “ancient redwoods shaped into grand candelabras by fire, salty air and coastal winds. Instead of growing into massive straight columns, stressors caused these trees to sprout branches near the ground”. It is truly a mystical area of forest. I let you research the area on you own. It’s pretty easy. By the way, bring a very wide angle lens… Getting there is not quite so easy however. The road is not well maintained (gladly) and I would definitely recommend a high clearance vehicle and 4 wheel drive. I know, you’ll some little Prius there but I’m telling you that area is risky and professional assitance is NOT just around the corner. So being prepared is of high priorty. I digress a bit…the Lost Coast has no cell service, not even much AM radio reception. It gets remote and very fast! After a stint in the Candelabra forest I headed north to my next objective. I harken to the old Super Tramp song “take the long way home” so I happily follwed my TomTom along the dirt, rocky, rutted, washed out, downed trees Humbolt highway for 67 miles. I think I topped out at 6 MPH. It was a mistake time wise and by the time I reached the turnoff for Punta Gorda Lighthouse the day was long in the tooth (like me). I decided it was best to leave it for another time as I didn’t want to trapse back to my truck in a unfamiliar area in the dark. Instead I went up along Ocean Drive and poked along the beaches looking for images to make. I took some long exposures around the rocks (my favorite lately). I was beat from the Humbolt highway experiece so I called it and headed home to the Bay Area. It was just a day trip. The Lost Coast is a pixel fantasy land for sure. It’s also probably one of the best named places around as you do really feel lost very quickly. Its definitely one of the more remote places to be found in California and I’m sure the locals would like to keep it that way. Not far away the Redwoods National Park is host to plenty of tour buses and crazies who have no concept of forest manners. I recently heard Fern Canyon is rediculous now with disrepectful tourists. In fact its pretty much a no go zone for photography workshops (if you apply for the required permit) as per the Forest Service. So although its not a secret I prefer to let more dedicated folks do a little research to find the Candelabras. It’s worth it. ’till next time Cheers! ps: I am thinking of making a Workshop up this way. If you are interested let me know…and maybe I’ll put it together.
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