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…

Composition

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…

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

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News And Events

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"...so 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....

iPhoneography

iPhoneography

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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“I love you, you old Boat!”  I really do…

“I love you, you old Boat!” I really do…

Out in the little hamlet of Inverness California, behind an old market, sits an old fishing boat aptly named the “Point Reyes”.
When I first laid eyes on her back in early 2001 she showed signs of neglect and to the untrained eye looked like she could actually go to sea once again with a little TLC.

From her layout and rigging style she looked to have been a Salmon trawler/rockfish rig typical of the California coast. Numerous legendary stories surround her mysterious beaching, but one thing was certain, and as time has shown true, it is her final resting place.

If you’re a “Daydreamer” you can imagine her life along with her owner and crew plying the coastal waters and delivering her bounty to restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’m sure she has plenty of stories of her own…

When I first came across her I was just starting to “play” with photography. The first image you see here was taken in January of 2001 when at that time, I found her to be a curious object to photograph. I thought it was “cool” that Ravens were
alighting from her signifying what was to become a long slow process of decay.

Over the years every visit to the Point Reyes National Seashore brought me to her and I would photograph her each time, noticing with increased sadness her decline.

However, just as she had brought healthy and fulfilling nourishment to diners her in heyday, she wasn’t done…

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She’s still beautiful…

In the following decades she has garnered an incredible amount of attention from visitors all over the world. Google her and you’ll see thousands of images of her – more than many runway models!

As if Mother Nature’s way wasn’t harsh enough on her, ‘ignorants’ have abused and vandalized her and most recently, set her afire. Thus hastening her demise.

She was built to withstand the wild Pacific Ocean and even through all these years beached, still she gives it her best smile. Tough but in a strange way elegant. Maybe that’s why sailor’s love their boats? (maybe photographers too…)

 

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Over the years a lot has changed and nowadays I take my workshop clients to her first thing, to discuss shapes – textures – and tonality.

I will be hard pressed and quite sad when she’s gone.

She has contributed greatly to my evolution as a photographer and to many others as well…and that’s why I love her.

For more information on my photography workshops and training please visit my website at  www.jgunther.com

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