Private Photography Lessons


“You can read a food recipe or watch a video but you won’t smell or taste the food…”

Learn better by actually doing it

I conduct 50- 75 private lessons and workshops a year. The majority are private lessons. Many folks like the one to one instruction afforded in this type of training.  These 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:   Sausalito/Marin Headlands; Mt Tamalpais; Point Reyes; Sonoma Coast and beyond

Who Should Take This Class?: You should!

  • 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 you and at a pace that you find comfortable. 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.


Learn to “see” as a Professional Photographer “sees”

Level 1: Learning your camera  

– Half Day

  • Camera Setup
  • Image formats, Color Space
  • Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Auto
  • How To Use The Histogram

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Level 4: Advanced Techniques

– Half Day

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

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Practical Field Exercises

– Full Day

  • Working with light
  • A selection of topics
  • Trip and Image planning
  • Processing planning

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iPhone Photography – Lightroom CC

– Full day

  • Use the Lightroom CC app
  • Editing your photos in Lightroom CC
  • Adding detail & special effects
  • Sync your photos with your other platforms

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Level 2:  Exposure triangle

– Half Day  

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

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A La Carte – Mix it up! 

– Half Day

  • Pick any 4 topics from Levels 1 – 4
  • Use this if you’re unsure about topics
  • Thinking of another topic?
  • Have a location in mind?

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Advanced – Creative Seascapes

– Full Day

Create stunning real life and surrealistic images of our Pacific Coast. Stunning sunsets and crashing surf, sea-stacks, eroded cliffs. Sea life, wildlife, or maybe even a Lighthouse?

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Macro Photography 

Coming soon…

Level 3: Working with Light

– Half Day

  • Intro to The Zone System
  • Bracketing, HDR,  & Filters
  • Black & White Photography
  • Working with Tonality

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The Full Package  

-16 hours 

  • All four Lessons
  • Beginner to Intermediate
  • 4 four hour sessions or
  • 2 eight hour sessions

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iPhone Photography –  Basic Course

  Half Day 

  • Composition training including:
  • Camera adjustments
  • Exposure Control
  • Editing while in the field

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Gift Certificates

– Not sure what to sign up for?

  • Maybe it’s a gift?
  • $175 – $650
  • Avoid future price increases
  • No expiration

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