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Private Photography Lessons

Landscapes – Seascapes – Cityscapes

Outdoor Nature Photography

“You can watch a video, which is certainly informative, but it’s not true experience…”

“Learn & Understand – by doing …”


Photography, like any other craft, is not an “overnight” skill.  It takes a genuine desire, and effort to master.  And it takes time…

Make no mistake, watching tutorials on the internet is great. YouTube is, without a doubt, my friend. But there is absolutely nothing like hands-on experience with a knowledgeable guide at your side. Dealing with natural elements, weather, tides, the sun, and moon, it takes planning and experience to do it right…

For more than a decade I have been providing photography training to small groups and individuals. Participants really enjoy the personalized instruction I provide.  If you are a beginner, my private photography lessons are focused on introducing you to the operation, techniques, and concepts of digital photography in the outdoors. If you are an intermediate photographer, we’ll cover the more advanced techniques necessary for your continued journey into photography. With these skills, you will make better photos of any subject and get more enjoyment while you learn your craft. Who knows where it will take you?

My forte is outdoor/nature photography, and all lessons are in the field. Outdoor photography has a lot of challenges. Nature is in control of the light, weather, and a myriad of other factors and circumstances. You need to know your subject, what to look for, when to be there, and how to plan it all. As a professional at your side, I will give you the insight, guidance, and tools required 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 to guide you. After your session, I am always available to my clients as a resource.  Alumni also enjoy real-time collaboration on the internet for instruction and guidance on editing their photos using Lightroom and Photoshop.  Deep discounts are also policy for my Alumni.

Each location I have selected is in relation to the topics 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.

Locations Include Sausalito/Marin Headlands; Mt Tamalpais; Point Reyes; Marin, Mendocino, San Mateo & Sonoma Coasts; Wine Country; the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Who takes my classes?  Seems like everybody…of course so should you! …and I have even had repeat clients from various parts of the world!

  • Beginners – who need an introduction to their new cameras and intro to photography basics. (See Levels 1 thru 4 below)
  • Novices, Seasoned, and even Pro Photographers – who want to enhance, review, or refresh their skills.
  • Or maybe someone who just needs a guide with local knowledge on how to work in a certain area.

My private tutoring sessions are specifically tailored to you. As such, the number of topics we cover depends greatly upon what you want and at a pace that you find comfortable. Sessions are offered between 3 to 8-hour blocks with options of 2-hour incremental additions. On the sign-up page, you can select a date and suggested  location. You can keep it short or make a day of it. It’s about you and what you want to learn.  By the way, if you have a location and/or topic you’d rather try, let me know, I’m into this as much as you are!

Private Lessons Offered

Locations Include Sausalito/Marin Headlands; Mt Tamalpais; Point Reyes; Marin, Mendocino, San Mateo & Sonoma Coasts; Wine Country; the greater San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Level 1: Learning your camera  

  • Camera Setup
  • Image formats, Color Space
  • Aperture, Shutter, Manual Controls

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Level 2:  Exposure triangle

  • Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO
  • Depth of field
  • Metering and Focusing

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Level 3: Working with Light

  • Intro to The “Zone System”
  • Bracketing, HDR, & Filters
  • Working with Tonality

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Level 4: Package Deal  

  • Includes Levels 1, 2 & 3
  • Attain Intermediate Level Skill
  • Multiple sessions & locations
  • 16hrs of training

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A La Carte – Mix it up! 

  • Customize your session
  • Pick any 4 topics or more!
  • Thinking of another topic not listed?
  • Have a different location in mind?

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iPhone Photography – Basic 

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

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iPhone Photography – Advanced 

  • Composition techniques
  • Editing your photos in Lightroom CC
  • Adding detail & special effects
  • Sync your photos via the Cloud

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Composition Techniques 

  • Basic Session
  • Advanced Session
  • Choose one or both
  • much, much more…

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Practical Field Exercises

  • Working with light
  • Composition
  • Selected topics
  • Processing planning

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Artistic Seascapes

  • Create surrealistic images
  • Stunning sunsets, crashing surf
  • Sea-stacks, geologic formations
  • Sealife, wildlife, & geology

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Point Reyes National Seashore

  • Wildlife
  • Seascapes
  • Landscapes
  • and more…

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On-Line Learning

  • Get Field Assignments
  • Live reviews on-line
  • Suggestions and tips for editing

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Looking for something special? Let’s talk & we’ll develop a plan.

Please drop me a line if you have any questions