I've been a photographer, both amateur and professional, for over 30 years and I've offered photography courses and private lessons for more than a decade. Further information about me and my work can be found on the About page.
I am up-to-date on my vaccinations and I am willing to wear a mask if requested.
No. My courses and workshops are for personal interest only.
We can meet any time of the day, any day of the week, subject to prior commitments. I believe the lessons should be arranged around the student's schedule, not mine. I try to make myself available days, evenings, and weekends, to best suit the needs of the student.
Please contact me (email is usually best) so we can find a time suitable to us both.
Most of my students prefer it for the convenience. There's no rush to get home, look after chores, and then rush out again for a class. I travel to them and arrive when they are ready to begin. Most people also find their home to be a more comfortable and relaxing environment for them to learn in.
Absolutely! Weather permitting, of course. A classroom or living room is great for reviewing the camera, camera settings, and other technical details but the field is usually the best way to apply that knowledge. We can work in the student's yard or meet at nearby parks or trails.
Private lessons are intended for individuals but I'm willing to take on small groups up to a maximum of four people. Please note that the pricing per individual remains the same.
I have no plans to at the moment.
Pricing is for students located in the Greater Moncton area. I'm willing to travel outside of the area but additional fees to cover my travel time and mileage will apply.
Students are welcome to travel to Moncton, at their own expense, to meet up with me providing we can find a suitable location for the lessons (I do not have an office or studio of my own that's suitable for hosting the lessons).
We may also be able to cover some lessons virtually, using FaceTime, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams (although in-person lessons work best).
Yes, lessons can be conducted via Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or FaceTime. However, in-person lessons usually work best.
I prefer to teach the basics, which is the foundation for all types of photography. I can offer advice on certain genres of photography, including: sports, landscape, and wildlife.
I do not teach: portrait photography, wedding photography, flash photography, or studio lighting. I do not believe in teaching subjects in which I have little to no experience or expertise.
I can offer basic lessons in Adobe Photoshop, which is my preferred image editor. I do not teach advanced techniques.
I am unable to offer instruction in Adobe Lightroom or other editors (Affinity, Capture One, Luminar, etc.) as I do not use them for my own work.
That being said, many of the basic items we tweak during editing (exposure, contrast, saturation, etc.) are available in all of the editors. I can show you how they work in Photoshop (Adobe Camera Raw, actually) and that knowledge can easily be transferred to other editors such as Lightroom. However, I am not able to demonstrate more advanced features of the other software.
Ideally, your camera should have an option that allows you to manually adjust the main settings - Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. These are the camera settings that give you the technical and creative control you need as a photographer.
You don't need a new camera. It's okay if you have an older model as it will still work fine for the lessons. You don't need a top-of-the-line model, either.
Don't have a camera yet? You should really have one for the lessons. Theory is great but you also need to know how to apply it.
Looking for advice on a new camera or an upgrade to your existing one? Unfortunately, I usually don't make recommendations. There are so many makes and models available, each at different price points and with different features and options. It's difficult to recommend any one model in particular. However, I am happy to offer advice on the features and functions you should look for if you have certain types of photography in mind. Otherwise, my suggestion is for students to visit their local camera store, like Ivan's Camera here in Moncton or Henry's Camera in Halifax. The sales staff can show you the different models, explain their features, and hopefully find one that's best suited to your budget and needs.
I have no firm answer to that question. It really depends on you, your interest, and your commitment. Some people like to jump right in and sign up for the maximum time, knowing they'll stick with it. Others prefer to test the waters with a lesson or two to see whether or not they like it, how far they want to go, and whether or not they're capable of fitting the lessons into an already busy work and personal schedule.
Here are some things to consider before deciding:
We'll cover the main camera controls and some of the other camera functions / menu items during our sessions. I'm also happy to discuss any accessories you might have.
You can download digital copies of your manual in PDF format from the manufacturer's website. Save a copy to your phone and you'll always have it with you!
I do provide a few handouts but they're not very detailed. Taking notes also helps to reinforce what you've learned, making it easier to remember later on.
I always recommend leaving some time to practice between sessions. This not only gives you time to apply what you've learned but also gives you time to think about questions to ask at the next session.
The accessories listed below are must-haves that won't break the bank. They're not required for the lessons, though, so don't worry if you haven't picked them up yet. We can discuss them when we meet. There are a ton of other accessories, such as filters, tripods, flashes, and more, that range from necessary to nice-to-have depending on the types of photography you do. We can also discuss them in more detail when we meet, and try to determine which, if any, you may find handy and helpful.
Your cleaning kit should include: a blower, a brush, dedicated lens cleaner, and dedicated lens tissue. Some people prefer microfibre cloths for regular cleanings, saving the lens cleaner and tissues for hard-to-remove smudges and fingerprints. A LensPen - a brush and cleaning pad all in one - is also a great tool to have. These items can be purchased separately or in kits.
Memory cards are a necessity as today's DSLR and mirrorless cameras don't come with internal memory. Extra cards means you shouldn't run out of space, or be left without a backup should a card fail. Rotating them, rather then using one all the time, will help to extend their life. Remember to download your photos on a regular basis, create a back-up copy of the files, and then re-format the card in the camera before the next use. And buy good ones - stick to the name brands.
You need charged batteries - it's never fun to be left high and dry when they die in the middle of a shoot. A spare or two is a great addition to the camera bag, and they don't take up a lot of room or add a lot of weight. Rotating the batteries will help to extend their life. Just don't forget to charge them before you head out!
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