Learn at home, at your own pace, without interfering with your already hectic schedule.
The private photography lessons are intended for beginners and those new to photography. An emphasis is placed on the camera controls as well as the fundamentals of photography (Aperture, ISO, and Shutter Speed).
Intermediate photographers can request some or all of the topics listed for beginners, either as a review or as a preview to more in-depth coverage. They can also request additional or specialized topics to meet their own interests and needs (some exceptions apply - see the FAQ section below for more information).
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.
Ideally, your camera should allow you to manually adjust some or all of 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. The options which let you do this are typically labelled M - A - S - P (or M - Av - Tv - P) on the dial on top of your camera.
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.
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!