Cabin Cameo

Not ten feet from the intersection of a state  highway and a very busy county road.
We pulled up to the stop sign looked and immediately parked the car
off the road to get out the cameras.
Walked around the area, found the best view,  set up the tripods, measured the light, added some 600ws of judicious fill flash and started to work.
As I tell the students: “a good subject is always available, you just need  to look”.
I found it interesting that as we were working a local stopped
and asked what we were photographing.
They drive past  it every day and have become used to the view….
“I wonder why anyone would stop to take a picture of that old house?”
We know though, don’t we?

Scenic Sun Flower

Last night the photo class met at a large field of sun flowers.
The object was to find a way to express the feeling of the flowers.
The evening was overcast and it had been raining off and on all day.
As the sun was going down the cloud filtered light became warmer
and this flower just seemed to stand out from all the rest.
The next round of classes start in October.
Sign up to join the fun and learn to get the most from your camera.

First Fall Foliage

It is coming….just a few short weeks from now.  Glorious Autumn !!  The special time of year for most photographers.  After an all day rain I found this precursor of things to come in my yard.   Time to inspect the gear and maybe get some new things for use with all the wonderful scenery to come.
Also time to maybe take that photo class you have been thinking about.  The next term begins October 5th with the Beginning class.  Such a great time of year to learn to take good photographs.   You can sign up with Paypal in the right side bar.

Enchanted Evening

Last night was the end of the term for my classes.
A new session begins next week.
It has been a good time for 8 weeks with a lot
of learning taking place.

Typically, a class combines both class room or field work
( or both) and post processing work on the computer.
The students get a chance to see the finished work
right after creating the image.  A really good way to learn.

If you are interested in learning to become a better
photographer, sign up for a class.  Look on the right
side bar of this blog.
Any questions??  Send me an email.


Fog Fantasy

After much work, the fog of construction dust has lifted
and Photo Classes are now up & running here at the studio.
It is a pleasure for me to be, once again, teaching from my own facility.
Just the ability to walk over and pick up the correct studio prop,
move in the right light, or to have all the necessary post processing
software is a delight which has been sorely missed.
We can accomplish so much more in this type of environment then
we could in what, during the daytime, was a children’s classroom.

The students seem pleased which is the really important part.
So, at this point, I am happy.

Now, comes the fun part of getting the word out about
how to become a part this unique learning experience.
Ah, the joys of being self employed.

This image was made just as a rain storm was moving
out of Cades Cove which is part of the
Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Why Photo Classes?

Why Photo Classes?

When I first decided that I wanted to make a life and career in photography, I realized that there was much I needed to learn. I knew a little about it. My dad was a talented  amateur and with the gift of his cameras came some time in the darkroom and some basic instruction.

For the first year or so, I was a prime example of the “ignorance is bliss” theory of learning. Or, as they say now, I was “unconsciously incompetent”.  I really had no idea of  how much there was that I had to learn.

After all, when I went out with my camera, I came back with images which looked ok.  Maybe, a little under or over exposed but that was something I could fix in the darkroom.

After while, I became very skilled in the darkroom. I could fix almost anything….lol.   (Of course, if I had done it right in the camera, there would be nothing to fix.)

It was not until I got a job in a real studio, as a chemical mixer in the darkroom, that I began to realize how very little I really knew about my chosen profession.

It was a multi-photographer studio and at the end of a days work, they would come into the darkroom and develop their film, mark their rolls and hang them up to dry. For the first time in my life, I saw how good a correctly exposed roll of film could look. Every frame just perfect, or very close to it. The lighting just right. The subject in the exact spot where they needed to be.

I went home that night, looked at my film, and thought ###**!~!**…..     At that point, I started to really learn photography.

I learned everything I could at that studio and got a job at another one in a different town and learned everything I could there. I worked for several newspapers as a staff photographer. I took all the classes I could and studied with the best professionals I could get to teach me. I went back to university and took a degree in Photography. After graduation, I continued to study with experts in the fields of: Portraiture, Landscape, and Commercial/Product photography. I supported myself with weddings and portraits and the sales of fine art landscape photos.

By now, I bet you are thinking: “what does all this have to do with classes in photography?”…  Well, everything!

You see, one  of the problems in learning this art when I started was that very few professionals wanted to teach their competition. Non disclosure contracts were common when you worked at a studio. And, to learn from someone usually meant that you could not open a studio in the same area. Studio secrets were closely guarded and no one was telling. The false feelings of scarcity and insecurity were what drove this lack of sharing but it still made it very difficult for a newbie to break in or even to learn.

However, some of the pros were different and I am very grateful to those outstanding studio and landscape photographers who were willing to share their knowledge with me and others like me when we were just beginning.

So, since the beginning of my life in photography, I have been a teacher.  I have shared what I know and continue to do so.

The classes I teach are not just about how to make a good basic image, although I certainly teach that. They go well beyond the basics and, if you stay with them you will learn all that is necessary to either become a working professional,  or to just make images like one.








Photography Classes: Springfield Ohio

New photo classes beginning on June 8th & 9th.
I am teaching a new series of photo classes from my studio.
Everything from Landscape to Portraiture will be covered.
Watch this space !!
In the meantime, on your right, in the sidebar is a sign-up area.
If you are anywhere near the Springfield/Xenia area and want to
receive a great photographic education this is the place to be.
Class size is limited in order to provide you with the maximum
of personal attention.
So, push the button now.