Learn Photography Dayton Area

Joan

Photographers look for classes for a number of reasons.
There are absolute beginners needing to jump start their basic camera skills. There are the people who tell me: “I have had the camera for a while but I am still not getting the images I would like to achieve”.
Then you have the advanced amateurs who have reached a plateau in their progress and require a bit of jump starting in certain areas.
You can learn good camera and post processing skills as long as you are willing to put in the time needed for study and practice.
The place to learn and practice is right here and classes
are starting in 2 weeks on October 27th.
This is the place to be if you have ever wanted to really learn
both the vision and the good technical skills need to create great images.

Dayton Area Portrait Photographer & Teacher

Taylor's Senior Photos
Taylor’s Senior Photos


The new class term begins in a few weeks on October 27th.

If you have ever wished you could create great images, this is the place to learn.
Landscapes, portraits, children and pets….you will learn to photograph then all.
Please use the Paypal button in the side bar to sign up.  
I hope to be able to work with you.

 

Fall Classes starting

Taylor-Class of 2015
I have often been asked: ” Do you do portraits?”   YES, I do.
Although I love to do landscapes and nature images, people are best!
Lighting and Portrait photography is even taught in the advanced classes.

A reminder, Fall term starts Sept 2nd…the Beginning class will start on Sept 8th due to the Labor Day holiday.  You may sign up here in the side bar using Paypal.

Arches In The Park

 

Back in the day, when I opened my first portrait studio in Lima, this Pavilion was where we would bring the brides & grooms for their outdoor outdoor session.  A lot has changed in professional photography since those days.  But, I bet that the local pros still use this area in the same way we did.  The technology may change (a lot), but the basics of a good image remain the same,  Subject, Light & Location…..and the technical skill to render them effectively.  The Arches remain. If I was still in town, I am sure that I would have the children / grandchildren of the original families and brides asking to be photographed at this location.   Ah, the benefits of a studio background.

If you are interested in learning the skills necessary to become a professional photographer, remember that I give lessons.  The next term starts the first week in August. You may enroll by using the Paypal link in the right side bar.  If you  have any questions about the classes, please feel free to send me an email.

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.