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“Took this class recently and it was fabulous. It’s the easiest way to understand your camera. I have read websites, taken college classes and nothing ever made sense. There’s nothing like being in a small class where you can ask questions when your not “getting it”. The lightbulb went on and it’s made so much sense now. Loved the class. Money well spent.”
– Orlanda Silva

“There were at least five separate times during the class, where I said to myself, wow that alone was worth the money I paid to be here. One thing Tom has done that allows the student to be fully present during the class, is create high quality hand outs that mimic what he is teaching. Tom’s teaching style combines practical facts, deep knowledge and true passion to put together information that is completely accessible to a novice photographer, while also inspiring you to believe in your own ability. I would highly recommend this class.”

– Shannon L

“The DSLR Jumpstart was perfectly utilized. Tom was very patient and even though my camera was not a classic DSLR (I have the Sony Nex 5n, mirrorless), he was prepared specifically for me with a reference sheet and explanations. Besides that I understand better how to use my camera and take better pictures for my food blog. I highly recommend this class.”

– Mark Hassin

Thank you for a very helpful session today. I enjoyed the day and had several things explained that I have been wondering about for quite some time. I am looking forward to putting it all to practice soon. And I am looking forward to some photo walks as well!

–Doug Klein

Jumpstart your inner photographer.

http://www.phototrainer.com/jumpstart-deluxe-class

Jumpstart Deluxe Class

For those who want it all at once! Come in at 9am and leave at 4pm knowing all about the things in your camera that have been vexing you for days, weeks, months! Manual Mode for once and for all, Amen. Read more…
http://www.phototrainer.com/photography-classes/photo-field-trips/

Photo Field Trips

Field Trips. Tide-Pools, Birds, Flowers, Portraiture. Manual Mode Cardio for you and your camera for great shooting habits. THE next step up. OMG~ Read more…
http://www.phototrainer.com/photo-field-trips/macro-flowers/

Macro Flowers

The Macro Flower Photography. Where nature and abstract art meet. Often hosted by creatures from another world. What’s not to like?  Read more…
http://www.phototrainer.com/jumpstart-deluxe-class

Jumpstart Evening Class

Manual Mode DSLR/M Jumpstart. Short on time and on a budget? I teach the ultimate, evening camera Jumpstart. Fast, painless, and fun. A great value. Learn the basis of creative camerawork in three hours. This will stick to your ribs! Read more…
http://www.phototrainer.com/photography-classes/phototraining-overview/

Private PhotoTraining

My signature specialty is personal one-on-one training and mentorships. This level of personal connection with a seasoned pro knows no equal. When you are really ready… Read more…
http://www.phototrainer.com/photographic-composition-course

Photographic Composition

Do you want more from your photos, feeling stuck? In my composition course, learn how to make your images strong. Join a me for a small intimate photography intensive. Learn in person, from a Pro; (What a Concept!)  Read more…
http://www.phototrainer.com/photography-classes/lightroom-101/

Natural Light Portraiture

Learn to work with available natural light and expose images by window light, your camera’s meter, and your brain. Explore single light source and fill lighting, the chiaroscuro and film noir lighting styles “au natural” in a timeless location. Read more…

http://www.phototrainer.com/photography-classes/lightroom-101/

Lightroom 101 Import and Library

Lightroom is the New Darkroom! Get started in Lightroom the right way, with my unique and reliable method. Read more…
http://www.phototrainer.com/photo-field-trips/tidepools-and-seascapes/

Tidepools & Seascapes

Maybe three times a year, we get low tides in the morning. Tidepools, Crabs, Seals, Anemones, Beachglass, Ocean, Sky, you and I are there with your camera. The Zen of Photography…Read more…
http://www.phototrainer.com/photo-field-trips/palo-alto-baylands/

Palo Alto Baylands

The Palo Alto Baylands. Nature Preserve and Public Art collide. Birds to Bauhaus, a photographer’s playground. Read more…

Learn from a pro!

In my Jumpstart DSLR photo classes, I teach you the way to shoot a DSLR in manual mode. I have personally taught over a thousand people how to do this. Your camera does eight basic things, that I will teach you. After that, all you have to do is practice!
You can do this!

Classes for every level!

In my photo coaching work I bring over thirty years of professional experience for you to learn at your level and get excellent shots. I help beginners with their brand new cameras, I work with avid enthusiasts as a mentor, and consult with professionals, companies and start-ups on targeted problem solving.
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