PhotoTrainer Gift Certificates

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PhotoTrainer Gift Certificates are a great way to support and encourage your favorite photographer, camera bug, or the general photography enthusiast in your life. At PhotoTrainer I offer gift certificates associated with every class offered. They last a year so that you have plenty of time to find a class that will work with people’s schedules. I make an earnest effort to post classes to the site three months in advance. Nevertheless, some classes are offered more often than others so check the calendar for the class of your interest.

The DSLR/M Deluxe,  Lightroom, and the Evening Jumpstart, are part of my core class lineup and occur monthly. My Compsition course happens every quarter. PhotoTrainer gift certificates are not constrained to a date, you buy them like gift cards or iTunes cards and they are valid for a full calendar year from the date of purchase. Yes, that’s right;  it is in both our interests to use these and NOT let them go out to pasture (ie: expire). (note to self~can we track this and send reminders? is is kosher?)

When you buy a gift certificate I personally create the certificate with the Giftee’s name on it and send you the PDF file in high resolution, suitable for printing on any color printer. When your giftee receives it they can consult the calendar to find when their class is offered and call me to be placed into that class.

Easy links to access your favorite class for gift certificates.

What is a DSLR/M?

I teach how to use cameras in Manual Mode, the most creative mode in which to use your camera. Once you are comfortable with Manual Mode the other modes fall neatly into place, and your camera’s functionality opens up like a Lotus Flower.

The way to know if your camera is good for PhotoTrainer is to see if the lens is interchangeable. If you can swap lenses this is good – sign up and take my class with this camera. Cameras with fixed lenses, are in the “point and shoot” genre and rarely stop down lower than f/8. Taking this class with one of these cameras is like taking a shower with a raincoat on. Not recommended. 🙁


“The DSLR Jumpstart class 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