The Jumpstart Course


Offered: Thursday evening, October 13th  ~ 6:30pm-9:30pm

The most popular of our digital photography classes, our DSLR Jumpstart Course is in an ideal new format for learning your camera with instruction and time to practice. In this engaging, hands-on digital camera class, I connect the craft of great photography to the six creative functions on your DSLR camera so that you can make your photographs much better quickly.

I will demystify all that jargon around those buttons, dials, and thingies. I will teach you how to use manual mode for great predictable results. I will show you the instrument, and how to practice. This night course offers six hours of thoughtfully paced training spread over three casual two hour sessions of camera instruction and review.

Limited to six, no student is left behind! To get the most out of this course, please plan to attend all three sessions.

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You will learn:

  • The “Way to Shoot” with your DSLR
  • Understand camera operation and interface
  • The best camera menu settings
  • How to control exposure in manual mode
  • The fundamentals of accurate focus control


  • Identify the quality and color of light
  • Set your flash power settings for great results
  • The basics to compose a good photograph

Please note all our workshops mainly address the Digital SLR camera. You need one of these cameras to participate in a class. We only teach point-and-shoot cameras a very few times a year; and in private one-on-one sessions.

Please read the sidebar, “Is your camera a DSLR?” to determine if your camera is a Single Lens Reflex camera. All sales are final, when you commit to take the class you are committing to attend all three sessions.

After The Jumpstart Course, you might want to consider:

Here’s a great idea…

Give this class as a gift! Just contact me and I’ll arrange it. What a nice person you are!”

Make it a gift certificate!

What is a DSLR and Mirrorless Note:

Digital Single Lens Reflex (or Mirrorless). I teach how to use all real cameras in manual mode. Know manual mode and your camera opens up like a lotus flower. Perhaps less flowery, and more to the point, your other creative modes A, S, and P fall neatly into place.

If your lens is interchangeable, you have a DSLR. Or a mirrorless camera.The Mirrorless camera is a lot of camera packed into a tiny body. Here you have an electronic viewfinder. These smaller, lighter mirrorless cameras sport very dense interfaces, and they are all very different from one another. Don’t sweat the funny icons and symbols, I take care of that. I promise. ~TEU

“The DSLR Jumpstart class was perfectly utilized. Tom was very patient and even though my camera was a Sony Nex 5n, mirrorless, he was prepared specifically for me with a reference sheet and explanations. I now understand how to use my camera and take better pictures for my food blog. I highly recommend this class.”

– Mark Hassin