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!”

What is a DSLR and Mirrorless Note:

Digital Single Lens Reflex (or Mirrorless). I teach how to use all cameras in Manual Mode, once you know Manual Mode 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.

The MIrrorless camera is a lot of camera packed into a tiny body. Here you have an electronic viewfinder. These smaller lighter mirrorless cameras also sport very confusing interfaces, and they are all very different from one another. Almost everyone is intimidated by this user interface condensation. Lucky me huh? AND I know deeply it would seem glib of me to simply say, "hey it is easy"

I know this is going to sound disingenuous, but Nevertheless, IF you can come the the class knowing how to navigate around your mirrorless camera Information/Interface, as a DISTINCT and SEPARATE activity from navigating your Menus/Setup information, THEN you will get a lot more out of the class and your svelte little camera. 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 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