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/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