Mentorship with a Pro

For the committed photography lover in your life, or perhaps, you! Become intimate with the art, science, and practice of Photography with a personal guide. Learn the foundation of the craft by doing. I have a curriculum, seasoned by years of experience that starts you off properly in a world class practice that will serve you to build on the foundation we set in place. There are two concurrent levels, Level I and Level II.

Level I: In Level I we explore camerawork together in depth. In this personal course of study you get my focused attention over 12 weeks (24 hours). We go deep into the elements of the craft, and the supporting camera functions. I introduce you to Lightroom, the photography software that helps you learn and think like a photographer. We will create portraits and still life compositions as a means to learn the principles of excellent photography.

These camera fundamentals apply to all photography you may do henceforth and prepare you for the Level II training. Most importantly you become comfortable enough with the camera and the computer that practicing photography feels like an effortless creative extension of yourself. There is additional flexibility later in this program to concentrate on your own photographic interests. I help you look at your interest and goals in the context of camerawork to help you awaken your creative self.

12 weeks, 24 hours. $2575.00 (To be completed within a four month window of time)

Level II: In this personal course of continued study we delve into composition and fine printmaking by way of Photoshop. To inspire this focused plan of study we examine the great themes of photography – the human condition, nature, portraiture, still life, the nude and war. We explore other photographers of interest to you for inspiration.

From this exploration, we work with a theme that you choose that will fit with your schedule. We look at where you are, where you want to go and then together, we create a path forward. I coach you in the art, craft, and practice of making better photographs. Whatever the genre, I am with you to get your work aligned with creating a cohesive body of images worthy of exhibition.

12 weeks, 24 hours. $2575.00 Plus paper and ink costs $300 to $500 (To be completed within a four month window of time.)

All Mentorships include:

  • A comprehensive curriculum as described for Level I or Level II.
  • Learning the camera, and subsequent image work on the computer.
  • Weekly meetings with training, assignments and reviews.
  • Allows for custom tailoring for your desired genres of interest or professional need.
  • A clear path to a rewarding creative future, loving photography and contributing beauty to your life.

If you have questions and would like to speak with me before you sign up, please feel free to call me at (650) 325-8120.

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Individual PhotoTraining

Many people prefer the privacy and person-to-person connection of private training. Use one-on-one time with me to focus on the technical functions of your camera, the creative aspects of your photography or even a specific genre of photography you want to explore. Get all the info...

PhotoTraining for Business

Many companies use digital images to improve marketing communications and enhance their web presence. If you are in a business that needs to take great digital photographs in-house, we can help make the technology of the digital camera work for your business. Get all the info...

"It started with an awkward phone call. Mom with camera on the one end of the phone and veteran photographer on the other, who blithely tells me, "Many are called, few are chosen". These were the words I was left with as I was facing the crossroads of becoming a photographer or remaining corporate junkie." 

– Charlene Lingham, Photographer,
Little Blessings Photography,
Los Altos CA

“I gave Tom a big challenge: after using a point and shoot for 20 years, with a big international trip coming up in a few months, I boldly purchased a Nikon DSLR, came to Tom, and said, "Teach me everything. Fast. please...” 

– Cynthia McReynolds, MFT,
Palo Alto
"I've had a DSLR for a number of years and mastered the basics early on but felt like my learning had plateaued. That's when I looked Tom up and signedup for one-on-one mentoring. It's been a terrific help. I know what my camera can do - and how to make it do it - so much better now and I've started to understand the magic of post-processing." 

– Dana Schmidt, Program Officer in the Global Development
and Population Program and the Education Program
for the Hewlett Foundation.