So, How does this work?
I truly believe that private, one-on-one instruction is the best way to learn. It is the only way to fine-tune the content of a class to be the most relevant and useful. It's hands-on, so the numbers, terminology, and concepts really sink in. And you get to ask any and all questions you want and get instant answers.
These camera lessons are simple. I will come to your home and we will talk and learn about the specific topics you're interested in. You get 2 hours of my time and all the information you want on the topic of photography. We prepare beforehand with a questionnaire on your end, and I bring an outline with me so we stay on track. You get to ask questions before, during, and after your lesson, so you can keep learning and growing at your own pace.
What topics will be covered during my lesson?
The topics we cover during your lesson are entirely up to you. They will be determined based on your skill level, the problems you're having with your camera, and your photography goals. The lesson is structured like a conversation, with hands-on learning in-between. We can explore any and all topics you're interested in and focus on the specific issues you'd like to address. I always try to go beyond camera features/settings and include observations about light, specific tips for photographing children, and real-world demonstrations.. so you really learn the things we're talking about.
How should I prepare for my lesson?
Please be sure to fill out the Camera Lesson Questionnaire. Take some time to really think about the challenges you're having with your camera and feel free prepare specific questions you'd like me to answer during our time together.
What should I bring/have on hand for this?
Be sure to bring a notepad and a pen to take notes, as you might not be able to remember all the specific details we go over. Also have your camera (with a fully-charged battery) and lenses ready, along with your camera manual and computer (if we'll be delving into image organization or editing).
Is 2 hours really enough time?
Yes! With a hyper-targeted syllabus and one-on-one instruction, you can get a lot done in 2 hours. You will then need time to absorb and digest all the information we go over. It will take weeks or months for you to get comfortable using the new methods we'll discuss, and you'll be able to follow up and ask questions after the fact if you like.
Where does the lesson take place?
The lesson takes place in your own home. Not only is that more convenient for you, but we also get to work within the space you'll most likely be using to take your photographs. This allows us to do a quick walkthrough and find specific areas that have the best light. We can also address challenges without being abstract, but focus on real-world solutions that are right for your space.
Do I need any special equipment?
No. DSLR cameras today are all pretty amazing that you can accomplish great things with entry-level equipment. I also strongly believe that knowledge trumps equipment limitations any day. That being said, you might have a situation where new/better gear might make a huge difference and we will discuss what future equipment purchases make sense for you if you like.
When should I schedule my lesson?
If you have young children or a baby, I strongly advice scheduling your lesson during their nap-time (if they're able to nap on their own consistently) or when someone else can take care of them. If you have older kids who are able to entertain themselves and allow you time to yourself, it's perfectly fine to have them in the room during our time together. I am available during the week and on weekends, and if you have a special timing request, please don't hesitate to ask.
How can I reach you if I have a question?
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org any time and I usually respond within a few hours.