Photography Instruction

Philosophy | Courses | Private Lessons

Philosophy


My goal as an instructor is to provide students with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of photography. The emphasis, therefore, is on exposure and its components (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO) and how they work both individually and cooperatively.

Both beginners and intermediate students are welcome.



One-on-One Instruction


Private lessons are geared toward those who: prefer to learn in an informal, personal setting; are unable, due to work or family, to commit the time required for a more formal course; have previously taken a photo course and are simply looking to update or refresh their skills; or, have specific needs they wish to address.

Lessons are normally held at the student's home (additional costs may apply to students outside of the Greater Moncton area). I find this provides a more comfortable learning environment for the student and makes it easier on those with an already hectic day. Lessons can also be given "in the field" for more practical, hands-on instruction.

For beginners, topics include (subject to time constraints): camera care; basic camera operation with an overview of the shooting modes; an introduction to exposure and metering; white balance; focus; memory cards, file formats, and file transfer and storage. For students possessing some familiarity with their cameras and the fundamentals, the standard topics can be covered in greater detail or adapted to meet the specific needs and interests of the student.

One-on-one sessions are available in blocks ranging from three to twelve hours. Three-hour sessions must be taken in a single block. Six-hour and longer sessions can be broken down into several smaller blocks of two or three hours if desired.

Private lessons are geared towards individuals. However, I am willing to accomodate small groups (a maximum of four people) in certain circumstances, and group rates are available.

Please contact me for more information, for pricing details, or to arrange a session.


Purchase (Private Lessons)

Those interested in 3-hour, 6-hour or 9-hour sessions for a single student can pay for the lessons using the secure PayPal "Buy Now" button below.

If you would like to purchase 12-hour or 15-hour sessions, are interested in group sessions (maximum of four people), would like to inquire about reduced rates for children under 16, or are a previous student of mine seeking a refresher, please contact me prior to making an online purchase.

Photography Instruction (One Person):


Gift Certificates (Private Lessons)

Gift certificates are available for private, one-on-one instruction. They make a great present for the budding photographer in your family, especially when accompanying a new camera or other photography-related birthday or Christmas gift.

The gift certificates can be personalized with the names of both the sender and the recipient. They are available in both digital and paper formats so they can be sent electronically or tucked inside a birthday or Christmas card.

Sample Gift Certificate



Workshops


Digital Asset Management for Photographers - Moncton, NB - 21 January 2018

SYNOPSIS - This workshop will introduce participants to Digital Asset Management and its concepts. It will discuss file naming and organization, using metadata to caption and tag images and, briefly, file backup strategies. It will demonstrate how a careful and standardized approach to keywords and keyword lists provides consistency across the library, ensuring that files can be quickly and accurately located when needed. Finally, it will show how many of these steps can be automated, and performed in conjunction with other tasks, to increase efficiency and reduce the amount of time the photographer spends organizing and managing individual files or shoots.

DATE - Sunday, 21 January 2018

TIME - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be a one hour lunch break from 12:00 pm -1:00 pm. Lunch is not provided. Kitchen facilities (fridge, microwave, kettle) are available for those who wish to bring their own lunch.

LOCATION - Ivan's Camera, 181 St. George Street, Moncton, NB. The workshop will be held in the second floor meeting room accessed using the stairs near the rear (parking lot) entrance.

EQUIPMENT - Laptop computer with a plain text editor (NotePad, TextEdit) and a photo browser or editing suite (Adobe Bridge, Adobe Lightroom, ImageBrowser, View NX) installed. Demonstrations will use Adobe Bridge, which is available free-of-charge as a standalone program. However, participants can follow along using their own software. Please note that image editing is not part of the curriculum.

CLASS SIZE - Limited to 10 students. The instructor reserves the right to cancel due to insufficient enrolment. Additional dates may be provided if demand warrants.

SKILL LEVEL - The workshop is suitable for both beginner and intermediate photographers.

REGISTRATION - Students can register for the workshop using the online payment option below. For further information, please contact me via email or call (506) 863-8394.

DAM for Photographers - 21 Jan 2018



Courses


Introduction to Photography - Moncton, NB

Topics include: camera care; photo accessories; exposure and its components; metering; focus; white balance; basic composition; and, file transfer and storage.

The course consists of 17.5 hours of classroom instruction over a period of 7 weeks (2.5 hours/day, one day per week).

Students should own a digital SLR camera (DSLR), mirrorless camera, or an advanced point-and-shoot camera that permits manual control.

All classes will be held in the upstairs meeting room at Ivan's Camera, 181 St. George Street, Moncton, NB.

Available dates are listed below. Students can register for courses using the online payment option beneath the preferred dates. For further information, please contact me via email or call (506) 863-8394.

Class size is limited to 10 students. The instructor reserves the right to cancel courses due to insufficient enrolment.


16 January to 27 February 2018 (Tuesday evenings)

Intro to Photography - 16 Jan to 27 Feb 2018


15 March to 26 April 2018 (Thursday evenings)

Intro to Photography - 15 Mar to 26 Apr 2018


1 May to 12 June 2018 (Tuesday evenings)

Intro to Photography - 1 May to 12 Jun 2018



NBCC Moncton


Since 2011, I have taught an Introduction to DSLR Photography course through the Continuing Education program at NBCC-Moncton. Classes are offered during both the fall and winter semesters, starting in September and January respectively. The next course is scheduled to start on January 24, 2018.

The course presently consists of 21 hours of classroom instruction over a period of 7 weeks, broken down into one 3-hour session per week. Class size is limited to a maximum of 12 students per group. Topics include: camera care; photo accessories; exposure and its components; metering; focus; white balance; basic composition; and, file transfer and storage.

For further information or to register for an upcoming class, please contact NBCC at (833) 658-2577.



Town of Sackville


In the fall of 2016, the Town of Sackville, New Brunswick, asked me to facilitate an Introduction to Photography course through the community programs offered by the Department of Parks and Recreation. To-date, classes have been offered during the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017.

The class discusses many of the same topics covered by the NBCC-Moncton course, although in a slightly reduced time-frame of only 16 hours of instruction. It is an eight week program. Class size is limited to approximately 12 students. Multiple classes may be offered if demand warrants.

For further information on upcoming classes, please contact the Town of Sackville at (506) 364-4930.