Students often take individual lessons to increase their skill with digital cameras and their understanding of photographic composition and/or graphic arts. Students at all levels are encouraged to attend a One-to-One class.

I teach introductory courses covering your particular digital camera, the use of post-production software such as Adobe Elements, Adobe Lightroom, DxO Photo Suite 11, or Adobe Photoshop (all post-production software employs similar techniques). I also teach the production of graphic images and illustrations using Adobe Illustrator.

I teach the integration of graphic images and Photoshop to produce truly superior graphic designs and images including Internet images. Contact me directly at:

Individual instruction cost $200 and lasts about three hours - and, all your questions will be answered. I will be able to provide you with considerable insight regarding digital imaging within the three hour period. This instruction is cheaper than purchasing the wrong camera and lens or buying books that languish unread. It is a modest sum for discovering the creative potential that is within easy reach when you learn the meaningful and powerful basic building blocks of technique, design and graphic art.

For camera instruction, students bring their camera and lenses with a fully charged battery and memory card. I need to know the make and model of the camera in advance. For instruction in Photoshop, Lightroom, Elements, Illustrator or graphic arts generally, you may bring a laptop but it is not necessary. Always bring a notebook and pen.

Have an emergency? I am typically available on short notice to teach those having a deadline or a need to quickly acquire new skills in graphic design, photography or Adobe Photoshop. Want to be able to list: "Knowledge of graphic arts and Photoshop." on your resume? We can arrange for that to happen."


Individual or "one-to-one" instruction is available for a variety of topics in photography and the graphic arts. Instruction for owners new to digital photography and those wanting to use post-production software such as Adobe Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC, Elements or similar programs take one-to-one courses to gain a "foothold" on the software, to solve specific image issues or to advance themselves in the area of digital imaging or design.

The "point of focus" and the f/stop of the lens both contribute to depth of field.

Individual photographic instruction can also be conducted on short walks around town.

Illustration and Photography can be fun, profitable, creative and technically superior at the same time.

Illustration and Photoshop are often used together to enhance images or adapt them for specific needs.

The same image can be used in many ways.

Graphic images are frequently finished in Photoshop where saturation, contrast and sharpening are added.

Design has some universal elements. On a very piratical level, design requires knowledge of color, color spaces, cropping to particular size or pixel dimensions and file formats used in graphic design.

a diagram of the different field of view results for two different Nikon imaging sensors

Things are not always as they seem. Understanding how different size sensors affect image field of view (FoV) is critical to obtaining professional results.

Students often ask me if I prefer a larger full-frame camera or a smaller ASP-C camera. Actually I own and enjoy both. Each has advantages. The larger FX sensor is better able to capture images in reduced light. The smaller DX sensor allows for smaller, cheaper, and lighter cameras and lenses.

Complex graphic images are, in reality, combinations of basic concepts.

For information concerning advanced individual instruction See:

Advanced Digital Photography and Photoshop

If you wish to arrange for a class or have any questions please email me at:

Thank you.

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