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Camera or Photoshop Class in Bakersfield, California

I teach in-person, one-to-one, camera or Photoshop classes designed to meet your needs in Bakersfield California. Up to two students may attend any class. A one-to-one class involves one camera model. Email me Here or text me at 661-303-9210. Classes emphasize general photography, but I can provide some insight into black & white, travel, astronomical, landscape, street, macro, or wildlife photography.

Camera class: I teach a beginners’ or advanced digital photography class that covers your camera, lens, and photographic composition.

Photoshop class: I also teach photographic post-production using Photoshop, Lightroom, or DxO PhotoLab Elite.

Photoshop for graphic arts and design: I also teach the use of Photoshop for graphic arts at a beginners’ level.

For the camera class, I often meet students at a coffee shop in downtown Bakersfield. But I have met students in lawyer’s offices, homes, and businesses. All classes are confidential. No private information is ever released.

Camera or Photoshop classes cost $200 for one session lasting about four to five hours. Please pay when class begins. I need to know the make and model of your camera and lens. Bring a pen & notepad, camera, fully charged battery, memory card, and your favorite lenses to class. Sorry, I cannot split this into two sessions or mixed classes. Link to my book page here. All images and illustrations by Ed Ruth, Photography Teacher. Many more details are below!

Your instructor…innovative, skilled, agreeable, well-informed, modest!

Once you learn the fundamentals, almost any aspect of photography will be more manageable for you. Certainly, portraiture and landscape photography have their challenges, but you will be able to find a starting point based upon a fundamental understanding of technique. Black & White photography? I can teach you the best practices. Astronomical photography, well, that’s a tad more challenging but patience and practice is the best guide there. No need to fear “M” manual mode, a few tricks and I will have you on your way. Consultations, yes, but in a constantly evolving market this will take some thinking.

Your photography teacher taught photography at Henley’s Photography monthly for seven years. I am the author of several Kindle books about digital photography. See my recent: Publications and The Nikon Z50 Book.

Above “Whoever loved that loved not at first sight?” Christopher Marlowe

Nikon Z 50, Nikon Z 24-70mm S at 47mm, 1/320/s, f/2.8, ISO: 500

The 1-to-1 Lightroom Classic Class (see some of the topics covered below) and the Adobe Photoshop CC Class (see some of the topics covered below) provides you with a firm foundation in the use of post-production software to bring out the very best in your images and use them most productively. Please Email me Here for an appointment.

I also spend as much time as needed thoroughly researching your camera and any specific areas of photography you wish to cover. This means that you will get the “latest greatest” information available without any additional charge. If you don’t come to a scheduled class, I lose a lot of time and energy.

If you are a wedding photographer, portrait photographer, real estate sales representative, event photographer, marketing manager, or in any line of work or play involving digital images, I can help you achieve more rewarding results. For example, I have had students planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip who consulted me and returned with stunning images. This takes some dedication, one or both classes mentioned above, and practice. I have also given classes to people who were somewhat shy because, in their profession, they feel that they should already be very knowledgeable concerning the science of digital photography and digital imaging. No worries, my classes are very confidential. I do not disclose any personal information to anyone.

One-to-one class requests for consultation regarding photographic equipment (DSLR cameras and lenses not lighting) or a photography business model are welcome. My best role in a consultation is one of constructive critic. If you want me to review your vision keep in mind that, while I offer only my professional opinion, I will do the best I can for you. And I will be honest with you. Occasionally, after much research on my part, my student decides not to follow through with the class. Please respect my time. Before we meet I will have spent a considerable amount of time reviewing and researching your camera and your specific needs.

Topics covered in a the 1-to-1 Photography Class vary according to student needs but often include:

  • Overview of the design and features of your camera
  • Your camera’s buttons and dials and their function
  • Camera menu introduction – setup and shooting options
  • Proper use of viewfinder, LED display, and “Info” screens
  • Your lenses – strengths and challenges, aperture, servo, image stabilization, and field of view
  • Mode dial options – Manual, Program, Aperture Priority, and Shutter Priority
  • Other mode dial options and moving away from “Automatic” mode
  • Effective use of shutter button and focus point options
  • Memory card, formatting, and best practices for image management
  • Controlling motion shake and use of tripods
  • Obtaining a proper exposure, image review, and histograms
  • Point of focus and depth of field
  • Imaging sensor science, RGB, and resolution PPI
  • Bit depth (12 vs. 14) choices
  • Selecting image size and format (JPEG vs RAW) and choosing JPEG compression options
  • Dynamic range, more about image histograms, and exposure compensation
  • The “Exposure Triangle” and ISO options
  • White Balance plus: gray card and ExpoDisc
  • Full 36mm x 24mm vs cropped (APS-C) sensors and Aspect Ratio
  • Resolution and image printing (PPI vs DPI)
  • Exposure metering modes – Matrix, Center-Weighted, and Spot
  • Exposure Bracketing
  • Color modes (sRGB vs Adobe RGB) and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
  • Flash photography options
  • Camera Picture Style or Picture Control options
  • Manual exposure and manual focusing if you wish…
  • Advanced: “pushing highlights,” long exposures, Active D-Lighting, panorama shooting
  • Black and White photography
  • Care, maintenance, and environmental considerations
  • Hold Harmless agreements
  • A review of composition and lighting
  • And…much more Back to top of page

The Adobe Lightroom Classic class is very popular and will include:

  • An overview of Lightroom as a photo cataloging and editing program
  • Lightroom’s Catalog and Preference settings
  • Understanding Catalogs, Collection Sets, Collections, and Quick Collections
  • Creating, moving, and renaming folders using Lightroom
  • Applying search criteria to photographs
  • Importing and Exporting images…including file formats and color spaces
  • Develop Module and the use of Presets…including creating your own Presets
  • Using Snapshots and History to your advantage
  • Understanding and using the Lightroom Histogram
  • Using the Presence Tools effectively
  • Using Hue, Saturation, and Luminance color correction tools
  • Effective use of Sharpening and Noise Reduction Tools
  • Lens Correction and Chromatic Aberrations
  • Using Transform for perspective adjustments
  • Cropping and Aspect Ratios
  • Use of Graduated Filter, Radial Filter, and Adjustment Brush
  • Spot Removal and Cloning
  • Keyboard Shortcuts
  • Edit in Photoshop CC
  • Using Photo Merge Panorama to greatly expand the use of your lenses
  • Exposure metering modes – Matrix, Center-Weighted, and Spot
  • Printing from Lightroom or Photoshop
  • New Enhance Details feature and artificial intelligence
  • Black & White images and Split Toning tools
  • Soft Proofing and Gamut Warnings
  • And…further investigation of special needs Back to top of page

Topics covered in the 1-to-1 Adobe Photoshop (or DXO PhotoLab 4 or ON1) Class vary according to student needs but often include:

  • History and nature of Adobe products and Photoshop CC
  • Photoshop Preferences, graphics card options, Color Settings, and monitor calibration
  • Selecting an Image color Mode (RGB – CMYK), color space, and Bits/Channel
  • Creating the proper “Workspace” for your work
  • Tool Bar tools and tool Options bar (Window > Options, Tools)
  • Using Adobe Bridge as a file browser and to retrieve images from your camera
  • Processing of Raw vs JPEG image files
  • Overview of the Camera Raw Plugin and the Raw Histogram
  • Processing Raw or JPEG images in Camera Raw and Camera Raw output options for Raw and JPEG files
  • Raw lens adjustment options, Raw sharpening, and Raw noise reduction
  • Raw Color and White balance adjustments
  • The concept of “Workflow” and how to create a productive workflow for your work
  • Use of the Selection options and specialized selection tools
  • Using rulers and guides
  • Selection tools, Cut and Paste, Color Picker, and other basic tools
  • Image size, straightening, Cropping, and resolution
  • Canvas Size and image resizing
  • Use of nondestructive Adjustment Layers
  • Adjustment layers and Layer Mask techniques
  • The Curves Adjustment Layer – contrast and color correction
  • The Levels Adjustment Layer
  • Proper use of the Saturation Adjustment Layer
  • Other Adjustment Layers and using layers to aid color correction in Photoshop
  • Unsharp Mask and other sharpening filters
  • Use of the Pen Tool and creating vector paths
  • Selective sharpening and selective color saturation techniques
  • Use of Content Aware Fill and Free Transform tools
  • Placing (Embedded vs Linked) images and layer options for multiple images
  • Use of layer Blending Options, Opacity, and Layer Fx
  • Adaptive Wide Angle and Lens Correction filters and Chromatic Aberration correction
  • Transform Points, Skew and other perspective correction tools
  • Revert, File Info, Print dialog, Check Spelling, Fill & Stroke, and aftermarket filters
  • Proof Setup and Proof Colors for color printing
  • Background Eraser Tool
  • Fixing image flaws using Healing Brush, Patch Tool, and Clone Stamp Tool
  • Many uses of the Use of the Brush tool and feathering
  • “Automate” and Creating simple Macros for production work
  • Output file format options
  • Creating exceptional images for the internet
  • Save, Save As, and Export options
  • Easy panorama photography, expand the functionality of your lenses
  • Proper output sharpening and color space choices
  • Proper use of type, type imagery, and traditional printers typography
  • And…much more! Well, a little more anyway Back to top of page

Additional information for One-to-One Classes:

  • Email me Here.
  • For the camera class, remember to bring the camera, charged battery, memory card, manual, and lenses
  • For the post-production class, bring a notebook and pen. Bringing a laptop is not required
  • For the camera class, I need to know the make and model of your camera
  • For the Lightroom or Photoshop classes, please give me some idea of your goals and interests
  • Feel free to bring a friend or partner to class
  • If you wish me to come to your location, I need an address and map
  • Date, address, time and your needs are important to me. Please be specific and as long winded as you wish!
  • I have been teaching digital photography for seven years locally!

1-to-1 Classes:

Individualized courses include: the Digital Camera Class (using your specific digital camera) this also includes an introduction to black & white photography, the Adobe Lightroom Classic Class, and the Adobe Photoshop CC Class. The cost is $200 for about four or five hours and until ALL YOUR QUESTIONS ARE ANSWERED.

To schedule a class or for additional information, email me HereYou may include a friend or family member in any one-to-one class. One-to-one instruction will be tailored to meet your individual needs. I can jump-start your skills with easy to understand and practical training. You will be left with functional knowledge that you can use to great personal or professional advantage.

Nikon D810, Sigma 14-24mm @ 15mm, 1/1/125s, f/14, ISO: 100. After taking my class you will know how to take the shot anywhere with any subject at any time.

Nikon D810, Tamron 85mm closeup, 1/200s, f/11, ISO 200. The closer we get to the subject of interest, the more depth of field we need. This is why f/11 is used here.

Nikon D810 Tamron 85mm, 1/400s/ F/4.5, ISO 125. Bored street photographer!

Cholla cactus branches fall off with the lightest touch but cling to you like a lost kitten. Nikon D810, Sigma 12-24 at 21mm, 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 64. Here, ISO 64, that is below the camera’s “native” ISO of 100, is used to extend dynamic range into shadows.

How sharp is the Tamron 85mm? It is very sharp! Nikon D810, Tamron 85mm, 1/5000, f/1.8, ISO 125. Note the very nice bokeh in the background and very limited depth of field at f/1.8. A number of aftermarket lenses come to us with maximum sharpness at their lowest f-number.

A black and white image is easy on the eye.

Photography can be fun, profitable, creative, and technically superior at the same time. Email me Here.

Individualized 1-to-1 photography classes covering digital photography, Adobe Photoshop CC, Adobe Lightroom CC, and CorelDRAW 2018 are always available. Contact me using: for additional information.

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About your photography teacher:

Ed Ruth received a BS degree in Secondary Education from the University of Central Connecticut and a MS in Recreation Administration and Public Administration from the university of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He frequently presented slide shows within Everglades National Park, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and Cape Hatteras National Seashore during his 28-year career with the United States Department of the Interior. He received a Meritorious Achievement Commendation from the Department of the Interior for work performed following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Photography can be fun, profitable, creative, and technically superior at the same time. Contact me for a custom one-to-one camera class in Bakersfield, please text me at: 661-303-9210 (preferred) or email me Here for an appointment.

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Photography can be fun, profitable, creative, and technically superior at the same time. Contact me for a custom one-to-one camera class in Bakersfield, California. Please text me at: 661-303-9210 (preferred) for an appointment.

Addendum: Teaching Notes to self

Photographic Instruction Overview: 2. Technical Considerations

1. Overview of the design and features of your camera
Full-frame 36mm x 24mm vs cropped (APS-C) sensors (handout)
Aspect Ratio (Golden ratio)
Holding the camera – camera strap
Controlling motion shake (IBIS) and use of tripods
Battery (spare!)
Memory card and formatting
Transferring images to PC
Proper use of viewfinder, LED display, and “Info” screens
Your camera’s buttons and dials and their function
Effective use of shutter button and focus point options
Mode dial options – Manual, Program, Aperture Priority, and Shutter Priority
… In manual mode, the photographer directly chooses the exposure
Exposure compensation
Benefits of mirrorless

2. Camera menus – setup and shooting options
Selecting image format (JPEG vs RAW) and size
Choosing JPEG compression options
Camera Picture Style or Picture Control options for JPEG shooters
Bit depth (12 vs. 14) choices
Single or continuous shooting – buffer
Firmware considerations

3. Lenses, aperture, servo, image stabilization, and field of view
Cameras have the brains, lenses have the charm
Lens coatings
Lens hood
Lens VR – Vibration Reduction
Lens protective filters
Leave a (smaller) lens on the camera
Move heavier (telephoto) lenses and camera with great care
Changing and properly securing lenses
Aperture, aperture blades, and bokeh
f/stops and lens “speed”
Lens speed and lens cost
Sharpness, contrast, and color transmission
Chromatic aberrations and vignetting
Field of view in mm focal length
Point of focus and depth of field
Protective filters
Manual focusing if you wish…

4. Pixels and Inches
Photosites and imaging sensor science, RGB, and resolution PPI
Resolution and image printing (PPI vs DPI) – D7200: 6000 x 4000 pixels
Resolution and pixel dimensions for WWW

5. Exposure
The “Exposure Triangle” and ISO options (handout)
Metering modes – Matrix, Center-Weighted, and Spot
Linear sensor response to light – Light is power (handout)
Only in a studio is light perfect
Dynamic range, more about image histograms (handout)
Obtaining a proper exposure, histograms, and image review
Tones – from black point to white point
Light, ISO, and digital noise
“Pushing highlights” or “ETTR” long exposures
Active D-Lighting
Panorama shooting
Exposure Bracketing

6. Color science
White Balance – color temperature in degrees Kelvin
White balance – “warmer” and “cooler”
Color models (RGB & CMYK) and color modes (sRGB vs Adobe RGB)
X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
Monitor calibration tools – Datacolor
Black and White photography

7. Composition
“Work the scene.” and “Fill the frame.”
Leading lines
Look up and down
Foreground vs background
Rembrandt (subdued) vs Van Gogh (saturated) vs Picasso (mosaic)
Rembrandt vs Van Gogh
Diagonals and Triangles: Revolution! Restoration of the monarchy 1814 “Raft of the Medusa” 1816 Théodore Géricault (1791–1824)
View your image upside-down

8. Lighting
Ambient light vs incident light
Luminosity and color perception (Red 21.26%, Green 71.52%, Blue 7.22%)
Front light (illuminates the front of our image), back, side (side lighting and textures)
“Golden hour”
Use of light and shadow
Flash for “fill light”

9. Photographic technique
“Work the scene” and “Fill the frame.”
Situational awareness – stay alert while focusing…
Examine what went right or wrong in each shot
Not all motion MUST be stopped in an image
Manual exposure is necessary for cityscapes at night
Panorama or other multiple exposure shooting
Look up, look down, look all around
Long exposure as in astrophotography
Low Key (dark with a spot of light)
High Key (bright with a spot of dark)
Sell the sizzle not the steak

10. Post-production
Adobe Photoshop
Care, maintenance, and environmental considerations
Heat, moisture, and fungus
Trademarks, copyrights, and commercial use
Hold Harmless agreements
Model releases

Ed Ruth’s Digital Services Sole proprietor mission statement: My goal is to provide quality photographic services and photography classes to individuals and groups. I promise to arrive on time, come prepared, be thorough, candid, and not complete any course until you are quite comfortable with the subject matter. This website (CSS3 & HTML 5) and all images in this website were created by Ed Ruth. All content on this website: Copyright 2020 Ed Ruth. Thank you for visiting this site.