Thomas (TJ) GillespiePhotographer and Instructor Thomas "TJ" Gillespie

Friends tell me I'm passionate about sharing in my knowledge and have a great ability to explain technical concepts so that they are easy to understand. As well, I’ve worked full-time as an instructor teaching computer software. Combining those to skills with my love for photography was a natural progression and combination to teach people how to use a DSLR camera. The 3 technical basics of DSLR photography (actually, any photography) – aperture, shutter speed and ISO – make up the foundation of understanding that are required to using your DSLR camera. Nearly everything after that comes from your creative eye.

I am so confident that you will learn how to use your DSLR camera by attending my class that I guarantee my instruction. I will let you return for free as many times as you like for one year after your first class. And since I limit class size to 10 students, giving classes away to returning students is a costly proposition for me. However, I’m certain you’ll learn and won’t need to come back — but you are always welcome to do so!


With thanks to my aunt Jenny I discovered my interest in photography around age 10. Her hobby at the time was photography and I found myself fascinated with this large gadget that had a removable lens. However, it wasn't until I took a photography class in high school that I understood what these larger SLR devices were capable of. The camera and lens my aunt gave to me I used for that class and for many years to follow – until it broke, that is. Photography was just a very casual interest of mine and I did not replace the camera.

Around the time the camera broke (early 90's) I was exposed to digital photography. I was at a party where the host, with his digital camera, could take a photo and we could immediately view it on his TV. I was baffled to no end and I completely did not understand what digital meant. How is it possible a picture exists without film and a darkroom? This is magic!

Fast-forward to the mid 2000's when I had the chance to use a point-and-shoot Kodak. With the camera in hand I took a few pictures of flowers around my house and was immediately enamored by the quality, color and instantaneousness of the photos. I quickly bought my own point and shoot and have since upgraded twice and now shoot with a full-frame Nikon.

Class Registration
Registration / Scheduling:

Group Beginners Class
Online purchase will automatically register you for the date selected and you will receive a confirmation email normally within a business day or 2.

Private instruction
For private lessons, before or after an online purchase, contact T.J. @ 954.417.6677 to schedule your lesson date and time.

Learning Guarantee

All students can retake scheduled group sessions for free, unlimited, for 1-year after first instruction. Only limitation is that class sizes never exceed 6 and classes are first come, first serve. Registration is required prior to class.

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