Class Infomation

This 3-hour, $199, hands-on workshop will give you the keys to unlocking the "exposure triangle" – aperture, shutter speed and ISO – the basic elements for every photograph. Your camera is REQUIRED to attended as you WILL be taking photos! You wouldn't attend a puppy training class without your dog so why would you attend a photography class where the camera is optional?

This is the perfect class to finally let go of the "auto" setting on your camera and start enjoying the artistic, eye-catching pictures composed by the professionals. Taught outdoors in a fun and engaging environment, there are only 6 students per class, ensuring ample personal guidance and practice time. You will see some of the instructor's professional portfolio and then immediately learn the techniques used as it is explained in a simple and straightforward manner. You will go home with course materials, your own example photos in your own camera and a whole new understanding of your camera's dials, buttons and settings. As an added bonus, you will hear a simple 5 minute lesson that will instantly improve at least 60% of your pictures. You already take good photos; this class will make them better.

Classes are held to a maximum of 6 students. Additional class times are added based on demand.

Please contact me directly for private group lessons via phone, 954.417.6677, or email, tj@howdoiusemydslrcamera.com.

Class Dates and Times

Registration is required prior to arrival

Classes are frequently held on the second and last Saturday each month at 10:00AM.

Register online and view class schedule

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*** You must present voucher, printed or electronic, at time of class to attend even if you have a confirmed registration. ***

Registering

For question regarding registration contact T.J. via phone, 954.417.6677, or email, tj@howdoiusemydslrcamera.com, with the date and time you'd like to attend and I'll get back to you with a confirmation or alternate date.

Pre-requisites

You must supply your own DSLR

Please be comfortable with reviewing pictures on your camera. This includes the ability to zoom in and scroll when reviewing images. See your instruction manual and/or bring it with you to class.

So that I may best serve you and keep class to a learning experience for all, please contact me, T.J., with your camera make and model at tj@howdoiusemydslrcamera.com or call me at 954.417.6677

To help maximize time learning, please arrive 5-10 minutes early for check-in. As well, complete the pre-class questionnaire and bring it to class with you. Alternatively you may email the questionnaire.

Location, Parking & Directions

Do Not Call Starbucks. Contact me with any questions: 954.417.6677

Location:
Outdoor patio of Starbucks (Dania Beach/Hollywood)
1750 Sheridan Street
Hollywood, FL 33020

Cancellation Policy

Due to high demand classes typically run full. Cancellations require a minimum 72-hour notice and will incur a $15 rescheduling fee. Cancellations with less than 72-hour notice may incur forfeiture of fees paid or the full value of the voucher. No-shows will always forfeit fees paid or the full value of the voucher.

Instruction is held outdoors and therefore is subject to weather. If instruction is cancelled prior to start of class due to bad weather at the predetermined location for instruction, instruction will be reschedule with no forfeiture in class fees. If instruction is cancelled partially through class, students attending a group class are welcome to attend the same group class at a future date on a first-come, first-serve basis. Private lessons are rescheduled to fulfill the remaining cash balance at the agreed hourly rate; no class/instructional or rental fees will be refunded but may be used towards other classes or rentals. Cancellation for bad weather may be as short as a 1 minute notice due to the unpredictability of Florida's tropical storms.

All cancellations made by the instructor, regardless of when or why, will not penalize the amount paid by the student/client.

Description

Take your skills to the next level with this 3 hour intermediate-level adventure in photography. As we make our way through the urban jungle of chic downtown Ft. Lauderdale, you will learn to capture light like a professional – a sunset, a sunrise, the gentle, glowing holiday lights or the big, bright city lights. You already know how to reach aperture-priority and shutter-priority settings on your camera, now learn to take photographs in full manual mode, explore high ISOs and delve into b&w photography without fear of dark shadows and dimly lit subjects. Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a walk around town (about 1 mile) as we roam in search of subject matter and light to capture. Class is capped at 10 students.

Class Dates, Times and Accessories

No classes scheduled at this time

Registering

Before signing up please read the pre-requisites and highly recommended info below then simply click the "Add to cart" above and you will be added to that class. Please allow 1 or 2 business days to receive your confirmation email. Registration and rental fees are non-refundalbe but fully transferable.

Location

We meet at the top (7th) floor of the Riverfront parking garage in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Parking

You are responsible for all parking fees. The parking garage at Riverfront is a good value and location for about $5.

mapLocation and Parking Details
Pre-requisites

You must supply your own DSLR

You must have either taken the beginner DSLR class or can demonstrate at time of class to me the ability to photograph in aperture and shutter priority.

Find the setting on your camera to take black and white (monochrome) photos.

Registration is required 24 hours prior to class date.

Highly Recommended

A tripod or camera bean bag as we will be taking photos with very long exposures.

I have 3 tripods and 3 bean bags for rent. Tripod rental is $5, bean bag is $3. Rentals are non-refundable but will be transferred to future classes. Reserve yours above.

Recommended

Small LED flashlight or LED headlamp

Camera Remote

Comfortable shoes as we will walk about 1 mile in total and standing most of the night.

Cancellation Policy

Due to high demand classes typically run full. Cancellations require a minimum 72-hour notice and will incur a $15 rescheduling fee. Cancellations with less than 72-hour notice may incur forfeiture of fees paid or the full value of the voucher. No-shows will always forfeit fees paid or the full value of the voucher.

Instruction is held outdoors and therefore is subject to weather. If instruction is cancelled prior to start of class due to bad weather at the predetermined location for instruction, instruction will be reschedule with no forfeiture in class fees. If instruction is cancelled partially through class, students attending a group class are welcome to attend the same group class at a future date on a first-come, first-serve basis. Private lessons are rescheduled to fulfill the remaining cash balance at the agreed hourly rate; no class/instructional or rental fees will be refunded but may be used towards other classes or rentals. Cancellation for bad weather may be as short as a 1 minute notice due to the unpredictability of Florida's tropical storms.

All cancellations made by the instructor, regardless of when or why, will not penalize the amount paid by the student/client.

Description

So you're feeling comfortable with f-stops and shutter speeds but that is just the exposure. What about the arrangement of the objects in your photo — the composition? Are the elements properly placed? Do they enter and the exit the edge of the photo properly? Are the viewers eyes reading the story you wanted to tell? If not, you need to enhance your composition.

Come on a photography scavenger hunt with your instructor, T.J. Gillespie, while you seek out a dozen photographic compositions. T.J. will debrief you on the compositions you'll be hunting for and then guide you along on your quest for photographic treasure. Some of the jewels we'll be searching for are Balanced Elements, Symmetry, Leading Lines, View Point and more…

Sign up quick as class is limited to 6 crew members which means there will be plenty of time to learn the ropes from your captain.

Class Dates & Time

No classes scheduled at this time

Registering

Before signing up please read the pre-requisites below then simply click the "Add to cart" above and you will be added to that class. Please allow 1 or 2 business days to recieve your confirmation email. Registration fees are non-refundalbe but fully transferable.

Location

We meet under the canopy / stage at H. Wayne Huizenga park (also known as Bubier Park).

Parking

You are responsible for all parking fees. The parking garage at Riverfront is a good value and location for $5.

mapLocation and Parking Details
Pre-requisites

You must supply your own DSLR

You must have either taken the beginner DSLR class or can demonstrate at time of class to me the ability to photograph in aperture and shutter priority.

Registration is required 24 hours prior to class date.

Recommended

Comfortable shoes as we will walk about 1 mile in total and standing most of the time.

Cancellation Policy

Due to high demand classes typically run full. Cancellations require a minimum 72-hour notice and will incur a $15 rescheduling fee. Cancellations with less than 72-hour notice may incur forfeiture of fees paid or the full value of the voucher. No-shows will always forfeit fees paid or the full value of the voucher.

Instruction is held outdoors and therefore is subject to weather. If instruction is cancelled prior to start of class due to bad weather at the predetermined location for instruction, instruction will be reschedule with no forfeiture in class fees. If instruction is cancelled partially through class, students attending a group class are welcome to attend the same group class at a future date on a first-come, first-serve basis. Private lessons are rescheduled to fulfill the remaining cash balance at the agreed hourly rate; no class/instructional or rental fees will be refunded but may be used towards other classes or rentals. Cancellation for bad weather may be as short as a 1 minute notice due to the unpredictability of Florida's tropical storms.

All cancellations made by the instructor, regardless of when or why, will not penalize the amount paid by the student/client.

I've taught over 500 students since 2011. As you know, bad feedback is much more likely to be posted than positive back. My customer reviews speak for themselves. As of July 2014:

Groupon Ratings

100% Approval!

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LivingSocial Ratings

100% Approval!

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T.J. Was very patient and had a nice style to his teaching. I've taken another class like his before and was lost and wasted my time with added confusion. With T.J.'s lesson, I feel I am on my way to taking better photos!!

– Kassie Seltman

Kassie's review hits on a very important difference in my class and others offered. If a photography class states that your camera is optional I strongly believe you'll learn very little. My class a camera is required because you WILL be taking photos!

Really informative. He broke it down so beginners can grasp the basics. Absolutely worth my time and money.

– Christa Remington

TJ was an excellent hands- on instructor! Perfect class size! Highly recommend this class and look forward to learning more from him!

Laura Weinkle

Very knowledgeable teacher and great way to begin to learn how to use your DLSR camera. I've had my camera for 4+ years and this is the first time that I actually know what things mean ON the camera! Also, his tips for taking pics and doing it hands-on actually helped me tremendously (I can learn in a class - but I learn better by actually doing!). Thanks TJ!

– Anonymous review posted to Groupon.com

TJ was a good instructor and made it easy to grasp the basics. As a complete beginner, he taught in 3 hours what normally would take a few months in a regular school/course. Thank you.

– Anonymous review posted to Groupon.com

This class was great and TJ the instructor was awesome! He explained all the "technicalities" I normally have a hard time understanding, in a way that I could easily understand and put to use in my future as a photographer. I highly recommend TJ!! He is really, really good!!

– Anonymous review posted to Groupon.com

I've been a trainer and a teacher for much of my life and you did great.

– John Morn

TJ is awesome! He is really good about teaching you about THE CAMERA and maybe telling you his idea about artistic composition but he truly understands that if it looks good to you, it must be great :) I have had my DSLR for a few years and I never used it b/c it didn't do what I wanted. I took my camera out the next day and am pretty excited to keep using it b/c now it is doing what I want it to! would highly recommend to anyone who doesn't know their camera well or who uses the program mode--you just spend hundreds of dollars on a camera so learn how to use it.

– Anonymous review posted to Groupon.com

Thank you very much for the class. We both came away learning so much more than we had expected in a two hour course! I only wish I had done this sooner...I can't believe I have had my DSLR camera set on auto for 5 years! So excited to practice some of the things we learned, and look forward to taking more classes to build on what you taught us.

Happy Holidays!

– Katy and Brad

Great personality, really knew his stuff, a fun experience.

– Anonymous review posted to Groupon.com

Very knowledgeable. Loved the hands on experience.

– Anonymous review posted to Groupon.com

Made such technical info simple which pleased me & I tended to learn more.

– Candida Simmons

GREAT CLASS HAVE ALREADY GIVEN OUT HIS NAME TO OTHERS SEARCHING FOR A TEACHER WHO IS QUITE KNOWLEDGEABLE, WHO SIMPLIFIES TECHNICAL INFORMATION SO THE AVERAGE PERSON CAN LEARN FASTER AND EASIER..HANDS ON ...THIS CLASS GETS A+

– Anonymous review posted to LivingSocial.com

I thought the class was very informative. TJ is really knowledgeable and explains thing very clearly. The practice exercises were perfect.

– Anonymous review posted to Groupon.com

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

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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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