New Photography Classes & Workshops in 2015!

I don’t do New Years resolutions, but if I did this year’s would be to use my blog more. We’ll see how that goes.

The good news for this year is that I have added to my photography class list!  Also we are doing more hands-on classes, which people seem to like, and have added some classes for up-and-coming pros!

Most, if not all, of our 101-Basic Digital Photography Classes are free at Spartanburg and Greenville county public libraries.  And we are looking to move into Hendersonville and Asheville NC in the spring.

Check out this list of our current classes and, if you’re interested, sign up for one at  The new 2015 classes have a * attached to them.  I hope to see you in class!

101 – Digital Photography Fundamentals

102 – DSLR Fundamentals

103 – DSLR Advanced Techniques

104 – Your Canon Camera

105 – Your Nikon Camera

106 – Your Sony Camera

107 – Basic Photoshop Elements

108 – Photographic Composition*

109 – The Right Photo Gear*

110 – iPhoneography I

111 – iPhoneography II*

201 – Flash Fundamentals Hands-on

202 – Off-Camera Flash Hands-on*

203 – HDR Photography

204 – Image Organization & Management*

208 – Posing Fundamentals*

301 – Outdoor Portraiture Hands-on Workshop

302 – Photoshop for Portraits

303 – Sports & Action Photography Workshop

304 – Window Lit Portaits*

305 – Night Landscapes Workshops*

307 – The Wedding Photography Business for New Professionals*

306 – The Business of Portrait Photography*

The elements of exposure and why ISO comes first, part 1 of 3.

Ansel Adams chose ISO first.

Your pictures suck compared to his.

iso camera lcd

If you are learning, or relearning, manual exposure I will tell you there is a progression of choosing the 3 elements of exposure that works every time.  The 3 elements are ISO, aperture and shutter speed, in that order, at least at first.

In the 1920s Ansel Adams began taking some pretty good pictures.  He knew all the rules about photography.  He knew all the numbers and formulas and even created some rules of his own that we still use.  Guess what?  Adams had to deal with ISO too and he didn’t have a camera that would do it for him.

We are spoiled and it complicates ISO.  When did Adams choose his ISO?  Before his trip, right?  Days, weeks or months before setting his camera up for a shot.

Our fancy schmancy digital cameras have auto ISO.  When we walk out into the sunlight the camera chooses 100, in dark settings it chooses 1600.  Why are we always crying about ISO and noise?

Learn aperture and shutter speed at this week’s photography class in Spartanburg!

This week’s class is all about learning to shoot in full manual. About an hour after arriving we will be hands-on shooting in manual mode on our SLRs, a mode that intimidates most new photographers.

This class is updated and is half classroom and half hands-on. Weather permitting, we will go outside and put to use what we have learned the first hour of class.

If you haven’t taken any of our classes I will encourage you to review what ISO means to digital photography before attending this 200 level class. Bring your camera and plan to have fun!

DSLR Photography Classes this week in Spartanburg!

I’m guessing most entry-level DSLR owners know the power of the Program Mode on their camera. This Tuesday at Spartan Photo Center we will have our 102 class, Basic DSLR Photography, from 6-8PM. This class is designed to show the power behind using the Program Mode of your SLR. We will cover flash control, menu control, white balance and more!

Information and registration at

PPSC Upstate Super Sunday Workshop 2013


workshop group

This was the first Super Sunday Workshop I taught for PPSC. One of the biggest groups of 2013, we had a great time shooting 3 models and learning from each other.

2014 Photography Classes in Greenville and Spartanburg!

We have officially begun our 2014 series, with our student favorites and 10 new photography classes. 

This year we will be offering 4-hour workshops that take you through the basics and advanced functions of a DSLR, including an hour of Photoshop Elements.  These classes are in both Greenville and Spartanburg. 

We have also added 10 new classes that are more specific to your favorite area of photography.  These are HDR, Macro, Children, Sports, Landscape, iPhone/smart phone and more!  Please visit our class schedule at for information and registration. 

Greenville classes will be held at Hilton Greenville and Spartanburg classes will be held at South Carolina’s biggest camera store, Spartan Photo Center.  We look forward to seeing you there! 

Basic Digital SLR Classes this week in Spartanburg.

We will begin our digital photography class series again this week in Spartanburg, at Spartan Photo Center.

Tuesdays Aug 23 & Aug 30 will be our Basic and Advanced DSLR Classes. The two classes together will take you from using your camera’s automatic and scene modes into using full manual exposure. We will learn all about lenses, ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speeds and Metering.

We suggest photographers of all skill levels start with our Basic DSLR class, however there is no prerequisite for any of our classes. If you are familiar with ISO, Program modes and Expansion/Compression, jump right into our Advanced class.

These classes will be followed by Canon and Nikon specific classes, Photoshop, Flash and more.

Please check our full class listing at Thanks!