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Call or Email to Schedule: dvai@yahoo.com 865-850-8675

Basic/Advanced Photo Instruction

In my professional life, I’ve had the benefit of years of educational, working experience and a community of fellow photographers that help me sort out roadblocks and get where I want to go.  These personalized lessons are my way of sharing that experience, of sitting down with a photographer and figuring out what you need to know technically or creatively to be a better photographer. 


1 hr Personalized Lesson$75 per person
1 hr Group Lessons (min. 5 people. Gather friends or wait for a group of like-minded five) $30 per person


So you have an (D)SLR but aren’t quite sure what to do with it?  Or you’d like to take better photos with the camera you have? 

At times it’s felt like there wasn’t a day that went by where someone didn’t stop me in the field and ask a “camera” question. One of the biggest changes in the last 15 years has been the rise of the prosumer camera and the availability of photography to all. Unfortunately, it also means that cameras can seem more complex and the manuals more so. And really, the technical part is less than half of the equation. Light, composition, the moment,  paying attention to what you see and know are key. 

I offer lessons to share the basics of photography, whether you want to figure out camera settings or know more about the creative process.


You know the basics, but want take your creative process or technical skills to a higher level. 


•Camera Stuff: This info can be basic to more advanced depending on your level. The building blocks of each frame- ISO, aperture, shutter speed, focus. DSLR users: How to take your camera off the P (programmable/auto mode), use more settings and why auto doesn’t always work. Advanced: depth of field, dragging the shutter, white balance, focus techniques, sports.

•Photography: color, light, composition, depth of field, leading lines. Waiting for the light or making the most of the light you have. Paying attention to what you see and how photography reflects your inner landscape. Portraits, objects in motion from sports to kids, family photos, food, landscapes.

•Using Flash/Balancing Flash: using on-camera or off-camera flash and avoiding the deer in headlights look.

•Lenses: wide, macro, zoom. – I can usually give some advice on what you might need and costs. 

•Ask away: tell me what you want to know! No question is too basic.

What you won’t learn:
•Every single setting or accessory on every camera: For that, you need a camera store rep. I currently use Nikon, Fuji and my iphone but used Canon for years. The basics of cameras are mostly the same. If you have a specific question that I can’t answer, I’ll try to find out for you.