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Palo Alto, CA 94306 (and nearby)


>>> Why not get lessons on Digital Photography and how to use that new camera to make beautiful images

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>>> Private, one-on-one, live and in person, Camera, Photography, and Lightroom Tutoring in Palo Alto, CA 94306

>>> Groups up to 3 people for same price as 1 person


DSLR Camera camera class, lessons, or tutoring

You’ve been taking snapshots for years with various point-and-shoot cameras or (shudder) even your cell phone. But now you have a great DSLR camera with all the bells and whistles and have no clue what to do with it. Or, you’ve had your DSLR for awhile and are less than satisfied with the results. You know how to set the dial to “Automatic” and push the button – just like you did with your point and shoot but that’s about it. Now what?

Reading the 200 page camera manual is of no help. It tells you what the buttons do, but not why you would want to do that or what benefits or detriments come along with those settings. It tells you how to display the menu, but not the meaning of the 80+ items in 3 levels of options or when one would want to use those options.

It doesn't matter if you have a Canon Camera, a Nikon Camera, or a Sony Camera, you want to move from just “Taking Pictures” to “Making Photographs” – which is why you got that camera in the first place. In other words you want to learn Digital Photography and how to use your camera.

I’m an award winning photographer with great teaching skills who can teach you how to “Escape the Green Box” (get off of the Auto setting) and really use your DSLR. My one-on-one lessons are tailored to your camera and your skill level. These are the highest quality. professional and in depth, lessons and should not be confused with quickie 2 hour overviews. I don't just tell you to "push that button" or "turn that dial", I teach you how the various camera settings impact your images. I give you the information required to fully understand, control and utilize your camera to make beautiful images matching your artistic vision.

If you take my structured course format I also provide, free of charge, PDF copies of the class presentation material (over 150 PowerPoint slides) we use during the class, including my instructor notes so you can refer back to them later. After you have finished my course, you should feel free to send me emails with questions, issues or problems that may come up or ask me to look over a few of your photos to offer suggestions - all at no charge.

I give my lessons at my place in Palo Alto (near San Antonio and El Camino) but can come to your place in nearby cities for an extra travel reimbursement fee depending on distance.

I tailor the Material to your needs based on how deep you want to go and even what things you want to concentrate on.

As a guide, for a novice covering all material to an in-depth level, will take about 6 total hours. However a light once over of the key points can be covered in 3 to 4 hours

Select "DSLR Lesson Details" in the "Lessons" menu for a list of topics which are included in the DSLR lessons.

Adobe Lightroom Help, Tutoring, Lessons, Class

Having problems with Adobe Lightroom? I can help you out. Lightroom is a very powerful image management and editing tool that more and more professional as well as amateur photographers are using as their primary image tool. There is a vast amount you can do with it and I can show you how.

I can also help with untangle your catalogs and image storage and offer suggestions on best practices.

Learn how to manage and organize your images with the Library Module and how to improve the look of your images in the Develop Module. We can also talk about the Map, Print, Slideshow, and Web modules if those are the areas that interest you.

Select "LR Lesson Details" in the "Lessons" menu for details

Rates and Schedules

My Rate is $50/hr of instruction and you can bring up to 2 friends at no additional cost. If, after the first hour you are not completely satisfied, we can stop there and there will be no charge.

Lessons can be arranged in sessions of 1 to 3 hours duration each (2 hr minimum on first lesson).

Click on "Guestbook Entries" in upper right corner of this screen for student reviews of my lessons. Most of these can also be found on Yelp.
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Guestbook for Lessons Overview
28.Yazid A. (New York)(non-registered)
(copied from Yelp 5/26.2016)

Great professional, knows what he is doing, organized and thoughtful. Got two excellent introduction classes with Dan which gave me enough to get started with my DSLR.
27.McKenzie T. (Stanford, CA)(non-registered)
(Copied from Yelp 5/5/2016)

I found Dan through Yelp and was very happy with the six hour course that I took from him. I have a DSLR camera and have used it for a few years, but was wanting to learn how to take better pictures and shoot more comfortably in manual mode. The course was better than expected and I felt that I had pretty high expectations. Dan was very organized and went at the perfect pace. I feel much more comfortable with my camera and it's settings, and taking pictures in general. I am also planning on taking a Lightroom course from Dan. His classes are a great deal and you can't beat the one on one attention that his classes provide.
25.Chris A.(non-registered)
(Copied from Yelp 12/1/2015)

I am a wildlife photographer living in East Africa, and photography is an integral part of my work. During my visit to the Bay Area, my goal was to improve my DSLR skills, particularly shooting in manual mode. I started taking lessons regularly with Dan a few months ago , and my skill level has improved by leaps and bounds. Dan is a great teacher, and he has the unique ability to explain the technical aspects of photography in ways that are understandable, and useable out in the field. My understanding of the relationship between ISO, shutter speed, and aperture has increased. Dan also has an in depth understanding of post processing using Lightroom, and I have learned a lot from him about this complicated program. He also has helped me with organizing my files, and folders. What I have learned from Dan is invaluable, and I feel confident that when I return to East Africa, my photography will be greatly improved.
To be frank, I have been thinking about learning Adobe Lightroom, as I came to learn the fact that most of the photographers now days are making use of it for the editing works and says that it is the best tool we have got as of now.

23.Mahendra R.(non-registered)
(Copied from Yelp, 6/8/2015)

I took a 2 hour private unstructured course with Dan Hartford today. Dan is an excellent instructor. His approach is methodical and clear. He tailor-made the session so that it was perfect: plenty of information at the right level of technical detail. I plan to follow up with more instruction as this is certainly the best experience I have had with photography classes.
Mahen R
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