Photography Instruction

Philosophy | Courses | Private Lessons


My goal as an instructor is to provide students with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of photography. The emphasis, therefore, is on exposure and its components (aperture, shutter speed, and ISO) and how they work both individually and cooperatively.

Both beginners and intermediate students are welcome.

One-on-One Instruction

Private lessons are geared toward those who: prefer to learn in an informal, personal setting; are unable, due to work or family, to commit the time required for a more formal course; have previously taken a photo course and are simply looking to update or refresh their skills; or, have specific needs they wish to address.

Lessons are normally held at the student's home (additional costs may apply to students outside of the Greater Moncton area). I find this provides a more comfortable learning environment for the student and makes it easier on those with an already hectic day. Lessons can also be given "in the field" for more practical, hands-on instruction.

For beginners, topics include (subject to time constraints): camera care; basic camera operation with an overview of the shooting modes; an introduction to exposure and metering; white balance; focus; memory cards, file formats, and file transfer and storage. For students possessing some familiarity with their cameras and the fundamentals, the standard topics can be covered in greater detail or adapted to meet the specific needs and interests of the student.

One-on-one sessions are available in blocks ranging from three to twelve hours. Three-hour sessions must be taken in a single block. Six-hour and longer sessions can be broken down into several smaller blocks of two or three hours if desired.

Private lessons are geared towards individuals. However, I am willing to accomodate small groups (a maximum of four people) in certain circumstances, and group rates are available.

Please contact me for more information, for pricing details, or to arrange a session.

Purchase (Private Lessons)

Those interested in 3-hour, 6-hour or 9-hour sessions for a single student can pay for the lessons using the secure PayPal "Buy Now" button below.

If you would like to purchase 12-hour or 15-hour sessions, are interested in group sessions (maximum of four people), would like to inquire about reduced rates for children under 16, or are a previous student of mine seeking a refresher, please contact me prior to making an online purchase.

Photography Instruction (One Person):

Gift Certificates (Private Lessons)

Gift certificates are available for private, one-on-one instruction. They make a great present for the budding photographer in your family, especially when accompanying a new camera or other photography-related birthday or Christmas gift.

The gift certificates can be personalized with the names of both the sender and the recipient. They are available in both digital and paper formats so they can be sent electronically or tucked inside a birthday or Christmas card.

Sample Gift Certificate

NBCC Moncton

Since 2011, I have taught an Introduction to DSLR Photography course through the Continuing Education program at NBCC-Moncton. Classes are offered during both the fall and winter semesters, starting in September and February respectively.

The course presently consists of 21 hours of classroom instruction over a period of 7 weeks, broken down into one 3-hour session per week. Class size is limited to a maximum of 12 students per group. Topics include: camera care; photo accessories; exposure and its components; metering; focus; white balance; basic composition; and, file transfer and storage.

For further information or to register for an upcoming class, please contact NBCC-Moncton at (506) 856-2889.

Town of Sackville

In the fall of 2016, the Town of Sackville, New Brunswick, asked me to facilitate an Introduction to Photography course through the community programs offered by the Department of Parks and Recreation. To-date, classes have been offered during the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017.

The class discusses many of the same topics covered by the NBCC-Moncton course, although in a slightly reduced time-frame of only 16 hours of instruction. It is an eight week program. Class size is limited to approximately 12 students. Multiple classes may be offered if demand warrants.

For further information on upcoming classes, please contact the Town of Sackville at (506) 364-4930.


Landscape Workshop - Sackville, NB - 29 July 2017

Thank you to all the attendees for your participation and interest. I hope you found the day's session informative.

My thanks and appreciation also goes out to Richard Grewenig and Dave Melanson at Ivan's Audio Visual, and to the staff at the Tantramar Civic Centre in Sackville.