Christopher Markisz - Gates of Heaven

As with anything, photography is easy to pick up but difficult to master. This class is designed for entry level and novice photographers who are ready to take their skills to the next level.

Topics covered include everything from basic camera operations (what shutter speed, aperture, ISO, exposure and white balance all mean) to making interesting compositions, perfecting long exposure techniques, night photography, the use of various filters, getting the most of your equipment, efficient workflow, the fundamentals of post-processing, effectively using social media, and ethics in photography. Each class is customized to the participant's interests, equipment and experience level.


These private classes are $300 per person and last up to 3 hours. (Extended sessions can be arranged for a fee of $100 per additional hour.) We will meet in a location of your choice (or mine if you prefer), taking into consideration seasonal conditions, weather, tide and time of day. I typically begin these classes about 2 hours before sunset and shoot until about an hour after the sun crosses the horizon. 

Required gear:

• Any DSLR camera with a manual mode. Bring extra batteries and memory cards.

• The fastest and widest lens you have.

• A sturdy tripod.

Recommended gear:

• Shutter release remote.

• Pen and paper or something to take notes with.

• Any Neutral Density filters you have.

• L-bracket for your camera body. This simplifies switching between landscape (horizontal) and portrait (vertical) orientation and will end up saving you lots of time, thus allowing you to create more quality images. 

• Wear comfortable shoes. Depending on what location you decide on, we may be in for a hike. Be prepared to get wet if you'd like to shoot seascapes. I usually wear shorts and go barefoot, but having a pair of sandals, tall rubber boots or neoprene waders is recommended for cold weather.