Most everyone who picks up a camera experiences the common problems of the beginning photographer: Out of focus, improper exposure, dull images, and poor composition. Add to that photography’s confusing terminology and you have a recipe for total frustration with your camera.

Even if you are an experienced amateur photographer who understands ISO, depth-of-field, f/stops and shutter speeds, photographing friends and family can lead to poor results because of a lack of knowledge about lighting.

Jim Colman Photography offers classes aimed at the beginner and advanced photographers. At the end of my two-hour “Basic Photography” class, you will leave with the knowledge to successfully operate your camera in manual mode, making all the necessary adjustments in order to create a well exposed photograph. More importantly, you will gain an understanding of basic photography principals which you can practice at home.

For the advanced amateur, I offer a two hour session “Lighting on Location” workshop which will teach you how to use natural light, reflectors and inexpensive flashes off-camera with your DSLR to shoot portraits and family photographs. I will be showing you the actual reasons behind each lighting setup with the intention to teach you to be able to create your own… not just replicate the exact things I show you at the workshop.

Each two hour class is only $90. Use the “contact me” tab for more information. For my “Lighting on Location” workshop, a basic understanding of photography and your camera is required for best results.

About me. I have a degree in photography from Brooks Institute, one of the premiere photography schools in the country. I have over 30 years experience in film, television and photography lighting and have been teaching lighting classes for many years. I have been running a successful photography business since 2008, focusing on commercial photography, weddings and family portraits.