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Connecticut DSLR and Mirrorless system photography workshops | Classes For Beginners and Guided Workshops for Advanced | Learn Manual Exposure Controls



Learn Manual Exposure Controls and more

Local Connecticut and NY DSLR photography class instructor Thom Schoeller

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My D-SLR and Mirrorless System Camera photography classes & workshops are fun, informative, and designed to inspire. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn from an accomplished and well-published master landscape photographer that is local to you.

Level I - Beginners Coaching

The workshops are separated into distinct categories to accommodate any skill level. My Level I - Beginners classes are a (2) session bundle which is great for beginners or even a quick brush-up. It's THE PLACE to start and learn what's going on "under the hood" with any DSLR or Mirrorless system. The objective is to get you familiar with the manual controls and functions that these wonderful cameras offer. The exposure triangle and all the camera's functions are the topics of both classes, and I go into greater detail further into this page. 

Level II - Applying Technique

I then have this really fun follow-up as Level II "hands-on" workshops. This is the junction where the beginner meets the intermediate skill level. What's really great is I let YOU pick the subjects that you enjoy shooting the most. Do you want to learn how to shoot waterfalls? How about Portrait Photography tricks and tips? Nature & Landscapes, Close-Ups? You pick a subject, I'll teach you. 

During each class, I'll be teaching you how to select the proper aperture settings, ISO, and shutter speed to achieve desired results. If your camera has a back-focus button, I'll show you how to use it. We'll go over both manual focusing and auto-focus techniques, and just as important I'll show you how each metering mode works and what's best to choose for your subject!  This series of classes is an eye-opener!  I created a bundle package so you can pre-purchase all (3) sessions at a discounted price. 

For the more advanced shooters, I provide Guided Outdoor Connecticut Nature Landscape Photography workshops. I have multiple locations that I take people to throughout the picturesque Litchfield Hills region. I like to limit these classes to 4 participants max so you are able to get my full attention.


Conveniently located just 30 minutes or less from towns like Danbury, Torrington, Bristol, Southbury, and Pawling/Carmel NY.  I'm under an hour from Westport, Milford and West Hartford CT.  Workshops must be scheduled with Thom by phone or email. It's suggested to purchase your class in advance and then allow me to schedule. You can call directly at (860) 717-2227 or email - Thom@ThomasSchoeller.Photography

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When you are ready to purchase or reserve your Photography Workshop, click the Book It Now link below or go to the menu above. > Workshops > Purchase Workshops.  It's best to purchase your class in advance using the workshops voucher option. I'll follow up within a day to schedule your class! There is no rush to schedule your class ASAP. We can plan out for days, weeks or even a month ahead. 



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Level I Classes - Entry Level Coaching

Level I beginners' classes consist of (2) sessions lasting @ 2 hours each. These coaching sessions are scheduled a week or more apart from each other to allow time for you to practice. They can be purchased individually for $160.00 each, or Bundle them as a pre-purchase for just $245.00.  Sessions take place in New Milford, Ct.

I'm available to take a road trip to your home within a 25-mile radius of New Milford for $175.00 per class, or $275.00 per person for the bundled classes. 

You don't have to decide immediately what Level workshop is best for you. I'll speak with you by phone to discuss your current skill level and understanding of photography and make a suggestion. There is a limit of (1 on 4) maximum instructor to participants to provide my full attention to all.  I'm happy to provide 1 on 1 coaching at no extra cost. Although my Level l class is designed to get you familiar with your camera's exposure and focus functions, it's not just for beginners. Unless you're already an advanced photographer, this is a great class to brush up on the Exposure Triangle.

The Exposure Triangle is the mechanic's of ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture and how it affects your exposures. I'll help simplify this complicated relationship through personal coaching sessions.  

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During the second Level I beginners class, we'll begin by reviewing some photos you took after the previous class and I'll provide feedback. This is a great way to show you what you've learned so far. Next, we'll pick up where we left off and review the Exposure Triangle. I'll go over what lens to use for different circumstances as well and expand upon what we've covered and then answer all your questions. 

Please Contact Me to Schedule Your Class

Before we finally schedule your classes, it's always best to CALL or EMAIL me. You should purchase your workshop in advance, and then we can converse to schedule the date afterward. You can purchase any workshop in advance using my Gift Card option from the menu, or I can invoice you by PayPal. Don't worry about openings or availability, I'm able to make things work out for you!

To schedule a workshop or ask any questions you may have you can click here to contact me:  About Photo Workshops

You may also go ahead and purchase your workshop in advance using my GIFT CARD OPTION 

Topics Covered

  • The Exposure Triangle - A complicated relationship simplified
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Metering Modes (spot-matrix-center priority)
  • the Histogram and how to take advantage of it.
  • Image Stabilization (VR-IOS) 
  • Viewfinder Basics - TTL or EVF
  • Comparing D-SLM and D-SLR camera systems
  • Image Quality Settings (RAW and JPEG) 
  • Exposure Adjustments (+/-)   


Workshops are strictly for D-SLR & D-SLM (Mirrorless) cameras with full manual exposure controls and interchangeable lenses. (No iPhone cameras, iPad cameras or compact consumer digital cameras)  You should bring your DSLR | DSLM camera, along with a lens, charged battery, a memory card, and a healthy dose of enthusiasm!  Also, be sure to bring your camera's manual! Unless you own Nikon equipment, I won't know your camera's menus in and out. 

Why Attend a Workshop or Classes in Person

Simply owning a serious camera & lenses does not make anyone a photographer. In fact, at least 90% of the people taking my classes told me at the start they felt they were advanced photographers already but, here's the fun part, they never have taken their camera off full auto mode! If you need to leave your camera on AUTO, then all you need is an iPhone or point and shoot camera. 

These classes are for people that really want to learn photography and how to operate their camera's functions. This is a service that I've provided for many years, and it is well worth the effort and small investment. The fact is, you'll spend uncounted hours of your time trying to cobble together knowledge from places on the internet for free. For instance, how many YouTube videos would you need to watch part way before you realize the talking heads aren't able to resolve your questions? I know for a fact its frustrating because I hear it so often. 

Other significant wastes of your time are Free online courses or Udemy videos available to purchase at outrageous discounts. You may get lucky with a Udemy course every so often but its important to know that anyone can create and market a video on Udemy and not even be proficient or knowledgable. I've had my own class attendees tell me about their experiences that extend beyond the poor quality up to failed attempts to recoup their money.  The bottom line states that your time wasted on chasing free offers is money lost. Your time is money, and should be valuable to you!   

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Level II classes - Applying Techniques  

This is a series of (3 classes) that are the perfect follow once you've completed the Beginner's Level I classes. They are 2 hours and 15 minutes long and can be outdoors or inside depending on what subjects you want to learn. 

What's Your Favorite Subject?

I may be repeating myself, but what's really cool about this next level is YOU get to pick your favorite subject to photograph, and I'll teach you!  Whatever subject you want to get better at shooting, we'll work on elevating your photography skills!  I'll adapt the workshop/classes around your needs, you set the pace and you get to ask the questions. So whether we do this outdoors or indoors, it all depends on what you like to photograph! People portraits, waterfalls rivers & streams, Street Photography, Nature landscapes? I'll get you on course to mastering your new techniques!

We'll be teaching you what aperture and focal length (mm setting on your lens) you need for your subject, also selecting the proper ISO, and shutter speed. If your camera has a back-focus button, I'll teach you how and when to use it. Also, digital camera's come with 3 or more options for metering modes and I'll explain which one you should be using for the subject. Manual focus and auto-focus techniques are practiced as well. 


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Advanced and Intermediate 

Connecticut Guided Outdoors Nature Photography Workshops

The guided outdoors Connecticut nature workshops are aimed right at nature photography enthusiast!  This is open to any skill level but requires you to bring certain equipment with you. If you have a tripod, camera, lenses, and Neutral Density or Polarizer filters, my outdoor workshops are suitable for you!  I'll work around your current skill level and you get to set the pace.  A simple call to me is all we need to figure out your level of understanding photography. Once we schedule a time and date for your guided outdoor nature workshop, I'll send you an invoice to pre-pay for the class which also guarantees your spot.  

Hands-On Nature Photography Workshops

Intermediate level hands-on nature photography workshops are conducted on location in the scenic Litchfield Hill's of Connecticut. These outdoor classes are geared towards nature & landscape photography using natural light.  Photographing outdoors in nature is the most challenging style and genre of photography. Nature is not a controlled environment like a studio. We'll be shooting in natural light, often low light or contrast between highlights and shadows. Natural light can change at any time without notice. We'll be dealing with motion caused by wind, water, and other variables.

Teaching Both Advanced Techniques and Artistic Aspects

A great landscape image requires more than just understanding and applying a good fundamental technique. There is an artistic aspect that goes into composing beautiful landscapes. During our outdoors on-location session, I'll be showing you how to compose more dynamic imagery.  I'll be explaining how the human eye is pre-programmed by nature to scan a scene, and what the human eyes tell the brain is a prettier scene to explore. For most, I'll be working with you to teach you excellent sound technical skills for making beautiful imagery, as well as your artistic vision. I limit the Outdoors Guided Workshops to 4 participants to give you individual attention as everyone is shooting the scenery. If you prefer one-on-one coaching, be sure to let me know.

Traditionally I schedule early Mornings and late Afternoon workshops to take advantage of the best lighting during "sunny days".  This best lighting conditions during the spring and summer months lasts just 2.5 to 3 hours twice a day.  Although I cannot guarantee amazing sunrise or sunsets, working those hours of the day in sunny weather usually provides optimal lighting for outdoor nature scenes.  It's critical to try and avoid harsh sunny mid-day lighting conditions here in New England as you get "hot-spots" of sunlight in the forest and the light is flat otherwise.

Exclusions to Sunny Days.  If misty or foggy conditions are forecast, that is great for shooting forested scenes including streams and waterfalls. These can be scheduled without having to wake up at insanely early hours in the morning, and it allows us to continue the workshop to drive to multiple scenic locations if desired.  


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Guided Connecticut Nature Photography Workshops are limited to a maximum of 4 participants. Each morning or late day (sunny day) workshop lasts about 3 hours and is priced at $290.00 per person. Morning Litchfield Hills workshops commence at dawn. They continue through the magic hour and ends after the golden hour. Late day workshops work in reverse. They begin at the golden hour, and continue through the magic hour and end at dusk. 

If your schedule is flexible, and are able to commit to a last-minute "misty, foggy, cloudy day" workshop of waterfalls and forest scenes, the first 3 hours are $290.00 per person. If the conditions persist and you would like to continue, the rate is $85.00 per hour 




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