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Connecticut DSLR photography workshops/Entry level and Intermediate/Learn manual controls and advanced techniques from a professional


the TS Photography Academy - Connecticut Photography workshops  PHOTOGRAPHY ACADEMY


Learn Manual Exposure Controls/ISO/Aperture/Shutter Speed/Metering Modes/Histogram/File Sizes and More



Entry level & Intermediate Enthusiast love my D-SLR and Mirrorless Camera photography workshops. The classes are fun, informative, creative and designed to inspire. Realizing your tight daily schedule requirements, my instructional workshops take just 3 hours. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from an accomplished professional master landscape photographer with an impressive list of publications.

The entry-level workshops have been moved from our Warren Ct studio (old location) to the Makery Coworking located at 20 Bank St. in New Milford. Conveniently located just 30 minutes or less from towns like Danbury, Torrington, Southbury, Pawling NY, and Bristol.  I'm happy to do one-on-one, small groups and can accommodate as many as 10. Workshops must be scheduled with Thom in advance. You can Call directly at (860) 717-2227 or email - Thom@ThomasSchoeller.Photography

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Beginners Classes 

My beginner's workshop takes about 2 1/2 - 3 hours. I'll review the Exposure Triangle  (ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture) with participants and simplify this complicated relationship. I find the majority of newbie SLR/Mirrorless camera owners with manual controls are intimidated by their gear, especially after not seeing the results they expected. My approach to showing you the basic functions and navigating the menus is practical. It's my goal to have you feel confident making manual settings adjustments.  Knowledge = power. 

Beginners Workshop Pricing 

Level I - (beginners) classes are $150.00 and typically take 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Morning workshops begin at 9:15 am. We have recently added a second Level I workshop that begins at 12:45 pm on Saturdays. I conduct these workshops at the Makery Coworking in New Milford, Ct. 

To schedule a workshop you can email me: Thom@ThomasSchoeller.Photography

Topics Covered

  • The Exposure Triangle - A complicated relationship simplified
  • Shutter Speed
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Metering Modes (spot-matrix-center priority)
  • Using the Histogram 
  • Image Stabilization (VR-IOS) 
  • Viewfinder Basics - TTL or EVF
  • Comparing Mirrorless and D-SLR 
  • Image Quality Settings (RAW and JPEG) 
  • Exposure Adjustments (+/-)   
  • Cool filters for awesome effects


Workshops are strictly for DSLR & 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 or Mirrorless camera, along with a lens, charged battery, memory cards and a healthy dose of enthusiasm!  




Intermediate Enthusiast Workshops

If you have completed the Entry level Workshop, the Intermediate workshop is the next phase.  Since you may already be well past basic skills, completing my entry level workshop is not a requirement.  If you're comfortable making manual adjustments to the camera's controls, you can swap out lenses with ease, are using polarizer filters & neutral density filters, and you use a tripod this is the workshop for you.

Geared Towards Nature and Landscape Photography

This is a hands-on workshop and a wonderful follow-up to my beginner's workshops. We make these workshops available during the spring and summer months, by appointment only. These workshops will require a field trip and an early start to some of my favorite scenic nature destinations in Connecticut's Litchfield County. I'll be teaching you how to get an amazing depth of field (focus front to back) in your images, selective focus with purposely out of focus backgrounds and how to artistically compose an image that captures your viewer's attention. I'll also show you how to correctly capture that silky ethereal flow of water in a stream or waterfall and how to determine the most favorable natural lighting for your subject. My experiences with Intermediate skill workshop attendees is they are thrilled to be able to see the results of their newly learned techniques and are very eager to schedule additional classes to build upon their new skills. You'll see improvements and acquire additional skills each time out.  

I recommend starting with either a Morning (sunrise) Workshop or Late Afternoon (sunset) session. Although I cannot guarantee amazing sunrise or sunsets, working those hours of the day usually provides optimal lighting for outdoor nature scenes and we can avoid harsh sunny mid-day lighting. If we get misty or foggy days or light rain that is great! I've spent 34+ years chasing bad weather to capture beautiful atmospheric conditions.  

Since this requires a road trip and working in the field for several hours, they are priced at $250.00. 

Requirements for Intermediate Workshop

  • a D-SLR camera body OR Mirrorless camera and lens
  • a Tripod (this is important for long exposures and composing)
  • Ability to manually change exposure settings
  • comfortable hiking shoes
  • screw on circular polarizer filter that fits your lens
  • bottled water and a snack for some nature hikes
  • 2 or 3 stop circular Neutral density filter for waterfall/stream photography helps if you have one!
  • Charged batteries and storage media!! CF or SD cards
  • Cleaning kit/Soft lens cloth and appropriate cleaning solution (just in case)
  • Bear spray is optional for nature hikes. I always carry my own.
  • Lastly, you must be at least 18 years of age.






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