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Connecticut DSLR & D-Mirrorless system photography workshops | Entry level and Intermediate/Learn manual controls and advanced techniques from a professional



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

Local Connecticut and NY DSLR photography class instructor Thom Schoeller

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Entry level & Intermediate Enthusiast love my D-SLR and D-SLM Camera photography workshops. The classes are fun, informative, creative and designed to inspire. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from an accomplished professional master landscape photographer with an impressive list of publications.

The entry-level workshops take place in a relaxed studio-style class setting in New Milford CT. Conveniently located, we are just 30 minutes or less from towns like Danbury, Torrington, Southbury, Pawling or Carmel NY, and Bristol.  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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TS Photography Workshops are Connecticut's best choice for learning D-SLR and mirrorless camera systems


When you are ready to reserve your Photography Workshop, click the Book It Now link below. This brings you to our booking calendar. Click on any weekend date for available workshops of classes. You must fill out the form completely. We will contact you after confirming your workshop with an address for navigation.



Learn to SEEVisual DesignEffective compositionsBe Expressive, Define With Light 









Beginners Classes 

The beginner's Phase I 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. Most D-SLR & Mirrorless camera owners are intimidated by their gear and all of the complicated manual controls. Frustration soon sets in, 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. 

Connecticut | NY | Berkshires Photography Workshops by Thom Schoeller

Beginners Workshop Pricing 

Level I - (beginners) classes are $150.00. For convenience, I usually schedule these on Saturdays. The early morning workshops begin at 9:15 am.  I frequently schedule an afternoon Phase I workshop that begins at 12:45 pm. All beginner - Phase I classes are held in New Milford, Ct. Once you book your workshop online, I'll confirm by email and provide the physical address for navigation. 

To schedule a workshop you can click here:  Book A Workshop Now

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 D-SLM and D-SLR 
  • 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, memory cards and a healthy dose of enthusiasm!  

FAQ:  What do the terms D-SLR and D-SLM mean? Are they Different?    

Answer: "D" refers to Digital technology. "SLR" stands for Single Lens Reflex camera. When you look through an SLR viewfinder, you see the exact light that travels through the attached lens and is then reflected off the mirror and reflected again in a pentaprism through the viewfinder. SLR's have Optical Viewfinders. (OVF)

"SLM" stands for Single Lens Mirrorless camera. Mirrorless technology differs from an SLR by way of not having a mirror or a pentaprism to reflect the view through the lens up to the viewfinder. By eliminating the need for the mirror and pentaprism, Mirrorless camera systems tend to be smaller, thinner and lighter. SLM's have Electronic Viewfinders (EVF) allowing you to see a digital display of the scene by placing your eye to the traditional viewfinder, or by using the high-resolution LCD screen on the back of the camera.

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Intermediate Enthusiast Workshops

After completing the Entry level Workshop, the Intermediate workshop is the next phase.  If you are already well past basic skills, completing my entry level workshop is not a requirement. You need to BOOK and Register your workshop in advance online. The requirements and Booking Calendar to take a Phase II workshop are on my TS Photography Workshops  website.

Geared Towards Landscape Photography

My Level II hands-on workshops are conducted on location in the scenic Litchfield Hill's of Connecticut. Geared more towards nature & landscape photography using natural light. That is not a limiting factor, however, since more variables exist doing outdoor landscapes than any other genre of photography. What I teach you can be related to any style of photography!

Phase II on-location Workshops | Technical and Artistic Aspects

I'll be working with you to teach you excellent technical skills for making beautiful imagery, as well as your artistic vision. I limit the Phase II workshops to 4 participants to give you individual attention as everyone is shooting the scenery. Rather than have you read duplicate content, you can learn all about the Phase II workshops from my website TS Photography Workshops    

Traditionally I schedule Mornings and late Afternoon workshops to take advantage of the best lighting. 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.  

Learn DSLR Photography techniques | classes located in western Connecticut and NY. You're never too old!

Level II nature workshops are limited to a maximum of 4 participants. They are about 4 hours long and are priced at $250.00 





On-Location Destination Workshops  are being planned for the 2020 season! We are looking to schedule New York City workshops as well as Acadia National Park destination workshops. These will be multiple day events requiring you to book lodging in the region. I'll be announcing these workshops and the dates from my Photography Workshops website so be sure to bookmark my web page and check back often.  

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