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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/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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D-SLR and D-SLM Camera photography workshops and classes are fun, informative, creative and designed to inspire. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn from an accomplished master landscape photographer with an impressive list of publications.

My Phase l classes take place in a relaxed studio-style class setting in New Milford CT. Simply stated, these classes are designed to get DSLR and Mirrorless system owners familiar with the manual controls and functions that these wonderful cameras offer. Conveniently located 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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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.



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Phase l Classes 

I have a brand new and fully comprehensive website exclusively dedicated to my photography courses. Since you are here now, I'll quickly give you some basic information. My new website link is found near the bottom of the page. 

My Phase I workshops take about 2 1/2 - 3 hours. I like to limit these to 4 participants to be able to answer as many questions as needed.  Although my Phase l class is designed to get you familiar with your camera's exposure and focus functions, it's not just for beginners or entry-level camera owners. Unless you are an experienced advanced photographer, this is a great class to take.

What I'll be reviewing is the Exposure Triangle. The interaction between ISO, Shutter Speed, and Aperture and how it affects your exposures. My intent is to help simplify this complicated relationship. Most D-SLR & Mirrorless camera owners often intimidated by their gear and all of the complicated manual controls and menus. Frustration sets in quickly. My approach to showing you the camera's manual functions and navigating the menus is practical. It's my goal to have you feel confident making manual settings adjustments.   

Connecticut | NY | Berkshires Photography Workshops by Thom Schoeller

Phase l Classes Pricing 

Level I Classes are $150.00. For convenience, I frequently schedule these on Saturday mornings. The earlies morning workshops begin at 9:15 am.  I frequently schedule an afternoon Phase I workshop that begins at 12:45 pm. All my Phase I classes are held in New Milford, Ct. Once you book your workshop online, I'll confirm by email. In this email, I'll provide the physical address for your GPS or Mapfinder 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)
  • 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, memory cards and a healthy dose of enthusiasm!  

FAQ:  What does D-SLR and D-SLM mean? Are they Different?    

Answer: "D" refers to Digital photography. "SLR" means its a Single Lens Reflex camera. When you look through an SLR viewfinder, you see the light that travels through the lens. Then its reflected off the mirror and back up to the pentaprism, and then through the viewfinder where you finally see the scene. 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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Phase II

Guided Outdoors Nature Photography and Technique Workshops

After completing the Phase l class, my Phase ll workshops are the next phase.  If you are already well past basic skills, completing my phase l class is not a requirement. In fact, if you have a tripod, camera and lens, and filters like Neutral Density of Polarizers my outdoors workshops are suitable and I'll work around your skill level.  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.

Hands-On Nature Photography Workshops

My Phase II hands-on workshops are conducted on location in the scenic Litchfield Hill's of Connecticut. I'll describe the subject and location on my Booking Calendar on my TS Photography Workshops website.

These outdoors classes are geared towards nature & landscape photography using natural light. That is not a limiting factor as to how and when you can apply your newly learned techniques. 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. Always lighting that changes by the minute. Also, we'll be dealing with motion caused by wind, water, and other variables. What I teach you can be related to and translated to any style of photography!

Teaching Both Advanced Techniques and Artistic Aspects

Although much depends on your level of experience, most participants have a good understanding of how to use their camera's functions. If you're not an experienced photographer and have basic skills, no worries! I can work with you to style my workshop around your current skill level, and help you learn more skills and have a blast doing so!

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 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!

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





I've added a new series of outdoors workshops that are intended to last between 2.5 to 3 hours and will focus entirely on teaching you to master a specific photographic technique. I go into greater detail on my TS Photography Workshops website so please be sure to visit that site.

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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