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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 DSLM (mirrorless) 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.

Phase I - Level I Beginners

The workshops are separated into distinct categories to accommodate any skill level. My Phase I - level I beginners classes are a (2) session bundle which is great for beginners or 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. 

Phase I - Level II

I then have a really fun follow-up as the second series of Phase I "hands-on" workshops. I call them Level II - Mastery of Technique" and it consists of (3) sessions. This is the junction where the beginner meets the intermediate skill level. We get to go out and practice what you learned in the Basic Functions and Exposure Triangle classes. I let YOU pick the subjects that you enjoy shooting the most. Then we work on achieving desired results by making adjustments to aperture, shutter speed and ISO in real-time. This series of classes is an eye-opener!  I have a bundle package so you can pre-purchase all (3) sessions at a discounted price. 

For the more advanced shooters, I provide Phase II - Level II Guided 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 an hour from Westport, Milford and West Hartford CT.  Workshops must be scheduled with Thom by phone or email. Its 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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Phase I - Level I Classes - Entry Level Coaching

My Phase I - 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 $125.00 each, or Bundle them as a pre-purchase for just $245.00.  Sessions take place in New Milford, Ct. however, I'm available to take a road trip to your home within a 25-mile radius of New Milford for $165.00 per class. 

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 Phase 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

This is a service that I've provided for many years that is well worth it! 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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Phase I -  Level II classes "Mastery of Technique"  

This is a series of (3 classes) that are the perfect follow once you've completed the first (2) beginner's Phase I - Level I classes. They are 2 hours and 15 minutes long and can be outdoors or inside. We will continue working on and mastering each phase of the Exposure Triangle. The intent here is to take what you've learned about Exposure Triangle settings and put them to action.     

What's Your Favorite Subject?

Whatever subject you want to get better at shooting, we'll work on getting you to that level of making better photographs!   I prefer to allow YOU to let me know what type or style of photography you enjoy the most, and I'll adapt the workshop around your needs. So whether we do this outdoors or indoors, it all depends on what you like to photograph! People pictures, Action, Street Photography, Nature? I'll get you on course to mastering techniques!

One class will focus primarily on Shutter Speed, another class on Aperture, and finally, we'll work with selecting different ISO settings and metering Modes for the light you are shooting in. The intent is to help you master each of them by spending the full 2 hours doing live shooting. These technique classes are just $150.00 individually. However, I do offer a Bundle Package for all (3) Level II - Technique Mastery Phase I classes for only $389.00. This bundle is available to purchase in the Gift Card/Workshop Voucher menu.   

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Phase II - Advanced and Intermediate 

Guided Outdoors Nature Photography Workshops

After completing the Phase l - Levels I and II classes, the Phase ll workshops are next.  If you are already a virtuoso, completing my phase l class is not a requirement. In fact, if you have a tripod, camera, lenses, and Neutral Density or Polarizer filters, my outdoors workshops are suitable and I'll work around your skill level.  A simple call to me is all we need to figure out your level of understanding photography. Like the Phase I classes, I suggest you purchase a Phase II workshop first, then provide contact information for me to speak with you to set a date and time. 

Hands-On Nature Photography Workshops

My Phase II Intermediate hands-on nature photography workshops are conducted on location in the scenic Litchfield Hill's of Connecticut. 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.

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! If you prefer not to be in a group with others for this, I can coach you one on (1)

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. 

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 




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