Photography Lessons & Photo Tours

From Beginner to Advanced

Whether you’re already a working photographer wanting to learn how to do off camera flash or a total newbie just wanting to learn the basics of using your new DSLR camera, I offer personalized one-on-one photography lessons.

You don’t need to be on Oahu to have a lesson, as it’s incredibly easy these days to do face to face video calls. If you are local, however, we will meet up at a local Starbucks for general lessons or at the beach for hands-on training if we’re covering off camera flash techniques or landscape photography.

Silhouette Portrait

Lessons Available In:

  • Portrait Photography

  • Flash Photography

  • Off Camera Flash Techniques

  • Landscape Photography

  • Digital Editing via Adobe Lightroom

  • Beginners - Understanding Basic Photography

  • Intermediate - Taking It To The Next Level

Photography Lessons Pricing

Private Lessons: $100/hr. Purchase just one or buy a pack of 5 lessons and get your 6th lesson free. Lessons in person, by phone or by Skype. (private lessons are for 1 - 2 people)

6 Week Beginner Group Lessons: $225 for groups of 4 -6 people. (locals only)

Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography can be highly rewarding or extremely frustrating…depending on how much of a people person you are. :-) Shadow me on actual family or couples photo session and watch how I work with people, posing, selecting backgrounds, settings, etc. After the photo session, I answer your questions and discuss why I did what I did, possible alternatives, etc.

Landscape Photography

Basic Landscape Photography

It seems so simple to take a photo of a pretty sunset…so why do they end up looking so boring later? Good landscape photography is surprisingly difficult and requires learning to see/find specific elements…and then capture them correctly. We’ll go shoot landscape together and learn by doing. See some of my landscape photography here.

Without using flashes, this kind of shot is not possible.

Flash Photography - On & Off Camera

If you want to be a professional family, couples, maternity or wedding photographer, you will need to learn how to use flash at some point. Some photographers market themselves as “natural light” only photographers (as if there are good or bad light sources!) That’s a perfectly fine choice to make, but it’s also an extremely limiting choice - it limits when and where you can shoot, but also what you can shoot, like indoor wedding receptions at night. See my blog post “Natural Light vs Flash Photography” for more on this.

In my opinion, a good photographer should be able to use ANY light source to get quality, beautiful photos. Learning how to use flashes - especially off camera - gives you an enormous creative freedom and palette from which to make really outstanding images.

RAW and SOOC jpg photos blended in Photoshop. Edited RAW image on left, SOOC jpg on right.

Digital Photo Editing

One thing that many new photographers don’t realize is that just like it was in the days of film, fifty percent of photography is in the actual settings in the camera…and fifty percent is in the editing. This applies to digital photography just as much as film - if not more so - as digital give you far more freedom in editing, (like being able to make the same image black and white or color.) Every photo you see on this website was shot in RAW and then edited. You cannot get these kind of results straight-out-of-camera (SOOC) shooting in jpg. To get great photos, you’ll need to learn how to edit photos in a photo editing software like Adobe Lightroom.

Beginner Photography Basics

I remember being incredibly daunted when I first tried to learn photography. It all seemed so technical and esoteric. It was hard to wrap my head around all the jargon, and hard to understand how all those things like aperture, shutter speed and ISO related to each other. The good news, is that it really ISN”T that hard to learn…if you have someone who can break it down into simple concepts even kids understand, and also SHOW you with your own camera in hand. We learn so much faster by doing than be sitting on our butts trying to memorize jargon!

In your very first lesson, I will show you the one thing that made the single biggest impact to my photography. You’ll walk away taking better photos immediately! In subsequent lessons I’ll teach how to shoot manual and when and how to use the semi-auto modes such as shutter or aperture priority. (Hint: pro photographers use these modes ALL the time - they don’t ALWAYS shoot in full manual.)

A friend’s wedding portrait - taken by a “professional” wedding photographer.

A friend’s wedding portrait - taken by a “professional” wedding photographer.

Intermediate Photography Basics

“It’s all about the light, baby!” You know the basic fundamentals of photography, but you’re struggling to make great photos. Your photos all seem to be missing something. I’ll help you analyze your photos and break down what is working and what is not… and how to fix it. I’ll help you learn how to see light, what to look for in locations and light and what are the challenges you’ll face in each situation. Intermediate lessons work best by dissecting and critiquing your photos - and then doing the same to the photos of other photographers who are creating the kind of images you would like to learn how to do.

Oahu Photo Tours

Looking for a fun working photographer who knows Oahu intimately to show you amazing locations around the island for beautiful landscape photography? As you can see by my portrait photography, my work takes me all over Oahu to some of the most out of way hidden locations for really stunning landscape locations. Many of the best locations require some walking, scrambling or hiking to get to so it’s helpful to be comfortable on your feet. However, there are also many beautiful locations readily accessible by car as well. Contact me today for your own personalized photography tour of Oahu!

Photo Tours Pricing

Oahu Photo Tours (3 hrs): $250 for 1-2 people, $100 each additional person, max 6 people. Transportation included for 1-2 people but not more.