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Photography & Photoshop Lessons

NOTE: Unfortunately, I will not be available for lessons during 2014-2015. I'm finishing my Master's Degree and, well, it is mastering me! Thanks to everyone who writes often to inquire. I wish I could assist all of you!

Now you can get an edge in photography without the time, expense, and crowds of college classes, by gleaning first-hand from an expert. Michael Spotts:., owner of River Ridge Photo, invites your to improve your passion with convenient lessons! Nearly a decade of experience has gifted him to teach the fundamentals in a fun, easy way. His success at communicating has resulting in opportunities to teach seminars in Chicago, San Diego, and Logan, Utah. Go ahead and see what students are saying.

Students of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Sessions are hands-on, engaging, and affordable for almost anyone. They present an alternative to round-out the education of kids or enrich the experience of adults. The cost of these courses can be divided between multiple people if they are present together for the sessions. Sessions


> Introduction to Photography, Course 1 - $99
> Advanced Lessons in Photography, Course 2 - $99
> Digital Editing Unmasked - $99


    Student during a River Ridge Photo walk.

    "Michael Spotts has truly made an impact in my photography. If not for his online photography lessons via Skype, I wouldn't have been able to fully comprehend the technical aspects of manual exposure. Mike was able to clearly break down core concepts and apply them to specific scenarios based on his many years of experience, which I found extremely beneficial. I'd definitely recommend his lessons to any photographer, beginner or experienced. Thanks, Mike!!"
    Jess DeVries, Sheboygan, WI

    "When I was first getting started in photography, I received great help from Micheal Spotts. He taught me the basics of how to use my camera and other important concepts which he
    lped me to better understand the art of photography. Since then, I have been able to start my own photography business in South Dakota. I credit a lot of my success today because I had a great teacher like Michael."

    Zach Ataiyan, Sioux Falls, SD
    "Everyone needs to sign up for these lessons! It's a great experience! I seriously learned more from Michael than anywhere. He has provided me with the right professional information in buying my gear, editing images... everything! He even helped me conquer manual mode on my camera and flash! I completely trust all of Michael's advice concerning photography. If Michael had not encouraged me to buy my DSLR camera back in 2006, I do not know where I'd be today! Thanks Mike!"
    Rachel Droppers, LightFalling Photography, Sheboygan, WI


    This course teaches the basics of manual exposure, lighting, and composition in a relaxed, understandable way. This course is meant to get anyone up and shooting confidently in very little time with much success. The Introductory Photography Course includes three lessons from a working Pro, 1 hour each. Receive Michael's "cheat sheet" for memorizing good rules of thumb at no extra charge. The final session includes a photo walk where students put their new skills to practice and discuss results.

    Who is this for: Ages 13 & up.
    What you'll need: A fun attitude. No camera necessary. Canon DSLRs can be provided during lessons.
    Where: Those within 10 miles of Oceanside, CA, may meet in person at the location of their choice. Further distances require a modest travel fee for gas. Others meet online via Skype or Apple FaceTime.

    Subjects include:
    • Why take better photos?
    • Getting Familiar with Cameras / Terminology
    • Manual Exposure Made Easy: ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed
    • Lighting Dynamics
    • External Flash
    • Compositional Balance
    • Gear Recommendations and Advice
    • Q&A
    • More...



    Advanced Lessons in Photography, Course 2 - $99
    Three 1-Hour Lessons or Four Half-Hour Lessons (good for kids)

    Building on the foundations of the first course, these lessons are designed for advanced amateurs and pros wishing to hone their craft. Students will explore more complex ideas, such as wireless lighting, long-exposure techniques, and how to interact with and pose subjects. Lessons are presented in the same fun, hands-on way. The Advanced Lessons in Photography Course includes three lessons from a working Pro, 1 hour each. The final session includes an external-lighting photo shoot where students put their new skills to practice and discuss results.

    Who is this for: Ages 13 & up.
    What you'll need: A fun, dedicated attitude. No camera or external flash necessary. Canon DSLRs can be provided during lessons.
    Where: Those within 10 miles of Oceanside, CA, may meet in person at the location of their choice. Further distances require a modest travel fee for gas. Others meet online via Skype or Apple FaceTime.

    Subjects include:
    • Taking your photos to the next level
    • Getting Familiar with Advanced Terminology
    • Wireless Lighting Techniques
    • Long-Exposure Techniques
    • Light Painting and Multi-Strobing
    • Posing and Site Selection
    • Interacting with Subjects
    • Gear Recommendations and Creative advice
    • Q&A
    • More...



    Digital Editing Unmasked - $99

    As demonstrated by my portfolio, I am quite comfortable navigating Photoshop, Lightroom, and other state-of-the-art digital work-flow programs. To many people these programs are daunting if not undecipherable. But my success in teaching others shows that anyone get on the path to professional results. That's why I offer an overview of my most-used techniques and essential methods. During the course I field any questions you may have. This course is great for enthusiasts and budding professionals.

    Who: Ages 13 & up.
    What you'll need: A fun attitude. Personal software isn't necessary. I can bring my computer. Your own copy is recommended for continued practice, however.
    Where: Those within 10 miles of Oceanside, CA, may meet in person at the location of their choice. Further distances require a modest travel fee for gas. Others meet online via Skype or Apple FaceTime.

    The $99 course lasts 2.5 hours plus a 15 minute break, and entails:
    • Why edit photos?
    • Basic Terminology
    • Hot Keys - Speeding up your process
    • Workflow - from RAW to Print
    • Topical Masking - the secret to the professional look.
    • Curves - Why some photos just "pop".
    • Actions - Cutting your workflow in half
    • Web Display
    • Product recommendations and creative advice
    Thank you kindly for your interest. Feel free to call or write with any questions,

    — Michael Spotts:.

    CONTACT FOR A FREE QUOTE
    (760) 277-3875
    riverridgephoto@gmail.com
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