Client Reviews

In our first five years we’ve had more than 1600 unique clients come through for training on a range of photography topics. At the end of each class or workshop we hand out evaluations to gather comments and feedback. They have been overwhelmingly positive and have occasionally offered constructive criticism that has helped us tweak and hone the classes and workshops for the better. This is just a selection of the foot-thick stack of evaluation forms we have on file.

“ Terrific value - greatly appreciate the quality of instruction for the money. ”
— Shawn Hearn, DSLR Evening Classes / June 2018
“ I liked the encouragement to keep shooting when you don't think you have a shot. You may have a hidden gem! I liked hearing Peter's philosophy and approach to travel photography. ”
— anonymous, Travel Photography / September 2017
“ Loved the model shoot. That really helps with putting what we learned to immediate use. I'd taken some online workshops and watched videos but nothing beats in person instruction. Great class! ”
— Jason Haynes, Beginner DSLR / July 2015
“ This is the first photography class I have ever taken. It was a great experience. The group setting makes it a lot of fun. ”
— Clinton Musselman, Beginner DSLR / July 2017
“ I have not worked on this software through online training yet. I probably won’t now. I liked being able to see the software in action with Peter’s explanations. Quick answers to questions. It is new to me but I can take what I learned here and add my own processes. ”
— Tony Trevino, Lightroom Evening Classes / June 2013
“ This really helped me understand how light will behave/bounce off of subject/objects. ”
— Stephanie Feliciano, Natural Light Portraits / May 2015
“ I liked that the material was presented from so many angles. Having an opportunity to take photos of models and then see what worked and what didn't was enormously helpful. ”
— Paula Larsen, Beginner DSLR / November 2014
“ I liked starting out with a seminar before the shoot. The critique session was encouraging and very instructive. The entire experience was not only informative but confidence building. I think the workshop was a perfect length. ”
— Lynn Rogers, Natural Light Portraits / July 2011
“ The information was presented in a thoughtful and structured manner. It gave me the confidence to dive in with my own edits. ”
— Tommy Chumley, Lightroom Evening Classes / January 2017
“ My pictures were in no particular order or organization and every time I went to locate a shot, I spent more of my time searching. During this course, I have already created and moved all my pictures to folders, added keywords and discovered I have wasted a lot of money on needless presets! ”
— Celeste Ellis, Lightroom Evening Classes / February 2015
“ I like everything starting from the beginning to the end. The class is extremely fun even though I’ve never had any knowledge of photography at all! I believe I have learned more today than several years of online research and book hunting!! ”
— Geri Buchanan, Beginner DSLR / February 2011
“ The instructor was great. She has a wonderful personality, clearly knows what she is talking about, has an interesting story to tell and kept it very interesting. I loved that this was a whole weekend workshop. No time to forget anything! ”
— Wim Schalken, Introduction to DSLR Video / March 2015
“ It was interactive, hands-on and small class size. Money well spent. ”
— Jenna Shoemaker, Beginner DSLR / April 2015
“ I really liked the hands-on approach to the class and the interaction with the instructor(s). I learned to focus on the eyes, be aware of surroundings (ie: shade, architecture, etc.) and how to compose the shot. ”
— Mike Paluga, Natural Light Portraits / July 2011
“ Seeing the layer options and masking tools used on real photos was the most interesting and informative. ”
— anonymous, Beginner Photoshop / February 2018
“ I really enjoyed your class; teaching style was interesting and easy to follow. I appreciated the small class size and length of the class. I thought the walk through of the physical camera accessories would be useless, but the information was very helpful (e.g. comparison of battery options, lens hood, etc.) and the amount of time you used to review this portion of the class was good. I would recommend your class to others and would come back for more courses. ”
— Julie Kim, Beginner DSLR / February 2012
“ I attended the beginner and intermediate workshops and Peter is a such a great instructor that it motivated me to attend some tutoring. I purchased two 6 hour private tutoring sessions and came away from each with a wealth of knowledge that I could immediately put to use. He makes some complex issues very simple and taught at exactly my skill level, in a way that you cannot get in a group setting. Peter has such experience and knowledge, I feel like I learned more in those sessions than I could learn in dozens of workshops. I highly recommend the tutoring. ”
— Linda Littrell (photography enthusiast), Private Tutoring / August 2010
“ I loved the size of it—not too big, not too small. The teacher was amazing and very knowledgeable. I’ve never taken another class, but I know that no class will compare. Fantastic. “Length/pace?” It was perfect. I didn’t get bored at all! You kept things lively and fun! ”
— Belle, Beginner DSLR / March 2013
“ These classes help break down the techniques, settings and terms I otherwise wouldn't have grasped. ”
— Carly Holland, DSLR Evening Classes / May 2015
“ Lovely class. Extremely well presented and Peter absolutely was current and informed. ”
— Steve McWilliams, Lightroom Evening Classes / July 2014
“ Everything about light was new and I have a better understanding of raking light, back light, top and bottom light. ”
— anonymous, Macro Photography: Close-up Magic / May 2018
“ Very hands-on. Within the first ten minutes I learned more about my camera than the last six months of clicking random buttons. I met a lot of cool people! ”
— Bonny Pan, Beginner DSLR / July 2015
“ I had not read about panos online, but had taken a few with my phone. I was amazed at all of the info, equipment and software that is available! I learned so much. I can't wait to try out all of the tips. ”
— Jo Mattison, Shooting Panoramas / July 2017
“ Very patient, very encouraging, clear instruction and good format. ”
— Karen Klassen, Beginner DSLR / January 2014
“ Loved shooting the models—everyone was very relaxed and it was not intimidating like I expected. Great having so many models. I was shooting my 50mm while everyone else had much longer lenses. Did not feel I was in someone’s way all the time, since we were spread out. ”
— Aristotle Rabanal, Natural Light Portraits / April 2013
“ I am using some of the skills and just the overall ‘boost’ to creative thinking about things is good. I still have some ‘post-class’ glow going. I definitely want to take the class again if you go to different locations….my painting technique is still lacking but I am at least thinking about things differently. ”
— Catherine Halvorson, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / March 2014
“ I was able to play and learn without feeling pressure of missing moments. Easy going atmosphere. Thank you Peter for your helpful attitude and non-judgemental approach. ”
— Erin Baber, Beginner DSLR / January 2014
“ I loved the class. It was very fun and light - technical enough, but not too technical. ”
— Allison B., DSLR Evening Classes / November 2010
“ I loved the pace of the classes. We review a lot of information but it does not feel overwhelming. Mr. Klein is a fantasic instructor and breaks down the material in a way that is easy to follow. Fun and informative! ”
— Lesley Waters, DSLR Evening Classes / December 2016
“ Feeling very inspired after my first private lesson with Peter. He took the time to go over all the basics with me, in detail, which gave me a better understanding of my camera and how it works. He also tailored the lesson around my personal interests and goals. He reviewed some of my photos and recommended different lenses and approaches. I can’t wait to put what I learned in motion. Really looking forward to my next lesson!! ”
— Amber Martin, Private Tutoring / February 2010
“ It absolutely will help with my next trip. Particulary the part about giving myself an assignment. Love that idea. ”
— Tara Henry, Travel Photography / January 2018
“ The class gave me more confidence in exposure and composition. ”
— Natalie Burk, Natural Light Portraits / January 2017
“ How time flies! Great info on basic photography concepts. 1st grade drawings really helped with concepts. Teacher is great because he remembers what it is like NOT to know-the mark of a true teacher. ”
— Jeny, DSLR Evening Classes / November 2013
“ Loved learning the metadata/keywords functionality. I always loose photos so this will help me find photos quickly. ”
— anonymous, Lightroom Evening Classes / September 2018
“ I needed a refresher from my HS photography class (taught on film) regarding aperture and SS. This was what I needed. ”
— anonymous, DSLR Evening Classes / July 2012
“ I signed up for a block of one on one sessions with Peter. At the time of taking the classes my goal was to become better prepared to do professional wedding and family photography (I've put the dream of being a professional photog on hold because I have a young family). The time I spent with Peter was invaluable. I thought I was good with Lightroom, but he made me better. He helped my composition. He exposed me to all kinds of different ways to present my work personally and professionally. He had me setup some shoots with people I knew to really get a feel for what it's like to do this professionally. After the sessions he helped me reflect on the dialogue between me and the "customers". Dialogue is an overlooked part of being a photog. Long story short: Peter is an extremely well rounded resource that will make you better regardless of your experience level. ”
— Justin Thompson, Pharmacist, Private Tutoring / March 2014
“ I already knew most of the basic information but I still found lots of useful information as well as better explanations of concepts I had never fully grasped. ”
— Travis Rhys, DSLR Evening Classes / July 2016
“ Steve is a wonderful teacher. I like the personal interaction. A classroom setting is great because of the ability to ask questions and see something done in front of you. I personally understand the software better when I have someone teaching in front of me. ”
— Curtis Dopson, Beginner Photoshop / June 2017
“ You explained everything so clearly. It was not intimidating in anyway. I learned a lot and even got some pics that I'm quite proud of today. ”
— anonymous, Beginner DSLR / November 2013
“ This was my first photography workshop! I walked away with tons of fabulous notes and can’t wait to get home to practice more. So informative! Thank you! ”
— Ashley Russell, Beginner DSLR / March 2011
“ Good overview; very eye-opening. Addressed most basic problems I've experienced in the past. Can't wait to practice eliminating parellax. ”
— Katrena Drake, Shooting Panoramas / February 2017
“ I now feel like I will be able to follow an effective and efficient workflow for my photos. I've also been inspired to start shooting on my DSLR again in RAW of course! ”
— Rebecca Arnold, Lightroom Evening Classes / April 2018
“ I liked how it was a full day, so that many things could be covered. It was also great to learn the basics—what f-stop, shutter speed, etc. are and how they affect one another. It gives me a foundation to start with. Shooting live models was very helpful. The length and pace were good. The only thing missing was more time! I also enjoyed looking at the pictures you had taken, along with your explanations of how you took them. This helped me to tangibly see the effect of shutter, f-stop, ISO and available light. ”
— Michelle Chang, Beginner DSLR / June 2013
“ Easy to follow, so glad you use a PC so I don’t feel uncool without a mac. ”
— Carrie Smith, Lightroom Evening Classes / October 2010
“ Very hands on and answers every question with very detailed answers. ”
— Isaias Hernandez, Intermediate DSLR / January 2011
“ I was concerned the class would be too elementary but this class was not. It included elementary aspects and more advanced information. ”
— Ed Benton, DSLR Evening Classes / August 2014
“ After attending the DSLR workshop, I booked a private tutoring session with Peter in order to sort through my equipment and decide what was worth keeping and what would be best passed on or sold. We spent an hour going through each piece, discussing the pros, cons, applications and potential value. Using Peter's advice, I was able to put together a starter kit for my daughter to use with the pieces that were near duplicates in my collection. Peter also took the time to talk about how I might use each lens and gave me a starting point for experimenting with new combinations. I left the session with a better understanding of how to use my equipment to its full potential. ”
— Lacey Cloud, Equestrian, Private Tutoring / January 2014
“ The instructor drew me to the workshop and after hearing him speak and a portfolio review in October, I was ready for the instruction. When Sam showed images from the weekend it was surprising to his his personal images discussed in the parameters of his teaching. Encouraged to see his "snapshots" as they translate to my personal and client work. It really helped me bridge his teachings to dynamic, personal life. ”
— Monica McNeill, "It's The Journey" with Sam Abell / April 2016
“ The instructor is knowledgeable and passionate. Class was full of real, bite-sized tips that apply in all situations. ”
— anonymous, Introduction to DSLR Video / October 2017
“ I rate the workshop as excellent. Even given the “Act of God” extreme weather difficulties you and we had to deal with. I can only imagine how over-the-top the workshop would've been if we'd had good weather along with that full moon. Even so, it was great enough as to not let the weather dampen our spirits and excitement about learning this new photo art. ”
— Kate Lair, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / March 2014
“ I liked the access to multiple teachers and Margie’s style in the classroom and while shooting. It was good to see how 11 other people shoot and to learn from and be inspired by that. Good value. Access to high quality instructor(s) for a very affordable price. ”
— Courtney Joyner, Natural Light Portraits / July 2011
“ I liked the size and intimacy of the class. I really appreciate Peter's teaching style - drawings, explanations, demonstrations. It's science and art. ”
— Jennifer Jackson, Intermediate DSLR / May 2017
“ This workshop is completely different from any other class I have ever taken because it is very active. Everyone asked questions and everyone got a chance to play with high tech gear. The teacher really loves what she is doing causing me to love this class even more. As a novice I found this workshop fast paced but that's what I love about it. I learned so much in so little time. ”
— Priyanka Shaw, Introduction to DSLR Video / March 2015
“ I thought the workshop was excellent. It covered a great deal of technical material in an approachable manner. I’ve taken another beginner DSLR class and this was far superior. Pleasantly surprised by how much more I learned than in my other class. I really needed the technical basics and this course achieved all my objectives. This is the perfect course for someone new to DSLR. Peter alleviated a lot of my confusion and in a short time I felt very comfortable with operation of the camera in multiple lighting situations. ”
— Alyson Brown, Beginner DSLR / December 2011
“ Loved that the printed material followed the discussion—the ability to read over at home and understand! Very helpful with camera buttons and whistles. ”
— Karan Clements, Beginner DSLR / February 2012
“ The physical demos with immediate picture results were perfect. I am a visual learner, so explaining F-STOP, ISO, and shutter speed with images was VERY helpful. ”
— Karen Prigmore, DSLR Evening Classes / July 2012
“ In each tutoring session I have learned new skills that are catered to my own photography needs. I love the one on one setting where I can ask questions and learn at my own pace. Peter does a great job at not only teaching me skills that I want to learn, but also teaching me concepts that I didn't know I needed. I am happy with how my photography has developed, and look forward to many more sessions with Peter. ”
— Melanie Zelnick, corporate event planner/blogger, Private Tutoring / June 2014
“ The explanation, demos and time to practice plus the pacing was great. It was a lot of information but presented at a good speed to process. ”
— Esther Castro, DSLR Evening Classes / January 2014
“ Instructor is very aware of the class at all times, noticing when we get it and when we don’t, and adding another example when necessary. ”
— Kate Lynch, Beginner DSLR / January 2010
“ So much helpful information. My expectations for this class were exceeded! Since I started taking these awesome classes I've noticed such a huge difference in my pictures. ”
— Liliana Hernandez, DSLR Evening Classes / October 2015
“ This was my first darkroom experience. The hands-on aspect was fun and educational. Clearly one has to do this hands-on to learn. Loved the workshop. I thought David was a thoughtful instructor and was very informative. ”
— Jill Blancher, Beginner Darkroom / February 2017
“ Love that we had time to discuss what we are going to do before we actually did it. She gave us the settings she used and showed us pictures using those settings. Lots of great ideas of poses & camera settings. Learned more about Lightroom, also. Great job and lots of support. ”
— Leesa Toliver, Natural Light Portraits / July 2011
“ Great day - fun to see the fair from a different point of view. ”
— Mike Graetz, Shoot & Edit Workshop State Fair Edition / October 2018
“ So incredibly helpful! I knew nothing about film development coming into this class, but feel like I'm leaving with all the information I need to practice at home. ”
— Mallory Rosen, Beginner Darkroom / February 2017
“ I like the personal delivery of the content. Learning the basics removes my hesitation to just pick up my new camera and go at it. I am more comfortable with what I learned in person than I would be by just reading about it online. ”
— John Hopper, Beginner DSLR / February 2011
“ Very informative and comprehensive. Felt like I learned a lot in a short amount of time. Learning about composition, metering patterns, f-stop and shutter speed was particularly helpful. ”
— Eve Newell, DSLR Evening Classes / January 2009
“ Teacher was extremely knowledgeable. I understand f-stops, shutter speed, and have already been taking great photos. Friends have given me compliments. ”
— Femi Enigbokan, DSLR Evening Classes / May 2018
“ Incredibly helpful! So much information but presented in a way that brought a lot together for me. Great value. ”
— Jenelle Bell, Intermediate DSLR / January 2018
“ I feel much less intimidated by the process now. ”
— Michelle Bogan, Shooting Panoramas / July 2017
“ The handout  seems to be very detailed which I like. There is so much material to take in so it is good to know I have it all in a packet. ”
— Ryen Maddox, Lightroom Evening Classes / October 2010
“ I wanted to take a minute to thank you for the one on one appointment that we had. I was worried about spending that kind of money for a 2 hr lesson, but after having been there in that kind of setting I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn specific things geared towards them. I learned a lot and now I need to come back for more help. Also I would like to thank you for answering all my questions that I have sent to you by email. ”
— Brian Adams (Paramedic), Private Tutoring / February 2010
“ The workshop helped me identify videography concepts that I was not aware of. ”
— Beatrice McBride, Introduction to DSLR Video / March 2015
“ Peter was an awesome instructor and explained the material very well. I can't imagine improving on the class. ”
— Troy Aikman, Beginner DSLR / February 2018
“ I didn’t know anything about my camera before this class. I would just point and shoot on the auto setting. I cant wait to go home and annoy my 6 month old daughter with my new skills! The examples and easy to follow explanations made this class truly enjoyable. I love knowing how to blur out the backgrounds now. That’s always been something I loved but did not know how to do. ”
— Amanda Brown, Beginner DSLR / August 2010
“ I liked that Steve focused on the things we would use the most. ”
— anonymous, Beginner Photoshop / September 2016
“ Good hands-on and instruction from experts. The class is a good value. ”
— Anonymous, Beginner DSLR / June 2016
“ I usually find the technical aspects of photography very boring but I found the manner in which the information was presented was interesting. I feel the technical knowledge opens up creative options for my pictures. ”
— Leah Croker, DSLR Evening Classes / January 2015
“ I liked everything! The class was amazing! Great format, perfect class size, excellent presentation. I learned SO much. Great length. Pace was perfect. I never felt rushed, the workshop flew by. ”
— Sheri Williams, Beginner DSLR / September 2012
“ I was surprised at how easily the instructor was able to discuss difficult concepts. ”
— Addy Joshi, Beginner DSLR / March 2017
“ I understand how to manipulate my camera and achieve the "look" that I want to capture. Excellent value as compared to other photography classes offered in DFW! ”
— Laura Gruenau, DSLR Evening Classes / January 2015
“ Actually I was surprised at how fantastic the final photos of the model were. Everyone in class was a beginner yet all the shots in the final slide show were very impressive!! ”
— anonymous, Beginner DSLR / September 2012
“ Good explanations on technique, hands on building of the sets and shooting is great! A few minutes with the instructor on a couple of pieces was also helpful. This should really help the lighting issues. ”
— Stacy Duryea, Tabletop Product Photography / July 2017
“ I have an associate degree in media communication from TSTC Waco and I retained more of an understanding in one of your classes then I did in a year of classes there. I struggle so much with fundamentals but how you use metaphors is so magical. For the first time I was able to explain aperture and shutter to my mom because of your bucket of water example. ”
— Nora Figlia, DSLR Evening Classes / October 2012
“ Loved the lighting demonstrations! I’m a visual learner. This class makes everything so much clearer. ”
— Nancy Green, DSLR Evening Classes / November 2009
“ This was my second time. It's amazing how the discovery of combining these chemicals together would produce a photo process. It's an excellent value for all the hands on information and help given. ”
— Diane Maulden, Introduction to Wet Plate Photography / May 2018
“ I personally never work in groups and it was a nice experience. I learned from others' interesting comments and points of view. ”
— Sergio Ayala, Natural Light Portraits / March 2015
“ The live classes at the DCP are better than any online course or book because you can ask questions and get answers on the spot. Also, you have your camera with you to ask about settings and to take pictures and get instant feedback. I love the classes because I meet other like-minded people. I've made friends and have kept in touch with some of the other students. It's great to be able to bounce ideas off of each other! ”
— Jo Mattison, DSLR Evening Classes / December 2016
“ The flow of the workshop really worked well. Lecture - practice - review. ”
— Tina Porter, Natural Light Portraits / November 2016
“ Class went so fast. Well done! ”
— Sonya, DSLR Evening Classes / July 2010
“ Covered everything you need from start to finish. Good balance of time spent on various subjects. The instructor was excellent - knowledgeable, friendly and helpful with a lot of information. ”
— anonymous, Introduction to DSLR Video / March 2015
“ Very informative and easily understood. I will take home new techniques and editing tools. ”
— Amanda Strickland, Natural Light Portraits / November 2016
“ Peter is a very knowledgeable photographer, but he is equally gifted at teaching. I have had several tutoring sessions with Peter, covering subjects from camera settings for gymnastics, editing in Lightroom, and studio lighting. While he always thoroughly addresses my main subject, he also gives me helpful advice that I wouldn’t think to ask about.

Perhaps the best part of these one-on-one sessions is the encouragement he gives me. I always leave the studio feeling much more confident and motivated to further develop my photography skills. And I know that if I encounter unexpected problems, Peter will be there to help. ”
— Lisa Estep, Acrobatic Gymnastics photographer, WOGA and the Texas Acrobatic Gymnastics Association, Private Tutoring / October 2014
“ I feel that I learned a lot. The instructor was easy to follow and kept the whole class engaged. ”
— Karen Murrell, Beginner DSLR / February 2014
“ Was finally able to stop using my camera on auto mode. Took away the anxiety and made photography more enjoyable. “Surprises?” I bought an expensive lens that I have to hide from my wife. ”
— Anonymous, Beginner DSLR / April 2012
“ I was able to see light differently. Consideration of multiple sources of light and how to direct and control them was revolutionary. ”
— Patrick Dunn, Natural Light Portraits / September 2016
“ I was totally lost when I opened the manual and knew I would never be able to figure it out on my own. I now know what an F-stop is. ”
— Linda Davis, Beginner DSLR / August 2013
“ I like the way the information is presented and all of the ‘unofficial’ tips, like what programs or products to use that I wouldn’t have known about. I’m looking forward to the editing tools, making books, and websites. ”
— Catherine Donaldson, Lightroom Evening Classes / February 2013
“ It was great. Peter is an excellent teacher. Knowledgeable and clearly passionate about photography. He did a good job dealing with varying degrees of knowledge and different cameras. ”
— Janet, Beginner DSLR / September 2012
“ Wonderful overview of basic concepts of photography. The relationships between ISO, shutterspeed and aperture were wonderfully explained and explored. ”
— Gary Schnitzer, Beginner DSLR / June 2016
“ Thank you for demystifying my camera! ”
— Craig Carter, Beginner DSLR / January 2015
“ Good discussion of "why" not just "how". ”
— Barry Smith, DSLR Evening Classes / June 2015
“ I was surprised that Sam was also doing things with us. From lunch, riding the train, shooting at the locations. That was such a great experience. ”
— Monica Glover, "It's The Journey" with Sam Abell / April 2016
“ Peter does an outstanding job of making complex aspects of photography simple to understand while keeping it totally fun! I learned more in four classes than I have in years of self teaching. Considerable information on the generalities of photography like aperture, f-stop, lighting, etc. combined with specific information on my camera type (and those of others). You did a great job of setting up each topic and then teaching the topic. Highly recommend this course! ”
— Bill Wachel, DSLR Evening Classes / August 2014
“ I took some courses in school and the explanations in these DCP classes were easier to understand than in college. ”
— Brittany Stroud, DSLR Evening Classes / May 2015
“ I love the fact that you made it easy to understand but didn’t “dumb it down” to Photography for Dummies status. I feel like this is the first step to a new world for me. Yes [this info will help]. I have a 10-month old that I’m wanting to take gorgeous photos of that I will treasure forever. ”
— Kristina Moore, DSLR Evening Classes / October 2018
“ Peter takes time to explain and answer all questions. Does not make you feel like you’re a novice. Provided tips and hidden features of camera. Gave me information on how to use camera to the fullest extent. I have been a film photographer for years. The class gives me confidence to switch. ”
— Deborah Dobson Brown, DSLR Evening Classes / February 2013
“ Discovering Peter and the Spot Studio has been a true gift. I bought every book, searched online, offline and everywhere in between for an actual person to work WITH me (not just show or demonstrate) regarding what I am interested in (of course, I quickly figured out that I have much to learn). Peter has created an approachable way for professionals and amateurs (like myself) to dig deeper, practice, ask questions in a group or one-on-one setting. I prefer the solo instruction in that every time we meet (and I really wish it could be each week) I have specific questions or elements I’d like to tackle. What makes Peter a cut above is his ability to determine what it is I’m wanting to accomplish and then, miraculously, break it down into bite-sized, easy to understand bits and pieces. I’d like to say I get it all, even with notes, but inevitably I have follow-ups and because he actually has a talent for teaching (Peter’s not "just” a gifted photographer), he always acts as if we’ve never discussed a certain topic and we begin again. The proof is in my photographs, of course…and they’ve vastly improved…my goal has always been to take stronger images with the camera (and not rely so much on editing)…I have a long way to go (I’m told I’ve set a high bar) and look forward to each and every meeting. One last thing worth mentioning: the group classes are exceptional b/c they’re small, affordable, topical, interesting and fun; the privates can be an excellent follow-up, or opportunity to address something totally new. Peter is so great in that you can have a list of needs and he’ll work with you in a manageable way (with assignments, if necessary) or, you can leave it to him to suggest a way to learn, practice and grow, depending on your goals. ”
— Wendy Genender (Research Analyst), Private Tutoring / August 2011
“ This took me past what I knew and filled a lot of gaps I had questions about. Great class. Glad I attended! ”
— Conrad Earnest, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / March 2016
“ Liked the combination of working in the field and processing pics together and getting real-time feedback. ”
— anonymous, Shoot & Edit Workshop State Fair Edition / October 2017
“ Very informative! I didn’t know much about lenses and this really helped me learn what is best for my level of photography. ”
— Christie Vellenga, DSLR Evening Classes / January 2010
“ Steve was awesome and very patient and thorough. ”
— David Hubbard, Lightroom Evening Classes / July 2018
“ I loved how hands-on it is. My favorite part was making the prints. I learned a lot. I had no clue about how to use the enlarger. That was fun. I thought it was worth the price. ”
— anonymous, Beginner Darkroom / September 2018
“ It was more challenging than expected. I will see my pictures in a different way in terms of composition and meaning. ”
— anonymous, Ed Kashi: The Art of Visual Storytelling / March 2018
“ Simple, plain language made it accessible and fun. The instructor offered dialogue and discussion sometimes validating what I thought or clarifying. A book could never do that. ”
— Bobbie Baird, DSLR Evening Classes / January 2015
“ Very thorough without being overwhelming for a complete beginner like myself. I loved the different analogies and other techniques used to explain the inner workings of cameras. ”
— Mika Southall, DSLR Evening Classes / March 2015
“ The instructor is awesome; informative, helpful and fun. The hands-on shooting is great and made me more comfortable with my equipment. ”
— Prasert, Introduction to DSLR Video / October 2017
“ I really enjoyed the classes. They were very informative and helped me to understand my camera and feel more confident. I am happy to try shooting outside of auto now and can get more creative. ”
— Melanie Goodman, DSLR Evening Classes / July 2016
“ Appreciated that things were just about the right amount of technical—not too much, not too little; also appreciated that you went through to make sure people with every camera type got what was going on (since I had a Sony NEX and was the only one). I’m constantly having issues getting pictures of my infant daughter on the move and in low light; have already had better luck even after just the first two classes; will be very curious to see what pictures I get from my next vacation. ”
— Jeff Fahrenholz, DSLR Evening Classes / February 2013
“ Taught by an experienced photographer & darkroom artist. He never spoke over my head; he explained everything as he went along. ”
— Gerry Burns, Beginner Darkroom / February 2017
“ Very interactive and informative. Nothing was intimidating. I was very comfortable asking questions. I learned a ton and am excited to go home and continue learning. ”
— Elizabeth D., Beginner DSLR / February 2014
“ It was a good solid intro to the highlights of Photoshop. It had enough information to get started and to be dangerous. Steve provided great info on how to incorporate Lightroom into Photoshop and what to do where, etc. ”
— anonymous, Beginner Photoshop / February 2018
“ I was able to look at the perspective of others in the class on the slideshow and I finally understood the correlation between aperture, shutter speed and ISO and that helped me recreate the portrait style photos I have been wanting to take. ”
— Nancy Cardoza, Beginner DSLR / January 2015
“ I wish I had this knowledge when I took my trip to Alaska last summer. I know now what I did wrong! ”
— Neal Cerpanya, Beginner DSLR / January 2015
“ I liked the pace of instruction and frequent ability to interact with the instructor. Really liked the focus on creative aspects of photography. ”
— Steve Westerheide, DSLR Evening Classes / February 2016
“ I liked how small the class was, it made it very personal and I liked the feel of the room. I was surprised that I was the only young person. ”
— Hannah Bruce (hs junior), Beginner DSLR / June 2013
“ I loved everything about this workshop and would highly recommend it to anyone who has a DSLR but only uses it on auto pilot. You are totally cheating yourself and will be amazed by what you can do with manual settings. This workshop is exactly what I needed to get the training wheels off! Thank you! ”
— Tressa Thomas, Beginner DSLR / April 2011
“ I picked up photography as a hobby several years ago but never really understood the functions of my DSLR camera. After taking Peter's evening classes I had learned more than I had in years past. He made learning very easy and enjoyable. After the course was completed I wanted to further my skills so I signed up for one-on-one Tutoring. He was very helpful in giving me tips and advice based on my specific interests in shooting and by reviewing pictures I had taken. His expertise definitely helped me compose and take very high quality shots that I had not been able to achieve. I look forward to taking more classes with him and I always recommend him to friends picking up photography. ”
— Edith Aslam, restaurant owner, Private Tutoring / March 2014
“ Incorporates all the different types of learning: seeing, hearing and doing. Several different examples for each concept helps! Makes sure the info sticks! ”
— anonymous, DSLR Evening Classes / February 2013
“ Everything was extremely well organized and thought-out and everyone got as much individual attention as they needed/wanted. Noel was very conscientious about that and very generous with his time and attention. ”
— Kate Lair, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / March 2014
“ Very good. Loved the instructor's's relaxed style and deep knowledge. ”
— Nicole Nunan, Introduction to DSLR Video / March 2015
“ The information presented in the class already has helped me to take better photos. This is my third class and people have already commented that my pictures are getting better. ”
— George Whitmeyer, DSLR Evening Classes / March 2011
“ Nice class environment and atmosphere—very comfortable and inviting. ”
— Allison Loftus, DSLR Evening Classes / November 2013
“ Have already started using my knowledge! ”
— anonymous, Beginner Photoshop / February 2018
“ This workshop was great! It is so immersive and gives students opportunities that can not be replicated in online and textbook formats. ”
— Chris Chastain, Natural Light Portraits / January 2018
“ Peter's approach and style were great. His résumé speaks to a much larger ego but his class is down to earth and his attitude is humble. I was not talked down to, but spoken with as Peter and students worked toward increasing photographic knowledge. ”
— Pamela Starr, Beginner DSLR / January 2015
“ Peter’s knowledge and passion for photography made the class enjoyable and interesting. ”
— Jeremy Hayes, Beginner DSLR / June 2009
“ Good explanations and analogies. Familiarity with my camera was very helpful. Hearing/seeing/doing is a great way to learn. Enjoyed the easy going manner, excellent facility and very helpful tips. ”
— Tracy Allard, Beginner DSLR / May 2014
“ I loved how the course was structured around the technical aspects of photography but with lay person's explanations. Also I loved the structure of the lessons, and the classroom setting with demos mixed in. Great class! I am a total amateur, and I learned a lot about camera settings and photography elements. ”
— anonymous, DSLR Evening Classes / August 2017
“ I came to the class with some LR experience. Your class filled in the gaps nicely. ”
— Mark Myers, Lightroom Evening Classes / December 2011
“ I am probably one of Peter’s least ambitious students. I love photography, but I have not had much time to pursue it in the past 20 years. Recently, I decided to update my skills a little, and after an extensive internet search I found the Spot Studio in Dallas. I have attended several workshops, and I also have had one-on-one tutoring lessons with Peter. Ever activity has been terrific. I have learned a tremendous amount of useful information about camera equipment, composition and manipulation of photographs, and organization of my files. Peter is the real deal in that he brings artistic insight as well as technological acumen. I highly recommend his tutorials. ”
— Olaf Stuve, Private Tutoring / March 2014
“ I liked the opportunity to be able to take pictures at the end of the day. All the analogies to real life were helpful. The size of the class was perfect, great for one on one if needed. ”
— Ginny Coleman, Beginner DSLR / January 2013
“ I like how the workshop is split up, learning and hearing about techniques and then getting to put it into practice by shooting that same day. I also enjoy getting to hear and see how Margie edited the photos the way she did and why. She provided a lot of great tips and solutions to real-life situations when taking pictures of kids. ”
— Betsy Burgess, Natural Light Portraits / June 2013
“ I think it will help in my next trip around town and my next vacation! ”
— Betina Miller, Travel Photography / January 2018
“ The class was very instructional. Peter is incredibly knowledgeable about all aspects of photography as well as photo editing. He builds up each topic in a manner that is easy to follow. The pace is fine; breaks are certainly important when trying to digest so much information in a short period of time. ”
— Katie Schwausch, Beginner DSLR / October 2012
“ I've taken a photography class before (in L.A.). This one I liked because you give us notes so if I miss something all of the important points are written for me. Also, I love your analogies. It helps me to understand photography better. ”
— Erin Galyean, DSLR Evening Classes / November 2015
“ I absolutely loved everything about the workshop - the way it was structured and the time alotted for lecture, shooting and critique! I am now more aware of light direction and reflective surfaces I can use to my advantage. ”
— Vedrana Conan, Natural Light Portraits / January 2016
“ Opportunity for discussion, Q and A, trial and error, and experimentation. It's what makes workshops more valuable that books and online courses. ”
— Sam Hodde, Tabletop Product Photography / July 2017
“ Hands on shooting and real-time instruction was invaluable. It’s easier to learn when someone can walk you through your difficulties. Learning about lighting, lenses and composition will be very helpful. ”
— Cindy Shughrue, Natural Light Portraits / December 2011
“ What to take when flying and how to pack especially for security. Helpful! ”
— anonymous, Travel Photography / April 2018
“ This is exactly what I needed, the basics. I’ve attended a couple of seminars but wasn’t ready for some of the information that they presented. I enjoyed the live model shoot. It took me out of my comfort zone and now I feel more confident about shooting live subjects. ”
— Mark, Beginner DSLR / October 2018
“ I attended Peter's LR101 course and was so happy to get some guidance on how to use this software.  His teaching style is causal, informative and his passion for helping others understand the art of photography is apparent.  I requested time with Peter for some one-on-one tutoring to help me organize my impressively complicated and messed up LR issues. He was patient and diligent and ultimately got most of the problems sorted out.  I would highly recommend Peter and his team. ”
— Di Colavita, management consultant, Private Tutoring / January 2014
“ Finally understand what the different modes mean on my camera! I loved doing the exercises in class as I’m more of a visual learner. ”
— Kira Hartgrove, DSLR Evening Classes / March 2011
“ Armed with a new camera that I knew absolutely nothing about and with a goal to illustrate professional storytelling with powerful photos, I set out to find someone to help me with a jump start! An amazing journey launched with the beginner’s DSLR workshop lead by Peter Poulides. I went in interested in photography and came out with a passion to be an illustrator utilizing an art form! After lots of practice on my own I was able to get some good shots, but I wanted great shots. One-on-one tutoring with Peter was just what I needed. He knows your real questions no matter what you may be asking. He can quickly look at your work, and point right to the answers needed for making the shots better. Not only does he have a deep knowledge of photography, but Peter knows how to make the complex simple enough for one to “get it” regardless of experience. He stimulates learning in a way that is natural, deep and uniquely continuous from wherever one begins. Peter is master teacher and I highly recommend one-on-one tutoring!  I can't wait to do more! ”
— Dr. Sandra Reid, Chair Graduate, School of Business, Dallas Baptist University, Private Tutoring / August 2014
“ I’ve watched tutorials online and read blogs and internet help sites, but I really enjoyed the hands-on training. I was able to learn and then instantly practice on my camera which was really helpful. ”
— Rohan Mirchandani, Beginner DSLR / April 2012
“ It's amazing to see the vast improvement from first day to last. As always, Sam has done an excellent job with teaching techniques that significantly impact peoples images. ”
— anonymous, "It's The Journey" with Sam Abell / April 2016
“ I loved the way the instructor brought together all of the pieces to one big picture. So much more comprehensive than online tutorials. ”
— Katie Kelton, Beginner DSLR / April 2018
“ It was small enough to get through a lot of material while still feeling like you could get immediate responses to your questions. The interaction and hands on learning was priceless. ”
— Cally Williams, Beginner DSLR / June 2014
“ My primary business is shooting working and sport dog trials (herding, agility, tracking, field etc) and photographing ranch and other animals. I was getting requests for portraits at trials and needed a portable lighting system to expand my business. Since all my live photography cannot use flash, this was a new skill set for me and I needed help. I hired Peter to give me suggestions based on my work model and he helped me with learning the Nikon flash system and getting my location lighting gear set up. Since I and one of my shooters were already skilled, Peter set up private sessions to walk us through everything. The class was run with our skill level in mind and it was more like a collaboration! The portraits doubled my business the first weekend I took the stuff out. ”
— Pat Corl – Field and Ranch Photography, Private Tutoring / July 2011
“ This workshop was “real life” training to me. Other courses I have taken had one scene that we used over and over while changing the camera settings. I was very pleasantly surprised with the Spot Studio—too cool! ”
— Celeste Ellis, Beginner DSLR / August 2011
“ I learned new things about audio and lighting that I don't get from online research. The instructor was able to answer all the questions I had. I had a lot of questions! I like the explanation on lighting and audio. ”
— anonymous, Introduction to DSLR Video / March 2015
“ Peter is a great communicator and knows his stuff. ”
— Gray Henry, Beginner DSLR / December 2013
“ The workshop has made me more curious to take more chances and experiment. I have learned more in one day than in months of reading and practicing on my own. Very thorough and informative. ”
— James Coleman, Beginner DSLR / October 2018
“ I liked having actual people to shoot. Very clear explanation of all camera modes. Learned new functions and settings on my camera. I was surprised to get to shoot in so many different lighting scenarios. Not a thing [missing], now I just need to keep shooting. ”
— anonymous, Beginner DSLR / June 2013
“ My first travel photography class. Very interesting. I’ve traveled a lot, but from now on I’ll have a different attitude and better eye for details! ”
— Leticia Campos, Travel Photography / April 2012
“ Very practical advice. It's nice to be able to ask questions and get real, concrete answers. ”
— anonymous, Intermediate DSLR / September 2018
“ The class got me over my fear of the camera and I can go back and make better use of the instructions. ”
— Tom Bembinster, Beginner DSLR / June 2014
“ I liked everything! I actually understand f-stop and shutter speed. ”
— Holly Pennington, DSLR Evening Classes / October 2013
“ I loved how welcoming this class was for new people like me, but how I also felt it wasn't too simple, helping me learn new things. ”
— Grayson Bolding, DSLR Evening Classes / May 2018
“ Very informative! I’m a visual learner so this class was very helpful! ”
— anonymous, DSLR Evening Classes / February 2013
“ As a seller at the last Swap Meet I exceeded my selling expectations and walked away with a nice stash of cash! ”
— Steve Foxall, Photo Swap Meet: Buy, Sell, Trade, Gawk / April 2015
“ I have taken photography courses online using Lynda.com. This course brought it all together and filled in all the gaps. “Surprises?” Yes. I can shoot in manual mode now. I usually call that scary mode. He knows about all camera types… he is a ninja! ”
— Frank Urias, Beginner DSLR / February 2013
“ The slide presentation complemented the lecture very well. It was presented in a clear and understandable language without "talking down" to us as beginners. I'm surprised about how many fantastic shots we took at the end of the class. My photos will be so much better due to this class. ”
— Melissa Potter, Beginner DSLR / October 2013
“ Simple and easy to understand difficult concepts. Thorough explanation of the fundamentals: detailed but presented in a very interesting way. I knew less than I thought I did before I took the class. Very well-paced. Tremendous value for anyone who really wants to learn about using their DSLR as well as pursuing photography as more than just ‘snap and click.' ”
— Sumit Kar, Beginner DSLR / June 2013
“ I liked EVERYTHING! F-stops, ISO, depth of field-YEAH! I finally now feel comfortable using AV and TV modes. ”
— John Roberts, DSLR Evening Classes / May 2010
“ I’m not here for entertainment or “filling my Saturday with something to do.” I am here to roll my sleeves up and learn how to operate my DSLR to capture good photographs. This course does that. Not really [any surprises]. The big thing that makes this all work is the photos from the shoot. Going through them, discussing them, tweaking, picking, editing makes the whole day worthwhile. Like life, the more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know much. In this class, the technical side of DSLR seemed less intimidating, but I still don’t know anything. ”
— Chris Manning, Intermediate DSLR / October 2018
“ I loved the on-site shooting with an instructor and post shoot feedback. ”
— Emily Kelly, Natural Light Portraits / January 2017
“ Peter had an answer for every question I asked him. It's nice to get answers when you need them. ”
— Larry Morgan, Beginner DSLR / August 2013
“ I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have spent an hour with you, Peter! My primary objective was to make sure I had the necessary tools for my digital SLR for an upcoming vacation. You quickly assessed my needs and then went over my camera functions with me, going into more detail where I needed additional instruction. You showed me several tricks and short cuts that have really helped me and the travel tips you shared with me from your extensive experience proved invaluable. Your passion for your work shines through and it is contagious! Thank you for sharing your time and knowledge with me-it was indeed a pleasure. Look forward to taking some more classes with you. ”
— LeAnn Nabors (CPA and camera enthusiast), Private Tutoring / March 2011
“ I have watched intro classes on Lynda.com before but I gave up when I could not comprehend the difference or relationship between ISO, F-stop, shutter speed, etc. Having it explained with analogies provides the ability to relate it to concrete things for retention and greater understanding. ”
— Jayci Giaccone, Beginner DSLR / March 2015
“ I really liked everything. Not only do I better know what I am suppose to do, but I understand why! ”
— Randy Ratzlaff, DSLR Evening Classes / March 2018
“ Helped learn proper way to organize—something I would not take the time to do on own via tutorials, etc. ”
— anonymous, Lightroom Evening Classes / February 2013
“ Shutter speed and aperture much more clear. In another workshop took lots and lots of pictures and left knowing nothing about my camera or software. Workshop really was more all-inclusive and informative than I expected. Enough to get me much more curious about taking more. ”
— anonymous, Beginner DSLR / February 2013
“ Good length, very informative and the instructor really took the time to help us with our own needs. ”
— Leo Pena, Natural Light Portraits / September 2017
“ Peter explains concepts in a clear, easy to understand way. Demonstration and practice is a great teaching method. ”
— Michael Pappas, Intermediate DSLR / March 2015
“ Several [surprises]—actually learned what the buttons were on my camera and what purpose they serve. My only complaint is that I wish I would have taken the workshop sooner. ”
— Kathy Laird, Beginner DSLR / May 2012
“ Peter is a brilliant teacher who has helped my photography immensely. I recommend him for any serious amateur or professional. ”
— Baer Ackerman, MD (Pediatric/Adolescent Psychiatrist), Private Tutoring / June 2011
“ For the first time in many years, I am able to devote time and energy to my photography passion. And, wow! Is there ever a lot to learn! I was fortunate enough to find Peter, who has been able to demystify all of those settings, graphs and more. His private tutoring sessions are simply invaluable for anyone wishing to advance their photography skills. In our session, Peter easily explained flash and demonstrated it with my own equipment. I left with a complete understanding of the unit and how to apply it. Peter’s teaching style is not only patient, but very generous with the amount of information he shares. I look forward to more classes and tutoring sessions as I grow in my photography skills. ”
— Connie Carr Martin (Sr. Sales Manager, Luxottica USA), Private Tutoring / July 2012
“ I liked the first hand knowledge given during the class. I also liked how it helped me prioritize what I should pack. ”
— Colin Beales, Travel Photography / January 2018
“ I got a good amount of information to manage and classify my images. I thought I was doing a good job, however the tips presented in class will make my job a lot easier. I am just starting out but learning how to catalogue, use keywords and edit in Lightroom is helpful. ”
— Eve Newell, Lightroom Evening Classes / July 2010
“ I am no longer intimidated by the software. ”
— Neal Cerpanya, Lightroom Evening Classes / May 2015
“ Excellent pace, good analogies, kept it simple and Peter was very patient. I am a total begginer and now feel I have a lot to practice with to build a good foundation. ”
— Dennis Stein, Beginner DSLR / December 2013
“ Highly experienced instructor, kind, friendly, people! Everyone is very helpful and open to questions and photo "challenges". ”
— Stephanie Smith, Beginner Photoshop / June 2017
“ I really enjoyed the live interaction and practical application. I feel it will have a direct and positive impact on my photography. ”
— Gordon Smith, Natural Light Portraits / April 2013
“ Because I've learned so much, I am so much more confident with my camera. I felt as though I got my money's worth in the first two hours. ”
— Holly Lynch, Beginner DSLR / April 2015
“ Good hands-on shooting sessions and variety of dogs. Great instructor. Very engaging with participants. ”
— anonymous, Dog Photography / October 2017
“ I loved learning not only the "how to" aspect of camera use, but also the "why". ”
— Heather Roden, DSLR Evening Classes / August 2017
“ Great job at explaining detail of Lightroom. The handout is very helpful because there is so much info to cover and if you write notes it is hard to keep up. ”
— anonymous, Lightroom Evening Classes / February 2011
“ All of the information was very helpful. I like the fact that you teach about basic stuff. You never over push your personal opinion which is good cause it depends on how people like taking pictures. ”
— Shara Hernandez, Beginner DSLR / September 2014
“ The workshop was much better than any books I have read. The amount of knowledge available is awesome! “Any surprises today?” Yes! That I was actually able to understand and comprehend the relation between shutter speed, ISO, and f stop. Also the group of students was awesome! Very diverse and fun! “Length/pace?” Excellent! Never slow or boring. Just the right mix of instruction and hands-on. ”
— Janie Martindale, Beginner DSLR / April 2013
“ The workshop was a good value for the quality of the materials and the professionalism of the staff. I would pay it again. ”
— Margie Carr, Beginner DSLR / November 2017
“ All explained in understandable fashion. Interesting topics and lots of helpful hints. ”
— Janet Bustin, Lightroom Evening Classes / February 2013
“ Clear, concise and unassuming. No pretension. Everyone was on an equal playing field - I love that. ”
— Emily Hargrove, Beginner DSLR / August 2015
“ Gave examples of protective gear, cases, backpacks, etc. for carrying equipment - nice to know what really works. I learned not to be so focused on getting postcard shots. I loved the slide show. I learned about telling a story in a travel shot. “Will information presented be helpful?” yes, especially in telling my travel story and waiting for the right shot. ”
— Michelle Peters, Travel Photography / April 2012
“ I liked that everything was explained conceptually and then we got to try everything out on our cameras. I'd tried reading online tutorials and this class was exponentially more helpful. ”
— Abigail Stricker, Beginner DSLR / November 2017
“ Loved the studio presentation of theory and the discussion of examples and then time to explore Lightroom/Photoshop techniques and process, then share and discuss each others' work. This was my favorite DCP class that I have taken. I loved the subject, the format and flow of the class. Noel was a great instructor - very patient and non-intimidating. He did not speak up or down to the class and all of the information he presented was very usable and accessible. Even though he is quite accomplished, he was very humble and easy to talk to and be with. He set a good tone and atmosphere. ”
— Bobbie Baird, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / March 2016
“ Enjoyed the stories Peter told while showing us photos - found this incredibly useful and thought provoking. ”
— anonymous, Travel Photography / January 2018
“ I’ve just started private lessons with Peter and I can say that I’ve already learned a lot more than I would in a classroom. Individual tutoring allows me to work on exactly the skills I need, in as much detail as I’d like. Peter is a great listener, personable, and explains everything until I get it……which sometimes takes a while. If you want to improve your skills as a photographer, I highly recommend private tutoring with Peter. ”
— Leslie Kadane, Private Tutoring / November 2015
“ I learned that engaging with my subjects to know them better truly resulted in better and caring images. The workshop will have long terms effects from a storytelling perspective as well as learning to connect better with others. ”
— Jill Blancher, Ed Kashi: The Art of Visual Storytelling / March 2018
“ I really liked the hands-on and real-time demos! They made it possible to learn and experience what before I could only read about. Very easy for the average person to understand. ”
— Laurie P., Beginner DSLR / November 2009
“ The combination of photo shoot and photo review was very helpful. I got ideas on how to think more creatively and how to make small changes for improvement. It was a good value. ”
— Lisa Houser, Shoot & Edit Workshop State Fair Edition / October 2018
“ I am an absolute beginner. I didn’t know what an F-stop or ISO was before coming today, and I learned enough today that I took some beautiful pictures that I am very proud of. I came so far today and learned enough to start. I look forward to attending more of Peter’s classes! ”
— Connie Rounsaville, Beginner DSLR / December 2011
“ Being able to take pictures of a model in the studio was great! It is amazing the difference lighting makes. I was a little surprised at how sometimes pictures that are sometimes considered “ALL WRONG” technically, turn out to be really awesome and make a statement. ”
— Luiz Velasco, Beginner DSLR / April 2012
“ [I liked] the ability to ask for clarification & specifics, which you can’t do with a book, video, non-live format. Expanded my understanding of options I had no idea were available. As a rookie this blew all the circuits in my mind (in a good way)! I’ll forget tons and may be back to go through this again since I’m a slow learner, but that’s a commentary on my brain, not the class. I prefer overkill and things over my comprehension than things under killed. ”
— Jean OK, Lightroom Evening Classes / July 2012
“ Good pace, well organized. Gave good outside tools and resources too. ”
— Mili Suleman, Lightroom Evening Classes / October 2018
“ I found the interactive part to be exactly why I wanted - it was working examples of real solutions. Shooting people is a real challenge for me - I got a lot from what the instructor said and did. It helped me get over my reluctance. ”
— Chris Manning, Natural Light Portraits / May 2015
“ The classes showed me a lot of new things about my camera that can help further my photography career. ”
— anonymous, DSLR Evening Classes / June 2018
“ What did I like about the workshop? Everything! Especially the timing—the 1 day Saturday workshop is great for me and my schedule. Also, I feel that the class was very personalized. ”
— Aylisa Marion, Beginner DSLR / August 2011
“ Practicality vs theory was perfect. It is a life changing experience! This took the mystique out of Macro Photography leaving the creative, fun part! ”
— Sandra Reid, Macro Photography: Close-up Magic / May 2018
“ I learned a lot of terminology and there is a lot to process. Thought that this was a great basic class and really have nothing to compare it to. I am looking forward to using all the tips and information. Thought this was a good value and would certainly recommend this class to friends. ”
— Rachel, Beginner DSLR / July 2012
“ I loved the variety in both the location and the number of subjects to photograph. Patrizia was very available and encouraging. ”
— Jean Klughart, Natural Light Portraits / June 2015
“ I am very thankful this place exists! Offering in person, hands on learning at an affordable price is not common and I feel lucky to be close enough to attend. I will be back for more classes and workshops! ”
— Jill Curtis, Natural Light Portraits / May 2015
“ I was a complete newbie. These classes have made me more confident to get in and use it. ”
— Anonymous, Lightroom Evening Classes / May 2015
“ I liked the one on one combined with the group instruction. I also liked the anticipation of problems like shooting in bright sun, and easy-to-follow pointers for how to compensate. ”
— Katie Weber, Shoot & Edit Workshop State Fair Edition / October 2017
“ The emphasis on relationships and emotion was spot on, as well as letting dogs be dogs. Nicely paced. Great value. ”
— Donna Henry, Dog Photography / October 2017
“ Good class. I learned how to read the light better and how to direct the models to pose. ”
— Derrick Shaw, Natural Light Portraits / January 2017
“ I liked the hands on nature of this class. The models were easy to work with and the teacher made herself available the entire time to assist. ”
— anonymous, Natural Light Portraits / January 2017
“ I liked the hands-on portion most. Best experience is in the real world. Online does not allow for immediate answers to questions. I wanted to be able to do better with my dogs and the kid portion definitely helped. ”
— Tony Trevino, Natural Light Portraits / June 2013
“ One of the best resources to go through in Dallas and absolutely thankful I took the time and money to take the class. Peter’s in depth knowledge and facility exceeded my expectations. I wish I had taken it earlier. ”
— anonymous, Beginner DSLR / October 2018
“ The emphasis on lighting was so very helpful to all my photography. ”
— Debra Iversen, Macro Photography: Close-up Magic / May 2018
“ I liked learning about what my camera does and how to use its features. The classes went by fast and the amount of material covered was appropriate. ”
— anonymous, DSLR Evening Classes / December 2016
“ I am excited to print and make books. That is something I haven't done because I didn't know how. ”
— Patricia Wessant, Lightroom Evening Classes / July 2014
“ I got a lot of value out of the section about exposure. The bit about how ISO, shutter speed and aperture are related and how to calculate a "stop" were light bulb moments for me. ”
— Taylor Green, Beginner DSLR / March 2017
“ Very clearly presented information—Peter is knowledgeable, thorough and presents the information in a very understandable manner. Simple to understand and execute his instructions. ”
— Sumatra, DSLR Evening Classes / June 2013
“ I liked the hands-on aspect of this class. The use of multiple models allowed everyone in the class to get as many shots as they wanted. We learned how to get a great shot by trying it for ourselves—with a little guidance of course. I think I learned some helpful information for not just kids but for all outdoor pictures. ”
— Jennifer Nickson, Natural Light Portraits / April 2013
“ The class felt informal and personal—not too many students. The instructor was able to answer questions as they come up. I took the classes to help me evaluate if I would want to purchase lightroom—wanted to see if it could be something to assist me in my photographic endeavors. I think so. I appreciate better now how to and why I should shoot raw. It’s amazing what software can do. ”
— anonymous, Lightroom Evening Classes / July 2011
“ I love Peter! He told you how everything worked in several different ways! He explained things like a 3rd grade teacher would so that you could catch on. I loved how he let you practice as he told you what to do. I have read 50 books and I still didn't get it until today. I loved that the class was informal and fun! ”
— Gina Haddon, Beginner DSLR / November 2013
“ I enjoyed the personality, teaching ability and knowledge of the teacher and his willingness to answer questions and demonstrate techniques. I can’t wait to get out there and practice. ”
— Christi Mize, Intermediate DSLR / June 2009
“ I liked the discussion on composition, shooting models in different light settings and learning about the histogram. ”
— anonymous, Intermediate DSLR / September 2017
“ I loved the hands on and the "why" aspect. It did not feel totally over my head. Serious but fun approach. Really is user friendly and something I cannot wait to explore. ”
— Sandra Reid, Beginner DSLR / February 2014
“ You described the technical side in a way I could understand. My attention span is quite short but I was able to stay right with you…most of the time. ”
— Cate Transom, Beginner DSLR / March 2015
“ Excellent! First course at SCP and really enjoyed it! Feel confident that I could do this on my own after the course. ”
— Joel Baskin, Introduction to Wet Plate Photography / February 2018
“ Explained everything in an easy way that a beginner photographer could understand. Loved the review of the photos of at the end and how the ones you thought might be mistakes turned out to be some of the better ones. Came in feeling nervous, but left feeling confident. Feel more comfortable in taking pictures now. Loved the hands-on photo shoot. ”
— Brianna Gott, Beginner DSLR / February 2012
“ I'm a beginner with Lightroom. I'm excited about everything I learned. ”
— anonymous, Lightroom Evening Classes / July 2018
“ Honestly, this workshop was fantastic. I learned so much and can't wait to use everything you taught me. ”
— Emma Dargan, Beginner DSLR / September 2014
“ I don't typically do well in group settings like this, being a bit slow to catch on I need more one on one. This was an exception! Everything was very well presented, easy to understand, well illustrated and thorough. Noel was entertaining and great about answering questions as well as being very approachable. The staff and/or assistants were also very friendly, helpful and professional. I enjoyed it more and came away with more than any workshop that I have even been to. ”
— Cindy Quillen, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / August 2014
“ I loved that it started very basic and went over each button. I felt like I learned so much in just one hour. ”
— Samantha Torres, Beginner DSLR / February 2015
“ The class really brought things into terms I understood. I really appreciated that. It didn’t go over my head and we kept reviewing it so I would remember. I feel like I kind of know what I’m doing now. I can work better with the different modes on my camera I was too scared of before. I did originally hesitate at the cost, but I felt I really needed this and bit the bullet. ”
— Victoria, Beginner DSLR / March 2011
“ Yes, I was a little fuzzy on hardware, class helped greatly. Also on software. ”
— Paul Ferguson, Shooting Panoramas / July 2017
“ I knew almost nothing about our camera before this class so I liked the details and instructions ranging from the actual camera controls to tips on composition and shooting pictures. Very fair price for the number of hours and classes. ”
— Lea Sherstad, DSLR Evening Classes / March 2015
“ I was having problems with focus before this class but now I understand what the problem was and how to focus on subjects. ”
— Shanteeka Smith, DSLR Evening Classes / December 2016
“ The workshop went beyond helping understand low light photography and helped me better understand exposure, sources of light and more. ”
— Anonymous, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / March 2016
“ Good mix of shooting, technique, theory and post processing. Great value for what we received. ”
— Robert Sherman, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / May 2014
“ Great class—I have done some youtube tutoring. Most are general overviews. This whole series gave a well-defined overview with practical examples of how it works in specific instances. ”
— Chris Manning, Lightroom Evening Classes / July 2012
“ The light painting workshop at the Statler was a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am glad I had the chance to participate. It was a great value for the money. ”
— Chad Davis, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / August 2014
“ Live class excellent! Action oriented. A good length to really get into an aspect as well as a variety of ideas. ”
— Deborah Scott, Beginner Photoshop / June 2017
“ I really liked the location of the workshop. Being in a studio and around all the equipment gets me excited and motivated. I have never taken a workshop… I really liked taking photos of the model too. ”
— Beth Curry, Intermediate DSLR / October 2018
“ Having the software explained gave many shortcuts and saved a lot of time. I've been using lightroom for six or so months and learned quite a few workflow shortcuts. ”
— Lacey Cloud, Lightroom Evening Classes / October 2014
“ Peter is a great teacher and very patient with beginners. ”
— Jan Ramsey, Beginner DSLR / January 2012
“ Dividing the LR workshops into three sessins has allowed time to practice different modules between sessions. It has definitely laid the groundwork for me to reorganize, improve access, and encourage sharing of my photos. ”
— Jean Well, Lightroom Evening Classes / July 2011
“ All kinds of neat gadgets. ”
— Keith Einstein, Macro Photography: Close-up Magic / October 2017
“ Teacher speaks like he enjoys shooting pictures and explains the concepts on a level that a beginner can easily understand. We have owned this SLR camera and not taken advantage of having it. It has been used more like a simple digital camera. I am starting to understand the settings and how to use them to take better quality pictures and capture moments instead of just capturing people setting. ”
— Cheryl Angadicheril, DSLR Evening Classes / May 2010
“ Very informative—Peter did not “read” to us and I appreciated his very polished presentation. ”
— Richard Gordon, Beginner DSLR / February 2012
“ I like that this workshop gave me my first experience shooting models even though I am still a beginner. It was such a hands on experience and really gave me a feel for how you should handle a photoshoot. It was so helpful to identify compositions that best used natural light. ”
— anonymous, Natural Light Portraits / March 2016
“ Good instructor, great at explaining concepts and good people skills. She was excited and passionate about the subject. Good combination of tech and practical excercises. Learned many useful things. ”
— Robert Sherman, Introduction to DSLR Video / March 2015
“ The workshop was outstanding. I liked how props were used to illustrate key concepts. It was surprising how challenging concepts were made so simple and easy to comprehend. ”
— Greg Piamonte, Beginner DSLR / June 2012
“ Watching example editing/getting to ask questions during the examples will be really helpful. ”
— Abigail Stricker, Lightroom Evening Classes / October 2017
“ I shoot like I play pool-I make an attempt and hope something goes in. You have shown me how some of my “lucky” shots really came to be and how I can reproduce the result. The explanations of movement and depth of field are invaluable. I never understood the settings before. ”
— Peter Stawicki, DSLR Evening Classes / March 2011
“ As usual, super class! Learned so much, will take me leaps and bounds forward. ”
— Riann Moore, Lightroom Evening Classes / October 2010
“ Amazing workshop! I walked in knowing nothing other than how to use auto mode and now I feel comfortable changing settings and working in the different modes. ”
— Kristen Wells, Beginner DSLR / August 2015
“ I loved the hands-on assistance, visual demo, and pace of information we learned. ”
— anonymous, Beginner DSLR / April 2018
“ I enjoyed seeing quick time and video along with pictures to broaden the things that can be done with your camera. I now know how to pack for a trip necessary vs. not. ”
— Sherry Hasty, Travel Photography / April 2012
“ After taking the beginner’s full day workshop with Peter and absolutely loving it, I decided to take my training a step further and sign up for a one-on-one session. I am so glad that I did! Peter is not only extremely knowledgeable, but he is very patient and takes the extra time and steps to help you better understand your camera and photography concepts in general. I was able to review some of the issues that I was having and he helped me correct those issues and understand why the issues were occurring. I definitely recommend one on one training and will soon be signing up for my second session. ”
— Shelia Butler, Private Tutoring / June 2010
“ The class size is great for interaction and asking questions. Love the setup, the handout for tips and review, and the hands-on practice and experience to use what we've learned. Instructor made it applicable and interesting. ”
— Emily, Intermediate DSLR / September 2017
“ I’ve taken some tutorials with Peter and they have been very helpful. He is very clear, very patient and he takes the time to go over all the basics. Once I had to take a shooting of a very big group and I needed to rent his studio to take it. He was there with me all the time teaching me how to do everything. I really recommend Peter’s classes to any amateurs or professionals! ”
— Cecilia Arreola (kids and family photographer), Private Tutoring / July 2011
“ I have a much better idea of what to use Lightroom for. I love the organization features. The price seems fair. The teacher gave out so much information! ”
— Anonymous, Lightroom Evening Classes / May 2015
“ I was looking for a hands-on, informative and fun learning experience for Adobe Lightroom. Peter is a very knowledgeable and patient teacher who guided our Lightroom workshop through clear and understandable instructions that even a beginner could quickly grasp. I have taken almost all of his workshops and am now working one-on-one with Peter to gain more information for my specific photography needs such as fixing my lightroom issues on my computer and learning to shoot and process HDR and panoramic images. I now know what all of those controls in Lightroom mean and I am using them to process some great looking pictures! At one of the workshops, Peter provided a professional model to pose under a myriad of lighting situations – from studio to direct sun light. My learning curve went through the roof as I have never learned so much about all kinds of lighting! At the end of class, Peter showed our class photos which all looked very professional. This was a really fun class! I could do this every week. If you want to learn photography from a pro and be able to ask all the questions you have about your photography issues, then I highly recommend Peter Poulides for one-on-one instruction or his fun workshops at his studio. ”
— Beth Holland (Art Consultant and art museum docent), Private Tutoring / June 2011
“ The hands on nature of the workshop makes it so much more valuable than any online classes and tutorials, and the instant feedback leaves you with things to work on after finishing the class. ”
— anonymous, Natural Light Portraits / January 2018
“ I liked the interaction with other photographers. I loved to see the interesting perspectives of other people. ”
— Keli Melo, Natural Light Portraits / January 2016
“ I found out Lightroom is a lot more powerful than just being an awesome photo organizer. Every place we turned was  like opening a new Christmas present you didn’t expect. ”
— Brad K, Lightroom Evening Classes / May 2010
“ This is my first photography class ever! I am hooked. Peter was so patient. More than met my expectations. It was fun—he made it fun, and a lot less scary than I thought it might be. I would do it again! I will be back. ”
— Carmen Choyce, Beginner DSLR / April 2011
“ I've never studied photography. Peter's high quality content is presented in a way that is understandable to a novice but still interesting to a more experienced shooter. I was always surprised at how fast the classes flew by because it was crammed with great content. I took pictures through the entire series of 4 evening classes. If you look at the progression, I started with photos that I ended up trashing. By the end I had friends offering money to photograph their families. I plan on driving from North Carolina when I see another interesting class offered at DCP. The classes are worth the drive! ”
— Kat Pierce-Cloutier, DSLR Evening Classes / June 2018
“ Thought it was extremely practical and informative. Gave me lots to think about before my next trip. ”
— Rachel Kurimay, Travel Photography / April 2018
“ I have had my camera for over a year and did not know how to use 90% of the functions. This class was a fantastic introduction to the use of my camera. I am left amazed with what I have learned today. Amazed and excited! There was nothing about the class that I disliked! ”
— Janice Caldwell, Beginner DSLR / December 2011
“ I loved the workshop! I thought the size of the class was important and the perfect amount! The teacher was approachable and the students were helpful as well! ”
— Caitlin Brown, Natural Light Portraits / March 2015
“ These classes informed me about motion blur and depth of field in relation to focal length and shutter speed for which I didn't know their purposes. I will definitely apply these main concepts. ”
— anonymous, DSLR Evening Classes / December 2016
“ I loved learning about the different terms through the camera - showing not telling. Learning how to use each of our cameras and practicing. Excellent series! ”
— Joanna Neskow, DSLR Evening Classes / June 2018
“ Because of the way these classes are taught, I am able to easily understand my camera and how to use it to take the photos I actually want. ”
— Katrina Cain, DSLR Evening Classes / November 2015
“ I came into this a complete novice and it has given me a really good understanding of how to produce video and technically, how to shoot documentary style video. Fantastic. The instructor was energetic, very clear and encouraging. ”
— Stacey Verbeek, Introduction to DSLR Video / October 2017
“ Margie was informative, yet relaxed and encouraged us to take risks. This was the first class I have felt comfortable shooting completely in Manual mode. I especially liked the way she used the first 30 minutes with the models showing us what she would do and how she would approach the shot. The number of models was great - there were enough that you didn't feel like you were stepping on other photographers to get your shot. ”
— anonymous, Natural Light Portraits / March 2015
“ I have taken several individual tutoring sessions with Peter. I cannot recommend enough the opportunity to learn from him one-on-one. I look forward to the sessions and enjoy the time together immensely. I have developed a much deeper understanding on how to better compose candid and posed portraits of my toddler boys. The sessions were invaluable and boosted my confidence tremendously when I am behind the lens. I never thought I would possibly understand how and when to use all the numerous settings on my camera. Peter’s natural and very humble style and his extensive use of simple analogies for complex concepts crystallized the science behind the art of photography for me. With just a small investment in time and money, I no longer consider myself a novice photographer. I look forward to the opportunity to learn from Peter through individual sessions in the future. ”
— Allison B. (Deputy General Counsel), Private Tutoring / August 2012
“ I've already been using the techniques and have become more adventurous with location selection. Loved going on location and getting feedback directly from the instructor. ”
— Katrena Drake, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / March 2016
“ Loved getting to shoot a model. Great explanation of lighting! I love the all day workshop! It gives you the info you need and allows you to utilize the skills you learn. ”
— Emma Goode, Intermediate DSLR / January 2011
“ The class was so informative for photograhers on many different levels. ”
— Mahsa Kashkooly, Travel Photography / April 2018
“ Loved all of the analogies - really helped me to visualize in my head what is going on in my camera. ”
— Sarah Momary, DSLR Evening Classes / January 2014
“ Lots of great info to a newbie. I've been intimidated by "f-stop," "aperture" and other terminology in the past. Peter demystified those concepts for me and sparked an interest to learn more. ”
— Pam Westerheide, Beginner DSLR / May 2015
“ This is absolutely an ideal solution for organizing and editing photos. I may never use iPhoto again. ”
— Mary Henry, Lightroom Evening Classes / February 2015
“ I had a great time at the last swap meet and plan to come back. I brought a friend with me and we found several things we liked, spent more than we intended and met interesting people. ”
— Gene Brown, Photo Swap Meet: Buy, Sell, Trade, Gawk / April 2015
“ I found the development /fixing process to be very interesting. I loved seeing the photo appear from a piece of "film" I created. This workshop was extremly helpful. I only have positive things to say about this class and the facilities. Highly recommended. The only surprise I had this weekend was how many successful photos everyone captured. ”
— Cole Collins, Introduction to Wet Plate Photography / May 2018
“ Taking photography classes had been on my bucket list for many years. My first experience with Peter was in an all day DSLR workshop where I learned things about my camera that I never knew were possible. After that I enrolled in tutoring sessions with a friend of mine and have been excited about the progress I have made with my new hobby. Peter has given me homework assignments that have caused me to stretch my creative thinking as well as my photographic ability. A camera is now a constant companion of mine and I look forward to each session with Peter for his honest and gentle critique along with his suggestions on how to improve. ”
— Neil Resnik, Private Tutoring / July 2014
“ I liked getting the background on the technical side of how a camera works. It makes everything "stick" better. Great teacher, great pace and length so that I felt I got a really good breadth of knowledge in a relatively short course. ”
— Callie Hamilton, Beginner DSLR / April 2015
“ Very informative, yet mostly simple. Great teacher, amazing photographer. ”
— Erica Krueger, DSLR Evening Classes / July 2010
“ I thought the location was very cool and unique. It had so many props and places to take great photos. ”
— Christina Hough, Natural Light Portraits / January 2017
“ The coolest thing about this workshop is I learned how everyone takes pictures from different angles and I liked to see what lenses other people are using. ”
— Mako Barnes, Natural Light Portraits / July 2011
“ For people like me who have dabbled with photography for a lifetime…reaching out for help is both necessary and daunting. A foundation must be built and to do that requires a gift in delivering meaningful concepts as understandable analogies. That’s where you shine, Peter. ”
— Charles Neuenschwander (Patent Consultant), Private Tutoring / September 2011
“ Great classes for the new photographer. The ability to ask questions was a good benefit. I dislike the fact that there are only three classes—six would be better! ”
— anonymous, DSLR Evening Classes / May 2012
“ This was my first time to develop and print. And I loved the class - very informative. Looking forward to the next class. ”
— David E. Partida, Beginner Darkroom / September 2018
“ I loved the mix of the weekend. Time to learn in a classroom setting. Time to shoot and interact with Sam and the group. I liked the diversity and challenge of different locations. I have always loved shooting in Dallas - initially I know there was concern from the group in finding inspiration in a city that they knew so well - but the photographs of the city were beautiful. I am forever different for the experience. ”
— Jennifer Pritchard, "It's The Journey" with Sam Abell / April 2016
“ Awesome, awesome, awesome! Did not think I could shoot a number of the pictures I did. Loved seeing the difference editing can make! ”
— Nicole Wright, Beginner DSLR / January 2012
“ I enjoyed the live environment and the ability to interact with other students and the instructor. The instructor was personable, concise and had an excellent ability to communicate in layman terms. ”
— Anonymous, DSLR Evening Classes / November 2015
“ I had reached a certain amount of success on my own as an amateur photographer but new I needed to up my game if I hoped to progress to the next level. Peter’s one on one tutoring was exactly what I needed. Rather than a broad overview of photography, Peter and I worked on specific areas that helped me better understand the technical side. With this new knowledge and much practice, I have improved my work considerably and have had the good fortune of having several images published. ”
— Linda Kennedy, Small Wonders Gal Photography, Private Tutoring / October 2013
“ Very informative workshop! Better than the manual! I understand so much more about my camera. Instructor is patient and speaks to everyone's level of understanding. ”
— Laura Withers, Beginner DSLR / November 2013
“ Hands-on approach and easy to understand explanations. It makes sense now!! ”
— Erin Cox, Beginner DSLR / February 2015
“ Lots of very helpful information. Nice variety of subjects. Wonderful setting. ”
— Amos Gouaux, Natural Light Portraits / March 2016
“ Patrizia was great, honest, knew her stuff and looking at other people's pictures was exceptionally helpful. ”
— Amanda Robinson, Natural Light Portraits / May 2015
“ It had been decades since I had a photography lesson, but Peter with his knowledge and expertise has revived my passion for photography. I got more out of our private lesson time than I could have ever expected! I thoroughly enjoyed the lesson, and I would recommend Peter to anyone that wants to know more about how to get wonderful photos and all the aspects that go into obtaining a great photograph. ”
— Alan Peyron (Software Engineer), Private Tutoring / July 2011
“ Thank you so much for “lifting the veil” of mystery in operating my camera. I’ve been shooting in automatic for at least a year! I feel much more confident to play with my settings and actually have a little knowledge to figure this out. ”
— Riann Moore, DSLR Evening Classes / June 2010
“ It was great! Time for lecture and hands on! Plenty of time for everyone to play with sets and ask questions. ”
— Stephanie Smith, Tabletop Product Photography / July 2017
“ I liked the hands on experience. I also liked the way the material was presented. Some photographers are very knowledgeable, but are terrible teachers. You were a great teacher! I have been to another training session that I found through Groupon. It was not very good and it made me feel like I would never get the hang of it. After today’s workshop, I have more confidence in my ability to learn. ”
— Michelle Meledeo, Beginner DSLR / March 2013
“ I liked the format and progression of the classes. The examples (both live demos and picture slides) really helped solidify the concepts for me. This course took everything I'd read previously and allowed me to make sense of it and put it to practical use. It was awesome! ”
— Ali Stofko, DSLR Evening Classes / May 2018
“ I liked the on-site shooting and instruction and feedback on editing choices and images. ”
— anonymous, Natural Light Portraits / April 2018
“ This was an outstanding workshop. Every minute was filled with nonstop learning. ”
— Janis Tillerson, Natural Light Portraits / June 2015
“ It was quite hands-on. If there was anything that wasn't understood, the instructor took time to go over it again until everyone in class understood. The instructor explained things simply, which made technical sections easier to understand. For a beginner course I think that all the important basics (and more) were covered extensively. I gained enough knowledge to be able to confidently start using my camera. ”
— Deeva Lata Shree, Beginner DSLR / May 2018
“ I had so many "ah-ha" moments where things just started to make sense. Great class! ”
— Kyna Eberhardt, Beginner DSLR / March 2015
“ I enjoyed the way the instructor taught the class. It was fun and left my head spinning but in a good way. Everything was new for me. This was the first time I took pictures on my new camera. ”
— Anonymous, Beginner DSLR / April 2015
“ We subscribed to Lightroom after the Travel Photography workshop. Quickly realized that we were spinning our wheels and needed some help to be effective. Now I feel like I have my arms around Lightroom and the tools to put into practice immediately. ”
— Samantha Murphy, Lightroom Evening Classes / September 2018
“ The class was great. Covered many of the “basics” that will help me understand how my camera takes the pictures (and why its so picky in some environments!) focus, f-stop etc. ”
— Meredith Ebaugh, DSLR Evening Classes / May 2010
“ I've spent many hours reading online and watching videos on youtube and I feel I've wasted hours and hours. Your class was AWESOME. I've learned more today than what online reading or videos could teach. Thank you. ”
— Patrick Lopez, Beginner DSLR / April 2014
“ I really enjoyed Peter’s teaching style. I enjoyed getting to look at the photos we took in class and learning from them. I also liked that the class was tailored to what we really wanted. ”
— Laurie Poetschke, Intermediate DSLR / December 2009
“ I loved this series of classes. I felt comfortable as a beginner, yet progressed quickly and felt that Peter did a fantastic job of making complex topics understandable. He used a lot of analogies that related technical topics to simple and understandable situations. ”
— anonymous, DSLR Evening Classes / March 2016
“ I am a hands on learner. It was great to be able to touch my camera and work the controls while being taught. The pace was great for me. Loved the handouts! ”
— Matilda, Beginner DSLR / November 2013
“ This class was super helpful! I now know how to use my camera off the auto settings. Yay! ”
— Alana Davis, DSLR Evening Classes / October 2017
“ Excellent class. Well planned and hit all the appropriate topics. ”
— Blair Albert, Natural Light Portraits / January 2016
“ I can't say enough about the one-on-one sessions I have had with Peter.  He has helped me so much with the use and application of the Lightroom program in addition to getting a better understanding of what he sees in various photos and how to improve them with the program as well as in taking them. I highly recommend Peter to anyone who is interested in improving as a photographer, whether for fun of as part of a profession. I have finally learned what I lacked in knowledge about my camera as well as how to manage the photos in Lightroom.  Thank you so much, Peter. ”
— Samuel Lee, Private Tutoring / December 2013
“ Randall & I really enjoyed the one-on-one class with you Peter. I really had no clue about the different settings on the camera, and was always frustrated in the past when I couldn’t get the picture I wanted. While I still need a lot more training, the 2 hour session was a great jump start to understanding my camera before our trip to Alaska. I definitely think it improved our photos. Thank you for all your help & we will see you soon in the DSLR classes! ”
— Debbie Sudduth (I.T. Director), Private Tutoring / June 2011
“ With fewer and fewer of these types of events, I was excited to see DCP host a swap meet. All types of vendors were represented and it was great fun meeting old friends. ”
— Steve McWilliams, Photo Swap Meet: Buy, Sell, Trade, Gawk / April 2015
“ I was ready to see things in an entirely new way. I want to be more than one "type" of photographer. The work of other students inspired me. Sam was such a genuine person and very easy to talk to. I've already recommended the workshop to two other photographers I admire. ”
— anonymous, "It's The Journey" with Sam Abell / April 2016
“ Can't wait to start my collection of gadgets, lights, and backgrounds and recycle some things that I thought were no longer needed. ”
— Monica Thrasher, Macro Photography: Close-up Magic / October 2017
“ The instructor never made me feel dumb. Good analogies. Easy to understand. Good examples. Good lunch. ”
— Anonymous, Beginner DSLR / July 2015
“ I very much enjoyed getting to explore my own creativity with the photo shoot time as well as learning from what other people did to create shots. ”
— Cassie Raffaelli, Beginner DSLR / March 2015
“ Working with the models and the photo walk was helpful to practice what was taught. The place is good, covered a lot of material and wasn't much down time. ”
— anonymous, Intermediate DSLR / April 2018
“ When searching for workshops, I was looking for evening classes that would really apply to hands on training and this was the best thing out there! I liked all of the class topics and the ways the items were presented in layman terms. There is a wealth of information in books to read but this class touched on specifics you can leave with to start practicing immediately. ”
— Craig McNeil, DSLR Evening Classes / November 2009
“ I loved the entire presentation! I was able to follow along with all the illustrations and explanations… can’t wait to go out and practice what I learned today. ”
— Terri Lamendell, Beginner DSLR / August 2011
“ Peter knows this photography stuff inside and out. One-on-one help and advice was freely given. ”
— Tom Marusa, Intermediate DSLR / June 2009
“ I like that Peter advised to just go out and shoot. Sometimes it can be info overload and this advice helps. ”
— D'Andre Ballard, Intermediate DSLR / March 2015
“ I thoroughly enjoyed the class, and everything about it. My wife would tell you that I'm a chronic complainer, but you guys cured me. I can't think of a single thing to complain about! Now, after taking the course, I would have paid twice as much, and still felt i got a bargain. I learned more in these 4 sessions than in the last 10 years of taking photos and self-teaching. It truly represents a water shed moment in my understanding of photography. Class was very engaging. I have spent years self teaching, reading online, watching videos, etc. I learned more in the last month than the remainder combine. ”
— Stan Johnson, DSLR Evening Classes / March 2018
“ I had way more fun today than I anticipated. Especially the opportunity to borrow the 50 mm 1.4 lens and the shots I got with it. ”
— Franklin Gentry, Intermediate DSLR / March 2015
“ So very professional!! Knew it would be informative, didn't expect it to be fun too! ”
— Michelle Fingert, Beginner DSLR / April 2018
“ I came here wanting to know how to photograph people when they symbolize that country, without crossing boundaries, and I loved how the instructor explained it. ”
— Marissa Alvarez, Travel Photography / January 2018
“ Instructor did a fantastic job of explaining the basics. She was fully engaged in making sure we understand the material being presented. A good value for the information received. ”
— Derrick Ricketts, DSLR Evening Classes / March 2018
“ Great introduction to Lightroom! Starting from the ground up, the basics were explained well. ”
— Ashley Miller, Lightroom Evening Classes / May 2010
“ I thought that it was extremely helpful to attend in an interactive format. I had previously tried to read through books/manual on the subject, but it was really difficult to grasp until I saw in person. For example, the differences in the same photograph using same shutter speed but different f-stop. I really enjoyed the “mistake” photography and how you were able to transform it into something great. ”
— anonymous, Beginner DSLR / February 2013
“ I like the more in-depth look into photography. I thought the class was well taught. The lens care portion was very insightful as well. ”
— Tony Meyers, Intermediate DSLR / May 2017
“ The clarity of the outline for each session was excellent. The right length to cover the information. ”
— Gregory Langfeldt, Beginner Photoshop / February 2018
“ It was absolutely wonderful to learn in a live class environment. The ability to undo and try different approaches as well as "mess up" on purpose to explain the fix is something that rarely happens ever in the best video tutorials. ”
— Neidi M., Lightroom Evening Classes / July 2014
“ The outdoor time and challenge of an assignment plus the follow up critique were a great combination. ”
— Michelle Bogan, Natural Light Portraits / May 2015
“ The DSLR series exceeded my expectation by far. The material was well organized and presented in a succinct manner which made the flow very nice. From someone who learned photography on film - these classes enabled me to tap into all the features of my digital camera that I wasn't using. The instructional live-demo made a world of difference and can't be duplicated by any book or online course. The information was more than one could have gotten from a camera manual or book. The content was more of a "Cliff's Notes" version and really focused on pertinent info rather than extraneous info. The true learning that occurred was from an engaged speaker who is passionate about photography and imparted expert level experiential knowledge and tips and tricks. The analogies allowed me to grasp more complex topics without having to think to hard about it. ”
— Kasey Pool, DSLR Evening Classes / March 2015
“ I have been a dangerous photographer for a couple of years. This class has helped so much to connect a lot of dots!! I can spend more time composing and less time worrying about the technical. ”
— Jay Lederman, DSLR Evening Classes / May 2018
“ Instructor was very patient and helpful, learned some interesting new tricks. ”
— anonymous, Macro Photography: Close-up Magic / October 2017
“ Difficult subjects described/explained in simple forms. Good use of analogy. Have not taken other classes but have done online reading and some videos. Sometimes the written materials I’ve read presume too much prior knowledge and so it can be confusing. This class was the perfect level of detail and explanation for beginners. ”
— Paul Downey, Beginner DSLR / June 2013
“ It helped me really understand things like f-stop and shutter speed that were hard for me to comprehend. Reiterating it over and over was helpful. ”
— Ashley Dobay, DSLR Evening Classes / July 2016
“ I'm so excited to know how to light meter! It was great to practice this when I had a backlight model today! Instant improvement and feeling of control in this situation. ”
— Jayia Pauza, Intermediate DSLR / January 2018
“ I enjoyed Peter’s personality. He’s helpful without being condescending. Also, I enjoyed the format for reviewing pictures and shooting the live model. I was pleasantly surprised by the great amount of hands-on shooting in different light sources. It’s great; could be longer, but I attribute that to my excitement. ”
— Jason Roberson, Intermediate DSLR / October 2018
“ Steve is a great instructor. He paces his lecture well. I had time to take notes and watch him demo. He answers questions. This is my second Lightroom class. First was elsewhere. I feel that I learned more in this class. ”
— anonymous, Lightroom Evening Classes / July 2018
“ Good practical information, informal, great response to questions. ”
— anonymous, Travel Photography / January 2018
“ I liked going through the pictures and learning techniques on how you took the pictures. Pocket and DSLR tips and tricks were great. ”
— Wendy Boyer, Travel Photography / April 2012
“ Loved it. Learned a ton and look forward to more. The hands-on demo and chalk board discussion were great. ”
— Craig McNeil, DSLR Evening Classes / November 2009
“ I believe the cost was a very good value for the amount of information given. ”
— Mary Danz, DSLR Evening Classes / January 2015
“ I liked being able to ask questions at the shoot and get immediate feedback. I liked the discussion of how to use and play with the light and I liked looking at the photos at the end and seeing the different ideas each student had. ”
— Jill Curtis, Natural Light Portraits / May 2015
“ Very applicable to real world photography. Instructor was very helpful, answered and explained any questions. Classes were enjoyable. ”
— anonymous, DSLR Evening Classes / December 2016
“ It was organized well and I appreciated the pragmatic uses of Lightroom. My organization has already improved. ”
— Barbara Woods, Lightroom Evening Classes / January 2018
“ I had the opportunity to spend an hour private lesson with Peter; going over all the photography questions I had in mind. Peter was such a great teacher! Not only was he so easy to understand, he helped me by applying each and every question I had to then some hands on “shooting”, which made all the knowledge stick. Thank you Peter in helping me turn my hobby into something I can bless others with as well! ”
— Mariam Colquitt (Mariam Colquitt Photography), Private Tutoring / January 2011
“ Peter is a terrific teacher. Thorough, smart, funny, and patient. He made it seem possible. Everything was astounding! I’m such a novice, what I don’t know is a lot. I now look forward to the future. ”
— Susana Cox, Beginner DSLR / September 2012
“ Thanks for all of your help. The fact that you are a friendly and patient person means a lot! Its hard to learn new things under someone who “knows it all”! ”
— Jana Warren, Intermediate DSLR / January 2010
“ I had played around with light painting in the past, but it had never really “clicked” for me until this workshop. After having a few images turn out well, I got the bug, and will definitely continue to light paint using the skills I learned. Considering the varied venues and weather conditions we had to deal with, the class was very well organized. Having come from out of state, I definitely appreciated all the emails, maps, etc. Spot studio staff (and Noel) were very helpful and friendly. ”
— Pierce Soracco, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / March 2014
“ Was happy that I could make several prints to take home. ”
— Richard Carter, Beginner Darkroom / February 2018
“ Very helpful, had lots of “AHA” moments. Gave me a broader understanding of how to get off of auto and control my shots. ”
— Denise Smith, Beginner DSLR / January 2013
“ Awesome! I have been doing this with a DSLR for over 3 years and learned so much in 8 hours! ”
— Audra Jarrett, Intermediate DSLR / January 2011
“ Loved it! Wish I could afford to take the same class again so it can all be even more clear to me. But I will study so I can take future advanced classes. Everything was explained so clearly and made so relatable that it was easy to make sense of it all. ”
— anonymous, Beginner DSLR / October 2018
“ It was so helpful to learn about Lightroom in a live class. I have used Lightroom for awhile and there were several features I did not understand. Michelle did a great job explaining in a thorough way. I also enjoyed being with other photographers. ”
— Monique Black, Lightroom Evening Classes / July 2016
“ We have missed the camera shows dearly. They were, at the least, a place for the likeminded to gather and at the best, a place to find something you really needed. We picked up several items that were not just a curiosity, but something we really use. We'll be back and would even rearrange our schedule to attend if possible. We appreciate what your company is willing to do to help keep these swap meets alive! ”
— JB & Susan Harlin, Photo Swap Meet: Buy, Sell, Trade, Gawk / April 2015
“ Very well explained with good visual comparisons. Loved doing the entire day to immerse myself better. Loved that you always see the cup filled—always positive comments and advice made from a negative shot. ”
— Maureen Israelson, Beginner DSLR / April 2013
“ The workshop was well organized and executed. It has changed my perspective for the better. I can now look beyond the technical aspects. Dear Sam, many thanks for helping me see the world differently! ”
— Amit Kelkar, "It's The Journey" with Sam Abell / April 2016
“ I have spent several hours with Peter, both taking photos and editing them on the computer. I find Peter enthusiastic, encouraging and exceptionally knowledgable. I have learned considerably more about my camera, ideas about composition and how to edit the images that I would have, left to learn on my own. I have more sessions remaining and may spend more time with him after that. I consider myself a hobbyist, and feel that my skills are improving greatly. ”
— A. Childs (Certified Financial Planner), Private Tutoring / June 2011
“ It was a perfect workshop for learning to take outdoor portraits using natural lighting. The class was highly informative and it was fun! I'm much more comfortable with using my camera in all manual mode. ”
— Sandy Dunham, Natural Light Portraits / March 2015
“ Very informative, but not boring. Peter was very personal, used metaphors for better understanding and went at a pace that was comfortable for the entire class. ”
— Aletha Kruse, Beginner DSLR / January 2014
“ I didn't know how to do anything but use automatic settings. Now I have the confidence to shoot and play with f-stops and shutter speeds. ”
— Tifany Collins, DSLR Evening Classes / June 2015
“ I just wanted to thank Peter for the awesome Lightroom classes. There is still much to learn, but I was able to take 1300 photos from a dance event Friday and have them sorted, tweaked, super edited when needed, cataloged and exported to the client in one day. I can't express how this is going to make my life easier!! ”
— Miracle Bennett, Lightroom Evening Classes / August 2015
“ I like that it was small enough that we were able to ask questions about our specific cameras. Hands on always works better for me. ”
— Kathy Radenbaugh, Beginner DSLR / June 2014
“ The private sessions that I’ve had with Peter have really improved my photos dramatically. His approach seems to simplify rather complex concepts and relationships and explains them in a way that is easier to grasp. I had a much higher confidence level on my recent trip to Rome and came back with some great results. ”
— Beau Paradowski (CFO), Private Tutoring / February 2011
“ I have been taking pictures for years with my DSLR but never really knew what the functions were or how they worked. This class gave me a great overview. I am looking forward to practicing with all the new techniques. ”
— Courtney Johnson, DSLR Evening Classes / March 2015
“ Great class. Great people. ”
— Derrick Snider, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / May 2014
“ Provided great context on f-stop and shutter speed that helped me understand their effects on photos. I’ve had other instructions that covered the same material but walked away with little understanding on how to apply the teachings. This was great with clear instructions. ”
— anonymous, Beginner DSLR / January 2013
“ I liked the balance between learning and actual hands on shooting. I thought the material covered was detailed but not too overwhelming. Also good class size. ”
— Kimberley Crews, Beginner DSLR / April 2015
“ Peter has been instrumental in guiding me as I set up my growing photography business. His knowledge spans every possible area of the industry, from shooting to workflow to editing, just to name a few. His generous and patient teaching style makes it all very accessible and easy to understand. I have learned many practical skills in our hands on tutoring sessions for Lightroom and Photoshop, and as a result, my business runs more smoothly. I highly recommend him for anyone who wants to be on the fast track to learning anything about the photography industry! ”
— Margie Woods Brown (Owner, MWB Photography), Private Tutoring / July 2010
“ I appreciated seeing your photos and hearing the stories about them. It helped me think through aspects I never thought of before. Giving a theme, realizing that not all photos have to be trophy shots, etc. was great! ”
— Alex Karic, Travel Photography / April 2018
“ I liked the spontaneity of things. Great interaction and visual comparison of live events. ”
— Debbie Ruste, DSLR Evening Classes / March 2011
“ I really enjoyed Sam's thoughts on his images, both old and new from this weekend. Very valuable! I will marinate a long time in all this information. ”
— Jennifer Lucas, "It's The Journey" with Sam Abell / April 2016
“ I've never done much with panoramas, therefore this class was a good introduction on how to start and get perspective. ”
— Julissa Negrete, Shooting Panoramas / February 2017
“ Class was superb!!! ”
— anonymous, Intermediate DSLR / September 2018
“ I liked that it was all centered around natural lighting and not artificial light. It’s easier for newbies to work on composition and not worry about light boxes, spot lights, etc. ”
— Michael Wade, Natural Light Portraits / June 2013
“ Money well spent. I have already used information from the classes. ”
— Kirk O'Neil, DSLR Evening Classes / February 2016
“ I loved that the class was hands on. Peter spoke in very understandable terms and I walked away understanding issues I have struggled with for a long time. This class was a very smart investment! ”
— Lori Dunn, Beginner DSLR / November 2009
“ Very informative. Never taken a class before and enjoyed the science, philosophy and in-depth understanding of the art of photography. I actually feel like I know what to do when I pick up my camera vs. just using it as a point and shoot. ”
— Sarah Brown, DSLR Evening Classes / October 2017
“ I really liked that it was hands on. There was a great balance of conversation and instruction. I took better pictures than I thought I would. ”
— anonymous, Intermediate DSLR / January 2018
“ Peter was great at de-mystifying the whole process. He broke things down in terms I could understand. The on-screen examples really hit home as well. The workshop exceeded my expectations! I can’t wait to try out all I have learned. ”
— Nicki Nynas, Beginner DSLR / April 2011
“ Location was perfect, covered all the lighting situations we discussed in class before the shoot. ”
— Paul Ferguson, Natural Light Portraits / September 2017
“ Seeing the effects of different lighting, being able to shoot a live model, knowing that adjustments to the exposure stay put, understanding that photography is something where you have to be fully engaged and paying attention to all the settings and details. ”
— Dawn Rummel, Intermediate DSLR / February 2011
“ First time with wet plate. Overall the whole process was facinating! Nothing beats "hands on"! Lisa is simply an awesome teacher too! The facility is outstanding! Class size was perfect too. I was surprised that we were producing "good" results before lunch on day one! ”
— Shannan Collins, Introduction to Wet Plate Photography / May 2018
“ I’ve had LR since LR 1, all self-taught. This class series really gave me some great new ideas and tips on how to maximize my productivity. ”
— Jeff Stager, Lightroom Evening Classes / February 2013
“ I'm truly comfortable with video DSLR after this class. The instructor goes the extra mile to answer questions and adds depth to the trainings based on her experience. ”
— Shanay Payne, Introduction to DSLR Video / October 2017
“ My one-on-one tutoring with Peter has been so very instrumental in helping me grow as a photographer. Peter has a way of explaining things so you walk a way with a real grasp and understanding. He has helped me understand more of the technical side of my camera and accessories which has allowed me more control over my images. I highly recommend the Spot Studio to anyone wanting to take their photography to the next step. ”
— Emma Goode (Emma Goode Photography), Private Tutoring / July 2011
“ Very helpful and inspiring. I know tons more now than I did when I walked in the door. Didn’t feel stupid when asking stupid questions! ”
— Beth Thompson, Beginner DSLR / June 2011
“ It was obvious that you knew what you were talking about and you wanted us to learn as much as we could also. ”
— Stacey Goodman, Beginner DSLR / January 2010
“ Good overview of all aspects. I was unfamiliar with DSLRs. Great presentation techniques—loved screen and camera set up. Great illustrations/analogies I’m excited to play with the camera now that the fear is gone! ”
— anonymous, DSLR Evening Classes / February 2013
“ Hands on! I liked that we had models to photograph rather than still objects. Peter is also very patient and welcomes all questions. ”
— Anonymous, Beginner DSLR / September 2014
“ Very interactive, lots of information. I liked having a model to shoot and learning different lighting techniques. Knowledgeable instructor and easy to understand language. Great class. ”
— Name Withheld, Beginner DSLR / January 2013
“ I am no longer afraid to shoot in AV, TV, P or M modes. I also have some ideas about what to do if a photo doesn't turn out like I wanted it to. ”
— Amy Parker, DSLR Evening Classes / January 2015
“ It was very helpful! I purchased Lightroom a couple of years ago and went through the tutorial but never felt proficient. After this class I am confident in using my software with great results! ”
— Robert Richie, Lightroom Evening Classes / July 2018
“ The use of non photography analogies made understanding much easier. I feel like I understand what the cause of my mistakes is now. I think it is a bargain for the amount of content provided. ”
— Tommy Chumley, DSLR Evening Classes / July 2016
“ I started doing Photography as a hobby back in the film days. It took me a long time to embrace and learn digital photography so when I finally took the plunge, I found that the editing process and the organization (or lack thereof) that goes with it, overwhelmed me. Eventually, I started losing my desire to take pictures. Once everything was downloaded, it was difficult to find what I needed and my post processing was long and tedious. So,  I reached out to Peter for some one on one coaching. Peter taught me a very simple approach to my workflow and organization. He is patient, and teaches in a manner that is easily understood. Plus, he is a very nice guy! I have since taken several other classes at his studio and plan to continue learning from him. I highly recommend him, his staff and his classes. ”
— Patricia Wessant, Private Tutoring / February 2014
“ First time I understood the functions (P, M, Av, Tv) and the relation between light, ISO, aperture, and shutter. Everything was super clear. It also helped me understand how to use the buttons on my camera. ”
— Olivier Poirot, Beginner DSLR / June 2012
“ All good info. Its interesting to learn some of the technical aspects of the camera. I love seeing examples of what you are talking about/shooting (ex: shooting at 5.6 and/or 22 and seeing the difference on the projector). ”
— Wesley Gohlke, DSLR Evening Classes / February 2011
“ I love photographing dogs! I learned to tell when the animals were anxious & when humans didn't want to be in the photos. ”
— Tate Martin, Dog Photography / October 2017
“ The workshop was taught in a way so that someone who does not know a thing, like me, can understand the language and feel comfortable. Not by talking down to you, but by helping you learn. [It's a good value] because it’s a real photo shop unlike these other places in strip malls that offer photo classes. ”
— Todd Jakub, Beginner DSLR / September 2012
“ Very hands on, a good mix of lecture & lab. The information & activities effectively filled the day. ”
— anonymous, Beginner Darkroom / February 2017
“ I'm new to lightroom so this class has totally formed how I will set up and use the application. The live examples were great. I liked being able to see features/functionality applied to real world situation. ”
— Michael Meaders, Lightroom Evening Classes / July 2016
“ This was my very first training on my first DSLR. The class provided a good foundation for beginners to understand terms and camera controls. I feel like I can now go to the manual and use it as a tool instead of being overwhelmed by it. “Surprises?” Only the phenomenal variety and quality of photos taken by participants during the live shoot. Great value considering it makes several thousand dollars’ worth of equipment understandable and therefore, usable. ”
— Jami Millet, Beginner DSLR / January 2013
“ I liked that the content wasn't completely overwhelming. No, I won't remember it all tomorrow but now I have a foundation to build on - something I didn't quite grasp via online videos. ”
— Sonia Doneghue, Beginner DSLR / August 2013
“ I liked how open and honest the instructors were. First time I’ve taken this type of workshopt. I loved it, thanks! I learned a lot and can’t wait to practice my skills and keep getting better! ”
— Shannon Robbins, Natural Light Portraits / July 2011
“ I got enough knowledge from the class to where I can read other things and better understand what I am reading. Editing on the computer—the endless possibilities. I was truly a camera dummy when entering the class—now I know the controls on my camera and its capabilities. “Surprises?” How much detail we went into teaching aperture and shutter speed—it’s exactly what I needed to use my DSLR. ”
— Maria, Beginner DSLR / January 2013
“ Loved learning a lot of the Lightroom shortcuts. This has made my workflow effective. No more sorting photos in "My Pictures." I am still feeling a little overwhelmed but I have owned Lightroom for over a year and now I have a foundation and I feel more confident that I'm not going to screw something up. ”
— Sonia Doneghue, Lightroom Evening Classes / September 2014
“ First exposure (no pun intended) to photography. Extremely clear explanation of all specs. Excellent instructor. ”
— Mark Murray, DSLR Evening Classes / May 2018
“ It was more than I expected. Very great! ”
— Austin Laudenslager, Travel Photography / April 2018
“ Before the class I thought it was all about technical details, now I realize that my own demeanor and my interaction with the animal play an important role. ”
— Erin McWhorter, Dog Photography / February 2018
“ Peter presented basic functions in a clear and concise manner along with examples of each. I now feel comfortable taking my camera out of auto mode and exploring how I can take breathtaking pictures of my own. ”
— Krista D., DSLR Evening Classes / January 2014
“ Loved seeing your photos and the stories with them, excited to create my own. ”
— anonymous, Travel Photography / April 2018
“ Excellent instructor! Good pace. I have read books, but this was the first time that the various elements of exposure "clicked" for me. I gained a good bit of confidence and a great base level of knowledge. ”
— Rachel Womack, Beginner DSLR / May 2015
“ SO well planned! Projector makes a huge difference. Nice studio-very comfortable seating, etc. That’s a big deal for someone who has ADHD like me. I can't wait to come back and bring my LA girls. I would even enjoy a 2 day program, AKA: photography retreat. ”
— Michelle Levesque, Intermediate DSLR / January 2011
“ Small class, very relaxed. I felt like I could ask any questions. There was nothing I did not like. The workshop exceeded my expectations and I feel like the cost is a good value. The info I received is useful, not a lot of info that I do not need. I’m so glad to find a studio/group that will help me become a better photographer. ”
— Jina Armstrong, Natural Light Portraits / July 2011
“ I had the opportunity to spend an hour of one-on-one time with Peter asking him questions about photography issues I had and it was WONDERFUL. He is very instructive, phrases topics in a way that really makes them “stick”. The hour went by very fast, but I got more out of it than I expected. I look forward to taking one of his classes and learning more from him. ”
— Shiela Lannen (Oncologist), Private Tutoring / February 2010
“ This is the first portrait class I've taken. It was very enlightening to be on a shoot with a professional and to see how she conducts a session. ”
— Neal Cerpanya, Natural Light Portraits / May 2015
“ I think the most helpful thing was being able to see the pictures on the screen as they were being taken and being able to see the camera menus displayed. For the beginner I don’t think anything was missing. ”
— John Daniel, Beginner DSLR / June 2009
“ Peter's teaching style works for both left or right brained people. Made it very easy to understand. ”
— Lisa Marie Thompson, Beginner DSLR / January 2014
“ The whole process from mix chemical to shooting to development are all interesting. ”
— KT Shiue, Introduction to Wet Plate Photography / February 2018
“ Interactive and extremely informative! A lot of material covered in a day. No downtime or hill in class. Day went too fast. Can’t wait to take more classes. ”
— Clay Young, Beginner DSLR / April 2012
“ Love this course! Took Beginner Workshop last month and I have retained all the info! Techie stuff for a non-techie girl. ”
— Erin Cox, Intermediate DSLR / March 2015
“ The Lightroom demo while putting together the slideshow was really interesting! ”
— Amanda Moseley, Beginner DSLR / March 2015
“ Before the class, I struggled with importing pictures into Lightroom and then subsequently finding and editing them. The class clearly taught me each step of the process in a simple and efficient manner. What previously took me 30 minutes now takes 30 seconds. ”
— Ram Padmanabhan, Lightroom Evening Classes / September 2014
“ Instant motivation to shoot more = short term effect. New skill that I'll use forever = long term effect. ”
— anonymous, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / April 2018
“ Thank you for allowing me to use your lens. Now I want to go out and buy one! ”
— Elsa Ramirez, Macro Photography: Close-up Magic / May 2018
“ As an educator I love how Peter explained concepts. He provided multiple ways to understand them and showed us how to correctly apply them. Class was great! ”
— Crystal Ramon, Beginner DSLR / March 2015
“ Loved the outdoor shoot. Liked how Peter explained concepts, easy to understand e.g. meter is like a microphone and ISO is like an amplifier. ”
— Ryan Marshall, Intermediate DSLR / February 2012
“ The pace was excellent and I felt the time to understand the camera controls and then use them was excellent. Taking pictures of models at the end really helped put everything together and reinforce concepts. I thought it was a good value for the individual time and content. Loved the personal touch! ”
— Mike Hames, Beginner DSLR / November 2013
“ Very informative and answered many of the questions I had about the camera I use. I was very pleased with the content of the workshop and how it was presented. The only surprise was how UN-boring it was. It kept me interested and had my attention all day. ”
— Frances Fisher, Beginner DSLR / October 2013
“ I can tell you the class was not just informative it was fun! ”
— Sandy Dunham, Intermediate DSLR / March 2015
“ You covered such a vast amount of info in a short amount of time! You were much more intuitive than a book or lessons I’ve read online. You, surprisingly, remember what it’s like to know very little and tell why these are important things to know. ”
— Kaci Cantrell, DSLR Evening Classes / October 2013
“ Noel did a great job breaking down his process/technique. He gave a great level of detail that can be applied. Thanks to Noel for being open and confident enough to share enough "trade secrets" to encourage us and make us feel that night painitng is approachable for a newbie. ”
— Deanna Centurion, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / May 2014
“ The instructor broke things down several ways so that all could understand. I never once got bored or lost interest. Really happy I took this class. ”
— Niki Fischer, DSLR Evening Classes / March 2016
“ After doing much research I decided to take the beginners class with Peter at The Spot. I learned how to navigate through my camera, produce much better pictures, as well many “tricks of the trade”! I was able to understand the instructions but also felt very comfortable asking questions. I was so excited about what I had learned so I decided to take a private lesson to focus on particular aspects of photography that I needed. The lessons I took at The Spot were a great value in so many aspects. I walked away not only with the new skill set I needed, but with the confidence to enjoy my camera and be creative! ”
— Kelli Domijan (Owner, Tempo Solutions Boutique), Private Tutoring / May 2011
“ Liked learning the basics and practicing with our own cameras. It was a fun class. ”
— Kendall Bates, DSLR Evening Classes / July 2016
“ It was great the way the classes progressed from history/definitions and how it affects pictures/practice. If I look at a picture and it is too bright or too dark I know what I can do to fix it and try again. ”
— Anonymous, Beginner DSLR / January 2015
“ This workshop introduced me to a new technique that will have lasting effects on my work. I will continue to explore this process. It also forced me to get to know my equipment in a different way and shoot outside of my comfort zone. The execution on location was great. I felt there was incredible amount of freedom while maintaining a strict safety protocol. ”
— Michelle Elwazir, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / August 2014
“ I was first surprised by the openness, candor, authenticity and nurturing nature of Sam. Confident but not ego driven. The workshop was a nice balance of showing, discussing Sam's work, aesthetics and theory, shooting and critique. ”
— Bobbie Baird, "It's The Journey" with Sam Abell / April 2016
“ The ability to ask questions, as simple as that sounds, is what I have liked the most. I have taken a video tutorial which was helpful but nothing like hearing seeing it demonstrated. ”
— Mark Chapman, Lightroom Evening Classes / October 2014
“ In LR as well as the other classes you are incredibly knowledgeable about all the ins and outs, but are very good at putting things in layman’s terms and giving analogies that help me understand. Yes it will help because you gave a great overview of the whole process from beginning to end, but I feel like I need to practice a little, then take the courses again. ”
— Michelle Meledeo, Lightroom Evening Classes / June 2013
“ I enjoyed the hands on aspect of the class and reviewing the photos. I wanted to get more comfortable with my camera and to be motivated to use it more, and I feel the class accomplished my goals. ”
— Catherine Kinslow, Beginner DSLR / February 2011
“ I thought the photoshoot went well, but as we went through everyone's photos, it looked great! It was really fun to see that everyone was able to take really awesome shots and understand why! ”
— Tiffani A., Beginner DSLR / December 2013
“ I thoroughly enjoyed the class, and everything about it. My wife would tell you that I'm a chronic complainer, but you guys cured me. I can't think of a single thing to complain about! Now, after taking the course, I would have paid twice as much, and still felt I got a bargain. I learned more in these 4 sessions than in the last 10 years of taking photos and self-teaching. It truly represents a water shed moment in my understanding of photography. Class was very engaging. I have spent years self teaching, reading online, watching videos, etc. I learned more in the last month than the remainder combine. ”
— Stan Johnson, DSLR Evening Classes / March 2018
“ I enjoyed the class very much. Great structure to the day and a very positive learning environment. ”
— Lisa Siegel, Natural Light Portraits / June 2015
“ He was explaining everything so well and patiently taking time with everyone to make sure we all get the right image. He finished the day with the same energy that he started it. ”
— Mehrnoush Amiri, Tabletop Product Photography / July 2017
“ It made Lightroom much less intimidating than it used to be. I have gotten a good introduction and feel I'll be able to progress. ”
— anonymous, Lightroom Evening Classes / September 2018
“ Peter sets the bar for photographic instruction in the Dallas metroplex. I have taken similar classes with other companies and Peter's are always more informative, instructional and interactive than the others. He is supremely knowledgeable yet very down to earth and approachable which makes his teaching more understandable for the hobbyist or the professional. ”
— Sumit Kar, Intermediate DSLR / March 2015
“ I don't think Lightroom would have been easy to navigate without taking a class. I started at ground zero. This class helped me navigate how I wanted to organize my workflow. ”
— Michaela Andrade, Lightroom Evening Classes / September 2018
“ This class has been very informative and helpful. I originally only signed up for the first class because I wasn’t sure if I would get the information I was wanting but I have now signed up for all three classes. ”
— Jennifer Nickson, DSLR Evening Classes / September 2012
“ I liked the pace of the class and that I could ask questions (and felt comfortable doing so). I liked learning the technical stuff! ”
— Jo Mattison, Beginner DSLR / August 2013
“ The workshop was amazing. ”
— Naveen Kongara, Natural Light Portraits / September 2017
“ Very in depth, but easy to understand. Hands-on is the best way to learn. ”
— Eric Karvonen, Beginner Darkroom / February 2018
“ This workshop taught the most important basics very thoroughly and simply. I found that the use of analogies combined with practice greatly improved my skills. I always had problems with exposure and now I have no issues at all. I could easily ask questions and receive very helpful answers. I walked in with almost no clue on how to work a DSLR and left with a very large knowledge on the fundamentals. I was surprised that using my new camera was a lot easier than I thought—that all the numbers and buttons all have a function and that I could easily navigate it. Everything was explained in a way so that all of the different aspects of the camera fell together slowly. ”
— Gabrielle (thirteen!), Beginner DSLR / June 2012
“ I liked how many photos we got to take. It was nice to just play and not worry how many we needed to do. Considering the instruction, how much we got to use the equipment, I think the price is competitive and appropriate. The class was so much fun, and I feel like I have a solid understanding of wet plate. Thank you! And Lisa is a wonderful teacher- I would sign up for her class again. ”
— Jami Clayman, Introduction to Wet Plate Photography / February 2018
“ I recently sold my insurance agency in Plano after 29 years. For two years leading up to my sale I worked hard to improve my 35 plus year photography hobby. Then I met Peter. The past five months one-on-one with Peter have been tremendous for my confidence level. He is a very skilled and articulate professional. Peter has a way of making a very difficult art to master “simple” to understand! I look forward to every session with him and am aspiring to become a professional myself. ”
— James Davis (retired insurance agency owner & aspiring professional photographer), Private Tutoring / June 2011
“ Best explanation I've heard yet about the elements of exposure. Multuple examples were extrememly helpful. Enjoyed having a chance to try out the techniques on models. ”
— Barry Greenberg, Beginner DSLR / December 2013
“ My fellow designer and I needed training that fit our disparate experience that typical courses would not cover. Peter’s hands-on style gave us insight that was beyond the settings, enabling us to better utilize our equipment and existing environment. His willingness to split our sessions between his studio and ours, an hour drive north, went beyond our expectation. I think the personal sessions were fantastic for our needs and have helped me to better analyze our lighting and changed my way of approaching a shoot. ”
— James Ratterree (Creative Director, Fujitsu Network Communications), Private Tutoring / May 2010
“ [Liked] learning use of backlight and background for different effects, angles and point of view. Nice to have the personal experience and points from the instructor with situations she has been in. ”
— James Korges, Natural Light Portraits / April 2013
“ You learn a lot for what you pay. ”
— Alex Gongora, Beginner Photoshop / September 2016
“ I think the class will have a lasting effect on my photo journey. I will give more thought before taking candid pictures. When I am dispensing a batch of pictures to people I will try to organize them in a means that will tell a story and capture the audiences' attention. Overall, I LOVED the course! It was fantastic!! ”
— anonymous, Ed Kashi: The Art of Visual Storytelling / March 2018
“ I have taken the SMU class and left there knowing nearly nothing—I am leaving this class excited that I have some familiarity with the issues of DSLR. I have a lot to learn yet—but I have a real good idea on where I can find it. “Surprises?”The ease of the content. Read the manuals, watched youtube and it’s all really technical. I came to this class and it turns out the issues are really simple. The balance was great. I wasn’t watching my watch to get it over with. That alone says the balance was there. ”
— Chris Manning, Beginner DSLR / September 2012
“ The size of the class is perfect. Small enough to interact and get your specific questions answered. The whole day was a surprise since I came in literally knowing only how to turn my camera on, point and shoot. I left with a whole new concept! ”
— Dena Smith, Beginner DSLR / January 2013
“ I took a course online, read a few books, and learned half of what I learned here. The hands-on instruction was excellent—can’t wait to enroll for the portrait workshop. ”
— Joseph Guerrero, DSLR Evening Classes / September 2013
“ Right amount of lecture versus field time. ”
— anonymous, Natural Light Portraits / September 2016
“ I never got around to reading manuals, using youtube, etc. Had to pay to go to class to overcome my rookie inertia. Good tips and info on how to shoot for amateurs. Love the technical background and analogies… helps the complex information, like F-stop/shutter speed relationship, stick. Absolutely recommend. I’ve been using my SLR for three years and won’t be shooting auto anymore! ”
— Sarah Wetzel, DSLR Evening Classes / September 2012
“ I enjoyed being able to watch an instructer walk-through the software, while also being able to ask questions at the same time. I do better in classroom setting when learning something foreign - it was geat having this class available. Everything from creating a collection to editing, I will use everything I learned. I was becoming overwhelmed with my photos piling up and I'm excited to organize everything from now on. Takes away my anxieties! I also loved the shortcuts I learned. ”
— Jana Donohoe, Lightroom Evening Classes / April 2018
“ This class was absolutely wonderful. The instructor is very kind and patient with all questions. A live class was very helpful. The ability to have input made all the difference. This price accurately represents the skill and expertise of the instructor. This class was a great value if not a steal. ”
— Emily Callaghan, Beginner Photoshop / June 2017
“ I liked that I could follow along. I got a lot of information in very easy-to-absorb amounts. Peter is a wealth of information—wow. I hope one day I can think like he does with photography. ”
— Karen Thompson, Beginner DSLR / September 2012
“ The workshop was very informative and there was always assistance when needed. ”
— Nick Meineke, Beginner Darkroom / February 2018
“ I learned so much! The interactive class and visuals of the camera settings is really what was missing from the information I already knew. Before I knew it the day was over! ”
— Molly Rumpke, Beginner DSLR / November 2014
“ Did the full day DSLR workshop first, then added this on—I loved getting a chance to practice for a couple weeks and then come back and get more. I’ve learned a bit from the photo blogs but examples and hands-on instruction made all the difference. ”
— Katie Wilson, DSLR Evening Classes / August 2013
“ Very informal and informative. Material was presented in an easy manner to understand. For the amount of hands on practice, demonstration and information I thought the price was just right. ”
— Doug Steele, Beginner DSLR / May 2015
“ Never felt overwhelmed or bored. Great use of time. ”
— Anonymous, Beginner DSLR / May 2015
“ I liked the mix of technical information and hands on photos. Really good blend. ”
— Anonymous, Beginner DSLR / August 2015
“ Everything was explained in detail without being boring, which made it interesting. Peter knew what mistakes people typically made and told us how not to make them. ”
— Lauren Cowling, Beginner DSLR / June 2009
“ I feel like I have more questions now—but in a good way. I have enough information to want more. I’m ready to shoot for a bit and digest this, then come back for more. ”
— Brandi Andrade, Beginner DSLR / June 2013
“ Good balance of intro lecture, taking photos and reviewing the images. ”
— Jim Dixon, Natural Light Portraits / September 2017
“ Presentation was easy to understand, pictures taken during class were great examples. I understand my camera much better. Time to go shoot! ”
— Patricia Walker, DSLR Evening Classes / December 2009
“ I love how you teach that you won't always get the shot you think you want but you may end up with something better and to keep practicing. You make photography seem accessible and that anyone can do it and even professionals have to practice. ”
— Alessa Mize, DSLR Evening Classes / May 2015
“ I loved the class and the balance between technical and artistic considerations. ”
— Kim Schlossberg, Intermediate DSLR / September 2009
“ [I liked] the support, the hints, ideas and how organic it felt. ”
— anonymous, Shoot & Edit Workshop State Fair Edition / October 2018
“ Import workflow was especially helpful. File organization, folders and collections made clearer. ”
— Tome Hovey, Lightroom Evening Classes / May 2010
“ This class was a great intro for me. I have only played with iPhone panos. Can't wait to play with DSLR pano. Understanding parallax as it pertains to photography will for sure help in perfecting panos. ”
— anonymous, Shooting Panoramas / July 2017
“ I finally know what all of the buttons on my camera mean. ”
— Megan Thomsen, Beginner DSLR / May 2018
“ I had not done any other investigating of how to use my camera to the fullest (I'm very impatient while reading instructions). So this was great! The instructor took the time to explain why things worked the way they do and we got to try it all out. Good to learn by doing. ”
— Anonymous, Beginner DSLR / June 2016
“ We would like to say a big thank you to Peter. We've really appreciate him taking the time with us in our tutoring session. We bot have learned a lot and have enjoyed every moment at DCP. It is wonderful to see someone so passionate about their work! ”
— Gail and Geoff Obeney, Private Tutoring / July 2015
“ What helped the most was having the experience of chasing a little one around, finding out that I’m not the only person who gets out of focus shots, but seeing that it is possible to get good ones. ”
— anonymous, Natural Light Portraits / June 2013
“ I hired Peter to advise me on a photography project involving my law firm that was, for me, very ambitious.  I knew that I had made mistakes and that I was in over my head, but Peter worked with me through even the smallest, most basic details with patience and encouragement.  It was my impression that Peter still thinks of himself as a student—he is still striving to learn more—and that comes across in his tutoring because he does not teach, he shares.  I will definitely work with him in the future on other projects. ”
— Steve Thomas, Attorney, Private Tutoring / July 2014
“ My interest in photography sprung from a desire to capture a trip to Paris with my mother to celebrate her 75th birthday. It was after this memorable experience that I longed to better understand my new camera, and what I could do with the photos I had snapped. What started as a project has become a hobby and Peter has been my mentor, supporter, and guide. Since my first forays, I have participated in many of his classes including all Lightroom and DSLR, as well as one on one time. He is the consummate professional, but more importantly to me I have found him to be creatively encouraging. I am much bolder now and more confident in my choices and believe he has been instrumental in this. Today, I believe photography to be a lifelong hobby and have relationships I treasure that have been built upon its foundation. As a very busy professional in the Dallas area, I find I look forward to his tutorials and advancing my understanding of photography. I am a fan. ”
— J.Pritchard, Private Tutoring / June 2011
“ This was my first photography class. I liked the structure of the class and the way the material was presented. I really liked Peter’s easy going disposition and style. ”
— Chris Zupa, Beginner DSLR / January 2013
“ Appreciated the handouts, live demos and clear instructions. ”
— Lizi Brown, DSLR Evening Classes / October 2017
“ The energy and flow of the class kept it interesting and engaging. I liked learning about light metering and composition. I loved the hands-on photo shoot to get more confident with my camera, lighting and composition. ”
— Danielle Foster, Intermediate DSLR / September 2018
“ Peter was able to clear up a lot of issues I was having with Lightroom and give me a preview of how to work with publishing to a website. I plan on building my own site but have no training in web design. This helped break down the wall I had built against it. Now I am anxious to move forward. ”
— Kim Turner, Lightroom Evening Classes / November 2011
“ I'm very happy this event is still going for us film guys. I enjoyed getting to talk to people with the same interests and finding back up equipment for my old film camera. ”
— Huy Hguyen, Photo Swap Meet: Buy, Sell, Trade, Gawk / April 2015
“ A LOT of info-really helpful and a good approach to introducing this complicated software. So far I have no Lightroom workflow, so this and the next 2 classes are going to be revolutionary for me! I’m excited to start looking at formerly “bad” pictures and instead of trashing them, start thinking about the editing possibilities! I tend to have a mental freak out when things get very technical (like XMP and ACR cache) but its good to have an overview of it anyway. ”
— Lisa Rawls, Lightroom Evening Classes / February 2011
“ I have been using Lightroom for a couple of years and a live class was very helpful. The class filled in the gaps that made my workflow frustrating. ”
— Kim Stacey, Lightroom Evening Classes / October 2017
“ Good explanations of terms/language. More in-depth than other classes I have taken. Covers a good range of topics and was able to have a great shoot to practice what we learned. Good coaching. I wasn’t expecting such an in-depth shoot with all the different types of lighting. It was really great. I just need to come to the next class to keep learning, but it was the right amount of information for one day. Any longer would be too much for one session. ”
— Melissa Ellis, Beginner DSLR / April 2012
“ I liked the voice of experience and the photo examples. You can never find that in a book. ”
— Peter Stawicki, DSLR Evening Classes / March 2011
“ It was very helpful. I have never taken another photo class but I’m now motivated to go home and practice. Then I will take another class. Loved loved loved the photo shoot! So much fun. Slideshow was great! ”
— Tammy Gonzalez, Beginner DSLR / July 2012
“ It has been life changing for my photographic life. It has also brought new life to my photography. ”
— Leesa Toliver, "It's The Journey" with Sam Abell / April 2016
“ It was very helpful to move past automatic settings. Peter is very nice, knowledgeable, and approachable. I think we all learned a lot and left with things to practice ”
— Courtney, Beginner DSLR / October 2012
“ Loved the location. Noel was great. ”
— anonymous, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / April 2018
“ I had enough of a grasp of aperture, shutter speed and ISO to make me dangerous! It was exactly the amount of information I was looking for. ”
— Allison Bonlander, Beginner DSLR / November 2014
“ I loved the suggestions as to what settings to try as we shot the models. ”
— anonymous, Natural Light Portraits / May 2015
“ Great pace, organization and information. I loved the ability of getting to use the information in a shoot and seeing everyone's results. Originally I thought it may be too much information for one day but it flowed well. ”
— Andrew Lassetter, Beginner DSLR / March 2014
“ I will use the tips in my next trip in 4 weeks. Thanks for the checklist! Also, the suggestions for camera accessories-tripods, bags, etc. ”
— Ron Welte, Travel Photography / September 2017
“ Very informative. Everything explained in easy-to-understand terms. Choice of using laptop in class or not, laptop was definitely not needed. ”
— Ron Dillon, Lightroom Evening Classes / July 2012
“ The ability to raise questions cannot be covered by any book or video! In addition, personal experiences that are shared are some of the best tips! ”
— Nicole Nunan, DSLR Evening Classes / August 2014
“ The suggestion about file naming conventions is very helpful. The info about how to configure the database files, images files and preview files on different drives. It is a great primer for newbies and in depth enough for someone with a little more experience. ”
— Steve Groom, Lightroom Evening Classes / December 2010
“ I loved that this class started with the basics—understanding essential photography concepts, camera settings, and technical functionality—and also wasn’t afraid to teach creative control. Teaching in various learning styles was very helpful, and the various visuals, metaphors, and examples gave us great, valuable takeaways. This class is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thank you! I think it was pretty much what I expected. Truly a great experience that exceeded my expectations! ”
— Amy Halliburton, Beginner DSLR / August 2011
“ I came into this class very intimidated by my new camera. Now I'm ready to use it! ”
— Sandy Dunham, Beginner DSLR / January 2015
“ Going step by step over how the camera works and then explaining how to use it. It finally makes sense. I think I can finally take pictures indoor at night without flash. ”
— Sara Harris, DSLR Evening Classes / February 2011
“ I'm so so so glad I took the class. I'm definitely more of a hands-on learner vs. trying to read a book or watch a video. Great basic information for understanding my camera. ”
— Yeschica Marroquin, DSLR Evening Classes / August 2017
“ There are so many tips and tricks I would never have learned if it weren't for in person teaching. ”
— Christina Hough, Intermediate DSLR / January 2017
“ My wife and I recently did a joint tutoring session with Peter to learn more about our new camera and some of the basic (and more advanced) concepts of photography. We had read several books and visited with numerous people before, but those efforts seemed to be a waste of time compared to the time we spent with Peter. He was able to greatly simplify some very technical concepts in ways that we could understand and retain for practical applications. He made those introductory concepts so simple that we were also able to get into some of the more advanced aspects of photography that I never imagined we would discuss during our first session. He was also great at catering to our individual needs and photographic interests as opposed to just explaining photography in general. We both left with a great deal of confidence in our new found skill and had the added motivation of putting into practice all of the great things we had just learned. I would highly recommend the one-on-one tutoring for anyone looking to learn more about photography. ”
— Eric and Halie O. (Real Estate Development & RN), Private Tutoring / June 2011
“ I enjoyed the pacing of the day and there was just enough information to not feel overwhelmed. ”
— Karen Littlejohn, Beginner DSLR / June 2016
“ Extremely informative and knowledgeable instructor. Interesting and highly motivational. Would love a 3-day course. Very practical and hands-on where we were able to put into practice everything that we learned. Relevant and appropriate for my level. Questions answered without having to ask. All day there were “aha” moments! Can’t wait to try what I learned. The f-stops, shutter speed, and ISO interaction were explained really well. Examples helped a lot. I didn’t want the class to finish. It was a tease because I feel we just touched on the basics and I am ready to learn so much more—highly motivational! Lots of info, but the day flew by because it was so interesting. I would love a second session with more photo-taking and analyzing of the positives/negatives. ”
— Kathleen Hodgeson, Beginner DSLR / May 2012
“ The long term effect is that I will be looking for opportunities to add light painting techniques to a variety of shots – landscape, architecture, and products. ”
— Anonymous, Light Painting at Night with Noel Kerns / March 2014
“ I am new to Lightroom and it is overwhelming. This helped me to get a better understanding of the program. ”
— anonymous, Lightroom Evening Classes / November 2011
“ I had the pleasure of attending a private photography lesson with Peter and my father. In a short amount of time, Peter gave us clear, detailed direction and essential information about how to better use our new cameras and take better photos. My body of work has improved dramatically, and I have successfully captured my daughter’s first year of life beautifully on camera. I would highly recommend Peter for a photographer of any skill level. ”
— Jennifer Foy (Attorney and owner of Foytography Studio), Private Tutoring / July 2011
“ So,  I reached out to Peter for some one on one coaching. Peter taught me a very simple approach to my workflow and organization. He is patient, and teaches in a manner that is easily understood. Plus, he is a very nice guy! I have since taken several other classes at his studio and plan to continue learning from him. I highly recommend him, his staff and his classes. ”
— Deanna Centurion, Private Tutoring / February 2014
“ I liked the creative part, composition and the imagination of the instructor. I need this more so now than the technical part. I am aware of Margie’s artistic skills and find she is willing to share and inspire. Just next weekend I am doing a shoot for a friend’s kids so this was timely and I hope to use some of the techniques I learned today. ”
— Kim Turner, Natural Light Portraits / July 2011
“ Peter helped my husband and I learn how to turn an ordinary day at the park or a trip to the zoo into a venue to capture the picture perfect moments of our lives. I recently took a photo of my son, sitting on his father’s shoulders and waving an American flag as the floats from the 4th of July parade passed by. That’s a moment that will be frozen in my memory, but thanks to Peter’s help, I was able to preserve it through photography as well. ”
— Heather Guild (Realtor), Private Tutoring / July 2011
“ I took private lessons with Peter prior to taking my dream safari vacation in Africa. I wasn't sure I really wanted to learn all the technical aspects of my camera, but Peter always found a way to break down key concepts in ways that I could understand and apply. He helped me with learning to use new settings, worked on my technique, and made sure I took the right equipment with me. The results were amazing! I couldn't wait to come home and share some of the crazy shots I captured thanks to Peter's tutelage. I've now signed up for the Lightroom courses and look forward to taking my vacation hobby to the next level. ”
— Heather Johnson, Account Manager for Alcon, Private Tutoring / July 2014
“ This class is by far the most informative class I’ve ever taken. The books and online tutorials I’ve taken don’t come close to how much I learned in just 2 ½ hours! I feel so much more confident now that I know my camera. ”
— Zaida Quinteros, DSLR Evening Classes / October 2018
“ The way Peter showed us the inside of the camera and how it works. I actually understood, mostly, about f-stops and shutter speed, where other people just confused me. ”
— Kathleen, Beginner DSLR / August 2011
“ I had the pleasure of buying a tutoring package with Peter.  I gained so much more than I could have anticipated going into it.  He helped me grasp the basics by using helpful analogies and breaking the information up into bite size pieces.  My photography has improved significantly since our lessons and now I can’t put my camera down.  I can’t wait to extend my education further. ”
— Stephanie Johnson, Private Tutoring / October 2013