Advanced Photography Lessons in Nashville TN

Please note that this post is currently being added to and will continue to be revised:

I taught our Three-Hundred-and-Tenth photography lesson this week . . . I started realizing how many that really is – we’ve also had 44 people who have already come back for a second lesson and even 8 who have finished their THIRD and more specialized photography lesson.  Most of these lessons have been pairs of friends, siblings, co-workers or family members and very few have been more than 4 students per lesson.  In the last 36 months of teaching lessons – I’ve learned that (like most learning) things are much more absorbed by my students with one-on-one attention and troubleshooting.

A few nights ago we were trying to come up with some really specialized topics to promote which have been popular requests from students during their first lessons.  In middle TN there are lots of budding photographers who really love stars.  I’ve been asked as many times how to accurately photograph the moon and stars – to which my usual reply is something like

“well, let’s learn aperture and shutterspeed first, toss in a little bit of ISO understanding – and get to shooting some in Manual, as well as Aperture or Shutter-priority.  After that we’ll schedule another time to get together and focus on some more advanced techniques but today, my goal is to leave here knowing that you will never again panic and revert to AUTO”

Advanced Photography Lesson Topics

So this list is going to become the foundation for advanced topics that we hope to begin teaching more of this coming Fall Season:

1) Intro to Off-Camera Lighting (using your flash NOT mounted on your camera)
2) Action Photography and Perceived Motion
3) Headshots/Portraiture (traditional)
4) Nightscapes (stars, moon, sky etc)

Some examples of what you might learn in Nightscapes lesson might be the way a flash can affect the depth of a long-exposure night-time photo like this one

Lesson in Long-Exposure photography with and without flash

5) Product Photography (photographs of items)
6) Documentary Photography (Journalism and Candid Techniques/Strategies)
7) Panoramic Photography (Shooting & Processing)