Know Your Camera - Improve Your Image

  • Six, 2-hour sessions with John to improve the photos you make. Well suited for beginners, hobbyists, and intermediate photographers. Small class size makes for personalized attention.

Topics covered

• Analog film vs. digital cameras. What’s the same and what’s different.

• Confidence in using your equipment — more important than actual equipment when making standout images.

• Understanding what a professional considers each time he or she frames and trips the shutter and how you can do the same: ISO, aperture, shutter speed, focus, lighting, composition.

• Software options for editing images and getting them online

SchedulePlease email John with your interest and when three or more students are known, he will work with you all to determine the best schedule.

  • Location: To be determined for each class.
  • Fee and Terms
  • $45 each session for total of $270.
  • Cash or check preferred. $45 deposit due at time of registration with balance ($225) due at first session or full payment may be made at time of registration.


Call or email John to inquire about the next session. When dates are announced, you can mail a $45 check, payable to John Gevers Photography, at least two weeks prior to first class. Include your name, address, phone number, and email address. The balance ($225) is due at first session or you may pay in full at time of registration.


Life happens. If you can’t make one of the sessions, you will be able to join the next offering’s class for the session you missed. However, based on the cumulative nature of this course, John highly recommends making each session.

What to bring

Your digital camera and its manual if you can find it. A DSLR is preferred but other simpler cameras will work, too, if aperture and shutter speed can be changed. Most of what you’ll learn can be applied to all cameras, but you’ll be able to apply the most if you use a DSLR or adjustable point-and-shoot. Something to take notes with if that’s the way you roll. You may find it helpful to bring a laptop to some sessions.

Will there be homework?

Let’s just call them little assignments. What you learn and see in class has a better chance of sticking with you if you put it into practice during the two weeks between classes. It will be fun and you’ll have the opportunity to show John and your classmates what you captured. We will also make images during sessions to put theory into practice.

Is this really for beginners?

All you really need to come to this class is a love of making photographs. Whether you just want to improve the images you make of your children or while traveling on vacation or whether you’re thinking of taking your serious hobby to the next level, this class is for you.

"Thanks ever so much. I had such a good session with you. I learned a lot and you are a wonderful teacher.

I was so relaxed and comfortable and not one bit intimidated.”

— Sharmalene

“John, thank you for a great lesson. You are a skilled and patient teacher.”

— Carl

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