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Tom D.

Photography Basics:Understanding Digital SLR Cameras (The Photo Coach)

Hazleton, PA (18201)

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Welcome to my photography world!

I've been lucky in life overall, early on not as much, at least until a special teacher (A high quality teacher) went above and beyond teaching me two subjects instead of just one. Drafting was the main subject, "which I had to pass," if I was to be taught the second subject - Photography. I passed both, because I loved both subjects!

I got lucky! I was able to study both subjects and I'm happy to say that starting from nothing, I built not only a successful photography business I also built two massive buildings all by myself, from the footers on up to the roof. One of these buildings, my photography studio. I'm very proud of what I was able to do, none of it would have been possible without two things. A lot of work, always learning, pushing forward and my great photography instructors along the way.

In art school, I had even more advanced teachers that held serious jobs in Photography, like Jack Tinny - who worked for a major Philadelphia news paper. Chuck Mauger, a long time photography instructor and many more. (These two guys were my favorites)

I learned by reading about photography and doing lot of photography; mostly by doing. Thousands of exposures made, and some mistakes too, here and there but leaving my schooling with a sound base for my future in Photography. I won awards in print comps, but print comps don't do a whole lot for me.

I still photograph a lot, just not like my 24 plus years in the studio environment or at weddings, I used to do 50+ weddings a year for over 18 years. (I do few weddings these days, but still get out there from time to time, for some major friends or special customers - when they say the right things!) Usually, please works if I can fit it in my limited schedule. I promised the wife, more Saturdays will be for family you see.

I lost out on many fun times due to working on Saturdays, but it had to be done. (You get used to it!) And having Monday's off rocked!

I never wanted to stop taking studio pics, I was more forced out by, of all things, a tiny spider. Not to get into it here, but the little sucker almost killed me - 6 months in bed, and years of recovery. I'm past that now, and on a new life path.

So here I am, a teacher. Full circle I've come. One day, when I'm long gone (RIP all my photography teachers not still with us) I hope you will write about me, the way I do often about them.

I have patience galore, and talking photography is not a problem with me at all. Bring on your photography questions! I'll get you where you want to be in photography basics first (If needed) then, take you from there, to other specialties I know about well, if you like.

Photography is hard for some to pick up at first, but you're just going to need to have some faith and trust in me.

If my great teachers taught me, almost anyone can make it! (I really believe this) The key is, a solid foundation in the basics of photography - branching out to anywhere you like from there. Work on your timetable, slow or a little faster. *Slower might be faster for some and that's OK. We all learn differently right?

Oh, besides my photography degree 1987 from the Antonelli School of Art in Philadelphia, I also earned a teaching certificate from Temple University as well. (Go Philly!)

If you want to learn about photography, and a bit more of my incredible journey all of which was made possible by holding cameras in my hands (Often) get with me today - and let's get to work!

You have great images to "learn how to capture!" I'll teach you how us pros always get the shot!

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It's great when people leave the point and shoot type cameras behind, move up, and purchase a modern DSLR camera.

Problem is, many of these advanced digital cameras today (with their countless gadgets and buttons) leave many people intimidated and running back to their easy to use consumer auto point n shoot cameras.

So many people just give up and that's plain sad! Find a good photography coach and your images will improve dramatically!

Will it take a little time? Sure will! But it's a lot faster with good teachers and a whole lot faster than never learning at all! (if you gain a solid foundation in photography, and with your camera - You can do this!!) I promise. Don't fake it! Make it happen!

Don't worry, breathe and relax; my Name is Tom Dwyer and I've been photographing people, places and things professionally for over 25 years. I had some fantastic instructors over the years (From way back in the 10th grade) to today. I teach with a "keep it simple" approach.

I have two degrees in photography - Antonelli School of Art and Photography and a Teachers Certificate from Temple University; both in Philadelphia Pa. I've attended about 100 photography seminars and courses over the years. I got this!

I'll teach you the basics of the digital camera and/or get you off the "auto" program feature once we see where you are "skill wise."

By taking my tutorials you will gain more control with how your images turn out! (You're the boss when you learn all the lessons and tricks!) Don't hope your images come out great! Know it!

I'll also explain what all the "other features/buttons are, as you wish. (You don't have to use them all) We can cover what these buttons do.. and how/why they work. Plus tips on protecting your camera and lenses and a whole lot more.

You can decide how far you want to take your photography studies.

Oh.. I'm patient and people always say I'm good at helping people understand things. My instructors had the same qualities so I guess I got it from them. (I also got it from my father, he had the patience of a saint)

Students can reach me almost daily (I work where I live!) That is, if they get stuck on one of my assignments or talks.

"You can" learn how to take higher quality images, I assure you!

Who's my next student photographer? Step up and no worries! I got this.

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Antonelli School of Art and Photography (Photography)

Temple Univ. Philadelphia (Other)

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $60.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

$45.00/hour for 3 hour sessions. Groups, $40.00 "each"/hour (3) hour minimum. All day walking tour classes private "1" person-6 hours @ $180.00. Groups 3/5 people)6 hours @ $325.00.

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Tom will travel within 20 miles of Hazleton, PA 18201.

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