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Learn photography... the Montanus way!

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Our photography classes are held in the Montanus Gallery in the Village Gate Square in downtown Rochester NY (view directions here). We are passionate about teaching photography and dedicate ourselves to each and every student. Our finest pictures that you see posted on social media and elsewhere are used to illustrate the topics that we cover in the classes.

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Fundamentals of Photography

Four Tuesdays, February 13, 20, 27, and March 6  6:30 to 9:00 pm   $175  Sign up

(I will be announcing more class dates for March and beyond. Please contact us to reserve your seat)

From understanding shutter speeds, apertures, exposure, depth of field, to time exposures and night photography - this class is very comprehensive and will cover the full gamut. I will share with you all my best tips and tricks that I use to capture the pictures you see on social media and elsewhere. Without understanding the fundamentals of photography, it is very difficult to take your photography to the next level. I utilize this knowledge every time I shoot. Our fundamentals of photography class lays down the foundation for your future learnings. If you are new to photography and looking for help or if you have a new camera and want to get the most out of it, this is the class for you.  You receive homework assignments to shoot pictures that reinforce what we have learned in class. At the beginning of each class, we then critique your pictures, examining what settings you used and why - as well as the technical and artistic quality of the pictures. This is a very powerful learning tool to put you on the fast track to becoming a photographer.

Review full course description here.

Night Photography

Monday, February 26  from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. $60  Sign up 

(I will be announcing more class dates for March and beyond. Please contact us to reserve your seat)

From fireworks pictures on the fourth of July to lightning storms. Learning how to do night photography opens up a whole new world of possibilities. It is some of the most magical and dramatic photography - and it's easier than you think. This class will review the basics of night photography. Although not required for this class, having a tripod is key. We review an extensive amount of information in this class. It starts off as a classroom lecture using a large screen monitor to show examples of night photography. Then we practice doing time exposures in the gallery before heading outside to put our skills into action.

High Dynamic Range Photography
(and other awesome post-processing techniques!)

Monday, January 22 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. $60  Sign up

Monday, March 5 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm. $60  Sign up

(I will be announcing more class dates for February and beyond. Please contact us to reserve your seat)

Learn how to post-process your images like a pro. We will progress into more advanced techniques such as bracketing exposures and HDR photography using Photomatix. Finally, we will learn image blending techniques using layer masks in Photoshop (sounds complicated, but it much easier than you think). It starts off as a classroom lecture using a large screen monitor to show examples of HDR photography. Then we practice doing bracketed exposures in the gallery with your specific camera.

Contact us to reserve your spot.

High dynamic range (HDR) photography techniques turned the picture on the right - into the picture on the left.

Other classes: if you are looking for a class and don't see what you want listed above, please let me know and I may offer it if there is enough interest. If you have a photography club or other group and would like me to come in and give a seminar, please contact me.

Private photography lessons

One-on-one sessions are nice because it allows us to focus in what specifically you want to learn - while taking into account your current skill level. Some people are newbies and want to learn basics and fundamentals, while others are more advanced and want to learn very specific techniques such as high dynamic range photography, night photography, portraiture, etc.

We teach wedding photography, portraiture, off-camera flash fill lighting techniques, studio techniques - and much more.

We also review your camera equipment and train you how to more effectively use it, something that is difficult in the context of a group class. Of course, post-processing of images is huge in the world of digital photography and I can give you a very thorough overview of the advanced techniques professionals use to create the beautiful images you see on social media and elsewhere. Contact us to schedule your private lesson.

Two-hour session: $120
Three-hour session: $150
Full day: $400

Advanced photo editing using Adobe Photoshop.

Two class sessions:  New classes to be announced soon. $120  Sign up 

Lightroom, Photoshop and at least one HDR program are all programs that I have in my toolbox for advanced photo editing. We will study intermediate to advanced photo editing techniques using each program.
As always, I will share all my special techniques that I use to process the photos that you see posted on social media and elsewhere. I freely share my most cherished 'secrets'.

Review full course description here

Requirements: You must provide your own laptop and have Adobe Lightroom CC installed.
Level of Knowledge Assumed: Basic understanding of your digital camera’s settings and options. Efficiency in operating a computer is also assumed — students will be expected to be able to comfortably browse around a computer to keep up with the class.


Hire us to give a presentation to your large group or organization. Our presentations are fun, informative and very popular and can be catered to just about any audience for a variety of purposes.

Our most popular presentation features the images of my father Neil, a former legendary Kodak photographer who traveled the world creating advertising photographs for Kodak and whose resume includes the official portraits of Walt Disney and President Gerald Ford. It’s an inspiring and fascinating presentation.

And then we talk about how to improve your everyday photography and give many examples from our collective portfolio of work. Consider bringing us into your company or organization for a lunch and learn presentation – or an intensive 4 or 8 hour photography seminar. We specialize in beginners and advanced amateurs who are hungry to learn more about photography or who just want to be entertained with a great presentation.

Contact us about pricing and scheduling information.


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