Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the studio?
The Spot Studio is located near I35 and Inwood, about 3 miles north of downtown Dallas, Texas. The street address is 4756 Algiers, 75207. You can see a Google map here.

What about parking?
For evening and weekend classes you can park in front on the street or in the adjacent lot at Electric Light & Power. Parking in front of the studio is limited during weekdays but there is a large, private lot in the rear of the building. Access is on Iberia St..

What equipment do I need for a DSLR class?
Even though a big part of the DSLR classes is about general photographic concepts that apply to almost any camera, we will be concentrating on the creative use of Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras. This type of camera generally:

  • has a true reflex (through the lens) or video viewfinder
  • you hold it in your hand like, well. . .¬† like a camera!
  • you can zoom and focus by gripping the lens barrel with your other hand
  • allows exposure control with traditional PASM settings¬† (on some cameras A and S are referred to as Av and Tv)
  • has external flash sync
  • starts up very quickly and has very short exposure lag time
  • will often take interchangeable lenses

If you aren’t sure, send us an email with your brand and model number.

What about the in-between “bridge” cameras or high quality compact cameras?
These would usually fall under the DSLR category. If you still aren’t sure which class would be best, use the contact page to send us your brand and model number.

So, which class is right for me?
It isn’t just the type of camera that should help you decide. One type of class is day-long workshop or series of classes where we will dig into lighting, technical and creative issues and techniques. The other type is a shorter, stand-alone class designed to get you further along in your picture taking but isn’t as deep.

What equipment should I bring with me?
Bring whatever lenses, accessories or flash you have – and bring your camera manual or aftermarket guide book!¬† A tripod may come in handy. Bring what you’ve got so you can use it and ask questions.

What if I don’t have a camera. Can I sign up anyway?
Yes, as long as you can borrow one! You will need a camera with you to get the most out of the classes. If you’re thinking about an expensive DSLR there are places in town that rent them by the day if you’d like to try it out before making the decision. See the local vendor links on the Studio Rental page.

Do you offer gift certificates?
We don’t have traditional gift certificates for a set amount that someone can use against future purchases. What most clients have done is either let the recipient know that they can choose a class up to a certain amount, or if you know their schedule you can register them for a class. If they need to cancel or reschedule the terms can be found a little further down this page.

Do you offer individual tutoring?
Yes. You can sign up for individual or small group instruction. Please see the details and pricing on the Individual and Small Group Tutoring page and use the contact page to get in touch with me to set up a time.

What if I’m still shooting film?
If you’re using a film-based camera it would be best to sign up for individual lessons. Even though a part of the DSLR class deals with common concepts, most of the class is about shooting digital.

What ages are encouraged to attend?
The classes are not based on age but on ability and curiosity. If you want to learn and a class outline looks interesting to you then, chances are, you’d benefit from the class. Children under 15 should take the class with a parent or adult friend.

Do you offer Photoshop classes?
I currently offer individual and small group tutoring for Photoshop. I’m developing Photoshop classes. Please register with your email address and you’ll receive a notice when new classes are added.

What about other classes like video or specialty photography courses?
Plans are to offer classes in video production, product photography for websites or Ebay, food photography, Digital Asset Management, and others. Please register with your email address and you’ll receive a notice when new classes are added.

What happens if I need to cancel or reschedule a class?
Please check the current Terms and Conditions. These terms will be presented on checkout and will be included in your emailed receipt.

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