reviews

What people have to say about classes at The Spot



In July, 2014 The Spot Studio will celebrate five years of offering the highest quality classes and workshops to photographers and enthusiasts in the Dallas area. We have had more than 1600 individuals sign up to learn how to take better pictures.

After each class and workshop we ask the students to fill out an evaluation. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The comments below come directly from some of those evaluation forms. Tutoring clients responded to an email asking for feedback about their one-on-one sessions with Peter.

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Instructor: Peter Poulides

Instructor: Margie Woods Brown


One-on-One Tutoring
Instructor: Peter Poulides

The private sessions that I’ve had with Peter have really improved my photos dramatically. His approach seems to simplify rather complex concepts and relationships and explains them in a way that is easier to grasp. I had a much higher confidence level on my recent trip to Rome and came back with some great results.
Beau Paradowski (CFO)

My interest in photography sprung from a desire to capture a trip to Paris with my mother to celebrate her 75th birthday. It was after this memorable experience that I longed to better understand my new camera, and what I could do with the photos I had snapped.

What started as a project has become a hobby and Peter has been my mentor, supporter, and guide. Since my first forays, I have participated in many of his classes including all Lightroom and DSLR, as well as one on one time. He is the consummate professional, but more importantly to me I have found him to be creatively encouraging. I am much bolder now and more confident in my choices and believe he has been instrumental in this. Today, I believe photography to be a lifelong hobby and have relationships I treasure that have been built upon its foundation. As a very busy professional in the Dallas area, I find I look forward to his tutorials and advancing my understanding of photography. I am a fan.
J.Pritchard

I attended the beginner and intermediate workshops and Peter is a such a great instructor that it motivated me to attend some tutoring. I purchased two 6 hour private tutoring sessions and came away from each with a wealth of knowledge that I could immediately put to use. He makes some complex issues very simple and taught at exactly my skill level, in a way that you cannot get in a group setting. Peter has such experience and knowledge, I feel like I learned more in those sessions than I could learn in dozens of workshops. I highly recommend the tutoring.
Linda Littrell (photography enthusiast)

I was looking for a hands-on, informative and fun learning experience for Adobe Lightroom. Peter is a very knowledgeable and patient teacher who guided our Lightroom workshop through clear and understandable instructions that even a beginner could quickly grasp. I have taken almost all of his workshops and am now working one-on-one with Peter to gain more information for my specific photography needs such as fixing my lightroom issues on my computer and learning to shoot and process HDR and panoramic images. I now know what all of those controls in Lightroom mean and I am using them to process some great looking pictures!

At one of the workshops, Peter provided a professional model to pose under a myriad of lighting situations – from studio to direct sun light. My learning curve went through the roof as I have never learned so much about all kinds of lighting! At the end of class, Peter showed our class photos which all looked very professional. This was a really fun class! I could do this every week.

If you want to learn photography from a pro and be able to ask all the questions you have about your photography issues, then I highly recommend Peter Poulides for one-on-one instruction or his fun workshops at his studio.
Beth Holland (Art Consultant and art museum docent)

I recently sold my insurance agency in Plano after 29 years. For two years leading up to my sale I worked hard to improve my 35 plus year photography hobby. Then I met Peter. The past five months one-on-one with Peter have been tremendous for my confidence level. He is a very skilled and articulate professional. Peter has a way of making a very difficult art to master “simple” to understand! I look forward to every session with him and am aspiring to become a professional myself.
James Davis (retired insurance agency owner & aspiring professional photographer)

Discovering Peter and the Spot Studio has been a true gift. I bought every book, searched online, offline and everywhere in between for an actual person to work WITH me (not just show or demonstrate) regarding what I am interested in (of course, I quickly figured out that I have much to learn). Peter has created an approachable way for professionals and amateurs (like myself) to dig deeper, practice, ask questions in a group or one-on-one setting. I prefer the solo instruction in that every time we meet (and I really wish it could be each week) I have specific questions or elements I’d like to tackle.

What makes Peter a cut above is his ability to determine what it is I’m wanting to accomplish and then, miraculously, break it down into bite-sized, easy to understand bits and pieces. I’d like to say I get it all, even with notes, but inevitably I have follow-ups and because he actually has a talent for teaching (Peter’s not ‘just” a gifted photographer), he always acts as if we’ve never discussed a certain topic and we begin again.

The proof is in my photographs, of course…and they’ve vastly improved…my goal has always been to take stronger images with the camera (and not rely so much on editing)…I have a long way to go (I’m told I’ve set a high bar) and look forward to each and every meeting. One last thing worth mentioning: the group classes are exceptional b/c they’re small, affordable, topical, interesting and fun; the privates can be an excellent follow-up, or opportunity to address something totally new. Peter is so great in that you can have a list of needs and he’ll work with you in a manageable way (with assignments, if necessary) or, you can leave it to him to suggest a way to learn, practice and grow, depending on your goals.
Wendy Genender (Research Analyst)

I have spent several hours with Peter, both taking photos and editing them on the computer. I find Peter enthusiastic, encouraging and exceptionally knowledgable. I have learned considerably more about my camera, ideas about composition and how to edit the images that I would have, left to learn on my own. I have more sessions remaining and may spend more time with him after that. I consider myself a hobbyist, and feel that my skills are improving greatly.
A. Childs (Certified Financial Planner)

I have taken several individual tutoring sessions with Peter. I cannot recommend enough the opportunity to learn from him one-on-one. I look forward to the sessions and enjoy the time together immensely. I have developed a much deeper understanding on how to better compose candid and posed portraits of my toddler boys. The sessions were invaluable and boosted my confidence tremendously when I am behind the lens. I never thought I would possibly understand how and when to use all the numerous settings on my camera. Peter’s natural and very humble style and his extensive use of simple analogies for complex concepts crystallized the science behind the art of photography for me. With just a small investment in time and money, I no longer consider myself a novice photographer. I look forward to the opportunity to learn from Peter through individual sessions in the future.
Allison B. (Deputy General Counsel)

I’ve taken some tutorials with Peter and they have been very helpful. He is very clear, very patient and he takes the time to go over all the basics. Once I had to take a shooting of a very big group and I needed to rent his studio to take it. He was there with me all the time teaching me how to do everything. I really recommend Peter’s classes any amateurs or professionals!
Cecilia Arreola (kids and family photographer)

My one-on-one tutoring with Peter has been so very instrumental in helping me grow as a photographer. Peter has a way of explaining things so you walk a way with a real grasp and understanding. He has helped me understand more of the technical side of my camera and accessories which has allowed me more control over my images. I highly recommend the Spot Studio to anyone wanting to take their photography to the next step.
Emma Goode (Emma Goode Photography)

Randall & I really enjoyed the one-on-one class with you Peter. I really had no clue about the different settings on the camera, and was always frustrated in the past when I couldn’t get the picture I wanted. While I still need a lot more training, the 2 hour session was a great jump start to understanding my camera before our trip to Alaska. I definitely think it improved our photos. Thank you for all your help & we will see you soon in the DSLR classes!
Debbie Sudduth (I.T. Director)

For the first time in many years, I am able to devote time and energy to my photography passion. And, wow! Is there ever a lot to learn! I was fortunate enough to find Peter, who has been able to demystify all of those settings, graphs and more. His private tutoring sessions are simply invaluable for anyone wishing to advance their photography skills. In our session, Peter easily explained flash and demonstrated it with my own equipment. I left with a complete understanding of the unit and how to apply it. Peter’s teaching style is not only patient, but very generous with the amount of information he shares. I look forward to more classes and tutoring sessions as I grow in my photography skills.
Connie Carr Martin (Sr. Sales Manager, Luxottica USA)

My wife and I recently did a joint tutoring session with Peter to learn more about our new camera and some of the basic (and more advanced) concepts of photography. We had read several books and visited with numerous people before, but those efforts seemed to be a waste of time compared to the time we spent with Peter. He was able to greatly simplify some very technical concepts in ways that we could understand and retain for practical applications. He made those introductory concepts so simple that we were also able to get into some of the more advanced aspects of photography that I never imagined we would discuss during our first session. He was also great at catering to our individual needs and photographic interests as opposed to just explaining photography in general. We both left with a great deal of confidence in our new found skill and had the added motivation of putting into practice all of the great things we had just learned. I would highly recommend the one-on-one tutoring for anyone looking to learn more about photography.
Eric and Halie O. (Real Estate Development & RN)

Peter helped my husband and I learn how to turn an ordinary day at the park or a trip to the zoo into a venue to capture the picture perfect moments of our lives. I recently took a photo of my son, sitting on his father’s shoulders and waving an American flag as the floats from the 4th of July parade passed by. That’s a moment that will be frozen in my memory, but thanks to Peter’s help, I was able to preserve it through photography as well.
Heather Guild (Realtor)

I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have spent an hour with you, Peter! My primary objective was to make sure I had the necessary tools for my digital SLR for an upcoming vacation. You quickly assessed my needs and then went over my camera functions with me, going into more detail where I needed additional instruction. You showed me several tricks and short cuts that have really helped me and the travel tips you shared with me from your extensive experience proved invaluable. Your passion for your work shines through and it is contagious!

Thank you for sharing your time and knowledge with me-it was indeed a pleasure. Look forward to taking some more classes with you.
LeAnn Nabors (CPA and camera enthusiast)

I had the opportunity to spend an hour private lesson with Peter; going over all the photography questions I had in mind. Peter was such a great teacher! Not only was he so easy to understand, he helped me by applying each and every question I had to then some hands on “shooting”, which made all the knowledge stick. Thank you Peter in helping me turn my hobby into something I can bless others with as well!
Mariam Colquitt (Mariam Colquitt Photography)

After doing much research I decided to take the beginners class with Peter at The Spot. I learned how to navigate through my camera, produce much better pictures, as well many “tricks of the trade”! I was able to understand the instructions but also felt very comfortable asking questions. I was so excited about what I had learned; so decided to take a private lesson to focus on particular aspects of photography I needed. The lessons I took at The Spot were a great value in so many aspects. I walked away not only with the new skill set I needed, but with the confidence to enjoy my camera and be creative!
Kelli Domijan (Owner, Tempo Solutions Boutique)

I had the pleasure of attending a private photography lesson with Peter and my father. In a short amount of time, Peter gave us clear, detailed direction and essential information about how to better use our new cameras and take better photos. My body of work has improved dramatically, and I have successfully captured my daughter’s first year of life beautifully on camera. I would highly recommend Peter for a photographer of any skill level.
Jennifer Foy (Attorney and owner of Foytography Studio)

It had been decades since I had a photography lesson, but Peter with his knowledge and expertise has revived my passion for photography. I got more out of our private lesson time than I could have ever expected! I thoroughly enjoyed the lesson, and I would recommend Peter to anyone that wants to know more about how to get wonderful photos and all the aspects that go into obtaining a great photograph.
Alan Peyron (Software Engineer)

My primary business is shooting working and sport dog trials (herding, agility, tracking, field etc) and photographing ranch and other animals. I was getting requests for portraits at trials and needed a portable lighting system to expand my business. Since all my live photography cannot use flash, this was a new skill set for me and I needed help. I hired Peter to give me suggestions based on my work model and he helped me with learning the Nikon flash system and getting my location lighting gear set up. Since I and one of my shooters were already skilled, Peter set up private sessions to walk us through everything. The class was run with our skill level in mind and it was more like a collaboration! The portraits doubled my business the first weekend I took the stuff out.
Pat Corl – Field and Ranch Photography

I had the opportunity to spend an hour of one-on-one time with Peter asking him questions about photography issues I had and it was WONDERFUL. He is very instructive, phrases topics in a way that really makes them “stick”. The hour went by very fast, but I got more out of it than I expected. I look forward to taking one of his classes and learning more from him.
Shiela Lannen (Oncologist)

My fellow designer and I needed training that fit our disparate experience that typical courses would not ably cover. Peter’s hands-on style gave us insight that was beyond the settings, enabling us to better utilize our equipment and existing environment. His willingness to split our sessions between his studio and ours, an hour drive north, went beyond our expectation. I think the personal sessions were fantastic for our needs and have helped me to better analyze our lighting and changed my way of approaching a shoot.
James Ratterree (Creative Director, Fujitsu Network Communications)

For people like me who have dabbled with photography for a lifetime…reaching out for help is both necessary and daunting. A foundation must be built and to do that requires a gift in delivering meaningful concepts as understandable analogies. That’s where you shine, Peter.
Charles Neuenschwander (Patent Consultant)

Feeling very inspired after my first private lesson with Peter. He took the time to go over all the basics with me, in detail, which gave me a better understanding of my camera and how it works. He also tailored the lesson around my personal interests and goals. He reviewed some of my photos and recommended different lenses and approaches. I can’t wait to put what I learned in motion. Really looking forward to my next lesson!!
Amber Martin

Peter is a brilliant teacher who has helped my photography immensely. I recommend him for any serious amateur or professional.
Baer Ackerman, MD (Pediatric/Adolescent Psychiatrist)

I wanted to take a minute to thank you for the one on one appointment that we had. I was worried about spending that kind of money for a 2 hr lesson, but after having been there in that kind of setting I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn specific things geared towards them. I learned a lot and now I need to come back for more help. Also I would like to thank you for answering all my questions that I have sent to you by email.
Brian Adams (Paramedic)

After taking the beginner’s full day workshop with Peter and absolutely loving it, I decided to take my training a step further and sign up for a one-on-one session. I am so glad that I did! Peter is not only extremely knowledgeable, but his is very patient and takes the extra time and steps to help you better understand your camera and photography concepts in general. I was able to review some of the issues that I was having and he helped me correct those issues and understand why the issues were occurring. I definitely recommend one on one training and will soon be signing up for my second session.
Shelia Butler

Peter has been instrumental in guiding me as I set up my growing photography business. His knowledge spans every possible area of the industry, from shooting to workflow to editing, just to name a few. His generous and patient teaching style makes it all very accessible and easy to understand. I have learned many practical skills in our hands on tutoring sessions for Lightroom and Photoshop, and as a result, my business runs more smoothly. I highly recommend him for anyone who wants to be on the fast track to learning anything about the photography industry!
Margie Woods Brown (Owner, Language of the Soul Photography)


Beginner Full Day Workshop

It was obvious that you knew what you were talking about and you wanted us to learn as much as we could also
Stacey Goodman

Instructor is very aware of the class at all times, noticing when we get it and when we don’t, and adding another example when necessary.
Kate Lynch

I love how everything “clicked”! Lots of “a-ha” moments when everything started coming together.
Erica Halbrook

This was my first photography workshop! I walked away with tons of fabulous notes and can’t wait to get home to practice more. So informative! Thank you!
Ashley Russell

Loved it! Wish I could afford to take the same class again so it can all be even more clear to me. But I will study so I can take future advanced classes. Everything was explained so clearly and made so relatable that it was easy to make sense of it all.
name withheld

I liked your ability to “read” the class. You could sense when we needed extra explanation, etc. I also loved that we got the chance to shoot and it was hands on. Good explanations.  I am honestly not as scared of manual mode anymore!
name withheld

I loved how much information we got during the workshop. Although it was a lot of info it wasn’t crammed into a short period. Plenty of time for questions and great analogies to help understand the basics of photography. Teacher was patient and approachable.
Ashley Miller

The contents were very appropriate and crisp. The teaching was ideal for a mix of students. Not too technical yet sufficient enough to understand the concepts. The hands on technique was very helpful.
Gayathri

I liked the hands on aspect of the workshop. It solidified the information that was taught to us during the workshop. Peter was great because he was so approachable and made asking questions easy.
Elizabeth Hamilton

I didn’t know anything about my camera before this class. I would just point and shoot on the auto setting. I cant wait to go home and annoy my 6 month old daughter with my new skills! The examples and easy to follow explanations made this class truly enjoyable. I love knowing how to blur out the backgrounds now. That’s always been something I loved but did not know how to do.
Amanda Brown

I really liked learning about the technical aspect of what makes a good photo (the elements of how your camera actually works). It helped me use my left brain for a creative discipline, which makes more sense to me intuitive.
Rebecca Sholiton

This is exactly what I needed, the basics. I’ve attended a couple of seminars but wasn’t ready for some of the information that they presented. I enjoyed the live model shoot. It took me out of my comfort zone and now I feel more confident about shooting live subjects.
Mark

One of the best resources to go through in Dallas and absolutely thankful I took the time and money to take the class. Peter’s in depth knowledge and facility exceeded my expectations. I wish I had taken it earlier.
name withheld

I enjoyed Peter’s personality and humor. Your use of analogies was helpful in learning the basics of exposure. I liked being able to shoot pictures with a model.
Amy Hendricks

This was my 1st photography class ever. I have nothing to compare it to. However, I found it very helpful in getting me beyond my comfort zone of shooting only in auto mode. I haven’t been into photography in the past, but I may have found a new hobby. $215 seems a good value given how much I paid for the equipment.
Beth Mays

The class really brought things into terms I understood. I really appreciated that. It didn’t go over my head and we kept reviewing it so I would remember. I feel like I kind of know what I’m doing now. I can work better with the different modes on my camera I was too scared of before. I did originally hesitate at the cost, but I felt I really needed this and bit the bullet.
Victoria

I’ve only done on-line, books until now possibly out of fear…?But I realize how much more I can get now from a LIVE workshop. The feedback is more personal-I like the hands-on situations. I wish it could have gone on and on….I guess I will have to come back for another.
Erika

Until this class, I didn’t venture in manual mode, now I feel like I have a pretty good understanding of the basics of shooting in manual.
Meagan Richenberger

Coming into the class, I basically had no knowledge of DSLR’s. The intro and definitions behind all of the settings were very helpful. I love the hands on aspect and getting to put what we learned at the beginning of the class into action.
Lawren Cureton

I like everything starting from the beginning to the end. The class is extremely fun and to me personally that I’ve never had any knowledge on photography at all! I believe I have learned more today than several years of online research and book hunting!!
Geri Buchanan

I enjoyed the hands on aspect of the class and reviewing the photos. I wanted to get more comfortable with my camera and to be motivated to use it more, and I feel the class accomplished my goals.
Catherine Kinslow

I like the personal delivery of the content. Learning the basics removes my hesitation to just pick up my new camera and go at it. I am more comfortable with what I learned in person that I would be by just reading about it online.
John Hopper

Excellent-interactive. Liked the focus on the mechanics and technical aspect in the morning and the comments on composition while reviewing the photos afterwards. The different light scenarios during the exercises were very illustrative.
Neli

I like that it was hands on. So much better than just trying to read a book. It was nice to actually go through your camera and see where everything was.
Debby Stubbs

I loved that the class was hands on. Peter spoke in very understandable terms and I walked away understanding issues I have struggled with for a long time. This class was a very smart investment!
Lori Dunn

Great beginner class. Having Peter’s camera hooked up to the projector to see examples helped me understand more of the items I was confused about.
Todd Pettit

I really liked the hands-on and real-time demos! They made it possible to learn and experience what before I could only read about. Very easy for the average person to understand.
Laurie P.

I learned so much! This workshop took out much of the guesswork and I loved the hands on practice. I can’t wait to use my new skills and experiment in ways I wouldn’t have ever known to. I thought the price was a great value.
Sunday Grennan

Peter’s knowledge and passion for photography made the class enjoyable and interesting.
Jeremy Hayes

Everything was explained in detail without being boring, which made it interesting. Peter knew what mistakes people typically made and told us how not to make them.
Lauren Cowling

The workshop has made me more curious to take more chances and experiment. I have learned more in one day than in months of reading and practicing on my own. Very thorough and informative.
James Coleman

The class is actually in a photo studio with a friendly environment and an expert teacher.
Will Deniger

I liked the demonstrations with the tethered camera. I’ve learned things about lighting that will make my photos better. I’m really excited about applying what I’ve learned in the DSLR class.
Monica Flores

I think the most helpful thing was being able to see the pictures on the screen as they were being taken and being able to see the camera menus displayed. For the beginner I don’t think anything was missing.
John Daniel

Intermediate Full Day Workshop

Loved getting to shoot a model. Great explanation of lighting! I love the all day workshop! It gives you the info you need and allows you to utilize the skills you learn.
Emma Goode

Awesome! I have been doing this with a DSLR for over 3 years and learned so much in 8 hours!
Audra Jarrett

SO well planned! Projector makes a huge difference. Nice studio-very comfortable seating, etc. That’s a big deal for someone who has ADHD like me. I cant wait to come back and bring my LA girls. I would even enjoy a 2 day program, AKA: photography retreat.
Michelle Levesque

Thanks for all of your help. The fact that you are a friendly and patient person means a lot! Its hard to learn new things under someone who “knows it all”!
Jana Warren

I liked that the class was very hands on. We got to see a variety of different shooting scenarios and were able to practice taking shots in different ways. Peter’s knowledge is extensive and his teaching is easy to follow. It is a good value.
Sejal Zaveri

Seeing the effects of different lighting, being able to shoot a live model, knowing that adjustments to the exposure stay put, understanding that photography is something where you have to be fully engaged and paying attention to all the settings and details.
Dawn Rummel

- Small class room size
- Friendly atmosphere
- Hands on practical execution of techniques helped

- The model was cooperative
I learned about light usage, panoramas, exposure compensation a lot of tools on the camera that help taking great pictures in difficult light conditions.

Amith Vallabhaneni

Very Hands on and answers every question with very detailed answers.
Isaias Hernandez

Really liked the portrait lighting part and to see what can be done with a flash, umbrella, reflector, etc.
Claas Boesser

I really enjoyed Peter’s teaching style. I enjoyed getting to look at the photos we took in class and learning from them. I also liked that the class was tailored to what we really wanted.
Laurie Poetschke

I loved the class and the balance between technical and artistic considerations.
Kim Schlossberg

The studio lighting portion and hands on was great. By seeing the studio environment live and playing with equipment we can now go back and take better studio photos.
Agnieszka Szczurowska

I enjoyed the personality, teaching ability and knowledge of the teacher and his willingness to answer questions and demonstrate techniques. I can’t wait to get out there and practice.
Chrisi Mize

Peter knows this photography stuff inside and out. One-on-one help and the advice was freely given.
Tom Marusa


Introduction to Studio Lighting Half Day Workshop

I loved it! Very informational, detailed and specific. I enjoyed being able to shoot with all the different types of lighting. Very hands on. Especially with how to use just one light and the materials I have. I understand more on how to use and reflect light.
Emily Bell

I really enjoyed the overview and recommendations when purchasing equipment. I have read some lighting books and learned more in this class.
name withheld

I learn hands on and this class provided just that. The explanations were clear and very easy to understand. I have a better understanding of how distance and movement of the light can change the look of your photos. Having a clear understanding makes for better photos.
Lucia Rodriguez

I like the experience of shooting with a model. Unique experience compared to an outline or from book learning.
Levent Kahveci

I really enjoyed the steps of explaining different types of light and then demonstrating how to achieve the different types of effects. I had no clue about lighting beforehand and have been a little afraid to attempt it. I now feel that I have a better understanding.
Emma Goode

I really liked that Peter was so patient and that workshop is very hands on.
Cecilia Arreola

I have a much better understanding of how to measure light in studio. Technical understanding of the studio lights. ie: power
Jane Stephens

Very informative and hands on. Relaxed atmosphere-Peter is a great teacher!
Mandy LaPierna

Peter got after it and presented a ton of material in a short time. Good teaching personality and was able to cover a wide range of expertise.
Gordon Walker

Teacher very patient and helpful.
Kirk Overcash


DSLR-1 Short Course

Very practical and made things much easier to understand. Very relaxed atmosphere. Helped me understand shutter speed, f-stop and better understanding of how to shoot without flash.
Kenny Kwok

I shoot like I play pool-I make an attempt and hope something goes in. You have shown me how some of my “lucky” shots really came to be and how I can reproduce the result. The explanation and movement/depth of field are invaluable. I never understood the settings before.
Peter Stawicki

I’ve taken courses from school, online and read books. This class has taught me more than any other. I cant wait for the next. I’m going home to learn my stops and shutter.
Crystal DeAnda

I finally feel (somewhat) comfortable with my camera. I had no idea what any of the settings were, or what they meant. Now I do.
Jana Johnston

Incorporates all the different types of learning: seeing, hearing and doing. Several different examples for each concept helps! Makes sure the info sticks!
name withheld

Very informative, yet mostly simple. Great teacher, amazing photographer.
Erica Krueger

Class went so fast. Well done!
Sonya

Learning the camera concepts, exposure and different metering patterns really helped us better understand how to use the camera.
Nicole Webb

Having lecture then immediate example very helpful. Enjoyed that teacher allowed specific questions throughout class-not rushed.
name withheld

How time flies! Great info on basic photography concepts. 1st grade drawings really helped with concepts. Teacher is great because he remembers what it is like NOT to know-the mark of a true teacher.
Jeny

I liked EVERYTHING! F-stops, ISO, depth of field-YEAH! I finally now feel comfortable using AV and TV modes.
John Roberts

Thank you so much for “lifting the veil” of mystery in operating my camera. I’ve been shooting in automatic for at least a year! I feel much more confident to play with my settings and actually have a little knowledge to figure this out.
Riann Moore

The metaphors used to describe concepts were helpful for more visual learners like myself.
Brittany Witkin

Teacher speaks like he enjoys shooting pictures and explains the concepts on a level that a beginner can easily understand. We have owned this SLR camera and not taken advantage of having it. It has been used more like a simple digital camera. I am starting to understand the settings and how to use them to take better quality pictures and capture moments instead of just capturing people setting.
Cheryl Angadicheril

The class was great. Covered many of the “basics” that will help me understand how my camera takes the pictures (and why its so picky in some environments!) focus, f-stop etc.
Meredith Ebaugh

I like the teacher’s personality and humor. I like that he knows we’re not concerned about every specific detail of the camera and focused on the most important things we need to know to be better photographers.
Alison Miller

Everything! Actually understand f-stop and shutter speed. Makes everyone feel comfortable with the camera.
Holly Pennington

Going step by step over how the camera works and then explaining how to use it. It finally makes sense. I think I can finally take pictures indoor at night without flash.
Sara Harris

Finally understand what the different modes mean on my camera! I loved doing the exercises in class as I’m more of a visual learner.
Kira Hartgrove

I enjoyed the tips on what lenses to buy, equipment recommendations and getting responses to one-on-one questions.
Ashley

Great class! Very informative. Cleared up f-stop, time value, ISO, +/- button and the (o) button (sorry, can’t remember the name).
Joe Villarreal

Loved it. Learned a ton and look forward to more. The hands-on demo and chalk board discussion were great.
Craig McNeil

Very informative and comprehensive. Felt like I learned a lot in a short amount of time. Learning about composition, metering patterns, f-stop and shutter speed was particularly helpful.
Eve Newell

Presentation was easy to understand, pictures taken during class were great examples. I understand my camera much better. Time to go shoot!
Patricia Walker

DSLR-2 Short Course

I like how flexible Peter is with answering questions as they come up. The class is a good length. There is enough time to get into specifics and answer all questions.
Candice Liles

The presentation was very interesting. The information was clearly explained and there is a lot that I didn’t know until coming to this class. The class is a good length and it went by very fast!
Nancy Green

I really liked the setting, very relaxed in a studio. It really halps a lot to get you in the right mind set for instruction.
Ramel Nasseri

Enables me to try each concept on my camera during the lesson, other students’ questions help, visual example plus a verbal explanation is invaluable.
name withheld

It was great being able to ask questions and hear the answers-book or outline don’t always make the connect. I liked having a few “A-ha” moments in some areas that I didn’t understand.
name withheld

DSLR-3 Short Course

I loved the class. It was very fun and light.- technical enough, but not too technical.
Allison B.

The tripod, flash and dirt check sequences were very informative and much needed information
Angela Bell

All good info. Its interesting to learn some of the technical aspects of the camera. I love seeing examples of what you are talking about/shooting (ex: shooting at 5.6 and/or 22 and seeing the difference on the projector).
Wesley Gohlke

The information presented in the class already has helped me to take better photos. This is my third class and people have already commented that my pictures are getting better.
George Whitmeyer

I liked the spontaneity of things. Great interaction and visual comparison of live events.
Debbie Ruste

I liked the voice of experience and the photo examples. You can never find that in a book.
Peter Stawicki

When searching for workshops, I was looking for evening classes that would really apply to hands on training and this was the best thing out there! I liked all of the class topics and the ways the items were presented in layman terms. There is a wealth of information in books to read but this class touched on specifics you can leave with to start practicing immediately. The flash overview was great, really helpful.
Craig McNeil

Very informative! I didn’t know much about lenses and this really helped me learn what is best for my level of photography.
Christie Vellenga

Loved the lighting demonstrations! I’m a visual learner. This class makes everything so much clearer.
Nancy Green


Adobe Lightroom Classes

I found out Lightroom is a lot more powerful than just being an awesome photo organizer. Every place we turned was  like opening a new Christmas present you didn’t expect.
Brad K

Peter was able to clear up a lot of issues I was having with Lightroom and give me a preview how to work with publishing to a website. I plan on building my own site but have no training in web design. This helped break down the wall I had built against it. Now I am anxious to move forward.
Kim Turner

Wow. Great class. A lot of great tips.
John Roberts

Great job at explaining detail of Lightroom. The handout is very helpful because there is so much info to cover, if you write notes it is hard to keep up.
name withheld

Efficient and to the point. Peter knows his stuff.
name withheld

The suggestion about file naming conventions is very helpful. The info about how to configure the database files, images files and preview files on different drives. It is a great primer for newbies and in depth enough for someone with a little more experience.
Steve Groom

I need to switch from Picasa and class gave me enough courage to start.
John Daniel

Relevant for beginner. Nice mix of technical (science) and creative (art). Inclusive and accessible.
name withheld

Really enjoyed the easy pace and the flow of the class. Everything was clear and explained in an easy way to understand. Looking forward to the next class to retouching images. Excellent class. Totally recommend it.
Catalina Sanchez Lamas

Good pace, well organized. Gave good outside tools and resources too.
Mili Suleman

I got a good amount of information to manage and classify my images. I thought I was doing a good job, however the tips presented in class will make my job a lot easier.
Jorge Palos

The handout  seems to be very detailed which I like. There is so much material to take in so it is good to know I have it all in a packet.
Ryen Maddox

As usual, super class! Learned so much, will take me leaps and bounds forward.
Riann Moore

Easy to follow, so glad you use a PC so I don’t feel uncool without a mac.
Carrie Smith

What would you change?…….Nothing but I think I know enough to be dangerous so I personally need to spend some time with LR before taking the next class.
Victoria McGrath

Import workflow was especially helpful. File organization, folders and collections made clearer.
Tome Hovey

Great introduction to Lightroom! Starting from the ground up, the basics were explained well.
Ashley Miller

Good pace, well organized. Gave good outside tools and resources too.
Mili Suleman

I got a good amount of information to manage and classify my images. I thought I was doing a good job, however the tips presented in class will make my job a lot easier. I am just starting out but learning how to catalogue, use keywords and edit in Lightroom is helpful.
Eve Newell

Love the photography! Like the wide range of work used so as to have lots of different examples to compare to the wide range of work that I do.  I learned so much today. I can’t wait to get home and start making improvements to my work.
Savanna Rose

I like that the class was interactive and very visual. Peter’s natural style and use of examples and analogies makes difficult material easy to understand. A great value for the amount of information shared.
Allison

I am new to Lightroom and it is overwhelming. This helped me to get a better understanding of the program.
name withheld

A LOT of info-really helpful and a good approach to introducing this complicated software. So far I have no Lightroom workflow, so this and the next 2 classes are going to be revolutionary for me! I’m excited to start looking at formerly “bad” pictures and instead of trashing them, start thinking about the editing possibilities! I tend to have a mental freak out when things get very technical (like XMP and ACR cache) but its good to have an overview of it anyway.
Lisa Rawls


Photographing Kids Day and a Half Workshop
Margie Woods Brown – Photography Instructor

I liked starting out with a seminar before the shoot. The critique session was encouraging and very instructive. The entire experience was not only informative but confidence building. I think the workshop was a perfect length.
Lynn Rogers

Small class, very relaxed. I felt like I could ask any questions. There was nothing I did not like. The workshop exceeded my expectations and I feel like the cost is a good value. The info I received is useful, not a lot of info that I do not need. I’m so glad to find a studio/group that will help me become a better photographer.
Jina Armstrong

I liked the workshop in two sessions, Thursday and Saturday. Also, Margie was very personable and humble. She did not insist that there is only one way – her approach is very inviting and non-limiting. I’m glad I discovered you guys and hope to take more classes in the future.
name withheld

I love the different processes; prep class, scouting the area first, shooting and then seeing and critiquing the results. A really good class!
Jeanne Stone

Love that we had time to discuss what we are going to do before we actually did it. She gave us the settings she used and showed us pictures using those settings. Lots of great ideas of poses & camera settings. Learned more about Lightroom, also. Great job and lots of support.
Leesa Toliver

The coolest thing about this workshop is I learned how everyone takes pictures from different angles and I liked to see what lenses other people are using.
Mako Barnes

I liked the access to multiple teachers and Margie’s style in the classroom and while shooting. It was good to see how 11 other people shoot and to learn from and be inspired by that. Good value. Access to high quality instructor(s) for a very affordable price.
Courtney Joyner

I really enjoyed seeing everyone’s work and the Lightroom edit session. I really liked the location, the kids were wonderful and the slide show was fantastic. Everyone got great shots.
name withheld

Hands on shooting and real-time instruction was invaluable. It’s easier to learn when someone can walk you through your difficulties. Learning about lighting, lenses and composition will be very helpful.
Cindy Shughrue

Loved hand-on and critique afterwards. Loved that is was specific to kids. Liked the location. Margie is a great instructor (I felt that I could relate to her)
Minda Paluga

I really liked the hands-on approach to the class and the interaction with the instructor(s). I learned to focus on the eyes, be aware of surroundings (ie: shade, architecture, etc.) and how to compose the shot.
Mike Paluga

I liked how open and honest the instructors were. First time I’ve taken this type of workshopt. I loved it, thanks! I learned a lot and can’t wait to practice my skills and keep getting better!
Shannon Robbins

I liked the creative part, composition and the imagination of the instructor. I need this moreso now than the technical part. I am aware of Margie’s artistic skills and find she is willing to share and inspire. Just next weekend I am doing a shoot for a friend’s kids so this was timely and I hope to use some of the techniques I learned today.
Kim Turner