Improve Your Photography Skills Workshop Level 1 – Portland, OR

Do you have a digital camera and want to learn how to take better pictures in a relaxed, fun atmosphere? Can you tolerate a teacher who gets so enthralled in helping others learn about photography that he has been known to stumble over his words in excited ramblings about aperture, shutter speed and ISO? Do you want to learn about shutter speed, aperture and ISO? Do you have an inkling that ISO, shutter speed and aperture may be important things to learn but aren’t sure how it all works?

Then this workshop is for you!!

This class will teach the basics of understanding the interplay of light, aperture, shutter speed and ISO. We’ll also talk about creative use of these elements to achieve the shots you are looking for. We’ll cover such topics as:

  • Why are my pictures so blurry?
  • How can I frame my images better?
  • Understanding the limits of digital photography
  • How a Histogram can make your pictures better
  • Focus distance and depth of field
  • Why your camera doesn’t always behave like it should
  • Any specific topics important to you!
  • The Rule Of Thirds
  • The Golden Hour and using outdoor light
  • Breaking the rules when it works for you

The workshop also includes 1 month of free email critiques and followup. I want to make sure the ideas presented in the workshop stick and will keep in touch to cover any additional questions you may have, as well as constructively critique photos you have shot.

What better way to learn photography than with a friend! To make it easier to bring along someone else who wants to learn photography, I am offering you both $10 off the tuition fee when you sign up using the option below. Be sure to select the “Tuition For Two” box.


Improve Your Photography Skills Workshop taught by Peter West Carey


  • To Be Decided


Community Room – Fire Station #59 – MAP
1860 Willamette Falls Drive
West Linn, OR 97068

How Much?

The class fee is $85 payable with the link below (Paypal, Visa, Mastercard, Amex and Discover accepted). If you would prefer to pay by check, please contact me and I will make sure your spot in line is held while the check is on its way. The maximum number of students is 15.

Who Is This Class For?

This class is great for beginners and those wishing to grasp the fundamentals of making great photos. I want to make sure everyone who attends this workshop has a solid understanding of how their camera records images and how to start taking better photos!

What Do I Need To Bring?

You camera, excitement to learn and a smile. You may want to bring a snack and make sure your belly is full and happy before the class begins. Laptop computers will not be needed.

Anything Else?

I will be sending out a questionnaire to all participants before the class to get an idea of what topics to hit hard and what to dust over. I want this to be a class where you feel involved and not just someone sitting in a chair on a sunny Saturday afternoon. And now for the laundry stuff. 50% refund of workshop tuition for cancellations before 2 weeks prior. 2 weeks and later, there is no refund possible. While this class is intended for adults, certain younger adults may be welcome but please email me first.

Bring A Friend And You Both Save $10 On Tuition

Use the Tuition For Two option below to sign up with a friend and you both will receive $10 off the tuition amount.

Photo Workshop Gift Certificates Available

Do you have a friend or family member who would love to attend one of the workshops? Use the form below to purchase a spot in the appropriate session and then let me know in the comments of the order form that you would like a physical gift certificate sent to you for presentation.

About Peter

Peter has been fiddling with cameras for the last 20+ years, using them first to capture wedding and nature photographs. He is a professional photographer based on Whidbey Island, WA and in Orange, CA with a love for his family and travel. His photographic journeys have taken him to six of the seven continents and filling his time between travels with a long history of wedding photography. He currently has over 200 informative blog posts on Digital Photography School, where he is a regular freelance writer, and at Photo Tuts+. He is available for freelance assignments and presentations of his many travels. His personal motto is: Explore-Inspire-Educate. And Eat Chocolate. Explore Peter’s travels here.

Past Student Testimonials

Nicole - “My knowledge level is certainly ‘entry’ and I thought the information was just what I needed to grasp the fundamental information.”

Divya – “Peter did a great job with explaining the various concepts required to become a better photographer and was patient in answering all our questions. Would highly recommend this class to anybody starting out with a digital SLR camera.”

Sara – “I think my photos are already better and I definitely was able to learn and understand how some of the settings on my camera I originally left alone can impact my photos. Specifically metering. “

Lori – “This definitely helped me get over my reluctance to work with AV and TV modes on my Canon. With the various settings of “Landscape, Portraits, and Flowers” of the Canon, I have gotten by making reasonable photos.  Now I have the confidence to photo by my own rules.”