Individual Workshops

Individual Workshops

Tom and I do offer one-on-one instruction here in our Hamden, CT studio. We offer half day and full day sessions with a one hour break for lunch. The focus of your private lesson is to quickly advance your in camera or post-processing skills.

Your Session could be centered around Field Techniques, Digital Workflow, Capture (how to use your camera), Composition, Post-processing (Photoshop or Lightroom, Plugins, HDR), Digital Competition, Fine Art Printing, Portfolio Review/Image Critique, Studio Lighting, Working with Models, etc. These sessions are customized according to your needs. When you choose an individual workshop we will ask you to send us a portfolio of images (so that we can preview your strong and weak points) along with an emailed explanation of both the vision behind those images and a description of your photographic goals and what you want to improve upon. This pre workshop fodder allows us to best serve your needs.

The cost of a half day session is $450 (~4 hours), a full day (~8-9 hours) private session is $750. You can add a second person, preferably at a similar level to you in order to maximize the benefit, for $250. You usually get both Lisa and Tom. Contact us at

Portfolio reviews and Image Critiques allow the assessment your work and suggestions for improvement and development in a constructive manner. We provide positive feedback so that you may work on improving your photographs. An evening portfolio review alone is $200, $400 combined with individualized post-processing suggestions.

We also offer individual workshops on location. You must provide our instructional fee plus travel expenses. We will help you get the images that you desire. Contact us at

We accept payment via Paypal, secure credit card via PayPal (no Paypal account needed), credit card, or cash. A 50% deposit must be received in order to hold your date. We will apply your deposit to a future session for a documented (death certificate, doctors note) emergency or extreme weather conditions.

Workflow, From Capture to Output

  • Basic Field Technique
    • Camera settings
      • Exposure
      • Composition
      • Capturing sharp with good camera technique
      • Macro (extension tubes, etc.)
      • Long Exposures (settings, ND filters, etc.)
      • HDR (high dynamic range)
  • Digital Darkroom
    • Importing to your computer (Lightroom or BreezeBrowser)
    • Metadata – applying copyright, watermark, caption and keywords
    • Selecting, Culling and Ranking images
    • ACR (Adobe Camera RAW)
  • Post Processing with Photoshop
    • Analyzing the image for what to enhance, correct, etc.
    • Working with adjustment layers
    • Layers and Masks
    • Finalizing (Sharpening/Sizing) for output
  • Post Processing with Plugins (Nik, Topaz, Fractalius, OnOne, SnapArt
  • Textures
  • From Input to Output
    • Color Management
    • Printer profiles
    • Paper surface options
    • Evaluating image quality
    • Making adjustments for print
    • Archival methods for maximizing print life
  • Portfolio Review/Image Critique
    • Critique of current portfolio
    • Exploring and Identifying themes
    • Critique of individual images
    • Identifying what works, what does not work and why
    • Presentation options
    • Web galleries
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