Private In-Person Photography Instruction
In-person instruction is like having your own private photo workshop that you help design for yourself. Available in half-day and full-day sessions for either yourself or with your friend/partner, you can have the opportunity to study and learn from me whatever you desire.
Sessions can be booked for strictly image processing, field photography, and both. You may also want to learn other topics like marketing, website design, camera techniques, and more – it is totally up to you!!
Sessions can take place at your home, your hotel, rental home, or office (if all within a 1 hour drive). They can also take place in the field at some wonderful locations this summer such as Santa Fe, NM, Grand Teton National Park, WY, Zion National Park, UT, and Bozeman, MT in addition to Scottsdale, AZ this fall/winter (see my schedule below).
Possible topics can include:
- Watching and learning my exact workflow
- RAW processing, archiving & keywording
- Photo enhancement & effects
- HDR processing
- Sizing photos for web & print
- Composition & cropping
- Photo website creation with Zenfolio or Shopify
- Personal style
- Capture One Pro
- on1’s Perfect Photo Suite
- Nik Software
- Image review & critique
- Camera operation & settings
- Selling & marketing your photos at art festivals
- and more!
Working together we will build a session that is perfectly suited to you. The possibilities are endless!!
Benefits of one-on-one instruction
- The ability to focus on exactly what you want to learn. Class and field workshops are great – don’t get me wrong. But one-on-one instruction takes things to a different level because the entire focus is on your needs and not the combined needs of a group of students. Ask as many questions as you want, go over specific material you want to learn, jump around from topic to topic, sessions are infinitely customizable – these are all benefits to the one-on-one sessions.
- Lack of distractions. In a group setting there can be numerous distractions, as I have to balance time with all of the students. In one-on-one sessions there are no distractions and you have my entire attention.
- Sessions are planned out in advance. Prior to our one-on-one session we will chat over the phone to discuss your specific needs. This allows me time to prepare in advance for your session so that once our appointment is here we can start immediately with instruction.
Sessions can be purchased in half-day (4 hours) and full-day (8 hours) increments.
The rate for half-day in-person instruction for one person is $375
The rate for full-day in-person instruction for one person is $600
To include a friend/partner in the session add 35% to the above rates.
To schedule a free phone call to discuss your one-on-one needs and to plan your in-person session fill out the form on my contact page here and I will promptly get in touch with you.
Locations and Schedule
I am available for in-person sessions (if not already booked) at the following locations and timeframes. To see if I am available on the exact date(s) you are considering contact me.
- May 25 – June 11 in Santa Fe, NM
- June 21-24 in Grand Teton National Park, WY
- July 27 – August 5 in Santa Fe, NM
- August 17 – Sept. 22 in Bozeman, MT
- Sept. 27 – 30 in Grand Teton National Park, WY
- October 6-30 in Bozeman, MT
- November 1-4 in Zion National Park, UT
- November 13 – end of year in Scottsdale, AZ
Testimonials from one-on-one students
Jim Seith/ Jim Seith Photography
Best four hours of intensive photography instruction I’ve had in 15 years as a serious enthusiast. I decided on two sessions, both two hours long with a video for my use later. They were exactly what I needed to get a real jump start in Capture One and Perfect Photo Suite and then actually begin to use the tools between sessions. I had a couple of weeks after the first session to practice and to focus in on areas where I wanted additional help in the second two-hour session. The cool thing about these online sessions was the ability to focus on exactly what I needed for my work and my experience. We talked on the phone before we started, I sent a couple of emails to try and pinpoint what I was after in these lessons, and we launched from that point. When it turned out that workflow was a critical component of my integrating two new post-processing tools that I had only generally considered, we spent a fair amount of time talking about how you set up your workflow in the first session–and then you gave me feedback in the second session about the workflow that I built after that first session. Another cool thing about this online on-on-one was the ability to jump around. You’d touch on a point, and I’d interrupt and ask about something that came to mind at that moment, and we were able to jump out of that piece and into another peripheral area to talk about that aspect of post-processing–then jump back into the lesson flow. Jumped in and out of Capture One, Photoshop, talked about Lightroom workflows and comparisons, Photo Mechanic, making panoramic images–all in the context of the larger lessons on Capture One and Perfect Photo Suite. And as time waned on the lesson, I was able to ask you to jump to another component right away so I wouldn’t miss anything I had to learn. My learning curve drove the instruction–and you just jumped from one thing to another as I needed and asked, so it was instruction with real context. This–for me–is a great way for an experienced photographer to take his or her craft to the next level. It’s focused by me, but totally flexible so I can add/delete/make turns–go where I need to go “on the fly” as the lessons unfold. This is truly a case with new processes of not knowing what you don’t know, so the initial plan changes as one’s knowledge grows and/or new material creates new questions. Truly tailored instruction. Recommend multiple two-hour sessions. One hour is not enough even if one plans multiple sessions–which I recommend so you have the time to practice in between. Two hours, at least for me, gave me plenty of understanding without being overwhelming. I then took the two weeks in between sessions, used the video for reminders–and practiced/experimented. Your cost for this online instruction is extremely reasonable and fair, especially for the quality and quantity of truly focused learning I took from the sessions. No way I could have done this in a busy classroom. Thanks, Matt. Be back to you in a few months after I get my feet on the ground with the basics and run a few thousand images through the process. Good luck with the show. Cheers, Jim
"I found Matt’s one on one tutorial session was a perfect format for me to learn HDR. Matt’s warm and personal approach immediately put me at ease. Matt perfectly sized my skill level and personalized the pace so the information flow maximized my absorption of the subject I was able to interrupt and ask questions whenever I needed without concerns of interrupting a class. This really accentuated my climbing of the learning curve. Matt is a skilled teacher and made it “All about ME”. In two hours time Matt led me from neophyte to knowledgable user. I can’t imagine a more efficient way to enhance my photographic skills. The followup recording of our session provided positive reinforcement solidifying my new found expertise. I consider it a true value and a hyper efficient methodology for skill transfer. I will be using Matt’s skills as an expert teacher again. I look forward to our next session."
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