Photographer & Photography Lessons

Portland, Oregon

503-292-2277

cwlaviano@comcast.net


Photography Lessons

Having a Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus, digital SLR camera is the first step.

 

The next step is learning how your camera works, what the various functions are, and how to get your camera to create the photographs that you see.

 

If you have purchased a new camera and are slightly intimidated by all the controls, buttons and functions, then beginning lessons will help you get started using your camera.

 

The best and most effective way to learn photography is with either one-on-one individual lessons, 3-hour workshops or small group classes.

 

If you have the desire to learn photography, then you are ready to learn from a professional photographer.


And that's where I can help you.


 

Individual Lessons - Overview & Hourly Rate

If you believe your best learning experience is one-on-one, then individual photography lessons are great for you!

 

Lessons are arranged around your schedule, and can be during the evenings or on weekends.

 

From Beginner, to Intermediate, to Advanced, the lessons can be tailored to your needs.

 

If you are a Beginning Photographer, by the completion of the lesson you'll be comfortable using your camera, will understand its controls, and will have photography techniques you can use right away to start taking pictures.

 

Lessons can also include a photo walk with a review of your photos.

 

We'll meet a local coffee shop in Southwest Portland, coffee or tea is included with your lesson.

 

The rate for individual lessons is $60 an hour.  Lessons can be 1 hour, 1 1/2 hours, 2 hours or longer, in 1/2-hour increments.

 

Please call 503-703-2602 or e-mail cwlaviano@comcast.net to arrange a time for your individual lesson.

  

Payment can be made via PayPay in advance of the lesson or at the session by check or cash. 


 

Individual Photography Lesson Package Options

These lessons are arranged around your schedule, and can be during the days, evenings and weekends.  From Beginner, to Intermediate, to Advanced, the lessons can be tailored to needs.  We’ll meet at a local coffee shop, coffee or tea included with your lesson.

 

Weekly lessons are scheduled in advance and paid in full at the time of the first lesson.  Any and all changes and cancellations must be made within within 48 hours days of the lesson.

 

Option 1- Single-Lesson - Photography & Camera Theory

One 2-Hour Session, $120

 

At this lesson we will go over photography theories and your camera’s functions and controls, and cover the Beginning Photography topics, including lenses, exposure, important menu functions, and basic composition techniques.

 

 

Option 2 - Two Consecutive Lessons *** MOST POPULAR ***

Photography & Camera Theory and Hands-On Practice of Photography Techniques

Two 2-Hour Sessions, $220

 

The first session includes Photography Theory and Camera Functions and Controls.

 

The second session includes a brief review of photography concepts and then Hands-On Practicing of those concepts and techniques with your camera outdoors at a local park along the SW Waterfront area.

 

 

Option 3 - Three Consecutive Lessons

Photography Theory, Hands-On Practice, and Field Trip

Three 2-Hour Sessions, $320

 

The first session includes Photography Theory and Camera Functions and Controls

 

The second session includes a brief review of photography concepts and then Hands-On Practicing of those concepts and techniques with your camera outdoors at a local park along the SW Waterfront area.

 

The third session includes a Field Trip to a location around Portland, where you’ll put all the photography concepts together while I assist you.

 

Specialty Individual Lessons

"A Visual Experience"

3 Hour Intermediate Lesson, $340

 

This is designed to let you “see and visualize photos from various perspectives” while using a variety of different lenses.

 

We’ll meet at a local coffee shop in the SW Waterfront for a half-hour photo discussion and review.

 

Then we will walk around the waterfront area of the of the Tilikum Crossing Bridge and OSHU Tram while you take photos using zoom lenses ranging from 11-16 mm, 18-200 mm, and a primes lenses such as a 10 mm, 20 mm, 50 mm and 85 mm.

 

We’ll go over various composition and lens usage techniques, and how to visualize the same subject using a variety of lenses from various angles and locations.

 


  

"Broadway Lights - Portland After Dark"

2 Hour Lesson, $140

 

Designed as a beginning night time photography lesson, we'll photograph along Southwest Broadway in downtown Portland and you'll learn the techniques of night photography.

 

The iconic Portland marquee sign, when it's lit for a concert, and the city lights, can make for creative and dramatic images. 

 

We'll walk around Southwest Broadway while you learn night photography using a tripod, long exposure techniques, high ISO settings for hand-holding your camera,  creative lens and zoom techniques, and how to use fill-flash when needed to balance the exposure.

 

Even in the rain, the streets come alive with the reflections of the city lights, and you'll learn techniques for photographing the the rain. 

 


  

"Life In The Fast Lane - Speed and Sports"

2 Hour Lesson, $140

 

This lesson is designed to teach you the techniques for photographing moving subjects, action and sports.

 

Using Portland's east and west side waterfront bicycle and running paths, you'll learn how to photograph moving subjects using Shutter Speed techniques to freeze and blur the motion, pan-and-follow techniques to create a dynamic sensation of movement, which ISO setting to use for a desired effect, which auto-focusing settings to use, and other tips.

 

The techniques you learn from this lesson can be applied to any moving subject or sporting event.

  


  

Natural Lighting For People

2 1/2 Hour Lesson, $180

 

Learning how to "see the light" for photographing people is an essential element of photography.  This will help you create better photographs of your family and friends at home, on vacation, or just around the town.

 

We'll meet at a coffee shop at the Southwest Waterfront, review photos you've taken of your family, friends, and other people.  Then, using a mannequin, you'll learn and practice available light techniques using a variety of light reflectors.

 

You'll learn to see and identify subtle areas of light between the bright and darker areas outside between buildings and in parks, and how to use these areas to your advantage, and which lens to use to create a certain effect.

 

Whether the day is bright and sunny, or cloudy, we'll go over techniques that will allow you to create photos in the light that is available. 


 

Workshops Overview

If you desire an "immersion learning" experience with photography, then a workshop will fit your needs.

Workshops are 3 hours, and you can choose between a morning session or an afternoon session.

 

Workshop size is limited to 6 students to allow for an easy, comfortable session.

 

Registration is required.  Due to limited class size, walk-ins are not accommodated.

 

Locations and times are listed below.

 

Workshops repeat on a monthly basis.

 

The rate for the workshop is $125.  Please call 503-703-2602 or e-mail cwlaviano@comcast.net to register and reserve your space for a class.

 

Payment can be made via PayPay in advance of the class or at the first session by check or cash.


 

 

Beginning Photography Workshop - $125

Portland Location Coming Soon!

Date Coming Soon!

Two Sessions Available - Choose Either the Morning or Afternoon Session

 

Morning Session 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

 

Afternoon Session 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

 If you are beginning photography and want to learn how to use your camera and understand  the various functions, then this workshop is for you.

 

During this 3-hour workshop, we will spend the first half of the workshop learning about your camera, and the second half we will be taking photos, practicing what you learned.

 

If you have purchased a new camera and are slightly intimidated by all the controls, buttons and functions, then beginning lessons will help you get started using your camera.

 

We will start at the front of your camera and work toward the controls and menu settings.

 

You'll learn how to read your lens and what those numbers really mean, then we'll move on to the control dial and to the menu functions.

  • How To Read Your Lens and Understand What The Numbers Really Mean;
  • Lens Focal Lengths
  • Aperture  or F-Stop Functions
  • Shutter Speed
  • ISO Settings
  • "The Exposure Triangle".
  • White Ballance
  • Basic Menu Settings.
  • How to use your camera Shutter-Speed Mode, Aperture-Priority Mode, and Program Mode.
  • Basic camera care, what filters to use on your lens to protect the lens and keep away dust and dirt, and how to best clean your lens.
  • White Balance and the various color settings from Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Black & White, Sepia, etc. 
  • Image file sizes, formatting your memory card, and other menu functions will be discussed. 

Please bring your camera, any lenses you have, and a memory card that can be erased.

 

After each session you will feel comfortable taking photos with your camera and have an understanding of its controls and functions.

 

And you'll have fun taking photos again!

 

A minimum of 6 students is required to hold the class.

 

Registration is required to reserve your space.

 

Due to limited class size, walk-ins can not be accommodated.


 

 

Photo Walkabout Workshops In Portland - $125

COMING SOON!  Mornings 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

 

If you're already familar with your camera and basic photography functions, and want to have fun taking photos, then these workshops are for you.

 

This is a 3-hour workshop focusing on two or three areas of photography, such as photographing in Shutter-Priority, Aperture-Priority, and experimenting with the White Ballance settings

 

We'll walk around taking photos, and I'll help you practice and experiment with different settings.

 

Workshops are limited to 6 people.

 

We'll meet first at a local coffee shop for a short discussion, and they we're off to take photos!

 

Topics covered will be a choise of ISO, lens focal length techniques, f-stop or aperture settings, white ballance, shutter speeds, and maybe a few more.

 

We'll cover questions as they come up, and will have a short break to rest and re-charge your creative energies.

 

A minimum of 4 students is required to hold the workshop, and it will be limited to 6 people.


 

Small Group Classes - Overview

If you prefer to learn with others in a small group setting, then these small weekly classes are a good fit for you.

Class size is limited to 6 students to allow for an easy, comfortable session.

 

Registration is required.  Due to limited class size, walk-ins are not accommodated.

 

Classes are available for Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced lessons.

 

Each class is meets weekly once a week for 3 weeks, for 1 1/2 hours each session.

 

Locations and times are listed below.

 

Group classes repeat on a monthly basis and start during the 1st week of the month, and continue through the 3rd week of the month.

 

The rate for the small group classes is $85.  Please call 503-703-2602 or e-mail cwlaviano@comcast.net to register and reserve your space for a class.

 

Payment can be made via PayPal in advance of the class or at the first session by check or cash. 


 

Absolute Beginning Photography Class - $125

Portland Area Class

Date And Location Coming Soon!

 

A 3-hour beginning photography class for people who own, or recently purchased, a full-size digital camera, and are slightly intimidated by all the controls buttons, and functions.

 

This class will help you get started using your camera.  We'll start with the Menu functions, covering the 3 or 4 basic functions to know, such a Formatting the media card, Image Quality & Size, ISO and Color Space settings.  We'll go over the Command / Control Dial, and what those dial icons and settings mean; discuss the lens and how it relates to wide-angle, normal and telephoto views.  And cover very basic and easy composition techniques you can use right away.  We'll also go over which lens accessories to have, such as filters, lens hoods and shades, and lens cleaning tools.

 

The goal of this class is to have you feeling comfortable using your camera, so you'll start photographing right away.

 

Bring your camera and all its lenses and accessories to this class.

 

A minimum of 6 students is required to hold this class.

 

Registration is required to reserve your space.

 

Due to limited class size, walk-ins can not be accommodated.


 

 

Beginning Photography 1A - 3 Week Class - $95

Portland Area Class

Location & New Dates Coming Soon!

 

If you are beginning photography and want to learn how to use your camera and understand  the various functions, then this lesson is for you.

 

If you have purchased a new camera and are slightly intimidated by all the controls, buttons and functions, then beginning lessons will help you get started using your camera.


We will start at the front of your camera and work toward the controls and menu settings.

 

You'll learn how to read your lens and what those numbers really mean, then we'll move on to the control dial and to the menu functions.

 

Week 1 - How To Read Your Lens and Understand What The Numbers Really Mean;

                Lens Focal Length and Aperture Functions.

 

Week 2 - ISO Settings, Shutter Speed Settings and Aperture Settings;

               and "The Exposure Triangle".

 

Week 3 - White Ballance, Basic Rules For Composition; "The Rule Of Thirds", and Basic Menu

                 Settings.

 

Additional camera functions and topics that you will learn include:

  • What Shutter Speed, ISO and F-Stop or Aperture settings are and how they are used to create a properly exposed image.
  • How to choose the right ISO settings, how to choose the right Shutter Speed, and how to chose the correct Aperture for your photos.
  •  How to use your camera Shutter-Speed-Priority-Mode and Aperture-Priority-Mode.
  • Basic camera care, what filters to use on your lens to protect the lens and keep away dust and dirt, and how to best clean your lens.
  • White Balance and the various color settings from Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Black & White, Sepia, etc. 
  • Image file sizes, formatting your memory card, and other menu functions will be discussed. 

Please bring your camera, any lenses, and a memory card that can be erased.

 

After each session you will feel comfortable taking photos with your camera and have an understanding of its controls and functions.

 

And you'll have fun taking photos again!

 

A minimum of 6 students is required to hold the class.

 

Registration is required to reserve your space.

 

Due to limited class size, walk-ins can not be accommodated.


 

Beginning Photography 1B - 3 Week Class - $95

Portland Location Class

Location & New Dates Coming Soon!

 

This class builds upon the topics covered in Class 1A.  You're also welcome to take this class if you prior photography experience with the topics covered in Class 1A.

 

We will further explore camera menu functions, selective focus and Dept-Of-Field, and shutter-speed techniques. 

 

Week 1 - Basic Menue Settings, File Size, Formatting The Memory Card, and other functions.

 

Week 2 - Selective Focuse and Depth-Of-Field Using A Combination of Aperture-Mode

               and Lens Focal Length.

 

Week 3 - Freezing or Blurring Motion or Action Using the Shutter-Speed Mode.

 

Please bring all your lenses and a memory card that can be erased.

 

A minimum of 6 students is required to hold the class.


 

How To See The Light - $125

Portland Area

Location & Dates Coming Soon!

 

Advance your creative vision to a new level and learn How To See The Light.  Prior photography experience with your camera, and knowldge of photography terms and camera settings is required.

  

This is a 3-hour workshop focusing on How To See The Light, with the goal to have you view light in an entirely different way.

 

To see the light, you'll have to learn what to look for, so first, we'll review black & white and color photographic examples of "light and shadow".

 

We'll go over what makes some photos more captivating then other, and learn to see when the light is working and when it less than optimal.

 

Next we'll walk around and look at the light in the local area.  What's the light doing between the buildings, on the walk-ways?  What shadows do you see?  Where is light reflecting from, such as buildings, windows,  water?

 

Then we'll walk around taking photos while looking for the light, and you'll have an opportunity practice how to "see the light".

 

A minimum of 4 students is required to hold the class, and it will be limited to 6 people.


 

The Photographer's Eye - $250

Portland Area Class

Location & New Dates Coming Soon!

 

Build upon your knowlege of photography by exploring the 5 elements of a photograph.  Prior photography experience with your camera, and knowldge of photography terms and camera settings is required.

  

This is a 6-week class focusing on the specific elements of a photograph to develop your Photographer's Eye.  Each session will be 2 1/2 hours.

 

Each week a different element or concept will be covered, so you can begin taking photos focusing on only one element a week, and we'll review your photos the following week.

 

The goal of this class is to have you see with a Photographer's Eye and apply these concepts to your photography.

 

This 6-week class will cover the following:

 

Week 1 - The Thing Itself.

 

Week 2 - The Detail

 

Week 3 - The Frame

 

Week 4 - Time

 

Week 5 - The Vantage Point

 

Week 6 - Review

 

A minimum of 6 students is required to hold the class, and it will be limited to 8 people.