I now have two full sessions and a handful of workshops under my belt, so I can maybe stop calling myself a 171 rookie.

Obviously, I’m going to be learning and growing and getting better as a teacher every time I step in front of a new group of students. But I definitely feel like I’m getting the hang of it.




Teaching photography has been a wonderful experience and a welcome addition to my business.

My favorite part for sure has been watching the smile that accompanies the moment something realizes they “get it.”



Shooting in manual mode with a DSLR camera is a really interesting experience because once you learn what the main buttons and functions mean, it’s like you suddenly have the keys to unlock a whole new realm of creative possibility!



There is nothing more frustrating than purchasing a camera upgrade and realizing you can’t really fix most of the problems you were already having in your photography journey unless you learn what 25 of those tiny buttons and switches mean!



That’s where my classes come in. 

Because learning what those buttons are is IMPORTANT!

Manual mode allows you the creative control to capture crisp motion. OR to blur it on purpose. It allows you the chance to shoot in trickier lower-light settings and still get the image you want. It lets you play with interesting lighting effects.

It grows your confidence as an artist! 



It’s a very empowering process. And the more you practice, the more you learn and get comfortable until toggling those sliders for shutter speed, aperture, and ISO becomes second nature!

Don’t take my word for it! Here’s my student Kim’s take…

This class is definitely worth the time and the money! I learned so much and had so much fun in this class! My favorite part was that we went out and tried new things and tested out the things we talked about in the classroom. We went over everything I had questions or interests in.

Want to know more about the buttons on your camera or the foreign-sounding vocabulary in this post? Check out 171’s “more visual arts” class offerings to see what upcoming courses and workshops I have available. And please follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so you always know when I post a new class! I have some really cool stuff in the works for the fall, so don’t miss out!