“Irene is not only a very gifted photographer, but she is an excellent instructor as well. I’ve been very fortunate to have a number of personally catered one-on-one sessions with her. I’ve seen my photography improve almost exponentially after each session. She has a way of making photography a very accessible art form, and she has a way of simplifying what most will find to be very technical. Most of all, she makes photography exciting which I feel is extremely important in anything you do. Her way of teaching is very thorough, as well as very patient. Those are qualities anyone can appreciate whether you’re learning photography or any other subject... [see full review below]” — John Jacks, Germantown, MD"


Do you have an expensive camera that you don’t know how to use? Do you wonder why people in your nighttime pictures look like deer in your headlights? Do you wish your photographs could equal your vision? Whatever your photography interests (people, nature, landscapes, architecture, etc.), we can help you!


We offer private one-on-one photography classes & coaching in Germantown, Maryland (or your choice of location) and field practice sessions in the Washington, DC metro area to build your knowledge of photography and photography skills, as well as digital post-production with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Photography classes & coaching sessions are designed for SLR users, since we will discuss camera operations that may not be available on point-and-shoot cameras. Because our 1-on-1 photography classes focus on how to use YOUR specific camera model, whether Canon, Nikon, Sony, or other brand, you will learn in a very practical and hands-on manner. Our private photography classes can either be structured or used to answer specific questions you already have. Field trips allow practice of the techniques learned and opportunity for practical guidance. Topics may include:


Basic Photography Concept: The Exposure Triangle


  • Using aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to control exposure
  • Using the histogram to monitor exposure
  • Using shutter speed to freeze or blur movement
  • Three secrets to controlling depth-of-field
  • Examining various photos and discussing how the combination of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO gave the resulting image
  • Field photography practice
  • Critique of your photos

Camera Controls


  • Photographing in aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual
  • ISO
  • Exposure compensation
  • Focusing
  • Single vs. continuous shooting mode
  • Image quality
  • Color temperature
  • Field photography practice


Photography Equipment: Camera, Lenses & Filters


  • Options for camera bodies
  • Prime lenses
  • Zoom lenses
  • Wide angle lenses
  • Macro lenses & fisheye lenses
  • UV, polarizing, neutral density, and other specialty filters
  • Field photography practice




  • Compositional techniques and “rules”
  • Examining various photos, including your photos, and impact of their composition
  • Field photography practice



  • Fill flash & bounce flash
  • TTL flash & flash exposure compensation
  • Manual flash
  • Direction of light
  • Light modifiers
  • Off-camera flash with one, two, and three or more flashes and flash triggers
  • Flash in daylight, flash at night, low-light flash
  • Field photography practice



  • Posing individuals & couples
  • Posing small groups (3-5 people)
  • Posing large groups (6 people and more)
  • Posing men
  • Posing women

Advanced Creative Techniques


  • Panning
  • Zoom blur
  • Focus blur
  • Light trails
  • Mixing flash and continuous light
  • Photographic kaleidoscope
  • In-camera multiple exposures
  • Stroboscopic flash
  • Field photography practice
  • And much, much more!

Digital Post-Processing


  • Digital Workflow
  • Lightroom: Library Module (importing, renaming, cataloguing and keywording files)
  • Lightroom: Develop Module (color, tint, exposure, tonality, vibrancy, saturation, healing, etc.)
  • Lightroom: Other Modules
  • Photoshop or Photoshop Elements: Retouching and Advanced Editing Techniques (interface, selections, layers, retouching, color correcting, masks, adding text, etc.)
  • High Dynamic Range Imaging
  • Editing images from a previous field practice session

Field Photography Practice


  • Field photography practice can range from photographing in a local park to photographing a once-a-year area event, such as a local fair, parade, fireworks, marathon, or other event. The best location/event and time of day/night will depend on the topics you are interested in learning about and practicing.


Business of Photography Mentoring for Professional Photographers


  • Marketing
  • Product & printing options
  • Pricing & sales
  • Client relations


Click on the testimonials below to see what our students are saying about our photography classes.


Private Photography Class Fees for Non-Business Classes


  • $200 per 1.5-hr class at our Clarksburg, MD studio (non-business classes only)
  • Travel fee applies for field trips outside the studio
  • Purchase 4 classes (6 hrs) at a time, and receive a 10% discount
  • Have a friend?  Ask us about group photography classes at discounted rates.


Complete our photography class questionnaire here, so we can understand your goals and make sure we're a good fit for you.  We will then call you to chat.


Private Mentoring Fees for Professional Photographers (Business of Photography)


  • $200 per 1-hr business of photography mentoring session at our Clarksburg, MD studio
  • Travel fee applies for field trips outside the studio
  • Purchase 6 hrs of mentoring at a time, and receive a 10% discount
  • Have a friend?  Ask us about group business mentoring at discounted rates.