Your personal Trainer for mastering digital photogprahy 

Chances are that you found this page because you're looking to fully understand your DSLR or perhaps there's something that you just can't wrap your head around after hours of youtube tutorial videos, Maybe you're looking to improve your creative eye to take your work to the next level. Whatever your goal is I know with certainly that if you spend one hour with me, you'll learn more than after having spent many hours surfing the internet for how-to's. With my diverse experience in teaching photography I'll be able to immediately lock onto what you're needing, and with patience, find the best way to teach that.

I'm proud to say that there are many success stories from my former students in achieving their photogrpahy goals. 

About Me

I started this branch of my business to teach both the technical and artistic aspects of photography to all levels of skill and ambition. The challenge of teaching and inspiring others to get the most out of photography is a satisfying and rewarding experience for me. I hope to help you next!

I've self-studied photography with an obsession for it's scientific technical aspects and it's ability to tell rich stories without words for over 15 years now, and in 2012 I made my passion into a full-time career. I currently shoot a mix of digital and film formats as well as activity practice darkroom film processing and printing. Architecture, documentary, and fine art photography are my personal subjects of interest. 


During pleasant weather I give lessons around Highland Park & The Village Gate

During winter months and for unpleasant conditions, lessons will be held at the Lamberton Conservatory in Highland Park until 4pm and at the Village Gate after 4pm. 

I’m also able to meet you anywhere around Monroe County; especially if there’s a specific subject matter you want to practice with.



(585) 317-4002



By Appointment

Monday - Thursday & Saturday Evenings

Hours may very day to day


Just Some of the many topics I teach:

  • Setting Up a New Camera
  • DSLR Cameras, Lenses, and Accessories Advice and Recommendations
  • Full-Manual Exposure Control and Settings
  • Aperture Priority, Shutter Speed Priority and Program Semi-Auto Exposure Modes
  • Mastering On and Off camera Flash
  • Low-Light and Night Photography
  • The Art of Pre-Visualization and Artistic Composition
  • Situational Photography Subjects such as Sports, Landscapes, Wildlife, Portraits, and More!
  • Adobe Lightroom Editing and Organization
  • Advanced Editing with Adobe Photoshop

    photography personal training options

    SIngle lessons

    If you understand all the basics but need to polish up old skills or push your abilities further, I'll work with you in one-on-one open-ended lesson focusing on what you need the most. Coaching lessons are $50, scheduled by appointment.

    Three Lesson Course

    If you're not confident with your DSLR camera, the basics of exposure settings (aperture, shutter speed, and Iso), or are just plain new to photography; we'll have three one-on-one weekly one-hour lessons, complete with homework assignments tailored to how you learn best. You'll come out with newfound knowledge, skills, and most of all confidence with your camera. Training courses are specific to your needs on any topic of photogprahy from beginner to advanced. Courses are $130 ($20 savings) for three weekly one-hour lessons, scheduled by appointment.

    New! Coaching Program

    I'm now offering a premium photography coaching program for those who are very serious in pushing themselves creatively and professionally. I'll work with you personally between lessons to push you're abilities to the next level!


    The benefits of the Coaching program include:

    • A set dependable schedule for lessons, either monthly, biweekly, or weekly. 
    • You’ll be tasked with specific assignments tailored to push you towards your photogprahy goals between lessons.
    • I’ll plan lessons, subject matters, and locations based on your goals, and meet you just about anywhere at any time.   
    • I’ll be following up with you between lessons to help keep you motivated. 
    • I’ll be available for on-demand phone call coaching when you need help or advice. 
    • We’ll share a dropbox folder for quick on-demand critiquing of your work and assignments.

    Coaching Program Rates:

    Monthly Coaching • $60 / month*

    Biweekly Coaching • $120 / month*

    Weekly Coaching • for $240 / month*

    *Payments will be due on the first lesson each month and you may cancel and resume at any time. 


    Not sure how to start? Take my quiz and I'll give you some recommendations! 



    "We learned more in the time with you than all the online instructional's and YouTube videos put together. It was well worth it! You will be seeing us for more lessons and we will be referring all of my friends and family your way."

    - Chris & Michelle Choate

    "Michael is a great photographer that really knows what he's talking about and how to explain it.  I left with my camera on manual and have been able to surprise myself with how well what I learned stuck.  I look forward to taking more advanced camera classes with Mike."

    - Maria Perkas

    "Mike was extremely helpful and a great teacher. After just three lessons I felt completely comfortable using my camera in manual. I highly recommend lessons from Mike for any beginner photographer!"

    ~ Amy Dana

    "I have been struggling to learn photography on my own. Michael has taught me so much in a couple of lessons and I am now only shooting in manual. I am so glad I found Michael to teach me, my photos have improved tremendously."

     - Mary Smith