I teach photography lessons in Wilmington, Delaware, privately and occasionally at the Delaware Art Museum. Above is an image from a portrait class at the museum. Before I honk my own horn, here are some other links for you to explore.
Photo Classes and Workshops in Wilmington and Delaware
A listing here does NOT mean I recommend it. Updated August, 2023.
Lessons.com Photography Tutors
— I do recommend Kathy Buckalew, who also teaches at the Delaware Art Museum
Private Lessons by Danny Schweers
Subject matter is up to the student. Usually students just want to know how to operate their cameras, but some are interested in how to take better photos, how to keep track of all their photos, or how to do post-processing with Lightroom or Photoshop software.
In general, lessons are the Village of Arden, Delaware. We can meet elsewhere, but I usually charge for my travel time unless we meet close by, say at a library or coffee shop. Click here to contact me. My rates are $45/hour, for one person or many. Most students come for one session and a few students return more often. Sometimes people give my photography lessons as gifts. Recently a student signed up for ten lessons and got their employer to pay for the training.
Visit the Delaware Art Museum website to learn more about photo classes by Danny Schweers there.
I have no classes scheduled at the moment but you are welcome to suggest subject matter for a class — anything you want to study! If we can get three or four others to sign up, we will schedule a class or workshop, one day or several.
For details and to register for classes at the Delaware Art Museum, visit the museum’s website or call the museum at 302 571-9590.
The photo course taught by Danny Schweers focuses on camera mechanics and photographic aesthetics. That is, students learn how to set the camera’s many shooting options and how to create engaging images.
One goal of the course is to put the student in control of the camera instead of shooting in automatic modes. Homework assignments are given out, and part of every class includes a review of student images.
In particular, students will learn how to vary their camera’s sensitivity to light, shutter speed, aperture, and white balance. They will learn how to control where the camera focuses. In the process, they will learn how to control noise in their images, motion blur, focus blur, and color cast. As well, students will be taught basic camera setup so that their cameras produce the highest quality images.
At the conclusion of this course, students will be better able to use the camera as an extension of their eyes, so what they see or want to express can be preserved and shared as photographs.
Camera, Spare Battery
Students should have a good digital SLR camera or mirrorless camera. Camera phones and point-and-shoot cameras are not good enough for this class. Students need cameras that allow them to easily change ISO, shutter speed, aperture, focus, and white balance. Students should have an extra battery or arrive at class with their one battery fully charged. Click here to see some acceptable yet affordable cameras as of 2022.
Students leave class with the expectation they will practice what they have learned for at least half an hour before the next class, where their homework photos will be reviews.
Delaware Art Museum
Tuesdays for ten-weeks
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
(10 students, max)
Students will develop fundamental technical skills for digital cameras. Basics such as how to determine a proper exposure, use of depth of field, and what goes into a well-composed image will be covered.
Supplies: A good SLR or mirrorless digital camera. No smart phones or point-and-shoot cameras, please. If in doubt, please contact me. See below for details on recommended affordable cameras.