I teach photography lessons in Wilmington, Delaware, primarily at the Delaware Art Museum but also privately.
My Spring 2022 photography class is full at the Delaware Art Museum.
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.
COVID-19 UPDATE: Fully-vaccinated and boosted, I am once again teaching in-person classes at the Delaware Art Museum and privately. I also offer private lessons via video. Contact me to learn more!
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.
Students learn simple rules of composition in every class and how to control camera settings. 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. 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.
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, April 12 – May 31, 2022
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
THIS CLASS IS FULL
(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, fully charged. No smart phones or point-and-shoot cameras, please. See below for details on recommended affordable cameras.
In general, lessons are here in 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.
At present I have one student who visits every two weeks or so for two hours. In our many hours together, we have covered all aspects of photography, not only camera mechanics but also file management, backup storage, post processing, and composition — and a lot of time reviewing the images she has recently made and how they might be improved in post-processing. Most students come for one session and a few students return once or twice a year as new questions arise in their image making. I have even had one repeat student from Maui who was taking photography lessons from me whenever she was in the area visiting relatives — she could not find good lessons on her island home!