Private Classes

May 03, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Private Photography Class

Do you need to learn how to better use your camera?

Interested in learning portraiture and studio lighting?

Basic Digital and the Art of Photography?

Setting up your own studio? Learn how.

Take one or more private classes from one of the most established (studio since 1984) 'Masters of Photography' on Long Island.  Please see the blogpost on 'Master Photographer' for info on this Degree.  June's bio is here.

4-Hour Class in the Studio  -  $300.

or On Location - Nassau and Suffolk Counties - 4-Hour Session - $400.

Learn to set up your lights, backgrounds, props, get great advice and tips on many aspects of studio work in your own space. We'll work on whichever areas of shooting have you stumped!

June Jacobsen Portrait Design
145 Clark St., Patchogue, NY 11772
email - [email protected]


Whatever path of photography you are on, we (should) never stop learning.  If you are setting up your own studio but find yourself stumped as to what you need, and what goes where, June can get you on the right path, and it's so much better and faster than trying to learn online with impersonal, general, and remote instruction.

Fast-track your understanding of the digital camera - demystify all of those buttons and settings to set you free to create the images you dream of!  Learning to shoot in modes other than AUTO is key to controling the camera and getting the most out of your DSLR. We can concentrate on various areas of photography as well, e.g. wildlife, portraiture, lighting and posing, advanced techniques - whatever your skill level and desire to learn, if it's in my 'wheel house', we'll do it.

Depending on the track of requested instruction:

  • bring DSLR or point-and-shoot camera - and camera manual if you have one

  • we will cover the three settings that make up the Triangle of Exposure - aperture, shutter speed, and ISO

  • learn to use the different camera modes for more creativity (i.e. move the dial out of AUTO)

  • focus points - choosing and managing - for consistent results

  • back-button focus, how and when to use it

  • learn correct exposure and how to adjust (exposure compensation)

  • learn to see and choose the best natural light or studio lighting for your subject

  • we will touch on The Art of Photography - lighting, composition, depth of field, and the importance of The Decisive Moment - when to push the button

Please email June at i[email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Looking forward to meeting you and having fun, interactive and hands-on classes!

The Studio's Camera Room

June Jacobsen Portrait Camera RoomJune Jacobsen Portrait Camera Room


Learn how to choose the correct settings to achieve a soft out-of-focus background like this image of a cheetah in the Masai Mara of Kenya.

Cheetah in the Masai Mara of Kenya For most landscape images an acceptably sharp focus is desirable throughout the photo, like this one of Reine in the Lofoten Islands, off the coast of Norway above the Arctic Circle.

Natural Light is available for everyone. No special studio lights required. But it helps to discover how to find beautiful light in which to 'paint' your subjects.

Vera June poses in front of the English Cottage at the studio


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