Questions To Ask Before You Invest In A Photography Class


Of course I hope that you’ll decide to explore your interest in photography by registering for my classes, however, I realize that there are a lot of choices available.

In order to help you make a more informed decision based on your particular needs, please take a moment to read through the following questions before you register for any photography class.

I hope the questions will assist you in selecting the right person or organization to work with.

If you have any further questions please feel free to contact me.

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Questions About The Instructor

Will the instructor steer you toward a particular style, or will they help you find and develop your own unique style?

Sam knows there’s not “one best way” to capture compelling photos. Photography is subjective. Rather than impose one aesthetic on you, he’ll encourage you to explore whatever interests you. Then he’ll help you take your skills to the next level. Sam will give you tips and suggestions so you can get what you want out of your photos.

Is the instructor a skilled photographer with proven expertise and diverse professional experience?

Sam’s been a professional photographer since the mid-1980’s. He has photographed over 500 assignments for the New York Times and shown his photographs in art galleries. He’s covered hard news events and handled wedding, portrait and travel assignments. You can see Sam’s photographs, resume and biography at

Does the instructor know how to teach?

You’ve probably had a professor who’s “book smart,” but can’t teach. Fortunately, Sam knows how to present his material so it’s easy to understand. He knows which topics tend to give students trouble, and he knows how to help you through them.

What is the instructor’s teaching style?

Sam’s been praised by students for his gentle, reassuring teaching style. While Sam covers specific topics in every class, he’s very flexible. Often, students want to explore an unplanned topic in greater depth. Sam easily switches gears and explains the topic until it is clear to everyone.

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Questions About The Workshops

What experience or equipment do I need?

Most workshops that Sam offers require nothing more than your interest in how to create better photographs. Regardless of your level of experience, whether your choice of camera is a point and shoot or a fully manual SLR, chances are that there are workshops that you’ll find helpful. Film or digital capture are acceptable for all workshops. Please check the course descriptions for further details or contact Sam if you have questions.

Are the class sizes small or crowded?

It just makes sense: You learn more and get more individual attention in a smaller class. While other teachers may pile as many people into a class as they can fit, Sam limits his class sizes to just eight students so you get the time and attention you deserve.You’re paying for a spot in a class – wouldn’t you rather have 7 other students rather than 37?

Are the classes at a day, time and location that are convenient for you?

Sam holds his classes on evenings and weekends so you don’t have to juggle work, rush hour and other responsibilities.

If you miss a class, do you have options?

If you miss a meeting during a class that consists of  three or more meetings, you can make up that meeting – for free – the following month (or whenever that class is offered next). Only one meeting can be made up for free. If more than one meeting is missed there is a charge for making up the additional missed meetings. Making up missed meetings are contingent upon there being space in the class and if the class is still being offered. There are no guarantees that missed meetings can be made up.

Is the tuition reasonable and competitive? Is it easy and secure to sign up for classes?

Check around and you’ll see that Sam’s tuition is both very reasonable and competitive. You’re just one mouse click  away from registering and, because Sam uses a secure payment system, your information is always secure.

Can you talk to the instructor before signing up?

Sam is happy to talk with you as you consider photo classes. He’ll answer your questions so you can decide if a class will meet your needs. You can contact Sam here.

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Questions About What Happens After The Workshops – Continuing Your Education

If you want a refresher class, do you need to pay for another course?

Not with Sam. As long as the workshop is not full, Sam allows past students to drop in on a class they’ve taken for just the price of the meeting. It’s a cheap and convenient way to get refreshed and inspired without committing to another 4-week class.

If you want help with a specific problem or want feedback on your work, do you need to pay for another class?

Not with Sam. Sam offers “hourly instruction” where you can show your work and get help and advice by  the hour instead of signing up for another entire class . You’ll find this flexible, student-centered approach in everything Sam does.

Can you get individual instruction?

If you want one-on-one help or instruction, Sam will be happy to meet with you at your convenience.

Can you get regular updates and ideas after your class concludes?

The blog section on Sam’s website, called Being A Better Photographer, provides tips and information about photography organized into topics.  Subscribers to Sam’ s e-mail list receive regular updates regarding Sam’s most recent work, upcoming workshops and information related to photography. You can sign up for Sam’s e-mail list by using the form in the sidebar  to the right.

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4 thoughts on “Questions To Ask Before You Invest In A Photography Class”

  1. Murie Baquilod

    Hello Sam,

    I was interested in taking one of your classes and was wondering if you have any discounts for teachers. Thanks so much and looking forward to hearing from you.


    1. Hello Muriel,

      Thank you for your interest in my photography classes.

      Since class sizes are kept to a minimum size, there are no discounts available.


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