For The Wild Hearts

Real Photography for Real People. Learn From a Pro!  

For The Magic Makers

Learn to use your camera like a Pro, see where the art and craft in photography is hiding behind all those buttons, dials, and switches.

Stories You Can Feel

You will learn through step-by-step training to love your cameras and find your innate creative center with an expert in the photography industry. 

For The Tender Hearts

Through small in-person classes you will get the real hands on and eye-to-eye experience for you and your nice camera.

Learn from a Pro!

I am a working commercial photographer with decades of experience in Silicon Valley. Additionally, I administer Real Photography for Real People in person, in small classes and in real time. This is learning that sticks and takes place most Saturdays at PhotoTrainer World Headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

Are you… A beginner, advanced, new professional, creative but shy or a puzzled new camera owner?

Everyone has a camera, photography is important; I can help you. –TEU

Learn from a Pro ~5 Stars for 10+ years~

The right class for your right camera is here.  Not online, not a webinar not a “make 6 figures” come-on from an MLM carnival barker.  I teach how to shoot a in manual mode, the way the camera was built. You can take it from there. Get the training that compliments your investment.

I have personally taught over a thousand people how to do this. All you have to do is practice!  ~Namaste


Jumpstart Your Inner Photographer . . .

With my experience as a commercial photographer and trainer, I can awaken your inner photographer through manual mode. See how the camera really works and how all the really nice controls are there to help you. Let me introduce you to your camera and its charisma and power.

DSLR/M Jumpstart Class

DSLR & Mirrorless Jumpstart class for those who have had enough of “smart” phones and full auto mode. Learn manual mode in one day, with a Pro. (me!)

Better iPhone Photos

Finally! The iPhone has a creative center and so do you. I will personally introduce the two of you; then teach you how to use this camera to create way Better iPhone Photos!

Photos For Small Business

This class is for small business owners who would like to learn how to showcase their business using great professional photography.

Photographic Composition

Great photos do not just happen. Learn the language of camerawork. It is quite simple if you are observant. We explore the classics: Rule of Thirds, Geometry, Notan and way more.

Portraiture Lighting

Join an experienced model (included) and me for a day of portrait lighting. This is a workshop for people who want to dramatically improve their portrait photography. Person to Person!

Family Photo Archiving

This is a search and rescue of your beloved family photos. Many of us are dealing with older B&W prints, small color snapshots, old digital camera files and other photographic evidence of lives lived.

Lightroom Training

Learn Lightroom with one of my private Lightroom classes: LR101 or If you have been bad LR911. I can help you get organized, get started and get out of trouble. Person to Person!

Mentorship with a Pro

Explore the worlds of objects, light, and arrangement through your camera! Try your hand at this timeless craft yourself with me as your guide.

Private Training

2.5 hour Personal one-on-one training session. Tailored to you, when you are really ready for better, This is a great gift for a camera lover in your life. You will be in good hands.

View Class Calendar

See our list of upcoming classes and start planning ahead. Check out our promo classes!

Classes for every level!

In my work teacher, ( and as a photographer) I have observed how people learn the evolving tech of imaging. I can see the shift from literal to visual thinking. It is not difficult as 30% of your brain processing is devoted to the visual cortex.  I connect some dots, I help beginners get proper footing and I translate the jargon into real information you can use to create beauty in your life.


First thing, I teach new ways to look at the light in order to See the Light. Then, how the camera becomes an instrument in your hands.

Finally, you can make music with the light.

–Tom Upton

Tom, where do I start?

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