PhotoTrainer Gift Certificates

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PhotoTrainer Gift Certificates are a great way to support and encourage your favorite photographer, camera bug, or the general photography enthusiast in your life. At PhotoTrainer I offer gift certificates associated with every class offered. They last a year so that you have plenty of time to find a class that will work with people’s schedules. I make an earnest effort to post classes to the site three months in advance. Nevertheless, some classes are offered more often than others so check the calendar for the class of your interest.

The DSLR/M Deluxe, Photographic Composition, and Private Training are part of my core class lineup and occur monthly. My Composition course happens every quarter. PhotoTrainer gift certificates are not constrained to a date. You buy them like gift cards or iTunes cards and they are valid for a full calendar year from the date of purchase. Yes, that’s right! It is in both of our interests to use these and NOT let them go out to pasture (ie: expire).

When you buy a gift certificate I personally create the certificate with the Giftee’s name on it and send you the PDF file, suitable for printing on any color printer. When your giftee receives it they can consult the calendar to find when their class is offered and call me to be placed into that class.

Easy links to access your favorite class for gift certificates.

If you don’t see an option for a gift certificate on any page of classes, please feel free to call and discuss it with me. I’m happy to accommodate you.
You can reach me at (650) 325-8120 or

What is a DSLR and Mirrorless Note:

Digital Single Lens Reflex (or Mirrorless). I teach how to use all real cameras in manual mode. Know manual mode and your camera opens up like a lotus flower. Perhaps less flowery, and more to the point, your other creative modes A, S, and P fall neatly into place.

If your lens is interchangeable, you have a DSLR. Or a mirrorless camera.The Mirrorless camera is a lot of camera packed into a tiny body. Here you have an electronic viewfinder. These smaller, lighter mirrorless cameras sport very dense interfaces, and they are all very different from one another. Don’t sweat the funny icons and symbols, I take care of that. I promise. ~TEU

“The DSLR Jumpstart class was perfectly utilized. Tom was very patient and even though my camera was a Sony Nex 5n, mirrorless, he was prepared specifically for me with a reference sheet and explanations. I now understand how to use my camera and take better pictures for my food blog. I highly recommend this class.”

– Mark Hassin