Photography Classes and Instruction

Connecticut Photography Instructor John Munno


*Zoom and learn from home photography classes

*Video classes and distance learning photography classes

*Private photography lessons and instruction

*Photography workshops seminars and field trips throughout Connecticut

Get to Know Your Digital Camera  Part I

Taking better photos with your digital camera

4 session class 1.5 hours/ session 

6 hours training 

Course Description: Learn what all those buttons are on your camera and how to use them.  Learn the basic tenants of the exposure triangle, the creative use of shutter speed and aperture to create more compelling and artistic photos. How to review images for proper exposure.  Various focusing modes and how to take your photos from your camera to your computer and cell phone for storage, editing and sharing. 



Get to Know Your Digital Camera  Part 2

Taking better photos with your digital camera 

4 session class 1.5 hours/ session 

6 hours training 


Course Description:  This class follows Getting to Know Your Camera class 1.  It covers more advanced camera use and settings including how to use manual mode, bracketing and HDR photography, making panoramas. Using various light meter modes for better exposure and challenging lighting conditions.  The ins and outs of lenses and cameras and which ones are best for your needs. Learning about light in relation to its qualities and times of the day.
How to take better photos, using photography guidelines and rules of composition for more compelling impactful and creative photos.


Session 1      Understanding Exposure triad of ISO, Shutter and Aperture to achieve correct exposure 

Learn how to take control of your camera using the Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority modes.  Learn to understand the exposure triad of ISO, aperture and shutter to achieve proper exposure.  Learn the creative aspects of aperture and shutter speeds to create creative effects and sharper photos.

Session 2     Setting up your camera

This class will teach students how to set up their cameras and what the various camera settings do so they know what settings to use. Some of but not only topics include:  setting up playback of images, setting photo file size and formats, taking control of focus with single point focus, using exposure compensation to achieve more accurate exposure.  Various focus modes to track stationary subjects vs. moving subjects.

Session 3     Getting to know the many buttons of our camera and what they do.

This class will go over all the buttons on your camera and what they do and how choose which settings are best for you. Some of the topics include, various light meter modes, various focusing modes, various shutter modes including timer, multi shot and single shot modes.  Basic flash photography when, why and how to use your camera’s pop up flashes.

Day 4:  Photography in the digital age.  The Digital Darkroom

Taking your photos from your camera to your computer. Ways and methods to store, and edit your photos. Using computer software and editing programs to edit, enhance share and resize and reformat your photos for webs, social media, print and email use.  Learning how to transfer your photos from your camera to your computer or mobile device for storage and editing.


Session 1   Manual mode, Use of the Histogram Live View and other methods to address challenging lighting and focusing conditions

Learning to use manual mode and understanding the histogram and zone system to achieve better exposure of your photos. Use of Live View to achieve sharper focus and hard to reach shooting situations. Using various light meter modes to get the best exposure in challenging lighting conditions.

Session 2   All About Lenses

Lenses in some ways are more important than the camera you are shooting with as they can make all the difference between sharp images and not so sharp images.  With so many lenses out there, which are the best ones for your needs.  Topics to include.  Prime lenses, pros and cons, zoom lenses, pros and cons, Various lenses from macro lenses, wide angle lenses to zoom lenses and when to use them

Session 3  Cameras and Tripods

With so many different cameras to choose from, deciding on the best camera for your needs can be daunting.  Learn about the various cameras on the market including point and shoots, bride cameras, DSLR and mirrorless cameras, built in zooms, full frame cameras, crop sensor cameras and more.  The pros and cons of each and which camera is best for you. 

Session 4  Creating more creative and compelling images


How to take better photos, using photography guidelines and rules of composition.  Learning about light, direction, temperature and time of the day and how the camera sees vs. your eyes to be able to take more compelling and creative photos.


**Recommended camera is a digital DSLR or mirrorless camera with various modes and functions.   (NO Cell phones)



**Recommended camera is a digital DSLR or mirrorless camera with various modes and functions.   (NO Cell phones)



Bringing your photos to life with Adobe Photoshop Elements

Digital photography editing software program 


Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Editing Class 

A Photo Editing Course for desktop computers


3 session class 1.5 hours/ session 

4.5 hours training 


3 session class 1.5 hours/ session 

4.5 hours training

Some of the most common questions students have are; "how do I get my photos off my camera, into my computer, where do I find them, how to edit, share, and print them.  Most people put their photos into their computer and the photos go into the dark hole of obscurity never to be found again. Likewise, when it comes to enhancing your photos most people are at a loss as to where to begin.  If you need to crop a photo, change its size for printing or other applications, Adobe Photoshop Elements will serve you well!  Adobe Photoshop Elements is the little sibling to its big brother Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop Elements is an entry level software program that you install on your computer. It allows you to store, catalog, find, edit, and resize your photos. It is user friendly and can be purchased without a subscription for around $100.  It has so many features to make your digital workflow and editing fun and unleash your inner artist. This program also gives you the opportunity to breathe new life into your photos and ride the digital photography wave to new horizons with this easy to use creative tool.

This 3-part class will take you through all the different aspects of the digital work flow including importing and cataloging of your photos, cropping, editing and adjusting of your photos as well as exporting, resizing and sharing your photos with the world.  A whole new world awaits you with this fun and informative class.


Have you ever wondered what to do with the pictures you take that are stored in your camera? Or struggled with finding and cataloging the photos you store on your computer?  Need help editing your photos for Facebook, emails, web use and printing? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then this workshop is for you!!

In order to take this class, students will need to purchase "Lightroom Classic CC" and bring their computer and camera to each class. Upon enrollment, the instructor will confirm which program needs to be installed on your laptop or MAC to ensure each student has the correct program.  The Lightroom program needs to be installed prior to the first class. 

Lightroom Classic CC is a fantastic and powerful photography software because it has the ability to do it all - everything you need to accomplish in your photographic workflow from cataloging your photos, to developing, printing, outputting  and  resizing as well as making photo books, slideshows and much more.  


Session 1 Photoshop Elements Organizer

 Importing, organizing and finding your photos using Photoshop Elements Organizer.

This class will teach students how to set up your Photoshop Elements catalog including importing photos from your hard drive, creating a folder structure to better organize and find your photos, key-wording your photos, and how to import them from your camera’s memory card.

Session 2 - Basic editing of photos using a) Instant Fix in Photoshop Elements Organizer and b) the Quick Edit Basic tab of the Photoshop Elements Editor

*Editing in the Photoshop Elements Organizer.  Topics to include: rotating photos, cropping photos, removing red eye, adding effects, smart fix, adjusting lighting, color and clarity
*Editing your photos in the Photoshop Elements Editor.  Using the Quick Edit Features

Session 3 Photoshop Elements Editor Guided Editor

More advanced editing using the Guided Editing Feature.  Topic includes:
Brightness and contrast adjustments, adjust skin tones color, using level adjustments, lighten and darken specific tones of your image, object removal, resizing of photos, straightening your photos, sharpening your photos and adding vignettes to your photos.
You will learn how to change your file size and file formats to export and share your photos for email and social media platforms and printing etc.  



Session 1 Lightroom's Library module 

In this first class, students will learn how to take photos from their camera and download them to their computer. Students will learn how to create folders and collections sets to help store and retrieve photos easily.

Session 2  Lightroom's Develop module 

In this class, students will learn how to maximize the potential of their photo's potential with the many development options in Lightroom including exposure, white balance, saturation hues and color balance. Students will also learn how to use the adjustment brush and graduated neutral density filters and radial filters to make local adjustments on specific areas of images.

Session 3  Printing, exporting re-sizing and outputting  your photos

In this class, students will learn the various options and methods for outputting and resizing photos.  Students will also learn how to use the print module in Lightroom. 



Interactive Photo Review and Instruction

3 week class 1.5 hours per class

4.5 hours training

The 3-week class is for students that are ready to take their photos to the next level by sharing with the group for feedback. The object of this class is to aid the student in taking everyday photos and making them interesting and exciting for the viewer.  

Photos will be submitted and John will review, evaluate and provide constructive suggestions and tips. John will discuss composition, focus, exposure, camera settings, and  camera modes to improve upon your photography.  The class will be held via zoom so all participants can attend from the comfort and safety of their own home. 

Students will be able to view their fellow classmates photos, and hear the feedback and suggestion allowing them to apply the information to their own photography.

This is a great way to improve your photography skills in a real hands-on practical manner.  It will be a very informative, fun, eye opening and inspiring class. 



Private Lessons and Instruction



Have a particular challenge, obstacle, or area of photography that you are having difficulty with or want to improve upon?  A private lesson is an excellent way to get the most of our time.  With one-on-one individual attention you are assured to leave your lesson with new skills and a changed perspective.  Private lessons will cover the areas of attention to want to learn the skills you need and can be done in an indoor studio or outdoor location relevant to your lesson material.



Field Trips and Workshops:   

Hands on instruction in the field is the best way to learn.  It is also a great way to be in the elements that you love to photograph.  I offer both group and private field workshops from a few hours in length to all day workshops throughout the sate of Connecticut.  Topics include everything from photographing fall foliage, photographing seascapes, photographing waterfalls and moving water etc. I know a lot of the best locations throughout Connecticut for the best photo opportunity and training.   I have many years experience as a commercial guide.  I was employed as a high adventure guide for the Boy Scouts of America, a Licensed Utah and Colorado River rafting guide and a Professional certified cross country ski instructor and tour leader. Taking people out in nature is second nature to me instructor so you will be in the best of hands. 


Testimonials from workshop attendees:

"John's work obviously speaks for itself, and I continue to be in awe of his inspiring photos. Further, and more importantly, is the man behind the camera. To know John up close is to see a person who is not only fully engaged and passionate about his beautiful photographic work, but to be the recipient of his gifts: his knowledge which he selflessly shares, his friendship which exudes daily, his genuine desire to teach others that they may share his insight into the fine art of photography, and, at the same time, inspiring all of us to learn and love nature and its welcoming beauty through the lens.  It’s always a good day to be in John’s company…whether or not I learn one more tidbit about photography. I’m happy to call him a friend and mentor."---Gerry Bryson


"I recently spent an hour and a half of individual Lightroom training time with John Munno.  It was time well spent and is the best hands on training I've had. Set your own agenda with John in advance and you stay focused on whats important to just you."----Sal Defini


"I am participating in the Lightroom Class with John Munno which contains 3 modules. The first module, Lightroom Library, is an essential first step in beginning the post-processing activity. John demonstrated his actual procedure when he loads his photos into Lightroom from the deleting of poor shots to the rating of the photos that were the ones that he would use to edit and keep. The organizational process for sorting the photos by subject, interest was a main focus. Knowing these first steps really helped me to sort through my photos and put them in proper folders so that they will be very easily accessible. I am very much looking forward to the Editing Module! Thank you to John for providing this easy, fun and affordable way of learning Lightroom!"

Debbie B.


"I recently had the pleasure of taking a photography class by John Munno.  I found his teaching style  engaging and never boring.  He holds small class sizes, therefore no one is left out,  left behind or held up by others with less knowledge.  Everyone was made to feel comfortable no matter  their level of experience.  He made it fun while learning an amazing volume of information - at all levels.    I have taken many classes over the years but I sincerely feel he is one of the best instructors I have come across."  Elaine L


"Your classes were a delight, everyone in the class concurred about that! Aperture, ISO, shutter speed, all concepts that used to totally befuddle me were presented in such a clear (and often funny) and easily understood manner. I will be looking for your next photography class schedule so that I can sign up!"  

Most sincerely,

Cathy M


"Like most beginner photographers I was wary of “Manual Mode”!!  I decided to take John Munno’s  Camera Class 1 at “Arts Escape” in Southbury.  John helped me become comfortable with taking my camera off of “Auto Mode”. This was not an easy task. John makes learning the basics of your camera an easy and “FUN” experience. At the conclusion of the class I saw a notable difference in my photography. He has a nice teaching style that encourages his students to approach the leap from auto to manual photography. John teaches you to pay attention to details and to learn from your mistakes.I like that we were given assignments to go out and practice what we learned in class. Putting the steps into action really helps make what you learn stick. I plan on taking John’s Camera class 2 and going from “Auto Mode to Awesome Mode”."  Dru S.  Camera Class 1 Arts Escape


"In January I took an introductory photography course at Arts Escape given by John Munno. It was in some sense odd for me to be there since I have been doing photography as an amateur for a very long time. But I wanted to go back in order to go forward. Having become too dependent on camera automation, I wanted to put myself more in control and release my more artistic side. 

Though most of the participants were camera newbies with art interests, I was not disappointed at all with what John did. It was a challenge for him I’m sure to satisfy all of us. However, I have a sense he did do that. I know he did for me what I wanted done and I am very grateful for that. 

All around a good experience and I hope to be back to Arts Escape again soon and would certainly consider another episode with John"  Wesley W