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Photography Class, lessons and Workshop Update 9/1/22

SRQPS Fall 2022 photo workshops scheduled at Selby Gardens:

Better Photography Starts with Your Phone | 9.23.22
Orchids in Abstract – In conjunction with Selby Orchid Show | 10.21.22
Flowers in Focus with Selby Orchid Show | 11.4.22
Butterfly Photography Seasonal Workshop at Historic Spanish Point | 12.16.22

You can register for these Selby workshops at selby.org

Additional public workshops will be posted as they become available. In the meantime, if you have questions or are interested in private photography instruction for both business and individuals please contact Perry Johnson at (941) 350-9064 or perry@srqphotoschool or visit the link below.

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Selby Gardens 42nd Annual Juried Photography Exhibition

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Just do it

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Why You Should Shoot Film

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Add Character to Your Images   Full disclosure, this is one of the best photography workshops that I present. You may or may not agree with my premise, but you will love the results none-the-less. The premise is that modern photography equipment almost forces...

Private Photography Workshops for Business

On-Site Photography Skills Training Recently SRQ Photo School presented a series of four private photography sessions to Cabex Construction in Sarasota, FL. The end game was to help Cabex become more competant internally with their photogrpaphy thus reducing the need...

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SRQ Photo School was happy to welcome some members of the Boca Grand Camera Club who braved some cold weather in February to work on some key concepts while exploring the Selby Gardens Historic Spanish Point Campus in Osprey, FL. After a brief presentation discussing...

Sarasota Photography School

SRQ Photo School offers private photography instruction to individuals and business tailored specifically to your needs to bring you up to speed quickly and efficiently. You focus specifically on what you want to improve. We work with all levels of photographers. The sessions focus on your specific interests so they are more fun and relevant. You’ll be amazed how quickly you’ll improve. Let your creativity soar by approaching photography in a new and different way.

Of course, we cover most any photography subject including equipment, technique, shooting like a pro, editing workflow, software, lighting, creativity, advanced composition, selling your work, starting a photography business, studio setup and more. Don’t let your next photo opportunity slip away, improve your skills today.


Classes and Workshops

SRQ Photo School offers periodic half-day small group workshops covering a variety of interests. Subjects include street photography, beachscapes, understanding your equipment, light and shadow, and visual poetry to name just a few.

Why We're Different

We’re different because unlike most photography classes that focus primarily on technical aspects of capturing images, we focus on the process of how great images are made and what makes a particular image good. You’ll approach your photography in new and different ways guaranteed. These techniques apply to any level of experience and come from a professional photographers prospective.

Who Is The Instructor?

Instruction is facilitated by Perry Johnson, a commercial photographer, graphic designer and advertising agency owner with nearly 30 years experience. He believes photographers of any level can set themselves up like the best pros to make more compelling images without having to focus on years of technical skills.

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