Mike is a fantastic teacher! He taught me the basic components and settings of my DSLR. Once I had a strong foundation in the basics, Mike then began to coach me to develop an “Artist’s Eye.” Suddenly, I was viewing the world around me through the lens of a camera and noticing light, shadows and elements of nature that I had never noticed before. Mike’s passion for photography and art is so contagious, if you don’t love photography when you start your lessons, you will when you finish them!!
- Liz Graham
Mike Burnside is one of the best photographers and mentors. His patience and creativity is indescribable. You will see things that you never noticed before!
- Darnetta Yusko
Mike is an awesome photographer, he took the time to explain the important aspects of taking pictures. I’ve gathered alot of new information from his workshop. I love taking pictures, but I am even more excited about doing so now because I have a better understanding of it!
- Susan Swerdon
Thanks so much for your workshop today. I had a great time, learned a lot and got an expanded appreciation of the possibilities of digital photography.
- David Green
I am available for private photography workshops – in the field. I will accept groups up to three people, and each participant must have a digital SLR or a really good point & shoot. My charge is $50 per hour, so if you bring one or two people with you, the $50 is divided among you as you see fit. Because the workshops are in the field, I am limited by travel time, but I do not charge travel within a 50-mile radius of Harveys Lake, PA. If you are farther away, contact me. I am flexible as to location – a “natural” area is preferred, but so is a downtown or suburb. Of course, I have my favorites.
My tutorials (beyond the basics) are somewhat biased by my interests, which are outdoor photography. I do not do studio, interior or “event” tutorials.
Here is a flexible outline of what I try to cover. It’s flexible, because we will agree on content prior to our workshop.
Technical aspects of TAKING pictures:
(Side note: Someone who was recently looking at one of my pictures – drops of water on a blade of grass – said to me, “I’ve never SEEN anything like that before!” I replied, “Yes you have, you just haven’t noticed.”)
In the Computer:
Most any of these topics could be enhanced by looking at the work of other photographers – local or world-renowned, for which I could provide some guidance. Over time, if you stick with your photography, you will converge on a niche or style which especially interests you. I have a very good friend with whom I go out a couple of times a month just to shoot. We’ll end up in the same place and each take 100 or more images and you’d NEVER KNOW we were in the same place – they are SO different. We each have a very clear understanding of what “we are trying to do,” and they’re very different, but we can always find something that works for us, wherever we happen to be – inner city, forest trail, or anything in between.
If you are interested, please feel free to contact me to discuss your needs!