Photography Classes

The classes are offered in person and virtually. They are open to students worldwide. In-person courses are held in Chennai, India. Please fill out the form to be informed about the next group sessions. If you would like to set up a private session, please email me directly at shannon@shannonzirkle.com or message me via WhatsApp at +91 98408-35304.


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Essential CREATIVE Skills

Age 12+

Use your DSLR or Cellphone camera and take your photography to the next level focusing on the creative side.

This course will cover key elements of photography: telling stories from different perspectives, capturing the moment, creating stunning photographs using light, composing your images to create unique photographs, and selecting and editing photos.

Students can complete this course with a DSLR, mirrorless, or cell phone camera. For in-class assignments, a cellphone is suggested to be able to submit images efficiently.

Course Breakdown:

Class 1: Secret Recipe to the Perfect Photo
Class 2: Telling the Story
Class 3: Compose Your Images
Class 4: See the Light
Class 5: Capture the Moment
Class 6: Edit Your Photos

SECRET RECIPE TO THE PERFECT PHOTO

Learn the three key elements of photography that will take your photography to the next level. This is the secret sauce to a perfect photo.

TELLING THE STORY

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The key to creating good photographs is to tell the story visually. We will focus on framing techniques and learn how different perspectives can tell the story behind the picture. SEE THE LIGHT In this class, you will begin to learn how to see the light using an egg or round object. Please bring an egg or round object to class and a permanent marker.

COMPOSE YOUR IMAGES

Learn how to compose your images to take great shots. Discover how good composition can take your photos from a snapshot to something unique.

CAPTURE THE MOMENT

When taking photographs, patience and persistence will go a long way. Learn what is needed to be prepared to take that perfect image.

EDIT YOUR PHOTOS

You had a great shoot, now what? It's time to select your photos and edit them. Learn how to narrow down your photos to the perfect ones and edit them. We will learn how to edit your photos manually on the cellphone, as well as go over the applications I use to take my photos to the next level.

Essential CAMERA Skills

Age 12+

These hands-on classes teach students the essentials of using a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. Learn about your camera settings and how to shoot manually.

Understand how to stop action and show movement, make the background blurry, as well as what it takes to expose a photo properly. There will be in-class and out-of-class activities to practice what the student has learned.

Course Breakdown:

Class 1: In Focus (Camera Settings + Focus)
Class 2: In Action (Shutter Speed)
Class 3: Fuzzy Background (Aperture)
Class 4: Too Bright (Exposure Compensation)
Class 5: I got this (Manual)

IN FOCUS

Master your camera settings and learn to shoot crystal clear images. The art of focusing is one of the biggest secrets to sharper images and better composition. The key to a great photo is composition. Learn how to compose your images to make great shots. Discover how good composition can take your photos from a snapshot to something unique!

IN ACTION

Learn how to blur or freeze action in your photograph. Expand your creative freedom with this technique—an excellent skill for photographing sports or those little ones who can’t seem to sit still.

FUZZY BACKGROUND

Ever wonder how to achieve depth in your photos? Then this class is for you! We will take a look at what settings are needed to make this happen. You will be taught the perfect settings for portraits and detail shots. Learning how to control your depth-of-field will put you in the right direction to becoming a pro.

TOO BRIGHT

Are you tired of lousy lighting ruining a perfect photo? This class will teach you how to correct this, and will also introduce you to use exposure compensation to create the perfect photo!

I GOT THIS

We are all manual in this class. Learn how to adjust your settings in manual mode to control your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO.


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My Lemonade Stand: Starting Your Own Business

Age 12+

Take your passion or hobby and turn it into a real functioning business. This course gives you the essentials to develop your business idea and start earning money!

Considering starting your own business, but not sure where to begin? Join me in this interactive course and I will get you on the right track. This course will give you the building blocks to jumpstart your very own business. From developing your idea, naming your business, creating a brand, deciding what to charge, marketing, and selling your product.

Join me in this fun and exciting interactive course, make new friends, learn from each other, and let me teach you the first lesson already - the key building blocks to jumpstart your very first business.

Course Breakdown

Class 1: Develop your Idea
Class 2: Business Name and Branding
Class 3:  What to Charge
Class 4: Selling your products

DEVELOP YOUR IDEA

Have a passion or hobby? Let’s find a way to earn a little cash. In this interactive session, we will work together to brainstorm business ideas and narrow them down to one idea to focus on.

BUSINESS NAME AND BRANDING

It seems simple right? However, this is one of the most important decisions you will make for your business. We will go over what’s important in a business name and branding.

WHAT TO CHARGE

You are in business to make money right? Let’s make sure this happens.

SELLING YOUR PRODUCT

We will discuss the many avenues of getting your product to market. From in-person to online sales to marketing your product.

Private Photography Lessons

All Ages

One-on-one private photography lesson with Shannon.


Kids Photography

Ages 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

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Secret Recipe to the Perfect Photograph

In this class, we will go over three key elements of photography that will take your photography to the next level.

Seeing the Light

One important element of a stunning photograph is the light. In this interactive class, we learn how to take your photography to the next level.

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Storytelling

Grab your favorite stuffed animal or toy and let’s learn photography! In this interactive class, students will learn how to use their cameras to tell a story.

Scavenger Hunt

Let’s go on a scavenger hunt and learn about colors and shapes! In this interactive class, students will learn how to use their cameras while searching for items around the home.


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