Private Photography Lessons in Taos, NM & Anchorage, AK

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Private Photography Classes in Taos New Mexico

Private lessons and consultations are great for such things as: learning and mastering your camera, practicing action, portrait, landscape or travel shooting, image critiques and portfolio reviews, post processing and file management, and even commercial photography business consultation and moving closer to turning pro. Done on your own time and at your own pace.

It is less about capturing the best imagery of a specific location and more about improving your technique, lighting, creative vision and anything in your photo operation. What ever level you are at it’s all good. We can help!

Serving Taos, New Mexico &
Anchorage, Alaska

RATE: $50/hour (4 hour minimum) $150 for four 1-hour sessions


Tailored to your goals

More flexibility with dates than a normal workshop

One-on-one instruction

Learn at your own pace

Experienced instructor capable of teaching beginner through advanced levels of digital photography from technique to creative vision to mastery of light.



TAKE COMMAND OF YOUR CAMERA. Fully grasp your camera’s capabilities and make it an extension of your creative vision. Many people have difficult learning from a manual. Let’s take your camera in the field and learn. You’ll not only learn WHAT the features are but WHY and WHEN you should use them. If your camera allows, we will customize it to your preferences and shooting style.

MASTER COMPOSITION AND LIGHTING. Look at ways to add impact to imagery. We’ll study design, color, formatting, and match the subject matter to given lighting conditions. Find out what techniques work best for landscape and travel photography.

MAKE YOUR IMAGES SING AND DANCE IN LIGHTROOM. While we don’t have time to do a complete LIghtroom demonstration, we can make serious headway in the Develop module. You’ll learn tips and shortcuts.

HELP YOU DEFINE YOUR CREATIVE VISION. The best way to learn is by doing. Lets practice specific techniques to make you a better landscape and/or travel photographer. We work on learning to see like your camera sees and how to see the world in a way that most non-photographers don’t. Self-actualization in photography is about vision, design, and light – not equipment!

BUSINESS CONSULTATION – MAKE MONEY WITH YOUR OUTDOOR PHOTOS. I’ve been in the business for over 25 years and have been teaching aspiring pros how to break into the business in week-long workshops at Rocky Mountain School of Photography since 2011. Michael can help with many aspects of breaking into editorial markets and how to generate income with your outdoor photography.


For capturing the best photos at a specific location, check out our Private Tours.

  1. Complete the form located at the “BOOK” button above with your preferred private consultation dates to verify Michael (the instructor) has no other conflicts on your desired date(s).
  2. As we may be traveling on the road or out on a shoot at the moment, we will be contacting you either by phone or email within 48 hours of receipt of your form to discuss your request.
  3. Once an available date is confirmed, a deposit link will be emailed to you so you can reserve your tour date by making a 20% deposit (or you can pay in full). Payment can be made via credit card through PayPal (no PayPal account required) or check (if reserved date is more than 2 weeks away).
  4. Final payment is due two weeks prior to your reserved start date.

“I asked Michael to by my guide and mentor in Zion. Michael adjusted to my goals and skill level as an accomplished mentor should. Michael personalized content, location and style that was very effective for me. Not only did I return home with high quality images, but more importantly, the ability to apply what I learned immediately. After working with Michael, I have a working knowledge of more advanced exposure techniques, composition guidelines and shooting in different kinds of weather.”

– Christopher Fitch (Texas) – C Fitch Foto

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“Working with Michael for a private mentoring session took my photography skills to the next level. Michael opened my eyes to creative, new compositions, he taught me how to read the changing light, and he shared new techniques for achieving tack-sharp images. In addition to the wonderful photography learnings, Michael was an entertaining and experienced companion for exploring the canyons of Zion allowing me to see places I had not yet seen or explored.”

– Ali Curtis (Long Beach, CA) – Ali Curtis Photography


PAYMENT TERMS: A minimum deposit is due at registration to reserve your space. Required deposit amount is $100. Final payments are due 2 weeks prior to session start date.


Cancellations occurring prior to 7 days of reserved date will be eligible for a refund of amount paid to date minus $15 processing fee.

Cancellations occurring within 7 days of reserved date will be eligible for a refund of amount paid to date minus the deposit fee and a $15 processing fee.

In the event you are unable to make your initial date, we will work with you to reschedule without forfeiture of deposit or incurring a processing fee although we understand rescheduling is not always possible due to both parties schedules.

Active Photo Tours & DeYoung Photo Workshops, LLC is not responsible for reimbursement of airline tickets or lodging arrangements you made in the event of you had to cancel. You may want to invest in trip insurance to cover these circumstances.

DeYoung Photo Workshops, LLC