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JackPhoto Workshops

Informative, relaxed fun outdoors with Jack and fellow photography fans.

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Next JackPhoto iPhone Workshop is 10am-3pm Sunday, May 26, 2019, Pt. Reyes Station, Marin County, CA.

Email Jack to sign up or learn more.  Or call: 415-488-42-zero-zero.



DSLR and iPhone Workshops include:  Travel/field trip, Gone to the Dogs, Nature, People.  

Introductory and Intermediate levels

Introductory Level Classes cover all camera basics with emphasis on learning depth of field, and the choices and effects of shutter speeds and aperture values, the components of a compelling photograph, plus hands-on practice.  Have all your questions answered by a pro with over 20 years experience (that's me).

Intermediate Level Classes: you know camera basics (shutter speeds, aperture, ISO, manual settings), but want to hone your skills and explore depth-of-field, and learn more about seeing, finding, and working with light, composition, and subjects. 

Classes are small (about 6 students), so you'll receive individual attention and get answers to all your questions as they arise.  Quickly learn how to operate your camera effectively, think about what you're doing, and why — all to make more compelling photographs!

• Workshops are 4-5 hours long w. 1-hr lunch/brain-break 
• $125 day of, or $95 paid in advance
• Most workshops are weekends starting at 10am, 11am, or, in summer, 4pm to sunset/dusk
• Digital SLR (DSLR) with tripod recommended (DSLR = Digital Single Lens Reflex = mirror box w. interchangeable lenses). 
• Some loaner equipment (DSLR, lenses, tripod) available upon request. 

Questions?  Call 415.488.42-zero-zero. Learn if you're a fit; tell me what you'd like to learn. 
Email Jack for more info and upcoming class schedules.



Your iPhone snapshots can become creative photographs!

Maximize the potential of your iPhone’s handy little camera — the one you usually have with you!  I’ll bring you up to speed on the best after-market iPhone apps - and show you how to use them.  Make iPhone photos confidentally and wisely!  Learn to exploit the iPhone's potential, and avoid its limitations.  Plus, you'll learn some photographic fundamentals — composition, lighting, exposure, and “the moment." (This knowledge is more important than any camera; why a pro w. a phone makes better photos than an amateur with a top-of-the-line DSLR.)
In a single fun session, your iPhone snapshots can improve dramatically: sharper, snappier, better composed, and more treasured. 
Bonus: you'll learn tips to improve your photos with ANY camera - because your knowledge and your eye, are what make the best photographs.
$125 or $95 in Advance, 10-3pm, in Fairfax, CA, (6 miles from 101) among redwoods forests and people to play/practice with.
Reserve your place with $95 PayPal advance payment. Email or call Jack to do so:
Jack Gescheidt
415-488-42-zero-zero (landline; no texts)
JackPhoto Worskhops
50 Redwood Rd.
Fairfax, CA  94930




Workshop Testimonials


Hey Jack,

Just want to let you know that Clay and I feel extremely enlightened with what we learned today.  Before, I was very impressed with your poise as a photographer but today was blown away with your integrity and ability as a teacher.  

We had no idea we would get so much out of the class. Thanks for a great learning experience.

- Scott, May 2019




Dear Jack,

It's hard to know where to begin - there is so much to thank you for! 

I really appreciated having the day to spend together at your workshop - you taught me so much more than I've ever known about my camera.  I especially enjoyed learning about the manual settings on my camera, and how you answered all of our questions - I learned so much about seeing and light and how to ask myself questions while I'm working so that I can create a better photo.

I especially appreciated your kindness in teaching me how to deal with my inner critic,  which allowed me to relax and really enjoy the day and have fun!  More than that though, you taught me about the art of looking - new ways to compose pictures to make them more dynamic and interesting.  Thanks again so much, and I look forward to the next one!





Hey Jack,

Thanks for an awesome class!  I still feel incredibly empowered with my camera!  Woot! 

I am interested in more DSLR practice, preferably field practice.  Keep me in the loop, I definitely want to do it again.  I looked back at my photos for the day and saw that my images are looking quite a bit different because of the control I was exhibiting and I also feel like I have a lot to learn. 

Thanks for being a resource!

- Geej




Thanks again Jack for spending so much time with us.  It was an incredibly fun way to spend the day, and I left feeling inspired and re-energized to pick up my camera.  Now if only my camera had a battery...

- Mike Riepe





Hi Jack,

I have taken classroom style classes and never had my interest peaked enough to want to get out and use my camera. Your teaching style is so informative and fun...you make it seem easy. 

The fact that I could barely operate my camera and was taking time delay shots of the GG Bridge with a tripod at the end of our day together was so exciting for me. You really taught me how to see what I'm looking at which is huge. Please keep me on your email list for future classes and let's do a dog one! 

Thank you for a wonderful experience.....it was a gift.






I had such a wonderful time yesterday and I learned so much. You are such a unique professional; first, you obviously love and are great at what you do and secondly, you have no fear or are not threatened by sharing information. In fact, your joy brings us right into your world. The class was phenomenal! The classmates were fun and engaging and best of all nothing was threatening.

Sometimes adults forget that little kids often embrace new experiences, “just because," and adults slip into the world of worrying what someone else might think. Not yesterday. We were all wide eyed kids learning so much and having so much fun. I was reminded of a quote by George Bernard Shaw (I think), “We do not forget to play because we grow old, we grow old because we forget to play."  Thank you for letting me play yesterday and push back the clock.

Linda Spangler





Thanks for a very enjoyable class today, Jack. It was a pleasure to see light bulbs go on in each person's head one or more times throughout the day. I am confident that all of us benefited from both the technical discussion and the hands-on work in among the trees. (I sure did.) 

...you can ad lib with the best of them, drawing on your almost life-long closeness to photography and your fine lens-side manner, fired in the crucible of putting large groups of people at ease in the altogether.  I really appreciated your demo of those reflectors. (I have a new set that I am now eager to use.) I learned a lot, and found new impetus for my own current passions (tree bark and macro photos of flowers and insects).

Joe Meyers




Hi Jack,

You are a great teacher!  I had the best time in your class and really want to take another one... I've been playing around with both (aperture and shutter speeds) to see how the light and clarity change when I adjust one or the other or both.

Please let me know when your next class will be.  In the meantime, I'll practice with my camera...

Chris Babalis




Thank you again for the class.  It was an exceptional day of beauty, learning, and quiet fun.

Jenny Girsang





I had a wonderful time yesterday!  I think you are doing a great job at teaching.  I have attached a few of my favorite pictures from that day.  It is amazing how much we learned in one afternoon.  I look forward to taking another class with you again soon. 


Tiffany O









Dear Jack,

Thank you so much for a wonderful "Gone to the Dogs" photo workshop at Golden Gate Park.  We were blessed with a beautiful day & very cooperative pups!  Thanks so much for the fun, informative experience & I look forward to your upcoming workshops.






Dear Jack,
I had the most marvelous day and I learned so much.  I learned much at our first session but yesterday it seemed that I could get my fingers to do what my brain had come up with and why!  I learn best when I can practice as I learn.  The lessons by the gopher hole and especially with the tripods were mind blowing for me.  Somewhere in there the light bulb went off and I can better understand the concept of planning the picture or trying to get what I want and why.  The cogs are meshing slowly, but still meshing, and it is all thanks to you.  As I said, you have a great way of making someone feel at ease – I am sure it started with your parents, took you through your time in NY but that “easability” is one of the things that make you so absolutely a pleasure to work with and learn from.  Thank you again.













Above, a wild coyote in the hills of west Marin County appeared during our Field Trip workshop!



Workshop TYPES Descriptions

(Which ones interest you?)

Travel/Field Trip: Larkspur, CA Ferry to SF Ferry Terminal & Farmer's Market

Imagine having a professional photographer — Jack — over your shoulder all day as you photograph in constantly different and changing environments.  Someone you can ask all those pesky camera/photo questions that can stymie you in the moment.  Well, ask away! Jack will work with you, hence the small group, all day in the field — answering all your questions and giving you tips to improve your photos you never thought to ask.

DETAILS: Meet at the Larkspur Ferry in Larkspur, CA (right off Hwy 101).  We'll ferryboat across the bay to the SF Farmer's Market.  You'll photograph and learn under Jack's watchful eye while:
• on the 50 min. cruise across the bay;
• at the SF Farmer's Market;
• enjoying lunch at the Farmer's Market;
• strolling the Embarcadero for SF and cityscape photos;
• ferrying back from SF around 4pm, back in Larkspur before 5pm, tired but photo-saturated and happy.

This is a full, rich day filled with great photographic subjects: people, the SF bay, boats, the SF skyline, the SF Ferry Bldg Farmer's Market, seagulls and everything else.  It's the perfect way to practice seeing and making images in constantly changing environments while getting individual attention, time to get all your questions answered, and practicing what you learn.

$125 or $95 in Advance (+ $18 r/t ferry ticket and your Farmer's Market lunch). 

Email to join the fun (or express interest in this outing for a future date).
MEET: 9:15am meet at Larkspur Ferry Terminal, Marin County, CA.  (Don't be late and miss the boat!).

Learn how to capture your devoted furred friend who is always around yet often hard to get a great photo of.  

BYOD—Bring Your Own Dog (if you have one)—and quickly improve your dog (and cat and animal) photography skills. 

Everyone who BYODs will come away with a good photo of his pooch.

Just some of the topics Jack will cover:
• seeing light (always paramount, for all subjects)
• getting a dog's attention
• posed vs. action photos
• techniques and tricks to photograph dogs in action
• seeing/understanding backgrounds, foregrounds
• learning how to work with light/dark coated dogs
• working with reflectors


















50 Redwood Rd.
Fairfax CA 94930
All photographs © Jack Gescheidt, JackPhoto.com