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DSLR Beginner Training Classes


Unique photography classes, workshops that are designed to work together, as well as
special events and private lessons starting at $44*

My classes and workshops are for beginnersto professional photographer's who needto learn simple, powerful techniquesto make
your photography shine.

Learn Easy Professional methods for your DSLR/Mirrorless camera. Students go from shooting in automatic mode to manual mode
quickly from Cincinnati/Dayton's best
photography trainer.

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DSLR Beginner Training Classes


Unique photography classes, workshops that are designed to work together, as well as
special events and private lessons starting at $44*

My classes and workshops are for beginnersto professional photographer's who needto learn simple, powerful techniquesto make
your photography shine.

Learn Easy Professional methods for your DSLR/Mirrorless camera. Students go from shooting in automatic mode to manual mode
quickly from Cincinnati/Dayton's best
photography trainer.

Why my training Classes are the best?

1. Small Class sizes.

2. Classes and workshops designed to work together to enhance your learning experience.

3. REAL professional Photographer. Former Apple Creative/Art Director with Ad Agency experience & the MOST seasoned teacher in Cincinnati with over 5500 students taught!

4. I Have my own teaching studio facility with Desks, Easy access right off of I-75 near outlet Mall, 100" projection in HD Resolution.

5. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Training close to home.

6. Value/BEST Price in Cincinnati.

Michael Zero's Magazine Cover image " THE TOWER" on Photography Masterclasss Magazine.

Reviews...

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I have now taken 3 classes by Michael and I have to say that I am absolutely impressed by the knowledge he possesses and delivers to his students. His classes are set up for the beginner and proceed in a way that doesn’t overwhelm the newbie like me. I plan on taking classes 4 and 5. I am so excited! I highly recommend his course of camera study.
— April 221st, 2019, Laura Schaber - www.facebook.com/michaelzerophotography/reviews
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Great classes! Michael explains things very well and is very patient. I recommend his classes highly. I plan on taking session 3 soon.
— October 2nd, 2018 , Amy Dolan - www.facebook.com/michaelzerophotography/reviews
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Michael is an awesome teacher! If you are just getting into photography I would very highly recommend his classes. He makes everything so easy to understand. I took class 1 and 2 this past weekend and I am now shooting in manual mode. I of course need to practice and perfect my skills but I now know what it takes to create a better photo. Can’t wait to take class 3!
— Sarah Lannert - www.facebook.com/michaelzerophotography/reviews
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Fabulous instructor! I took Michael’s Beginner PART 1 and Beginner PART 2 class last weekend. I went from using automatic modes to shooting on manual in 3 hours! The course is set up perfectly - theory first then you put it in action. I’ve already signed up for my next class PART 3!
— Lesile Methane - www.facebook.com/michaelzerophotography/reviews
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Michael’s 3-hour ( a 1 to 1 Private Class ) Introduction to flash was extremely helpful. He did a very good job of explaining the technical aspects of flash photography while using test shots to show examples of good and bad flash photo work. Now it’s time to learn more by doing and hopefully return for some more classwork in the near future. Thanks, Michael!
— Tom Mohr www.facebook.com/pg/michaelzerophotography/reviews
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Workshop at the Estate

Multi-Day Workshop with software training

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Beginner Workshop Series

Buy Part 1, 2 & 3 for $127.50 & save 28%!

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Part 1“Discover”

Seats Open - November 9th, 10 - 1

Beginner DSLR Workshop Part 1 - “Discover” Cincinnati & Dayton 3 hour DSLR/Mirrorless Photography Class

$54 normally. Limited time $44 when purchased with Part 2

ADD PART 2 and receive a discount off of Part 1 and add a additional 3 hours live “REAL TIME” training

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Part 2“RealTime”

SOLD OUT - October 6th, 2 - 5

Beginner DSLR Workshop Part 2 - “Real Time” Cincinnati & Dayton 3 hour DSLR/Mirrorless Photography Class

$44 normally. Limited time $24.50 when purchased with Part 1

Add PART 3 and “GET CREATIVE”. with a LIVE MODEL with 4 more hours!

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Part 3

”Get Creative”

3 Seats Open - OCT 27th, 10 - 2

Beginner DSLR Workshop Part 3 - “Get Creative” Cincinnati & Dayton 4 hour DSLR/Mirrorless Photography Class

$79 normally! Limited time $59
when purchased with Part 1 & 2.

Add PART 3 and “GET CREATIVE”. with a LIVE MODEL with 4 more hours!

We do recommend you take all our beginner classes in order. You can take individual classes if you like. Students must meet
the basic requirements to be eligible for these beginner classes. Classes do sell out fast. Call 513.376.0301 for more info

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FAQ

* Is there a discount for buying all 3 classes in the beginner workshop series? Answer: Yes.

* How much do I save for purchasing all 3 classes in the beginner workshop series? Answer: 28% , $35.70.

* Can I purchase this as a gift and give it to someone else? Answer: Yes, call us to register their name.

* Can I get a refund? Answer: Yes, as long as you don't book a class. Once a class is book there are no refunds. Similar to a airline ticket.

* Do you have workshops/classes on weekdays? Answer: No, however, you can book a private class on weekdays or at anytime.

* When are your workshops? Answer: Saturdays and Sundays.

* Do you teach software? Answer: Yes either in the multi-day workshop or private training.

* What software do you teach? Answer: Photoshop and Lightroom.

* Do you give discounts to groups? Answer: Yes, call to get a quote.

* Have you really taught over 5500 people? Yes its crazy but true!


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Beginner Photography Class Part 1 - "DISCOVER” DSLR/Mirrorless PHOTOGRAPHY with Michael Zero for Cincinnati & Dayton Ohio - 3 hours DSLR

Spend 3 hours training with renowned portrait artist and trainer, Michael Zero. Learn the secrets of how a DSLR camera works to capture better your important memories of the ones you love. 

You will learn simple, easy to understand concepts that will quicky improve your images. This class will focus on how to create better images when working with people and get you off the auto setting. Your workshop is taught in a professional environment on a massive 100-inch screen projected in real 1080p HD resolution in Michael's studio building.  

This class is designed for the beginner with the primary focus on how to get better pictures of people.  Why people focused? Simple, most of our images we take have individuals in the picture, (not flowers, mountains, and bugs). There are particular challenges and special techniques this requires to do well. Train with the best. 

This Class covers:

- DSLR Camera & Photography basics?
- Getting your camera off auto
- What settings to use and when
- What is Exposure? 
- What is an Aperture?
- What is Shutter speed?
- Lens knowledge and appropriate lens selections for different environments
- How to get sharp in focused images
- Secrets no one tells you

The bullet points above are a just small selection of topic covered.  How to get images in sharp focus when dealing with poor lighting conditions and more. Learn from one of the best lighting wizards in Cincinnati.

Located in Monroe, Ohio conveniently located right off of I-75 so no matter if you live in Cincinnati or Dayton, Ohio this is the place for you. You will train in our heated and cooled classroom with a 100 inch HD screen for easy viewing of the lesson. Sit back and relax as Michael Zero goes over the in's and out's of what your camera can do.

To reserve a spot for a class already purchased or buy directly from us, please fill out the form below. We will contact you via email or phone within 72 hours after receiving this Mon-Fri with more information about class times and dates. 


Beginner Photography Class Part 2 - "REAL TIME" with Michael Zero for Cincinnati & Dayton Ohio - 3 hours DSLR/Mirrorless

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You will learn simple, easy to understand concepts that will quickly improve your images. This class will focus on how to create better images when working with people and get you off the auto setting. This class is hands-on with instruction and shooting practice in REAL TIME using Michael's unique Z models in a natural lighting environment. This class is indoors in a control light setting and there in no class like this in Cincinnati or Dayton. Get personal instruction from Michael Zero himself. 

This class is designed for the beginner with the primary focus on how to get better pictures of people.  We do recommend you take Part 1 from us first before taking Part 2. See Class more info about level 1 above.

We also have an awesome 100% positive feedback on all our classes. Here are just some of the things you will learn in this class

The Class covers:

- Learn in REAL TIME (Very unique as most trainer don't or can't teach in this way)
- Small class size (12 people or less)
- Practice taking pictures in REAL TIME with Michael's unique Z model's mannequins. 
- Hands on training with your camera in REAL TIME
- Special controlled ambient lighting to enhance learning experience as well as natural ambient light
- Getting your camera off auto
- Exposure in REAL TIME.
- Aperture in REAL TIME
- Shutter speed in REAL TIME

- Manual in REAL TIME
- How to get sharp in focused images
- Secrets no one tells you

This is a just small selection of topic covered.  How to get images in sharp focus when dealing with poor lighting conditions and more. Learn from one of the best light wizards in Cincinnati.


Beginner Photography Class PART 3 - "GET CREATIVE" with Michael Zero for Cincinnati & Dayton Ohio - 4 hours DSLR/Mirrorless

Beginner Part 3, GET CREATIVE is a standalone 4-hour creative shoot with a live model held on a separate weekend day. After taking my Part 1 and Part 2 use your new knowledge to create some creative images and get to work with a real subject in an original setting. 

This workshop is indoors and will feature natural light from windows and continuous light sources. All students will get time to work one on one with the model as well as in group shooting scenarios. Taking this workshop will allow you to put all the pieces together.

Part 3 is designed to enhance your learning experience from my other beginner workshops Part 1 and Part 2. 

This class is being oftered at an introductory price of 79 (standalone). Take this standalone, or you purchase all three of our beginner workshops at a discount.

- Work with and photograph a real subject
- Work with and photograph a real subject in a  custom creative setting
- Work with and photograph in custom ambient light (no flash experience needed) with natural light and continuous light
- Focus on creating some creative images that you can be proud of
- Continue your photography education with Michael Zero guiding you through this shoot
- Model, lights and setting all provided so just bring your camera and start shooting

Buy all 3 for 127.50 to get the assessment for free plus a discount for a combo purchase of Part 1 and Part 2. An incredible 11 hours of photography education for 127.50


Why take a photography class from Michael Zero? Simply put he is the best photographer/trainer in the Cincinnati area and beyond. As a former Art Director with real-world advertising experience plus working for Apple as creative Michael Zero brings real talent to your lessons. Michael's experience is a unique mix that you just can't find here in Cincinnati. Michael has over 7500 hours of real world, live in person training experience with both small and large groups and individual private training lessons. Michael has trained someone just like you as well as 4500+ other students in the Cincinnati area alone.

Don't be fooled by inexperienced teachers with little to no experience not just in teaching but photography as well. Why would you train with someone who is not a good photographer? Please don't make that mistake!

Featured on the cover of  Photography Masterclass Magazine and nine images as well as an accompanying article. No matter what your level, your style, and learning pace you're in the best hands possible. Take your images to the next level with lessons from Michael.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I’ve been taking photos professionally for 5 years now for my job as a product photographer, but as it turned out, there was a ton that I didn’t know about (lighting techniques, camera settings, gear, etc.). It’s easy to get into a slump with your photography, always resorting to same old tried-and-true methods. This class definitely reenergized me to spice up my shots.
— Rob Detric
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Michael is very passionate about photography. His knowledge of lighting and technique is obvious. He is very thorough when explaining and teaching a process.

Thanks again, look forward to signing up for another class or two in the future.
— Sandy Zeigler
Michael Zero’s all day course rivals more expensive multi-day courses given by one of the countries most famous photographer. I should know as I spent over $1200 to attend one here locally. I especially love how much time I had to photograph the models and how Michael spent personal time with me and each one of the students. Sandy Ziggler
— Sandy Ziggler
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2 Day Outdoor Photography Workshop


2 Day outdoor photography workshop at the estate.

2 Day Outdoor Photography Workshop


2 Day outdoor photography workshop at the estate.

Waitlist Available.

Located on private property this location is unique and one not to miss! 2 Day outdoor photography workshop in the spring.

Early Bird Special is still available now for 225! Normally 250... This workshop is both a lesson and a portfolio building opportunity.

Day 1 - On Location Workshop at the estate 1 hour from Cincinnati

  • Multi-million dollar estate with 200+ acres, pond, fields, stone walls, barn, pool amazing open sky and grand entrance & more.

  • Outstanding models

  • A full day of photography education filled with intermediate and advanced concepts

  • Natural Light lessons

  • Each student will get time to work with each model on a creative level

  • Off Camera Flash Lessons

  • This is not a wedding workshop

Day 2 - Software Training at Michael's Training Facility in Monroe

  • Image review and critiques by Michael and class participants

  • Learn how to use Adobe Lightroom and how its workflow integrates into Photoshop

  • Improve your images and editing skills plus organization techniques with Adobe Lightroom

  • Learn the correct image editing workflow

  • Best image contest

This class includes:

  • Unique location to this private estate hours drive from Cincinnati

  • Outstanding models

  • How to overpower the sun with flash and tons more!

  • Studio Strobes and all equipment key for the best learning experience

  • A+ education by a seasoned trainer

  • Unique, private outdoor location that is second to none

  • Use of flash equipment from speed lights to powerful studio strobes & more

  • Transmitter to fire flashes, softboxes, beauty dishes & more

  • Models that have a commercial look, trendy lifestyle fashions appropriate for the location

  • Release to use photos in a portfolio

  • 100" inch projection screen for software

  • Drinks and snacks

The workshop covers these major topics and much more:

  • How to use your Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Depth of Field, and camera's metering system properly both in natural light & with flash

  • How to get razor sharp focus in all of your images

  • How to find the best natural light -- good light vs. bad light

  • How to shoot in different lighting conditions from bright to dark

  • How to get the correct exposure and white balance

  • How to use a reflector, scrim, and bounced light

  • How to work with a subject on posing, interacting with subjects

  • How to build confidence as a photographer

  • How to create images that are works of art, not just snapshots

  • How to compose the correct shot

  • How to use off-camera lighting from speed lights to studio strobes

  • How to use strobes to overpower the sun

  • How to use flash to fill in shadows outdoors

  • How to use flash to balance subject to background

  • A ton of useful technical information from a lighting master

  • Editing with Adobe Lightroom

  • Editing secretes

  • Organize your images with Adobe Lightroom


Spend a full day, from early morning to sunset training with Michael Zero on the secrets of mastering lighting--ambient light, flash techniques for outdoors and much, more! 

Michael Zero was featured on the cover and with an eight-page spread in the August 2015 issue article of Photography Masterclass Magazine in the article "How to overpower the Sun with Flash". Michael has truly mastered this technique and you will not find many trainers who understand how to use flash outdoors at this level in Cincinnati or the surrounding areas. This is just one of the many techniques you will learn in this workshop. 

Click here to see more from the magazine and what can be accomplished with flash outdoors. 

This is a full day workshop that features all of my best tricks for both natural light and flash plus much, much more. You will not find a better class anywhere in this area at such an amazing value. Why shoot indoors on fake backgrounds when you can have the real thing? Be outside in a beautiful setting and capture images that clients want. 

Work with amazing naturally beautiful lifestyle models with wardrobes and professional makeup that fit the location. 

The first half of the day is spent training and learning and in the second half of the day you will get to do some creative photography with both of my amazing models. Take some of the new tricks you learn throughout the day and apply them right on the spot. Workshop size is small with a student to model ratio of 6:1 so you will have plenty of time to capture amazing images. This workshop really has everything and rivals workshop that cost $1000s.

Michael Zero has been teaching and training in the Cincinnati area for many years.  He has over 7500 hours of training experience teaching over 4000 people just like you. Michael regularly teaches classes for every level of photographer-- beginners to pros. His classes include basic and advanced photography skills and techniques as well as software. 

This workshop is highly interactive and a model will be provided for student practice. The workshop is for intermediate/advanced students with no more than 12 participants. Learn how to find the best natural light. Learn to use reflectors, scrims, on camera flash, off camera flash, and the basics of strobes to begin to master outdoor portrait photography. You'll also learn about basic camera settings and principles, depth of field, composition, location scouting techniques, and basic equipment information to improve your images. 

Here is what we are providing for the workshop 

- A+ education by a seasoned trainer
- Unique, private outdoor location that is second to none
- Use of flash equipment from speed lights to powerful studio strobes & more
- Transmitter to fire flashes, soft boxes, beauty dishes & more
- Models that have a commercial look, trendy lifestyle fashions appropriate for the location  
- Release to use photos in portfolio  
- Drinks and snacks

Here are a few quotes from our students:

“This is a review for Michael Zero’s 2-day workshop. There are many classes that will teach you the basic exposure triangle and some composition theory – which I knew before the workshop. But this workshop turned that theory into serious practice – shooting from morning until sundown, with natural light and flash (in this session on a farm, including fields and a barn), and with instruction and feedback along with way – along with a very patient model. It accelerated my development as a photographer that would have otherwise taken weeks, if not months on my own. The second day devoted to Light Room and a little Photoshop was equally helpful, including getting thoughts on work-flow and evaluating images. Tremendous value for the dollar.” Ed Hubbard

"Michael Zero's all day course rivals more expensive multi day courses given by one of the area's most famous photographers. I should know as I spent over $1200 to attend here one locally. I especially love how much time I had to photograph the models and how Michael spent personal time with me and each one of the students.." Sandy Ziggler  

“A note to thank you for an absolutely excellent course. Your instruction was amazing, and of course there was a great model. I felt like my skill level more than doubled in just a few hours; thanks to your help and insight.”— Simon Higginbotham“

Michael was very down-to-earth and approached the class in a way that was easy to understand. Among other things, I got some great pointers for finding good light (not as simple as it sounds). I came away from the class with a lot of good information and ready to go practice what I’d learned. I’d definitely recommend his classes!”— Lisa Terry

“I’ve been taking photos professionally for 5 years now for my job as a product photographer, but as it turned out, there was a ton that I didn’t know about (lighting techniques, camera settings, gear, etc.). It’s easy to get into a slump with your photography, always resorting to same old tried-and-true methods. This class definitely reenergized me to spice up my shots.”— Rob Detric 

We have 100% positive feedback!

 Please call 513.376.0301 to learn more or to reserve your spot. This class will sell out! 

 

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Private Training


Private Photography Training for Cincinnati & Dayton Ohio. Customize your private lesson base on your schedule and photography needs for both DSLR and Mirrorless Camera.

Private Training


Private Photography Training for Cincinnati & Dayton Ohio. Customize your private lesson base on your schedule and photography needs for both DSLR and Mirrorless Camera.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I set up an in-home studio, bought a strobe, a giant Octobox ... but I had no clue how to use it! Tried to watch Youtube tutorials, read books and manuals about it ... and nothing seemed to help me. I lost over 3 months of work until I found Michael Zero’s website.

As soon I took his private lesson it all changed. I finally learn everything I needed and was able to open my Studio and schedule clients. Michael was very patient, had so much knowledge about the subject and taught me everything about my equipment and flashlight. It was so helpful and much better than online tutorials.

Nothing can beat the in-person education. It definitely changed my game.
— Ali Cifali Basher

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Being a natural light photographer looking to enter the world of flash photography I decided to take Michaels private class and it was an excellent decision. He took time to call ahead to find out exactly what I was looking to learn and tailored the session to my needs. Michaels passion for photography shined throughout the class and he was always patient while teaching. I left his class with a renewed passion for photography and I can’t wait to create images using these new techniques. Thank you, Michael!
— Kelly Bunch

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Excellent instructor! I took the 1 to 1 private 3-hour class this because I needed help with understanding and taking better pictures with flash.

Michael called in advance to make sure he was set up to demonstrate how to be consistent to get exactly what I was trying to achieve. After reviewing my pictures and listening to my frustrations, he explained why I had not been able to do so in the past.

I appreciated that he went into advanced level detail that helped me understand how to capture the light that will add the artistry sharpness and uniqueness that I was looking for in my pictures. This one to one class was more than I expected and well worth the money!
— Kathryn Collier

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I’ve been taking photos professionally for 5 years now for my job as a product photographer, but as it turned out, there was a ton that I didn’t know about (lighting techniques, camera settings, gear, etc.). It’s easy to get into a slump with your photography, always resorting to same old tried-and-true methods. This class definitely reenergized me to spice up my shots.
— Rob Detric

Private 1 to 1 Training

Private classes are 1 to 1 custom personal training where you can learn any topic related photography. Private classes include special lessons related to camera gear as well as off-camera flash. There are few topics in which Michael is not an expert in. Why take a predetermined private class from some other photographer? Have your class customized to your specific needs

Why train with Michael? Simple train with one of the best photographers in the southern Ohio area. Michael's work stands out on all levels and is hands down one of the best in Cincinnati and beyond. Michael's extensive knowledge and years of experience will benefit you greatly. Learn in a few lessons what takes some years or decades to learn. Why train with another photographer who's work average? Train from the best.

Michael will consult with you a week before your class and assess what specifically you'd like to cover. He will tailor the class level and pace that best suits your learning style -- this is the real advantage of a private class as it can be customized to match your needs as well as your busy schedule.

With over 7500 hours of teaching experience and 4500+ people personally trained by Michael here in Cincinnati, Michael can teach beginners and seasoned professionals.  Classes can be taught on location in the environment in which you regularly photograph or in Michael's studio. A model can be provided for an additional fee.

Interested in private 1 to 1 training with Michael? Please fill out the form below or, call us at 513.575.2711

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