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DSLR Beginner Training Classes


Unique photography classes, workshops and private lessons
starting at $39.

Beginners to professional photographer's who need to learn simple but powerful techniques to make your photography shine. Learn Easy Professional Tricks for your camera from Cincinnati best photography trainer.

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DSLR Beginner Training Classes


Unique photography classes, workshops and private lessons
starting at $39.

Beginners to professional photographer's who need to learn simple but powerful techniques to make your photography shine. Learn Easy Professional Tricks for your camera from Cincinnati best photography trainer.

BEGINNER Tip of the week: Read your camera’s manual

The best way to know what to do with your camera is to actually read the manual. Even with great training each camera is so specific that not everything can be covered. So many people miss this really important step on their photographic journey. Every camera is different, so by reading the manual you’ll get to know all the funky things it’s capable of.


Why my training Classes are the best? 

1. Small Class size (No more than 10 people)

2. REAL professional Photographer & the Most experienced teacher/photographer in the area

3. I Have my own teaching/studio facility

4. Value/Price

Don't be fooled by part-time photographers in the area or hobbyist photographers who teach just to make a little extra money. Don't take classes where the student/teacher ratio is too high. Don't take classes from someone who teaches in a community facility! Don't take classes from a photographer who can't take commercial quality images. Also, don't forget about value. You will not find a better deal and training experience in all of southern Ohio. 


* INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP, October 8th 11:30 - 4:00 (6 Seats Open)


Beginner Photography Class LEVEL 1
Cincinnati & Dayton Ohio - 3 hours DSLR

SALE! Limited time $39... ADD LEVEL 2 TO YOUR PURCHASE & RECEIVE $9.50 discount off your level 1 class purchase (22% Discount) plus ad an additional 3 hours of training with the Level 2 ad on. See more info below about the difference between both classes.
 
We do recommend you take both beginner classes in order. You can take either class. Students must meet basic requirements to be eligible for beginner level 2 class.

- Beginner Photo Class LEVEL 1, Sep 24th, 10:00 - 1:00 (9 Seats)

- Beginner Photo Class LEVEL 1, Sep 10th, 10:00 - 1:00 (1 Seat) 

- Beginner Photo Class LEVEL 1, Aug 13th, 10:00 - 1:00 (Sold Out)

- Beginner Photo Class LEVEL 1, July 23rd, 10:00 - 1:00 (Sold Out)


Beginner Photography Class LEVEL 2
Cincinnati & Dayton Ohio - 3 hours DSLR

SALE! Limited time $29... See more info below about the difference between both classes.

 

We do recommend you take both beginner classes in order. You can take either class. Students must meet basic requirements to be eligible for beginner level 2 class.

- Beginner Photo Class LEVEL 2, Sep 24th, 10:00 - 1:00 (9 Seats)

- Beginner Photo Class LEVEL 2, Sep 10th, 2:00 - 5:00 (Sold Out)

- Beginner Photo Class LEVEL 2, Aug 13th, 2:00 - 5:00 (Sold Out)

- Beginner Photo Class LEVEL 2, July 23rd 2:00 - 5:00 (Sold Out)
 

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* Please note that even if you do purchase one of our classes, you still must contact us to reserve a seat. Seats are reserved first come first served and sell out quickly. Availability is not in real time, and a purchase does not guarantee a particular time or date. Classes do sell out quickly and are sold on multiple platforms. We do advise to call us asap to avoid a sellout or not getting the time you want.


Beginner Photography Class LEVEL 1 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. Don't have any regrets that your memories are just that memories. A camera is a fantastic tool that stops time forever, lets you share images with others and comforts you in times of need. Let Michael guide you through this incredible journey. 

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. 

The class is taught by the area’s best photographer/trainers who have personally taught over 4500 students in the Cincinnati area alone and has over 7500 hours of training experience. Learn from a real photographer. Featured on the cover of  Photography Masterclass Magazine with nine images included as well as an accompanying article. Michael has worked with major models from Ford and Elite as well as large companies like Apple and some of the wealthiest families in Ohio.  They use the best and so should you. 

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

The Class covers:

- DSLR Camera & Photography basics?
- Getting your camera off auto
- What setting 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 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. 


SALE! Limited time $39 ADD LEVEL 2 TO YOUR PURCHASE & RECEIVE 9.50 discount off your level 1 class purchase. See more info below about the difference between both categories.


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Beginner Photography Class LEVEL 2 - REAL TIME with Michael Zero for Cincinnati & Dayton Ohio - 3 hours DSLR

SALE! Limited time $29

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 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 level 1 from us first before taking level 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
- Small class size (9 people with three training stations) 
- 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 lighting to enhance learning experience
- Getting your camera off auto
- Exposure in REAL TIME.
- Aperture in REAL TIME
- Shutter speed 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.


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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
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Private Training


Private Training

Private Training


Private Training

I set up an in home studio, bought a strobe, a giant Octobox ... but I had no clue how to use it!I 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 flash light. 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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Intermediate Portrait Workshops


Intermediate Portrait Workshop, for photographers looking to improve their skills. Flash Classes. Portrait Classes, Photography Classes, Cincinnati Ohio, 

Intermediate Portrait Workshops


Intermediate Portrait Workshop, for photographers looking to improve their skills. Flash Classes. Portrait Classes, Photography Classes, Cincinnati Ohio, 

Why take a class from Michael Zero? Simple put he is the best photographer/trainier in the Cincinnati area and beyond. With over 7500 hours of teaching experience training someone just like you as well as 4500+ other students in the Cincinnati area alone. Don't be fooled by inexperience teachers with little to no experience not just in teaching but in photography. No matter what your level, style and learning pace your in the best hands possible. Take your images to the next level with lessons from Michael.

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

Intermediate Portrait Photography Workshop with Model for 89

- Intermediate Workshop, July 2nd 12:30 - 5:00 (Sold Out)

- Intermediate Workshop, June 4th 12:30 - 5:00 (Sold Out)

Spend over a half day 4.5 hours training with renowned portrait artists and trainer Michael Zero. Michael is well known for his in-depth easy to understand workshop. Michael has over 7500+ hours of training experience teaching over 4500 people just like you in Cincinnati. Learn from one of Cincinnati's best. Give your self an edge and invest in yourself. Standout in the highly competitive, overcrowded world of professional photography or just improve your skills to capture that perfect portrait. 

Intermediate Portrait Photography Workshop: Class is highly interactive and a model will be provided for students to practice with. In this intermediate, semi-private class (6 or less) learn how to use and find the best natural light using reflectors, scrims, on camera flash, off camera flash and the basics of strobes to begin to master outdoor portrait photography. Learn to shoot like a real pro. 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. 

Have a blast learning new tip and tricks to make your pictures shine!

Have a blast learning new tip and tricks to make your pictures shine!

Classes cover these major topics and much more:

- How to use your Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, Depth of Field, and camera's metering system properly
- 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
- A ton of useful technical information from a lighting master. 

Yes, all that and more in 4.5 hours of instruction!

Michael’s passion is simple: creating awesome images and having a blast doing it. As a former Art Directer for several ad agencies. His extensive technical knowledge combined with creativity and an amazing photographic eye make this a great opportunity for you to improve your own photography skills and knowledge.

To be eligible for class students must: have their own DSLR and lenses (no point & shoots), must be able to change shutter speed, aperture and ISO settings. 

Here are a few quotes from our classes with 100% positive feedback!

"Michael is very professional and the class was exceptional. Very informative and he gave his best! Thanks Michael." Rhonda C.

"I took this class as a continuing education course for my job. While I primarily shoot products at work and Michael is a portrait photographer, he actually customized the class to fit my needs. I've been taking photos professionally for 5 years now, 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 D.


Introduction to Flash Photography for 99

New to flash or just want to know how its works? Maybe you need a refresher course? Are you afraid of flash or do you need to take your images to the next level? You have come to the right place. This introduction to flash photography will get you started and open your eyes on what can really be done with flash going forward. Michael Zero is an expert in flash photography and few photographer's in Cincinnati and beyond truly understand this concept let alone being able to teach the subject. Michael has been featured in magazine and article's about this subject. 

What is covered. 

- 4 1/2 hours of Professional Flash Instruction (in doors)
- Hands-on training in REAL TIME
- Learn how to use flash in manual mode on your camera and on the flash itself. 
- Find out how to use flash the proper way
- Learn basic lighting techniques for using flash for indoor photography
- Find out how to overpower ambient light using flash
- Learn the difference between shooting with flash on full manual or by using TTL
- Find out how flash works with your camera and what equipment you should consider purchasing
- Learn how flash works indoors vs. outdoors
- Three flash stations with studio strobes provided with transmitter (3 people per station)
- Hands-on practice time for each student
- Michael's Z Model Mannequin's are provided to practice your flash skills. 

Theses are just the highlight. You will not find a better Introduction to Flash Photographer class in Cincinnati for this price. Amazing value for live hands-on photography training

- Introduction to Flash Photography July 9th, from 12-4 (7 Seats Open) 

 

 

Call 513.376.0301 to book a class or to learn more information. Class Space and times are limited, classes are not on every weekend, first come first served. 

 

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