Learning center

bring your photography to the next level!

 

We don't just sell cameras and process prints ... we strive to provide the best customer experience - to help you find the right fit and to improve your photographic knowledge.

In addition to our library of Learning Center videos and articles by area photo experts, Milford Photo offers classes on cameras, accessories and photography techniques for all levels, from beginner to pro.

Are you trying to figure out how to use the controls on your new DSLR? We can help with that. Would you like to meet up with fellow photo enthusiasts for a local outdoor photographic excursion? We plan those, too. Wondering whether a complete studio setup is necessary for perfect portrait shots? Ask us about our studio lighting classes.

Take a look at Milford Photo's latest calendar of events and RSVP online or give us a call at the store (203-882-3415) to reserve your spot today.

Upcoming Photography Classes

Fujifilm Mirrorless Clean, Check and Review

Saturday, July 28, 2018 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Fuji Tech rep John Haggerty will be in the store on Saturday, July 28th to spend some time reviewing the menu controls on the X-T2, X-T20, X-Pro2, X-100F, GFX 50S, X-E3, X-A5, and X-H1 Fuji mirrorless cameras. Besides his classroom review he'll be on hand for Q & A too.

As a bonus Milford Photo is offering a body firmware upgrade, sensor and surface cleaning of your mirrorless or X series Fuji camera and lenses. Cleanings will start at noon an hour before his class for those owners who want their cameras in hand for the review session. Cleanings will be accepted Noon to 4pm and done first come first served. The presentation runs 1pm to 2:30pm.

The presentation and cleanings are free and open to the public. Please RSVP here as seating is limited.

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Milford Photo Hosts Tamron's Wildlife Pro Shannon Wild

Saturday, August 11, 2018 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM

Join Professional Wildlife Photographer Shannon (Wild) Benson at Milford Photo as she shares adventures and the challenges of working with wild animals in some of the harshest environments on earth for National Geographic, the BBC and Disney Nature to name a few. Shannon will detail how she captured her favorite images along with useful tips to take your photography to the next level. Find out more about her on youtube at https://youtu.be/Rw-qEKR5uv8 or visit her website https://shannonwild.photoshelter.com/index To register for this presentation visit http://regonline.com/SWmilford2 The cost is $29.00 per person. You must register via the Tamron link for this event.

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Milford Photo Hosts Tamron's Wildlife Pro Shannon Wild

Saturday, August 11, 2018 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM

Join Professional Wildlife Photographer Shannon (Wild) Benson at Milford Photo as she shares adventures and the challenges of working with wild animals in some of the harshest environments on earth for National Geographic, the BBC and Disney Nature to name a few. Shannon will detail how she captured her favorite images along with useful tips to take your photography to the next level. Find out more about her on youtube at https://youtu.be/Rw-qEKR5uv8 or visit her website https://shannonwild.photoshelter.com/index To register for this presentation visit http://regonline.com/SWmilford1 The cost is $29.00 per person. You must register via the Tamron link for this event.

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Sunset Shoot

Thursday, August 23, 2018 7:15 PM to 8:30 PM

Let's meet for an informal shoot on Milford's Gulf Beach and practice some sunset photo technique. We'll review color balance settings, picture style modes, and exposure compensation adjustments- to name a few- for creating better end o' sunny day frames. Bring your camera with medium/normal short tele zooms. (18-55,[masked]) Tripods aren't needed for the sunset but if we want to practice some incoming tide shutter dragging you might bring it just in case. This event is free to meetup members and held weather permitting. Past experience suggest wearing appropriate foot ware and bring bug spray. Parking for non-residents is directly across the street from the beach.

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Beginners Photo Walk

Saturday, August 25, 2018 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

This workshop is to get you thinking as a photographer. The outcome being able to capture the natural beauty around us to create display worthy photographs.We will meet at Milford Photo for introductions and a brief Q&A before heading outdoors. If you arrive late we will be at the pond behind the library. There is parking in the bank lot behind the store.I will point out potential concepts and explain possible problems you may encounter and how to overcome them. You'll then be let loose to explore that concept on your own. I'll be right there next to you if you need assistance. After a bit we'll regroup, have a short discussion and move on to the next scenario.Group discussions will be governed by what we find, what kinds of questions are asked and how conversation progresses naturally. This is a no pressure workshop and more information than you can handle will be tossed around. You may want to bring a small notepad to record your findings.

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Beginning DSLR Class

Thursday, September 6, 2018 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

For owners of DSLRs (interchangeable lens cameras) looking for a grounding in photo technique and camera control for better pictures of people, places and things. Using original images I'll show you how and when to employ different camera settings for effect and offer compositional tips and positioning strategies to improve your portrait, sport/action, landscape and even flash images. A great starter class for new owners or those looking to brush up on DSLR camera controls, overrides and technique. Some of the topics covered include: ~ The importance and affects of shutters and aperture settings ~ Using wide angle or telephoto lenses for optimal effect ~ Photographing subjects indoors without flash ~ Creating balanced landscapes ~ Macro or close up technique ~ Learning to evaluate light ~ Setting ISO and white balance controls ~ Using your flash indoors and out While this is not a shooting event I strongly suggest you bring your camera! $29.95 per person contact the store to register without paypal please include billing address and phone with your transaction Instructor: Jess Thompson

Price: $29.95 /per person

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Learning To Shoot Sports

Sunday, September 16, 2018 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Learn sports photo tips from a working pro on Sunday September 16th at 10am at Milford Photo. Olympus Visionary Kelley Cox will be in the house to review some of her images and offer tips on rendering a variety of sports more professionally. This should be a great opportunity for the sport parent to learn valuable techniques for shots of the kids! You don't have to be an Olympus owner to take part. However there will be Olympus loaner gear on hand in case you want to try one of the quick firing OMD models with compact telephoto zoom lenses at a local sporting event we're going to crash after the presentation! 

$29.95 per photographer. Register here with PAYPAL.

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Sigma 400mm Photo Shoot

Saturday, September 22, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Birders take note: Sigma's[masked]mm telephoto zoom is a great tool for the subject at hand. Handholdable and quick to focus it delivers! Stop in for a test run on Saturday, September 22nd with your Canon, Nikon (more on Sony later) DSLR and try out one of these lenses down with a group of us at the lower (city hall) duck pond. We'll also have some monopods to try out too just in case you want to keep things extra steady. First we meet at Milford Photo for a quick review of useful settings and arrange for the loaners. These will be issued 1st come but we will work out a sharing system if needed. You'll need a driver's license and/or credit card for the lens/accessory loaner. This event is free to members and expects to run rain or shine.

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Night Photography with Harold Shapiro

Thursday, September 27, 2018 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Harold Shapiro has been teaching night photo techniques for years at NH's Creative Arts Workshop and Milford Photo. Join him as he reviews some important settings and techniques to the craft, then go out with him and put those lessons to the test in picturesque downtown Milford. After a review of camera controls, Harold will lead the group out for some long exposure outdoor light painting technique down the street at Milford's City Hall and upper duck pond. What you need, besides a camera with total exposure control, is a tripod. A tripod is a must for getting sharp multi-second shots. One of Milford Photo's staffers will be on hand to help with settings and tripod controls. And we'll break out the BFL light and paint the falls again! Thanks to Ring of Light for this sample frame... 

$39.95 per person. Held weather permitting. 

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Hotshoe Flash Technique

Saturday, October 13, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

The Hotshoe Flash might be the most important gadget not in your bag. Or you aren't getting the most out of the unit you have. Let's review some images and technique to help you get the most out of this very useful accessory. Whether you have one now or are thinking about a purchase, let Milford Photo's Jess Thompson review basic tips for more pleasing flash exposures indoors and out. Topics covered will include: -Basic flash controls explained -indoor bounce (like our sample shot) -outdoor flash: seeing the shadow and filling it -a review of easy to use accessories including diffuser gadgets, off camera cables and remotes -flash for portrait, event and close up subjects 

This presentation is $29.95 register online via paypal. 

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Beginning DSLR Class

Thursday, October 18, 2018 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

For owners of DSLRs (interchangeable lens cameras) looking for a grounding in photo technique and camera control for better pictures of people, places and things. Using original images I'll show you how and when to employ different camera settings for effect and offer compositional tips and positioning strategies to improve your portrait, sport/action, landscape and even flash images. A great starter class for new owners or those looking to brush up on DSLR camera controls, overrides and technique. Some of the topics covered include: ~ The importance and affects of shutters and aperture settings ~ Using wide angle or telephoto lenses for optimal effect ~ Photographing subjects indoors without flash ~ Creating balanced landscapes ~ Macro or close up technique ~ Learning to evaluate light ~ Setting ISO and white balance controls ~ Using your flash indoors and out While this is not a shooting event I strongly suggest you bring your camera! 

$29.95 per person contact the store to register without paypal please include billing address and phone with your transaction 

Instructor: Jess Thompson

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Intermediate: DSLR exposure overrides

Thursday, November 1, 2018 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Jess dissects the exposure modes (P, TV/S/AV/A,M) on your DSLR camera, with emphasis on real world applications for settings and techniques. Among topics reviewed: Learn how to quickly evaluate images for exposure compensation. Using shutter priority to guarantee sharp action images. Great skill set for the sports parent! Setting apertures and controlling depth of field for scenic/close up work for more polished landscapes. Step by step to manual control of your camera's exposure control. See how learning exposure controls can help you become a more accomplished photographer. A good follow up to the beginning DSLR class. 

$29.95 per person. 

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