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Hey Everyone!

My name is Jeff Walters and like you, I love photography. It has always been a passion of mine and I have been taking pictures since before digital cameras were popular. I got my first digital camera for my 21st birthday; it was a Kodak. Being able to preview my images was a revelation. I do miss the excitement of developing a roll of film and looking at the pictures for the first time, though.

A few years later I took a life changing trip to New Zealand with my best friend (pictured below). Prior to departure I knew I needed to upgrade my camera in order to document the journey so I purchased a Canon PowerShot. This was a much better camera than my Kodak and it took great photos.

It did the job but New Zealand was the real star and made every picture spectacular even if they were slightly out of focus.

If you ever get the chance… visit NZ. It’s my favorite place on Earth!

When I eventually graduated to a DSLR I was blown away by the picture quality and quickly realized that I had been missing out using point-and-shoot cameras my entire life. Over the years I had taken a lot of pictures and felt good about most of them.

The DSLR was a game changer though and additionally, the camera phone came along and I started taking WAY more photos because I always had a camera with me. For years I thought my photography skills had really improved. But I didn’t really know what “photography skills” even meant to be honest. I would say my eye got better and better so I had good instincts but my abilities were greatly limited by my knowledge of my camera and how photography actually works.

In 2014 I made a big career change moving from Michigan to New York City to work in television. I had always wanted to be in a creative field and was tired of working as a financial planner. It was one of the best decisions I have ever made, professionally and personally (I met my wife months after moving to the city). After 4 years in television, our company downsized and I found myself looking for a new job. When I left financial planning I had contemplated a career in photography, but the television opportunity presented itself and I quickly jumped at it. With that chapter behind me, however, my path was cleared to take my passion and turn it into a career… but first, I knew I needed to understand my camera better to take my skills to the next level.  I always had an eye for composition and my friends and family loved my images but I knew there was plenty that separated me from the best photographers in the world. My camera was fantastic but it would frustrate me constantly when it wouldn’t capture the images I was trying to obtain. I knew I needed help.

I did not know how much I did not know about photography and my camera until I took my first class with JP Teaches Photo. The Part 1 class was eye opening and it made me wish I had this knowledge years ago. I immediately purchased the next three classes and when I heard about the internship I knew that if I wanted to make photography my profession, it was an opportunity I could not pass up.  After taking all of their classes and thanks to my first couple coaching sessions my photography has improved by leaps and bounds. Looking back at old photos I am now recognizing issues I could have prevented by adjusting my settings. It’s frustrating but exciting at the same time!

So if you get frustrated that your pictures are not turning out the way you would like. Don’t fret! A little knowledge and a lot of practice will take your photography to the next level!

 
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