Pentax DSLR users are special and small bunch so I’ve decided to offer lessons specifically to “Pentaxians” in the Greater Toronto Area. I figure with over 7 years using the Pentax system, I should be able to help a soul or two. So if you’re looking for a guide on how to use your Pentax DSLR then these in-person Pentax lessons are perfect!
THE PENTAX SYSTEM
I know there are a ton of Canon and Nikon teachers out there. With the rising popularity in Sony and Fuji, there are going to be more and more of them too. However, I don’t think I’ve found Pentax specific tutors/teachers/mentors. So who will teach the poor souls (like myself) who have found themselves unwittingly attached to the Pentax system? I’d probably be the only one in the GTA, but who cares, let’s do it!
Whether you own a:
- Pentax k-1
- Pentax k-3
- Pentax k-5
- Pentax k-50
- Pentax k-30
- Pentax k-500
- Pentax k-s2
- or even the Pentax Q
I’d like to help you get the most out of it.
GREAT IN YOUR HANDS
So what exactly makes your camera different? I can’t say that I’ve held every brand in my hands, but I will say that Pentax makes some of the best feeling cameras in the world. That means they typically provide great grips.
More recently they’ve also focused on being more rugged by being weather sealed. I’m never scared to take my Pentax gear out on a cold winter Toronto day or the rain while hiking up the escarpment.
Something that all the Pentax camera’s I’ve seen have is an intuitive menu system that is fairly consistent among bodies. I have a k-x, k-5, k-3, k-1, and a Q and when I go from one to the other the user experience doesn’t change much, if at all.
Of course, anything I teach is transferable to other camera systems because these are simply tools. The majority of techniques and knowledge are based on photography principles.
However, all systems are a little different and finding the right button can be annoying at best. If I point to the green button on my Pentax you could find the same green button on your camera. Could you find it on your Sony? I have no idea!
Like I said before, there are probably a lot of people you could learn from, but if you want to specifically learn on a Pentax, then I can help. It’s all I’ve ever used and until I need to switch over to another brand, I will continue to.
Don’t let those with Canons, Nikons, etc. fool you. You are completely capable of taking extraordinary images as well. You might just need a little help to get there!
You’ll hear a lot of people say that Pentax DSLR cameras are great for landscapes, but not portraits. I think I do manage in both genres fairly well. Check out my portrait photography work and my landscape/street photography work and decide how capable they are in the hands of a professional for yourself!
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
I haven’t thought about it yet. I’m just throwing this out into the world in case anyone needs me.
Whether it’s private lessons or group lessons, I think a casual approach would be best. I envision starting with the basics and then learning through doing. I’ve found that to be the best way of learning. I graduated in engineering so I can attest to the fact that knowledge is nothing without practice!
Once you’ve advanced in your photography I may even sit you in front of a computer to learn some of the editing. That’s where half of the magic happens!
I’ll be able to teach you how to photograph portrait, landscape, nature, street, or create art.
ARE YOU IN THE GTA?
So if you’re someone (or know someone or a group of people) who would like to learn how to get the most out of your Pentax DSLR then send me an email. Just click the envelope icon at the top of the page (or if you’re on your phone click the menu button first). Or you can just use the contact page directly.
Please keep in mind that I’ll be keeping the courses/lessons to within the Greater Toronto Area though. So: Mississauga, Markham, Toronto, Scarborough, Milton, Oakville, Burlington, etc. are good. Barrie, Owen Sound, Tobermory…not so much.
Jonathan How is the photographer behind Made by Ten and calls Milton his home. He specialized in creating beautiful, creative portraits of real women. He uses photography (and this blog) to help them build confidence and love for themselves and creates artistic images for their homes and offices. You can see him driving around the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in Ontario, Canada from portrait to fashion shoot and back again.