Enlighten Me class

Enlighten Me is not expected to be offered any time soon. 
Please comment below to be notified when registration for this class opens!


So you know the basics of photography, and you’re pretty comfortable shooting in Manual mode. But you know there’s more! What about those tricky lighting scenarios? How do you create beautiful silhouettes and lovely backlit images? What are the tricks to shooting in low light? Enlighten Me is for intermediate photographers who want to take their photography to the next level. This class is both a shooting and an editing class. First we will examine a variety of more challenging lighten scenarios, and I’ll give you pointers about how to get the photograph the best it can be straight out of camera. Then I’ll guide you on how to edit these types photos to create beautifully polished one-of-a kind images via editing. As always, I’ll keep it simple, use easy-to-understand language, and I’ll stick with you the whole time while I provide step-by-step instructions and video demonstrations.  No secrets.  If I know it, I’m willing to share it!


Enlighten me button w J&M dancing July 15

Here’s a look at what Enlighten Me covers:

  • Shooting under cloudy or open skies and how to maximize each to your advantage
  • How to “see” light and what direction it’s traveling in your setting
  • Creating dramatic silhouettes
  • Instructions on shooting in natural, low-light settings indoors
  • Editing eyes
  • How to produce or avoid sun flare and haze and how to use it to your advantage
  • Catch lights, why they are important and how to capture them in camera

This course is 4 weeks long, offering 2 lesson per week for 4 weeks each in a different lighting scenario, and a bonus “catch up week” at the end of class. There will be both written lessons and video tutorials. Via a private forum just for our class, you will be given assignments, share your photos, and be able to ask questions. Every picture that you post will be given individual and detailed feedback by me. You will be able to see what the other students in the class are doing and asking too. But I know how busy you are, and I want this class to be flexible, so you choose when to check in online, view course material, and there’s no pressure since you work at your own pace. This class is not a PDF, but rather I will be available the whole time to answer your questions. After 4 weeks of lessons, you will have an additional week to let it all sink in, practice, review and ask more questions.


What do I need to take this class?
  • A DSLR and you must already be comfortable shooting in Manual mode, be able to achieve proper exposure, sharp focus and proper white balance the majority of the time. (see the class Manual ‘n More to learn more about these things)
  • Lightroom or ACR and you must already be able do a clean edit (see the class Lightroom 101 to learn more about how to do a clean edit)
  • A Facebook account
  • Access to high-speed internet to view video tutorials
  • Enthusiasm and time to learn and practice


Are there any prerequisites for this class? 

Yes. Enlighten Me is an intermediate level class. Prior to enrolling in Enlighten Me, students should be comfortable shooting in manual mode and be able to get sharp focus and good exposure for their subjects in the majority of their photos. They should also already know how to perform a clean edit via Lightroom. A combination of the classes Manual Mode, Beyond Manual and Lightroom 101 meet these requirements. If you have any questions and/or aren’t sure if you meet these requirements, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


What does the class cost? 
Registration cost is $329 for 4 weeks of instruction. Class size will be limited and is available first come first serve.


What do other students think of the class?

You are by far the BEST photography teacher I’ve had the privilege of taking a class with. I thought it (Enlighten Me) was a GREAT class as usual. And looking forward to the next class! ~Elaine

I feel like this took my photography to a new level. Before this class, I just made sure the sun was behind me. Now I know that I can get great shots with different effects from all different angles and it has really opened up a lot of possibilities. I also learned to embrace the low light in my apartment.  ~Elysa

It’s soooo good – the best class yet imo (the others have been great too but this one pulls everything together – lots of lightbulb moments & pushing us to try new things) & so much fun!! ~Deb

I am not the most talented photographer out there, but you wouldn’t know it from the images I was able to capture in this class. I learned so many new tricks and tips that I will continue to use as I enjoy my camera. Nancy’s patience and insight will boost your photos to the next level. Stop thinking about it and sign up! ~Brenda

I look back at the pics I took even 6 months ago and I can’t believe the change in them. For the first time I have confidence and I feel like I can really do this as a career. I AM a Photographer and I have you, Nancy, to thank for this epiphany. This class has been so much fun and I loved every minute of it. Thank you!!!!  ~Bonnie

I feel that this class has opened up a whole array of shooting possibilities. It is like I have a little arsenal of skills to use based on what I want and what light is available. This class is taught me how to use my camera in different kinds of light to still get the shot I want. Love it!  ~Rebecca

I was just thinking about how much I have learned in this class. I have grown so much in thinking about the pictures I take. Not only in taking the picture I am envisioning but also in envisioning shots I never thought of before, learning about light and how it effects my subjects.  ~Patricia

I’ve always felt a little insecure about light. I had zero confidence in my ability to really work well with light consistently, and now I can tell that my understanding has grown a lot. Before I took this class I rarely pointed my camera straight at the light source. Learning how to do that purposefully has just doubled the creative possibilities for me.  ~Dana

My favorite of Nancy’s classes so far! And that’s saying a lot considering how amazing the others are! ~Tyrie 

  • March 1, 2016 - 10:25 pm

    Michelle K - Hi Nancy! Can you please let me know when registration opens for this class? So excited to be taking a class from you : ). MichelleReplyCancel

  • December 21, 2016 - 9:51 pm

    Karla Foisy - i’m interested in signing up for this class. Looking forward to it.ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2016 - 7:33 pm

    Alicia Westra - Happy 2017 Nancy! Please let me know when you are opening registration for this class…I wish I had taken it last year, so I want to make it a priority for the coming year!ReplyCancel

  • December 31, 2016 - 10:34 pm

    karla - Hi Nancy,
    My husband got me this class for Christmas. So excited! Commenting so I can be notified this summer…
    Happy 2017~!ReplyCancel

  • January 4, 2017 - 10:07 pm

    Macy Coccimiglio - I’m definitely interested in this class!ReplyCancel

  • January 16, 2017 - 6:44 pm

    karla - Hi Nancy,
    I am excited about this class. I have been so busy and NOT taking pictures, but I am going to make it a goal to review all previous classes and practice photography skills before this class starts. 🙂
    Can’t wait!

    • January 17, 2017 - 5:47 pm

      admin - Karla, right now I’m planning for this class, Enlighten Me, to happen this summer, July or August ish, but I’m not positive, and won’t know for sure until this spring. Stay tuned to the blog for registration dates. ~nancyReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2017 - 5:35 pm

    Amy Weaver - Love to take this class whenever you offer it next!ReplyCancel

  • August 6, 2017 - 2:17 am

    Melissa - After a little more time and practice, I’d love to take this class. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • December 8, 2017 - 7:09 pm

    Nicci - I’m interested. ThxReplyCancel

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