Classes

 

PwL-03PERC Photography School offers award winning photography classes that have been independently judged to be superior to offerings from nationally acclaimed universities.

Since we deal solely with digital photography and photography related software, our course materials focus like a laser and deliver only what you need, when you need it, at affordable prices.

Our comprehensive curriculum teaches you the “why” as well as the “how” when we train you in the Art, Science and Business of Digital Photography™.

Our full range of beginner to advanced, amateur to professional courses, and our Certification programs are available at our training facility in Raleigh, NC or online. We generally keep class sizes small so that we can provide personalized service to everyone, regardless of skill, knowledge or equipment levels.

A limited selection of our Instructor-led classes and workshops are also available through the NCMA in Raleigh, Wake Tech and other venues. See below for NCMA joint offerings and the Wake Tech site for others.

To see what is currently being offered by PERC, see below.

PRIVATE TUTORING - Any Subject, Software or Gear

We offer Private Tutoring services for amateur photographers of any skill level at our location - or yours. We customize the training to your specific wants and needs, skill level and equipment in advance of the session. No time is lost answering other people's questions and there are no delays while waiting for other people to catch up.

Our private tutoring (one-on-one) is the fastest, most cost effective way to learn anything about digital photography, editing software or your specific camera or flash. Private tutoring is available for all our topics and disciplines. Just enter your areas of interest in the Text Box when registering.

Sessions are $115 per hour for a single hour session or $85.00 per hour with a 2 hour minimum (contiguous hours.) If you want an off-site session you must call us at 919 576 5331 for your specific travel fee.

By registering for this event I acknowledge that I have read, understand and will comply with all Terms and Conditions.  (Click on the preceding link to read Terms and Conditions in a new window. When done reading them, close the window and complete your registration below.)

To register for a private tutoring session simply click here.

 

Price: $170.00

Date:

MENTORING for PROS

MENTORING FOR PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHERS - Business, Marketing, Sales, Infrastructure, Web & More

Field Workshops from PERC Photography School

Arc de Triomphe - Paris

Our mentoring services - for professional photographers and videographers -  full time or part time, novice or highly seasoned - are your secret strategic weapon to help you stay ahead of the competition in this ever changing, highly competitive field. We customize the services to your specific wants and needs.

All mentoring services are strictly confidential. They are based on our staff's combined 100+ years of photography knowledge and experience gained from running our studios on both coasts. Combined our studios have annual sales in the low 7 figures, and cover a wide variety of photography discplines from fine art to senior portraits at high schools with over 600 seniors each.

Sessions are $300 per hour for a single hour session or $200.00 per hour with a 2 hour minimum. A 3 hour block of time is even more cost effective, going for only $175.00 per hour. VIP Mentees (on annual retainer) have the lowest fees overall and have premium access to us 365 days a year. Blocks of time can be used at once or in multiple sessions / phone calls / emails etc. We keep track of the time used so you do not have to do so.

Mentoring can be done in person at our location or yours, or via text / phone / email / video conferences.  It can be done during client shoots and meetings as well. We do the legwork for you and get the answers you need while you manage the daily operations of your business. If you want an on location session you must call us at 919 576 5331 or email us here for your specific travel fee.

Mentoring sessions may be attended by all members of your staff, part-time or full time.

We can help you in the following areas:

  • Business pre-planning & setup
  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Market selection (weddings, seniors, etc.)
  • Marketing
  • Pricing
  • Products
  • Branding
  • Sales
  • Negotiating training
  • Professional memberships
  • Portfolio review and critique
  • Trade shows
  • Web hosting
  • Web design
  • Web back end services
  • Online sales
  • Credit card provider info
  • Studio design
  • Gear selection
  • Automation
  • Hiring and training staff
  • More

Just enter your areas of interest in the Text Box when registering.

By registering for this event I acknowledge that I have read, understand and will comply with all Terms and Conditions.  (Click on the preceding link to read Terms and Conditions in a new window. When done reading them, close the window and complete your registration below.)

To register for a Mentoring Session, simply click here.

Price: $0.00

Date:

NIGHT & LOW LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY MADE EASY (107)

Learn how to take awesome photos with little to no digital noise in low light, indoors and outdoors, even at night. 

Plus there will be two BONUS segments:

Painting with Light &

Rear Curtain Flash Special Lighting Effects

 

You will learn:

  • how to light landscapes and structures,
  • how to take multiple exposures (without a special camera setting),
  • what settings to TURN ON in your camera,
  • what settings to TURN OFF in your camera,
  • how to take low-noise exposure images,
  • how to reduce noise,
  • how to expose images for longer than 30 seconds duration,
  • what your ISO settings should be,
  • what your aperture settings should be,
  • what your shutter settings should be,
  • how to use your camera's internal meter in challenging lighting situations,
  • how to use Gobos to create special effects in-camera,
  • how to do virtual redevelopment,
  • and more!

This is a hands-on workshop, so bring your camera (manual mode needed), tripod, external flash, wired or wireless remote, freshly charged batteries and empty memory cards. Gobos & Paint with Lighting gear will be supplied for the event. This is a rain or shine event.

This is a limited attendance event so sign up early!

Tripods are available for rent for the session for $10 each. External flash units are also available for rent for the session for $5. Call 919.576.5331 to reserve one or both after registering for the event. Wired or wireless remotes will be on for sale for most cameras that night for $15 each.

By registering for this event I acknowledge that I have read, understand and will comply with all Terms and Conditions. (Click on the preceding link to read Terms and Conditions in a new window. When done reading them, close the window and complete your registration below.)

 

Price: $45.00

Date: March 28, 2019

Address:
Duke Energy Center
2 East South Street
Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA (NC)
27601
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Available Spaces: 10

MACRO & CLOSE-UP PHOTOGRAPHY MADE EASY (103)

Close-Up and Macro Photography are two of the most rewarding forms of photography. Close-up photography can be practiced by anyone with a camera and a lens. Macro photography delves even deeper into the unseen world of detail, and it can be practiced by anyone who has a camera and a few simple accessories! That's right, you do NOT need an expensive macro lens to shoot macro photography.

Just because your lens or camera says "macro" on it, or has a tulip (macro) icon, does not mean that it shoots true macro images. This class, for students of all skill levels, from raw beginner to advanced, teaches you how to achieve full detail, high resolution close-ups (about 1/3 of life size) and real macro images that are life size or greater (1:1 , 2:1, 3:1 and even larger!) without breaking the bank on an expensive macro lens.

After this hands-on course, where you use a wide range of specialty "macro and close-up" accessories to photograph many fun and colorful objects, your DSLR, advanced Point & Shoot and mirrorless camera images will have far more detail than if you used regular digital photography techniques (or telephoto lenses) and just cropped your photos to mimic real macro and close-up photography.

You will learn:

  • how to easily (and temporarily) convert all your existing lenses into macro lenses for $20 to $40 (these accessories for most cameras are available for purchase during the session),
  • Depth of Field tricks to get more of your subjects in focus,
  • camera settings for indoor and outdoor macro photography,
  • when to increase ISO,
  • when and how to easily add more light for increased Depth of Field,
  • tripod techniques for enhanced imagery,
  • how to use all 7 different accessories that help you create fantastic macro images, 
  • which accessories to use under different conditions and when to use them,
  • about working distance,
  • how to shoot using focus stacking techniques (even if your camera does not have an auto focus stacking setting),
  • about minimum focusing distance,
  • which macro lens to buy for your needs, if you want one,
  • the very important differences between Canon and Nikon macro capabilities (No other Macro course covers these issues and explains the simple workarounds.)

This three hour workshop is a blend of lecture and hands-on practice. So bring your camera, its manual, fresh batteries,  a tripod (if you have one), and blank memory cards. Tripods can be rented for $10 for the session if you do not have one. External flash units can be rented for the session for $5. Call 919.576.5331 to reserve rental gear after you have registered.

By registering for this event I acknowledge that I have read, understand and will comply with all Terms and Conditions.  (Click on the preceding link to read Terms and Conditions in a new window. When done reading them, close the window and complete your registration below.)

Price: $45.00

Date: March 30, 2019

Address:
PERC Photography School
5017 Elaine Avenue
Raleigh, North Carolina
27616
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Available Spaces: 10

CAROLINA BALLET PERFORMING ARTS WORKSHOP (423)

MONET IMPRESSIONS

Join us for an evening of dance inspired by the famous paintings of Claude Monet featuring Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Picnic on the Grass and Robert Weiss’ The Gardens of Giverny. This beautiful homage to the great French painter features the evocative music of his compatriots Chausson, Debussy, and Poulenc. Originally commissioned in 2007 by the North Carolina Museum of Art this two-part ballet has everything a dance lover could wish for: a story ballet based on Monet’s life to open and a sweeping impressionistic second act based on his famous garden paintings.

The workshop will be held in Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at Duke Energy Center in downtown Raleigh from 7 PM until approximately 10 PM.

You will learn how to take the most demanding action images - high speed movement, fluid action in low light and rapidly changing lighting situations! Open to ANY skill level photographer with a camera that has Shutter and Manual settings.

You will not only build a portfolio of great images for your viewing and display pleasure, but also you will be able to apply the learned skills to ANY indoor sports activity, dance recital, play, orchestral performance and more.

The session will begin with a review of the necessary camera settings and photographic techniques, followed by the chance to photograph the dancers as they go through their paces.

Between acts your images will be reviewed and critiqued so you can keep progressing throughout the event. 

This opportunity is STRICTLY LIMITED to the first three registrants.

By registering for this event I acknowledge that I have read, understand and will comply with all Terms and Conditions. (Click on the preceding link to read Terms and Conditions in a new window. When done reading them, close the window and complete your registration below.)

Price: $175.00

Date: April 10, 2019

Address:
Duke Energy Center
2 East South Street
Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA (NC)
27601
United States Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 3

MASTERING FLASH - ON & OFF CAMERA

Are you intimidated by your flash or confused about when and how to use to use it?

Do you want to eliminate shadows when using your flash?

Do you want to avoid “hot spots” when using your flash?

Or do you just want to get the most out of your flash unit?

If so, then this is the workshop for you!

In this class you will learn how to:

  • control internal and external flashes,
  • bounce flash,
  • use light modifiers (reflectors, diffusers and more),
  • use multiple wireless flash units,
  • use TTL metering,
  • use Flash Exposure Compensation (FEC),
  • set custom functions for your flash,
  • "drag your shutter",
  • use your camera’s X-synch speed (and how to get around it),
  • learn about Focal Plane / High speed sync, and
  • more!

You will get hands-on experience using your flash and learn about several types of diffusers, a miniature softbox, a snoot, grids and other light modifiers made explicitly for external camera flashes. We will also use a wireless triggering system to fire off-camera flashes for various creative lighting effects.

Finally, you will learn the mysteries of manual flash so that you can match fill light to ambient light – which is the ultimate test of your ability to use a flash!

Bring your camera and external flash (if you have one), both manuals, fresh batteries for both, lens(es), and empty memory cards. External flashes are available for rent for most cameras for $10.00 for the session. Call 919.576.5331 after registering to reserve one.

By registering for this event I acknowledge that I have read, understand and will comply with all Terms and Conditions. (Click on the preceding link to read Terms and Conditions in a new window. When done reading them, close the window and complete your registration below.)

Price: $45.00

Date: April 11, 2019

Address:
PERC Photography School
5017 Elaine Avenue
Raleigh, North Carolina
27616
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Available Spaces: 12

PERC PHOTOGRAPHY WALK

Join Ted Salamone, Certified Master Photographer, and owner of PERC Photography School and 20/20 Photo & Video Studio for a leisurely, complimentary photography walk around downtown Raleigh. Bring your camera, ask your questions, and get expert tips ranging from exposure and Depth of Field, to fill flash, composition, posing and more!

Tripods and external flash units are optional.

The walk is scheduled for a three hour meander, starting at the Duke Energy Center at 2 East South Street. Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill level, gear or experience! Whether you are an individual, a small group, or a camera club, register early as the number of attendees is strictly limited.

By registering for this event I acknowledge that I have read, understand and will comply with all Terms and Conditions. (Click on the preceding link to read Terms and Conditions in a new window. When done reading them, close the window and complete your registration below.)

Price: $0.00

Date: April 13, 2019

Address:
Duke Energy Center
2 East South Street
Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA (NC)
27601
United States Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 11

CAROLINA BALLET PERFORMING ARTS WORKSHOP (423)

SWAN LAKE

We close out our 21st Season with one of the most popular story ballets of all time. Swan Lake is an enchanting fairy tale that tells the story of a beautiful swan princess cursed to live as a swan until she can find true love. Set to one of Tchaikovsky’s greatest scores, Robert Weiss’ version is truly spectacular!

FEATURING LIVE MUSIC BY THE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA OF THE TRIANGLE.

The workshop will be held in the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at Duke Energy Center in downtown Raleigh.

You will learn how to take the most demanding images - high speed, fluid action in low light situations! By using our shortcut techniques you will not only build a great portfolio of images for your viewing and display pleasure, but also you will be able to apply the learned skills to ANY indoor sports activity, dance recital, play, orchestral performance and more.

The session will begin with a review of the necessary camera settings and photographic techniques, followed by the chance to photograph the dancers as they go through their paces.

Immediate feedback:

Between acts your images will be reviewed and critiqued so you can keep progressing throughout the event. 

This opportunity is STRICTLY LIMITED to the first three registrants.

By registering for this event I acknowledge that I have read, understand and will comply with all Terms and Conditions. (Click on the preceding link to read Terms and Conditions in a new window. When done reading them, close the window and complete your registration below.)

Price: $175.00

Date: May 15, 2019

Address:
Duke Energy Center
2 East South Street
Raleigh, NORTH CAROLINA (NC)
27601
United States Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 3