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jpi Infocus classes

Johnson PhotoImaging has been at the forefront with its photo education programs in Manatee County for since 1999. We offer targeted workshops and classes that take photographic efforts to the next level; whether a beginner or an advanced photographer.

Our instructors are professional in the topics they teach and are up-to-date with the latest industry equipment and techniques. Lifelong hobbies have been established, and careers have launched from our educational programs.

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Scheduled Events

Dates & times posted in print and online are subject to change. JPI reserves the right to reschedule any event or program.


Click on the link in the Class Description section and register via Eventbrite. Registration is also available by calling the store at (941) 896-9921. All educational program fees are due upon registration.


There are no refunds.

Class Durations

Class durations may vary from the designated time, depending on group size and involvement. Each class has an active participation element and expects full interaction with each student. The goal is for everyone to learn, create, and enjoy. All classes and events are scheduled to begin at the start times listed on the individual event page. To ensure the best educational experience, please plan to arrive 15 to 10 minutes early.

Upcoming InFocus Schedule (At a Glance)

• Sept. 19th - 6:30 PM - Low Light Group - FREE
• Sept. 20th - 7:00 AM - Photo Walk at Celery Fields with Olympus - FREE
• Sept. 24th - 6:00 PM - Working with Flash - $75
• Sept. 25th - 6:30 PM - Olympus User Group - FREE
• Sept. 30th - 8:30 PM - Milky Way Excursion to Blackburn Point - 1 Ticket Left - $55
• Oct 8th - 6:00 PM - Sony Mirrorless User Group - FREE
• Oct. 9th - 6:00 PM - Camera Basics - $75
• Oct. 15th - 6:00 PM - Beyond Camera Basics - $75
• Oct. 18th - 2:00 PM - Buttons and Dials with Olympus E-M1 MK II - FREE
• Oct. 18th & 19th - Olympus Demo Days
• Oct. 19th - 11:00 AM - Buttons and Dials with Olympus E-M10 MK III - FREE
• Sept. 22nd - 6:00 PM - Working with Flash - $75
• Oct. 25th - 10:00 AM - Receiving for Photo Exhibit - It's a Small World
• Oct. 26th - 10:00 AM - Receiving for Photo Exhibit - It's a Small World
• Oct. 27th - 8:00 PM - Milky Way Excursion to Ona - $55
• Oct. 31st - JPI's 20th Anniversary

• Nov. 1st - 2:00 PM - Light Perfected with Frank Smith - $45
• Nov. 1st - 5:30 PM - Photo Walk at Bradenton Riverwalk - $30
• Nov. 2nd - 7:45 AM - Photo Walk at Robinson Preserve - $30
• Nov. 2nd - 10:30 AM - Light Perfected with Frank Smith - $45
• Nov. 2nd - 1:00 PM - Creative Elements of Architecture with Frank Smith - $45
• Nov. 8th - 2:30 PM - Reception for Photo Exhibit - It's a Small World
• Nov. 10th - 3:30 PM - The Great Stagecoach Robbery - Dry Creek - $90 - Early Jail Break Special
• Nov 14th - 6:30 PM - Low Light Photo Group - FREE


Camera Basics - A guide through the primary menu & button controls, operations, and workflow for your interchangeable lens system (ILC) - Mirrorless or D-SLR cameras. What will cover: • Exposure • Composition • Use of Lenses • Subject Development • Creative Thinking • Menu Navigation • Maintenance. FEE $75 - Free* with a camera purchase from JPI. October 9th at 6 PM.

Beyond Camera Basics - Leaving the Automatic Zone, but still, need some help navigating the rules of the photographer's road. Join Steve and Faith Hutchinson as they guide with shooting techniques. Learning how to shoot in manual working with the exposure triangle (ISO • Aperture •Shutter). Bring any interchangeable lens camera - Mirrorless or D-SLR - with a fully charged battery. FEE $75 - Free* with a camera purchase from JPIOctober 15th at 6 PM.

*FREE class with camera purchase from JPI is valid for either Camera Basics or Beyond Camera Basics. Not for both courses.

Working with Flash - This class will teach the fundamentals of using available light and when to use light modifiers in various photographic situations. Learn how both natural and artificial light will affect the quality of photos. We will also discuss how to use the built-in flash, and the benefits of external flashes, also called speedlights. Fee: $75 - September 24 at 6 PM.

Nature Photo Walk with Olympus - Photo Walk at Celery Fields with Olympus - A great way to try out lenses and mirrorless cameras with Olympus Specialist Carlos Quilichini, Olympus Photo Specialist. Carlos will have bodies and lenses for you to borrow for the walk.

– Celery Fields, Sarasota, FL – Meet in the Parking lot. The sunrise is at 7:17 AM.

- Bring your memory card. There are limited bodies and lenses available for loan. There is no rain check for the loaner gear. It is first come first served only. This for Olympus mirrorless systems only. This is a Free Event. September 20th, from 7 AM to 8 AM.

Milky Way Excursions - There will be only two more Milky Way hands-on excursions this 2019 Milky Way Season. The Fee is $55 for each. The main goal for the field trips provides experience in creating a single shot exposure or multiple exposures for the stacking of the night sky. The next step is to render in post-production with Lightroom, Photoshop, or other editing software. Class includes instruction, support, and a demonstration with some basic image editing.

• September 30th at 8:30 PM to Blackburn Point Park 1 - Ticket Left
• October 27th at 8:00 PM to a 
Cemetery in Ona, FL.
Olympus Demo Days - Olympus will be here doing camera, flash and lens demos during JPI's Trade-In Days - Friday and Saturday - October 18th & 19th. Try out the latest lenses like the Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm F3.5-6.3 and the OM-D E-M1X. No, appointment necessary. First come, first served!

Buttons and Dials - Olympus Specialist Carlos Quilichini will be holding Buttons and Dials presentations of E-M1 MK II and E-M10 MK III.

• OM-D E-M1 October 18th at 2 PM - FREE
• OM-D E-M10 October 19th ar 11 AM - FREE

A basic overview of the features and benefits of each of the camera bodies. Each presentation is just one hour. Seating is limited! Be sure to RSVP - ASAP!

Photo Walks & Workshops with Frank Smith - Join Olympus Visionary Frank Smith for an incredible series of workshops and photo walks.

Light Perfected - Workshop - 
Journey with Frank Smith as he shares about his experiences traveling and photographing in remote and unique areas around the globe. As an Olympus Visionary, he looks at "Light Perfected" as the ability to pack light and be nimble with the Olympus system. The sun and clouds move quickly, and light is critical to maximizing the image he hopes to capture. Being patient and willing to re-assess his options are essential factors in getting the best shot, especially when shooting at a particular location for a limited period. Fee $45. 

The workshop is available on the following dates:
• Nov 1st at 2:00 PM
• Nov 2nd at 10:30 AM

Creative Elements of Architecture: Out with the Rule Book! - Workshop - As an avid traveler with an eye toward graphic elements, one of Frank's favorite subject matters is architecture. Frank provides a unique perspective through his lens of buildings - both old and new. It is his artful ability to capture the lines and details that are often not seen by the everyday passerby. Through in-camera techniques and post-processing skills, Frank can show a new perspective - one that most people don't understand. Fee $45. Nov 2 at 1:00 PM.

Photo Walks with Frank Smith - Join Olympus Visionary Frank Smith for either one or two photo walks.

• Bradenton Riverwalk, November 1st at 5:30 PM - Fee $30*
• Robinson Preserve, November 2nd at 7:45 AM - Fee $30*

You don't even need to bring a camera, just a memory card. Olympus will provide loaner cameras and lenses. Loaner equipment is first-come, first served. Limited spots for each photo walk. *A free photo walk ticket is available with the purchase of one of Frank's workshops - Light Perfected or Creative Elements of Architecture: Out with the rule book. If you have a gift card or free ticket for the photo walk, call the store (941) 896-9921 to RSVP your spot.

The Great Stagecoach Robbery - On November 10th JPI returns to Dry Creek. Dry Creek is a "western town" film set right in our backyard and is very popular with photo enthusiasts. An active film set used in several productions throughout the year. The set has so much to offer, with its rustic western look, backdrops, a full saloon, jail, general store, stables, and much, much more. Sunday, November 10th, from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PMEarly Jail Break Special FEE $90. After September 30th, the Fee is $115.Early Jail Break Special FEE $90. After Sept 30th, the Fee is $115.


SONY MIRRORLESS USER GROUP - A community of like-minded Sony Enthusiasts that meets regularly. The group is open to photographers interested in Sony’s mirrorless systems. Hosted by Michael Arbor, there are no fees or dues for joining this group. The group relies on the active participation of all attendees. Join the user group for a Photo Walk along the Bradenton Riverwalk. Sony specialist, Ranieri Palavicini, will be there to answer questions and provide support. The walk is on Tuesday, October 8th at 6:00 PM.

OLYMPUS USERS GROUP - The Group is open to the public and photographers interested in Olympus micro 4/3 mirrorless systems. Lead by Steve & Faith Hutchinson, Olympus Ambassadors, and Workshop Partners. There are no fees or dues for joining this group. However, some group activities have fees. The group meets once a month on the 4th Wednesday of the month. The next meeting is on Wednesday, September 25th at 6:30 PM.

LOW LIGHT PHOTO GROUP - The Low Light Group is open to all interchangeable lens cameras (ILC) - Mirrorless or DSLR - users who are interested in Low Light Photography. Hosted by Donovan (Dono) Evans, the group will explore the unique properties of low light photography with presentations and field trips. There are no fees or dues for joining this group. However, some group activities have fees. The group relies on the active participation of all attendees. Meeting Times: The Low Light Group meets bi-monthly. Field trips and other similar events are scheduled when appropriate. If you have any questions, you can email Dono at dono@jpiphoto.com - The next meeting is on Thursday, November 14th at 6:30 PM.

Missed a meeting and wished to join one of these groups, register online here to receive future e-mail updates. Group meetings are held at JPI unless otherwise stated.


Schedule a private appointment for personal photography, equipment, and software instruction. Our instructors cover a wide range of topics, photography disciplines, and editing techniques. These appointments are usually very technical about a piece of specific equipment or photo technique. Please bring something to jot down notes. Write down 3 to 5 questions about what you would like to discuss or learn.

Private Camera & Photography Lessons - One on One instruction on how to use your digital camera and create photos is available with our expert instructors.
FEE $90 for 1-Hour. Please charge the camera batteries. It is recommended to bring a memory card that is empty or contains no significant pictures or videos.
Date & Times - You can schedule an appointment Monday through Friday at 6:00 PM through the end of September. Register online or call JPI at (941)-896-9921. Some Saturdays are available, call the store to schedule.

Private Lessons in Lightroom Workflow* - Lightroom is a powerful tool for the photographer. It is an organizer, editor, and can output creative works in a myriad of ways. Whether you’re a beginner looking for a solid foundation in importing, organizing, and editing; or an experienced user wanting to explore new options to augment your workflow, our instructors have the experience to guide you. Each One on One lesson builds around the student’s needs.
Fee: $90 - Bring your camera and your laptop. Fully charge all devices for the class. All software, before the start of the course, must be already installed.
Date & Times - You can schedule an appointment Monday through Friday at 1:00 PM through the end of September. However, if you would prefer another time during the week, please contact Mike Faron at JPI - (941)-896-9921. There are no appointments available during the weekend.

Private Photoshop Editing Lessons* - Our expert graphic artists can give guidance through many topics like - image compositing, color corrections, working in layers, digital asset management, advanced operations, selection tools, basic editing settings, and much more. Although this usually is for 1-hour, extra time is available at the hourly rate.
FEE $90 - All software, before the start of the course, must be already installed.
Date & Times - You can schedule an appointment Monday through Friday at 11:00 AM or 3:00 PM through the end of September. However, if you would prefer another time during the week, please contact our Graphics Department at JPI - (941)-896-9921. No appointments are available for the weekend.

*Base level knowledge of your computer's filing system, storage locations, and operational shortcuts will go a long way towards enhancing your experience in this course and with your computer system.


Johnson PhotoImaging is sponsoring a juried photography exhibit at the Senior Friendship Center in Sarasota, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, FL 34236. The show will run from November 1st to December 5th. The exhibit is open to all JPI customers, InFocus students, and other participants showcasing their recent photography work. The title for the exhibition is "It's a Small World." The theme implies an emphasis on close-up or macro photography; however, it is open to interpretation.

First Place - $200
Second place - $100
Third Place - $50
Plus a $50 Viewer's Choice Award to be selected day of the reception.

ENTRY FEE - $8 per piece due upon receiving. Entry Fees are nonrefundable. You can submit up to six entries. Each work must be unique and mounted on a 16" x 20" inch blackboard no more than 3/16" thick. Prints sizes can be between 12"x12" to 16" x 20". Work not following the format will be disqualified. There are no refunds. Do  NOT add any hanging device on the back. The photographer must present the work finished and ready to be displayed at the time of drop off. 

Click here for official rules and requirements.

Important Dates:
Receiving - October 25th & 26th at JPI.
Reception - November 8th from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM at SFC.
Pick Up Work - Dec. 11th - Dec. 14th at JPI.

For additional questions email us here or call the store, (941) 896-9921. Ask for Dono. Good luck!

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