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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. Outside events are rain or shine.

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)

• March 7th - 9:00 AM - Camera Basics - $75

• March 13th to 15th - Olympus MeetUp at Grand Prix - St. Pete- FREE*

• March 17th - 6:00 PM - Beyond Camera Basics - $75

• March 19th - 5:30 PM - Get to Know Your Canon Camera - FREE - SOLD OUT!

• March 20th & 21st - JPI Trade-In Event - Save the Dates!

• March 20th & 21st - Capture One Pro Demo Days - FREE

• March 20th & 21st - Olympus Demo Days - FREE

• March 20th & 21st - Canon Demo Days - FREE

• March 21st - Sony Demo Day - FREE

• March 21st - 9:30 PM - Milky Way Over Big Cypress - $135*

• March 25th -6:30 PM - Olympus User Group Meeting - FREE

• March 26th - 7:00 PM - Playing with Light and Fire – $85

• March 28th - 7:00 AM - SeaScapes with Mark Cohen - $75*

• April 4th - 4:30 PM - Sony Mirrorless Group - FREE

• April 1st - 6:00 PM - Camera Basics - $75

• April 2nd - 6:30 PM - Low Light Photo Group – FREE

• April 7th - 6:00 PM - Beyond Camera Basics - $75

• April 19th - 3:30 AM - Milky Way and Light Pollution - $55*

*Admissions are not included. Outdoor events are rain or shine.


Camera BasicsA guide through the primary menu & button controls, operations, and workflow for your interchangeable lens system (ILC) - Mirrorless or D-SLR cameras. What will be covered: • Exposure • Composition • Use of Lenses • Subject Development • Creative Thinking • Menu Navigation • Maintenance. FEE $75 - *Free with a camera purchase from JPI March 7th at 9 AM and April 1st 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 JPI March 17th and April 7th at 6 PM.

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

MeetUp at the Grand Prix - MeetUp with JPI and Olympus at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete. Look for the Olympus Tent! JPI and Olympus will be there to answer questions and loan out camera gear! Olympus Tent will be in the tent area within the Grandstand. They recommend purchasing Paddock and Pit Passes for access. Tickets are available from Grand Prix - Website and at the Box Office. For tickets, go to http://gpstpete.com/. MeetUp times will be modified as we get closer to the Grand Prix. - From March 13th to the 15th.

Get to Know Your Canon Camera, And Then Some - The JPI Canon User Group welcomes Canon Specialist Jeff Leimbach. This class is for Canon shooters and prospective customers. If you have a Canon D-SLR or mirrorless system, or are looking to purchase a Canon camera, then RSVP for the class. He'll go over the features and benefits that are unique to Canon camera systems. Plus he'll be providing photo tips and tricks he's learned in his award winning career. FREE • March 19th at 5:30 PM. SOLD OUT!

Milky Way Over Big Cypress - Learn how to create Panoramic images of the Milky Way. In March, the Milky Way will present itself with a panoramic view in the early morning sky. One of the best places to view and photograph it is around the Florida Everglades. A favorite spot for many Astrophotographers. Join Foto Dono between March 21st and 22nd in Everglades City for an opportunity to photograph the night sky. The class is limited to ten people. FEE: $135. What's Included: Camera Settings • Creating Panoramics • Composition • Instruction • field trip • an afternoon class learning how to edit & process the photos from start to finish. Not included: Lodging • transportation • food.

Light and Fire with David Frayer - Creating images with light or light painting is a unique and popular form of photography. It's moving a light source while taking a long exposure photograph, either to illuminate a subject or space. All you need is an interchangeable lens camera (ILC), a tripod and a remote switch. The workshop will get you out of the "auto" zone of your camera. Photographer David Frayer, along with model and photographer Kat Fodor, will guide you through your camera settings and allow you to create memorable images. The workshop is for all levels of photographers. What will be covered • Exposure • Composition • Use of Lenses • Subject Development • Creative Thinking • Lighting. FEE $85 - March 26th at 7:00 PM.

SeaScapes with Mark Cohen - Follow along with acclaimed photographer Mark Cohen on an exciting field trip to a South Florida fishing village with endless possibilities to photograph unique images of various seascapes. Capture views of the bay, docks, boats, a net camp, reflections, traps, buoys, and many other natural scenes, including birds and local wildlife. He will be sharing his vast knowledge of photography with all attendees and answer questions about scenic and landscape photography. It is an early morning class intended to capture the subtleties of light and color set to the natural background of the Cortez Fishing Village. FEE $75 • March 28th at 7:00 AM.

Milky Way and Light Pollution - Photographing the Milky Way isn't as tough as it seems. It just requires the right equipment and patience. Foto Dono will be hosting a field trip to photograph the Milky Way. Trying to shoot at on-location does have its challenges, mainly because of light pollution. The main goal for the field trip is to provide 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. The optimal time to photograph is from 4:00 AM to 5:30 AM. FEE $55 - April 19th at 3:30 AM.


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 next meeting is a field trip to Cape Coral on Saturday, April 4th at 4:30 PM. The group will not be meeting at the store. Click here to RSVP and for more info.

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. The next meeting is on Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30 PM. With Guest Speaker - Mark Cohen. Mark has had one-person exhibitions at South Florida Museum, Florida Maritime Museum, Conservation Foundation, and Arts and Cultural Alliance. Besides, his photographic images have been published in magazines, national and local, and in books. Museums, corporations, and private collections own many of his works.

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. 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, April 2nd 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. The groups rely on the active participation of all attendees.


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.

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.


Lessons in Lightroom* - 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 online 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.

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 online 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.

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