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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)

• July 16th - 6:00 PM - Beyond Camera Basics - $75
• July 18th - 6:30 PM - Low Light Photo Group - $10
• July 19th - 10:00 AM - Coffee and Cameras with Olympus - SOLD OUT
• July 20th - 10:00 PM - Low Light Excursion to Coquina Beach - $49
• July 21st - 6:30 PM - Nature Photo Walk - $75
• July 23rd - 6:00 PM - Working with Flash -$75
• July 24th - 6:30 PM - Olympus User Group - FREE
• July 25th to 27th - World Rowing Championship Event with Canon
• July 26th - 10:00 AM - Canon Clean & Check Event - SOLD OUT
• Aug. 13th - 6:30 PM - Sony Mirrorless User Group - FREE
• Aug. 14th - 6:00 PM - Camera Basics - $75
• Aug. 18th - 3:00 PM - Docent Tour of the Florida Museum of Photographic Art - FREE
• Sept. 13th & 14th - JPI FALL TRADE IN EVENT
• 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. 31st - JPI's 20th Anniversary

• Nov. 1st - 2:30 PM - Reception for Photo Exhibit - It's a Small World
• Nov. 10th - Save the Date - Return to Dry Creek.


Camera Basics - A guide through the prime menu & button controls, operations, and workflow. Along with practical tips about using an interchangeable lens system (ILC). What will cover: • Exposure • Composition • Use of Lenses • Subject Development • Creative Thinking • Menu Navigation • Maintenance. FEE $75 - Free* with a camera purchase from JPI. August 14th 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 an interchangeable lens camera - Mirrorless or D-SLR - with a fully charged battery. FEE $75 - Free* with a camera purchase from JPI. July 16th at 6 PM.

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

Coffee with Olympus - Sit down for a cup of joe with Olympus Specialist, Carlos Quilichini. He will help with menu navigation and other technical questions. These are 30-minute sessions for Olympus camera owners of either EM1 MK I & MK II, EM1X, EM5 MKII, EM10 MKII & MKIII. Spots are limited - sign up today and reserve a cup of coffee with Olympus. Only one camera per session for only one session. FEE: FREE - July 19th - From 10 AM to 2 PM. - SOLD OUT.

Low Light Excursion to Coquina Beach - 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 Coquina Beach in Bradenton to photograph the Milky Way. Trying to shoot at that location does have its challenges, mainly because of light pollution. However, most of the shooting will be at the beach. We will meet at the South Boat Ramp. The main goal for the field trip is to provide an experience in creating a single shot exposure or multiple exposures for stacking of the night sky. FEE: $49 - July 20th at 10 PM.

Nature Photo Walk at Celery Fields - Picking up the camera and go with Foto Dono for a Photo Walk to Celery Fields. In this workshop, we will cover • Camera Settings • Exposure Techniques • Landscape Composition • Use of Lenses • Tripods • Creative Thinking. So bring walking shoes, a charged battery, and creativity. The walk ends at sunset! FEE: $75 - July 21st at 6:30 PM, rain or shine!

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 - July 23rd at 6 PM.

Canon Clean & Check Event - Canon technicians will be in the store on Friday, July 26th from 10 AM to 5 PM to perform Clean & Checks. Places are limited. Bring a Canon EOS Mirrorless or DSLR body in for a FREE clean and check. The Canon's technicians will clean the sensor, upgrade the firmware, and inspect the camera operations. Clean & Check sessions are by appointment only – limit two cameras per customer. You will select the hour for your session when you register. Be sure to arrive 15 minutes before your session. Feel free to browse our extensive Canon gear while you are waiting. SOLD OUT!

Docent Tour at FMoPA - The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa has invited the Bradenton JPI Photo Groups for a FREE docent tour of the museum. It usually is $10 for admission. We need to get an accurate headcount if you are coming, please register here. The docent tour is on August 18th at 3 PM. Please give yourself ample time to arrive. If you wish to express your thanks, please feel free to leave a donation for the museum. Contributions are voluntary and not a requirement. You can find out more about the museum on their web site https://fmopa.org/.


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. The next meeting is on August 13th at 6:30 PM. Read the latest newsletter here.

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, July 24th at 6:30 PM.

LOW LIGHT PHOTO GROUP - The Group is open to all interchangeable lens cameras (ILC) 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. Be sure to subscribe to our email list to be notified of the next upcoming meeting.

Meeting Times: The Low Light Group meets bi-monthly. Field Trips and other similar events are scheduled when appropriate. - The next meeting is on Thursday, July 18th at 6:30 PM with special guest speaker from Olympus - Carlos Quilichini. He will be speaking about the capabilities unique with the Olympus system for light painting. There will be a hands-on demo for light painting. Also joining us will be our extra special guest, Kat Fodor of Fodor Fotos. There is a $10 fee for the demo. There is a $10 fee for the demo. You can read the latest Low Light Photo Group newsletter here.

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.

Our expert graphic artist and photo educators 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.

There is only one ticket per person for each available time slot. The appointments are on a first come, first served basis. Call the store at (941) 896-9921 to schedule or register online. FEE $90 for 1-Hour.

Camera Lessons - Things to do before the appointment - Please charge the camera batteries. It is recommended to bring a memory card that is empty or contains no significant pictures or videos. 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.

Photo Editing Lessons - Things to do before the appointment - Please charged all devices for the lesson. These appointments are usually very technical about a specific program. Please bring something to jot down notes. Write down 3 to 5 questions about what you would like to discuss or learn. Most software uses the computer operating system as the basis for the applications uses. Having a base knowledge of shortcut keys and the computer’s filing system help, to better understand the software’s features and functions. Please be sure to install the correct software before the appointment.


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 Nov 1st to Dec 5th. The exhibit is open to all JPI customers, InFocus students and other participants showcasing their recent photography work. The title for the exhibit 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 non refundable. You can submit up to six entries. Each work must be unique & be mounted on a 16" x 20" inch black board no more than 3/16" thick. Prints sizes can be between 12"x12" to 16" x 20". Any work that fails to follow this will be disqualified. There are no refunds. Do NOT add any hanging device on the back. Photographer must present the work finished and ready to be displayed at time of drop off.

Click here for official rules and requirements.

Important Dates:
Receiving - October 25th & 26th at JPI.
Reception - November 1st 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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