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jpi Infocus classes

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

Our professional instructors are experienced 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 been 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.


There is online registration via Eventbrite at www.jpiinfocus.eventbrite. You can also call the store at (941) 896-9921 or stop on in. All educational programs fees are due when you register.


There are no refunds.

Class Durations

Class durations may vary, from the designated time - depending on group size, and group 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 education experience, please plan to arrive 15 to 10 minutes early.

Upcoming InFocus Schedule (At a Glance)

• May 22nd - @10:30 AM - Canon Demo Days - FREE
• May 22nd - @ 4:00 PM - What Would I Do - FREE
• May 22nd - @ 6:30 PM - Olympus User Group - FREE
• May 23rd - @10:30 AM - Canon Demo Days - FREE
• May 27th - Memorial Day - The Store is Closed!
• May 30th - @ 6:00 PM - Lightroom Workflow - From Camera to Print - $75
• June 1st - @ 9:00 AM - Camera Basics - $75
• June 1st - @ 10:00 PM - Low Light Excursion to Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park - $79
• June 4th - 6:00 PM - Beyond Camera Basics - $75
• June 11th - 6:30 PM - Sony Mirrorless User Group - FREE
• June 14th @ 10:00 AM - JPI TRADE IN DAYS
• June 14th - 10:00 AM - OLYMPUS DEMO DAY
• June 14th - 10:00 AM - NIKON DEMO DAY
• June 15th @ 10:00 AM - JPI TRADE IN DAYS
• June 15th @ 10:00 AM - OLYMPUS DEMO DAY
• June 18th @ 6:00 PM - Working with Flash - $75
• June 30th - 8:30 AM - Wilderness Photo Safari - $99
• July 18th - 6:30 PM - Low Light Photo Group - $10
• 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
• 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 basic menu & button controls, operations and workflow. Along with practical tips about your new interchangeable lens system (ILC). What will cover: • Exposure • Composition • Use of Lenses • Subject Development • Creative Thinking • Menu Navigation • Maintenance. FEE $75 - Free* with your camera purchase from JPI. May 18th @ 9AM & June 1st @ 9AM.

Beyond Camera Basics - You've left the Automatic Zone, but you still need some help navigating the rules of the road. Join Steve and Faith Hutchinson as they guide you with hands on shooting techniques. You'll learn how to shoot in manual working with the exposure triangle (ISO • Aperture • Shutter). Bring your interchangeable lens camera - Mirrorless or D-SLR - with a fully charged battery. FEE $75 - Free* with you camera purchase from JPI. June 4th @ 6PM.

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

What Would I Do - A photo editing & critique class with Canon Specialist, Jeff Leimbach. He will be teaching his photography class, What I Would Do. This is a FREE class. Bring up to 3 image files, either JPEG or RAW. Jeff will load them up into his computer system and edit and critique them. Seating is limited. Be sure to register here and save your seat. The class is on May 22nd @ 4:00 PM.

Jeff will also be doing a series of Canon Camera Demos in the store from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM May 22nd & 23rd. A perfect time to ask questions and try out Canon camera systems and lenses.

Lightroom Workflow - from Camera to Print
- Lightroom is a powerful tool for the photographer. It’s an organizer, Editor, and can output your creative works in a myriad of ways. The big question is, “Where do you start?” Based upon the idea that “one of the best ways of learning is doing”, we’ve set up a new class that takes you through the process - several times. We’ll take a look at some of the variations and options, while building a solid foundation in the overall workflow. Fee: $75 - May 30th at 6PM.

Low Light Excursion Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park
- You don't need expensive photo gear or a telescope to photograph the stars at night. What you do need is a camera with manual settings, that can swap out lenses and a tripod. The other thing you need is a very dark sky. Join Foto Dono on field trip to photograph the Milky Way at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park and Wild Island, FL. This area is one of the few places in Florida that have the darkest skies. Included is field instruction, image review and discussion. What is not included is transportation, overnight accommodations, park fee and food. Register here and for more info. Fee: $79 - Two nights, June 1st and June 2nd. Shooting between 10PM to 1AM each night.

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 your photos. We will also discuss how to use built-in flash and the benefits of external flashes, also called speedlights. Following the classroom instruction, students will try out some flashes and techniques in the studio. Fee: $75 - June 18th at 6:00 PM.

Wilderness Photo Safari - A wildlife photo safari with Foto Dono in the heart of Florida. Photograph from safari trucks equipped with stadium seating and a full-coverage canvas shade. Plus opportunities to feed the animals. Over 450 animals with 50 different species in wide open 260 acres of Florida wilderness. All of this is located north of Lakeland, FL in Safari Wilderness Ranch. Here are just some of species at the ranch - scimitar-horned oryx (a species that is extinct in the wild), common and defassa waterbuck, zebra, camels, ring-tailed and red-ruffed lemurs, red lechwe, nilgai, kudu, watusi cattle, and more! You'll also have a chance to see a variety of native wildlife too. - Fee $99 - June 30th at 8:30 AM.


SONY MIRRORLESS USER GROUP - A community of like-minded Sony Enthusiasts that meets on a regular basis. The group is open to photographers interested in Sony’s mirrorless systems. Hosted by Michael Arbor, the group will explore the exciting world of Sony. There are no fees or dues for joining this group. The group relies on the active participation from all attendees. The next meeting is June 11th @ 6:30 PM.

OLYMPUS USERS GROUP - The Group is open to the public and photographers interested in Olympus micro 4/3 mirrorless systems. Hosted by Steve & Faith Hutchinson, Olympus Ambassadors and Workshop Partners. For more info about them go to OurPhotoTribe.com. 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 Wednesday, May 22nd @ 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 from all attendees. Be sure to subscribe to our email list to be notified of the next upcoming meeting. the meeting is Thursday, July 18th @ 6:30 PM. You can read the latest Low Light Photo Group newsletter here.

If you missed a meeting and wish to join one these groups, click here. You can register your email to receive future email updates. Meetings are normally held at JPI.


A private appointment for personal photography, equipment and software instruction can be arranged. Our instructors cover a wide range of topics, photography disciplines and editing techniques.

Our expert graphic artist and photo educators can guide you 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 is normally for 1-hour, additional time can be arranged 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 your appointment - Please be sure your camera batteries are charged. It is recommended to bring a memory card that is empty or contains no important pictures or videos. These appointments are usually very technical about a specific equipment or photo technique. Please bring something to jot down notes. It is recommended that your write down 3 to 5 questions about what you would like discuss or learn.

Computer Photo Editing Lessons - Things to do before your appointment - Please be sure your lap top is charged. These appointments are usually very technical about a specific program. Please bring something to jot down notes. It is recommended that your write down 3 to 5 questions about what you would like discuss or learn prior to your appointment. 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 you better understand the software’s features and functions. Please be sure the correct software is installed before your 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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