6709 State Road 70 East, Bradenton, FL 34203 | (941) 896-9921 | Mon-Fri 10am-6pm & Sat 10am-2pm

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)

· Feb. 19th - @ 6:00 PM - Working with Flash - $75
· Feb. 21st - @ 6:00 PM - Camera Basics - $75
· Feb. 24th - @ 8:00 AM - Macro Photo Walk - $75
· Feb. 27th - @ 6:30 PM - Olympus User Group Meeting - FREE
· March 1st & 2nd - JPI TRADE IN DAYS
· March 7th - @ 4:30 PM Olympus OM-D E-M1X Launch Event - FREE
· March 8th thru 10th - Grand Prix Field Trip
· March 12th - @ 6:30 - Sony Mirrorless Users Group - FREE
· March 13th - @ 6:00 PM - Camera Basics - $75
· March 14th - @ 6:30 PM - Low Light Photo Group - FREE
· March 16th - @ 7:00 AM - SeaScapes with Mark Cohen - $75
· March 22nd & 23rd - Canon Special Event & Field Trip
· April 12th & 13th - Bikini Boot Camp with David Guy Maynard -
$299 Early Registration. $349.99 After March 12th
· April 16th - @ 6:00 PM - Using Apeture - $75
· April 23rd - @ 6:00 PM - Shutter Speed - Stop That! - $75
· April 27th - @ 9:00 AM - Camera Basics - $75
· April 30th - @ 6:00 PM - Working with Flash - $75


Camera Basics - A guide through the basic menu & button controls, operations and workflow. Along with practical tips about your new interchangeable lens system (ILC). FEE $75 - Free with your camera purchase from JPI. Feb 21st @ 6PM or March 13th @ 6PM or April 27th @ 9AM.

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 - Feb 19th or April 30th @ 6PM.

Macro Photo Walk - Discover the world of Macro Photography. Join JPI for a macro photo walk to Robinson Preserve. You'll wander through the mangroves and tidal marshes with Foto Dono. Armed with a macro lens, a tripod and a water bottle, you'll explore the ability to make photographs of small items larger than life size. For all levels of photographers on practical macro tips on equipment, composition and depth-of-field. FEE $75 - Feb 24th @ 7AM.

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 16th @ 7AM

Bikini Boot Camp with David Guy Maynard - In this lively 8+ Hour Workshop, you will not only learn straight forward, useful information for taking better beach photos, but for taking better photos in general. An understanding of light and the proper tools are essential. David's approach to these is simple, straight forward, and stresses minimum gear & maximum results. From 6 to 8 PM on Friday 4/12/19, David will offer a classroom style presentation covering tools and techniques to produce stunning beach photos. Then from 6:30 AM to 9:30 AM on Saturday 4/13/19, with guidance and coaching from David, the group will shoot with Bikini models at Coquina beach through sunrise, and again at 5:30 PM through sunset. Learn to overcome and balance harsh sunlight, and achieve magazine quality photos the easy way. Bring your Cameras and gear! Note: there will be some very cool lenses and lights on hand for you to try out! We will meet back at the store at 1 PM Saturday for a lunch, mingle, and Q&A session.

Friday, April 12th - Classroom style seminar at the store from 6 PM to 8 PM
Saturday, April 13th - Hands on shoot at Coquina Beach. 6:30 to 9:30 AM
Saturday, April 13th  - 1:00 PM at JPI for Q&A Session (Lunch will be provided)
Saturday, April 13th - Hands on shoot at Coquina Beach. 5:30 PM through sunset

Early Registration $299.99 - Early Bird Registration ends March 12th
General Admission$349.99

Using Aperture - What the f/Stop!? - In this class, we will be examining one element of the exposure triangle. We will begin with a classroom presentation that will explain how we can use aperture to control depth of field, or to control more or less light through the lens.Following, students will have the opportunity to test their understanding of concepts by experimenting with aperture in the studio. FEE $75 - April 16th @ 6PM

Shutter Speed: Stop That! Shutter speed can freeze action, or create motion blur, depending on the setting that is used. In this class, we will begin with a classroom presentation which will explain how shutter speed (or time value) can be used effectively.  Then apply those concepts they’ve learned in the studio. FEE $75 - April 30th @ 6PM


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 March 12th @ 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, February 27th @ 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, March 14th @ 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.

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Launch Event: Johnson PhotoImaging - St. Petersburg Grand Prix

DATE: March 07, 2019 - 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Olympus and Johnson PhotoImaging are proud to introduce the latest member of the Olympus OM-D family, the OM-D E-M1X.

Please join us for:

An exclusive OM-D Development Philosophy Presentation by Olympus Tokyo’s Product Planning team. An exclusive video presentation by Olympus Visionary Joe Edelman. Hands On demonstrations of Intelligent Subject Detection Auto Focus and ProCapture. An opportunity to be among the first to try out the new camera Special giveaways and offers Light refreshments.

Preregister Here.

And be sure to join us at the Grand Prix in St. Petersnug - March 8th to the 10th!


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.

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