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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 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 been launched from our educational programs.

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As a reminder, under the current public health situation, if you have special health conditions or have concerns with any class, please contact the store at (941) 896-9921 about options that may be available to you. Store hours are from 10 AM to 6 PM Monday through Friday and 10 AM to 2 PM Saturday. You can also send an e-mail to store@jphphoto.com.

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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. If you have a JPI gift card or a free class voucher, please call JPI to register.


There are no refunds. Outside events are rain or shine.

Photography Classes

Online Class Durations

The class duration may vary from the designated time, depending on group size and involvement. Each class has an active participation element. The goal is for everyone to learn, create, and enjoy. All are scheduled to begin at the start times listed on the individual event page. Please be prepared 15 to 10 minutes early before the online session starts to ensure the best educational experience.


Software Lessons • Base level knowledge of your computer's filing system, storage locations, and active shortcuts will go a long way towards enhancing your experience in those courses and with your computer system.

Online Tutorials • After registering, you'll receive a link to your online session with the instructor. If you need to make other arrangements for date and time, please call JPI. Online sessions are through Zoom.

In-Store Classes • Only 4 students per class to ensure proper social distancing practices.

Zoom Classes

• A Complete Guide to Photography

The class is an 8-hour online course on photography, a four-day span. Designed to improve your skillset that will impress your friends and family. You will understand how a camera works and learn to take better photos with family, landscapes, wildlife, and much more. You'll learn basic editing, composition, and lighting.

Requirements: A desire to explore photography. No prior photography knowledge is expected or needed—a complete course prepared for beginners. The design of the event is for the absolute beginner.

Any camera: Any camera used the appropriate way will take excellent pictures. However, if you are a new owner of a DSLR or Mirrorless camera or thinking of upgrading, this class is for you.

Contents and Overview: You'll start with the basics, like the camera in your hand, and we will build from there. The class will cover how cameras work and what gear is needed. We will go over manual settings. You will understand it's not what you have, but it's in how you use it to capture images. We will cover composition, lighting, portraits, street, long exposure, action, smartphone, wildlife, weddings, and much more. Optionally there will be assignments handed that we can review after the class. Although the cameras featured in the class are Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Sony, you do not need to have one of these systems. Each session ends with Ask Me Anything about Photography.

The fee for the four-day class is $175. The class begins April 26th and ends on April 29th.

Phone Photography for the Photographer

The class is an online photography course teaching you how to improve your smartphone photography.

If you have little to no experience, then this is the course for you. Lessons include creating depth, lighting, editing, emphasizing storytelling in your image, and understanding phone file management. We will discuss various accessories available for phones, useful for blogging and vlogging your adventures.

The class streams live online with Zoom, so you'll be talking directly with your teacher. The course will be recorded and made available for you to view later via DropBox or Google Drive. The class running time is approximately 90-minutes.

After this class, you will learn to stop worrying and love technology.

Fee $50 - May 4th at 6:30 PM

• Architectural Photography with Jeff Leimbach

A simple guide to shooting architecture, this class goes over Gear, Lenses, Shooting, Editing. We discuss what gear I take to every shoot, what lenses I use, the differences, and why I use specific lenses. The shooting section is an illustrated look at the mode I use and the step-by-step process for capture. Editing looks at RAW Capture and Final Image to demonstrate how to present an image.

This class is for anyone interested in capturing better Architectural images, regardless of skill level, camera brand, or type.

Fee - FREE - May 5th at 6:30 PM

In-Store Classes

• Capture One - A Beginner's Guide

Capture One Pro is an alternative to Lightroom without a subscription. It has robust digital asset management that can help the established photographer or the novice. The tools that Capture One provides allow you to organize, edit, and output in a custom interface that fits your needs. Its main power is its incredible RAW editing tools.

Topics in this class include understanding the interface, and it's easier than you think. We will cover working with catalogs and sessions and tips to speed up your workflow. We will explore the editing suite, playing with cropping, straitening, professional-grade color correction, working in layers, exporting into Photoshop, and batch processing. If you're an avid photo enthusiast, then this is an excellent class for you.

Fee $75 - April 13th at 6:30 PM

• Camera Basics

A class designed for new camera owners, specifically for D-SLRs or Mirrorless systems.

Topics that will be covered: • Exposure • Composition • Use of Lenses • Subject Development • Creative Thinking • Menu Navigation • Maintenance.

FEE $75 - Free with a camera purchase from JPI. If you have a free ticket or gift card, please call JPI at (941) 896-9921 to RSVP your spot. April 17th at 2:30 PM.

• Light Basics - Working with Flash Photography

This class will teach the fundamentals of using available light and light modifiers in various photographic situations.

What will be covered: • Using the Flash • Using Natural Light • Lighting, your subject • Exposure Settings • Composition • Creative Thinking • Light Modifiers • Expansion & Compression.

Please have the battery fully charged for your Mirrorless or D-SLR. You do not need to have a flash for this webinar.

Following the classroom instruction, students will try out some flashes and techniques in the studio.

Fee - $75 - April 20th at 6:30 PM.

Beyond the Camera Basics

Leaving the Automatic Zone but still need help navigating the photographer's road rules. Join Foto Dono as he guides you through manual settings and working with the exposure triangle (ISO • Aperture • Shutter).

Fee - $75 - April 24th at 2:30 PM.

What will be covered: Exposure Settings Depth of Field Freezing and Blurring Motion Use of Lenses Subject Development Creative Thinking Lighting your subject Expansion & Compression.

A basic understanding of your camera's navigational features will go a long way towards enhancing your experience in this course. Please have your - Mirrorless or D-SLR - battery fully charged.

• Close-Up and Macro Photography

The class is a two-hour exploration of the fantastic world of close-up and macro photography. The course is for beginners to advanced photographers who are fascinated by the macro world.

What to Expect - We will go over selecting cameras, lenses, macro attachments, and light sources. Also, we cover focus stacking using Adobe Photoshop. If you haven't used Adobe Photoshop before, there is a free trial version available.

What you will need - Please bring either a DSLR or Mirrorless System and a lens. The cameras featured in the class are Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Sony. You may bring any camera, and you do not need to have a computer or a macro lens for this course.

The Fee is $75. May 1st at 2:30 PM.

If time permits, we will also do a live practice session. There will be a limited choice of lens selection for macro work. Depending on the weather will be either outside or inside for the practice session.

Understanding Landscape Photography

Pick up some confidence and a little bit of knowledge to capture beautiful landscapes. Landscape photography is one of the most popular genres. With every holiday you've taken, and just around the neighborhood, there are many opportunities to capture that perfect landscape photo. However, most beginning photographers lack confidence and a little bit of knowledge to capture beautiful scenes.

The class is for anyone who seeks to improve their skills in photographing landscapes. We will discuss camera equipment, planning out locations, explain the depth of field, and cover exposure settings. Also, you will learn basic compositional techniques you can apply to improve your photos. The course includes handouts, simple photo editing techniques, and numerous real-life examples.

FEE $75 - May 11th at 6:30 PM

Creative Compositions

The two-hour class is for anyone new to photography and wants to improve their work.

Learn the skills on what makes a good photograph—telling the difference between a good and a bad photo. The course assumes you know the basics of photography and your camera. Also, understanding the nature of exposure - Aperture, Shutter, and ISO.

The comprehensive class on composition will demonstrate which elements work for some photos and not others. The goal is to become creative in your work and see it from a new perspective.

Topics Include - Compositional techniques like the golden ratio, thirds rule, and the Fibonacci Spiral. You are learning to tell a story with less and maximizing the potential capture. We will cover how lens expansion and compression affect your background and your emphasis.

There will be a lot of examples from the instructor explaining his reason why the composition works. During the course, he will explain why thinking before you take the shot works more often than not.

Fee $75 - May 18th at 6:30 PM

Private In-Store or On-Line Tutorials

• Camera Menus and Photography - An interactive online camera course or in-store tutorial with a photo instructor. You'll receive guidance through your Mirrorless or D-SLR camera's primary menu & button controls and operations.

The instructor will cover exposure, focusing, scene settings, and shooting modes and share practical tips.

Weekly Lessons in Lightroom - Lightroom lessons are one on one with an instructor either online or in-store. There are scores of videos online about Lightroom. However, if you are looking for more of a personal guide to Lightroom Classic, you can join Mike for his weekly lessons. 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.

• Weekly Photoshop CC Editing Lessons - If you are looking for more of a personal guide to Photoshop, you can join Mike for his weekly lessons. He provides one-on-one 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.

Lightroom and Photoshop Lessons are typically scheduled Tuesday through Friday at 4:30 or 6:30 PM. If you need to make other arrangements for date and time, please call JPI at (941) 896-9921. You can schedule an in-store appointment if you prefer. Ask for our Graphic Artist, Mike. You can reach him Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 5 PM. - FEE - $100 for 1-hour for either lesson.

Camera Menus and Photography Tutorials are scheduled for once a week at 6:30 PM. Please call JPI at (941) 896-9921 to schedule your appointment. Ask for Dono, Director of Education. - Fee $100 for 90 minutes.

Upcoming Field Trips and Photo Shoots

Capture Striking Night Photos

This three-part course will teach you everything you need to know about capturing night photos. It covers from basics of Low Light Photography to capturing Star Trails and the Milky Way.

If you are interested in shooting in low light, Milky Way, or night landscapes (NightScapes!), this is the course. It is perfect for beginners with little to no knowledge of photography. The course topics include Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, recommended equipment, composition, editing, exposure blend, star trails, and focus stack.

The fee is $285 - RSVP HERE!

The course has three parts.

Part 1 - 2.5 hours on April 14th, Tuesday at 6:30 PM (Classroom)

Part 2 - 2.5 hours on April 15th, Wednesday at 6:30 PM (Classroom)

Part 3 - 2.5 Hours on April 18th, Sunday at 4:00 AM (Field Trip)

Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral - A Sony Field Trip

Join JPI down in Cape Coral to photograph the Burrowing Owls. Burrowing Owls are small, sandy colored owls with bright-yellow eyes. They live underground in burrows they've dug themselves or taken over from a prairie dog, ground squirrel, or tortoise. They live in grasslands, deserts, and other open habitats, where they hunt mainly insects and rodents. They live there all year round, usually nesting around March. Between April and June, the chicks are born. They soon learn to stick their heads out of their burrows. Hopefully, we will see a few of these on this trip.

Sony Specialist Ranieri Palavicini will be in attendance with some Sony lenses, 200-600mm and 100-400mm, along with some Sony cameras, A7R4 and A9 Mark II. An excellent opportunity to try out some of Sony's fast cameras and long lenses.

Field Trip Fee – FREE

When - April 25th at 5PM

Meeting Place –  Cape Coral Library, 921 SW 39th Terrace, Cape Coral, FL 33914

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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. Missed a meeting and wished to join, register online here to receive future e-mail updates. Group meetings are currently online only. UPCOMING FIELD TRIP APRIL 25th 5PM - This will be a lens loaner event with Sony. Plus a chance to photograph the Burrowing Owls of Cape Coral.


The meeting streams live online with Zoom and also over on Facebook. After the meeting, the recording will remain on Facebook.

The Olympus Users are open to the public and photographers interested in Olympus micro 4/3 mirrorless systems. There are no fees or dues for joining this group. However, some group activities have fees. The Olympus Users is moderated by Dono, AKA Foto Dono, the director of education from JPI. He also loves his Olympus cameras!

Next Meeting TBA Soon!


The Group started in 2017 and is open to all interchangeable lens cameras, Mirrorless or DLSR users interested in Low Light Photography. Hosted by Donovan Evans, a.k.a. Foto Dono, the Group will explore low light photography's unique properties with presentations and field trips. The Group typically meets bi-monthly at Johnson PhotoImaging in Bradenton, FL.

Next Meeting TBA Soon!

Additional details will be announced as we get closer to the meeting

Click here to join the Low Light Photo Group on MeetUP


Bradenton Photo Group is a MeetUp Group whose main purpose is to create, inspire and educate the world about photography. We do this through classes, seminars, workshops, photo walks, and other photo group experiences. A chance to meet new people, learn new things, find support, get out of their comfort zones, and pursue their passions, together. All camera users Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Sony, and other brands are welcomed. There are camera group gatherings that meet at Johnson PhotoImaging in Bradenton, FL.

Upcoming MeetUp Events

Photo Assignment Challenge #2 - Lines & Light Photography May 3rd at 6:30 PM.

Field Trip to Palma Sola Botanical Gardens on May 16th at 5:30 PM.

Moderated by Donovan "Dono" Evans, Director of Education at JPI.

Click here to join the Bradenton Photo Group

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