Many people, companies and schools offer “media classes” … but few have the real skills to perform at 1:1 private custom education. Jared Brick has spent the last 15 years refining his photographic, video, and media teaching style to fit all levels to fit in a ton of useful info into each private lesson!

I took a private photography class from Jared and it was excellent! It was 2 hours packed full of useful information delivered in an easy to understand way, I would definitely recommend his classes!
— Brigid H. - Oakland, CA

I’m a teacher myself, so I can be very critical of teachers if they don’t do their job well. Jared is a gifted teacher. After a 2-hour session with him, I finally understand how the settings on my camera work. He’s personable, clear, and generous. You can learn a great deal from him in 2 hours! He packs so much information into his lessons that you might want to tape them. I’m glad that I did; that way, I can review the lesson from time to time.
— Berk H., Berkeley, CA



Learn your camera with private 1:1 lessons on the core foundations of photography: Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, White Balance, useful settings, lenses, pro tips, best practices and great secrets!



Photography and video is a solid creative art form, lending visual composition with skills. Jared teaches you core basics, you will need to control light and movement captured by you camera! 

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Digital video captures the moving image with sound and action. Most DLSRs camera include video mode, so we can work with you on learning how to best capture your moments with live video and media! 

Seeking photography help and not knowing what to do I was referred to Jared and his phenomenal services. He was patient and very informative on which shots would look best based on my end goal. Having never done this before, I felt at ease and like there was a mutual trust there. I am very happy with the results and definitely plan on returning for more shots on the beautiful campus.
— Netalya F.
That was very useful. I’m not a beginner, but my technical skills needed some updating and Jared helped me with that, plus a quick primer on Adobe Lightroom. Nice!
— Peter L.
I took two lessons just before my trip to Africa… game changer! My shots came out so much better than I could have imagined! Jared’s lessons were perfect!
— Janelle S.
Jared is unbelievably AWESOME! He is a great teacher. Very accessible, easy to interact with, doesn’t make you feel bad for not knowing anything, and shows you what he is teaching you. I went home and immediately put to use his training and took some of the best pictures I’ve ever taken. I don’t think I could be a bigger fan. He’s really that good.
— Marj P.



Your first 2-hour lesson covers the following foundational aspects of digital photography:

  • Getting to know your camera and relevant photo gear with an overview of the features you will use the most!

  • Learn the finer details about ISO, White Balance (WB), optimal color settings, using flash, maximizing focus and nailing your exposure settings.

  • Demystify Aperture (A or AV mode for f/stops) to learn how each camera and each of your lens control for light and depth.

  • Learn about about life in motion with Shutter Speed (S or TV mode) as you discover the rules around movement with photography.

  • Discover Pro photo secrets and tips that Jared will share with you to truly get most out of your camera shots!


Your second 2-hour lesson often covers on-location shooting practices for increasing your innate abilities:

  • Learn to control any DSLR camera in a diverse set of lighting scenarios and conditions, interior and exterior light.

  • Get comfortable shooting in Shutter Speed (S or TV modes) on your camera, controlling shutter speeds for time, motion and blurring special effects.

  • Learn about why to shoot in aperture (A or AV modes) on your camera, controlling aperture and f/stops for depth, light and forcing viewers attention.

  • Dive into Manual (M mode) and shoot like a PRO! Learn how to fully control your camera with help from your light meter and juggling all the impactful settings on your camera!

  • All on-location lessons use your camera with you holding the reigns, we also practice backlighting, fill-flash and speed/motion examples.

  • Custom needs: learn to shoot on-location, in a studio, with lighting, models and more, just ask Jared!


Your third 2-hour lesson often covers a variety of topics from advanced techniques to photo editing on your computer:

  • Learn the PRO way to download, import and archive your digital images to the computer and onto external hard-drives to archive and protect your images. Organization for future retrieval is a key to digital media.

  • Gain instruction on top photo editing software including: Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom, iPhoto and also via Picasa/Flickr/Smugmug/Google Photos.

  • Cover editing basics of cropping, color-balancing, saturation, contrast, composition, noise reduction, issues for finer edit adjustments to go from 50/50 good photos to over 90% great images!

  • Learn to convert your RAW or JPG color images to black & white, and many other great image effects, such as HDR photography.

  • Review exporting, online sharing to easily build photo galleries, burn to backup archival discs, upload or simply back-up your media. Again digital media requires us to be photographer, editor and archivist all in one!

Jared is a great teacher. He’s methodical, easy going, and able to relate the technical aspects of photography to real life scenarios. I feel inspired to tackle my DSLR camera. I had lots of ‘ah ha’ moments and learned things I had no idea my camera could do. Watch out world I am going to shoot you.
— Nicole S., San Francisco, CA

Custom + Advanced Lessons

Are you an experienced photographer simply looking to increase skills in one area. Check out the below areas we can work with you on to leap you into new skills fast and effectively! 

  • Learn iPhoto Photoshop Elements editing

  • Website and product photography techniques

  • Real-estate photography, custom white balance

  • Fine-art and other photography specialities

  • Complex photographic or video situations + scenes

  • HD Video and new DSLR video recordings

  • Advanced lighting + flash techniques

  • Professional portraiture for kids, adults, animals

  • Off-camera sync flash techniques (gear-required)

  • Computer editing on Adobe’s Photoshop/Lightroom

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Location Details

All lessons will meet with 1:1 with Jared Brick at the following locations around the Bay:

Santa Cruz - Meet up at local parks, the redwoods, local beaches or a location of your choice for private lessons!

East Bay*- Oakland, Berkeley, UC Berkeley campus, Alameda, Montclair or other great local photography spots

San Francisco*- Ferry Building, Union Square, Presidio, Golden Gate Park, other parks, cafes and public areas

Bay Area Locations* - Are you located outside Santa Cruz or SF? If so, contact us for a lesson quote to meet you

Privates - Need Jared to come to your home/neighborhood to learn more about photography, contact us! 

*Some lesson locations require an additional travel fee to meet you, contact us for more info

Prices + Payments

Rates: $60-100* per hour, avg. 2-hour sessions, prices may not include travel time. (*Based on availability/locations)

Packages: Save some money and speed up your learning curve with these packages, lessons are paid in-advance

2 hours for 1 Session = $120 base

4 hours for 2 Sessions = $240 base

6 hours for 3 Session = $360 base

Payments: We accept cash, credit cards online via PayPal, Stripe, Square and Venmo. Packages are all paid in-advance in advance of your first lesson, or due at the end of the first lesson. Cash or checks are payable contact us for mailing address.  (*pricing based on availability/locations, prices subject to change)


Gift someone custom private lessons, simply email us with their full name and the email of that person, and pay-in-advance (above payment options). You or they can receive a printed gift voucher for their lessons in the mail or via email (pdf).
Simple right… get started today!

Meet your guide: Jared Brick


Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and my private lessons. I started this work back in 2005, and I love the personal interaction of working with all types of creative people. I'm passionate about 1:1 and small group teaching, building skills, and helping others to gain true inspiration!
My students mention I possess an easy-going style of teaching, and when instructing I relate challenging and complex details in a simple to remember method. My lessons, multimedia marketing, photography and video services, provide people with a creative, professional and efficient way to grow! Please contact me to see how I can help you!


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