We offer several photography and photoshop classes for those looking for a place to get started. These introductory classes provide you with a foundation on which to develop your skills and artistic vision.

Current Schedule of Classes

(see below for course descriptions)

For a full listing of our upcoming classes, click here.

All of our scheduled classes are taught in our Eagle River studio (11823 Old Glenn Highway, Suite 107, Eagle River, AK 99577). If you have special requirements we can arrange to teach most of our classes at other locations. Call us for more information.

In addition to scheduled group classes we provide one-on-one and small group instruction to accommodate students with challenging schedules or special topics. Sessions are $35 per hour for a single student or $25 per hour for multiple students (per student).

We sell gift certificates for all our classes!

All classes require a deposit to confirm your enrollment and reserve a seat. You can pay the deposit by check, credit card, or debit card. If you would like to pay by credit or debit card, please call (907) 727-1284. To pay by check, make it payable to Gutierrez Photography and mail it to:

Gutierrez Photography
11823 Old Glenn Hwy, Suite 107
Eagle River, AK 99577

To get additional information, or to register, for any of these classes contact Marco at (907) 727-1284 or gutierrez@gci.net.

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Course Descriptions

Basic Photography

Have you been struggling to understand and master the controls of your new or old camera? Are you unsure as to why some of your photographs turn out fine while other don’t? Do you want a better understanding of what your camera’s automatic functions are doing? If you answered yes to any of those questions, this class is for you.

This course is designed for those looking for a place to get started in photography or improve their current skills. During six weekly sessions we cover the fundamentals that will allow you to take better images on a consistent basis. Through a combination of lecture, in-class exercises, demonstrations, shooting assignments, and image critique you’ll build a solid understanding of how to capture the images you want. Some of the topics included in the course include most aspects of basic photography; the basics of composition, shutter speeds, f-stops, metering techniques, color balance, and automatic camera functions.

For this class you will need a camera capable of full manual operation. Contact us if you are unsure if your camera meets this requirement.

MaternityIntroduction to Photoshop

Photoshop has become the industry standard for digital photograph processing. Because of its tremendous capability and numerous functions, learning to use it effectively can be a difficult task.

This course is focused on familiarizing you with the Photoshop working environment and understanding the tools available. At the end of this two session course you’ll be able setup Photoshop and customize the working environment to simplify your editing. You’ll also learn to perform the adjustments most commonly needed for digital images.

For this class you will need your own laptop computer with an installed licensed version of Photoshop.

Flash Photography

During two weekend sessions you’ll learn to understand and make the most of use your built-in pop up flash. We’ll also cover using a hot shoe flash both on and off the camera in wired and wireless configurations. Some of the topics we’ll cover are x-sync, 1st and 2nd curtain sync, fill flash, ETTL/TTL, flash compensation, dragging the shutter, guide numbers, and using light modifiers.

Students enrolling in this class must possess a firm understanding of basic photography to include operating their camera in full manual mode. Although not necessary, I strongly recommend having a tripod and a hot shoe flash for your camera.

Macro Photography

Although Alaska is known for is grand landscapes and expansive panoramic views, there is a world of photographic opportunity nearby if we only think small. This three session introductory course will cover the equipment and techniques needed to get started photographing the little things around us.

Students enrolling in this class must possess a firm understanding of basic photography. This includes understanding the effects of shutter speed and aperture, metering, and knowing how to operate your camera in full manual mode. Having a tripod for this class is highly recommended.

Landscape Photography

During this three session class you will learn to use the elements of good landscape photography to improve your landscape images. The first session is held in the classroom to examine and discuss the fundamentals and techniques of capturing landscapes. This is followed by a day of shooting assignments a field location with the class and instructor. At the last session we review, discuss, and critique the images taken by the class.

Students enrolling in this class must possess a firm understanding of basic photography to include operating their camera in full manual mode. Although not necessary, I strongly recommend having a tripod for your camera.

Panorama Stitching

In this one-day workshop you will learn how to take multiple photographs and stitch them together to create large panoramic images. We will cover all the steps for capturing and assembling a multi-shot panorama. The day will start with a short overview and discussion of the process from planning to printing, including techniques and equipment that simplify the process. After that we head out to a field location to shoot. The second half of the class is spent assembling the panorama in Photoshop. At the end of the day the student will have a completed panoramic image.

Students enrolling in this workshop must possess a firm understanding of basic photography to include to operating their camera in full manual mode. Additionally, students must be comfortable editing images in Photoshop. A digital camera, tripod, and laptop computer with Photoshop installed are a must for this workshop.


  1. Abby
    February 6, 2018 @ 7:21 pm

    I’m interested in your class that starts tomorrow I just want to make sure my camera will be good. It’s a Sony A100.


  2. Deena Straub
    May 9, 2018 @ 8:18 pm

    Hello, wanting to sign up for the basic photography class. Do you ever open one up for a summer session?


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