Customized 1:1 photography lessons

Can't make it to our classes and workshops?  Not a fan of groups?  We now have individual 1:1 lessons available from some of our experienced members.  Reach out to them to book and schedule yours!  Fees usually range from $35 - $60/hour, depending on day, time, and what is involved.  Here are some topics we usually cover:


DAVID WEGIEL:  Sports action and other long lens photography (wildlife).  Click here to see more or contact David. 

JANET STEPHENS:  Intro. to DSLR, portraits (natural light or strobes), sports action, athlete portraits.  Click here to learn more or contact Janet. 

BRIAN POWELL:  Lighting, portraiture, business, Lightroom, portfolio review.  Click here to see more or contact Brian. 

DSLR Intro: Shooting in Manual. March 12th (new class!)

On Saturday March 12th from 10am-12pm, Brian Powell will host an Intro to DSLR class focused on learning how to shoot in Manual mode.  

Frustrated with leaving all of the decisions up to the camera in Auto mode and getting inconsistent results?  Want to learn how your camera and lens really work, and learn how to control them?  This class is for you.  We will cover how to choose your aperture, shutter speed, and ISO -- and how they affect both exposure and how the image looks.  You will learn which settings to use in different situations, and we will address other questions you have about white balance, focusing, etc. 
 You do not have to own a camera to attend, but it would help to have one to practice with!  If you have questions, please message Brian via 

The cost for this class is $55.  Sign up for a seat below;  Seats are limited to 8 for this class, so grab one while they last!  Don't worry if you miss out.  We'll have these every month  :) 



Lighting workshop March 7th (members-only)

One of the perks of studio membership is our monthly members-only workshops that help our photographers continue to learn, grow, and develop -- in both photography and business areas.  These are free and included with membership!

For March, our first meetup is March 7th (Monday) from 7:30pm-9:30pm;  Brian Powell will be covering various studio lighting scenarios and techniques, and helping members work through various techniques and setups of their choosing.   Below (and above) are a few samples that were actually made in our studio: 

Fundamentals of Photography March 8th (new class!)

Janet Stephens is hosting a Fundamentals of Photography class on March 8 (Tues.) from 5:30p-9:30p at the studio. 

"You have the DSLR camera, now take your photography to the next level!  In this four-hour seminar you will learn all about shutter speed, ISO and aperture so that you can turn off the Auto setting and learn to truly create your photographs with intention.  You will learn to understand exposure and how to read it before you even hit the shutter.  Additional topics that will be addressed include focus, white balance and basic composition. "

Cost: $99   |  Contact Janet to sign up! | (765) 490-4848

Q+A with the Pros

We have a number of events the next few weeks that will provide aspiring photographers and students the opportunity to ask local pros any question they like!  Hopefully they blow your mind.

Here is a comprehensive list for the next month:

Feb.16, 8pm:  Michael Dick & John Underwood
Feb.27, 7pm:  Vanessa Isenbarger & Jen Carmichael
Mar.15, 8pm:  Polina Osherov & Esther Boston
Apr.19, 8pm:  Megan Pettry & Brian Powell

Bring your best photography or photo-biz related questions! Bring a friend. BYOB too.

We'll see you at the studio, 

FREE DAY on Feb. 27!

UPDATE FEB.22:  Thanks to everyone for RSVPing!  The lighting class/demo is now full, as are some of the model slots.  There is still room in the intro class at 11am.  Here are the latest *open* time slots for the models on Saturday:

Sarah: 10am-10:20am
Carolyn: 1:40p-2p
Roberto: 1pm, 1:40p
Maggie: 2:20p, 2:40p-3p

We're hosting a completely free day at the studio on Saturday, Feb. 27th.  That's right: classes, demos, vendor demos, models to practice your portraits with -- everything is free.  The studio side will be open for free shooting from 9am-4pm as well.  We'll even have food and refreshments throughout the day, compliments of HotBox Pizza.  Two short 'classes' will be hosted as well. At the end, we'll close on a really cool Q+A panel with two working pros.  Ask them anything! 

Here's what you need to do: 

  1. Put it on your calendar and RSVP to our Facebook event.
  2. Contact us to RSVP for any time with models you want to reserve (20 minute slots).
  3. Contact us to RSVP for either of the classes  (limited seating available).
  4. Bring questions about the studio, questions for the pros, and your camera/gear that you want to practice with.   If you're thinking about props -- maybe limit yourself to one small thing.  
  5. Spread the word!  Everyone is welcome; this is an all-levels, family-friendly event. 

We also added Roberto (above) for the 1-2pm slot. 

Thanks again to HotBox for sponsoring our hungry photogs! 

MeetUp on Feb.16

The group f/765 - Developing Shooters will gather at Second Level Studios on Tuesday, February 16 from 7:00-9:00pm for our inaugural MeetUp.  All photographers, both novice and professional are welcome to join us for an evening of getting to know one another and sharing ideas. 

At 8pm we will have a couple seasoned professional photographers on a Q+A panel, to answer any questions you have about photography... or the business side.  We have local pros Michael Dick and John Underwood joining us for this one.  Michael is a senior-level photog at ISPhotographic on Main Street, and John --aside from shooting for Purdue-- has been in his own studio on the square for decades.  Bring your questions! 

Join the Facebook group if you haven't already!  See description below: 

"The f/765 Developing group will include those who are learning photography and/or are pursuing it as a hobby.  The focus on this group will be on learning the craft of photography (both technical and artistic).  Meet Up topics will include, but not be limited to, understanding the different pieces of the exposure triangle and other technical pieces of the photo pie, how to set up a gallery to share your work, equipment questions, basics of off-camera lighting, posing, and questions surrounding establishing a photography business. This is just the tip of the iceberg—there will be soooooo many questions and so many answers.  Learning together people;  it will be awesome.  Seasoned Shooters will share with the group at several different times including topic leading at MeetUps and specific timed topic-driven discussions online.  The MeetUps for this group will be on the third Tuesday of each month."