Special on Photography/Camera Lessons
1 - 1.5hr Aperture Priority + 1 - 1.5Hr Shutter Speed Priority + 1 - 1.5hr Extended Lesson of your choice

Get 4.5 hours, total lesson time, over 3 separate days
(Valid until Oct. 1, 2023)

Package price of $175  for all three
(4.5 hours worth of lessons)

I provide two types of learning sessions REGULAR and EXTENDED. Typically, beginners in photography, particularly with today's new Digital cameras, require a refresher in light, and how it works in a camera.
All lessons are HANDS ON.

REGULAR lessons are charged at $75 for a 1.5 hour session.
EXTENDED lessons are charged at $99 for a 1.5 hour session.
By providing a HANDS ON learning session, often 1-on-1, but no more than 3 persons at a time, learning becomes a more personal experience and questions are able to be answered in greater detail. NO large class size here...


- Camera modes - Auto, aperture priority (AV), shutter priority(TV), manual, sports, landscape, close up, portrait mode

- Everyday shooting - What to look for and how to shoot it

- Composition - Don't just stand there! Learn how to "see" a photo just about anywhere!

- Long Exposure - Make people disappear.. or turn them into ghostly apparitions

- Lenses - You have the ability to add just about any lens to your new camera, you now need to understand what you need and why – don’t make that purchase just yet

- Lighting - Probably the single most important aspect of any art form

- Shooting towards the Sun - NEVER SHOOT DIRECTLY INTO THE SUN! But have you ever wanted to be able to get a properly exposed image in very bright conditions, and instead ended up with a silhouette? Or maybe you want a silhouette, and don’t know how to achieve one?

- Informal Portraits/Candid - sometimes the best shots are the unexpected or non-posed


- Digital Imaging - Touching on uploading to a PC and using Photoshop/other editing software

- What are all these buttons for? I can help you discover what all the features and functions actually do and when it is best to use them.

- Black and White Photography - Timeless!

- HDR Photography - How to make snow or sand (or anything light in shade) ALONG WITH dark shades to appear correctly exposed, on a single image – think indoor shots where the outside window view is not lost…

- Flash Photography - Understand how the light works and how you can control it

- Night Time, Fireworks and Astro imaging - Get those cool star trails and fireworks photos you've been dying to show off to your friends. You can also do photography at night without a flash!

- Cleaning and maintenance - With DSLRs comes dust. Plus you may find yourself getting down and dirty now that you know what to do to get those special shots

- Any other lesson not detailed in the STANDARD area, or involving travelling to your site or another location.
A $10 trip charge may apply.
Camera CCD/CMOS (DSLR) and Film Camera Image path
Cleaning Services
Offering a camera sensor/CCD/CMOS cleaning service in Calgary. I come to you.. (CASH / E-TRANSFER)
Contact to make arrangements.

* $75 within Calgary (2nd camera $35)
* $95 in surrounding areas, may cost more depending on how far you are away... (2nd camera $35)
I have been cleaning DSLR CCD/CMOS for 9 years in Calgary and 4 years in Toronto.
Note: if you have dust/smudge/pollen/hair stuck to your sensor, then this service is for you.. (or you could continue the editing process in Lightroom/Photoshop) :(
- NEVER use a camel hair or LensPen carbon brush on your camera's sensor!
- NEVER use alcohol on your camera's sensor!

This is what camera/CMOS cleaning customers had to say:

"Gil does a great job.  He was patient, helpful and happy to explain what he was doing
as well as show me potential issues to watch out for in the future.
Lenses and sensor on my D3s haven't been this clean in ages!
Definitely recommend and will be using his services again in the future."
Phil H.

"Hi Gil. Thank you for cleaning my camera and lenses. Excellent job. Well done.
Thank you and best regards."
Heiner K.

"Hi Gil, it was a pleasure meeting you in person and thanks so much for cleaning my Canon 5D Mark III sensor. I had been thinking of getting it cleaned since last year when I started noticing specs in my photos, but it was an inconvenience to take it into a shop, leave it for a few days, and picking it up again. I was so pleased you were able to perform all the sensor cleaning at my home and came fully prepared with gloves, mask, wipes, and all your high tech gear to service the camera. It was especially nice that you showed me the specs of dust through the loupe (before and after the cleaning). It was a very thorough and professional job and I appreciated that as a bonus, you cleaned two of my favourite lenses as well. I will definitely recommend you to all my camera friends and anyone who might be considering such a service; Gil does excellent work."
Tikka S.

"Gil was very professional and friendly, came to my house and cleaned 2 cameras and 2 lenses and consulted with me on every step. His costs are very reasonable and no downtime from having to send cameras away to get cleaned."
Mike K. 

"I am very satisfied with Gil's services. He pays attention to details about CMOS sensor cleaning that I would have never thought of."
Peter Y.

"Gil is very professional and accommodating. He is a perfectionist and wants the best for his customers by making sure the CCD/CMOS and lenses are as clean as possible! He even made sure I got to test my camera and lens so that I can see how well he cleaned my equipment. I am grateful for his expertise because I am now relieved of having to remove the dirt and spots on Photoshop each time I make edits to my photos. I highly recommend going to Gil!"
Raiza M.

"What a wonderful Service Gil provides.
Not just the expertise involved in sensor cleaning but he inspected and cleaned all of my lenses and filters as well.
This is a rare service in Calgary and I highly recommend Gil."
Dennis T.  (Creative Director - Tellegrafix)

"Gil was extremely professional, knowledgeable and informative about the entire process. He performed a thorough job and, the results were excellent. "
Dan G.

"Gil has cleaned the sensor on my camera a few times now and he always provides great service. Not only does he do a great job with the sensor cleaning but he is also very accommodating. Gil has great customers service and has been very friendly and wonderful to work with. I would highly recommend his services!"
Angela Moberg Photography (regular customer)

"Gil was very prompt in returning my email and quickly scheduled an appointment. He explained his process of cleaning sensors to me and made sure I was informed of the issues with my camera sensor. It didn't take long to clean off the pesky dust spots and return the camera to tip-top shape. I'd highly recommend his services.
Thanks again for your help."
Dan S.

"Gil addresses your concerns with a warm welcoming and professional manner. I highly recommend Gil for getting your equipment cleaned. Can't wait to use his services again soon. Thank you, Gil,!"
Maxim R.
(Returned on Feb. 3/19 for a second camera CCD/CMOS cleaning)

What customers had to say about
my Photo Lessons...

Here’s what Gary W (Calgary) had to say: I used Gil’s service to teach me photography. I’m glad I did. Take the time to study his photos on Flickr, especially the land and sky scapes, and the hdr/tone mapping. This gentleman has talent to pop and stop with colour and perspective.
Here's what Rozita K (Calgary) had to say: I was in a quest to find some interactive lessons about photography in Calgary that I came across Gil's lessons in Kijiji. By taking Gil's lessons, I learned a lot about cameras, lens and different photography techniques in such a short time. Gil is very knowledgeable about the subject and a very professional person in his business; he has a genuine interest for teaching photography to people and I think that's the secret for his successful lessons. As some one new to DSLR cameras and undecided about pursuing photography seriously, I benefited a lot from working with Gil as he has a great passion for photography that is contagious! I highly recommend Gil's custom lessons to everyone.
Here's what Loral S (Calgary) had to say: Gil is a very knowledgeable, friendly, patient and genuine individual who loves photography…..as his work shows…..He has gone above and beyond in his teaching sessions and is willing to patiently repeat and re-explain concepts to benefit the learner…..No need to look any further than Gil…..he’s the real deal and you’ll be so happy you chose him…..He also sends follow-up notes as an added bonus to his already reasonably priced packages….
Thanks again Gil.
Here's what Daryl C (Calgary) had to say: Had an amazing time with Gil's photography lesson. He's very patient and very perceptive as to what kind of photographs I want to take and focuses on teaching me how to achieve the skills/techniques to take them. He is also very knowledgeable with camera and lens hardware, at the end I had a pretty good idea which type of camera and lens I will be buying for my type of photography. Totally recommend this to everyone, especially those thinking to buy or have just bought a DSLR that actually wants to learn how to use that expensive piece of technology. Have one more extended lesson to take and am quite excited to pick one of the lessons he has available =D.
Here's what Sunny S (Calgary) had to say: I found Gil’s number on Kijiji and chose to take a lesson from him. He treated me nicely and explained to me every single aspect of the camera’s menu, on his own Canon T5i camera. I was a beginner in photography, and after this first lesson, I felt that I met someone who really wants to teach me! He was very clear, patient and kind spoken. I personally work as a nurse and appreciated the fact that he was not in it for the “money”, but really wanted to make me a better photographer. Moreover, he sent me an email explaining everything that he had taught me, during or session together, which helped me tremendously. I would highly recommend Gil as your photography instructor… if you really want to rock at photography.
Here's what Darlene S (Calgary) had to say: Session with Gil was very informative! He helped me learn some features of my new camera in an easy to understand manner. Will be contacting Gil again for further lessons!
Here's what Catherine B (Calgary) had to say: Thanks so much for your time and your knowledge. I was a bit apprehensive meeting a fella out of Kijiji, for a camera lesson, but turns out it was a pleasure! Thanks for all your helpful hints, and kindness.
Here's what Bea G (Calgary) had to say: We had fun while learning . It was a good start, Gil is very professional and patient. We just realized we have a lot of things to learn yet. Looking forward to our next session...pretty excited to learn more!
  Here's what Sindy R (Calgary) had to say: I have been learning so much about my DSLR I didn't know about, through the knowledge and guidance of the friendly Pixelgrower.
Here's what Alan B (Calgary) had to say: Enjoyed the afternoon. I found out how much I have to learn. Gil was professional, and answered all questions in plain English, easy to understand. Overall a pleasant experience, I hope to be able to return after applying what I learned.
Here's what Mike D (Calgary) had to say: After a couple of outings with Gil my shots improved dramatically. The composition of my shots improved as well as the knowledge and understanding of some of my cameras functions. Pretty good considering I'm shooting Nikon and Gil shoots Canon. Since my second session I've been very intrigued and excited to use some new techniques that Gil introduced to me. Some of the techniques included the use of on board and external flash as well as different types of lens filters. I might also add that he is very easy going and enjoys sharing his knowledge. Thanks Gil, you've helped me big time. Look forward to our next outing!
Here's what Peter B (Toronto) had to say: My experience with Gil was a great adventure and experience. I did not expect much from him, considering how much he charges, but I gained more at the end of the day. I intend to take more lessons with him to improve my techniques as I know I am working with a pro. Thanks Gil!

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