Photography Instructors

Thomas Truong
Born and raised in San Diego, I've always had a passion for photography and specifically capturing memories. I'm also a huge nerd and wanted to combine two things that I hold very dear to me. Conventions and Photography! I’ve spent most of the past 20 years experience shooting everything from families to real estate and products, as well as still life, and also pets. I have a strong idea that minimal editing is needed and to keep things as real and natural as possible.

Whether it’s the energy of an adventurous family or an entrepreneur looking to up their visual marketing, I believe in capturing these unique stories with authenticity and cultivating images that speak to each of them. I want to make sure each image tells a story of the person I’m shooting. I truly believe (and it’s a little cliché) that pictures really do say a thousand words. Every individual has their tale and I want to help them capture it.
Upcoming Dates hosted by Thomas Truong
Saturday the 2nd of October 2021
Beginner's Photography Class - Balboa Park - 9:30am - 3 hours
This class is designed to give you a solid understanding of the fundamental basics of
photography; the ‘nuts and bolts’ stuff that will set you on the path to understanding your
camera and how to create great shots. Armed with these fundamentals, you will have the
skills and the confidence to approach any style of photography, from portraits to landscapes
and everything in between.

Photography is a technical exercise and there is a lot to learn, but these basics apply to any
type of photography. However, as we only have a limited time to cover each of these topics,
please keep a copy of this course guide and practice these tricks and techniques over and over
again whenever you can.

Taking great photos takes time, practice, patience and consideration. In the beginning stages it
is very easy to become frustrated that your images don’t capture your subject as you would
like to. This is perfectly normal and even professional photographers face this same challenge.
Be patient with it, you’re learning and with practice your photography will improve with every
shot
Instructor: Thomas Truong
$69pp     only 6 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
Sunday the 3rd of October 2021
Rule of Thirds Photography Meetup - Waterfront Park Downtown San Diego - 9.30am - 2 hrs
It may sound clichéd, but the only rule in photography is that there are no rules. However, there are a number of established composition guidelines which can be applied in almost any situation, to enhance the impact of a scene.
These guidelines will help you take more compelling photographs, lending them a natural balance, drawing attention to the important parts of the scene, or leading the viewer's eye through the image.
Once you are familiar with these composition tips, you'll be surprised at just how universal most of them are. You'll spot them everywhere, and you'll find it easy to see why some photos "work" while others feel like simple snapshots. If you’re new to art or photography, the Rule of Thirds is a helpful basic composition technique so you can create compelling images. Even though it is called the Rule of Thirds, it is better to consider it as more of a guide than a hard rule you must follow. There are no fixed rules as to what will make a perfect composition, because this is subjective.
Instructor: Thomas Truong
$35pp     12 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 23rd of October 2021
Night Time Photography Meetup - Balboa Park - 6.30 pm - 2 hrs
Night photography refers to the photographing of objects or vistas between dusk and dawn. Night photography relies on a color palette of darker shades of purples, blues, and black. Photographing at night is an excellent excuse to get out of your comfort zone with your camera and experiment using manual mode, selecting all the settings yourself instead of relying on the camera’s presets to do it for you.
The biggest challenge with night shots is a stable light source: in other words, being able to capture enough natural light to make an image. In the daytime, ample sunlight makes this a non-issue. At night time, however, the lack of sunlight makes even well-lit urban areas a challenge to photograph.
Instructor: Thomas Truong
$35pp     11 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 6th of November 2021
Beginner's Photography Class - Balboa Park - 9:30am - 3 hours
This class is designed to give you a solid understanding of the fundamental basics of
photography; the ‘nuts and bolts’ stuff that will set you on the path to understanding your
camera and how to create great shots. Armed with these fundamentals, you will have the
skills and the confidence to approach any style of photography, from portraits to landscapes
and everything in between.

Photography is a technical exercise and there is a lot to learn, but these basics apply to any
type of photography. However, as we only have a limited time to cover each of these topics,
please keep a copy of this course guide and practice these tricks and techniques over and over
again whenever you can.

Taking great photos takes time, practice, patience and consideration. In the beginning stages it
is very easy to become frustrated that your images don’t capture your subject as you would
like to. This is perfectly normal and even professional photographers face this same challenge.
Be patient with it, you’re learning and with practice your photography will improve with every
shot
Instructor: Thomas Truong
$69pp     only 6 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 13th of November 2021
Rule of Thirds Photography Meetup - Old Town San Diego - 9.30am - 2 hrs
It may sound clichéd, but the only rule in photography is that there are no rules. However, there are a number of established composition guidelines which can be applied in almost any situation, to enhance the impact of a scene.
These guidelines will help you take more compelling photographs, lending them a natural balance, drawing attention to the important parts of the scene, or leading the viewer's eye through the image.
Once you are familiar with these composition tips, you'll be surprised at just how universal most of them are. You'll spot them everywhere, and you'll find it easy to see why some photos "work" while others feel like simple snapshots. If you’re new to art or photography, the Rule of Thirds is a helpful basic composition technique so you can create compelling images. Even though it is called the Rule of Thirds, it is better to consider it as more of a guide than a hard rule you must follow. There are no fixed rules as to what will make a perfect composition, because this is subjective.
Instructor: Thomas Truong
$35pp     12 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 20th of November 2021
Black and White Photography Meetup - Balboa Park - 3.30 pm - 2 hrs
Black & white can be an interesting way to strip back your photography and focus on the basics. Photography is simply playing with light, so we’ll be getting creative with monochrome images and exploring ways to improve.
Instructor: Thomas Truong
$35pp     12 places left - requires 4 bookings to proceed
Saturday the 4th of December 2021
Beginner's Photography Class - Balboa Park - 9:30am - 3 hours
This class is designed to give you a solid understanding of the fundamental basics of
photography; the ‘nuts and bolts’ stuff that will set you on the path to understanding your
camera and how to create great shots. Armed with these fundamentals, you will have the
skills and the confidence to approach any style of photography, from portraits to landscapes
and everything in between.

Photography is a technical exercise and there is a lot to learn, but these basics apply to any
type of photography. However, as we only have a limited time to cover each of these topics,
please keep a copy of this course guide and practice these tricks and techniques over and over
again whenever you can.

Taking great photos takes time, practice, patience and consideration. In the beginning stages it
is very easy to become frustrated that your images don’t capture your subject as you would
like to. This is perfectly normal and even professional photographers face this same challenge.
Be patient with it, you’re learning and with practice your photography will improve with every
shot
Instructor: Thomas Truong
$69pp     only 6 places left - requires 3 bookings to proceed
Bahadir Karabiyik
Raised in the city of Izmir historically known as Smyrna, after the Amazon queen, he started revealing his expressions in drawing images before he could read and write! Later in primary school he got hold of his father's professional camera he would never let go. Upon his Arts oriented higher education experience including masters degree and phd, he lectured as a professor in the field of Art History and Humanities in one of the leading Universities in Istanbul and then set up the largest photography school in his city to create a photography based community by the name of Argonauts. He now resides in San Diego, where he follows his projects.
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