'Photo Editor'

Photography Course

One-on-one, virtual photo sessions with photographer & photo editor Rodrigo Gaya.


Trying to look inconspicuous during a street photo session in Mexico City in 2017.

Camera is tucked away out of view, but ready if needed.

For beginners, amateurs, hobbyists, and professionals. 

Quick 45 min courses designed for specific topics of interest.

Let's get straight to it and break the veil on the mysteries of photography.



Instrumental to the improvement of my photography has been honest critique of my work and process by my photo editors or anyone else I've relied upon to give honest & constructive feedback on my work.


Either peers, workshops, or editors, having a second or third pair of eyes to critique an image helped me become more confident as I've developed my personal style.

After more than 15 years working as a full-time photographer, teaching has always been a part of it.


Whether it's a technical or psychological issue, we'll overcome any barriers you may feel and reignite that passion to go out and make images again.

Angeles Almuna uses fashion to express her light, in her battle to survive breast cancer. Seen in a Fendi outfit at Carlos Betancourt's exhibit during Art Basel Miami 2018.

Basel with Angeles/Rodrigo Gaya


I consider myself a:
Im looking to:
I know how to:
The last photo I took with my camera was

Plans & Pricing

My First Portfolio July 2005

Portfolio May 2020

We'll take a look at my first portfolio and see how its developed today.

Ultimately, critique can only take you so far. It's up to you to focus in the moment as it happens in front of you.

Put together for my Michigan Daily application in July 2005 with work I shot in High School.. Started working at the paper before my first semester. at the University of Michigan. Shot on film, digital was  too expensive.

Interesting similarities in locations, but with better understanding of light, composition, moment, & technique. Put together a portfolio every once and a while. A good exercise in reflection

“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." - - Henri Cartier-Bresson

Student-Focused Course Design

That's why each session is designed around the student. It's about you - the student, sharpening skills and beginning to understand/master

photographic style/eye.

We'll start with a portfolio review. Ill show you my first portfolio I put together in 2005, and you show me yours. by having you organize a collection of 5-15 images for your first portfolio.

This one-one one course is designed to maximize your potential by focusing on you as part of the camera.

The body's emotional balance is as important as the shutter speed.

Sure we'll work on technique, lighting, composition, storytelling, but as the focus turns inwards, you begin to create a personal style.

How does the moment you click a shutter release make you feel?

The answer will describe you as a photographer. So it's best to get to know that side of you.


Getting Started

Fill out the survey.

Whether you are a student looking to jump into photography or a business looking for a quick fix solution to an urgent photo need, lets start with a quick email or phone call n get started.

Fill out the survey, budget, and calendar below to get started.

1. Survey

2. Sessions, how many classes are you interested in?

3. Select your dates on the calendar. We'll figure out availability and get started asap.

4. A camera is only as useful as it is ready. Take your camera out of the bag, charge the batteries, and start with a clean memory card. Leave it in the living room. Let it be of use.

Course Sessions

What to expect

Each session begins with the topic of the day and intention for the class, ie. :


/ Lighting theory 

/ Composition

/ Finding 'The Moment'

Photo Break Down

We'll learn to visually read a photograph, dissect it into certain elements, plug it into the exposure value formula and get to see exactly how it was made.

EV = Log2 (N2/t)


Photography is math and science. Thankfully, smarter people than me have existed for a long time, and created such a beautiful paint brush.


It helps to see a photograph visualized as an equation.

Once you look into its guts, you'll being to see these expressions of the chaos of life in beautiful light.

As you begin to understand your camera better, and start shooting in manual mode, then you are set free to experience these moments with less interference from the camera.


The camera becomes an extension of the eyes to our finger tips.


Every two weeks, you'll be expected to put together a portfolio of images from that week, from 3 - 10 images.

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