Scott Davenport Photography
Photography – Education – Fun


Private Photography Lessons

Private Photography Lessons

from 125.00

1-on-1 photography lessons with Scott. The lessons are tailored to you so you'll get exactly what you want. Limited availability.

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Different people learn in different ways. For some, reading ebooks, searching online tutorials and watching training videos works well. Others need a more interactive experience to learn effectively. I am passionate about photography education and truly want you to become a better photographer. I've given a few private lessons in the past for those that asked. So, I'm very happy to be adding private lessons as a service. 

My private photography lessons are exactly that – personal, one-on-one lessons tailored to you. You'll be able to ask me questions live on the spot and get immediate feedback. To make sure you get a top quality product, I will only teach things I am completely familiar with.

If you live near or are traveling to San Diego, we can meet in person! Of course, not everyone can travel to San Diego. I also offer private online lessons, too. 

How Does It Work?

When you're ready to setup a lesson with me, here's what happens:

  1. You purchase a block of lesson time.
  2. During checkout, use the "Tell Me More" form to explain what you want to learn more about. (You can always contact me later as well).
  3. I'll reply via email (typically within 48 hours) and ask follow up questions, if any are needed.
  4. Together, we will craft lessons around your needs, and set a date & time for our lesson. If we are meeting for an in-person lesson, we will set a meeting place, too.
  5. Lesson time! We meet in person or connect via Skype, learn a bunch and have fun.

I will do my absolute best to teach you as much as possible during our time together. I want you to get the most value for your time and money.

I promise to give you a top quality lesson.

If you sign up for an online lesson and I believe the topic you want to learn is not suited to online learning, we can cancel the session and you'll get a full 100% refund

If you sign up and ask to be taught a subject I am not confident I can teach you with top quality (portraits, for example), we will cancel the session and you'll get a full 100% refund.

What Do You Teach?

For in-person lessons, your lesson can be anything from field work, operating your camera, focusing techniques, filters, reading and interpreting a scene, composition, asset management, post processing - and everything in between. 

Online lessons are a little different. Virtual learning is truly a wonder of our modern age. Never before has it been easier to directly connect teachers and students anywhere on the globe. However, I don't think all photography topics are best served by online classes.

Subjects that are good for online learning:

  • Lightroom, ON1 Photo or Luminar post processing
  • Photo organization & asset management
  • Compositional Techniques
  • Photo & Website Critiques
  • Portfolio Reviews

Subjects that are not good for online learning:

  • How to use your camera (dials, buttons, menus)
  • Interpreting a location and changing shooting style per conditions
  • Focusing techniques
  • Exposure settings in dynamic lighting conditions

Summed up, topics that are either software-based or don't require physical, hands-on learning lend themselves very well to online classrooms. Such topics don't require students and teacher to be colocated. Those are the topics I will focus on with you in our virtual classroom.


As a professional portrait photographer when I travel I always have my gear with me and I am interested in what the local photographers are shooting & how to get those iconic shots.

I found Scott Davenport on instagram and was hooked.  His images are beautiful! 

Scott let me know what type of gear I needed to bring to our lesson, I learned composition, the understanding of importance of the Ebb and Flow of the water, leading lines, etc.

Scott is a great instructor!

- Gina, Nevada

I found my experience with Scott’s Private Lessons to be very beneficial and enjoyable; live interaction is always best for learning. 

Scott’s abilities as a professional photographer, positive attitude, and suggestions for creative approaches provided me with new insights for improving my photography. 

I have since put into practice many of the suggestions we discussed resulting in better feedback from those who view my photographic efforts.

- Marty, Australia

Thank you so much for a great private workshop. You asked what I wanted and taught me the skills to make it happen - perfect!

You were spot on for a site in La Jolla, and when you say you like to get your feet wet you weren't kidding - that rogue wave was pretty exciting!

You have excellent insight on when and where on the shots. Can't wait to get into a workshop.

- Ramona, Colorado

Scott is great.  Communication was thoughtful and informative from start to finish.  Emails with suggestions on what to bring, what to wear, and shoot location selection based on date, time and tides.

On location, probing questions to determine my skill level and what I hoped to get out of our session.  For me, that was learning how to slow down and evaluate the location.  The path down to the selected area was slightly challenging for me, Scott made sure I navigated it without issue.

My two hour session was over before I knew it.  If I am ever fortunate enough to be in San Diego again without question I will schedule another session with Scott.

- Laura, Illinois

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I use Skype? Where do I get it?
A: You can download Skype for free and it runs on a variety of OS versions (both Windows and Mac). It is very easy to install and register an ID. Skype works very much like a phone. Of course, we'll share our Skype IDs with one another before our first lesson.

Q: I don't know if the photography topic I want to learn more about is suitable for an online lesson. Advice?
A: Two choices.
Choice 1: Secure a block of lesson time and purchase it right away. Add the details of your topic, and your concerns, in the form during checkout. If I think the topic isn't well suited for online learning, you'll get a full refund.
Choice 2: Contact me with your topic, we'll chat, and determine if it's something I think I can effectively teach online.

Q: Can I get in person coaching?
A: Yes, certainly, provided you (and I!) are in the San Diego area. This is a good option if you want advice on using your camera, reading a location and choosing a composition. I recommend a 2-hour block of time for an in person lesson.

Q: Do I need to use my entire lesson time in a single sitting?
A: It depends. If you purchased 2 or more hours of lesson time, we can talk about dividing lessons into smaller segments. It will depend on the lesson plan or if our schedules dictate it. 1 hour lessons cannot be subdivided.

Q: My schedule changed last minute. What do I do?
A: Hey, life happens. Contact me and we'll work out a new schedule. If the worst happens and we can't reschedule, you'll get a full refund.

Q: My question is answered above. What now?
A: Ask me!