Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wow! Somehow, it’s already February! I’m chuckling about the next paragraph… I sure had high hopes in early January!

(OK, so now that it’s January of 2017, what have I got planned?  I’m going to get a blog post written about resolutions and goals. Then, I’m going to write one about Lightroom. I’m going to announce another Camera Mechanics Workshop, on a Sunday in January. And, I’m going to rewrite this Workshop page to simplify it. 😬 Wish me luck!)

I love my resolutions and plans, especially the ones in the paragraph above… Needless to say, I’m way behind! The good news is that I did teach three workshops in January. Now, I just have to catch up on the blog writing! I do have a great excuse, though…I’ve just finished two weeks in Africa and am onto the third. I’ve been on an awesome photo safari, toured Nairobi, and am now at a resort on Lake Naivasha, in the Rift Valley. My husband is teaching law this week, and I’m hoping to catch up a bit, just as soon as I check out the spa… 😎

I won’t be teaching again in Virginia until this summer, since it will be a crazy-busy spring. We are just getting started on travel, with Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore and Bali coming up soon. After that, I’m headed to Orlando for Photoshop World, followed by a trip to California and Canada. And… the most important part doesn’t involve travel. Our daughter is getting married in June!

So, I’m planning to start teaching again in late June or early July. If you’re interested in a workshop, click on the Contact Me tab and let me know. I’ll add you to my mailing list so you’re the first to know when I announce the workshop dates. Also, if you’d just like to hear when I write my blog, you can let me know the same way!

Finally, I hope you’ll find me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc! I’ll be sharing some shots from our trips there.



Do you own a DSLR and wish you could use the settings and get out of AUTO mode? This is the workshop to take! In this one-day class, you’ll go from beginner to advanced. In the end, you’ll be able to shoot in Program, Aperture, Shutter and Manual and know why to chose each one. These are the four modes that professional photographers use. You’ll receive a workbook that you fill out during the workshop, which will become your custom camera manual.

This summer of 2017, I’ll be teaching it in late June or early July. This is a one-day workshop in Williamsburg, VA. The classes run from 8:30 AM to 5 PM. The cost is $175.

To sign up,  please click on the Contact Me link and let me know if you’d like to pay the $100 deposit by check or PayPal. (The total cost is $175.) I’ll get right back to you with more details. 

If this date won’t work for you, I’m happy to add you to my email list so that you’ll be one of the first to know when I announce future classes!

I do teach private lessons, but much prefer to teach small groups. People seem to learn better in the group! I also charge more for private lessons…


It’s time to learn Lightroom, the best processing software for photographers! The next Lightroom workshop will be on sometime in late June or early July, 2017. This is a one-day workshop in Williamsburg, VA. The classes run from 8:30 AM to 5 PM. The cost is $175.

To sign up,  please click on the Contact Me link and let me know if you’d like to pay the $100 deposit by check or PayPal. (The total cost is $175.) I’ll get right back to you with more details. 

If this date won’t work for you, I’m happy to add you to my email list so that you’ll be one of the first to know when I announce future classes!

In this one-day workshop (8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.) , the focus is on the Library Module and the Develop Module. You’ll learn how to set up your catalog and automate your import. Then, we learn processing, the way to make your photos stand out. You’ll learn how to create your own Processing Presets! And we’ll set up some Export Presets, to make it easier to print, share or save your photos. This is a very hands-on workshop, so you will need to bring your computer to class and have the software already installed. I also strongly suggest that you bring a external hard drive for backing up your photos. I recommend the Western Digital 2 TB My Passport Ultra. If you own a Mac, I’ll teach you how to format this disk for Macs. It literally takes a couple of minutes, max! Just don’t use it before the class. The cost is $175, with a $100 deposit required to hold your place in the class.

More details about the Lightroom software are available below in MORE INFO ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS. Lightroom CC can be used by all photographers, on both Macs and PCs. If you want to shoot your photos in RAW format (It’s what I use and recommend.), you have to use software to process your photos to create the JPGs that you can print or share on social media. Lightroom CC is the gold standard of processing software. What if you’re happy shooting JPGs right in your camera? You also can use Lightroom CC to organize your files and enhance your photos!

ADVANCED CAMERA MECHANICS (These classes are available only to students who have completed Camera Mechanics.)

These one-day or partial-day workshops will be offered to people who have taken Camera Mechanics and want to have fun perfecting their skills. The times and prices vary with the workshop.

I’ll be contacting former students soon. You may take them in any order.



For Camera Mechanics and Advanced Camera Mechanics, you’ll need a DSLR. That’s the type of digital camera that has interchangeable lenses. You will also want to bring your camera manual, if you still have it. I’ll also give you instructions on how to download it to your computer or mobile phone.

Camera Mechanics and Lightroom CC are one-day workshops: 8:30 AM to 5 PM (with time off for lunch)
Williamsburg, Virginia

Advanced Camera Mechanics – Using Your Tripod is a half-day workshop. The time will vary during the year. Much of this class is taught outside, on location, shooting during the Golden Hour and learning to take advantage of lower light situations. As a result, the time will be adjusted according to the time of sunset.

For Lightroom CC, you’ll need a laptop (or strong arms to carry your computer…) and an installed copy of Lightroom CC or Lightroom 6. I also recommend that you bring an external hard drive to set up your photo backup within Lightroom. What’s the difference between the two Lightrooms? The CC version is a monthly subscription and Lightroom 6 is a one-time purchase. Adobe will be updating the CC version with new features. With Lightroom 6, you are buying a version that will be updated for bugs and new cameras, but will not receive new features when they are released. If you think that you might want to try Photoshop, then the CC version if the one for you! Otherwise, Lightroom 6 will be fine. Be sure to download the correct version of Lightroom 6 for your computer. Please note: I will be teaching from Lightroom CC, so you may not have all the features if you are using Lightroom 6. If it were I… I’d go with Lightroom CC. Finally, I recommend that you buy Scott Kelby’s book about Lightroom: The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC Book for Digital Photographers.   (These are affiliate links. Clicking on one of them to buy will not cost you any more, but it will give me credit at Amazon. Thanks for the click!!!)

To sign up, use the Contact Me link at the top! Just let me know you’re interested. I’ll get back to you with specifics. 

Curious? Here’s what some of my students have said about the workshops:

Thank you for generously offering such an engaging and productive workshop. Your love of photography, knowledge of the camera and enthusiasm for teaching are so evident and helped this non-geek have a great time learning camera mechanics. 
Sally Fisk


Many thanks to you for teaching me that my camera has more than just an “auto” setting! What you taught us in such a short time was definitely worth the price of admission!  
Eric Ward


Love your classes! I took photos last night of the super moon and they turned out great.  Not just a white ball in the sky. I also attempted my first time lapse photography shoot on a sunset last night.   Both of these have to be done in manual mode.  Could never have done these without your class.
Elaine Rountree


FINALLY…..I had a good “practice” session at my FAVORITE park. Just wanted to share. I used your ‘back door’ solution to get my shutter speed and ISO “in line” for a few good shots. One happy camper over here!
Heidi Traynor


Your Camera Mechanics workshop was excellent!  I have had other photography classes but none concentrated on how my particular camera settings work.  This is a great “hands-on” workshop.   Now I am able to utilize many more of the capabilities of my Canon Rebel T1i.  Your creative and inspiring method of teaching is just the ticket for taking great shots.  More workshops, please!  I give your workshop Five Stars!!!
Janet C. Taylor


Caroline Maryan’s camera class was fantastic.  She’s a super-enthused teacher who really knows her cameras and photography.  In our class I learned absolutely everything that my camera can do—even a low-end digital SLR.  You don’t need a jillion dollar camera to start learning all its ins-and-outs with Caroline.  I was more than fully satisfied with my experience.
Don Shepler

I wanted to pass on my most sincere thanks. Not only have I learned a huge amount, I have enjoyed every class with you. You are so willing to share all your knowledge and experiences and I feel we have all benefitted so greatly from this. Perhaps most importantly, I have learned to look around me with a much more observant eye, and feel I have started my journey to feel like a photographer, instead of just feeling lucky when I get a good shot.
Kerrie Matthee

I can’t thank you enough for your kindness and fantastic teaching ability! I imagine to you it feels like you’re sharing something you are so passionate about. But, at least for me, you’re helping me to find myself in a life totally focused on my kids. You really have made a difference in my life and I think in so many others’ lives as well.
Jennifer Gordon

Lightroom has been a bit of a revelation for me, and I NEVER would have had the confidence to download it and start playing with it without your encouragement and guidance (actually, I never even would have known it existed without you!).   The class has also given me the confidence (and links to web training!) to seriously start thinking about the next steps (ie Photoshop, or maybe Illustrator – I haven’t decide yet! But either way, I think with the knowledge and resources you’ve given me I feel sure that whatever I choose I’ll be able to work my way through it – so again, thank you!).
Emily Orpin


I truly enjoyed our time together today and as in our last class, I felt just one session was worth the entire payment!  You offer a great learning experience, with effective, gentle guidance.  I can’t wait until our next class!
Willie Berwick


It really helped me understand the basics of my camera and actually dare to take photos without permanently using the auto button and wondering what the heck all other buttons mean! You have a great way of explaining things to absolute photographic beginners in such a way that one can quickly grasp the gist and actually see results. And its always fun!!! As I mentioned this morning, my husband actually praised my photography last week and admired the progress I made, something that has never happened!!
Monika Liebig


I have been meaning to write and say how enjoyable your class was, and that I got a GREAT deal out of it – the camera is much less intimidating to me now, and I am feeling confident that we’ll get some great photos in Kenya, so thank you for your expert help!


 And some photos, too…

Practicing Shutter Mode on moving feet during a Camera Mechanics Workshop in Williamsburg, VA

Julita-Wick-along-the-Cheonggyecheon A student shooting the Seoul Lantern Festival during a workshop photo walk.

Chimping-at-a-Camera-Mechanics-WorkshopChimping at a Camera Mechanics Workshop

Tapgol-Park-in-Seoul-South-KoreaLearning travel photography at Tapgol Park in Seoul, South Korea

Advanced-Camera-Mechanics-WorkshopStudents capture a falling strawberry during an Advanced Camera Mechanics Workshop

© Caroline Maryan Photography