Private Tutoring and Custom Classes

For many, the most efficient way to learn about photography is through one-on-one sessions with one of our teachers. It’s a great way to learn just what you need, at your own pace and on your own schedule.

We’ve prepared amateur photographers for exotic travel, assisted with personal projects from slide shows to books, helped portrait and wedding businesses get off the ground and have offered constructive critiques of clients’ work regardless of their level of expertise.

We can also craft a custom class for 2-20 people and have done so in the past for small companies, families and groups of friends.



Personal Tutoring:
  • Sessions are available at DCP or on location, by the hour or in discounted packages of 6 hour blocks. To book a tutoring session email us through the Contact page to discuss your needs and scheduling. Once a meeting time has been worked out you’ll be referred back to the website to purchase your session and secure your time slot.
  • Personal tutoring rates for sessions held at Dallas Center for Photography range from $110 to $125/hour “a la carte” for 1-2 students. 6 hours packages are also available for $570-$660 for 1-2 students.
  • Sessions can be 60, 90 or 120 minute sessions (120 minutes sessions only available with certain instructors). Six-hour packages are broken up into separate sessions. Sessions expire six months after purchase date.
  • The prices above cover one or two people in the session. This way you can learn with a friend and share the expense. Prices for groups of 3 and up vary depending on the number of students. Please contact us for a quote.
  • Our instructors are also available to travel to your location for personal instruction. Travel charges may apply depending on your location.
Business Tutoring and Consulting:
  • Our instructors are glad to help you with business consulting which would include lighting setup, business development, professional workflow or any aspect related to a new or established business.
  • Consulting rates are higher and depend on the location, complexity, amount of preparation required and number of people. Please contact us to talk over your consulting needs.

Peter Poulides

Peter is the Executive Director of Dallas Center for Photography and teaches several of the classes and workshops. In over 30 years of shooting assignments for national magazines and corporate/stock photography he’s learned a few things and likes to pass it on. His favorite student review is “You remember what it’s like to not know”.

Peter has helped his clients with a range of projects including:

  • Moving into a new camera or camera system including purchase advice and basic instruction.
  • Planning for travel from family vacations to African photo safaris including camera and lens selection, data backup strategy while on the road, shooting tips while away and help with importing and selecting photos on return.
  • Preparing for a photo exhibit including selection, editing and presentation.
  • Digitizing and archiving slide and B&W negative collections.
  • All levels of Adobe Lightroom help including transferring photos from iPhoto and Aperture.
  • Personal book projects.
  • Image review and critique.

Richard Klein

Richard’s education is in photography and sculpture and his career has spanned the globe shooting in locations including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney and London. He photographs architectural interiors and exteriors, landscape, food and beverage, small product and people for international hotel and resort clients. Richard has taught classes, workshops and guest lectures on the university level at UTA, TWU, UNT and NYU and is a author. Richard sees photography as both a technical craft and an art form and loves to continue to share the process through tutoring and workshops at DCP.

Richard’s tutoring expertise includes:

  • Everything Photoshop from the basics to photo realistic compositing, image manipulation and retouching techniques including removing and replacing objects, windows or backgrounds, product enhancement as well as skin and beauty polishing. The goal is to leave no trace of the manipulation involved.
  • Planning a digital workflow for high production values, knowing what is needed to be captured on set to successfully complete the image in post.
  • Advanced camera technique including multi exposure processes, view camera movements for perspective and focus control, tilt/shift and specialty lenses.
  • Shooting in challenging mixed lighting environments on location.
  • Lighting large and small interior and exterior architectural spaces with strobe or continuous fixtures for both day and night.
  • Shooting food and beverage in the studio or location.
  • Shooting table top in the studio, including pop up studios in empty offices and warehouse spaces solving difficult lighting setups with a minimum of equipment for hard to shoot objects.

Jim Olvera

Jim has been behind the lens of a camera for almost 40 years and counting. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with others, and he’s worked with students at every level from middle school classes to graduate degree programs. Coming from a family of teachers, he understands what a joy it is to hear someone say, “Oh, now I get it!”

Jim’s tutoring expertise includes:

  • Beginners who are looking for one-on-one teaching or are learning their way around new equipment
  • Basic to intermediate levels of Lightroom
  • All levels of Photoshop
  • Whether flash or continuous, in the studio or on location, Jim can help you sharpen your skills
  • Image and portfolio review and critique
  • Photographers interested in starting their own business


Hillary Deparde

A fine art film photographer for more than twenty years, Hillary also has many years of experience as an arts educator. Combining her professional photography experience with her honed teaching skills, she is well suited to help clients achieve their goals in film photography.

Hillary can help with the following film photography topics:

  • Film camera basics: understanding and using your manual film 35mm or medium format camera: aperture, shutter speed, exposure, composition, and lighting concepts
  • Guided location shoot: hands-on experience with the instructor, using the concepts above
  • Critique: evaluating results from the guided location shoot, using students’ processed and scanned negatives
  • Black and white portraiture: set-up, lighting, posing, shooting
  • Darkroom printing
  • Pinhole camera: creating a working camera out of an oatmeal box, shooting photographic paper negatives, and developing images in a darkroom
  • Holga camera: shooting 120-size black and white or color film using a toy camera