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I took a DSLR Workshops by Okello Dunkley about a month or so back and loved it. It was perfect timing to learn some new tricks before a trip to Istanbul... I love my photos from my trip and this is in part to this class!

'Take Your Camera Off Program Mode, Part I' is hands down the best intro to DSLR I've been to (and I've tried a few). Unlike most classes you see advertised, this one is the "how and why" class and focuses on the technical and functional aspects of your camera. You don't waste hours wandering around the streets getting average shots, but rather you sit down and play with your camera. You learn how to use the functions and manipulate each so when you're out in the field it comes more instinctively. Granted, I silently talk to myself when out shooting now as I try to ingrain Okello's pointers about depth-of-field, aperture and shutter speed into my thinking, but this class will leave you feeling far more capable of using your camera.

Okello, the instructor, has a realistic sense of what beginners need to know. The class is well-structured, well-paced, professional, and even entertaining. After all, Okello is a fun dude! I high recommend this course. I'm looking forward to taking Part II!

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Amy A — New York, NY

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It was a fun, fantastic workshop.  I knew nothing about manual shooting.  He explained things in easy to understand analogies and visual examples to support his lessons.  His straight forward and practical answers along with his casual style made the group laugh many times through the evening.
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This was an awesome workshop!  I was a photo major in college and I learned as much in this 3 hr $89 class than I did in a whole semester of expensive college classes.  It was good to get back to basics and learn about my new camera.  Highly highly highly recommend!  I will def be taking his level 2 or lightroom class if he comes back to Cincinnati.  Okello was entertaining without being cheesy and he held my attention all 3 hours.  Also although there was a lot of info to process he took his time and didn't let the class get sidetracked by a bazillion questions that he intended to address later in the class.   LOVED it!
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I've heard many presentations in my life and this was one of the best. The focus was on the students. The use of technology was superb. The presenter was very knowledgable. His humor was wonderful. The three hours flew by. I'll take another class.
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The class was excellent! I learned and understood more in this 3-hour session than I did in a 36-hour class that I took. He took the time to explain, demonstrate, answer questions, and let us do hands on. I would definitely recommend this class.

P.S. Okello, your children are adorable.
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Great class.  Everything was explained very well.  I learned more about the camera from this class than from a semester at UCLA Extension!
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Okello's workshop was the BEST.  I have attended four, Phoenix DSLR workshops over the past five months.  Okello could teach someone how to properly teach a DSLR workshop.  His handout was awesome.  I am glad that he held it at a hotel and used large, screens.

WONDERFUL JOB!  I hope that he returns soon.
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I HIGHLY recommend this workshop!  Fantastic presenter (in style and personality)!  He was energetic, fast moving (but not too fast), and very knowledgeable! Within the first 30 minutes, I had already gotten my monies worth, and there was 2 1/2 hours of information left!  I will absolutely be on the look out for Part 2 of his workshops!!!  I cannot say enough good things about Okello!
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The information was very helpful. I knew very little so there was a lot of information I need to absorb. But, he gave great suggestions on how to use the settings and now it will take practice on my part. Very good dynamic speaker. I really enjoyed the session!
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I really enjoyed this DSLR workshop. I was able to truly understand more fundamentals of DSLR shooting in four hours than I have in a whole semester of photography classes. Okello definitely has a gift to teach in a very simplistic manner, easy to understand as well as follow. I am anticipating the next workshop !
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I thought the content was really good - very informative and loved how he was able to project on screen exactly what he was doing on his camera.

I also loved how he tailored to Nikon or Canon and knew just what buttons or settings to use to help walk us through the demonstrations.

Great class, great demonstration & great analogies to help us understand it better!
Thanks
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Fantastic workshop for getting better photos from your camera!  The great thing about it was that it was basically for any level of photographer.  There were complete newbies along with professional photographers, and his information was applicable to everyone.  Very easy to understand, interactive and informative.  I would definitely recommend this workshop to all of my photographer friends.
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This was my 3rd workshop for DSLR, Okello is by far the BEST instructor  I have had in this arena.  Best class, very hands on, very informative and very personal.  He taught at a level for everyone without sounding demeaning to anyone.  Highly recommended!
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Okello did a great job.  He is a very patient and easy to listen to presenter.  He had lots of humor and is well versed in a variety of cameras --I was was amazed.  I attended a photography six weeks or so so ago..and it felt like the instructors were interested in letting the group know what great photographers they were  and less concerned about the audience learning the working of DSLR.  This was a very different experience.  DO I get it--not exactly, but I have a much more hands on knowledge than i have had before and I have already pulled out a book on my camera to learn more.  And I a far better understanding of the basics.  
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Awesome awesome awesome.  I learned so much and gained so much confidence.  I am taking WAY better shots already and I just took the class this morning!
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Loved the class. Loved the teacher. I learned so much in such a short amount of time. It really taught me exactly what I wanted to know. Okello was funny, patient, informative, and kept the class interactive and enjoyable. It's a bit fast paced and wished we could do more picture taking ourselves, indoors and outdoors, but 3 hours is already a long time. The booklet was also very helpful for when I got home and wanted to review some material. My only wish was that the workshop was offered more frequently at various locations. I live in the city but the downtown location class wasn't offered for another 2 months. I will definitely recommend this to all my friends.
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Okello Dunkley provided a wonderful workshop.  I have been playing around with photography for a while now and didn't realize how much I didn't know.  I have learned so much from this workshop and cannot put my camera down.  Okello is very personable, funny and very knowledgeable.  I cannot wait to take the 2nd part of the workshop, once I have mastered what I learned.  Thank you Okello for offering this amazing workshop!!
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I would love to say that he did an amazing class. I loved the class and will be going to the second class for sure. Thank you so very much for the class. I will def get the word out to all my friends. I have been a photographer for about a little over two years and this class has helped me in more ways then anyone will ever know. I loved it. (;
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For years, I've only been comfortable with point and shoot digital cameras. Okello moved me from program settings to making good pictures on purpose, instead of by accident. Now I need to practice, ipractice, practice, so I'll be ready to take Part II of this course.  I will probably return for the Lightroom class, as well. Thank you for a clear, concise, non-intimidating class.
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Right after this class, I immediately began shooting still action photos on manual with my 50 mm lens. I was able to navigate my dials and I understood what I was looking at and looking for in a shoot.
Okello is very energetic, very bright and very informative. This was an excellent introduction to digital photography. The icing on this event is leaving with at least four weekends of practice exercises to fully develop the skills and information we were exposed to.
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Loved this class!  Okello is awesome and really got me inspired to go out and buy a nice camera and become more serious in photography.  I'm an art major and worked as a graphic designer but am a stay at home mom now... looking at possibly starting a new career in photography.  He spoke my language in photo editing and I have a good eye for composition and design but need to learn the basics and start practicing on a new camera.  Thanks Okello!!
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He was an excellent instructor, knew his subject matter extremely well, answered virtually any/all/every question(s), and instilled excitement in his students.  You simply could not ask for a better instructor, and I'll definitely both recommend him and take any other class he offers!  Excellent class from beginning to end!
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Okello did an amazing job explaining the thought process in taking pictures. I really feel so in tune with how to decide on the settings for my camera based on the subject situation. I took the two part series in putting your camera in manual mode and I can't wait to practice more in manual. Okello explained the topics easily and really probed the audience for issues they were having using their camera personally. I really enjoyed the setting and the helpers who also walked around and offered assistance to students in the class. Definitely a class I would and have recommended to others.
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Great workshop!  He delivers exactly what he advertises. This was a beginners workshop and had great tips and ideas. I've already implemented many of the techniques he suggested. Can't wait for the next workshop!
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My husband and I both attended and thought it was great, we left there in search of a 50MM lense for the two Nikon cameras D90 and D7000 that we use!  Looking forward to catching part II at a later date after we have obsorbed some of the information from today.  Okello's sense of humor and presentation made the class really good.  thanks.
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Okello was great. Very smart & really knew his stuff. Overly friendly and stayed for almost a full hour after class to answer ALL questions. It was worth the hour I drove to hear him. I will take any workshop he offers close by. Worth several hundred dollars.
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Okello is a great teacher, his class delivered exactly as expected. I'd take another class if he came back through Wichita; otherwise I'll just sign up for his webinars!
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It was a great class for people of all skill levels.  I was impressed with his ability to make it easy for newbies and complex enough to keep the more familiar person engaged.  Well worth the money spent and easy to listen to.
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The instructor was awesome! Very funny and VERY helpful navigating through the camera. I felt much more comfortable leaving that class because I finally got a great sense of understanding on how to use the camera the way it was intended
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Okello was a very knowledgable, great delivery teacher.  I would highly recommend him and his class to anyone, and hope to take future advanced classes with him. I'm already enjoying my camera more !
Very well run and taught.  Learned a lot and reviewed much.  went right out and used my camera like I have not for a while.  Renewed m passion for photography.  Will take the level 2 when he is back.
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The DSLR Workshops by Okello Dunkley Photography was a lot of fun. Okello's personality and experience clearly add to the excitement of the class.

Five plus years ago I purchased a Nikon DSLR and with very little training available at that time, it has sat on a shelf for the past four years. But, with what I learned in this class I can now work my camera to great satisfaction.

Mr. Dunkley has a solid way of teaching what is a very technical topic.  He also focuses on how to use your camera via on-screen examples - very effective and helpful.

I highly recommend this class.  Thanks, Okello!
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Okello was very knowledgeable. I absolutely LOVED this class. It was a little overwhelming but he gives you a booklet for you to reference when you get home. Can't wait to try all that I learned. Hope to get some good pictures of my sweet nephews.
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This was a GREAT class to become familiar with your DSLR camera! Okello is very knowledgable and explains the features in a user friendly way so you can take your photography to the next level.
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Okello did an amazing job of  making my complicated camera with lots of buttons a managable machine that I feel with practice I could take great pictures with! I would recommend his class to any beginner wanted to learn more about photography!
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Okello makes the class fun and understandable.  I've never been to a photography class when the instructor can address knowledgable and quickly specifics about all the different cameras brought to the class.  He sure knows photography!
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Great class.  It is not a "do this, in this situation, and your photo will be great" kind of class.  He provides you with the knowledge of how various settings affect a photo so that you have the tools to make the adjustments you need to make in a given situation.
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Excellent workshop!  As a novice photographer I was delighted to come away with the information I needed to switch my camera setting to "manual" and start experimenting on my own.  Okello does a great job introducing some of the camera functions, and does so at a comfortable pace.
Anyone looking to get away from a "point and shoot" camera will benefit from this workshop.
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Wonderful class for the beginner getting into DSLR.  He really does simplify things making them very understandable.  Takes some of scary out of moving from Full Auto mode to aperture priority or full manual.  Very nice instructional materials that you get to take home as well.  I did the Part 1 of take your camera off of auto.  Cant wait to do the Part 2, now I only need to p/u a 50mm Prime and a flash.
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Awesome class! Cut to the chase instruction with an abundance of knowledge, sprinkle in some photo newbie humor and 3 hours flew by! Okello makes you confident to GET OFF AUTO MODE!
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It was jammed packed with all the information I needed. The class was organized and each minute was planned efficiently. In three hours, I am a much improved photographer and it will make all the difference for the food pictures on my blog. I look forward to a follow up class. This class took the "fear" out of the tech stuff.
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This was a terrific class.  Okello is a great teacher, presented tons of info in a few hours that will really be helpful in getting the most out of our DSLR cameras.  Going to practice and then take his other classes.  He is really organized, interesting and knows his subject.
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It was EXTREMELY beneficial. I would say this is a MUST TAKE class for anyone new to DSLR cameras or beginning photographers.
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This was a great class with lots of info packed into the time, but I came home and was able to take pictures in the manual mode that you'd actually keep:) !
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Packed a lot more info into 3 hours than I thought he could.
Practical advice that I can start using right away.
Enjoyed his sense of humor. I plan on taking any other workshops Okello offers in Milwaukee. Thank you Okello
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Okello did an excellent job.  He really gave us great advice has a great sense of humor.  Okello says  you don't have to spend a fortune to get good pictures.  Can't wait for his next class.
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I can't imagine a better beginner's DSLR class or instructor!! Okello is so knowledgable, talented and has a gift for making seemingly complicated settings easy. His class is a MUST for all recreational DSLR camera owners.
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I learned more about my camera in three hours than I have in twenty years of doing this as a hobby. I left the class not only convinced I could use what was taught but confident I could build on that more.  
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Okello was extremely knowledgeable, warm and wrapped the course material very well.  He was able to bring all the techniques and knowledge together in a friendly and memorable manner.
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Amazing knowledge - Okello knew every camera and how to make each one work! I loved that he went in depth on the most important basics rather than overwhelm we with things I didn't need to know.
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Excellent workshop, I learned SO much about photography- all my questions were answered, the instructor was extremely well versed on all topics/all cameras.  Great learning environment.  I am excited to apply the knowledge, practice, and take another class when available.
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Okello is very personable and informative which made the class time go by very quickly.  I am so excited to start playing around and test out the difference aperature, ISO and shutter speed settings on my camera.  Thank you so much for advancing my photography skills to the next level.  I cannot wait to get started!!  Thank you very much.  I look forward to part 2!
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EXCELLENT class ... materials presented very well and the speaker was totally engaging. Learned more in this session than I ever imagined ...
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The class was awesome! Loved it and will recommend it to everyone! Very interactive. Okello was knowledgable and his passion for photography is clear. Great session for anyone who wants to learn more about there camera.
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The workshop was completely worth it. I am a beginning DSLR user and was totally confused. Okello is extremely knowlegdeable and a natural teacher. He did a great job of explaining features on the camera & gave clear advice and direction as to what is needed to take great pictures.
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Okello Dunkley is THE man when it comes to teaching the basics of photography!  My Nikon D-3100 had just been sitting for over a year because I was scared of it and didn't know how to use it.  After three hours with Okello I now understand and have no fear!  Okello makes it easy to understand and has a great sense of humor!  Thanks Okello!!
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This seminar was just as advertised, perfect for those who got a digital SLR for Christmas but haven't figured out how to use it.  I would like to take his more advanced seminar the next time he is in town.  Mr. Dunkley is an excellent teacher, who bridges the gap between his own vast knowledge of cameras and photography and that of his audience.  Very enjoyable and useful seminar.
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This workshop was one of the best I have attended....Really moved through the material without leaving anyone behind.  Great job!  I am ready to take my camera off auto!!!
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Absolutely Fabulous! What a pro!  Okello knows everything about every camera! Amazing.   I have had my camera for 4 years and I think I know how to take real pictures!  I can't wait to "practice, practice, practice"!
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I've been to 2 other classes and his was the clearest at explaining all the different functions of a DSLR camera and how to stop being on programmed modes.
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Okello is a friendly, professional and inspiring teacher. I had a really great time at this workshop and would come back for more.
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Okello was a great teacher.  He explained things clearly and thoroughly and welcomed questions and input from attendees.  I left full of knowledge but not overwhelmed.  The full color handout is a helpful takeaway, too.  I would recommend this class to others.
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Thanks for the great class, Okello! I really enjoyed it and am excited to start taking some incredible pictures. Thanks for kick-starting my new-found hobby. :)
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This class was AMAZING! Okello is a great instructor - super knowledgeable, patience and fun to boot! I learned a lot about my camera in a short 3 hour time span, I'm already looking forward to taking part II with Okello soon! Thanks so much for a great Saturday afternoon!
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Loved it! Very informative and useful. I walked in there armed with a Nikon and good intentions but unable to take a descent picture to save my life. I left with a great understanding of the basics. Great teacher, very entertaining. I'd say the most useful part for me was the before and after photos (eg. ISO at 200, 400, 12,800, etc).  I loved the guidance he provided on recommended lenses and right at the end he went over other useful add ons like UV covers. I would have like him to spend a few more minutes on that. I'm sure I could have stuck around after to ask about it though, he seemed very willing to answer questions, I just didn't have the time that day. I looked through my camera when I got home of pics from the beginning of class through to the end and wow, what a difference a few hours with a knowledgeable instructor can make! Amazing, really. I will definitely take part II after some much needed practice time under my belt.
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Lots of words come to mind...professional, interactive, candid, thorough and impressive. Great class! I will be signing up for future classes with Okello's workshops!
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Okello was amazing!   Very informative - I feel empowered to take on many new photographic challenges now!    He was also delightful - great personality and really connected with the audience... and gave practical and useful advice to us 'wanna be' photographers!    Thanks, Okello!
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I took a 6 week class at Cord Camera- learned nothing!  Took this class and in 3 hours, I feel comfortable using this "thing".  : )  Thank you Okello!!
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Okello put on an outstanding seminar. Finally I know how to get my camera off of "Auto" - yeah! The information he presents is easy to follow and his slideshow photos were extremely helpful. I would recommend his class to anyone who wants to know how to gain a command of their camera. Okello's class was everything it was advertised to be - and more!
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Okello was a very knowledgable, great delivery teacher.  I would highly recommend him and his class to anyone, and hope to take future advanced classes with him. I'm already enjoying my camera more !
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Well organized, well-presented. Okello was knowledgeable about a wide range of DSLR cameras (including mine) so I no trouble following. Plus the booklet he handed out was very easy to follow. Now all I have to do is practice, practice, practice.
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Fantastic class. I learned so much about my camera and how to take better pictures. I had read Okello's blog about needing certain equipment but did not understand why until the class. The same goes for why I need to shoot RAW files....didn't get it but I do now. If you bought a nice camera but still use the built in program modes and shoot only JPG's, you need this class.
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I thought the class was very informative. For the first time in my career someone has convinced me of the importance of using Raw files. The information was relevant and well explained. I would recommend this class to other students looking to understand the foundations of successful photo capturing.
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Great instructor!  I have struggled on my own to learn how to use the manual settings.  This instructor gave me a lot of excellent information on how to take my camera off of auto mode.  I just got home and I can't wait to start practicing!
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I absolutely LOVED this class!!!! If there is a part 2 in the future I will definitely attend.  The instructor was amazing!!!!!! Clear and thorough in explain all the components of the DSLR that I was unfamiliar with.  I was so excited after the class I immediately put in to action everything I learned to take better pictures.  I can totally appreciate my camera in a much better way. Thank you Okello.  Hope to see you in L.A. again for part 2.
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I am a Art/Photography major at UNLV and this was a great class to prepare me for my Digital Photography class.  I've had my DSLR camera for 3 years and this class taught me how to really use it.   Okello summed it up quickly and gave us a chance to test what he taught us.  I'm already busy getting beautiful photographs.  I wish I had this class before, I would have shot a lot of my pictures in a different way.  I hope he comes back to Las Vegas for class #2. 
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This is a great class, no matter what your level of skill is.  For the experienced, it's always nice to brush up on what you know, and for the beginner, having what you are doing as you do it explained makes all the difference in the world.
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I had a great time and learned so much. Instructor was very good, knowledgeable, made it simple with excellent analogies and I look forward to going to another workshop of his.
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Okello was great.  He made everything easy to understand without talking down to us.  And, he made it fun.  Yes, I would go to another of his workshops.
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Great workshop!  Perfect for beginners.  The pace was good and the instructor was personable, engaging and very knowledgeable.  I really enjoyed the class and hope Okello comes back to offer Part II in Boston soon. 
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I take many beginning photography classes and I still managed to learn something new in this class. Thank you
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The instructor (Okello) was GREAT!  Very knowledgeable with a laid-back, approachable presentation style.  I learned SO much in the 3 hours that it was well worth the money.  I hope he returns to Toronto for Part II!
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I am in the process of looking for a DSLS camera.  This workshop was most helpful in making the decision of which camera to purchase.  I have attended other photography courses.  Okello explains things very clearly so that even the most amateur  photographer can understand.  He is awesome!
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The instructor really made it easy to understand stuff and no question was stupid.  He did really great with so many people!  Would love for him to do a DVD with all his classes on it!
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This was an amazing workshop!  Okello was informative, funny and and incredibly helpful.  I had a wonderful time and learned a TON!  
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I wish I had stumbled on this class a lot earlier!  So many things make sense to me now that I've taken Okello's class.  It was really helpful that he had pictures on the screen of the buttons, features, etc.  he was emphasizing so we could easily locate them on own cameras.  Now...to practice what I learned.









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Okello is a very good teacher. He has a knack for explaining things in ways I'm hopeful will stick. I just completed both classes today. I know a lot of basics -- I've been shooting with SLRs for 30 years and used to teach photography -- but wanted to get more out of digital technology. I learned a decent amount from the 1st session and quite a bit from the 2nd. I don't know that I'd recommend doing both the same day unless you have a lot of stamina. Okello has a lot of energy and didn't flag at all, but my rate of absorption definitely started to slow down in the home stretch! I would take other programs with Okello in the future.

Boyd — Arlington, Virginia

Okello is great. His beginner class was very useful for the person who needs to get acquainted with his DLSR camera. He has a great personality and is very accessible. Don't expect to take a lot of photos in class or spend a lot of time on photo composition, this class teaches you how to work the camera in order to maximize the shots you want to take.

Carol — Wilmington, Delaware

Awesome class...I learned a lot of realistic techniques I can use to take more control over my camera and improve my photography. I found out about the class through a Living Social deal and while I was a little apprehensive because I had no idea what I was going to get...I must admit that I was more than pleased with the value received at such an awesome price. I'm looking forward to taking Okello's level 2 class and the Lightroom software class at some point. For new DSLR users or longtime users who operate mostly in "auto mode" this is a class you will absolutely want to take. I can't wait for the weekend to get out there to start practicing.

One word of advice for people considering taking the class in Alexandria...if its during the week and you live in D.C., give yourself more than an hour travel time to ensure you get there on time OR take the metro to King Street. D.C./NOVA traffic was INSANE and I ended up being 45 flippin minutes late (I hate being late). Not at all a reflection of the class...Okello graciously explained what I had missed during a break, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity to vent :-)

Patrick — Washington, DC

 

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