DSLR Course Reviews

Well, to be honest, I am crying when I read some of the lessons, especially on details of telling a story. I always think I am this fun mom and I do relish the details of my kids. Now I can finally capture moments of the day to day and then let others, or even me, go back and relive them. You have given me the gift of posterity. ~ Lori

This is the third class I’ve taken to try and gain some insight into shooting in M.  I almost didn’t sign up because I was afraid I would be left just as bewildered and overwhelmed as I was in the past.  I knew all the steps (ISO settings, shutter speed, f/stops, etc.) but in my mind it all = too much fiddling and missed moments.  Something about your teaching style finally made it “click” for me!  At last! ~ Michelle

This class was awesome! I have tried time and again to figure out all the buttons and features on my camera by sitting down with it and the manual only to quickly close it up, frustrated. You made learning manual mode FUN! The “cheat sheets” will come in very handy. Thank you for the time you took to educate people like myself! Blessings to you, ~ Jena

Ashley, thank you so much for this course!  it was worth every penny spent.  I have known all these buzzwords for so long (f-stop, aperture, ISO, etc) and your explanation of them and how to use them finally make sense to me!  I am so thrilled to be shooting in manual and feel silly now realizing how overwhelmed i have felt in the past! thank you thank you thank you for making it all click for me! ~ Carrie

Ashley you are Wonder Woman!! I honestly cannot tell you how wonderful this course has been for me. It makes me excited about my DSLR all over again!! It’s like Christmas morning! Your writing, your examples, your structure – all so easy to follow and understand and it has made things so much clearer to me. I am sad that its over only because I came home from work at night excited to read and learn more! I am so looking forward to putting it all together. I feel so blessed to have found your blog and this course especially before I have my own children so that I will know how to best capture the wonderful moments in their lives. I am so thankful for that. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your inspiring words. You have inspired me to look at life more closely and see what is truly important. Thank you again. – Hollis

Ashley, I can’t thank you enough. I feel like I finally understand this camera that I spent so much to own! I have friends and family who have more expensive cameras (I shoot on a Nikon D3100) but have no idea how to use the manual settings, and after this class, I feel not only pretty comfortable shooting in manual, but confident that I will be able to keep learning and improving thanks in huge to the basic knowledge that you shared with me. Your lessons were so helpful and I can even read my manual and make sense of it now! ~ Mallory

Thank you so much Ashley. I really enjoyed the class. The best teachers take tough content and make it fun and easier to grasp… that’s just what you’ve done. ~ Megan

Oh Ashley!  I just finished!!  I have been following your blog now for over a year.  I had always wanted to attend one of your SnapShop classes, but since I live in California the option was always a bit out of my reach.  That is why I jumped at the chance to take this class.  I tried to be a sponge and soak all it in.  I now have a new affection for my camera!  It is so evident that you poured some of your heart and soul into writing this.  How fitting that you will be given another soul to love and embrace in your heart.  Well done Ashley, well done! ~ Devon

I’ve learned SO much through this course! Every day I put my boys down for naps, make a cuppa jo and sit down at my laptop to get through as many sections as I can–it’s been such a treat! I’m totally new to photography…just got my dslr a couple of months ago, and this SnapShop was such a great intro to shooting manually. Thanks for explaining everything in easy-to-understand language, and using your beautiful photos as examples. We’re now on vacation in the Northwest for a couple of weeks, and I’m proud to say I’ve taken all my pics in manual mode…it’s been so much fun! At the end of each day, I download them all to my computer to sort through–and while I definitely have room for improvement, I’ve captured some great memories. Thanks so much for making this available online–I’ve enjoyed every single minute of it and will definitely be recommending your course to friends and family! ~ Lisa

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have had my camera for about 2 years now and I could never figure out how to capture good shots in manual. I couldn’t for the life of me put everything together. Now I am more confident about the settings and comfortable shooting. Thank you for explaining this all in a practical and understandable manner. ~ Tracy

THANK YOU is not nearly enough to express my gratitude to you for writing this class and making it available to us. I have learned more than I had even hoped. I SOOO wish I had some of these tools when my grandparents were still here in Earth. I wouldnt have believed I’d be more inspired than I already am by your blog. Thanks for letting as peek into your home and beautiful family each day and for giving us the tools to capture our own family in photos.  ~ Allison


Phone Course Reviews

Ashley, I’m so glad I took this class. As a mom of two young kids, with no working photography knowledge, this was the perfect avenue for me to learn how to capture our memories! Going to a class at this point isn’t feasible. I needed something I could access and learn from during nap times and evenings. This was it! Thanks for organizing it clearly and concisely. I learned how to focus my phone camera- my pictures already look a million times better. I don’t know that a fancy camera is in my future, but if you ever create phone snap 2, I’ll sign up. Thanks, Joanna

Dear Ashely, I am so glad you created this course! It was easy to follow and I learned so much! Your approach is patient and kind. No question went unanswered from the class. My photography has improved greatly, especially composition. You have taught me how to try capturing the world’s beauty, whether it’s people, places or things. I really loved practicing. This course is perfect for anyone, anytime. Photography is life! Thank you for sharing your talent and gift of photography! Thank you! ~ Robyn, Robyn’s Flower Garden

I’ve been dying to take the SnapShop course since it went online, but I still haven’t made the investment in a DSLR. Someday I will I’m sure, but at this point I barely even pick up my point and shoot anymore – my phone is the window to my world. I was so excited to be able to take this course, and I wasn’t disappointed. I loved all the examples that you included, and especially the composition and storytelling sections. That is what I’m really looking for in my pictures. Following your blog has already made a huge impact on my photo taking, both in trying to think outside the box and in fueling the desire to capture the little moments and beautiful things. You’re such an inspiration.:)Thanks so much for this course – I can’t wait to get out and practice! ~ Amy

Thank you so much for doing this course, Ashley! I finished reading through the material a few days ago and I am actually missing it — I’m still practicing away, but there is such a loveliness to reading your coursework that it feels as if I’ve finished a really good book that I just didn’t want to end.  Looking over my camera roll lately, I’m amazed at my new body of work. Right from the beginning of this course, I could see that my number of “great shots” had grown from the occasional to the common. There’s still room for improvement as always, but guided by the lessons you’ve passed on to me, I know that I’ll only get better and better. I’ve already recommended this course to everyone I know and will continue to do so. Thank you for sharing your life and skills with us! It’s been a joy!! ~ Alex

Ashley–I loved the content in this course. It was well organized and the flow was perfect. I particularly loved your examples of real life, candid photos…which is what most of use are using it for. I love that you gave us examples of things that take away from our photos, as well. As far as the content, I learned many new things. I had never thought about balance, movement and lines. When I first read about those and did some practice shots, I feel that I had to focus on those things however in just the few short weeks I feel like it is coming with little focus. I liked the group as well. I really enjoyed looking and learning from others in the course. The course was definitely all-encompassing from the basics to printing and that was pretty awesome. You are definitely thorough. I also appreciate your responses to questions posted in the course. The only thing that I would have liked more is more critiquing. I learn so well by learning what I am doing wrong. I obviously think that you are pretty swell and could learn from you or I wouldn’t have signed up (and trust me I did learn a lot). I do recognize that this was a large group and that would be a full time job to critique everyone. That’s all…thank you for everything. WELL worth the money and highly recommended. I am actually going to be sad that you won’t be seeing my pics anymore. ;0 Thanks Ashley!!! ~gretch

Ashley, My beloved daughter gave me this workshop as a gift (she is such a fan of yours & a great “storyteller” herself). I told her the two of you may have created a monster as I have my phone camera on the ready at every event! I appreciate so very much the time and thoughtfulness you put forth on the class and the personal way you approached it. So much of this was new to me and so I learned a ton! I am not only a better phone photographer, but I’ve got mad editing skills now as well!;-)Thank you again for everything! ~ Vicki

Thank you for another great class, Ashley! I took the DSLR class and wanted to let you know that I really got a lot out of this class, too! I continue to be inspired to capture the stories and details in our days. Your beautifully captured phone photography proves that it is not all about having a fancy/nice camera. I loved seeing how all the composition concepts hold true regardless of the tool being used (DSLR, phone, etc.). Thank you for sharing so much of your self, your life, your family, and your talent with us! ~ Ashlee

Thank you so much for this class – it was well worth the time and investment! Having just completed the DSLR SnapShop class, I felt like I learned a lot from that class but I just wasn’t able to practice as much as I would like (or, maybe I just wasn’t making it a priority). However, I always have my phone close by so the lessons in both classes have really enhanced my confidence and excitement to try and take interesting pictures! I’m in the middle of completing our family’s photo album from last year and want to hurry up and get to organizing this year’s pictures – they are going to be so much better! Your sample pictures are so very, very helpful. Thanks again for an amazing class. ~ Jodi

Ashley Ann, wow! Thank you for all the time and effort spent to create this course. I loved it! You found the perfect balance between discussing composition/storytelling and talking phone logistics. You offered great practical tips and yet I felt challenged to find my own style of photography. The numerous photo examples were extremely helpful and I loved that I could move through the class at my own pace. Thank you, thank you! ~ Laura

Thank you so much for putting together this course, Ashley. It was well-organized, practical, and had just the right amount of content. I found your example photos especially helpful. The simplicity example shots, for example, really helped me grasp the idea of including ONLY the things necessary for the story being told. Often design concepts are hard to communicate – it’s one thing to know that a shot should be simple, but it’s another thing to figure out what simplicity looks like. Your example shots, though, (both for what to do AND what to avoid) really illustrated the concepts well. I also loved that you share what works for you — how you approach a shot, the apps you use, the filters you use, etc. While I know I’ll eventually figure out what works best for me, emulating what you do (since I do love your photos!) initially helps me get my feet on the ground and get moving, until I get that rhythm of my own. Thanks again for offering this. Now I just need to practice! ~ Ashley