You just got a new camera ...
It's a familiar story: you get a brand new digital camera, and you can't wait to begin taking the best photos of your life. But then, you run smack into the fact that your camera is very confusing and complicated. So much so, that it often gets in the way of you being the skilled (and happy) photographer you dream of being.
You've been photographing for a while ...
You know your camera is capable of so much more. You know a lot about photography and you know that there is a lot left you would love to learn. No matter where you are in your skill level or what you’d love to learn next, we can help you find the best path for you to dramatically improve your photography and take it to the next level.
Helping people to become better photographers, one picture at a time ...
We've created a series of courses, classes and hands-on workshops that, together, make a comprehensive learning path for you to follow, with multiple options. And you won't be alone. Like the Beatles, we wanna hold your hand.
Photography The Basics
First, we help you figure out the camera. Menus and all. Taking the frustration out of learning the nuts-and-bolts. More ...
Beyond The Basics
Your next step on the journey is to learn the artistic aspects of photography: composition and design. More ...
Hone both photography and editing skills. Our hands-on workshops cover a variety of topics. More ...
Put your skills to the test in the field. This is a monthly subscription that pairs a shoot with an editing session. More ...
Many, once they've polished up the basics and mastered the more advanced, want to go pro. We'll help.
Running Your Photography Business
Making the leap from artist to businessperson presents unique challenges. We'll help you work though them. More ...
Our most popular course
to be announced
Our next Photographic Art Show is on June 3rd from 5:30 to 8pm. Come and see what our intermediate and advanced photography students can do.
Admission is FREE.
Intro to Digital Photography
We run this class every now and then, when we have enough interest. Two quick hours to give you a leg up. More ...
Sign up for our FREE bi-monthly newsletter or download our FREE Photography Quick Start kit on the Freebie page. Consisting of 4 eBooks, the FREE kit answers questions on what camera to purchase, what lens to consider, whether or not you'll need a tripod and how to dramatically improve your photography.
All for FREE.
We want to make it easy for everyone to enjoy learning in a positive and supportive setting. Our photography classes are very informal, and it helps if you have a sense of humor. We tell students if they get frustrated to stop doing what they are doing, because most likely they are missing something small. Photography is supposed to be an exciting, positive and enjoyable pastime and we try to make learning fun and hands-on.
If you sign up for a course and miss a class, we make it easy for you to make up. You can come in and take part in any of the upcoming courses, and all we ask is that you let us know to expect you.
Our clients love photography and enjoy our learning environment.
But don't just believe us, read on to see what they have to say:
Let the truth be told
Walter is a GREAT teacher. I am so far advanced from when I first walked into class 6 snowy weeks ago. Thank you for helping me to enjoy my hobby more than I ever thought possible!
Bob, Mont Vernon, NH
Amazing must-take class for those stuck in auto-mode! Walter helps demystify the digital camera with easy to follow reading materials, hands-on in-class examples, and homework assignments. I now have the confidence to stop shooting in dummy-mode. THANK YOU!
Michelle, Brookline, NH
I feel that your basic photography class is priceless. I liked the way you outlined your photography book, as well as working with the students individually. I would recommend this class to anyone interested in photography.
Cathy, New Ipswich, NH
I enjoyed the first course so much I signed up for the next one! I got out of it exactly what I was hoping to get out of it - to feel more comfortable with my camera - to be able to get it out of auto.
Patty, Hudson, NH
I am so glad I took this class, it was an awesome experience!I took a year of photography school way back in the days of film, and I truly believe I learned more in this 6 week course then I did that whole year! I can now shoot confidently in manual mode. Walter’s ability to explain things in a way that's easily understood, using real examples and situations, and, of course, his great sense of humor, is the difference between us learning the material versus memorizing it.
Kerri, Merrimack, NH
My goal for taking this class was to successfully be able to take my camera off auto setting and to use the camera to its full potential. I am pleased to say that after 5 weeks, I am taking pictures on the manual setting and have been very pleased with the photos I have taken. The class is fun, light-hearted and a tremendous learning experience. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has any interest in photography.
Kristy, Brookline, NH
Taking the Photography The Basics class has allowed me to understand the camera and functions to a new level. After 6 weeks, I am taking better photos using the knowledge gained in this class. I recommend the class to anyone with a current camera.
Sandy, Milford, NH
I am glad I took this course. It has been very helpful in learning more about my camera and about the art of taking pictures. You have made this a pleasant learning experience with your wealth of knowledge and clear descriptions. I hope to follow up with a more advanced class in the
Lynn, Nashua, NH
I feel like I have learned so much from this course. You made it fun and easy to understand.
Jill, Nashua, NH
Thank you for the wonderful class! It was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to get away from "auto mode" and move towards using the functions of my camera; your class offered all that and more! The class is very helpful and you have a wonderful way of teaching!
Belinda, Hudson, NH
You have a great attitude, approach and the patience for teaching. People can relax and not be embarrassed as they learn... and you keep it interesting!
Jay, Manchester, NH
In 2 nights of the Photography The Basics course, I learned more than at an 8 weeks course at a photography school in Boston. Plus, parking at C1M is way easier.
Renee, Pepperell, MA
I am now in my second class at C1M studio. Walter is an amazing instructor. He is able to communicate to students at all levels. I am looking forward to gaining a wealth of knowledge guided by Walter... I don't look at this as a class but a journey with endless possibilities.
Linda, Manchester, NH
I really enjoyed taking the Photography Basics course. I went from only being able to use my Digital SLR in program mode, to now being able to operate it fully in manual mode as I learned what each feature of my camera was capable of doing. In six short weeks, I've learned how to creatively use my camera settings, along with basic photography techniques like composition and lighting, to make my pictures come alive! I started out wanting to learn a few things and ended up learning so much more! The class setting was very comfortable and you were a great teacher who was always willing to answer any questions. I enjoyed your sense of humor and all the tips and tricks that you taught us. I'm really excited to learn more and expand my creativity and can't wait to take the intermediate class! Thanks again!
Karen, Milford, NH
I enjoy your class and I'm getting a lot from it. I've tried other photography courses but they were not as educational and inspiring. They were more about how to enhance your work after the photo was done, not into the functions of the camera and how to control those functions. You are a good teacher.
Mark, Manchester, NH
I have truly enjoyed every minute of both courses and gained so much knowledge and experience. And I have you to thank for this. Your teaching style and personality are fantastic and you make the student feel comfortable at every point. I have always felt comfortable to ask anything, never feeling that you would be bothered by a question or think it's stupid. Even at the close of the intermediate course, you have me still wanting for more knowledge.
Anthony, Derry, NH
I have a new camera with many features and functions. The photography class showed me what all the camera functions can do for me, and how to use them effectively. I have gained a fundamental knowledge about photography that will allow me to capture what I need and to be a better photographer. The workshop was informative as well as fun. I especially liked the hands-on experience of taking pictures with the information we just learned... I would recommend this workshop to anyone looking for a better understanding of their camera, as well as the basics of photography!
Missy, Concord, NH
I wanted to learn more about how to use my camera and your photography class helped me understand features and functions that were a mystery before. We ventured into camera settings that I did not know were there before. I have gained the confidence to change settings and experiment without fear. This workshop was exactly what I was looking for in a very hospitable setting and at a great price.
Kristina, Nashua, NH
I recently attended one of the C1M photography classes and wanted to let you know what a wonderful job you did. This workshop allowed me to gain the confidence I needed to experiment more with my camera as well as gain a better understanding of my camera. I am no longer afraid to go into different camera settings and take pictures. It truly was a hands-on class that I needed. I also greatly appreciated your patience with answering all my questions. I definitely learned more than I expected and had a lot of fun. I highly recommend the C1M classes and workshops to all. Thanks again for all your great advice.
Lyn, Nashua, NH
I really enjoyed learning about taking better photographs, and you did an outstanding job of teaching. I can certainly apply your methods in my daily work, and am already taking better studio photos because of your training. Additionally, you have taken some incredible photography and have a "to die for" studio and classroom setup.
Jim, Portsmouth, NH
When point and click just wasn't doing it for me anymore I invested in a digital SLR...it did not take long for me to realize I was using only a fraction of its potential. Then I found C1M. Walter has opened doors I did not know existed with my SLR. I am enrolled in my 3rd course with him and learn something new each class. Walter's teaching style is perfect for those of us who may be intimidated and need time to experiment and ask questions until we get it! Thanks for being such a wonderful photography professor!
Lisa, Nashua, NH
I have a passion for capturing moments - whether they be in nature, around my house or just a perfect moment that I want to save forever. Photography does that for me. Walter Schnecker provided me with an outstanding class to teach me what photography is all about and how to capture those special moments with ease. I loved this class and am grateful for what I have learned.
Amelia, Brookline, NH
You offer something very few do in NH (classes) and do it so well. People enjoy your classes and teaching style and they get hooked. Trust me ... I am talking from experience. :)
Tony, Londonderry, NH
I just finished the beginner's course. I have to say that Walter took the mystery out of everything from f-stops to depth-of-field. I am now shooting all of my photos fully manual and in RAW mode. If you don't know what that means but want to, sign up. It will be worth your time.
Bob, Greenfield, NH
This is exciting!! Thank you! I'm very glad I'm taking this class. You are a wealth of information and you have a great sense of humor.
Cathleen, New Boston, NH
I've learned so much during the couple of classes in the basics that I really look forward to the classes still to come. Thank you for everything :)
Linda, Manchester, NH
Fantastic photography class! I really looked forward to Thursday nights and will miss being there next week! It was well worth the hour drive over, and I am looking forward to attending the intermediate class in the fall. I have begun the journey to really explore an interest that has been on hold for some time. Your demonstrations helped solidify understanding of the more difficult concepts, and the relaxed atmosphere of your class made asking questions a breeze.
Diane, Windham, NH
After receiving a new SLR camera, I realized that I needed to learn how to use it! I registered for the Basics Course and got more than just the basics. I learned all about the camera and more. I especially loved the creative piece to the course and the weekly homework assignments really reinforced the class work. It was fun looking at everyone else's work too. Walter's teaching style is very relaxed and his sense of humor a delight. It was something I looked forward to every week. I will definitely be registering for the Intermediate class!
Kelly, Windham, NH
The C1M photography classes and workshops are very informative, fun and a great value. I learned a lot about photography and how to get great pictures. At the beginning of the workshops I could hardly use my camera. Now I know all the available functions and how to use them.
Lucia, Nashua, NH
I signed up for the Basics course because I wanted to be able to use more features of my camera instead of the automatic mode. This course is perfect for people who are just starting and trying to figure out how to use their camera, and it's super laid-back. It's a lot more fun to take pictures now, because I can actually do what I want with my camera instead of getting frustrated!
Avery, Brookline, NH
I think Photography The Basics is a great course. I definitely liked how each week focused on a certain thing. I was really impressed by the the amount of things that we covered - just the different aspects of the aperture and the shutter, and then one week was lighting. I didn't know we would go to that extent and cover as much as we did in a 6-week course. I would definitely recommend it, and I'm also going to take the intermediate level course.
Jennifer, Dracut, MA
I would definitely recommend the Basics course. I think it's a great starting point for anybody that wants to learn about using a digital camera or an SLR camera, and a great starting point just to learn how to take pictures. After every class, I was looking forward to taking pictures. Now I'm not afraid to go out of the automatic mode, and I loved really learning and using what I now know to create great photos.
Rachel, Raymond, NH
I've been doing photography for many, many years, and I'd photographed weddings and portraits in the past. I haven't for a few years, and I wanted to get back into it. I decided to take the basic course, and I'm very happy that I did. I learned a few new things. I was reminded of some things that I've forgotten over the years, and it just reignited my desire to go take great photographs again. The course is very casual and comfortable, but the assignments were challenging enough to make me think and to really apply what I'd learned in each class. It's well worth the time and effort and I actually plan to take the intermediate course in the very near future.
Steve, Manchester, NH
I took the Basics class just to learn more about digital photography. I shot with a Hasselblad for the last 20 years. I've been shooting with a digital camera for the last 4 years now, but it's still kind of new to me even though I've shot a lot. I wanted to start fresh and learn as much about digital photography as I can. My ultimate goal is to be able to do museum-quality photography. The course was very creative, and there was some good humor built into it, too.
Vincent, Amherst, NH
The Basics is a great course. There's lots of good info and having us put all the components of manual setting photography together was beneficial. I am definitely interested in proceeding to the next series of instructional courses.
Tom, Milford, NH
Photography The Basics is a great fundamentals course. I highly recommend this course if you bought a digital camera and are still a bit confused about all those settings and numbers. Thanks Walter and we'll see you in the next class!
Dennis, Manchester, NH
When I first started the Basics class, I never thought I'd be able to use the camera in manual mode within four weeks. Trust me - you will be surprised. I honestly can't believe the amount I was able to learn in such a short time! Walter is an awesome teacher. I can't recommend C1M enough and I'm looking forward to Photo Elite and the intermediate course in April.
Brandon, Nashua, NH
Never have I taken a course that I have enjoyed more. Walter is a true Master of photography and took the mystery out of taking pictures I am proud of.
Kelli, Northwood, NH
I just took the intermediate class & I loved it! We made friends, had fun and learned the elements to create beautiful photography. The art show was a blast - we were in awe of the skills every classmate developed in an 8 week course! Thanks Walter!
Alyssa, Medford, MA
I just finished Walter's basic photography course. The setting is great and very laid back. I learned a great deal and cannot wait to start his intermediate class. Walter has a very nice teaching style and a lot of good humor to go with it!
Cresca, Hancock, NH
If you are looking to get your photography or post work up to the next level, Walter is the guy! More tips than your average hard drive can handle!
Doug, Amherst, NH
I completed the Basic Class and enjoyed it so much I just started the Beyond Basics Class. I used to use "auto" mode all the time, but after the Basic Class I only shoot in "manual" mode. This has opened a whole new world and I now feel like I am getting my money's worth from my digital SLR. I read books on photography, but they never conveyed the information I needed to get out of "auto" mode and use "Manual" mode.
The Basic Class is a great investment for anyone who wants to take better photographs but is trapped in "Auto" mode.
Glenn, Milford, NH
The digital age threw me off after years of shooting film. Thanks to Walter's easy going ways, great sense of humor and willingness to share his talents, I am thrilled to be back behind the viewfinder and in charge of my camera once again.
June, Hollis, NH
I have learned more in 4 weeks than I thought possible. I understand my camera so much more! Walter is an amazing instructor.
Kelly, Milford, NH
Just finished the Basic Photography Class and I would highly recommend taking this class if you want to learn how to use your camera. Walter is an awesome teacher and really takes the time to answer any questions that the students ask. I am looking forward to taking other classes that will improve my skills and creativity.
Leslie, Nashua, NH
C1M Photo Academy is the place to go if you want to learn the techniques of taking better photographs and Walter is the teacher who shares his knowledge and makes it fun at the same time. I'm so glad I've attended his classes. The understanding of my camera makes the world of difference in the photos I take. The [Facebook] group and the photo challenge he started, helps you continue to be creative with what you've learned and be part of a community that learns together, even when the classes are done. Thanks Walter!
Libby, Nashua, NH
I am so thankful to Walter for teaching the Basics Course and for his availability. His knowledge and teaching style is just what I needed to put everything together. I've taken other photography classes and did not learn as much or understand as much as I have after taking his Basics course. I am looking forward to taking the Intermediate Course and to continued improvement of my skills. Thank you Walter for your encouragement and skill.
Lynne, Manchester, NH
For anyone looking to get out of automatic and into manual mode, Walter's classes are fantastic! His technical knowledge combined with his sense of humor make for an enjoyable class experience.
Mary Joy, Hudson, NH
Great class. Walter's teaching style is exactly what I need to learn and to stay focused. He is always happy to answer any questions we may have and I have already noticed big changes in my pictures. I'm excited each week to go to class and see what else I can learn.
Melissa, Milford, NH
Thank you for your dedication to Photography the Basics. Your enthusiasm for photography, and for teaching, came through loud and clear in each class. The investment in [the Canon EOS 70D] is a big one, and I can say with confidence that I can better operate the camera, and now know how to correct mistakes, but better yet, set it to capture the image that I desire.
Stacey, Manchester, NH
I enjoyed the class and look forward to the intermediate class. I have learned to live in manual mode and feel comfortable there now. I was very impressed with your magical cart of tricks for teaching the more complicated areas of photography. The ISO demonstration was brilliant.
George, Brookline, NH
Great class to truly understand shooting in Manual, the "whys" and "hows"! Fun, hands-on learning.
Colette, Merrimack, NH
Photography can seem complicated. You need to understand how your camera works, what the numbers on the lens mean, what is the difference between aperture and shutter mode, how to compose a shot. If you’re looking for answers then check out C1M’s courses. Walter takes you through it all, plus more. I highly recommend his courses. He takes away that overwhelmed feeling you can get when trying to learn photography on your own.
Jean, Strafford, NH
I have taken the Basics class and I am currently enrolled in Beyond the Basics. I have learned so much from these classes and it is really starting to show in my photos. Walter is the absolute best photography teacher I have ever had.
Lauren, Amherst, NH
I am so thrilled with what I have learned and the confidence that I have gained by taking your classes. I am looking forward to taking it to the next step.
Deb, Londonderry, NH
Walter is an excellent teacher. I found the Basics course so informative that I am taking the intermediate course, Beyond the Basics. Walter is a gifted photographer with a style of teaching that is encouraging and laid back. His sense of humor keeps things in perspective. The C1M studio and classroom are modern and state of the art. I'm learning and being challenged and enjoying the whole experience!
Kathleen, Manchester, NH
I thoroughly enjoyed the Basics course. The material was well laid out and informative. I think that the approach of the course focusing on segmented instruction followed up by a practice assignment is a good one that helps connect the learning.
Jay, Hollis, NH
I got out of Photography the Basics exactly what was promised. Thanks for all of the information during the course. .I plan on attending the next Intermediate course.
Mark, Peterborough, NH
I just finished my first course tonight and I can't believe I waited so long to take it! If you're ready to take next steps with your camera the Basics course is definitely recommended. Also, there are always cookies (and water!)
Jennifer, Nashua, NH
Walter takes you step by step to learn how to use your camera. You start in Auto and at the end your shooting in Manual, understanding what you did to get that picture or what you have to do to improve it. Thanks Walter. Looking forward to the next step moving forward in Photography.
John, Hooksett, NH
Simply put, Walter is superb and the Basics Class has something for everyone (novice to experienced). I am definitely looking forward to continue my education. If in doubt, visit C1M during a free "Academy Drop-In" and see for yourself.
Christoph, Nashua, NH
The course was very valuable. I got my camera a couple of months before the course, and just left it on automatic. Four weeks into the course, I went on vacation, and I had my camera on manual mode the entire time. I felt good about that, especially since lighting conditions where I was are different than here. Some stuff just clicked, and I was able to work with the lighting conditions and still get the shots I wanted.
Barry, Manchester, NH
I was a YouTube learner when I first came to this class. I would go do photo shoots but I always shot in RAW, because I knew that I could go back in on my computer and fix things. Now I'm shooting in manual. Walter has taught me a lot, and I think he's one of the best teachers I've ever had. He makes photography exciting. He makes me want to learn more.
Whitney, Merrimack, NH
I got a lot out of the class. I've had my camera for eight years, and now I'm using the settings on it that I never knew how to use before. My pictures are coming out much better already.
Lori, Hollis, NH
"Shutter" and "aperture" were always these things that seemed like another language, but I feel like I have an understanding of those now, plus ISO and whitebalance, which were things I was not even anticipating. I definitely feel like I learned a lot.
Patti, Milford, NH
I'm not afraid of my camera anymore, so that's what makes me happy. Before I would turn it on, shoot in automatic, and turn it off. That was it. I would never play with the buttons, but now I know what they do, and it's just amazing. I thank Walter for giving me the confidence.
Diane, Milford, NH
I got this camera about a year ago, and I spent almost all year using just automatic - with some pretty decent results, but also some times where all my shots came out lousy. I blamed it on the light, but it wasn't so much the light as it was that I didn't have any creative ability to make changes, so I couldn't adapt to the lighting conditions. Now I feel so much more in control. I can read the meter and know I have a good exposure, or I can change my settings to get a good exposure.
Carl, Brookline, NH
Photography was intimidating before, but now it's not. I used to look around and see things I wished I could take pictures of. Now I see things I can take pictures of.
Jen, Bedford, NH
I've had my camera for about six years, and it makes me sad when I think about how many pictures I've taken and said, "Aw, I wish that had come out better." Now, though, I'm so excited. I felt that way every week of the course. Everything just makes so much more sense now. It's awesome. It was so great. I really want to take the intermediate class.
Jess, Milford, NH
After the six week course, I feel like I never want to take a photo in automatic again. Getting into manual mode is a great feeling, and I think you probably wouldn't get there just trying to learn from videos on YouTube. My camera is now working for me. It was not before. Now I can capture good pictures and print them happily.
Mohan, Nashua, NH
I got my camera just before the course started, and I tried taking photos without knowing anything about it. The pictures didn't come out well, or at all - in some cases they were just black. I did a little research on my own, but nothing made sense yet. Now I can go into my settings and realize, oh, I need more light, or I can change my settings. I feel a lot more comfortable with my camera now.
Janie, Merrimack, NH
Coming into the class, I didn't really know how to use the camera and I also didn't understand a lot of what you can do to get the right feel in a picture. The class was great, because it taught me not only how to use my camera, but how to play with the settings to get different effects that make for some really interesting pictures. I didn't know how to do that, and now, coming out of the course, I have a better idea of what to manipulate to get the image I'm looking for.
Sonja, Amherst, NH
I've had my camera for six years. I'd say about 95% of the photos I took were taken outside on automatic, and they came out well. But I'd say 70% of the photos I took inside were yellow or other interesting colors. Now, over the last few weeks (as long as my subjects don't talk back or move) I get really good pictures, and that never happened before.
Tara, Nashua, NH
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