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For When You Need a Little Help to See Life Through the Lens There Is DSLR Classes

By Elisha Neubauer

Hector Zouls was a civil engineer by trade. He didn't find photography the ways most usually do, by growing up with the camera in their hand and taking classes at the local high school. No, for Zouls it was a much longer process. In fact, the first time Zouls picked up a camera was well into his adulthood, during the early years of his children's lives.

"I started in 2001 taking digital photos of my kids when they were growing up," Zouls said, "Five years in auto-mode and the last two learning how to use the camera."

Zouls was essentially self-taught. He has taken classes, workshops, and seminars from some of the best in the business and studied every piece of material he could get his hands on. During the process of his own learning journey, he found there were many out there who were struggling with their cameras, not able to get the pictures they wanted.

It was this revelation that led to the founding of DSLR Classes.

In 2009, Zous began teaching photography. The first class was a small group of beginners, lasting only four hours. Each year the class began to expand. Today, Zouls's class is now nine hours of hands-on practice and comes with a 55-page binder containing the necessary information. However, the group sizes have remained small in order for participants to get the attention they need, allowing them to get the most out of the workshop.

"I want the participants to know in one day everything that they need to know to have full control over his camera to take pictures of anything under any lighting circumstance," Zouls said.

As for his background in engineering, Zouls believes it helped him to understand the technical side of the camera and equipment and plays a part in how he is able to teach others to use their equipment as well.

In addition to running DSLR Classes, Zouls is the owner/operator of Zouls Photography and Zouls Wedding Photography. Although he teaches photography now, Zouls is very quick to say he is not an expert.

"I am still learning, practicing, and trying new ways to improve my photography," Zouls said. "It has taken me years to learn what I know and now I want to share my passion and knowledge."

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