Classes - jacquelinedeely

Private Instruction

Jacqueline offers private instruction in Northern California around the bay area tailored to individual student needs and caters to all levels.

Location will vary based upon the time of year and weather conditions. Her goal is to provide students with a positive experience in a setting where they can acquire new techniques and skills that will enable them to progress and grow in their own photographic journey.

Rate is $75.00 per hour or $200.00 for a four hour session either early morning or late afternoon/evening.   Full day sessions are also available with a break for lunch and morning image review.

Please CONTACTJacqueline for more information.


"Jackie transformed my photography.   In three hours I learned more than in the previous 30 years!   She not only taught me how to use the various settings on my camera, to capture sharp action shots with perfect exposure, but also how to find and stalk wildlife.  Jackie was more than willing to look over my shots after the shoot, and give me post processing advice and tips.   In the field she reminded me to check my histogram, take practice shots, and very graciously shared what settings she was using, and explain why.  Jackie is such a fun person to hang out with, and her passion and enthusiasm for nature are contagious!"

Julie C. Salinas, CA


Filoli Estate
Woodside, California

"Getting out of Auto!"

Saturday, February 25th, 2017  (9:00am - 4:00pm)
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017  (12:00pm - 7:00pm)
Thursday, July 13th, 2017  (12:00pm - 7:00pm)
Saturday, September 30th, 2017  (9:00am - 4:00pm)

Details & Registration

This one day class is geared towards entry level photographers who would like to break free from using automatic or scene modes. Participants will learn how to take control of their cameras through the use of manual/semi-automatic settings and in turn, how their images ultimately look and feel. Topics covered will include lighting, composition, exposure, shutter speed, aperture/depth of field and ISO. Class will include an easy to follow presentation, hands on assistance and practice in the grounds of Filoli, plus a review and discussion of the day's results. Students must have a basic understanding of how to operate their own equipment. Not for point and shoot cameras.


"Jackie’s “Getting out of Auto” photography class was truly one of the best courses I have ever taken. I did not know much about photography, but Jackie was informative and professional, her course materials were great, and it was a very fun learning experience. The result at the end of class was that I took some lovely photos! Jackie also helped me with some specific questions I had on photography I want to take, and I am very excited to continue working on what I learned. Filoli is also the perfect backdrop for a photography class. I would highly recommend Jackie’s class! "

Brenda L. Burlingame, CA

"Jackie is very passionate about photography and it carries over to the class. It was an excellent presentation of photography techniques that I will become comfortable using to take much better photos. I recommend the class to anyone with an interest in learning more about photography."

Judy D. Bay Area, CA

"The Art & Craft of Bird Photography"

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017  (9:00am - 12:00pm) Presentation
Saturday, April 29th, 2017   (7:00am - 10:00am) Field Trip - Location TBD
Saturday, May 6th (9:00am - 12:00pm) Presentation/Critique

Details & Registration

Bird photography is one of the most popular yet challenging genres of nature photography. This three day class will introduce students to the various techniques, practices and post processing procedures used by professional bird photographers. Gain an understanding of how lighting, composition, exposure, shutter speed and depth of field all contribute to the final result, in addition to etiquette and safety in the field. Sessions will include presentations, field practice and a positive image critique. All levels of experience are welcome, however, students must have a general understanding of how to operate their equipment in "non-automatic" modes. DSLR or similar camera recommended with a minimum lens focal length of 300mm. Tripod optional. Not for point and shoot cameras.

"An Introduction to Wildlife Photography"

(Spring 2017 - Dates TBD***)

Are you planning a trip where you will be photographing wildlife? Do you want to capture better images of the birds and animals that inhabit your local area? This enjoyable class will equip you with the basic techniques, practices and post processing procedures used to capture compelling images of wildlife. Gain an understanding of how lighting, composition, exposure, shutter speed and depth of field all contribute to the final result, in addition to etiquette and safety in the field. Sessions will include presentations, field practice and a positive image critique. All levels of experience welcome, however, students must have a general understanding of how to operate their own equipment. Any type of camera will work as long as it has zoom/telephoto capability.

***Class dates yet to be determined. Please sign up for my eNewsletter where I will make announcements.


"I took an ‘Introduction to Wildlife Photography’ with Jacqueline at Filoli. She shared her valuable techniques, tips and professional knowledge of wildlife photography in down to earth simple terms and gave personal attention to each attendee.   I am an amateur and I learned not only how to take better photos of wildlife but additional tips on how I may use my camera beyond the auto mode.   Our field trip and the post processing lecture and critique was very informative.  The whole experience was enjoyable and fun.  I would not hesitate to take another workshop with Jacqueline, and hope to do so in the future."

Sandra S. Bay Area, CA
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