Education Info and Rates         
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All major credit/debit cards accepted for payment. Contact me via email or telephone to schedule a course or a lesson.



Courses: I offer 3 multi-lesson courses that take place in 2-3 hour sessions over a number of weeks. I also offer an in-depth course with 24 hours of custom tailored training at a special savings when compared to the individual lesson rate - see below.

Group Classes: All of the private lesson topics are available as group sessions for a minimum 4 people and at a discounted per-person rate. Get some friends together and take advantage of the group rate!

Private Lessons / Tutoring: I teach specific multi-lesson listed below and will customize private lessons to your specific needs on virtually any topic related to general photography, specific photographic techniques, or post-production work. (Lightroom, Photoshop, workflow, etc.) I also tutor photography students who are enrolled in many of the local schools such as HCC, UT, USF, and IADT. If you need assistance understanding or completing an assignment I'm here to help. Rates listed below

Title (click for description) Level Duration Location(s) Rate
Photography In-Depth, 2 Instructors, 2 studios beginner-intermediate 6 weeks studio / field $600
Photography 101 beginner 4 weeks studio / field $400
People and Portrait Photography intermediate-advanced 4 weeks studio / field $500
   (Price includes model fees)        
Private lessons (Group rates available):
 "You pick the topic" lessons are provided on an hourly basis at $45 for the first hour, $45 for the second hour and $25 each additional hour beyond the first 2. There is a 2 hour minimum.
Looking for an in-depth training course that moves at your pace and is tailored to your goals? Save $$ over the individual lesson rates and book 24 hours of one-on-one learning at the reduced rate of $900
Sample lesson topics:
Landscape photography
Night photography
Food photography
Product photography
Macro photography
Understanding manual exposure mode
Understanding and controlling depth of field
On-camera flash exposure techniques
Off-camera flash exposure (strobist) techniques
Studio lighting
Portrait lighting
Advanced lighting techniques
Post production workflow
Digital photo library management
Photoshop layers, masking, and blending
Portrait retouching techniques
Just about anything else you can think of

Course / Class Descriptions:

Photography In-Depth, 2 Instructors, 2 studios 6 week course

One-on-one learning at your own pace in multiple studio and location environments.

The unique aspect of this course is that it is not curriculum based. We move at a pace and introduce concepts based on your personal experience level and rate of progress. Novice students can start out learning exposure techniques and camera functions and progress from there. Students with some experience can start with advanced shooting techniques and can progress into topics such as lighting techniques or advanced post-processing procedures. The direction of learning is tailored to your personal goals.

Instructor Bios:

Robert Rostick, the owner of theROSTICKgroup Commercial Photography and Digital Photography Training, is an award-winning photographer who has been in the business for over twenty years. Robert received his education at the Art Institute of Atlanta in photography and graphic design. He has been a well-received workshop facilitator and popular lecturer for a variety of organizations. Robert currently teaches continuing education photography courses at Hillsborough Community College and serves as the Education Director of the Tampa Bay Camera Club.

Jim Sykes is an award-winning freelance photographer, operates a small studio in the Ybor Art Colony, and leads guided photography tours in the American Southwest several times a year. Jim is experienced in product, event, commercial/corporate, landscape/fine art, travel, model, wedding, and portrait photography. His commercial work has been published in numerous books, magazines, catalogs and other media. His fine art hangs in many homes, offices, board rooms, and public institutions. One of his prints was recently presented as a gift from the City of Tampa to the President of Liberia. Jim is a member of Professional Photographers of America, Ybor Art Association, Tampa Bay Camera Club, and numerous other photography organizations in the Tampa Bay Area.

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Photography 101 4 week course

This is a curriculum based course intended to teach photography principles from the ground up, providing you with a solid foundation for working with your camera, lenses, and accessories as well as understanding the concepts of exposure, composition, depth of field, white balance, color theory, digital file types, photographic styles and genres, and post-processing techniques.

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People and Portrait Photography 4 week course

All studio and lighting equipment is provided for your use in this hands-on course that will cover different ground each week. Week 1 covers lighting equipment and styles, backgrounds, props, etc. On week 2 bring someone you know to the studio to shoot. On week 3 we do environmental portraiture - shooting someone you know in a work or home environment. Finally on week 4 you are provided with a professional model to shoot in the studio so that you can experience working with someone who is entirely comfortable in front of a camera and taking direction. The charge for this course includes the model's fee.

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