Your tutorials are the best I have found in 12 years of using a camera! Bert Fedor - Birmingham, AL
'I wanted to give you training that I always wished I could find when I was starting out'
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Hi, I'm Phil Steele, and I founded SteeleTraining.com to share my love of photography and image editing with fellow photographers.
In my own attempt to learn photography, I became frustrated by what I perceived as an "information gap." On the one hand, I found plenty of free information online, but the quality was erratic, and it was all completely disorganized. Seeking it out and separating the gems from the junk simply became a waste of time.
On the other hand, there were some great classes and courses created by professional photographers—but the prices were too often beyond my budget. And frankly, sometimes a great photographer is not necessarily a great teacher.
What I wanted was well-organized instruction, understandable to an amateur, presented in a logical sequence, by a good teacher, at a reasonable price.
And it just didn't seem to exist. I ended up learning the hard way, often the slow way and the expensive way, buying books, online courses, seminars, DVD courses, everything I could get my hands on. And of course I spent a lot of years with the camera in my hands learning by making mistakes.
Then one day, after absorbing every bit of photography knowledge I could get my hands on and shooting for nearly a decade—I suddenly realized that I was now in a position to create the training that I had always wanted!
The result is this site. I want to give you the training that I always wished I could find.
My goal is to help pull you forward a few notches as a photographer, very fast. I want you to learn from my mistakes instead of having to make them yourself, and to enjoy a shortcut through some processes that I had to traverse the long way.
If you fear that you're arriving too late to the photography party, don't worry. Up until my 37th year I believed that "real" photography was something done only by art-school trained professionals, something beyond the reach of us mere mortals.
But then I snapped a lucky shot (warning: nudity) with my little 2-megapixel pocket camera, and it ended up in an art gallery. This inspired me so much that I got a slightly better pocket camera and actually tried to take some decent photos for the first time in my life. And after that, each year, I tried just a little bit harder.
Now my photos have appeared in books and magazines internationally; one of my gallery websites gets over one million photo views in a good month; and I'm making a living teaching photography (and you'd hardly know that for most of my life I was a software geek with a college degree in geophysics—about as far from art school as you can get).
The message: It's never too late to get started.
Fr. John Quinn, S.J.—Photography Instructor, Loyola High School, Los Angeles, CA
"Your courses are mandatory for all of my students."
I teach Digital Photography at a private high school...and...your Flash, Photoshop, and Lightroom courses are mandatory for all of my students. THANK YOU for the VERY significant contribution you are making to the world of Photography and Image Editing!
P.S. The attached pic is from my last job...combat Chaplain in IRAQ with the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division.
Geraldine Watson—Membership Chair Toronto Camera Club
"Always crystal clear…like sitting down with a knowledgeable friend"
You always put in all the little bits and pieces, so that I'm never thinking, 'well, did he mean this, or did he mean that?' It's always crystal clear exactly what you meant. It's like sitting down with a knowledgeable friend and getting to ask all the questions that are tormenting you, and getting all the answers. I'm always thinking, 'So THAT'S how it works! THAT'S how to do it!'
Michael Corsentino—Award Winning Photographer, Author of the "Canon Speedlite Digital Field Guide"
"Useful, real-world information without the usual fuff…Home run, Phil!"
I just finished watching your speedlight class and I had to tell you how much I enjoyed it! As an instructor, I see a lot of this sort of material, and so much of it misses the mark. But yours offers useful, real-world information without the usual fluff. It's great to see such a clear and concise discussion. Home run Phil!
Paul Sanders—35-year industry veteran, fashion and advertising photographer in Milan and LA, clients from American Express to Xerox
"Your method of teaching is BY FAR the clearest and most useful…"
Your method of teaching is BY FAR the clearest and most useful I've come across to date. I've been using Lightroom since version 2 and recently upgraded to version 4. I've never felt comfortable with it and FINALLY have found a way to learn this stuff. :) Yeah I've got a couple of books, etc. They're almost useless by comparison. So thanks very much!
Bert Fedor, Birmingham, Alabama
"Your tutorials are the best I have found in 12 years of using a camera!"
I will be leading a small group from our church and our curriculum will be your "Lightroom Made Easy". Every member will be required to purchase the video course in order to particpate in this 10-week course. I have decided that your tutorials are the best I have found in my 12 years of using a camera!
Felicia R., Medford, New York
"Your service is impeccable. I love doing business with you!"
Phil, your service is impeccable. I love doing business with you! I will continue to recommend you. Gratefully, Felicia
Mart Gray—Elba, Alabama
"The most helpful...amateur-friendly, and reasonably priced I have ever seen!"
I have been a serious amateur photographer for nearly 35 years. Bought books, gone to seminars, looked at TONS of stuff online. Your materials (free and purchased) are, hands down, the most helpful, the most reasonably priced and the most amateur-friendly I have ever seen! Keep at it!
Samit Desai, Auckland, New Zealand
"You are a credit to the photography industry."
It was a pleasure to have purchased this course! I can confidently say that it was my money well spent. I am a newbie and have learnt quite a lot from your videos. They are quite practical and informative. I wish you would do more of these. You are a credit to the photography industry.
Gary Bonard, Chula Vista, CA
"I learn more from your courses than from any other instructors!"
Phil, I must say that your training has been the best! I have learned more from your courses than from any other instructors out there. Thanks and keep up the great training
Bruce Neill, Queensland, Australia
"I cannot recommend your video tutorials highly enough!"
I have watched other online videos and have found most to be very difficult to keep up with, or they make it difficult to see tool selections, or the tutor speaks at a hundred miles an hour. I find you speak clearly, with an easy voice, and your tutorials are methodical and very easy to follow. I cannot believe how much has fallen into place in the short time I've had access to your video lessons. I cannot recommend your video tutorials highly enough
Geo Mathew, Bakersfield, CA
"You are the best photography instructor out there!"
You are the best photography instructor out there! I'm sure there are lots of knowledgeable professionals out there, but you have a way of explaining things that just works for me.