That was a GREAT class yesterday! You [Armando Martinez] have a lot of talent as an
instructor. Having been in the classroom and education business for almost
40 years, I should know! I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. I Learned a lot. So
thank you for all the effort that I know you put into preparing the class.
~ Peter W. Ph.D. about Lightroom 201
I have studied photography for over a year and have found my skill level increase dramatically from my first workshop at Illuminate. Efrain is a teacher's teacher -- he is consistently available to make sure the goals of each class are met with each student. His knowledge and ability to convey technical foundations of photography as well as fine art -- is a gift. Take a workshop at Illuminate! Join the community connected with this wonderful resource for photographers of al levels.
~ Julie R. about Strobe Intensive
These classes are the best thing ever! Efrain is an amazing instructor. I was soo nervous to go to a class because of what I didn't know, but after one class all I could think about was what I WANTED to know! You can't go wrong with this bunch!
~ Leah S. about Digital Photography 201
I'm so glad I finally got off my duff and took a Lightroom
class! Peter Bryson was an excellent instructor and his passion
for Lightroom is infectious. It's great to know I have a handle
on the software and can begin the process of making it an
integral part of my capture and editing workflow
~ Sheba about Adobe
Last week I took a two day class (total of 8 hours) from Andrew Clark, a wedding photographer in Denver, CO. It is a very informative class, both from the perspective of actual shooting, but also from a business perspective. It is extremely useful to get the insights of such an enormously successful and talented photographer.
S. on Wedding
Several times from the student body of six people, I heard "what Andrew just taught us was so worth the tuition alone". Then we would move onto the next part of the lesson plan and someone else would say it AGAIN.
~ Jon F. on Wedding Photojournalism
I had the pleasure of attending an Illuminate Photography
worshop over the past few weeks. yesterday, the last class
in the session, was absolutely amazing. we worked with a model
both in the studio and outside within our instructor's property
in the pristine mountains of colorado.
We learned. and learned. and played. and learned some more.
and laughed. and laughed. it was magical.
- Read the full blog post
~ Marybeth G. about Portraiture
Efrain has this wonderful passion for photography and the
school that [its] so Intoxicating to be around, its a blast.
- read more
~ John F.
I often tell people how Efrain's unfailing confidence in
my ability to succeed was the reason why I am a photographer
Great organization and instructors are very approachable and skiiled. Thanks!
~ Jeff H.
I really enjoyed my first workshop, and learned some really REALLY helpful things! I look forward to more!
~ Steve H. about Portraiture & Lighting
Just wanted to say thanks so much for the class. I really
enjoyed it, and thought you did a great job at keeping it
entertaining and full of lots of tips and tricks.
~ Rachel M.
is a wealth of knowledge and makes the class entertaining.
The concept of classmates learning from each other and sharing
is a great way to go.
~ Glenda C.
Cruz taught the class and I found him to be an excellent teacher.
He instilled pride and confidence in all of the students.
He never made us feel incompetent and always had something
to teach us from our photographs. But most of all, he welcomed
us into the community where I believe all teaching and creating
is like that of Efrain's.
~ Sheila S.
at PlatteForum think that Efrain dude is awesome!
~ Trish and Judy, www.PlatteForum.org
and not pretentious. Efrain was a great instructor.
~ Scott M.
Efrain has an
easy manner which makes his teaching so enjoyable. I have
learned SO much! Thank You!
~ Wendy D.
was a BLAST! I had so much fun and really have learned more
than I had expected in 3 hours. You're an amazing teacher
and I'm really looking forward to the next few weeks.
~ Joseph D.
friendlly and patient instructor.
~ Kelly M.
I'd been to the
1 hour lecture group class with 30 or more folks asking how
to use a point and shoot camera's "scene" modes. ŠIt did nothing
for me. ŠI had just bought a DSLR and I wanted to understand
the broader principles of photography as an art and its mechanics.
Efrain's class was a perfect marriage of the science and art
of taking compelling photographs, with hands-on instruction
including weekly feedback and outside and in-studio photo
Efrain is caring and attentive as well as extremely knowledgable.
ŠThe class consisted of about 10 students and all of us brought
some degree of motivation because of the investment required.
ŠThe coursework was not scary but at the same time challenged
me with its weekly assigments and group review of student
A good value and highly recommended!!!
~ Larry K. about Digital Photography 101
I now look at
the world in a "whole new light and perspective".
Thank you for that gift.
~ Linda C.
Got a lot out
of the class Efrain...thanks for everything!
~ John C.
Thanks for a
great class, learned a huge amount....particularly of what
I don't know and how endless the spectrum really can be. I
look forward to future skill enhancing classes and additional
~ Denise N.
Thanks again for great class
and useful information.
~ Amy B.
I took your Digital 1 class
last winter and found it tremendously helpful- I am loving
~ Jennifer J.