Through online sessions, courses, and personal photo experiences.

Learn Photography

For beginners, amateurs, hobbyists, and seasoned professionals. 

Further your practice with one-on-one, virtual class sessions with professional  photographer & photo editor Rodrigo Gaya Villar.






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getting started


Through deep 45 min online sessions or month-long courses, each designed for specific topics of interest.

Let's get straight to it and break the veil on the mysteries of photography.


Ultimately, critique can only take you so far. It's up to you to focus in the moment as it happens in front of you, and critically analyze the space around you to produce the best image.

So we'll focus on getting you in the right mental space for any situation.

About Me

Instrumental to the improvement of my photography has been honest critique of my work and process by my photo editors or anyone else I've relied upon to give honest & constructive feedback on my work.


Sharing my work with peers, in workshops, & with editors helped me become more confident as I've developed my personal style.

After more than 15 years working as a full-time photographer, I've noticed teach/learning is fundamental to the practice.


Each moment, a new lesson to experience.


Whether it's a technical or psychological issue, we'll overcome any barriers you may feel and reignite that passion to go out and make images again.

Trying to look inconspicuous during a street photo session in Mexico City in 2017.

Camera is tucked away out of view, but ready if needed.


Getting Started

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Or send me an email, a DM on socials, anything. Let's get going.

1. We'll get a sense of where you're at in terms of skill, mental space, time, budget, etc.

2. We'll figure out the perfect way to deal with any questions or concerns you may have.

3. Then we get you out shooting. With renewed passion, and a better sense of what to look for, we'll analyze the results in the next session and progress every day.

4. A camera is only as useful as it is ready. Take your camera out of the bag, charge the batteries, and start with a clean memory card. Leave it in the living room. Let it be of use.

Courses & Experiences

  • Develop your photography through the helpful eye of a photo editor.

    45 min

    3 Sessions
  • Learn to master photography from a 15-year pro.

    1 hr 30 min

    45 US dollars
  • Photo tour this magical pueblo with culture walk or hike, then lunch!

    3 hr

    250 US dollars

Individual Sessions

“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." - - Henri Cartier-Bresson

Student-Focused Course Design

That's why each session is designed around the student. It's about you - the student, sharpening skills and beginning to understand/master

photographic style/eye.

We'll start with a portfolio review. Ill show you my first portfolio I put together in 2005, and you show me yours. by having you organize a collection of 5-15 images for your first portfolio.

This one-one one course is designed to maximize your potential by focusing on you as part of the camera.

The body's emotional balance is as important as the shutter speed.

Sure we'll work on technique, lighting, composition, storytelling, but as the focus turns inwards, you begin to create a personal style.

How does the moment you click a shutter release make you feel?

The answer will describe you as a photographer. So it's best to get to know that side of you.



I consider myself a:
Im looking to:
I know how to:
The last photo I took with my camera was

Portfolio Reviews

Here's my first portfolio I complied in July 2005 when applying for the staff photographer position at The Michigan Daily.



With all the plans, we begin with a portfolio review. You are required to provide a 10-15 images either as one story, a collection of single images, or anything in between.

Take a look at my first portfolio and see how its developed today.

First Portfolio - July 2005

Portfolio - May 2020

Put together for my Michigan Daily application in July 2005 with work I shot in High School.. Started working at the paper before my first semester at the University of Michigan.

Shot on film, digital was too expensive.

Interesting similarities in locations, but with better understanding of light, composition, moment, & technique. Put together a portfolio every once and a while. A good exercise in seeing how your work has evolved.

Course Sessions

What To Expect

Firstly, respect and professionalism. Includes being on time and prepared. This applies both ways.

Each session begins with the topic of the day and intention for the class, ie. :


/ Lighting theory 

/ Composition

/ Finding 'The Moment'

Portfolio Review:


The best way to see where you stand is where you've been and how you've photographed it. 10-15 images max. Be critical, almost ruthless. 

Photo Break Down:

We'll learn to visually read a photograph, dissect it into certain elements, plug it into the exposure value formula and get to see exactly how it was made. We'll go over your specific interests, and study that kind of work together.

Photo Nerding:

Photography is as much math and science as an artform. We go deep into theory and practice.


           EV = Log2 (N2/t)


Exposure Valvue                Aperture/Time

Thankfully, smarter people than me have existed for a long time, and created such a beautiful paint brush.


It may help to see a photograph visualized as an equation. That way, we can understand the tool and how it functions.

Once you look into its guts, you'll being to see these expressions of the chaos of life in beautiful light.

As you begin to understand your camera better, and start shooting in manual mode, then you are set free to experience these moments with less interference from the camera.


The camera becomes an extension of the eyes to our finger tips.



If you are looking for something different to photograph, a challenge/opportunity, you'll get an assignment./shooting opportunity. If you've booked enough sessions we'll go over that work together.

What are you waiting for?

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