Alan Peeler Photography

Alan Peeler Photography

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48 years in business

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Caledonia, MS 39740
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

We start at the library, finding books by Photography's Masters. This teaches what great photographers have produced, to see, as the great Master's have seen. We break down each Master's photography, to learn how they made the image, analyzing the photos to determine lenses used, camera angles,  shutter speeds and aperture settings, filtration, lighting, etc. Then we start viewing our surroundings, with a 4 x 5 cutout, to see photos with tight cropping informal or wide angle. Teaching a simplified Zone System is next. The Zone System was developed by the great photographer,  Ansel Adam's and his friend, Fred Picker, in 1940.  By understanding this system; you can adjust aperture and shutter speed, to move up and down the grayscale, making the resulting photograph appear as in your mind's eye. Simplified, this will give you control..."What you see is what you get", or better yet "What you can imagine, is what you get". Teaching lenses is next, wide angle to telephoto and filters. 

After learning these things, we begin shooting, first, day photography,  then twilight........finally night photography.

Then, lessons in photography exhibition and presentation are given.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

In 1973, I graduated with a degree in Journalism. Later, I was to teach fine art photography for two years at University of Memphis's Continuing Education program.  In the mid-70's to mid 80's owned 4 different Old Time Photography studios, in San Antonio, Texas. In Memphis Tennessee,  I became a Freelance photographer,  specializing in Architecture, Advertising, Fine Art, Fashion, Nature, Nudes, Landscapes, Urban scenes and Travel.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

A 6 day lesson, done one day a week for 6 weeks or in consecutive days,really any way we might agree to schedule the lessons : 1 1/2 hour sessions,  a private course, is only $1495.

Or another session type:  

Information for pricing of an all day private lesson session:

The first hour charge is $125 but, if on the same day, then the two hour rate is only $200, three hour rate-$275 and four hours-$350 and a full day from sunrise to sunset is $650, which will include post sunrise, breaks for breakfast and later lunch, in between the two, viewing of the morning results, then afternoon photography conversational lessons and concluding with sunset photography, with a quick viewing of your sunset results before departure.

Night photography can be done on the same day, but at an additional $250 fee per hour added because night photography has many more challenges and we should already be very tired from being at it since before sunrise. This all day shooting will require getting to our sunrise site at least a half hour before sunrise.

If night photography is booked on another night than the sunrise to sunset day; then, the first hour will go down to $200, with additional hour booked at $150 per hour for night photography lessons.

Viewing my work is probably the best way for you to see the results of my knowledge.

I have been doing photography almost all my adult life. Starting in 1972, and then, becoming a professional in 1975. My work can be viewed on my main site:


I hope that this answers most of your concerns. Feel free to contact me at 239-565-9633 or 662-835-5020.


Alan Peeler

email: [email protected]

My thoughts on taking Private Lessons:

The fastest route to becoming a great photographer, is to take lessons.  It took nearly 50 years of study and practice for me to learn what I teach in this course.

I heard just yesterday, that a golfer decided to purchase a $3000, set of golf clubs, to improve his game.  The man telling the story argued that wouldn't it be smarter for him to purchase lessons from someone far better than himself and play with the same set of golf clubs, to have a better game? Wouldn't that apply to photography, also? I think it would. Remember, it's not the camera, but the photographer, behind the camera, that makes a great photo.  Sure, you can get lucky sometimes, but to be a consistently great photographer, you have to capture what you see in your mind's eye, have great taste, fast reaction time, excellent positioning and understanding of your subject's movement.

How did you get started teaching?

I was asked to do it by my Advertising professor, 16 years after graduation from college. 

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My receiving a Tennessee Art Grant to exhibit my photographs of the "Reenactment of the Battle of Princeton" a Revolutionary War battle.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look at the photographer's work.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What type of photography appeals to me, the most?

In photography; do I want to be a specialist or a generalist?

If exhibited how will my photographs be framed?

If framed who will do it and what would the cost be?

Do I want to work digitally or with film or both?

If with film, will I make a darkroom?

Do I want to work in black and white or color or both?

Do I want to work with filters on the camera or digital filters in Photoshop?