Manifold Photography

Manifold Photography

5.0 (3)
2 hires on
2 employees
5 years in business

About this pro

I've been an adult education professional for most of my professional life.  I enjoy teaching immensely, particularly when it's a subject I'm passionate about.  I try to pass on not only the technical knowledge I have learned over the years, but also the ethos, thought process, and creative spirit that has driven me to where I am today.

Instruction is always offered in small group or private sessions.  Topics can range from the very basic to advanced, and from skill based to theory.  I have a passion for vintage cameras and highly enjoy passing on the art and science of film photography, processing, and printing.  

I look forward to working with you!

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Austin, TX 78745
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3 Reviews


  • Priest Cantu

    Took 1 session with Gary and was impressed with his knowledge and expertise. He was patient and thorough with my intro to basic photography. He went over basic fundamentals for the first session and the next step is to go into the field and start taking pictures. I will be following up with more sessions. Thanks, Gary.

  • Mathieu Vocal

    Gary was excellent! A skilled photographer and consummate professional, Mr. Carrillo assisted us with my son’s first photography class. Gary showed me that his abilities and patience extend to all age ranges and skill levels. He researched my son’s camera prior to the course and was able to answer all questions, as well as preemptively show us how to artistically approach shots from different angles and focal points. My eleven year old emerged out of the session with a better understanding of photography than myself (at least pretty close to it) and an experience which he hasn’t stopped talking about yet!

  • Nicki H.

    Mr. Carillo is very professional and he really knows the technical and aesthetic sides of photography. I've learned a lot about technique, lighting and many more things in the lessons I 've had with him. Would highly recommend

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I first like to figure out what kind of information the student is looking for.  Did they just get a new camera, and would like to learn how to use it?  Are they focused on a specific type of photography such as wanting to be able to take senior portriats?  Do they want to learn photographic principles and science?  Or maybe all the above?

Once I know what the student is hoping to learn, I can tailor their lessons to make sure they are getting the information they are after.  I like to provide the student with a lesson plan to make sure they're getting the information they are after.

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

I am a full time adult education professional and have been for over 8 years.  I have extensive professional development training in instruction and adult learning methodology, as well as extensive experience in the classroom, hands on group instruction, and one on one instruction.

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

Yes I usually charge $20-$40 an hour for 1 on 1 instruction.  Topics that are equipment heavy such as outdoor off camera lighting portraits, or studio photography are the more expensive rate as it requires bringing more gear.

Instruction at a single location is the lowest rate.  Photo walks or multiple locations are more expensive.  

How did you get started teaching?

I began instructing photography after I had several friends ask me for help after seeing some of my work.  As teaching is my profession, it was an instant draw for me to marry my passion for photography with my professional skills in educating.  

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with novice students with no real background in photography, up to serious photographers with specific technical needs.  I also teach film photography, developing, and printing, which see's a wide variety of skill levels.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

As a motorsport photographer, the recent inaugural Indy Car event in 2019 was a great experience. 

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

Find a teacher that listens to what you want to learn, and can provide a road map of what they plan on teaching you.  Make sure that it covers what you want to learn.  Look for an instructor that is excited about photography, and excited about being able to share their passion for photography with someone.

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

What specifically do you want to learn about?  Asking for lessons on "photography" is a very broad concept, and it's very possible you wont learn what you'd like to learn. 

Is there a particular event, genre, etc that you want to photograph?  Letting your instructor know that you want to get better using your cell phone to take pet pictures, is a great way of making sure you get information that is useful to you right away.

Do you need additional photography gear to learn about the topic your interested in?  For example if you want to learn studio portriat work and don't have any lighting gear, you need to let your teacher know that so they can ensure you have gear to work with.  

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