6709 State Road 70 East, Bradenton, FL 34203 | (941) 896-9921 | Mon-Fri 10am-6pm & Sat 10am-2pm


Throughout the year, we have special events and field trips. Each event or field trip is a unique experience. All levels of photography enthusiasts image creators are welcome. Whether you are looking to add to your portfolio, looking to pick up some unique skills or simply to shoot with other photographers you are certain to enjoy these experiences. Make sure to join our mailing list to keep up to date of all our adventures.

Dates, Times and online registration for classes are listed HERE. Otherwise contact the store directly via email @ education@jpiphoto.com or call (941) 896-9921 to register.

Field Trips & Events

Low Light Excursion - The Milky Way*

Photographing the Milky Way isn't as tough as it seems. It just requires the right equipment and patience. Photographing the Milky Way anywhere along the Gulf has its challenges, mainly because of light pollution. However, most of the shooting will be at the beach or similar spots. Foto Dono will be guiding several field trips around the Gulf Coast throughout upcoming months.

The main goal for the field trip is to provide an experience in creating a single shot exposure or multiple exposures for stacking of the night sky. These images will need to be processed in post with Lightroom, Photoshop or other editing software. However, most locations could provide other opportunities to create images in Low Light with interesting landscapes. You will need a sense of adventure for one of these excursions.

Where: Coquina Beach, FL

*This field trip is dependent on weather.

Refunds - If the event is cancelled then a refund will be issued. However, there are no refunds if the Milky Way isn't visible due to cloud cover. This is a low light field trip with an opportunity to photograph the Milky Way. Dono can’t guarantee the Milky Way will be visible. That is not one of his super powers.

Any questions? Call Dono (941) 896-9921 or email him at dono@jpiphoto.com.

Fee: $39 You may pay at the event, cash only. All participants must be registered 48 hours before the event.


June 20th, Wed


3:30 AM



Light Painting With David Frayer

This event is for all levels of photographers with interchangeable lens cameras.

Photo by David Frayer

Date & Time TBA

Equipment - D-SLR camera or Mirrorless System. You'll need a very sturdy tripod and a remote switch for your camera.

Light painting is a photographic technique in which long exposures from 5 seconds to several minuets are made by moving a hand-held light source. The light is the is then used to "paint" the subject in light.

It can also be used create an "impossible" image all in the camera. A simple process that can produce exciting images with practice.  David's presentation is more than just knobs and buttons. It's about learning from his passion of photography. He has an energy level that's infectious.

For more of David's work you can go to Uncle Snaf Photographic Art.

Fee: $75

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Running time is 2 hours approximately.  Spots are limited so sign up soon before it fills out.

I'm a firm believer that Art comes from the soul not the equipment."  -- David Frayer

Fireworks with Michael Lawhon

Join us July 3rd at 11:30 AM for a seminar on photographing fireworks presented by our special guest Michael Lawhon. His classes have delighted and inspired photographers for decades. Later on, after Mr. Lawhon's seminar we will head to Nathan Benderson Park for their Fireworks Spectacular. A great way to practice for the main event the next day!

Organized in part by Manfrotto.

Mr. Lawhon will demonstrate with practice, and the right equipment, you too can create amazing images of the rockets’ red glare. After the class on July 3rd you are invited to join the crew from JPI at Nathan Benderson Park for the July Fireworks Spectacular. The Spectacular is from 4pm to 10pm on the same day. Fireworks show starts shortly after sunset. More on the meet-up details at Nathan Benderson as we get closer.

Michael Lawhon is a successful photojournalist, which included time as a team photographer for the San Francisco Giants baseball club. Michael has been recognized with many awards for his images which have appeared in publications in over two dozen countries. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Time-Life and many more. You can check out Michael's work over on his Instagram feed @Lenswork.

Fee: $75 - Seating is limited.


July 3rd, Tues


11:30 AM



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