Shiv Verma, APSA, MNEC is a published author, photographer, educator and technologist.

Shiv has been photographing for over 50 years and has evolved his photography to express his intense devotion to wildlife and nature. Over the years has earned numerous awards and recognition both nationally and internationally. Shiv devotes a great deal of his time formally reviewing photography related products, to education in digital photography and is a speaker and competition judge.  He conducts photo tours and workshops worldwide and typically has one tour a month.

Shiv's book Time-Lapse Imagery was published in February 2014. He has been writing for one of the worlds largest photography education sites "Digital Photography School" with about 1.5 million subscribers.  He is also a co-host on TWiP (This Week in Photography) a weekly photography podcast that is the 7th largest in the world.  

In addition to nature and commercial photography he has been invited to photograph prestigious charity events; Kelly for Ellie, a charity fashion event by TV's Channel 5 for the Ellie Fund in support of Breast Cancer; The Rose Foundation - in support of Battered Women to name a few.

He belongs to multiple photographic clubs and associations and serves as Vice President of the Digital Circuit NECCC (New England Camera Club Council), General Chairman of the PSA International (Photographic Society of America), immediate past Chairman of Nature Division, PSA; Director of the instructional and essay sets, PSA; past Member of the Board CIPNE. Shiv is a past President of the Stony Brook Camera Club; and the Gateway Camera Club, a member of the Greater Lynn Photographic Association, Massachusetts Camera Naturalists, all in Massachusetts.

Shiv was elected as an Associate of the Photographic Society of America in 2013 and was elected a Master Member of the New England Camera Club Council in 2008.

Shiv, as the chairperson, conducts the world’s largest nature and wild life photographic competition/ exhibition – the Photographic Society of America’s Annual International.


Want to learn how to use your camera to its full potential? Are you in the market for a new new camera and are not sure what to buy?

You will learn how digital cameras work, why one is better than the other, and what features you should look for when buying your next camera or when buying a new one.

You will learn how to use the features of your camera so you can take and make memorable pictures not just snap shots.The lessons will teach you all about the various modes of your camera, when you can use one mode to take images of an object it was not designed for so you can be creative.Learn when to use your flash and when you should turn it off.

Once you understand your camera, you will start taking great images - you will use the tips and tricks that the pros use.

Class Duration - 2 hours every week | Fees: $160 - 4 week session | Time:  Monday 7 - 9 pm
Students: 5 – 10 students per class  |  Location: 217 Middlesex Turnpike, Burlington, MA 01803


What's The Right Camera
How Cameras Work 
Introduction to Exposure

Daylight Photography
Flash Photography
Basics of Composition
Basics of Image Editing


What is aperture and F stops
Shutter Speed and why
What is ISO
Why we need all three
Introduction to file management

How to “People Pictures”
How to “Landscapes”
How to “Close-up Pictures”
Image Editing for Prints



1. Composition and Color
Simplification – Main aspects of Composition – Isolation – Balance – Light and Shadow – Line and Curve – Form and Shape – Color and
Texture – Contrast – When to break the rules – Cropping for Impact – Creative Color – Understanding the Color Wheel – Color and
Message – Color vs. Black and White 

2. Sharpness and Advanced Exposure
Ultimate Sharpness: Handheld Rule – Tripods – Mirror-Lockup – Best Aperture, Image Stabilizers. Exposure Triangle (Review) – Incident Light Meters and Cards – Reading your camera’s exposure meter accurately – Manual Mode – Exposing for Shadows and Highlights – High Dynamic Range – Exposing for Panoramas.

3. Advanced Camera Control
Taking control of your shutter – Standard operation – Double Exposures – Rear shutter sync – Fast shutter and Freezing motion, Slow shutter, Panning and Motion Blur, Depth of field Preview, Bokeh, Hyper-focal Distance.

4. Creative Lighting
Key Aspects of Light – Light and Mood – Artificial Vs. Natural Light – Hard Vs. Soft Light – High-Key Vs. Low Key – Lighting Techniques – Sidelighting – Back-lighting – Front-lighting – Portrait Lighting – Still Life Lighting. 

PREREQUISITES: A Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera is required. A tripod and an external flash is needed. Flash units will be provided if needed. You will need a basic understanding of the Exposure, Aperture, Shutter Speed, ISO, as well as White Balance, Focusing etc.

To manually register and pay by check/cash - please click on "MANUAL REGISTRATION FORM".

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To learn more about Shiv Verma and his work - please visit 

Payment and Missed Class Policy:

Training requires consistency in order to achieve the most benefit. However, we understand that students may occasionally need to miss a class. Use the following guidelines to ensure that you get the most out of your classes at The Academy of Creative Arts. 

  1. Your fees are due on or before the first class in a month
  2. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card
  3. If you pay for several months in advance and cannot complete all months, we will refund months not used when notice is received before the beginning of the month
  4. If you or your child plan to miss a class - 48 hour advance notice is required - so another student can be accommodated - if the student does not provide 48 hour notice, student can coordinate the make-up class with the instructor.
  5. Your monthly fee pays for your space in class for the month. It is your responsibility to make up classes if you or your child miss the class. 
  6. One makeup class will be offered each month. During any month that you are enrolled, you may make up a class by attending any other appropriate session (please coordinate with the instructor for scheduling the make up class).  Make up classes should be completed within 60 days of missing the class. Fees for missed classes are not refundable.
  7. If you are having trouble scheduling a make up class, please let us know and we will try to accommodate you
  8. Class timings and schedule are subject to change

We wish you a wonderful learning experience - these policies are required so that we can be respectful of the instructors time and commitment.