John presented his zoo photography lecture to Nashoba Valley Photo Club on December 8, 2020 via zoom.  John's presentation was very well prepared and his tips and techniques for capturing impactful images are going to be very helpful for many or our members as we have a zoo photography theme in an upcoming club salon.  He also discussed a typical outing with regard to how he plans his day at the zoo.  His many outstanding color and black and white images of beautiful animals were emotionally inspiring.  John also spent a good deal of time answering any and all questions from our membership.  John also presented us the entire presentation for our club to have and refer to at any time in the future.  Many members of our club were appreciative and provided me with very positive feedback.  I can highly recommend John's presentation to other photography clubs. 

Meyer Franklin, President, Nashoba Valley Photo Club

John Scalera gave the Monroe Photography Club his "Zoo Photography" presentation on 12/16/2020.


His presentation was well thought out and kept the interest of our members.


His photography is beautiful, and he gave us very detailed tips from when to go, what to bring, and how to shoot at a Zoo.


He also gave us some tips on post-processing using Lightroom.


We will certainly invite him back for another presentation.




Vince Minkler, President, Monroe Photography Club

Great Presentation!


Bill Stekelberg, President, Livermore Valley Camera Club

"I chair the committee for speakers and presenters for the Pocono Photo Club.  We were happy to have John’s presentation on zoo photography last evening.  I believe it was enjoyed by all and a useful presentation for everyone.  Not everyone can travel to exotic places to get animal shots to awe their viewers.  He shows us that we can get these beautiful photos wherever you are even while enjoying time with your family.  His work is

outstanding and his knowledge of the animals he photographs is great.  He is an engaging speaker with a true passion for the genre of photography he is doing.  Thank you John!"

Sarina Cook, Committee Chair for Speakers & Presenters for the Pocono Photo Club

"If you are considering John as a speaker for your photo club I would highly recommend his program on Zoo Photography.  It is both informative and inspirational.  A background in teaching gives John an advantage in presenting the tips and tricks for obtaining spectacular animal portraits in a confined zoo environment in a concise and easy to understand format.  Both the beginner and advanced members of your club will take away something from this program.  Examples of his award-winning photos provide the opportunity to discuss equipment, physical challenges and settings to achieve similar results in your own photography.  The Pocono Photo Club highly recommends John to anyone who is considering a lecture on animal portraits- zoo or otherwise."


Ann H. LeFevre, President. Pocono Photo Club

John, Thank you so much for your presentation on Zoo Photography!  It was well presented & totally engaging!  The information was just right.  Lots of positive feedback from our members.  Personally, I loved it & have a trip to our Staten Island Zoo planned.  Let's keep that hands on workshop in mind!  Stay well & thanks,

Louise Rossi, Treasurer. Gateway Camera Club


On behalf of the members of Mayslake Nature Study and Photography club, thanks for a great and informative presentation.


Your style of presentation where you inter-dispersed images with the techniques was unique and interesting - I could not take my eyes off the screen! I am sure our members took away some great tips.


Lets keep in touch.


Best Regards, Ramu


Very informative and great images.  I am sure our members got a lot out of your presentation.

Steve Ornberg, President, Mayslake Nature Study & Photography Club


"I hired John for lessons in Light Room.  I found him to be an extremely
knowledgeable, effective and unfailingly positive and supportive instructor.
He was also dependable and flexible as to scheduling, his rates were very
reasonable, and I would recommend him as a wonderful teacher without

John Beasley


"Having recently completed your Photoshop 101 course in Sparta, I am writing to thank you and recommend the course and you to others.I enjoyed the course tremendously. I learned a ton and had a great time doing so. While you obviously know Photoshop inside out, what made the classes special was your enthusiasm and ability to convey Photoshop’s staggering potential. I looked forward to each class and only wished the course had been more than six weeks. Again, thanks so much. It was a pleasure."


Bob Kochenthal 

"John Scalera is an excellent instructor.   I took his Photoshop class through the Sparta, NJ  Parks and Recreation Department.  John provides expert detailed instruction during the class.   One of his major strengths as an instructor is his willingness to provide help with individual projects. I learned to find tune vintage black and white photos for a professional project due to John's help." 

Nancy Madacsi