I provide personalized photography lessons
whenever I am available. If you are interested, please contact me.
CAMERA OPERATION and PHOTOGRAPHY and PHOTOSHOP LESSONS
One person - in studio - $60/hr/ 2 hr min.
Two people - in studio - $90/hr/ 2 hr min.
Offsite lessons slightly more.
Lessons by appointment only.
Typically Monday - Friday 8am to 6pm & occasionally weekend mornings.
Private Lessons are given at my home/studio in North Scottsdale or on location.
We begin wherever you are on the Photography trail of knowledge - no wasted time.
HOW YOUR CAMERA & EQUIPMENT WORKS
If you own a DSLR, ILC, or a MIRRORLESS camera, go beyond auto & take control
of your creative vision. Understand the why & how of standard functions.
PROFESSIONAL PORTFOLIO REVIEW AND DISCUSSION
A Portfolio review covers camera technique, composition, lighting and more.
The provided insight, knowledge and inspiration you gain will make your work better than ever.
Look - See - Think - Plan "15 Elements of Composition"
Composition is often overlooked, yet it's a major part
of what sets your work apart from others.
POST-PRODUCTION EDITING with PHOTOSHOP
Just starting, or want to learn more? Learn to do what you want
quickly and easily. Includes File Management.
NATURAL, ARTIFICIAL & PORTRAIT
Photography is all about controlling light.
PEOPLE AND POSING
Take control. Learn how to get flattering results for your subjects.
Covers dealing with people’s personalities, body types, quirks, and how to
capture the essence of who they really are, or want to portray.
Knowledge and techniques to produce results that please.
Other things to think about if you feel like reading more....
THE WAY I SEE IT…
Most people take snapshots, and that is enough for them. Those that want to learn to MAKE great photographs instead of merely TAKING them, are the people I choose to work with. If you're ready to explore the wonderful world of creative photography, contact me.
Sessions are customized to meet the level and interests of those I work with. From understanding the effects of camera functions to viewing the results of skillfully manipulating light, each new topic opens doors of opportunity and excitement. Creativity really takes off when the "Art of Composition" is explored and put into practice. Each new step provides the platform for the next step, which leads to the ability to consistently produce great work. It's fun, creative and rewarding to watch your own style evolve.
The camera is only a tool, but an important one to understand. After mastering basic operation, lighting and composition are topics you will use daily. Your levels of proficiency in these areas will continue to increase .
Everyone has specific areas of interest, and we work together to accomplish your goals. Portraits? Landscapes? Products? Sports or Action? Weddings? Macro close-up work? Street Photography? I can help you get started or continue on your photographic journey.
HOW MANY LESSONS…?
You decide. Approximately 25% of the people I work with get the information they want during a single, 2-hour session.
25% choose to come back for a 2nd session to explore new areas or review.
25% find that 3 sessions puts them well on their way to proficiency within their immediate area of interest.
And the remaining 25% contact me periodically as they encounter new challenges and more advanced situations.
WHO & WHY...
Some people come for an introductory lesson before they buy their DSLR camera. This advance knowledge has saved them a lot of time, money and frustration because it helped them buy the right equipment the first time. Others contact me when they still had their cameras in the factory-sealed box. I've assisted company owners who wanted to learn to photograph their own product lines and I've helped people entering photography with the intent to make it their profession.
Many people have moved up to a DSLR or ILC but realized that their photographs are still rather "average", even with newer, more expensive equipment. Knowledge is the key to great success. Knowing what you are doing before you click the shutter will guarantee you better photographs.
And yes, while post-production editing skills are necessary, and can be fun, Photoshop is NOT for fixing bad photographs; it's for making great photographs superb. I can also help you set-up equipment, learn Photoshop or other image editing software, dial in equipment, and solve problems in various related areas.
Contact me if I can be of assistance.