I started out as a photography teacher, in 1973 at Cornell University, excited to "expose" newcomers to the wonders of the latent silver image, and its magical manifestation in the darkroom! When my career moved on to commercial photography, I became a serial personal mentor to my consecutive assistants, as well as presenting one-day seminars for photographers' organizations, and for various manufacturers.
Once I relocated to Los Angeles, I re-engaged with teaching as an avocation, and practiced it in various classrooms (UCLA Extension), location workshops (sponsored by Samy's Camera), and one-on-one. Scroll down for sample images!
Here're examples of upcoming workshops, which repeat quarterly:
February 11: Bodies-in-Motion: Ballet in San Pedro sponsored by Samy's - info and registration HERE
March 4: Photoshop Selection and Masking: private workshop in a Hollywood studio - to register EMAIL me directly
March 10: Outdoor Portraiture at Samy's Camera, Fairfax - info and registration HERE
March 11: Lighting ON Location: Street Dancing in the Arts District, sponsored by Samy's - info and registration
March 18: Speedlights OFF Camera at Samy's Camera Pasadena - info and registration HERE
March 25: Pro Lighting Fundamentals: at Petersen Automotive Museum, sponsored by Samy's - info and registration HERE
I now shoot a lot of dance companies, and some of my workshops address the capture of dance:
Other workshops focus on mastering strobe lighting, both on location and in the studio:
I continue to offer individual coaching, meeting with various emerging photographers with very different interests, and at different experience levels - it's amazing how much we can accomplish when working side-by-side, focused exclusively on the issue at hand!
Together we can address:
- the mechanics of the camera and lenses (including calibrating the autofocus) and exposure
- strategies for shaping your style and vision
- creating and shaping strobe light
- post-processing using either Lightroom or Capture One, and refining the image in Photoshop
- practical business approaches appropriate to your specific audience.
I've worked with emerging commercial photographers, with boudoir and portrait photographers, with documentary fine artists, and with others just beginning to master the camera and the digital workflow.
Please contact me to discuss how we might work together - usually for a half-day weekly, sometimes for a more intensive full day or two, other times for meetings when starting or completing a new body of work, or when a particular challenge has arisen in your photography!
Here're a few videos of my teaching: