Photography is not as simple as some make it be. Of course, any decent camera can be pointed in any direction and shutter clicked to produce technically proficient images. Some may even be quite good.
For someone who considers photography a personal expression in one of the visual arts, receiving lots of “nice shots” will not help grow one’s art. The element that distinguishes “good” photographers from “mediocre” ones is the consistency with which the former produce good work. It is not because they know all the “quick and dirty” tricks, or “hot tips.” They have learned to look at the world with their own eyes, developed a systematic workflow, and learned their tools very well. There is no easy way to produce a coherent body of work. It requires determination and hard work; just like learning anything. Focused private mentoring may help improve your photographic vision.
Private Sessions, Tutorials, and Mentoring
To this end, I have started offering private sessions and tutorials to anyone who needs a bit of guidance and direction. Mentoring helps people to discover their strengths and weaknesses and guides them in self-learning. These private sessions are tailored to each individual’s needs and interests and scheduled at mutually suitable times. There are plenty of how-to materials on any aspect of photography online. However, hopping from one Photoshop trick to another slow-shutter video will not provide disciplined growth.
The topics may be photography, photographic vision, digital workflow, Lightroom, Photoshop, presentation of your work, etc. The cost of these sessions is $75 per hour. Contact me to discuss your needs and interests, and we will develop a program suitable to your needs.
We can meet at your place or mine depending on the subject matter and how far you live from me. There is no preset program since one size does not fit all. If the meetings will involve digital workflow, I would like to meet at least once at your place to assess your work environment and make suggestions for change if necessary.
I will update this page periodically and may eventually suggest outlines that cover specific areas.
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