Hi! My name is Gary. I majored in photography, painting and drawing at Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY campus) and was graduated with a BFA cum laude. I concentrate on landscape work with some portraiture. I love to share ideas and get the ideas flowing about how to focus your goals and begin to achieve them. Due to back problems I don't paint anymore but am able to help you through the process with short demos and constructive criticism. I am mostly happy when the student has specific goals and questions to cover for each session, but it's not a requirement at all.
Also I made a healthy living in desktop publishing for over 30 years, with the bulk of that concentrating on Photoshop, concentrating on color correction and some special effects. Currently when not teaching/coaching I shoot a lot of images and work intensively with High Dynamic Range imaging.
I can also come to your home to troubleshoot problems with Macs and also train you to be proficient with Mac software (including Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and of course Photoshop, along with some Lightroom, although I prefer Aperture. I think I was born with a camera in my hand!
I'm able to help with Word and PowerPoint, too.
If you're new to Macs, I can help you get up to speed with how they think; if you're switching from a PC, I can also help you see where the differences and similarities are.
I'm really into when the tops of our heads get warm from learning--it's a proven fact that happens when we cut new synaptic channels in the process of acquiring new skills.
I look forward to helping you in any way I can, from the most basic to advanced skills. I prefer to show a little when it's more efficient, but let you do the bulk of the activities with plenty of time to take screenshots and make notes along the way, so you don't have to worry about forgetting what you've covered in a session. I'm sensitive to your comfort level in how you prefer to learn: if you prefer demonstrations, fine. If you like hands on, great. If you want to back up you learning by reading first and/or after a session, I can provide a bibliography if you like.
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