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Hi, my name is Alana, and I am a 25-year-old photography professional in the Bay Area. As an independent self-taught photographer, all of my photographic knowledge comes from apprenticeships with professionals, and shadowing artists – invaluable experiences that have instilled within me an appreciation for the one-on-one teacher student relationship, a love of learning, and an insatiable appetite for the exchange of knowledge.
My interests are not limited to the photographic field. Throughout my life, I’ve been a voracious reader, a creative writer, and an aspiring intellectual. At Wesleyan University I studied European Intellectual History - a study that traces the evolution of European philosophy, literature, history, and art from antiquity to the present. I have cultivated a love of the written word, excellent critical thinking skills, essential writing capabilities, and a passion for the educated imagination.
My teaching career started as a teacher’s aide in a photography portrait studio in Paris where I instructed continuing education students in the use of natural an artificial light, as well as advanced camera techniques and operations. As a lab assistant at Wesleyan University I assisted college students with darkroom familiarization and techniques. I also have experience teaching elementary school children how to use SLR cameras in a summer camp setting. Presently I work at the Academy of Art University instructing bachelor and masters students in the use of state of the art photography technology and software.
I work tirelessly with every student to help him or her achieve their goals, encouraging them to pursue excellence. Regardless of the material taught, my goal is to create a comfortable, casual, and challenging learning environment with plenty of practice, experimentation, discussion, and even an occasional healthy dose of debate. I assign useful, fun, and original homework assignments that reinforce lessons, stimulate exploration, and reflect comprehension. I give valuable feedback regarding performance and above all, I tailor every lesson plan to individual students, in order to maximize their time spent with me.
I am experienced teaching students of all ages, from all educational backgrounds, and from all walks of life. Whether you need help getting ahead in middle school English class, want to learn what all those buttons do on that fancy camera you bought, or are ready to delve into the murky waters of photography theory, I would love to be part of that learning process.
I look forward to hearing from you and helping you in the pursuit of your creative and intellectual curiosities!
I’ve always been fascinated with The Bible intellectually, spiritually, and philosophically. After graduating college I spent a year traveling in the Israeli-Palestinian territories studying Kabbalah, Torah, and Tanach from dedicated Rabbis at the Ascent Institute in Tsfat. While most of my training is in the first five books of the Torah, I am also well versed in the New Testament, which I studied voraciously in college, as well as biblical history, philosophy and the complex relationships between Bible Studies, Jewish Diaspora Identities, and Israeli Nationalism- an knowledge nurtured by my travels in the Holy Land. I pride myself in my flexibility to read and interpret The Bible as a religious text, a literary masterpiece, and as a historical document.
My photography skills and expertise are as varied as the field itself. In my academic and professional career I have taken every opportunity to work with and learn from professionals in the field. As an artist’s assistant in rural Massachusetts, a studio lighting teacher’s assistant in Paris, an artist resident at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, a darkroom supervisor in Connecticut, and a photojournalist in Israel, my photography practice has always revolved around learning, teaching, and refining technique. I am interested in all kinds of photographic work, whether created with complex alternative processes, or with user-friendly Instagram.
Presently I work at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University in the Photography Department, helping students one-on-one familiarize themselves with photographic methods and state of the art technology. My expertise includes point-and-shoot operations, film and digital SLR operations, medium and large format operations, black and white film development, darkroom printing, on-camera flash operations, digital editing, inkjet printing, color correction, retouching, film scanning, studio lighting, custom matting, printer profile production, screen color calibration, printer maintenance Photoshop, Aperture, Lightroom, Foto Station, i1Profiler, FlexColor, SilverFast and more. My work has been shown nationally and internationally and I have been published in leading Israeli news media. I consider myself an artist, a journalist, an archivist, and above all, a teacher.
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