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Carmina E.

Palo Alto, CA

$49/hr

Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign, and Photography Consultant and Tutor

Background check passed as of 2/11/14
Usually responds in about 3 hours

Lightroom, Photoshop, InDesign, and Photography Consultant and Tutor

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Hello students!

I recently moved to Palo Alto from Santa Cruz and am excited to meet and tutor new students in the Silicon Valley. I have over ten years of experience in art and photography. I have worked in both traditional darkroom, as well as digital photography. I own a small professional portrait business and have over five years experience in Lightroom and Photoshop. I have also had six years experience teaching art to a range of ages from kindergarten to adult.

I am extremely patient and will work at the pace you feel comfortable with. I enjoy being a partner and a mentor in the learning process, as well as helping students figure out what kind of work flow and organization is best for their work. In fact, I am currently attending San Jose State in pursuit of an MFA in Photography so I can continue my career in teaching in higher education.

When I'm not making art or working with clients, then I can be found with my nose in a book or learning something new (I recently just tried stand up paddle boarding for the first time!).

I look forward to hearing from you.

Testimonials

"Fantastic Teacher and Wonderful Person!"

- Annie, Palo Alto, CA on 10/17/14

"She walks on water!"

- Diane, Millbrae, CA on 8/21/14

"Very patient! Tutoring in Adobe InDesign by Skype with screensharing"

- Catherine , Palo Alto, CA on 7/30/14

"Helpful, straightforward, timely, and clear - good experience"

- John, Los Altos, CA on 4/23/14

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.

Adobe InDesign

I have been using InDesign for my own business and for my clients for over 6 years. I specialize in creating marketing and educational materials including postcards, announcements, fliers, and catalogs.

Adobe Lightroom

I have been using Lightroom extensively for my professional portrait business and for other professional photographers for over 4 years. I specialize in helping clients transition from other editing programs (like Aperture, iPhoto, and Picasa... and even from traditional photography) to Lightroom. I enjoy helping students organize their photos and guiding them in the set up of their Lightroom catalog(s).

Though I am trained to process and edit hundreds to thousands of photos in a day, everyone uses Lightroom for different reasons, and I can help you establish the basics of Lightroom to use in the way you need it.

In fact, a recent client who is normally a very composed woman, spontaneously giggled and hugged me when I showed her what was possible for organizing images for her organic farming and education projects.

Adobe Photoshop

I have been using Photoshop in my own business, as well as for other photographers for over 4 years. I specialize in retouching, correcting, and adjusting portraits while maintaining the original intent of the image.

In the past some of my students have needed to learn how to use Layers, remove dust or blemishes, create blur, re-size images, use masks, use the lasso tool, brighten or darken backgrounds, and add textures. These are only a few examples, and I am excited to hear about new projects students are working on.

Photography

I have been a photographer for over ten years. I own a small professional portrait studio and specialize in natural lighting and on-location portraits for maternity, newborn, and families. I am proficient in Lightroom, Photoshop, and Bridge, learning through photography workshops, intensive courses, as well as on the job. I also have a background in darkroom photography and use photography as my medium for making art.

I adore alternative and historical process photography, as well as iPhone-ography. I am excited to help and mentor students who are either learning to use a 35mm camera or their new iPhone or iPad.

CSU Monterey Bay
Cultural Anthropolog
San Jose State University
Enrolled

Education

CSU Monterey Bay (Cultural Anthropolog)

San Jose State University (Enrolled)

Fantastic Teacher and Wonderful Person! — Working with Carmina is a joy. She is very talented in so many ways. Our lessons are well organized, full of great advice, and always leave me with a great wealth of info and ideas. I can't imagine working with a more wonderful teacher. ...

— Annie, Palo Alto, CA on 10/17/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $49.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Less than 24 hours notice, I will invoice for half the fee of the scheduled session. With no notice, I invoice in full. Emergencies exempt.

Travel policy

Carmina will travel within 40 miles of Palo Alto, CA 94306.


About Carmina

Hello students!

I recently moved to Palo Alto from Santa Cruz and am excited to meet and tutor new students in the Silicon Valley. I have over ten years of experience in art and photography. I have worked in both traditional darkroom, as well as digital photography. I own a small professional portrait business and have over five years experience in Lightroom and Photoshop. I have also had six years experience teaching art to a range of ages from kindergarten to adult.

I am extremely patient and will work at the pace you feel comfortable with. I enjoy being a partner and a mentor in the learning process, as well as helping students figure out what kind of work flow and organization is best for their work. In fact, I am currently attending San Jose State in pursuit of an MFA in Photography so I can continue my career in teaching in higher education.

When I'm not making art or working with clients, then I can be found with my nose in a book or learning something new (I recently just tried stand up paddle boarding for the first time!).

I look forward to hearing from you.

Testimonials

"Fantastic Teacher and Wonderful Person!"

- Annie, Palo Alto, CA on 10/17/14

"She walks on water!"

- Diane, Millbrae, CA on 8/21/14

"Very patient! Tutoring in Adobe InDesign by Skype with screensharing"

- Catherine , Palo Alto, CA on 7/30/14

"Helpful, straightforward, timely, and clear - good experience"

- John, Los Altos, CA on 4/23/14
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Education

CSU Monterey Bay
Cultural Anthropolog
San Jose State University
Enrolled

Education

CSU Monterey Bay (Cultural Anthropolog)

San Jose State University (Enrolled)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Less than 24 hours notice, I will invoice for half the fee of the scheduled session. With no notice, I invoice in full. Emergencies exempt.

Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Palo Alto, CA 94306

Carmina’s Subjects

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

In most cases, tutors gain approval in a subject by passing a proficiency exam. For some subject areas, like music and art, tutors submit written requests to demonstrate their proficiency to potential students. If a tutor is interested but not yet approved in a subject, the subject will appear in non-bold font. Tutors need to be approved in a subject prior to beginning lessons.


Background Check Status for Carmina E.

Carmina E. passed a background check on 2/11/14. The check was ordered by Carmina through First Advantage. For more information, please review the background check information page.

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