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Michael S.

Pasadena, CA

$50/hr

Photography, Photoshop, Printing and Mac Tutoring

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Photography, Photoshop, Printing and Mac Tutoring

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Since 1980, I have been working as a commercial and editorial photographer. I owned and operated a photo studio for 20 years. I work out of a home office now and accept location assignments exclusively. Most of my clientele are in the entertainment industry and I can say that Disney, Universal, Paramount, Warner Brothers and Sid & Marty Krofft have all punched my dance card many times each. For years I specialized in product photography requiring complex multiple lighting. I have photographed products, portraits, fashion, celebrities and a lot of very straightforward documentation of art objects.

I am a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and have been recognized by them as a guru. I also regularly beta test software for Adobe, Datacolor and OnOne and I review and edit technical manuscripts for Focal Press, a high-end boutique publisher based in England. My first book on the creative process of artists is due out later this year from Rocky Nook, Inc., I regularly post to my blog and have written over 20 Photoshop and photography related tutorials.

I began teaching in 1987 and since then have worked at a variety of public and private educational institutions in and around Southern California. Since 2004, I have written specialized curricula for the California Department of Education.

I earned a BFA from Art Center College of Design in 1979 and I currently hold two vocational education credentials from the state of California.

I have served on alumni committees at Art Center, I am a charter docent at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park and I am a member of the California Teachers Association.

I have been providing tutoring for photographers since 2002 and my teaching style is direct, funny and full of helpful information. If by chance I don't know the answer, I know someone who does. I will never leave you with unanswered questions, that is my promise to you as a teacher, tutor and guide.

Testimonials

"Great tutor!"

- Joel, Pasadena, CA on 6/26/12

"Outstanding tutor!"

- Shane, Burbank, CA on 6/1/12

"Outstanding in all respects"

- Frank, San Marino, CA on 2/24/12

"Very informative! Great tutor."

- Laura, Glendale, CA on 11/17/09
Corporate Training:
General Computer

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Adobe Lightroom

Lightroom has emerged as the premier program for cataloging, editing and processing today's camera files. It is an awesome program that I absolutely cannot do with out. If you're a photography fan then learning this program is a must and I can help you!

Adobe Photoshop

I have been a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals since 2000 and have been designated one of their Gurus. I worked on Disney's California Adventure Theme Park and continue to work restoring photos, building composites and printing large format photographs for the entertainment industry out here in Hollywood, CA.

General Computer

I am a Mac person primarily, but I also understand how a PC is set up.

Organization and troubleshooting are two important components of basic computer knowledge, and I can help you with these tasks.

Macintosh

I've been on a MAC since 1989 and work with a number of Apple experts. I can trouble shoot and help you get more efficient with your time when computing.

Photography

I have been involved with photography since I was twelve. I have been a professional photographer for 30 years. I've run commercial studios, I have photographed products, buildings, celebrities, politicians, families, events and created special visual effects for the entertainment industry.

My skill set is so well-honed that nothing phases me when it comes to the technical aspects of creating photographs. I've written my first book which will be out in October of this year. It is about the creative ideas I come up with and how I execute them successfully.

I am a very patient and useful tutor.

Michael’s Resources

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The title of this article is also the title of my recently released book. It can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Build-Better-Photograph-Disciplined-Creativity/dp/1933952180/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255632179&sr=1-1. If you are going to graduate from college soon or have been working in the field for about 3-5 years, then this book will speak to you. It is a... read more

As I already have a blog and do not wish to repeat myself, please visit this site to read more about what I have to say: digitalbeast.wordpress.com. If you like what I have to say here, you may enjoy reading my new book: http://www.amazon.com/Build-Better-Photograph-Disciplined-Creativity/dp/1933952180/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255632179&sr=1-1 Thank you and... read more

As files move through a color managed workflow, adjustments are necessary to maintain accurate and predictable color throughout. Color management uses the LAB color model and a profile connection space (PCS), to determine how specific colors (made up of red, green and blue numbers) used by a particular camera, monitor, scanner, or printer are adjusted from input to output. The CIE, short... read more

Art Center College of Design
Photography

Education

Art Center College of Design (Photography)

Great tutor! — My son was interested in learning photography of the summer. We were fortunate to find Michael on Wyzant. Michael is not only a highly experienced photographer, but also has the ability to teach methodically and with patience. At each lesson, they would go over new concepts, features, and the effect it has when taking pictures. I highly recommend Michael to anyone interested in learning photogr ...

— Joel, Pasadena, CA on 6/26/12

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 10 miles of Pasadena, CA 91104.


About Michael

Since 1980, I have been working as a commercial and editorial photographer. I owned and operated a photo studio for 20 years. I work out of a home office now and accept location assignments exclusively. Most of my clientele are in the entertainment industry and I can say that Disney, Universal, Paramount, Warner Brothers and Sid & Marty Krofft have all punched my dance card many times each. For years I specialized in product photography requiring complex multiple lighting. I have photographed products, portraits, fashion, celebrities and a lot of very straightforward documentation of art objects.

I am a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and have been recognized by them as a guru. I also regularly beta test software for Adobe, Datacolor and OnOne and I review and edit technical manuscripts for Focal Press, a high-end boutique publisher based in England. My first book on the creative process of artists is due out later this year from Rocky Nook, Inc., I regularly post to my blog and have written over 20 Photoshop and photography related tutorials.

I began teaching in 1987 and since then have worked at a variety of public and private educational institutions in and around Southern California. Since 2004, I have written specialized curricula for the California Department of Education.

I earned a BFA from Art Center College of Design in 1979 and I currently hold two vocational education credentials from the state of California.

I have served on alumni committees at Art Center, I am a charter docent at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park and I am a member of the California Teachers Association.

I have been providing tutoring for photographers since 2002 and my teaching style is direct, funny and full of helpful information. If by chance I don't know the answer, I know someone who does. I will never leave you with unanswered questions, that is my promise to you as a teacher, tutor and guide.

Testimonials

"Great tutor!"

- Joel, Pasadena, CA on 6/26/12

"Outstanding tutor!"

- Shane, Burbank, CA on 6/1/12

"Outstanding in all respects"

- Frank, San Marino, CA on 2/24/12

"Very informative! Great tutor."

- Laura, Glendale, CA on 11/17/09

Education

Art Center College of Design
Photography

Education

Art Center College of Design (Photography)


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Pasadena, CA 91104

Michael’s Subjects

Corporate Training:
General Computer

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.


Michael’s Resources

Tutors have the ability to create educational resources and share them with the WyzAnt community. Here are some of the resources created by Michael. View all of Michael’s resources

The title of this article is also the title of my recently released book. It can be found here: http://www.amazon.com/Build-Better-Photograph-Disciplined-Creativity/dp/1933952180/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255632179&sr=1-1. If you are going to graduate from college soon or have been working in the field for about 3-5 years, then this book will speak to you. It is a... read more

As I already have a blog and do not wish to repeat myself, please visit this site to read more about what I have to say: digitalbeast.wordpress.com. If you like what I have to say here, you may enjoy reading my new book: http://www.amazon.com/Build-Better-Photograph-Disciplined-Creativity/dp/1933952180/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1255632179&sr=1-1 Thank you and... read more

As files move through a color managed workflow, adjustments are necessary to maintain accurate and predictable color throughout. Color management uses the LAB color model and a profile connection space (PCS), to determine how specific colors (made up of red, green and blue numbers) used by a particular camera, monitor, scanner, or printer are adjusted from input to output. The CIE, short... read more


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