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James S.

Master Photography /Photoshop/Mac computers

Des Plaines, IL (60016)

Travel radius
25 miles
Hourly fee
$35.00
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Need to improve your digital or film photography skills? Do you need a better understanding of all those settings on your camera? How about learning to take better vacation photos? If you want to boost your creativity or have your images critiqued, I can help. Immediately improve
your: nature, macro, travel, land and seascape; family photos, etc. I make it easy to understand, fun to learn and most of all, rewarding when you see the improvement in your images! I can also teach you how to process, refine, color-correct, retouch, manipulate and print your images in Photoshop.

Want to move up from amateur to pro level in your image-making? I have more than 18 years of professional experience. Areas of expertise include: portraiture, products, food, architecture, interiors, industrial, illustrative, corporate, e-commerce and catalog photography.
I truly enjoy teaching and sharing my knowledge including real-world work experiences if applicable to your areas of photography!

If you're just getting started in the commercial photography sector -
I can teach how to light for exceptional product or portrait images with: flash units, strobes, hot lights, mixed lighting, etc. Learn not only proper and safe use of your lights and power packs but also applied lighting theory for precise exposure control of any subject.
If your new to going on-location, I can provide training for that as well - from planning to execution for a successful outcome!
Film-based photography is regaining popularity and I have extensive working experience in all camera formats: 35mm, medium format, 4x5 and 8x10 view camera techniques including Polaroid film use. Hands-on training is available.

Photoshop training is readily available in areas like: RAW image processing, color-correction, levels, color saturation, file resizing, outlining, masking, retouching, background substitution, multiple image composition; special effects, Black and White Conversion, Sepia toning, web optimization, file-naming and storage conventions, etc.

Do you have questions about using your Mac?
Being a Mac user since the early 90's, I can offer quite a bit of operating knowledge and workflow techniques. I can teach at whatever pace works for you, probably with a touch of humor thrown in to keep it fun when appropriate.

Let's talk about your training needs!

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James’s subjects

Adobe Photoshop

With over 20 years experience in using Photoshop, training is readily available in areas like: RAW image processing, color-correction, levels, color saturation, file resizing, outlining, masking, retouching, background substitution, multiple image composition; special effects, Black and White Conversion, Sepia toning, web optimization, file-naming and storage conventions, etc.

Additionally, I can provide Photoshop services for just about any situation, including original photography if needed.

Macintosh

I have been a Mac computer user since 1992. I can help with basic to intermediate Apple Mac operating; troubleshooting, minor repairs, set-up, application installations, networks, ram upgrades, workflow techniques relating to photos and Photoshop; etc. I'll be happy to discuss your needs to see if I can be of help.

Photography

My background in photography includes:
Associates degree in Advertising/photography/design at Triton College;
Several specialized courses at Winona International School of Professional Photographers including:
Product photography, special effects photography, high-speed photography, art history, portraiture levels 1 & 2; view camera techniques, studio strobe & hot lights lighting.
Also received hands-on training/working for 2 1/2 years as photo assistant to regional commercial photographer which included: 4x5 & 8x10 view camera/lenses use including film loading/unloading/ exposure, light metering, Polaroid tests, processing, evaluation; medium format Mamiya cameras/lenses, studio & location lighting for corporate, industrial and retail clientele. Business of freelance photography; client relations, etc.
Past 20 years owned/operated commercial photography/design business with regional & national clientele.

Training available for basics of photography, camera operation, learning to take better photos; photo critiquing, file processing to get the most out of your captures; image editing in Photoshop; intermediate to advanced training in using lights (ambient, hot lights, strobes), product photography, portraiture, location work, travel/vacation photography.

Photography experience includes in-studio & on-location: people, products, food, architecture, interiors, industrial, illustrative, corporate and catalog with every camera size format: 35mm to 8x10 view cameras.

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Education

Triton College, River Grove, Illinois

Associate in Arts Degree (Graduate Coursework)

Excellent tutor! I got my wife a camera as a gift and we didn't know where to begin to understand how to use it. James was patient, knowledgeable, and had great teaching instincts. We will use him again and recommend him to anyone! ...

— Scott from Winnetka, IL on 6/13/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

James will travel within 25 miles of Des Plaines, IL 60016.

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