I am "An old school photographer in the digital age.™"
We will work together to expand your photographic vision, to enhance your photography skills, and to realize your photography ambitions. I teach photography basics, basic camera operation, digital camera operation, the Zone System, digital photography, advanced photography, Adobe Photoshop and printing. I work in Microsoft Windows and Mac based environments.
I have worked professionally as a photographer and master printer for 30+ years. Clients have included United States Steel (USS), Alcoa, Mellon Bank, PNC Bank, Koppers, Westinghouse, CBS, KDKA and Gulf Oil. I worked as a photojournalist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. I have been a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) since 1999 and can teach you how to optimize your Windows based computer for applications such as Adobe Photoshop. For the last 5 years, I have been working in commercial and fine art photography. I am currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Carroll Community College and have previously taught at Loyola University and Geneva College.
In the beginning, it is all about the light; in the end, it is all about the print. Fundamentally, one photographs light. Photography is a process that begins with an exposure that captures the light seen in the viewfinder so that the viewer can see it in the print. George Eastman said, “Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.” I teach you how to shoot by available light; natural or artificial, as this is the light we live by.
Ansel Adams said, “To visualize an image (in whole or in part) is to see clearly in the mind prior to exposure, a continuous projection from composing the image through the final print.” I teach composition in the viewfinder so you can print the scene as you saw it. I teach traditional printing techniques in a digital environment--contrast and color adjustment, dodging and burning, facial retouching, as well as the newer digital techniques such as red-eye removal.
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