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I am a professional photographer and digital artist with twenty-two years experience in photography. I have been using Adobe Photoshop professionally since 1998, in various roles including catalog pre-press (film scanning, retouching, color correction, masking, layers) to creative web and print design roles. I currently work in the furniture industry and use professional Canon digital SLR’s for portrait and product photography. I also have an avid interest in fine art photography, particularly in digitally generated black and white gallery printing. I still occasionally return to the traditional darkroom to print large format film (4” x 5”) as well.
In my professional career, I have always had the pleasure and responsibility of teaching my craft. I really enjoy working with creative people from all walks of life, from aspiring graphic designers to serious photography enthusiasts. Photography is a wonderful medium, and there are more tools and materials to explore today than ever before. The digital world can be a little daunting at first, with such a wide array of digital cameras, printers and accessories. My goal with students is to encourage and nurture their creative passions while giving them a solid foundation in the principles and practices of photography and digital editing.
I am available most evenings and weekends, and will tailor lessons to suite the individual’s needs. Whether you want to learn how to clean up old damaged scans of family portraits to make great prints, or take on the world of digital photography.
My fees start at thirty dollars an hour for basic instruction in Adobe Photoshop. I provide a suggest reading list of books and online tutorials, as well as my own copies of quick cheat sheets and notes that I have collected over the years. I like to talk to prospective students over the phone before the first lesson to get a better understanding of their needs.
In 1995, I started to see the changing face of photography from film to digital. So I returned to school to pursue a degree in digital imaging and graphic design. I started learning how to use Adobe Photoshop with version 3.0, and have been hooked ever since. I currently use version CS5 professionally, with twelve years experience as a digital artist and graphic designer. I graduated form Columbia College of Chicago (3.75 GPA, honors), where I became a teacher's assistant in the photography department's digital imaging lab, helping students learn Adobe Photoshop, use film and print scanners and large scale digital printers.
In 1999, I joined Ibid Photo, a stock photography agency in Chicago where I was in charge of operating professional film scanning equipment to create digital artwork for more than three hundred professional photographers. At Ibid Photo, my responsibilities included scanning contributing stock photographer’s negatives and prints to pre-press standards, digital retouching and color correction. The end result of my work appeared in the Ibid Stock photography catalog, website and in national and international print advertising.
In 2002, I joined Crate and Barrel in Chicago, where I managed photography production for the company's retail websites and catalog. My responsibilities included creative digital manipulation and color correction of product photography, web site design, and establishing a color-calibrated workflow between an internal digital photography studio and graphics production department workstations.
Currently, I work for Bassett Furniture Industries as a Photographer and Production Manager, where I am responsible for all photographic content for printed retail catalogs and the company retail website. I oversee production at a large photography studio, and get to work with state of the art digital cameras and editing software. I am also responsible for the look and quality of all printed catalogs and regularly attend press checks on site at commercial printers.
I started working in a black and white darkroom at the age of twelve, and have never given up the habit. I began shooting professional portraits for musicians and actors in between semesters at college and eventually made it my full-time profession.
Most of my learning happened on the job, at photography studios in Chicago as a studio assistant. I learned the fundamentals of film exposure, studio lighting, and master techniques in printing.
I worked as a professional photographer in Chicago photographing models, actors, and musicians for fashion portfolios and publicity shots.
I was responsible for all photography, film and print processing and studio operations.
Currently, most of the professional work relies on the use of digital cameras. I shoot with Canon professional SLR’s and use Phase One Capture One and Adobe Photoshop to manage and edit my work. I also still maintain a black and white darkroom, where I print medium and large format fine art photography.
Currently, I work for Bassett Furniture Industries where I am responsible for all product photography. I manage the catalog workflow at a large photography studio and also have a hands-on role photographing product for the company’s retail catalogs and web site.
Columbia College, Chicago
Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00
Cancellation: 24 hours notice required
Tony will travel within 25 miles of Greensboro, NC 27403.
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