I offer tutoring in three subject areas: (1) Photography
, (2) Image editing
and management using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop
(3) traditional West African drumming, specifically djembé and dunun drums
Photography: I have been a professional photographer for many years, starting with traditional film
and darkroom techniques, and continuing through today's digital technologies. My pictures have been published and used in many ways in many countries, and I am represented in a number of online portals.
I have also taught a number of classes in photography and darkroom work as well as audiovisual production.
My first photos were published in regional newspapers when I was still in college. Since then I have had photos published or used in the US, the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Australia, for clients/publications including Qantas Airways, Standards Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corp., American Forests magazine, Microsoft Communique, New South Wales Tourism, Shutterbug magazine, ABI Research, Abbott Diagnostics, Amdahl Pacific Services; Fujitsu, ICMS Australasia. and many more. Early in my career I served as assistant photographer in Studio Pieter van den Busken and as Supervisor, Photo and Audiovisual departments at the Melkweg Multi-media Centre; in The Netherlands.
Later I designed, organized, supervised and taught a diploma course in aspects of multimedia and audiovisual production at the SAE Technology College in Sydney, Australia.
I use primarily Nikon and Macintosh
Photoshop: Photoshop has become an indispensable tool for many photographers. Photoshop users range in expertise from raw beginners to true post-processing wizards; my tutoring skills can help users up to intermediate levels. I have used Photoshop professionally since the early 1990s and currently own Photoshop CS5 for Macintosh.
Lightroom: today's de facto standard for image management and certain kinds of image editing and manipulation. Powerful and flexible, it allows you to catalog images, manipulate their metadata, edit images nondestructively, and export for a variety of uses.
I can also teach several other "DAM" (digital asset management) applications.
West African drumming has taken the world by storm in the past two decades, and enthusiastic drum circles exist everywhere. But true West African drumming is as precise and specific as a classical string quartet. There are hundreds of rhythms, each with several very exact parts and phrases, and knowing some of them helps aspiring drummers reach higher levels of musical expertise and enjoyment.
I have studied the drumming tradition of West Africa (particularly Guinée, Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast) for many years, and have performed in bands in both Australia and the US. I can teach up to intermediate-level students. I can provide djembés during lessons for those who don't have them.
I started studying West African percussion
in 1984 in Sydney, Australia. Later, I studied with two well-known master musicians from Guinée, former members of that country's famous national drum/dance ensemble. In Sydney I was a member of several percussion-based bands — Primal Pulse, Ambrosia, and Indigena — and performed regularly with Annetta L.’s “Bricolage” dance company (as well as drumming for her dance classes.) In the US, I have studied with master drummer John W. and am a member of his band, and another West African-oriented percussion group.