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David H.

Roslyn, NY

$50/hr

Photography/Photoshop, African Drums!

Background check passed as of 11/4/13
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Photography/Photoshop, African Drums!

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I offer tutoring in three subject areas: (1) Photography, (2) Image editing and management using Adobe Photoshop, Apple Aperture, and Media Pro, and (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 equipment.

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.

Aperture: Apple's media management application — very powerful, but tricky to use!

Phase One Media Pro media management application. One of the best media managers available.

African drumming:

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 specific 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 with Phillippe L. in Sydney, Australia. Later, I studied there with brothers Epizo B. and Mohamed B., well-known master musicians and former members of famous national drum/dance ensembles from Guinée. 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, as well as another West African-oriented percussion group.

Testimonials

"Good choice"

- David, Roslyn, NY on 1/15/13
Computer:
Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop,
Macintosh,
Photography
Music:
Drums

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Adobe Photoshop

Photoshop: one of the great intellectual achievements of the 20th century, Photoshop is an indispensable tool for most photographers today. Photoshop users range in expertise from raw beginners to true post-processing wizards; my tutoring skills can help users up to intermediate levels.

My level of expertise would benefit students from beginning through intermediate levels. I have used Photoshop professionally since the early 1990s.

If students have a particular goal in mind, or particular areas of difficulty which they want to improve, we will take that as a starting point in our study. If not, then we will start with a general introduction and work through exercises to learn skills.

Drums

African drumming: I have studied the drumming tradition of West Africa (particularly Guinée, Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast etc.) for many years, and have performed in bands in both Australia and the U.S. 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 with Phillippe Lincy in Sydney, Australia. Later, I studied there with brothers Epizo Bangoura and Mohamed Bangoura (Bangouraké), well-known master musicians and former members of famous national drum/dance ensembles based in Guinée. In Sydney I was a member of several percussion-based bands — Primal Pulse, Ambrosia, and Indigena — and performed regularly with Annetta Luce’s “Bricolage” dance company as well as drumming for her dance classes.

In the US, I continue to study with master drummer John Ward and am a member of his band “Sewa Folee” (Joyful Playing). We perform regularly with the students in the C.W. Post College dance program; currently I also play alongside John for the African dance classes there.

West African drumming has taken the world by storm in the past two decades, and enthusiastic drum circles exist everywhere. (Here on Long Island there’s even a “Hand-drummers of Long Island” Facebook group.) Most people attend those just to express themselves by banging away somewhat randomly; but contrary to what people unfamiliar with the genre may think, West African drumming is as precise and specific as a string quartet. There are hundreds of rhythms, each with several very specific parts and phrases that create a "conversation" between instruments; knowing some of them helps aspiring drummers reach a higher level of technical and musical expertise and open up the joy of playing with others.

Macintosh

I have been using Macintosh computers since 1986, both professionally and personally. Following the evolution of the operating system over these years, I have developed skills in most aspects of the OS, as well as the Macintosh versions of many popular software applications including many used for media editing and management, databases, email, and common office tasks.

Photography

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 teaching is based on the idea that the best camera in the world won't make you a good photographer: that's a question of your personal vision and creativity. By studying the principles of photography and the controls of your camera until they are second-nature, that creativity will be unleashed.

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 equipment.

Hamilton College

Education

Hamilton College

Good choice — I am a Photoshop newbie and hired David to get started with Photoshop CS5. David was patient, knowledgeable and very easy to work with. David left me with a useful handout and brought images for us to work on (a nice touch). I would recommend David to anyone starting out with Photoshop CS5. In a related vein, I plan to try a shooting lesson with David once spring arrives. ...

— David, Roslyn, NY on 1/15/13

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $50.00

Cancellation: 4 hours notice required

Travel policy

David will travel within 10 miles of Roslyn, NY 11576.


About David

I offer tutoring in three subject areas: (1) Photography, (2) Image editing and management using Adobe Photoshop, Apple Aperture, and Media Pro, and (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 equipment.

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.

Aperture: Apple's media management application — very powerful, but tricky to use!

Phase One Media Pro media management application. One of the best media managers available.

African drumming:

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 specific 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 with Phillippe L. in Sydney, Australia. Later, I studied there with brothers Epizo B. and Mohamed B., well-known master musicians and former members of famous national drum/dance ensembles from Guinée. 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, as well as another West African-oriented percussion group.

Testimonials

"Good choice"

- David, Roslyn, NY on 1/15/13
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Education

Hamilton College

Education

Hamilton College


Tutor Policies

Cancellation
4 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 10 miles of Roslyn, NY 11576

David’s Subjects

Computer:
Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop,
Macintosh,
Photography
Music:
Drums

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.


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