As a professional photographer and teacher for over 25 years, I look forward to helping my students. One of my teaching goals is to flush out individual styles, and creativity is an important factor. I encourage my students to go outside their own learning parameters and challenge themselves to create something unique. Photography has changed since the long ago traditional days, and I encourage students to approach their work in non-traditional ways, like tilting their cameras, blurring parts of an image, using selective focus, cropping, and editing all on purpose just so they can see what happens. My students come up with very unique ways to interpret what they see and create a wide range of amazing results.
Every student comes into my photography classes at different skill levels. Since most students are starting from scratch, I point out that we are not trying to achieve perfection. Teaching is more craft than science and flaws are acceptable given that much of the medium is based on experimenting with creativity and technology.
I enjoy helping students of all levels to create better photographs in fun hands-on classes. Even though we can cover basic camera operation, creative techniques, principles of exposure, composition, selective focus, editing, and cropping, my classes are structured for individual students based on their skill level and what they want to achieve. One of my students commented that my teaching style is relaxed but structured.
Here are some basic learning objectives:
•Develop a basic knowledge of the mechanics and operation of a digital or film camera
•Achieve an understanding of the basic principles of composition, subject content, and photographic purpose
•Apply the fundamentals of lighting 2-D and 3-D objects
•Prepare work for albums and web display
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