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As a former teacher and current professional photographer, I have not only the content knowledge of image manipulation programs such as Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5, and GIMP, but also the teaching background that allows me to work effectively with learners of widely varying ages and abilities. I recognize that each student is unique, and requires a unique approach to instruction.
Like any subject, knowing how to use Photoshop well begins with knowledge of the basic tools in the program, and the simplest methods of image manipulation such as levels, saturation, and color balance. After those skills are learned, more complex tasks such as layer masking, compositing, and using filters can be undertaken, and a photographer can begin to learn how the digital darkroom can be used to maximize style, expression, and content.
I am a professional photographer in Philadelphia who also has thirteen years of experience in secondary education. My photography experience covers a number of areas, including portraits, events, food, landscape, and travel work. I am most familiar with Nikon cameras, but the basics of photography are the same no matter what you are shooting with.
I can help you out with the most basic photography skills such as learning about exposure and composition, or advanced skills such as HDR photography, making composite images, using long exposures, using advanced flash features, etc. I am also proficient in Lightroom and Photoshop, so we can talk about photo editing. Lessons will consist of lots of shooting and lots of interaction.