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Patrick D.

Patrick D.: Photography, Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom

Olympia, WA (98501)

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I taught photography at the secondary school level for 23 years at Kenai Central High School in Alaska and at Centralia High School in Washington state for 10 years. I taught analog (film) and digital photography at the community college level (as an adjunct) for 11 years at SPSCC and for 6 months at The Evergreen State College as an interim instructor.

I love teaching, especially something I love, and I love photography. I no longer want to work in the classroom, but enjoy working one-on-one or in small groups with students. I have tutored several of my college students, and find it to be fun and rewarding.

I have studied photography all my life, through workshops and individual classes, including the workshops with masters of photography like Ansel Adams, Roy DeCarava, Jerry Uelsmann and Paul Caponigro. I am especially interested in night photography and nature and wildlife photography. I was a commercial fisherman in Alaska for 20 years, so I am also very interested in marine photography. I also do wedding and event photography commercially.

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Patrick’s subjects

Adobe Photoshop

I teach the basics of Adobe Photoshop, both full-version and Photoshop Elements. This includes the interface and how it works; the Tools, Menus, and Filters; the different panels, such as History, Actions and and especially the Layers Panel. I can explain Layers and how they work, as well as Masks. I have a good knowledge of the Text tool, Cutting and Pasting (collaging), and graphic design options Photoshop offers. I can answer your questions about Camera Raw and its use.

I also teach how to use Photoshop Lightroom and its modules: The Library for sorting and ranking; Develop for editing; Slideshow, Web and Print modules as well.


I teach digital photography, from the most basic point-and-shoot cameras to the most advanced DSLRs. I cover the basics of composition to the use of f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO settings, White Balance and flash to improve your photos. I cover self-timers and long exposures, night photography, portraiture, nature and wildlife, family, sports and commercial photography. I can discuss copyright releases for your subjects and protection for your images. I can consult with you about portfolio development and setting up a marketing plan, image storage and good editing software and well as computer needs. I am willing to accompany you on field sessions and offer critiques of your work.

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Indiana University, Bloomington

Cambridge College (MEd)

Excellent tutor. I found Patrick to be very knowledgeable and patient when teaching me the fundamentals of my Nikon digital camera and in discussing the program, Lightroom. I would highly recommend him as a tutor! ...

— Linda from Lakewood, WA on 10/10/13);

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

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Patrick will travel within 15 miles of Olympia, WA 98501.

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