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Jim N.

Los Angeles, CA

$50/hour

Friendly, highly experienced, photography tutor

10+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/4/16
5.0 average from 9 ratings
Great Tutor
— Ryan, Venice, CA on 2/28/17

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Columbia College, Chicago
Photography

Education

Columbia College, Chicago (Photography)

About Jim

My interest in photography began as a young child, when my father---James Newberry, who founded the photography department at Columbia College Chicago---taught me how to use a camera and darkroom. That childhood hobby became a lifelong career, when, after graduating from Columbia (where I studied photography and filmmaking), I began shooting portraits for magazines, record labels, and other commercial clients.

I continue to work as a freelance photographer, but several years ago I began conducting my own photo workshops, and providing one-to-one photography training. With over 20 years of professional experience, shooting both with film and digital, I have a lot of skills, techniques, and other insights to share. I can help with all aspects of photography: technical, aesthetic, and business. I've been told by students that my approach is friendly and patient, and that I made complicated issues easy to understand.

Tutoring topics include:

- how to use your camera, including advanced controls
- how to make flash look great, on or off-camera
- how to get natural, authentic expressions from portrait subjects
- post-processing: Photoshop, Lightroom, and other photo editors
- photo business issues: setting up a website, self-promotion, how much to charge, etc.
My interest in photography began as a young child, when my father---James Newberry, who founded the photography department at Columbia College Chicago---taught me how to use a camera and darkroom. That childhood hobby became a lifelong career, when, after graduating from Columbia (where I studied photography and filmmaking), I began shooting Read more

Policies
Cancellation
12 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90042
Background Check: Passed

"Great Tutor"

- Ryan, Venice, CA on 2/28/17

"Great session"

- Margaret, Los Angeles, CA on 2/6/17

"Photography and Lightroom Expert"

- Stuart, South Pasadena, CA on 11/5/16

"Jim was a great help!"

- Mary Ann, Los Angeles, CA on 10/7/15

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Approved subjects

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Adobe Lightroom

I've been using Lightroom since 2008, with version 2. I use Lightroom almost every day to manage my large (300,000 +) archive of photographs. So I have plenty of experience using Lightroom for ingesting, developing, organizing, printing, and exporting images; as well as printing books and producing slideshows using the application.

Also, I have extensive experience as a tutor, teaching Lightroom skills.

Adobe Photoshop

As a commercial and fine art photographer, I've been shooting digital photographs for more than 10 years. Photoshop is an integral part of my process; I regularly use the application for many purposes, including retouching, color-correcting, making collages, designing promotional materials, and more.

Photoshop is a powerful, full-featured application that can be daunting to learn, but I've had great results with students learning it quickly, via direct tutoring.

Macintosh

For more than 20 years I've been using Macs to help run my freelance photography business. I've used them for photography post-processing, video editing, accounting, for designing promo materials, and creating web sites. In that time I've learned a lot of shortcuts and tricks to keep my workflow speedy. I've also become adept at hardware and software troubleshooting and problem-solving, and how to keep Mac systems running smoothly.

Photography

I have a BFA degree from Columbia College, Chicago, with main concentration in photography. For over 20 years I've worked professionally as a photographer, shooting assignments for clients around the world, including: Atlantic Records, Esquire, The Guardian, Interview, LA Weekly, London Times, Mojo, New York Times, Rolling Stone, Spin and Sub-Pop.

I have won awards from APA (American Photographic Artists), Chicago International Film Festival, Communication Arts, and others.

Video Production

I've been shooting film and video projects at a professional level for more than 20 years. When I began, I was shooting with 16mm film cameras, and now I shoot with DSLRs and other digital motion cameras.

I have won awards for documentary films and music videos that I directed and photographed. I'm highly skilled with lighting, using tungsten, LED, and fluorescent lighting fixtures.

Columbia College, Chicago
Photography

Education

Columbia College, Chicago (Photography)

Great Tutor

Jim was very knowledgeable and I found him very easy to understand. He is a great teacher. I can highly recommend him.

— Ryan, Venice, CA on 2/28/17

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $50.00

Cancellation: 12 hours notice required

Travel policy

Jim will travel within 40 miles of Los Angeles, CA 90042.