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Michael S.

Photography, Photoshop, Printing and Mac Tutoring

Photography, Photoshop, Printing and Mac Tutoring

$50/hour

  • 86 hours tutoring

  • Pasadena Pasadena, CA 91104

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About Michael


Bio

Since 1980, I have been working as a commercial and editorial photographer. I owned and operated a photo studio for 20 years. I work out of a home office now and accept location assignments exclusively. Most of my clientele are in the entertainment industry and I can say that Disney, Universal, Paramount, Warner Brothers and Sid & Marty Krofft have all punched my dance card many times each. For years I specialized in product photography requiring complex multiple lighting. I have photographed...

Since 1980, I have been working as a commercial and editorial photographer. I owned and operated a photo studio for 20 years. I work out of a home office now and accept location assignments exclusively. Most of my clientele are in the entertainment industry and I can say that Disney, Universal, Paramount, Warner Brothers and Sid & Marty Krofft have all punched my dance card many times each. For years I specialized in product photography requiring complex multiple lighting. I have photographed products, portraits, fashion, celebrities and a lot of very straightforward documentation of art objects.

I am a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and have been recognized by them as a guru. I also regularly beta test software for Adobe, Datacolor and OnOne and I review and edit technical manuscripts for Focal Press, a high-end boutique publisher based in England. My first book on the creative process of artists is due out later this year from Rocky Nook, Inc., I regularly post to my blog and have written over 20 Photoshop and photography related tutorials.

I began teaching in 1987 and since then have worked at a variety of public and private educational institutions in and around Southern California. Since 2004, I have written specialized curricula for the California Department of Education.

I earned a BFA from Art Center College of Design in 1979 and I currently hold two vocational education credentials from the state of California.

I have served on alumni committees at Art Center, I am a charter docent at the Autry Museum in Griffith Park and I am a member of the California Teachers Association.

I have been providing tutoring for photographers since 2002 and my teaching style is direct, funny and full of helpful information. If by chance I don't know the answer, I know someone who does. I will never leave you with unanswered questions, that is my promise to you as a teacher, tutor and guide.


Education

Art Center College of Design
Photography

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Pasadena, CA 91104
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 1/7/2012

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

Schedule

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Subjects

Art

Adobe Lightroom,

Adobe Lightroom

Lightroom has emerged as the premier program for cataloging, editing and processing today's camera files. It is an awesome program that I absolutely cannot do with out. If you're a photography fan then learning this program is a must and I can help you!
Adobe Photoshop,

Adobe Photoshop

I have been a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals since 2000 and have been designated one of their Gurus. I worked on Disney's California Adventure Theme Park and continue to work restoring photos, building composites and printing large format photographs for the entertainment industry out here in Hollywood, CA.
Photography

Photography

I have been involved with photography since I was twelve. I have been a professional photographer for 30 years. I've run commercial studios, I have photographed products, buildings, celebrities, politicians, families, events and created special visual effects for the entertainment industry. My skill set is so well-honed that nothing phases me when it comes to the technical aspects of creating photographs. I've written my first book which will be out in October of this year. It is about the creative ideas I come up with and how I execute them successfully. I am a very patient and useful tutor.

Computer

Adobe Lightroom,

Adobe Lightroom

Lightroom has emerged as the premier program for cataloging, editing and processing today's camera files. It is an awesome program that I absolutely cannot do with out. If you're a photography fan then learning this program is a must and I can help you!
Adobe Photoshop,

Adobe Photoshop

I have been a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals since 2000 and have been designated one of their Gurus. I worked on Disney's California Adventure Theme Park and continue to work restoring photos, building composites and printing large format photographs for the entertainment industry out here in Hollywood, CA.
Macintosh,

Macintosh

I've been on a MAC since 1989 and work with a number of Apple experts. I can trouble shoot and help you get more efficient with your time when computing.
Photography

Photography

I have been involved with photography since I was twelve. I have been a professional photographer for 30 years. I've run commercial studios, I have photographed products, buildings, celebrities, politicians, families, events and created special visual effects for the entertainment industry. My skill set is so well-honed that nothing phases me when it comes to the technical aspects of creating photographs. I've written my first book which will be out in October of this year. It is about the creative ideas I come up with and how I execute them successfully. I am a very patient and useful tutor.

Resources

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Ratings and Reviews


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Knows His Way Around Lightroom

Did a good job of getting me organized. A real Pro photographer that knows how to use the tools. Thanks!

Kevin , 1 lesson with Michael

Great tutor!

My son was interested in learning photography of the summer. We were fortunate to find Michael on Wyzant. Michael is not only a highly experienced photographer, but also has the ability to teach methodically and with patience. At each lesson, they would go over new concepts, features, and the effect it has when taking pictures. I highly recommend Michael to anyone interested in learning photography either from a basic level or to some who wants to refine their already existing picture taking skills.

Joel, 17 lessons with Michael

Outstanding tutor!

Michael is a phenomenal teacher who understands the learning process. His knowledge of the subject material is nothing less than impressive. Overall, a fantastic tutor who will teach you what you want to learn! Looking forward to the next session!

Shane, 2 lessons with Michael

Outstanding in all respects

Michael is a very fine instructor and gentleman. He is in complete command of the subject (in my case scanning and editing old black and white photos) and has the ability to make a complicated subject understandable to a novice. He has a very broad range of knowledge and I am looking forward to my future sessions with great pleasure.

Frank, 17 lessons with Michael

Very informative! Great tutor.

My tutoring sessions with Michael have been very helpful. He was very informed about the subjects that I needed help with. Easy to get in touch with and schedule sessions. I will definitely be in touch with Michael for future lessons.

Laura, 2 lessons with Michael

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