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Harrisburg Community College (Photography)
I've shot in over 15 countries, and my work has been published in several magazines and on billboards. I have sat on panels at film and music festivals speaking about what I do. I've even gone on a world tour for my photography.
Its been a great run, and I wouldn't trade any of it for the world. However, what I want to do now more than anything else is teach. I have been given so much by my camera, but I think it's time for me to start giving back.
I'm here to do my part in helping to mold the future legends of photography.
My method of teaching is hands-on workshop style. I don't do lectures, nor do I send you home with paperwork. We learn by doing. You will be making awesome photography from day one. I've shot in over 15 countries, and my work has been published in several magazines and on billboards. I have sat on panels at film and music festivals speaking about what I do. I've even
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Ever shoot a 18hr long 5,000 image photo shoot and only have 6 hrs to turn around a set of perfectly exposed, cropped and color corrected images? I have.
I have been using Adobe Lightroom day in and day out since its second generation. I work in primarily Lightroom 5, but I still have versions 3 and 4 on my machine just incase you haven't upgraded.
To date I have processed over 300,000 images with this program. It's a staple in my workflow. It's my rock. I have had months where I was literally in Lightroom working more than I sleept.
Ill teach you everything you need to know about Lightroom and then some.
You want to walk the path of a photoshop ninja? I will show you the way.
I have been working in Photoshop since myspace was cool... CS2 was my first version. I'm in CC primarily now but no worries if you have CS6, I have both here just in case. I've done everything from building a website mockup to color grading music videos in this program. Although these days I use it more for photo retouching than anything.
I've taken several college courses, watched what has to be over 100 online video tutorials, and downloaded gigs upon gigs of test files and helper templates. In the end nothing has taught me more than the countless hours I've spent creating in this application. Photoshop has played an integral part in the feeding of both myself and my family for the last half of a decade at least.
For that I am forever grateful.
Photography is my profession. It's one of the few things in my life I can honestly say I'm good at. Photography was my major in college and I've been working and studying relentlessly for the better part of a decade. I've clocked thousands of hours on location as well as in studios working with clients in almost every discipline. I've paid my dues.
Enough about me. I'm here for you and here is what I'm offering.
Camera operation. You will learn the holy trinity of all things photo... Shutter Speed, Apeture and ISO/ASA. We will dive into when where and why each is important. Get ready to say goodbye to Auto.
Basic composition... The rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, balance, backgrounds and angle of view. Composition is kind of a big deal.
Lighting... Rembrant or sidelight, Natural light or flash, Umbrella or soft box, Silver reflector or gold, Speed light or Mono block. What is a scpecular highlight? When it comes to lighting there are about 10 ways to do any one thing. I will guide you thru you thru the madness.
Lenses... Why is 85mm to 135mm the ideal focal length range for portraits? Why is street photography usually shot around 35mm? Why is architectural photography shot at such a small aperture? What lenses have the best bokeh? What is a bokeh? I can answer all these questions for you.
Style... Editorial, Fashion, Street, Photojournalism, Commercial, Food or Product. Ill help you figure out who your photo dna is saying you are.
The what, when and why... These words make the difference between photography and picture taking. My goal is to help you get to a point where the technical skills we learn are implemented on a subliminal level and you begin to understand what your saying artistically and why your saying it.
Long story short, if you want to be a photographer, "I've got your back."