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Cynthia A.

Cambridge, MA


Photography/Digital Imaging, Photoshop, Web Design, more

Background check passed as of 10/17/16
4.9 average from 420 ratings
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University of Massachusetts
Art and Technology
University of Massachusetts


University of Massachusetts (Art and Technology)

University of Massachusetts (Master's)

About Cynthia

I tutor general computer skills - both Mac and Windows, although I specialize in Apple products. I also specialize in digital imaging, photography, Photoshop, web design (WordPress in particular) , writing, and English. I am a good instructor for an older student as well as a person who wants to improve their skills but may be embarrassed to ask, since I have experience with the technophobic. I work with a lot of small, often women-owned businesses who want help with all aspects of running a business including social media, preparing materials for clients, using online newsletters (Constant Contact, Mail Chimp), accounting in Quicken, general business strategies, and refining a brand.

If you're looking for a general computer orientation - naming conventions (important when learning to ask the right questions) or fundamentals plus on major applications (Microsoft, Adobe, etc), I am happy to tutor you on those subjects. I have in-depth knowledge of most popular applications, and of iPhones and iPads.

I'm a Cambridge based photographer who is well versed in all aspects of 35 mm film and digital photography as well as photo editing and post-processing using Photoshop. If it's related to digital images, photography or photo editing, Photoshop, or computer skills for these or other software programs, feel free to ask me a question.

I love images and the magic that is photography and I enjoy teaching photography techniques, skills and concepts. I also teach digital scanning and restoration.

A lot is said by striving for and getting good feedback. I thank all of you who have taken the time to give me positive feedback. For others, if you're reading this far, feel free to take a look at my feedback.

Thank you,
I tutor general computer skills - both Mac and Windows, although I specialize in Apple products. I also specialize in digital imaging, photography, Read more

24 hours notice required

I enjoy teaching small classes of students for any of my subjects, so please feel free to write and ask me about rates.

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Travels within 40 miles of Cambridge, MA 02142
Background Check: Passed


- David, Cambridge, MA on 1/26/15

"Knowledgeable and patient teacher"

- Pat, Wellesley, MA on 12/14/16

"Patient and kind"

- Theodore, Winchester, NH on 10/15/16

"Patient, very good listener, and on point education"

- Dora, Boston, MA on 9/11/16

"Extremely helpful and just what I was looking for"

- Lisa, Arlington, MA on 6/14/16

"Great Experience!"

- Kate, Norwood, MA on 5/24/16

"Knowledgeable and professional"

- George, Revere, MA on 5/12/16

"She was patient and knowledgeable."

- Denise, Allston, MA on 11/27/15

"Happy with my photography lesson"

- Safiya, Cambridge, MA on 11/13/15

"Knowledgeable and Insightful Tutor"

- Frank, Arlington, MA on 11/10/15

"Great experience!"

- Susan, Milton, MA on 9/19/15

"She is amazing!"

- Gabe, Marblehead, MA on 9/14/15

"A True Professional"

- Ben, Newton Lower Falls, MA on 8/20/15

"Flexible, patient and well-informed tutor"

- Wendy, Quincy, MA on 8/7/15

"Very Helpful and knowledgeable! A pleasure to learn from."

- Patrice, Concord, MA on 7/19/15

"Very patient and nice"

- Pei, Allston, MA on 4/12/15

"Five stars"

- Jody, Marblehead, MA on 1/28/15

"Mac Tutor"

- Patricia, Dedham, MA on 8/2/14

"A Brilliant Tutor and Wonderful Person"

- Tim, Cambridge, MA on 7/20/14

"Knowledgeable, patient, good problem solver"

- Lynne, Norwood, MA on 6/13/14

"The Perfect Teacher"

- Gloria, Chestnut Hill, MA on 5/16/14

"Great tutor search and selection!"

- Janice, Lynn, MA on 9/25/13

"Knowledgeable and patient."

- Robert, Westwood, MA on 9/12/13

"A good beginning."

- Debra, Jamaica Plain, MA on 4/20/13

"Very Knowledgeable!"

- Stephanie, Winchester, MA on 11/28/12

"Excellent tutor. I will be happy to see her again."

- Leslie, Waban, MA on 5/14/12


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Adobe Photoshop

From Elements to Photoshop CS6, I will introduce you to the functions and concepts behind the Photoshop phenomenon!

If you have never used it, it is as interesting as you may have heard.

If you know the fundamentals, I can help you use some of the more advanced features of the program like working with layers, basics of color spaces and outputs for web and print, understanding the workspace, embedding watermarks and using filters for creative and functional enhancement of your images.

General Computer

I have over 15 years' experience teaching general computer skills. I've worked teaching technical skills to adults with disabilities, to teenagers, to seniors and to technophobes (those just a little wary of technology but who want to learn). I built my first computer (from scratch) in 1993 and have had a passion for technology ever since!


Whether you are moving from Windows to Mac, or just aren't the type of person to go to the Apple store for help, I can work with you to help you love and appreciate your Mac and get the most out of it. It is an intuitive system, but if you aren't familiar with it, the navigation and logic can be a bit puzzling! I am a firm believer in learning terminology first (in order to ask questions the "right" way) and then going on to customizing lessons so you can quickly learn what is most important to you.

Microsoft PowerPoint

PowerPoint is a great presentation tool when used well. You can also use it as a reporting tool when a traditional written report is not necessarily required. PowerPoint can include graphics, photos, text, charts and graphs among other media. The skills required are a bit of a combination of word processing (understanding fonts, text styles and document elements) with a bit of graphic design (using photos, incorporating color schemes and branding elements) and some personal creativity. There are some good basic rules to follow when constructing PowerPoint presentations, and some good "rules are made to be broken" advice can be incorporated too!

Microsoft Windows

I've been teaching the Windows operating system since Windows 95, and command line MS-DOS before that. I've worked with all of the 90's Windows systems, NT (as a server/network and desktop system), ME, XP, Vista and Windows 7. I have certification in GIS which by its nature involves some Windows networking management. Additionally I have experience teaching Microsoft Office for Windows as well as the Adobe Suite of application for this OS.

Microsoft Word

Even though the look of Microsoft Word has changed over the years, its basic functions have not. Still the preferred choice of document creators and letter writers, Word also has features that allow for multi-user editing and comments, as well as the ability to insert various media like photographs and active web links. I tutor in beginning to intermediate levels on this topic.


Learning photography is partly learning that it is combination of art and science and working to understand those qualities and how they work together. It's a really rewarding skill to have. It's very satisfying to have the confidence to go to an event, a family gathering, a wedding or birthday party and know that the photos you take can be offered to be shared with others.
The art is is in learning about the 4 c's of photography - color, composition, cropping and creativity. The science is in learning about the math that governs shutter speeds and apertures as well as something about the properties of light. Did you know that light has a color temperature and that it is measured in degrees of Kelvin? That's why photos taken indoors in florescent light have a greenish cast - they are a different color temperature (a cooler one) than those taken outdoors.
As for my background, I started as a photojournalist right out of high school, working for a newspaper well before there were digital cameras. We spent more time in the darkroom than we did taking the assignments. I still prefer the quality and properties of film to even the best digital cameras but I use both. I have a degree in art. I use Photoshop on a daily basis for editing and try to keep my image manipulation limited to what I could do in a darkroom, otherwise I label it as photo art rather than photography. I'm a teeny bit of a purist that way. I'm very comfortable with technology, both Mac and PC platforms and am also comfortable with color work flow (that's working with an image from camera to printer and getting consistent results). I like natural lighting and environmental portraits (people in their natural environment) and musicians are a favorite subject of mine. I live and work in Cambridge, MA.

University of Massachusetts
Art and Technology
University of Massachusetts


University of Massachusetts (Art and Technology)

University of Massachusetts (Master's)

Fantastic — Cynthia is a marvelous tutor-extremely knowledgeable, excellent at communication, prompt, friendly, businesslike. I have nothing but the best things to say about her. ...

— David, Cambridge, MA on 1/26/15

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $55.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

I enjoy teaching small classes of students for any of my subjects, so please feel free to write and ask me about rates.

Travel policy

Cynthia will travel within 40 miles of Cambridge, MA 02142.