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David A.

Published, Award Winning Art Model Photographer

Published, Award Winning Art Model Photographer

$33/hour

  • 14 hours tutoring

About David


Bio

I have an undergraduate degree from Cornell, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and have done a lot of coursework at other colleges including classes in photography, Photoshop, and Lightroom Classic.

Most importantly I love teaching. I spent years volunteering in my children's schools: doing gifted and talented math pullouts, coaching chess, organizing the science fair, and helping students who just needed a little extra attention. I have taught photography and post processing...

I have an undergraduate degree from Cornell, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and have done a lot of coursework at other colleges including classes in photography, Photoshop, and Lightroom Classic.

Most importantly I love teaching. I spent years volunteering in my children's schools: doing gifted and talented math pullouts, coaching chess, organizing the science fair, and helping students who just needed a little extra attention. I have taught photography and post processing workshops, done demonstrations for art guilds and at art fairs, and run group shoots for many years ranging in level from beginner to advanced. I also spent three years working at a Senior portrait studio. My artwork has been published, exhibited in galleries, and has won awards.

I have shot hundreds of models so I can offer guidance on how to find and interact with models. I have expertise in lighting, especially creative studio lighting and have done one on one training and group lessons on lighting technique. My approach is to build lessons that address what the individual or group is looking to learn about.

It's important to me that I can teach not just how to use Photoshop but how to do more complex edits in a non-destructive way. If you're doing challenging edits, you want to work in a way that allows you to undo something that happened ten or a hundred steps back without losing all of the work that came after that step. I want to teach not just how to do things but how to do them right.

I shoot primarily models, in studio, for both portraiture, highly edited art pieces, and composites. For example, I draw “dresses” around models made of things ranging from light, to glitter, milk, or rose petals.

I would love to share examples of my work, including before and after edits. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or to schedule a lesson now.


Education

Cornell University
Biology
University of Michigan
MBA

Policies

  • Hourly Rate: $33
  • Rate details: Group rates and multiple hour discounts are available.
  • Lesson cancellation: 16 hours notice required
  • No background check

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Adobe Lightroom,

Adobe Lightroom

I learned Lightroom in a college classroom. Since I shoot about 50 models a year I have a Lightroom Classic catalog with about 100,000 images. I start most of my edits in Lightroom, sometimes doing all of the edits in LR and sometimes finishing in PS. I've also worked in a studio that specialized in Senior Portraits, so I've dealt with even larger catalogs.
Adobe Photoshop,

Adobe Photoshop

I do highly complex edits in Photoshop to make pieces for display in galleries and art fairs. I have formal college training, have attended industry conferences, and have done a lot of self study. I have presented for a number of groups and done one on one tutoring.
Photography

Photography

I started taking, developing, printing and selling photographs on film but have been working digital for many years now. I do a lot of studio photography, shooting about 50 models a year for art photos and portraits. Before COVID I regularly exhibited in galleries and at art fairs and won awards.

Computer

Adobe Lightroom,

Adobe Lightroom

I learned Lightroom in a college classroom. Since I shoot about 50 models a year I have a Lightroom Classic catalog with about 100,000 images. I start most of my edits in Lightroom, sometimes doing all of the edits in LR and sometimes finishing in PS. I've also worked in a studio that specialized in Senior Portraits, so I've dealt with even larger catalogs.
Adobe Photoshop,

Adobe Photoshop

I do highly complex edits in Photoshop to make pieces for display in galleries and art fairs. I have formal college training, have attended industry conferences, and have done a lot of self study. I have presented for a number of groups and done one on one tutoring.
Photography

Photography

I started taking, developing, printing and selling photographs on film but have been working digital for many years now. I do a lot of studio photography, shooting about 50 models a year for art photos and portraits. Before COVID I regularly exhibited in galleries and at art fairs and won awards.

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David is very knowledgeable in photoshop and extremely patient with beginners.

David is teaching me photoshop from the ground up. He has been extremely patient and very encouraging which is exactly what I needed. I will be taking additional sessions to continue my photoshop education!

Tracey, 2 lessons with David

Great tutor!

David was very informative and even though he was not familiar with the camera I purchased, I told him in advance and he reviewed the camera information and clearly gained the knowledge to provide to me! Great session!

Regi, 1 lesson with David
Tutor responded:

Thank you for the review. I am glad that you liked the lesson. Hope to work with you again soon.

My child would like to continue the lesson

I didn’t join the class but my child said he liked it. My child always loses his interest in learning a skill. Hopefully he will keep it as a hobby. He said he would like to have more classes with David.

Kate, 1 lesson with David
Tutor responded:

Thank you for the review. Looking forward to our next lesson.

So much knowledge in 90 min

Thank you for a great class! In 90 min I learned a lot, and I am very excited to practice new skills (new presets, apps, steps to edit faster and better).. and I will schedule another lesson with David to learn more about light and lighting etc. Thanks again!

Tatiana, 1 lesson with David
Tutor responded:

Thank you Tatiana. It was great being able to work on your photography with you. I really appreciate the feedback.

Definitely will consult with David again

Cleared up some longstanding issues I had with Classic Lightroom. Applying some of the tips and advice he gave, then I will schedule another session. Very pleased.

Nick, 1 lesson with David
Tutor responded:

I am very pleased that I could help.

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$33/hour

David A.'s Photo

David A.

$33/hour

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Response time: 3 hours