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Published, Award Winning Art, Model, and Product Photographer
David A.

376 hours tutoring

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Hourly Rate: $41

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David A.'s Photo

Published, Award Winning Art, Model, and Product Photographer
Published, Award Winning Art, Model, and Product Photographer
David A.

376 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

376 hours tutoring

Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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 done product photography and taught people both photography and editing techniques for e-commerce.

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 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

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Art

Adobe Lightroom,

Adobe Lightroom

I can teach LightRoom Classic and/or Lightroom CC. 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 and select images that I sync with Lightroom CC. 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 can teach LightRoom Classic and/or Lightroom CC. 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 and select images that I sync with Lightroom CC. 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.

Ratings and Reviews


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Answered my questions well

Had a good lesson. Took the time to explain and show me how to do what I was trying to do. Will definitely schedule another lesson with more questions. He was very patient and knew exactly what I needed to accomplish

Stephen, 1 lesson with David

File management

David did a great job and I will be working with him again very soon. He patiently walked me through the beginning process of downloading images to Lightroom. I plan to contact hi. Very soon to continue the process.

Robert, 2 lessons with David
Tutor responded:

Thank you. It was a pleasure working with you.

So glad to have found this excellent and patient tutor

My Light Room Catalogues had gotten all confused and mixed up because of some ill advised upgrades that I had done. After a couple of sessions, after he had figured out what had happened and backed up the files, I trusted him enough to push the button that combined 88,000 of my photos into one usable catalogue. Now I can start having David help me with actually using LR to learn how to do what I want to do with my photos.

Samantha, 14 lessons with David
Tutor responded:

Thank you so much for the review. I look forward to helping you with edits now that the organization is under control.

Knowledgeable and Thoughtful

David and I quickly jumped into Lightroom and Photoshop. I had a family photo I had taken that I wanted to "pop." I consider myself an intermediate skilled user of Lightroom, but he showed me new tools and shortcuts. I was excited when we jumped into Photoshop, and he showed me the basics, and within a few clicks, my photo transformed! I look forward to future lessons.

John , 1 lesson with David
Tutor responded:

Thank you. I enjoyed the lesson too.

Outstanding!

Good listening skills and the ability to solve the problem in a clear and easy to understand answer. His patience is very good as well and the willingness to help.

Nathaniel, 1 lesson with David
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Thank you.

Great Teacher!

Fabulous teacher, can’t say enough, David is wonderful to work with, he is a very familiar with lightroom, which made it very is to understand.. I’m very happy

Tony, 2 lessons with David
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Thank you.

life saver

Without David's help I would be totally lost in my project. He understands what I am trying to do..He is very clear in communicating the solution to problems as they arise Beeing an artist, he is able to help with the look of the project.

Herbert, 9 lessons with David
Tutor responded:

Thank you for the praise. It is much appreciated. It's been a pleasure working with you.

Lightroom sync issue solved!

David's responsiveness and expertise helped me resolve a frustrating issue with Lightroom syncing. I appreciate his professionalism, knowledge and patient ways. Thank you, David.

Margie, 8 lessons with David
Tutor responded:

Thank you for the review. It has been a pleasure working with you.

Cool guy professional

A good teacher funny guy. Patient knows what he's talking about , left knowing more then I did look forward to more sessions. Bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb

Arnoldo, 1 lesson with David
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