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Shawn T.

Ballston Lake, NY

$35/hour

Photo (film & digital), Design, Writing, Taught by a Pro

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Fulton Montgomery Community College
writing, photography

Education

Fulton Montgomery Community College (writing, photography)

About Shawn

My love of photography started when I was 10 years old and has only increased in the decades since. I started shooting seriously when I was 20 and had my first image published as the cover of a wide-circulation weekly newspaper. Since then, I have published thousands of photographs, from film and digital.

My love of writing started even younger and I became the editor of two trade newspapers when I was 20 years old. I wrote for many newspapers and magazines over the years, and now write books about photography and other subjects. To date, I have published 15 eBooks and 20 trade paperback books about photography.

It is in this series, Shawn M. Tomlinson’s Guide to Photography, that I teach about photographic techniques and equipment for the beginner. The series includes both digital and film techniques and equipment, and such titles as “The 12 Steps of Photography,” “The Black & White Book,” “Getting Started in Photography,” “Going Pro for $200: Revisiting the Nikon D1” and many others. There are 10 more books in this series in the works, with “The Film Photography Book” set for release soon.

I have taught many people how to be better photographers over the years in person at newspapers and magazines as well as in one-to-one lessons. I also have taught many people to design pages, edit photographs, create books of their fiction, non-fiction and photographs, and other subjects.
Right now, I am teaching my 11-year-old granddaughter as a budding photographer. She is learning quickly, and I love to see the wonder on her face as she discovers new ways to see photographically. I also love the awe on her face when she sees the results of her efforts.
I started writing photography books because I love to teach people at any level how to be better at their art.

My first published writing appeared in my high school newspaper when I was 16. Since then, I have written thousands of news stories, feature stories, profiles and non-fiction books. I was a reporter for many years before becoming a features editor and news editor. I worked with many new writers fresh from school to help them become really good reporters, writers, editors and designers.
I now edit and design books for clients (as well as my own books) and work with them to create the best writing and put it into the best packages for their readers.

I started my own small press publishing company in 1983 before computers and desktop publishing software was available. I designed the chapbooks for this company with art from associates and myself on a typewriter.

As soon as the Mac made Aldus Pagemaker possible, I taught myself to design chapbooks, then magazines, then newspapers, then eBooks and now books. I was called the desktop publishing “guru” at Macintosh News, MacWEEK, Publish and Macintosh-Aided Design magazines. I have worked with nearly every DTP software package that has come along, but specialize in Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress.

Along the way, I learned Adobe Photoshop from Version 1.0 in 1991 and have taught it and written about it for many years. I taught photo editing at many newspapers, and have taught it to individuals as well.

I use a combination of Photoshop and InDesign (or QuarkXPress) to perform graphic design for books and other materials.

As to photography, I created my own darkroom when I was 15 and developed all the film I shot in it. I also made enlargements there. I did this for many years, but then switched to digital in 2005. In 2015, however, I made a strong return to film because I needed hundreds of fresh film images for several of my books about film. This meant relearning everything, including film processing.
I still shoot largely with digital single-lens reflex cameras, and I have a regimen of shooting photographs every day. Today is the 821st day of shooting every day for me. At the end of each year, I publish a book containing one image from each day of the year.

I love to teach and I want to help you set off upon your early voyages of writing and photography without spending any more money on equipment than necessary. I can help you learn what you need to know to get your started.
Please contact me talk about what you’d like to learn and to schedule lessons.
My love of photography started when I was 10 years old and has only increased in the decades since. I started shooting seriously when I was 20 and had my first image published as the cover of a wide-circulation weekly newspaper. Since then, I have published thousands of photographs, from film and digital.

My love of writing started even
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Policies
Cancellation
2 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Ballston Lake, NY 12019
In-person lessons
Art:
Adobe Photoshop, Film,
Graphic Design,
Photography
English:
Writing
Computer:
Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Desktop Publishing, Graphic Design,
Macintosh, Photography

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Film

I have shot with film since 1972, first with a Polaroid Land 420 camera, then with a series of film single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras.

I created my own darkroom in 1977 where I developed black and white film and made prints with an enlarger and contact printer. I also developed color negative and color positive film in this darkroom. My film work has been published in newspapers and magazines, beginning in 1982 and running until 2005 when I switched to digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras.

I made a return to film in 2013 by acquiring many film SLR cameras and film, and shooting more than 200 rolls.
In 2015, I started shooting film again prolifically and created a new darkroom. I did this because I was writing a sub-series of my guide to photography series about film photography.
The first of these books, to be released shortly, contains more than 200 images I shot on film, developed in my darkroom and scanned to my Mac. I continue to shoot film and will incorporate many black and white and color images in my forthcoming books.

Graphic Design

I started by teaching myself to design chapbooks on an electric typewriter in 1983, and moved to desktop publishing in 1991, first using Aldus Pagemaker, then Ready, Set, Go!, and finally QuarkXPress when it first was released.
My interest in these design programs, along with Digital Darkroom and Adobe Photoshop led me to become the desktop publishing “guru” for several magazines in the 1990s. I was writing about many desktop publishing software applications for the magazines at the time, but also was using the knowledge I gain to design and publish chapbooks, a literary magazine titled ‘The Antediluvian Levee,’ a gaming magazine titled, ‘The Game’s Afoot,’ and a general interest magazine titled, ‘Ride of the Horsemen.’

When I returned to New York from California, I soon was designing pages — which included assigning photos and original art, as well as photographing and creating art — for a daily newspaper. Since newspaper moved to computers and desktop publishing, I found myself designing at least five daily pages each day, and 24 to 40 feature and other pages each week. I designed and edited many special sections as well as the Sunday newspaper feature, news and business sections for many years at several daily newspapers.

More recently, I set up a book design business in which I edit and design clients’ books including novels, short stories, memoirs, poetry collections and photo collections. I usually design every part of each book, including the front and back covers, as well as internal illustrations. The company has published more than 40 trade paperback and hardcover books since 2014.

I am at the expert level with QuarkXPress, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Muse, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.

Photography

My serious work in photography began in 1982 with the publication of a photo of mine used as the sole element on the cover of Country Folks, a wide-circulation weekly newspaper.

Since then, my work has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines, largely in New York state, but also in California.
I created my own darkroom in 1977 where I developed black and white film and made prints with an enlarger and contact printer. I also developed color negative and color positive film in this darkroom.

My film work has been published in newspapers and magazines, beginning in 1982 and running until 2005 when I switched to digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras.

Since that switch, many more of my images have appeared in newspapers, and I embarked upon a book and eBook publishing endeavor in 2014 that has since had 15 eBooks and 20 trade paperback books about photography published. At least 10 more books about photography are in various stages of writing and preparation at the moment. For all of these books, I illustrate my points with photos I shoot. I also have published eight photo collections, two in color and six in black and white.

My nature photography work has been exhibited, and I have a request now for more images for a group show.
Beginning Feb. 3, 2014, I set myself a regimen of shooting images every day. Since then I have shot more than 154,000 images with digital and film cameras.

I have taught many people how to be better photographers and better photo editors, and currently am teaching my 11-year-old granddaughter as a photographer.

I shoot with film cameras including: Hasselblad 500c, Pentax 645, Nikon F4s, Nikon N90s, Nikon FE, Canon A-1, Canon AE-1, Olympus OM-1, Pentax MX and many others.
I shoot with digital cameras including: Nikon D800e, Nikon D2x, Nikon D7000, Nikon D70, Canon EOS 20D, Sony A100, Pentax K20D and others.

My preference is for prime lenses and I use an AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro lens as my main tool, but also use a Canon EF II 50mm f/1.8, Minolta Maxxum f/1.7, AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D and others.

Fulton Montgomery Community College
writing, photography

Education

Fulton Montgomery Community College (writing, photography)

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 2 hours notice required

Travel policy

Shawn will travel within 40 miles of Ballston Lake, NY 12019.