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David W.

Brooklyn, NY

$125/hour

Photography + Lightroom (Adobe Certified Expert+Certified Instructor)

300+ Hours
Background check passed as of 11/8/11
5.0 average from 106 ratings
Excellent tutor!
— Kathleen, Las Vegas, NV on 8/15/16

$125/Hour


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SUNY Empire State College
Digital Photography

Education

SUNY Empire State College (Digital Photography)

About David

Whether you're a beginner or a professional photographer, a college student or retiree, bring your photography, Lightroom or Photoshop skills to the next level! Every lesson is full of techniques, tips and tricks to take your skills further. I am commercial digital photographer with deep knowledge of studio lighting in portraiture, still life and interiors. I have also acquired both an Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Instructor and Expert certifications. Those certifications are hard to come by, so I am not just good with Lightroom, I am great at teaching it. So, if your LR catalog needs repairing or, if you have missing photos, I can put Lightroom back in shape for you before we move on to lessons. From there I will show you how to stay organized and create exciting new results from your photos. Or, let's take advantage of Lightroom's other features to make books, websites or even geolocate your photos from around the world.

Whatever your requirements, you’ll find me an approachable, down-to-earth guy, with patience and a sense of humor, who listens carefully to your expectations, solves your photography challenges and creates personalized lessons exactly to your needs. I find great satisfaction sharing my broad range knowledge and skills with busy adults who wish to take better photos, understand their digital cameras or learn the finer points of developing and editing their travel and family photos. Please take a moment to read my reviews.

Corporate inquiries are welcome; I am one of only two Adobe Training Partners in NYC.

About Me:
As an early 1980s pioneer in digital photography, I am a professional with 100s of awards including: Art Directors Annual, Rx Club, Apple Computer and Nikon in addition to being a 2012 Hasselblad Masters Finalist. I've been featured in HOW Magazine, Computer Graphics World and Advertising Age with guest speaking engagements at the Art Directors Club, Nikon House and PhotoExpo in NYC. My stock photography is represented by Getty and I have photos in the permanent collection of MoMA.

I have worked with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for 10 years and have been a Photoshop retoucher for over two decades. For nearly 10 years I was an adjunct professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology known for my easygoing, in-depth approach to teaching matriculated and continuing ed students of all ages from around the world.
Whether you're a beginner or a professional photographer, a college student or retiree, bring your photography, Lightroom or Photoshop skills to the next level! Every lesson is full of techniques, tips and tricks to take your skills further. I am commercial digital photographer with deep knowledge of studio lighting in portraiture, still life and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Please note that I have a 2 hour minimum on all tutoring sessions. I am also available for groups and corporate training. Prices are available upon request.

Travel Radius
Travels within 6 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11201
Background Check: Passed

"Excellent tutor!"

- Kathleen, Las Vegas, NV on 8/15/16

"Very knowledgeable tutor"

- Vicky, New York, NY on 2/18/17

"Great lesson. I highly recommend David"

- Jamie, New York, NY on 12/17/16

"EXCELLENT tutor."

- Gaurav, Brooklyn, NY on 9/9/16

"David is a clear and careful teacher"

- Amy, New York, NY on 8/4/16

"Lifesaver!"

- Clifford, New York, NY on 8/3/16

"Will be hiring David again"

- Nechama, Brooklyn, NY on 7/4/16

"Patience and focus on my project's objectives and time frame ."

- Jan, New York, NY on 7/1/16
David replied on 7/3/2016

Thank you for those very kind words!

"Spot On."

- Kent, East Hampton, NY on 6/13/16
David replied on 6/15/2016

Thanks for those kind comments, Kent.

"Expert and patient tutor"

- Mame, Baltimore, MD on 5/4/16

"Knowledgeable and patient tutor"

- Coty, New York, NY on 4/22/16

"A great help"

- Susan, New York, NY on 11/6/15

"Knowledgeable, patient, pleasant and very easy to work with"

- Richard, Closter, NJ on 7/29/15

"David was great"

- Tracy, Weston, CT on 3/26/14

"A Terrific Tutor"

- Lynn, New York, NY on 12/10/13

"Great tutor - great lesson"

- David, Roslyn, NY on 11/30/13

"He knows what he's talking about."

- Mats, New York, NY on 10/15/13

"Amazing tutor!!!"

- Kris, New York, NY on 6/11/13

"Exceeded my expectations!"

- Neil, Brooklyn, NY on 5/21/13

"A Great Teacher (and Photographer)"

- George, New York, NY on 5/7/13

"Excellent instruction on taking, editing and processing photos."

- Shaula, New York, NY on 3/29/13

"Great Tutor! Knowledgable, Personable, Helpful and Goes the Extra Mile."

- Randy, Brooklyn, NY on 3/3/13

"Knowledgeable"

- Jeffrey, Brooklyn, NY on 3/1/13

"Excellent Teacher - David W. is the absolute best in the business!"

- Linda, New York, NY on 10/6/12

"Great, very knowledgeable"

- Patrick, New York, NY on 10/5/12

"Creative and Technically Savvy Tutor"

- Jon, Brooklyn, NY on 2/14/12

"great tutor"

- Lauraine, New York, NY on 12/27/11

"Consummate professional"

- Moe, Staten Island, NY on 12/21/11

"great tutor"

- Glenn, New York, NY on 6/30/11

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Adobe Lightroom

With hard earned certifications from Adobe for his knowledge and teaching experience, David teaches LR like no one else. He simplifies the complex, demonstrates effective techniques designed around your needs and he does it all with lots of patience and a little humor. Whether in-person or online, your lessons with David are guaranteed to be focused on exactly what you want to accomplish. And, whether you are a professional or a beginner, David is one of only 10 Adobe Certified Lightroom Instructors worldwide.

Adobe Photoshop

David is highly experienced in digital retouching with Adobe Photoshop CC, has taught hundreds of hours of Photoshop classes at FIT & has privately instructed beginners & professional photographers. He also recommends considering Lightroom as an alternative; it is the perfect software for "developing" photos & less complicated than Photoshop for "developing" digital photos. He is both an Adobe Certified Photoshop Lightroom Expert & a Certified Photoshop Lightroom Instructor, a combination rarely found in an individual tutor.

In Photoshop, he can teach you to use layers & adjustment layers, selections & masking, layer styles, & create multi-element photo compositing to name just of few of the features of this deep and powerful retouching application.

He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYU Film School & has a B.A. from Empire State College, Metropolitan Center in Digital Photography.

Macintosh

Struggling with your Mac? Switching to Mac from PC? Whether you're learning, switching or upgrading, I can help.

I have been a Macintosh user for over 20 years and taught Mac skills at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology for nearly 10. Learn to update your Mac OS, troubleshoot & resolve Mac issues, learn to use software or simply gain some mastery over your Mac in general to make life easier.

As an an award winning working professional photographer, Certified Adobe Expert and a popular, top rated Wyzant tutor, you'll find that I am a patient and thorough coach.

Photography

Whether you’re a casual photographer looking to take better photos, or a professional looking to polish your skills, David listens to your expectations and creates lessons specifically to your needs. Learn how to take better family photos and portraits. Or learn studio lighting techniques for your small business product photography. Whether it's lighting, composition, landscapes, portraits or still life, David will help you grow.

He'll also help you gain expert post-processing skills for RAW image processing using Adobe Lightroom or Photoshop CC to transform your photos in ways you never imagined. David is a Certified Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Expert and a Instructor, a rare combination. Plus he was an adjunct photography professor at F.I.T for nearly 10 years.

David is award-winning commercial photographer, retoucher & educator in New York City experienced with all types of digital cameras including Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Sony & Medium format Leaf, Hasselblad & PhaseOne. He attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYU Film School & has a B.A. from Empire State College, Metropolitan Center in Digital Photography. He's also a 2012 Hasselblad Masters Finalist & the founder and host of the NYC Lightroom Meetup Group and LightroomNYC workshops.

SUNY Empire State College
Digital Photography

Education

SUNY Empire State College (Digital Photography)

Excellent tutor!

In one session David was able to review my existing lightroom library and back ups. He suggested changes that will make my workflow process much more efficient and my photo library more secure. Not a minute was wasted during the session - I feel like I got more out of this two hour session than I ever could have gotten from a group workshop since it was specifically tailored to my needs. I would

— Kathleen, Las Vegas, NV on 8/15/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $125.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Please note that I have a 2 hour minimum on all tutoring sessions. I am also available for groups and corporate training. Prices are available upon request.

Travel policy

David will travel within 6 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11201.