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David W.

Lightroom, Photography, Photoshop (Adobe Certified Expert/Instructor)

Lightroom, Photography, Photoshop (Adobe Certified Expert/Instructor)

$135/hour

  • 365 hours tutoring

  • Boerum Hill Brooklyn, NY 11201

About David


Bio

Photography related subjects are all I teach. Nothing else.

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, interiors and travel photography. I have hard earned certifications from Adobe as a...

Photography related subjects are all I teach. Nothing else.

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, interiors and travel photography. I have hard earned certifications from Adobe as a Photoshop Lightroom Instructor and an Expert and teach the new versions Lightroom Classic as well as the new cloud based Lightroom CC. So, I am not just good with Lightroom, I am great at teaching it. 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, my photography has been world recognized. With the support of my amazing staff of 18 employees, I've won 100s of awards including: Art Directors Annual, Rx Club, Apple Computer and Nikon in addition to being a 2012 Hasselblad Masters 2nd place 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. My stock photography is represented by Getty and I have photos in the permanent collection of MoMA. I'm a member of American Photographic Artists.

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.


Education

SUNY Empire State College
Digital Photography
nyu film school
Graduate Coursework

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $135
  • Rate details: 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.
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 6 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11201
  • Lesson cancellation: 24 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 11/8/2011

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Adobe Lightroom,

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,

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.
Photography

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.

Computer

Adobe Lightroom,

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,

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,

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

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.

Resources

David has shared 5 videos and 8 articles on Wyzant Resources.

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Ratings and Reviews


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Reviews


Knowledgeable and patient tutor, looking forward to next sessions with him

David set up my LR Library, so I can easily import and develop my photos. Great teacher, very patient, and extremely knowledgeable. Looking forward to more sessions with him. Also impressed with the Wyzant operation!

Nancy, 2 lessons with David

Very knowledgeable tutor

I highly recommend David. David knows his stuff! He's a patient and clear teacher. He was able to easily adapt my equipment and explain what he was doing every step of the way. I have a step-by-step "template" so I can now photograph my art. I wouldn't hesitate to work with him again.

Vicky, 1 lesson with David

Great lesson. I highly recommend David

David was extremely helpful at teaching me the basics of Lightroom. His patience as well as his ability to explain the program's nuances made it an especially effective lesson.

Jamie, 1 lesson with David

EXCELLENT tutor.

There may only be a handful of individuals in this city with David's knowledge and experience. He's an excellent tutor: patient, relaxed, and flexible with lesson plans covering whatever I'm curious about as opposed to being fixed on a particular lesson structure. The learning is fun and efficient and I feel very comfortable asking questions. We've worked on Lightroom, Photoshop, and studio lighting techniques- I'm confident that with David's help, I'll be able to reach my goals much sooner that I originally anticipated.

Gaurav , 2 lessons with David

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 highly recommend David and will use him again in the future as needed. Thank You!

Kathleen, 1 lesson with David

David is a clear and careful teacher

David is a clear and careful teacher who tailors his approach to the individual student. He helped me organize an unruly collection of images in a way that I understood and I look forward to working with him in the future to further hone my Lightroom skills.

Amy, 1 lesson with David

Lifesaver!

I really needed the skills that David was able to bring to this task. I had been using Lightroom for a while, but never really grasped the organisational complexities. I think it would have been impossible for me to get it all sorted out on m,y own. David is a master, showed me exactly how to set it up, sorted out all my old setups, and now I'm all set. Next lesson will be to start improving my LR techniques, looking forward to it. Bottom line, incredibly grateful to find somebody with David's depth of knowledge who could work with me on my setup in a custom way.

Clifford, 1 lesson with David

Will be hiring David again

My two hour tutoring session with David was very insightful. We discussed outdoor portraiture using reflectors, a remote and tripod. I learned the basics of photography at ICP but was left with many holes which left me with a foggy understanding of what I am doing. I hope to have a follow up Lightroom class with David to help me better my skills in Lightroom.

Nechama, 1 lesson with David

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

Helped organize my photos --15k!!-- with steps for future maintenance. Helped created the project's library in Lightroom CC . Wow !! I'm a happy camper ! Can't wait for my next session . David is a godsend and well worth his fees when you have hit the wall . I look forward to sharing the fruits of my labor with my David, my go to guy!!!

Jan , 1 lesson with David
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Thank you for those very kind words!

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$135/hour

David W.

$135/hour

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