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D. J. H.

Fresh Meadows, NY


Photoshop, Lightroom, and Photography Tutor

Background check passed as of 11/25/16
5.0 average from 23 ratings
Amazing Instructor
— Ron, New York, NY on 7/22/16

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University of Rochester
Film Studies


University of Rochester (Film Studies)

About D. J.

I have been working in digital media and the arts since 1989, Photoshop since 1990, and Lightroom since 2006 (when it was in beta), and photography since 2005. My work has always comprised a balance of artistic and technical skills. Throughout my career, I have been responsible for bridging the gap between the two for the benefit of clients and associates; I can translate freely between the languages of both sides.

I can help you move from point-and-shoot to taking more creative and exacting control with your camera, and move from simply auto-enhancing your photos to turning them into the the image you envisioned when you pressed the shutter, using Photoshop and Lightroom. I'll reduce the overwhelm associated with these applications, and help you focus on the tools you need to get the results you want.

I am a native user to both MacOS (since 1984) and Windows systems (since 1991).
Adobe Illustrator since 1987.
Adobe Lightroom since 2006.

I have been using Photoshop since 1990, when it was first released, as a tool for photographic enhancement and retouching, as a digital darkroom, for graphic design, interactive media design, web element creation, logo and brand design, compositing, special effects, presentation decks, and more.

I am available for most topics around photography, whether digital- or film-based, from how to use your SLR to lighting for a studio shoot, to processing and enhancing your photos. I will create a lesson based on the topics you wish to cover, focusing on exactly what you want to know. My style is direct, to the point, in a manner you can understand, and based on your experience. Please contact me to discuss your topics of interest. Thanks!
I have been working in digital media and the arts since 1989, Photoshop since 1990, and Lightroom since 2006 (when it was in beta), and photography since 2005. My work has always comprised a balance of artistic and Read more

24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 40 miles of Fresh Meadows, NY 11365
Background Check: Passed

"Amazing Instructor"

- Ron, New York, NY on 7/22/16

"Excellent teacher"

- Andrew, New York, NY on 12/1/16

"Amazing Teacher"

- David, New York, NY on 11/18/16

"Photoshop Elements"

- Judith, Garden City, NY on 10/6/16

"Great tutor"

- Patricia, Merrick, NY on 8/25/16
Adobe Photoshop,
Painting, Photography

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Adobe Illustrator

I have been working with Adobe Illustrator since 1986, from logo design to advertising layout. As part of the Adobe creative suite, this tool has been invaluable to the rest of my work in multimedia and graphic design. My tutoring covers many of the practical uses of these apps, working through typical tasks and projects the student will encounter.

Adobe Lightroom

I've been working with Adobe Lightroom since 2006, using it to organize and manage my photographic library. More importantly, it has helped me to reduce my post-production time dramatically, improving turn-around times, and saving my clients money. In my tutoring sessions, I can help you realize all of these benefits, too! I recommend to anyone who is serious about their photography to add Lightroom skills to their repertoire.

Adobe Photoshop

I have worked in Photoshop since 1990, and use it for a wide variety of applications, from photography to graphic design. I have tutored clients privately on a number of topics, most relevantly general computer usage, Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography.

General Computer

I have been working with personal computers since 1977. I am equally comfortable inside the Macintosh and Windows environments, have taught people how to use both, and help them make a painless transition from one to the other. I've studied computer science and worked in software development. I also done software training for the pharmaceutical industry for product rollouts.


I have been using Macintosh computers continuously since 1984 for all computing purposes. I have worked in Interactive media and creative fields since 1989, heavily dependent on Mac-only software, in the beginning, to run my business and provide services to my clients.

I've set up local area networks for my own business, upgraded my Macs (RAM, hard drives, component replacements), and owned easily a dozen Macs over the years.

I've tutored people on subjects from general Mac usage to specific applications (i.e., Photoshop). I have consulted on hardware issues, such as repairs, upgrades, and purchase advice.

I was an officer of the New York Mac Users' Group from 1990-1992, and recognized as an expert in my field.


I've been involved in photography since 2005, experienced in both film and digital techniques. I am quite comfortable in both the real darkroom and in Photoshop, and my Photoshop post-production flow reflects how I worked in film.

I have experience with film and digital SLRs, medium format cameras, studio and natural lighting, and working with models. My goal is to get the shot before the shutter button is pressed, and I teach others to have patience and do the same.

I've done fashion photography, portraiture, food photography, commercial projects, event coverage, weddings and engagements, figure studies, and art photography.

In terms of post-production, I have extensive Photoshop and Lightroom experience, and know how to organize, adjust, and retouch a job quickly and effectively.

University of Rochester
Film Studies


University of Rochester (Film Studies)

Amazing Instructor — DJ was the perfect tutor for me and my son. We learned so much in our session. DJ knows all the complexities of Photoshop, and teaches at just the right pace. I give him the highest of recommendations. ...

— Ron, New York, NY on 7/22/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $45.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

D. J. will travel within 40 miles of Fresh Meadows, NY 11365.