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David H.

Photography/Lightroom/Photoshop, African Drums!

Photography/Lightroom/Photoshop, African Drums!

$50/hour

  • 139 hours tutoring

  • Roslyn, NY 11576

About David


Bio

I offer tutoring in three subject areas: (1) Photography, (2) Image editing and management using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop through CS5.1 (3) traditional West African drumming, specifically djembé and dunun drums.

Photography: I have been a professional photographer for many years, starting with traditional film and darkroom techniques, and continuing through today's digital technologies. My pictures have been published and used in many ways in many countries, and...

I offer tutoring in three subject areas: (1) Photography, (2) Image editing and management using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop Elements, and Photoshop through CS5.1 (3) traditional West African drumming, specifically djembé and dunun drums.

Photography: I have been a professional photographer for many years, starting with traditional film and darkroom techniques, and continuing through today's digital technologies. My pictures have been published and used in many ways in many countries, and I am represented in a number of online portals.

I have also taught a number of classes in photography and darkroom work as well as audiovisual production.

My first photos were published in regional newspapers when I was still in college. Since then I have had photos published or used in the US, the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, India, Australia and elsewhere, for clients/publications including Qantas Airways, Standards Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corp., American Forests magazine, Microsoft Communique, the Indian Gov't Tourist Office, New South Wales Tourism, Shutterbug magazine, ABI Research, Abbott Diagnostics, Amdahl Pacific Services, Fujitsu, ICMS Australasia and many more. Early in my career I served as assistant photographer in Studio Pieter van den Busken, and as Supervisor, Photo and Audiovisual departments at the Melkweg Multi-media Centre, both in Amsterdam.

Later I designed, organized, supervised and taught a diploma course in aspects of multimedia and audiovisual production at the SAE Technology College in Sydney, Australia.

I use primarily Nikon and Macintosh equipment.

Photoshop: Photoshop has become an indispensable tool for many photographers. Photoshop users range in expertise from raw beginners to true post-processing wizards; my tutoring skills can help users up to intermediate levels. I have used Photoshop professionally since the early 1990s.

Lightroom: today's de facto standard for image management and certain kinds of image editing and manipulation. Powerful and flexible, it allows you to catalog images, manipulate their metadata, edit images nondestructively, and export for a variety of uses.

I can also teach several other "DAM" (digital asset management) and editing applications.

West African drumming:

West African drumming has taken the world by storm in the past two decades, and enthusiastic drum circles exist everywhere. But true West African drumming is as precise and specific as a classical string quartet. There are hundreds of rhythms, each with several very exact parts and phrases, and knowing some of them helps aspiring drummers reach higher levels of musical expertise and enjoyment.

I have studied the drumming tradition of West Africa (particularly Guinée, Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast) for many years, and have performed in bands in both Australia and the US. I can teach up to intermediate-level students. I can provide a djembé during lessons if you don't have one.

I started studying West African percussion in 1984 in Sydney, Australia. Later, I studied with two well-known master musicians from Guinée, former members of that country's famous national drum/dance ensemble. In Sydney I was a member of several percussion-based bands — Primal Pulse, Ambrosia, and Indigena — and performed regularly with Annetta L.’s “Bricolage” dance company (as well as drumming for dance classes.) In the US, I have studied with master drummer John W. and am a member of his band Sewa Folee, and of The Druumatics, another West African-oriented percussion group.


Education

Hamilton College
undergrad

Policies

  • Hourly rate: $50
  • Tutor’s lessons: In-person and online
  • Travel policy: Within 10 miles of Roslyn, NY 11576
  • Lesson cancellation: 4 hours notice required
  • Background check passed on 11/4/2013

  • Your first lesson is backed by our Good Fit Guarantee

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Subjects

Art

Adobe Lightroom,

Adobe Lightroom

I am a seasoned professional photographer. I have used a variety of DAM (Digital Asset Management) applications, and currently use Lightroom on a daily basis, both for image management/distribution and image correction/enhancement. Lightroom has the lion's share of the DAM market and is overall probably the best such application out there.
Photography

Photography

Photography: I have been a professional photographer for many years, starting with traditional film and darkroom techniques, and continuing through today's digital technologies. My pictures have been published and used in many ways in many countries, and I am represented in a number of online portals. I have also taught a number of classes in photography (including use of Lightroom and Photoshop) and darkroom work as well as audiovisual production. My teaching is based on the idea that the best camera in the world won't make you a good photographer: that's a question of your personal vision and creativity. By studying the principles of photography and the controls of your camera until they are second-nature, that creativity will be unleashed. My first photos were published in regional newspapers when I was still in college. Since then I have had photos published or used in the US, the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Australia, for clients/publications including Qantas Airways, Standards Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corp., American Forests magazine, Microsoft Communique, New South Wales Tourism, Shutterbug magazine, ABI Research, Abbott Diagnostics, Amdahl Pacific Services; Fujitsu, ICMS Australasia. and many more. Early in my career I served as assistant photographer in Studio Pieter van den Busken and as Supervisor, Photo and Audiovisual departments at the Melkweg Multi-media Centre; in The Netherlands. Later I designed, organized, supervised and taught a diploma course in aspects of multimedia and audiovisual production at the SAE Technology College in Sydney, Australia. I use primarily Nikon and Macintosh equipment.

Computer

Adobe Lightroom,

Adobe Lightroom

I am a seasoned professional photographer. I have used a variety of DAM (Digital Asset Management) applications, and currently use Lightroom on a daily basis, both for image management/distribution and image correction/enhancement. Lightroom has the lion's share of the DAM market and is overall probably the best such application out there.
Macintosh,

Macintosh

I have been using Macintosh computers since 1986, both professionally and personally. Following the evolution of the operating system over these years, I have developed skills in most aspects of the OS, as well as the Macintosh versions of many popular software applications including many used for media editing and management, databases, email, and common office tasks.
Photography

Photography

Photography: I have been a professional photographer for many years, starting with traditional film and darkroom techniques, and continuing through today's digital technologies. My pictures have been published and used in many ways in many countries, and I am represented in a number of online portals. I have also taught a number of classes in photography (including use of Lightroom and Photoshop) and darkroom work as well as audiovisual production. My teaching is based on the idea that the best camera in the world won't make you a good photographer: that's a question of your personal vision and creativity. By studying the principles of photography and the controls of your camera until they are second-nature, that creativity will be unleashed. My first photos were published in regional newspapers when I was still in college. Since then I have had photos published or used in the US, the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Australia, for clients/publications including Qantas Airways, Standards Australia, Australian Broadcasting Corp., American Forests magazine, Microsoft Communique, New South Wales Tourism, Shutterbug magazine, ABI Research, Abbott Diagnostics, Amdahl Pacific Services; Fujitsu, ICMS Australasia. and many more. Early in my career I served as assistant photographer in Studio Pieter van den Busken and as Supervisor, Photo and Audiovisual departments at the Melkweg Multi-media Centre; in The Netherlands. Later I designed, organized, supervised and taught a diploma course in aspects of multimedia and audiovisual production at the SAE Technology College in Sydney, Australia. I use primarily Nikon and Macintosh equipment.

Music

Drums

Drums

African drumming: I have studied the drumming tradition of West Africa (particularly Guinée, Senegal, Mali, Ivory Coast etc.) for many years, and have performed in bands in both Australia and the U.S. I can teach up to intermediate-level students. I can provide djembés during lessons for those who don't have them. I started studying West African percussion in 1984 with Phillippe Lincy in Sydney, Australia. Later, I studied there with brothers Epizo Bangoura and Mohamed Bangoura (Bangouraké), well-known master musicians and former members of famous national drum/dance ensembles based in Guinée. In Sydney I was a member of several percussion-based bands — Primal Pulse, Ambrosia, and Indigena — and performed regularly with Annetta Luce’s “Bricolage” dance company as well as drumming for her dance classes. In the US, I continue to study with master drummer John Ward and am a member of his band “Sewa Folee” (Joyful Playing). We perform regularly with the students in the C.W. Post College dance program; currently I also play alongside John for the African dance classes there. West African drumming has taken the world by storm in the past two decades, and enthusiastic drum circles exist everywhere. (Here on Long Island there’s even a “Hand-drummers of Long Island” Facebook group.) Most people attend those just to express themselves by banging away somewhat randomly; but contrary to what people unfamiliar with the genre may think, West African drumming is as precise and specific as a string quartet. There are hundreds of rhythms, each with several very specific parts and phrases that create a "conversation" between instruments; knowing some of them helps aspiring drummers reach a higher level of technical and musical expertise and open up the joy of playing with others.

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Good choice

I am a Photoshop newbie and hired David to get started with Photoshop CS5. David was patient, knowledgeable and very easy to work with. David left me with a useful handout and brought images for us to work on (a nice touch). I would recommend David to anyone starting out with Photoshop CS5. In a related vein, I plan to try a shooting lesson with David once spring arrives.

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