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Michael P.

Norristown, PA


A professional photographer and teacher for over 25 years.

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5.0 average from 17 ratings
Customized to your needs
— Lana, Royersford, PA on 11/29/15

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Antonelli Institute


Antonelli Institute (Photography)

About Michael

As a professional photographer and teacher for over 25 years, I look forward to helping my students. One of my teaching goals is to flush out individual styles, and creativity is an important factor. I encourage my students to go outside their own learning parameters and challenge themselves to create something unique. Photography has changed since the long ago traditional days, and I encourage students to approach their work in non-traditional ways, like tilting their cameras, blurring parts of an image, using selective focus, cropping, and editing all on purpose just so they can see what happens. My students come up with very unique ways to interpret what they see and create a wide range of amazing results.

Every student comes into my photography classes at different skill levels. Since most students are starting from scratch, I point out that we are not trying to achieve perfection. Teaching is more craft than science and flaws are acceptable given that much of the medium is based on experimenting with creativity and technology.

I enjoy helping students of all levels to create better photographs in fun hands-on classes. Even though we can cover basic camera operation, creative techniques, principles of exposure, composition, selective focus, editing, and cropping, my classes are structured for individual students based on their skill level and what they want to achieve. One of my students commented that my teaching style is relaxed but structured.

Here are some basic learning objectives:
•Develop a basic knowledge of the mechanics and operation of a digital or film camera
•Achieve an understanding of the basic principles of composition, subject content, and photographic purpose
•Apply the fundamentals of lighting 2-D and 3-D objects
•Prepare work for albums and web display
As a professional photographer and teacher for over 25 years, I look forward to helping my students. One of my teaching goals is to flush out individual styles, and creativity is an important factor. I encourage my students to go outside their own learning parameters and challenge themselves to create something unique. Read more

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Travels within 40 miles of Norristown, PA 19403
In-person lessons

"Customized to your needs"

- Lana, Royersford, PA on 11/29/15

"Responsive, professional, and knowledgeable tutor"

- Renee, Bryn Mawr, PA on 9/3/15

"Michael is very professional and easy to work with"

- JoAnn, Bryn Mawr, PA on 8/14/15

"Great Tutor"

- Kris, Lafayette Hill, PA on 6/9/15

"Great Tutor"

- Joan, Easton, PA on 11/22/14


- Martine, Ardmore, PA on 8/20/14

"Very Patient"

- Susan , Philadelphia, PA on 8/14/14

"Patient and Easy Tempered"

- Dave, Morgantown, PA on 8/14/14

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Adobe Photoshop

I remember how exciting it was when first learning how to use Photoshop and discovering how many different techniques there are to learn. I teach Photoshop at a community college and many students need help organizing, editing and printing digital images. I teach students how to use Photoshop for image optimization, experimenting, organizing and retouching digital files and I guide students in using advanced Photoshop tools, layers, masking, and creative experimenting. Over the years I’ve written dozens of step-by-step tutorials that guide students through basic and advanced Photoshop techniques.

We can set-up an individualized workflow based on your personal preferences and what you would like to learn. The emphasis is to always choose between a destructive or a non-destructive workflow. With that in mind, we can cover image acquisition, tone & contrast adjustment, color correction, spotting and retouching, sharpening, and specific Photoshop tools & techniques.


I am a Professional Photographer and Imaging Specialist with more than 25 years of experience helping companies and employers market their products and services. Since my first commissioned work in 1985, I have produced high quality images for clients in the Corporate, Healthcare, Technology, Education, Industrial and Scientific and have been published in magazines, advertisements, annual reports, brochures, and marketing pieces.

I recently held the position of in-house photographer for five years at Taylor Gifts where I turned 750 sq feet of empty space into a fully functional digital studio and photographed over 5,000 products for print and web catalogs.

I hold an A.A., Photography, Alpha Beta Kappa from the Antonelli Institute of Art and Photography. In addition to teaching photography at Montgomery County Community College since 1997 and currently teaching digital and B+W photography there, I taught photography at the Antonelli Institute, and conducted photography workshops at the
Pennsylvania Department of Education and The Learning Studio.

Antonelli Institute


Antonelli Institute (Photography)

Customized to your needs — I was a little skeptical about getting an instructor through online but you won't be disappointed when you get Michael! He is very patient, knowledgeable and really good in customizing his teaching tactics. I will definitely be getting him for many more classes and strongly recommend to anyone who wants to get better in photography. ...

— Lana, Royersford, PA on 11/29/15

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Michael will travel within 40 miles of Norristown, PA 19403.

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