After more than 40 years as a photographer, I've learned a thing or two because I've done a thing or two. Now I'm ready to pass on what I know in the form of workshops and one-on-one coaching and mentoring.
No matter what stage you're at, beginner, intermediate, or pro, I can help customize a plan to take you where you want to go. We can cover any topic from fundamental camera operation, simple or complex lighting, portraiture, still life, sports photography, and post-production using Lightroom. Call today to book your session – 412.491.7887.
In my experience, there are four stages of photographic literacy.
The first is technical – learning how your camera and lenses work and being able to make adjustments to achieve your goals. This level may be the easiest to learn, but it takes practice.
The second level is composition and using light to shape and define your images. By studying the rules and knowing when to break them, you can transform snapshots into works of art. Analyzing art, design, and other photography throughout history will dramatically advance your skills in this area.
The third level is processing your image. With digital, it isn't enough to just take a picture – you now have to bring out the best of the photo on your computer. Post-processing can mean anything from a few minor adjustments to a full-blown alternate interpretation of the scene. I will guide you through the steps of Lightroom from the catalog, to folders, to the various modules, especially the develop module. I'll guide you from working in JPEG to RAW for the most control of your photos.
The fourth level is obtaining a unique style. There is a reason you can throw a group of experienced photographers in the same circumstance, and nobody will see it the same way. They have learned how to see through their cameras. It is by far the hardest level to attain, but it is learnable. The most gifted photographers have learned to see in a way others have not. The great photographer Ernst Haas once said, "We do not take pictures – we are taken by pictures." But first, you need to develop your ability to see them your way.