There are no shortcuts to great photos – but I can help you with my experience and knowledge. You can learn the essentials of photography much faster with digital photography, thanks to the instant feedback you get on the display, embedded EXIF metadata, and the ability to develop photos yourself, on the computer, in the digital darkroom.
Photography Teaching & Mentoring
I offer 1:1 training for landscape/nature photography for photographers of all knowledge and experience levels, and in particular for workflow, organization and post processing using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (more about that below).
We can meet on location in the greater San Diego area, and work via remote desktop/screen sharing software anywhere in the world. Please contact me if you’re interested, so that we can get to know each other, I can learn about your requirements, and work on the details.
Post Processing beyond the Basics
I am convinced that developing digital photos on the computer is an integral part of the art of photography today, and I know of the new challenges and riddles on that path. I still enjoy every minute of it. Let me share my excitement for digital photography, post processing and the digital workflow in Adobe Lightroom with you.
Beyond the basics, developing your photographs in the digital darkroom is not just a question of how, but much more so of what. Identifying what you need to work on “in post” is key to photographs that clearly convey your own, personal photographic vision.
An Efficient Digital Workflow
Working with digital photographs also means that we’re working with more, way more images than ever before. Because digital photography allows us to work scenes more thoroughly, try different exposure settings, experiment with compositions, angles, techniques. Managing these images in an efficient workflow is essential to not get “lost in data.”
You’ve been to an awesome photography workshop. Or on a road trip. You rose at 4am on your vacation every day to make photos while your family was still fast asleep. You’re back home with 500 new raw files. Now what? Where do you start? How do you assess them, cull and edit, create a selection, refine it, ultimately publish the pictures? I can show you a systematic approach and a clear path in Adobe Lightroom that will make your post processing more effective and enjoyable.
Building a Digital Archive
With so many photos on our hard drives, it’s essential to spend some extra time on the organizational aspects of building a useful digital archive. Lightroom is a fantastic tool to manage our digital photo assets – if you dedicate a little time to adding metadata whenever you import new photos, use keywords, and work with its (Smart) Collections to track and streamline your workflow. I can show you how!
I’m using Adobe Lightroom for 10 years now, since version 1. I manage my entire landscape & nature photo archive in Lightroom, in a single, well-organized catalog. I process most of my photos in Lightroom, and Lightroom alone – I’m a prolific photographer, with around 1000 blog posts online here now, and I need an efficient way to work with my photos. Lightroom does that for me, and much more.
I teach Lightroom classes for the San Diego Photo Club at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA). I’ve repeatedly been a judge for both local and international photo clubs – with overwhelmingly positive feedback. I can talk about photos. I can review an entire portfolio section of your website, or I can discuss individual images with you. I can help you with post processing advice. I can tell you what’s right and what’s wrong with your photos, and give you useful and encouraging critique. Most of all, I can relate to the problems and challenges that beginners and intermediates in digital photography face – because I’ve been there myself.
In addition to classroom workshops, I offer these services on an individual basis – no two photographers are alike, and it will have the most impact if we’re working together on your photos, your workflow, your image archive. If you think we’re a good fit, are keen to grow your own photography and think you could gain from my experience and knowledge, please get in touch to talk about details.
Some feedback from participants of my Lightroom workflow class:
“There is quite a bit I know about LR, but there is a whole lot I don’t know. Now I know a lot more after today!” (Phil R.)
“[Thanks] for a really great class! My photos are a mess on my hard drive and I was desperate for a way to organize them. This class taught me just about everything I need to do that. This will make a huge difference in my ability to catalog my photos. Looking forward to getting the notes/slides so I can read up on a few things I wasn’t clear on (there was a LOT of information which is great), and go over the whole method because I’m going to adopt the one you taught pretty much the same way. Thanks again!” (Mike P.)
“Thank you for sharing your knowledge so unselfishly! You are a wonderful presenter, patient, willing to repeat a step and most of all very down to earth and approachable. This is a wonderful combination that affords folks the ease of mind to learn something new and also the freedom to ask questions. Thank you for today!” (Gina S.)
“Thanks for a great class, Alex. I enjoyed it and learned a lot!” (Marsha K.)
“Thanks for a very informative Lightroom workshop today. Although there wasn’t enough time to cover everything in processing, you certainly succeeded in demystifying it for me – that’s half the battle. And I’m looking forward to receiving your notes. Please keep me on your mailing list for any upcoming photography seminars you have scheduled.” (Barbara W.)
“Thank you so much for sharing. I look forward to taking another class to further explore the possibilities of the program.” (Marv S.)
“Thanks very much for the great workshop. I was sorry that I had to leave a little early, but I got a lot out of the workshop and enjoyed your teaching. I look forward to receiving your notes, and to a future workshop.” (Cathy H.)