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About Julie D.

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Tustin, CA
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From the basics of camera operations to field sessions, creativity assignments to photo processing in Lightroom and Photoshop, and even starting your photography business, we work together to develop training to meet your photography needs. I am known for my patience with students and am committed to your best learning experience.

Do you just want a review and critique of your photos to help you improve? Ask for our discounted fee for this service.

About Julie
Photography & Business

Photography -

Be the boss! Take control of your digital camera. Tutoring sessions with Julie can help you learn the mysteries of digital photography, can jump start your creativity, or guide you along your journey in photography,

Julie earned the Photographic Craftsman degree in January 2014 and Certified Professional Photographer in May 2015 from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) .

These degrees are not merely pieces of paper. It means that Julie has met the standards of excellence set by PPA. She was awarded the Photographic Craftsman degree in recognition of her service to the photographic profession as an orator, author and mentor. The CPP designation demonstrates the knowledge and experience of a professional who has achieved and maintains a higher standard.

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sses a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and has more than 25 years’ experience running a small business. In addition, Julie has experience in the transportation, hospitality, and aerospace industries, software development and legal fields. Her experience includes clerical to management positions, but thrives as a small business owner. Julie has taught photography at the local community college for 11 years, runs workshops locally, nationally, and internationally.

Julie has created and run most business structures – solo entrepreneur/sole proprietor, LLC, Joint Venture, and Corporation.

Some of the awards Julie has received during her career include YWCA of Los Angeles Leadership Award, Boeing Spotlight Award for Teamwork, PPOC Spirit Award, PPC Above and Beyond, American Chamber of Commerce Award of Excellence, Thumbtack Best of Professional Photographers.
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Ashley F. August 21, 2018
· Photography · Online
I am learning so much in just my first session. My instructor Julie is amazing, very easy to follow and has a very upbeat and positive personality. I am very much enjoying this class!
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Leeanne Thomley August 21, 2018
· Photography · Online
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Edwin August 1, 2018
· Photography · Online
FIRST LESSON, VERY GOOD. JULE IS ORGANIZED AND HAS A PLAN OF ACTION FOR ME BEING A FIRST TIME STUDENT
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Julie D.

Julie D.

Tustin, CA 92780
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About Sergio M.

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Garfield, NJ
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I can help you get an eye for a artsy photo and make the camera your weapon

About Sergio
Hi, there! My name is Sergio and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons for a few years and have loved helping my students play saxophone, DJ, and learn the basics of piano. I went to New Jersey City University and earned a degree in Music Business in 2018. I'm a patient and understanding person and my teaching style is fun, understandable, and personable.
I am Proficient in the following:
Pro Tools 12
Saxophne
Serato DJ
Cannon Camera
I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Sarah Zaky August 17, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
I know it's too early to write a review after the first lesson. However, I was surprised by the wonderful way Sergio handled the time and the introduction for such a hard instrument like the alto sax.
My son Moneer is so excited to continue learning how to play alto sax with Sergio. In short Sergio is a very talented music instructor!
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Isaac May 29, 2018
· DJing · In home
Definitely knows his stuff and does his research! Sergio is a guy who goes over and above to fufill the highest expectations. Highly recommend.
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Sergio M.

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About Tim L.

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Casselberry, FL
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Welcome to the world of Photography! Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to gain an understanding of the basics. Basics such as the exposure triangle, how to compose and pick your shots, different uses for the tools found in Photoshop and Lightroom (post processing), how to effectively use lighting, and much more. As time goes on you'll be able to retouch and stylize your photos, to give them that professional look you have been wanting. All you need to get started is a camera and your eye. I look forward to seeing you and as always stay creative!

About Tim
Greetings! My name is Tim and I can't wait to get you started on the awesome journey of visual arts! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students with the basics of creative problem-solving, understanding different workflows, and how to achieve their desired results. I went to Full Sail University and earned a degree in Digital Arts & Design in 2016. I'm just your friendly neighborhood art guy who has a passion for teaching. I also understand that no two students are the same, so I catered to the individual needs of my students. Stay inspired, be creative, and I look forward to our journey ahead!
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Tomeka October 16, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
Tim is very patience and taught me a lot during our first lesson. I left feeling confident and I'm excited to learn more from him.
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Chris D. June 1, 2017
· Illustration · Online
Tim is an excellent instructor! You can really tell he has a passion for both art and people. He's very approachable and you can ask him for feedback and tips at anytime. I would highly recommend taking any of his courses if you are hoping to increase your knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator or are looking to have a better understanding at creating your own illustrations.
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Shari Nicol May 26, 2017
· Adobe Illustrator · Online
Tim has such an admirable passion for teaching and art. I'm so glad I was able to learn new techniques with him. Definitely would recommend anyone who would like to up their skills to take his online teaching course!
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Tim L.

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About Ana Z.

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Gordonsville, VA
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These lessons will address principals of composition in photography, as well as learning the exposure principle to be able to apply correct camera settings.

A link to an interactive camera setting tool will be provided for the students to practice on their own time.

At the end of the lesson, student will receive an exposure cheat sheet. The list can be stored on a smart phone and consulted any time anywhere while shooting.

Minimum requirements for enrolling in this class:

1 - Because every lesson is customized to address each students' unique circumstances and needs in the field of photography, students must provide information on which camera they will be using PRIOR to purchasing lessons.

2 - Student attending online lessons must use a desktop computer (or powerful laptop) with a camera and a microphone.
Good internet connection is necessary to avoid technical difficulties during the course of the lesson.

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About Ana
I am a Graphic Designer with a full time job teaching Photoshop and Photography in high school.
After receiving many requests from amateur and professional photographers, as well as aspiring graphic designers, willing to learn the unlimited creative possibilities that Photoshop has to offer, I decided to join Takelessons and become a weekend teacher here.
If you would like to learn how to create literally anything your imagination leads you to, or just use techniques to obtain an effect you have seen somewhere, you came to the right place.
You can discover the secrets of professional photo retouching or dive in the surrealism of advanced photo manipulation, Each lesson will be customized to your specific needs.
On the other hand, if you are just getting started in Photography, Photoshop or Graphic Design, you have likely tried tho
se You Tube videos and gave up in frustration, as most of these videos are too fast or too advanced.
No worries, we can go through the basics at your own pace, until you feel comfortable with using the tools on your own.
The sky is the limit.

Note: in order to book classes for advanced techniques, students must have the necessary basic and intermediate proficiency levels.
If you are not sure what your level of proficiency is, please check with me and we can figure it out together.

Attention: many hours of extensive work go into creating comprehensive student-specific learning content for each individual student at beginner level.
When booking a lesson, bear in mind that your teacher will be working on developing these materials after the lesson has ended.
I will do everything in my power to develop, complete and send these materials out to you during the same weekend*.
With that in mind, please plan for taking lessons on a Saturday.
Sunday students will most likely not be able to benefit from same-weekend newly developed learning content.

*Exceptions apply
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Alan G. June 23, 2018
· Adobe Photoshop · Online
another great lesson thank you Ana !
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Alan G. June 16, 2018
· Adobe Photoshop · Online
Excellent lesson, Ana is very methodical & patient with excellent communication.
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Michele Ritter May 19, 2018
· Photography · In studio
Great first session.
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Ana Z.

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About Jonathan Y.

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Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

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A photojournalist and wedding photographer with 15 years of experience. Jonathan has a passion for teaching and loves seeing his students thrive. All ages
and skill levels welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs and goals of each student. You'll soon have the foundation to take timeless photos or take your skills to the next level. Shoot me a message, I'd love to hear from you!

About Jonathan
I am a professional photographer specializing in photojournalism, portrait, food, and wedding photography. I graduated from UCLA and have worked professionally in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.

Students can expect to improve week to week in their photography skills. Every photographer has a unique vision; I teach students the technical and real-world approaches to bring that vision to life. I can help any student to photograph with confidence and success.

I teach photography students of all different ages and experience levels. I have 15 years of professional experience. I can teach students to select the right camera settings for any situation and compose their photos for the highest visual interest.

As a professional photographer, I frequently travel to New York and San Francisco for photo shoots. I have photographed eve
nts with Michelle Obama and Nancy Reagan. I've worked with high-end restaurants such as Blue Hill at Stone Barns for their food photography. I've photographed alongside firefighters battling wildfires in Southern California. I love to mentor students who want to become effective, creative photographers.

My personal passion is photographing people, but I firmly believe that a great foundation is essential to any and every photographic field. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better photographer!
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Bryson S. July 8, 2018
· Photography · In studio
Very knowledgeable
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Charlotte May 30, 2018
· Photography · Online
Jonathan is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor. I felt like I was in the driver's seat and could ask anything; I never felt rushed or intimidated. Looking forward to working with him again!
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Jonathan Y.

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
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About Jennifer W.

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Los Angeles, CA
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We would be a good fit if any of these speak to you:

+you're interested in learning photography intuitively, and picking up the technical aspects as you go
+you want to understand the relationship between aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
+you know the basics of your DSLR and are ready to make the leap to Manual
+you want feedback on the composition & lighting of your photos
+you want tips for improving your editing in Lightroom
+you have questions about how to create a photography business
+you have questions about gear/software
+your eye is drawn to natural light, candid moments, photojournalism and/or street photography

For photographers specifically interested in *wedding photography* and running your own business, I really enjoy sharing my wealth of knowledge and experience in the contexts of technical skills, portraits, wedding day planning logistics, getting published, building a website, pricing, social media, marketing, albums, blogging, networking with other ...

About Jennifer
Hello! I'm Jen and I've been a professional, photojournalistic-style wedding photographer for the past 11 years. I bring a lot of passion to my work, and I love teaching and mentoring photographers one-one-one at all different experience levels. Before I was a photographer, I taught undergraduate Sociology and have always loved teaching. I'm excited at the opportunity to teach something I'm so passionate about again!
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Jen G. September 7, 2018
· Photography · In studio
I liked Jennifer a lot. She is patient, friendly and a good instructor. While she was not familiar with my camera she was able to learn it quickly. I just wish she had brought visual references to illustrate what she was teaching me. I believe she will for our second class.
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Aaron July 1, 2018
· Photography · In home
Jen is simply fantastic. A few months ago, I hired her for private lessons to help break through some technical and artistic barriers in my photography. Essentially, I was getting inconsistent results and wasn't able to translate the observations about the good shots into techniques for learning from them and leveraging them in the future.

From the beginning, Jen was focused on my objectives and concerns, and was able to tailor a curriculum to focus on those aspects. She reviewed my existing work with a great mix of enthusiasm and constructive analysis, and the small amount of apprehension I had about having a professional critique my shots evaporated pretty quickly. Jen is very personable and clearly on your side, which makes the feedback cycle easy and light. With her help, we were able to break down some of the things I liked about my own photography, but wasn't making full or considered use of. We also identified a number of ways in which I could improve bringing my own style into more of the process, both behind the camera and in editing choices.

In the field, there's a lot of good dialogue about how to approach a given scene, how to efficiently explore it for non-obvious opportunities, and how to convey a sense of story (one of my particular weaknesses). As one would expect, she has solid technical skills and is able to quickly troubleshoot tricky lighting situations and make suggestions about how to approach exposure/DoF/focal length to align with the intended mood. The feedback is always friendly and typically very pragmatic. I've already found the number of shots making it past the initial cull increasing, at a time when I'm also becoming more critical about what makes for a good shot.

Overall, Jen's guidance has had a sizable impact to my photography in a relatively short time. One of the best parts about making it past some of those persistent stumbling blocks is how much more enjoyable my time behind the camera has become. Would definitely recommend her to anyone seeking to improve their own photography, or move into the world of professional photography.
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Brenda June 30, 2018
· Photography · In studio
I’ve had multiple opportunities to learn about wedding photography from Jen and every experience has been so positive and helpful. Not only does she help me with technical aspects of shooting but also provides me with any random tip or trick that might make shooting easier. Jen has so much knowledge when it comes to photography and she’s really an amazing teacher. It’s clear that she loves what she does and that she really enjoys teaching! I also want to add that she’s just a great person to be around as well. She’s awesome to just chat and hangout with. It’s always felt so relaxed and comfortable. I highly recommend learning from Jen at any opportunity. She truly is awesome!
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Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Tyler M.

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Telluride, CO
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Whether you are wanting to learn the basics of photography, or advanced post processing techniques, I will guide you through the process. I have been practicing photography for over 5 years and am competent in composition, ISO, aperture, shutter speed - all the fundamentals. I am knowledgable in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and can help smooth out your workflow.

About Tyler
Need help building your skills in photography? I am a passionate nature photographer who loves to share my knowledge on the topic. I'm willing to travel to your location for a lesson or meet somewhere and go for a hike and practice in the field. There is no better place to learn photography than immersed in nature, practicing your skill. I'm really easy going and trying to make photography a career myself. Help me help you!
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Tyler M.

Tyler M.

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About Nerris N.

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Having been a photographer for over 10 years, I am passionate about the art and even more passionate about teaching. From basic natural lighting techniques to advanced studio lighting methods, I will help you take your photography to the next level so you can succeed both as a creative and as an entrepreneur.
*Can provide full equipment set if needed*

About Nerris
I'm a professional film director, cinematographer, and photographer and have been teaching creatives full-time on a popular channel with over 3 million views. I graduated from the prestigious UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television with a BA in digital narrative production. I have taught at all levels from absolute novice to MFA-level classes.

My work has screened at several Oscar-qualifying film festivals and has screened at some of LA's most popular venues, such as the TCL Chinese Theatre, LA Live, the James Bridges Theater, and more. I have helped many people start their careers in entertainment and have helped many creatives make films that have screened at some of the world's best known film festivals.

I have a huge passion for teaching and mentoring creatives. Whether you want to learn how to operate a camera, write your
first script, learn the fundamentals of acting, or some combination of those three, I will tailor a focused, customized, hands-on curriculum for you so that you can grow as a creative! In addition to covering creative techniques, I also provide career coaching, resume-building, helping provide the tools needed to go onto sets, and other practical lessons.
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Donna August 1, 2018
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Nerris has the background to help a beginning filmmaker learn the ropes and make connections.
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Nerris N.

South Pasadena, CA 91030
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About Mariana T.

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Pomona, CA

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I'm a Professional Photographer who loves taking portraits, family photos etc. My favorite part of what I do is being able to capture those intricate moments of happines. I believe it is my honor and responsibility to remind and show others just how beautiful and powerful they truly are.

About Mariana
Students will begin to see progress in their photography skills as long as they apply my teachings on a weekly basis. We will go over all the beginning and intermediate aspects of photography such as: Lighting, Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed etc. You will also gain a better understanding of the controls in your camera and will be able to properly use them in the correct situations.

I plan to help my students be able to feel more confident with their work and help them find their own photography style.
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Mariana T.

Mariana T.

Pomona, CA 91766
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$42 / 30-min

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