Picture of photography lessons in Playa Vista, CA

Playa Vista, CA Photography Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio Photography lessons? Our Playa Vista teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Play-button

Our teachers have taught

2 , 8 1 5 , 9 8 3

lessons and counting!

Popular Photography Teachers near Playa Vista, CA

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Playa Vista, CA including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Irvine, Glendale and Burbank.

Showing 9 of 49 results View More

About Stephen B.

Close
Newton Highlands, MA

View Full Profile

Want to know how to operate your camera and take great photos? I have been a photographer for nearly fifteen years creating mostly landscapes, macro, night and architecture. I've had photos shows and been in the Mass. College of Art annual auction for 8 years selling every year.

I have had several gallery shows and have sold work in the Massachusetts College of Art Auction numerous times.

About Stephen
I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Piano and Film Scoring.
I love many styles which include, Film scores, Pop, New age, Rock, improv, Classical and some Jazz.
I teach basic to intermediate. (Scales, finger exercises, chords, arpeggios, theory, simple songs, posture and breathing, etc.)

Last year, I taught an eight year old girl and three boys. I currently worked at Piano Playtime where I teach twelve Kindergarten to 4th grade group piano lessons. I am fun, easy to get along with, and very patient with kids and adults.

In the past, I scored a local film titled "The Times Were Never So Bad: The Life of Andre Dubus" who's son Andre Dubus III wrote the story "The House of Sand and Fog." In 2003 the novel was adapted into a film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. The film won first place
at the Providence Film Fest in 2007. I also composed a jingle for the online college Capella University.

I have a car and can come to your location or you can come to me depending on distance. I look forward in sharing this musical journey with you!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Rahul May 7, 2019
· Piano · In home
Steve is an excellent teacher! I always look forward to my classes. I am a student in high school, and he fully understands my need to balance my school work with piano, and he makes sure that I am able to comfortably commit to both aspects of my life. Steve makes sure that I stay on task and that I am progressing with my piano skills all while making the lessons fun and enjoyable.
Silhouette-80
Nancy G. October 31, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great lessons...Stephen is a wonderful teacher. Very kind and musical.
Silhouette-80
Clifford W. November 3, 2015
· Piano · In home
Stephen was informative, patient, and very punctual. He made the effort to explain things thoroughly and gave me leeway to work on my skills at my own pace.
View Details
View Profile

Stephen B.

Online
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Irina L.

Close
Beverly Hills, CA
View Full Profile

Personal lessons tailored to your individual needs with custom handouts. No boring theory, just practical and useful tips.

About Irina
Please, contact me prior to purchasing lessons to check available dates and times.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Ahlyia L. November 5, 2017
· Photography · In home
Great start to first lesson
Silhouette-80
Kathryn (Royal) March 3, 2017
· Photography · In home
I lost the "joy" of photography with Irina. Technically, she knows her stuff, but her sensitivity and people skills are lacking. Barely an encouraging word. I felt degraded, nervous, and overall shitty by the end of the second lesson. Hoping for a better experience with another teacher.
Thumb_92659_pi_Desi-Headshot-1-internet-size
Desislava G. February 4, 2017
· Photography · Online
Irina is amazing... I would never even think that I can create such beautiful photographies.
My father used to have a small photo lab at the loft and it was like a magic to me. I was always passionate to learn the beauty of photography however I never got the chance to.
I took few classes with Irina, she helped me to create incredible photos for my marketing campaign.
Irina is very professional and patient teacher, she has deep knowledge of photography and she makes it fun to learn.
I would recommend Irina to anyone who wants to learn photography.
View Details
View Profile

Irina L.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(8)
starting at
$90 / 45-min

About Jonathan Y.

Close
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

View Full Profile

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!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Diane February 16, 2019
· Photography · In studio
Jonathan is without a doubt a talented professional photographer / artist. Yet he has adapted himself to working with a novice trying to navigate a new digital camera before a big Patagonia vacation of a lifetime. Whether you are a beginner like I am or a professional photographer looking to improve your game, Jonathan will exceed your expectations. I like his patient and calm approach to my questions and after only two lessons I have already improved so much.
Silhouette-80
Jeff W. January 13, 2019
· Photography · In home
I have learned a lot from Jonathan so far. He has been very helpful in helping me understand PhotoShop and Lightroom. I would highly recommend him.
Jeff
Silhouette-80
Jeff December 17, 2018
· Photography · In home
Jonathan is a really good instructor. He has helped me out a lot so far with the different software applications to do with photography. I’m still learning, but every lesson I get more invaluable information from him.
I would highly recommend him.
View Details
View Profile

Jonathan Y.

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
(5)
starting at
$60 / 60-min

About Jennifer W.

Close
Los Angeles, CA
View Full Profile

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!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
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.
Silhouette-80
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.
Silhouette-80
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!
View Details
View Profile

Jennifer W.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
(3)
starting at
$90 / 60-min

About Kristen O.

Close
Redway, CA
View Full Profile

In digital photography you will learn the basics of how to work an SLR camera and get the professional results you desire.

About Kristen
I live in a remote part of Northern California where the redwoods meet the Pacific Ocean. I have 2 son's 16 and 4 who I've homeschooled off and on throughout their lives. My 16 year old graduated high school early and is now pursuing a degree at College of the Redwoods. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis on photography and digital art.

I am a teacher by trade and profession. I've always had a natural ability combined with patience and understand thats allows me the to excel my students further beyond what they've thought possible. I've been a teacher of Arts at many private schools in Northern California for the last 20 years. Recently over this last year I have discovered the joys of teaching ESL online for a few large companies. I am really looking forward to working more one on one with my students as I feel this can
be very beneficial to those looking to really excel further in the english language.

Art is my passion
Learning is my journey
Teaching is in my DNA
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Melanie P. October 2, 2018
· Photography · Online
We had some challenges finding some things, but we worked it out. Very nice lady.
Silhouette-80
Avi July 28, 2018
· ESL · Online
Kristen is a wonderful teacher! She is teaching me and a friend at the same time and we both love the classes.
View Details
View Profile

Kristen O.

Online
(2)
starting at
$30 / 45-min
View More
View Previous

About Peter M.

Close
Los Angeles, CA
View Full Profile

In this comprehensive 90 minute class you’ll learn the basics of photography that all photographers need to know to create consistent, controlled results as well as all the elements of modern digital photography. You’ll then get a compete hands on tour of every aspect of your DSLR camera (one can be provided if you don’t have one) with easy to understand personalized instruction on how to use all the tools and techniques available with today’s sophisticated DSLR cameras and accessories. At the end you’ll be able to confidently capture great pictures in every shooting mode no matter the conditions or subject matter

About Peter
Hi and thanks for your interest in my classes. I’m a highly experienced teacher and graduate of ArtCenter College of Design. I’m the owner of Melrose Lightspace in West Hollywood, a fully equipped, 2000 ft.² studio, where I offer my private, one on one classes to aspiring creative image makers of all ages and levels of experience. In addition to teaching, I’m a professional photographer myself with numerous ad campaigns and editorials in my portfolio including movie posters for Disney, Warner Bros. and other top studios as well as a book of published work. I’m passionate and thorough and all my lessons include follow up phone access in case you forget something or just need a little extra guidance. I’m all about my students’ success, whether you’re looking to be a pro or do it just for a hobby. Thanks again and I look forward to working
with you
...
View Details
View Profile

Peter M.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
starting at
$250 / 90-min

About Daniel D.

Close
Boxford, MA
View Full Profile

I provide a range of digital and traditional art/photography/design/software instruction for students of all ages. I have a bachelors in Fine Art from Tufts University and experience working with learners of all ages.

Photography Instruction: Digital or Film, Lighting/Composition, Learning Manual Controls, Editing & Printing Photos, Editing Photos for Social Media or Websites

Computer/Design/Software Instruction: Website SEO and Development, Photoshop, Word Processing, Graphic Design

Art/Drawing: Composition, Tools/Materials, Nature/Figure Drawing

About Daniel
Hello,
Thanks for checking out the profile. I provide a range of topics to learn related to photography, digital imaging and design. I look forward to connecting with you about what you would like to learn.

Bachelors in Fine Art Tufts University(Photography,Design,Drawing)

Professional Photographer and Educator

Masters of Education-Endicott College

Doctorate in Instructional Design for Educational Technology
...
View Details
View Profile

Daniel D.

Online
starting at
$50 / 30-min

About Jinwoo C.

Close
Fullerton, CA
View Full Profile

Want to learn digital photography? I have graduated from Otis College of Art and Design as a digital graphics/motion graphics while learning videography & Photography. But my passion for photography sat at heart and have been a professional photographer for the last 11 years. I now own a 1600 sq ft photo studio in Fullerton, CA. I teach studio lighting photography as well as outdoor natural/controlled lighting. Beginners will learn how to use and set up your DSLR to intermediate classes will learn about understanding lighting to setting up controlled lighting and experts will be learning about special effects and working with models and more. Let's talk photography together!

About Jinwoo
Hello,

My name is Jinu Chang and I am a Korean American photographer from Fullerton, CA. I love to share my talent with people who are willing to learn. I will be teaching photography and Korean for now, but if people are interested in learning videography, editing, graphic design, photoshop composition and etc, I will expand to more classes. I can't wait to meet you all!
...
View Details
View Profile

Jinwoo C.

Fullerton, CA 92833
starting at
$84 / 30-min

About Nuttia S.

Close
Glendale, CA
View Full Profile

Internationally-published producer, photographer and image specialist who bring exceptional and enthusiasm in every works. Strong knowledge from developing idea, planning production, executing process and post production.

Publishing works on prestigious magazines: Vogue, L’Officiel, Harper’s Bazaar and more.

Editorial photographer mainly in fashion and portrait with 8 years experience in managing production and shooting content for various publication and editorial campaigns.

About Nuttia
I am an experience photography in portrait and fashion. I have high experience in professional photography with established career in magazine and publication from New York City.
...
View Details
View Profile

Nuttia S.

Glendale, CA 91201
starting at
$50 / 30-min

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Playa Vista, CA?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More