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About Drea C.

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Glendale, CA
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I am a professional photographer and has been shooting events for 10 years.

Depending on your level, I would customize a package for you and your needs. If you are a beginner and have never held a camera before, we would start from the basics (Learning composition, camera settings etc.). If you are intermediate, we would learn lighting techniques and conduct photoshoots.

About Drea
I have been in the creative industry since I was a child. I have been singing since I came out of the womb! And doing photography since high school. I am now in front and behind the camera as an actress/on camera host, and I am a professional photographer/videographer. I have behind the camera for companies such as VH1, MTV, Fuse TV, and the New York Post. In front of the camera, you have probably seen me in films such as Relativity Media's, "Act of Valor," "Baby Mama" (Opp Tina Fey/Sigourney Weaver), and Chris Rock's "I Think I Love my Wife." My experience both in front and behind the camera compliments each other as I understand what is needed for both positions. I try to keep my lessons informative and fun! -- Anything can be achieved if you take your time and you really want it.

I teach both in front and behind the camera :
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Twilla Loewen December 21, 2015
· Photography · Online
My instructor Drea was a very was a very Patient and was prepared for our lessons. She sends an email and get a basic understanding of what your goals are what type of equipment you're planning on using and if she is unfamiliar with you for particular camera she does her research and is prepared to answer you any of your questions. I would recommend taking photography classes from her, I intend to continue taking lessons from Drea she is a treasure trove of knowledge.
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John F. June 26, 2015
· Photography · In studio
good teacher,
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Drea C.

Drea C.

Glendale, CA 91201
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About Irina L.

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Beverly Hills, CA
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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. November and December schedule is full, accepting new students starting from January 2018.

Professional photographer with ten years of successful working experience for acclaimed international companies.
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Ahlyia L. November 5, 2017
· Photography · In home
Great start to first lesson
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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.
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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.
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Irina L.

Irina L.

Beverly Hills, CA 90210
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About Sergey K.

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Schenectady, NY

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I been taking pictures for a very long time I also have my own photography business set up at www.photosbysergey.com and I can teach you hands on lessons how to take amazing pictures.

About Sergey
I am a NYS certified Social Studies and Special Education Teacher. I taught Special Education at a group home I also have many years experience tutoring and substitute teaching in various Capital Region School Districts. My other expertise is to teach Study and organizational skills. I have also taught GEO at Albany High School. Aside from teaching I also did freelance photography for a few years and can teach you how to maximize using your photo equipment, take amazing pictures and using the computer to edit your creations.

I graduated from Siena with a degree with History and a minor in Political Science. Then I went to school and earned my master degree from the College of St Rose in Social Studies. I also attended SUNY Albany where I got a second certification to teach Special Education.
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McKenna August 27, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Very helpful!!
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Brent May 30, 2017
· Photography · Online
Sergey taught me about everything I had questions about and also offered suggestions in helping me to better determine the best way to find the career path that is right for me. Rather than hard and fast lessons, it was an opportunity to spend time, one on one, with a professional and learn from his experiences what works and what doesn't.
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Silvia September 25, 2016
· Business · In home
Great session! Helped me with my business needs, now I feel confident that can start my own eBay dropshipping business! Answered every question I had and I had a lot!! Thanks Sergey!
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Sergey K.

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About Sandra E.

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Redmond, WA
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I'm Sandra. I've worked with thousands of photographers and designers – from beginners to the best in the business in print, online and video formats. I've helped them find their unique route to achieve their potential. I'm quick, honest, easy to understand; I inspire you, show you steps and help grow. I can help with technical issues but my focus is on helping you see more. In teaching college classes, my main student comment is, "I will never look at anything the same way again."

About Sandra
If you just want to learn software programs, go elsewhere. But if you want to learn to SEE and become a true photographer, Sandra is the person to work with. Although software is certainly part of the discussion, software and cameras don't make pictures – you, your eye, and your experience are what make your pictures different and interesting.

And every person's path toward becoming a better photographer is unique. Sandra has helped hundreds and hundreds of professional (and amateur) photographers significantly improve their photography and their enjoyment of it. Working with her, results are quick.

You will get far more out each session with Sandra than from a dozen sessions with others and you will learn more about yourself and your potential. Just bring your questions and we start from where you are.

Sandra is an internation
ally respected picture editor and designer with unique experience that runs from contributions to scores of visual books and White House staff service to work on major newspapers, and the Associated Press. She was instrumental in creation of the original ground-breaking news site MSNBC as well as spearheading creation of the Defense Department's public web program. She has taught at three universities and at workshops all over the U.S. But Sandra is still easy to talk to and interested in YOUR concerns and pictures.

Sandra's key skill may be her ability to articulate visual concepts and issues, to find and convey the underlying currents and needs in a photographers work and then help him/her find the personal, unique route to reaching his/her potential.

Always fully honest, Sandra is also fully supportive of helping any photographer, from beginner to seasoned professional, become better, see more, and understand their own work on new levels.

Sandra can certainly help with technical matters but her special forte is in helping photographers and designers see in new ways. She has worked with documentary, landscape, fine art, portrait and other photographers as well as designers and web site builders.

Group sessions can also be arranged on request for additional fees.
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Sandra E.

Sandra E.

Online
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$110 / 30-min

About Seth B.

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Venice, CA

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Documentary and adventure photographer for over 10 years. Degree in photography from Emerson College.

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Filmmaker and photographer here. Will teach you DIY tricks no one else knows.
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Seth B.

Seth B.

Venice, CA 90291
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$60 / 30-min
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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 correct camera settings.

At the end of the lesson, student will receive a camera settings sheet. The list can be stored on a smart phone and consulted any time anywhere.

About Ana
I am a Graphic Designer with a full time job teaching Photoshop in high school. Recently I've been receiving many requests from amateur and professional photographers, as well as aspiring graphic designers, who would like to learn the unlimited creative possibilities that Photoshop has to offer. 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. Whether you would like to learn the secrets of professional photo retouching or dive in the surrealism of advanced photo manipulation, I can customize the lessons to your specific needs.
On the other hand, if you are just getting started and those You Tube videos are too fast or too advanced for you, we can go through the basic 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.

Update: Now also offering Photography lessons.
If you are a beginner, you will benefit from unique customized resources, which you can consult and use on your own time.
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CanDee October 27, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · Online
Great start and I'm looking forward to the next lesson tomorrow. Thank you!
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Kayla October 21, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Another great lesson, Ana is a very good teacher!
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Tomas F. October 7, 2017
· Photography · In studio
I can't imagine a better lesson for my daughter. Ana is encouraging, knowledgeable and personable. My daughter was beaming. Thank you, Ana, and Take Lessons for making this possible. Sincerely, Tomas
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About Rush F.

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Chicago, IL

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Full immersion into the art of light-writing! The key to mastering photography is knowing your gear, and how to properly work your camera of choice in accordance with the settings you're shooting in, to result in the perfect photos. You must first learn the rules before you can break them! Then comes the endless potential of shooting photos, archiving your life in whatever way you see fit.

About Rush
I'm hoping to get to work with students who want to dive right into mastering their camera and all it has to offer, whether we're shooting on film or digital, both of which I can offer instruction in. Learning to be in absolute control of your camera and how your settings will affect your photos is key to creating your images & making sure they come out exactly the way you envision them. Our time together will be a full immersion into light-writing. Over the years, I have had approximately 4 years of cumulative formal instruction on the subject, and have been freelancing since 2011, for events such as weddings, anniversaries, baby/bridal showers, graduation and engagement photos, live concerts, and just about anything else you can think of. Previously a Photography student of Daytona State College in Florida, I made the move up to Chicago
in 2015, and am currently studying at Harold Washington College. In the spring I will graduate with my Art Studio AFA. I genuinely look forward to any time spent with someone with a desire to hone their craft, and hope to bring more inspiration to those wanting to bring forth their vision. Aside from photography, I also teach a handful of other subjects that you or someone else may be interested in!
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Mike October 2, 2017
· Adobe Photoshop · In studio
guitarist in a local Chicago band LOOMS. a year ago we asked Rush to design a flier for some of our upcoming shows. we were so in love with what he made for us, that I ended up reaching out on my own to ask for photoshop tips. we did one "formal" lesson (this was before he was registered on the website) and man we covered a lot in 45 mins. i was surprised when rush told me he is still in school. you would have no idea from the way he conducts his lessons.
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Mallory L. October 2, 2017
· Photography · In home
As a seasoned takelessons teacher myself, I was enthralled with Rush's professionalism and deep understanding of photography.
Many of my own students are adults who now finally have the time to learn something they've always wanted to do. So, I decided to follow my little long-term dream of learning more about photography, and boy am I glad I did! Rush is kind and patient, and has a knack for lesson personalization. I can't wait for our next lesson!!
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Rush F.

Rush F.

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About Peter B.

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Culver City, CA
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I have been teaching classes in Basic and Intermediate Photography for over eight years at the Los Angeles Center of Photography, and currently lead several on location workshops as well. I have tutored and trained groups and individuals in Adobe Photoshop for over twenty years and in Lightroom since its inception.

I have worked as a professional commercial and editorial photographer in New York and Los Angeles for over twenty five years. For much of that period I owned and ran a small photo agency that represented over 40 photographers (including myself) and this enabled me to become proficient with all aspects of digital image management including workflow, cataloging, meta data storage, archiving and copyright protection and licensing.

I help my students with solutions, whether it is learning how to use a digital camera and apply basic photo techniques and principles, or teaching people how to organize and manage a collection of several thousand images. I work patiently with my

About Peter
I have been teaching classes in Basic and Intermediate Photography for over eight years at the Los Angeles Center of Photography, and currently lead several on location workshops as well. I have tutored and trained groups and individuals in Adobe Photoshop for over twenty years and in Lightroom since its inception.

I have worked as a professional commercial and editorial photographer in New York and Los Angeles for over twenty five years. For much of that period I owned and ran a small photo agency that represented over 40 photographers (including myself) and this enabled me to become proficient with all aspects of digital image management including workflow, cataloging, meta data storage, archiving and copyright protection and licensing.

I help my students with solutions, whether it is learning how to use a digital camera and apply b
asic photo techniques and principles, or teaching people how to organize and manage a collection of several thousand images. I work patiently with my students and classes, making sure I listen and understand their specific needs and then setting up a course that will best communicate and demonstrate the answers to those needs.

Credentials: Adobe Photoshop (since version 2.0); Adobe Lightroom (since version 1.0); Basic and Intermediate Photography instructor; experienced photo retoucher and digital illustrator; photo organizer (member of APPO - the Association of Personal Photo Organizers)
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Peter B.

Peter B.

Culver City, CA 90230
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$84 / 60-min

About Raymundo A.

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Culver City, CA

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I love being a photographer and I am a Canon Ambassador. I do all types of photography such as headshots, portraits, modeling, fashion, artistic, boudoir, and product photography. Photography is my passion and I enjoy sharing my knowledge and passion of photography with those who are also passionate and want to learn; no matter at what level of understanding they are at. I have a fully certified equipped studio and teach Photoshop and Lightroom as well since my studio and my digital arts center is a certified training partner of Adobe and Canon.

About Raymundo
I have always felt that photography is the best way to connect with others, it allows you to know them in a way that neither they nor you can imagine.

Technology achieves something similar, with a few clicks you can communicate with millions. That's why I'm a fervent follower of new technologies and I love the digital world.

I started my own business, because I think the best way to progress is by helping others find better living opportunities.

Transmitting ideas and knowledge is part of my life.
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Raymundo A.

Raymundo A.

Culver City, CA 90230
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$60 / 60-min

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