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About Kelvin L.

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Bolingbrook, IL

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If you’re interested in learning photography – congratulations! Photography is a fun, practical hobby as well as an exciting career. Although learning photography does take a little patience, the rewards are certainly worth it. So, let’s start with the benefits of why you should learn photography.

- The ability to record special events like a child’s birthday, graduation or the family’s vacations with clear, focused well composed photographs.

- Never missing a picture of a special moment because you were searching for the right button or dial.

- Taking photos that you and your loved ones will enjoy displaying on your wall. By capturing your special memories in pictures, you can have a way to document and pass on these memories to future generations.

- Communicating through your photographs. A picture really is worth a thousand words! You can capture an expression that says it all. Or as we've seen in magazines like Time and National Geographic, you can shoot photographs ...

About Kelvin
I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis.
I am very comfortable with all aspects of the current music syllabus, including teaching musical concepts (such as duration, pitch, dynamics, tone color, texture and structure) as well as performance, composition. I am fully qualified, with a Bachelor of Education in Music, Double Masters in music performance and education from University of Nottingham.
I am proficient in classical, jazz and Celtic fiddle violin and possess solid skills in piano (grade 8-13) Royal conservatory system.
Throughout my teaching career, I have been driven to help students achieve their very best. I str
ongly believe that music has the power to change lives – to enhance the social, cultural and spiritual lives of people, and serve as a profound medium of personal expression. Professional perform experience: The Chicago, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Three tours with Moody Blues, YoYo Ma etc....
The most important thing I look for in a student is communication skills, as well as talent. I like to nurture students and help identify their individual strengths, which is a key factor in shaping a musical persona that will make its mark both on and offstage. I do not advocate a uniform technique for all students. Physical differences and learning styles are always taken into consideration. Potential is as important to me as early achievements and experience. My goal is to help students become self-sufficient, discriminating artists. I discuss practice techniques often and develop individualized scale routines. I encourage initiative and expressive musicality as well as precision. Above all, music needs to bring obvious joy to the student, regardless of the difficulties.”

*** Lesson Details ***
I use Suzuki and traditional method for my students... for Suzuki beginner they will play a song in four days....

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-Studio- Lessons in separate music lesson room, piano and violin are available. Students and parents will enjoy comfortable and clean studio environment with recent remodeled new hard wood floor and studio patio window over looking at beautiful garden. Free WiFi available for parents while waiting during the lesson appointment.
University of St Francis Joliet- can teach in rehearsal rooms at the university.
Online class at world class teaching studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin, viola, cello, piano and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Suzuki teaching method for beginners, traditional conservatory method for intermediate and Royal conservatory recital program for advanced level students..I also teach orchestration program to help students prepare their auditions for major symphonies through out the country including Chicago symphony orchestra etc...
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Rich M. August 8, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Rich was happy after the first class and he started to wonder, would Kelvin be available to teach him a guitar lessons as well (we thought it is a great beginning) :)

Also, Kelvin immediately pointed out that the violin we have picked is too small for Rich, where other teacher didn't say anything about it. We changed the size and it helped a lot with holding violin and feeling more comfortable. Thank you !
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Mike May 21, 2018
· Banjo · In studio
Kelvin is a great teacher. He understands and teaches in a way that makes sense to me. If you’ve played the Banjo you know the teacher needs a lot of patience and he does. He provides the right direction and more importantly listens to my questions. There is no doubt in my mind if you have to learn or improve your banjo skills Kelvin can help.
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Karl May 7, 2018
· Photography · Online
Very pleasant , very intuitive , and very encouraging. He cares and tries hard to accommodate and customize his teaching.
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Kelvin L.

Kelvin L.

Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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About Blake M.

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Chicago, IL
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I have shot corporate and actor headshots for over seven years. I look for eager students to understand what they're doing as oppose to just memorizing. I will listen to your goals and adjust the curriculum to your needs. Whether it's working with Cannon, Nikon or whatever brand of camera for the first time, I can assist you with your needs. I have lots of energy and love students with a sense of humor! Let's start having fun!

About Blake
Greetings! My name is Blake and I can't wait to meet you! I have been practicing design in the corporate, fashion and entertainment industries for over ten years. I can assist you with your goals from learning a new design software to providing guidance one of your current projects. Whatever you want to achieve, I can assist you by finding the right path. I do not have a set curriculum because every student varies from age to experience. My only rule is to take fun seriously!
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Anthony June 2, 2018
· Video Production · Online
Blake did an amazing job in helping me understand the basics of video editing and helped me to understand the specific parts of video editing i needed for work. I highly recommend Blake and will take classes from him again in the future!
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Ramona May 24, 2018
· Adobe Illustrator · Online
Very good lesson! Looking forward to the next!
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Erin Keppel February 21, 2018
· Adobe Photoshop · In home
I'm a total novice and Blake is very patient and doesn't mind explaining things more than once. After one lesson, I feel like I can start putting what I learned to use already.
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Blake M.

Chicago, IL 60618
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$50 / 30-min

About Jacob F.

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Take your photos from amateur to pro with the secrets on improving composition, exposure (including aperture, shutter speed and ISO), choosing the right lens for the subject, lighting (including speedlight flashes, strobes and natural light), the importance of post processing, Photoshop and photo organization and more!

About Jacob
Hi there and thank you for considering me as your personal mentor in the world of digital artistry. A long time ago this world was just a hobby for me as well, and I hope to help you develop your skill set into something much more. I have over a decade of exposure to the rapidly-adapting professional photo and video world, with experience spanning from the smallest of freelance jobs all the way to mainstream feature film production and post. You can spend a lot of money in workshops or online training, but nothing comes close to the value of one-on-one personalized training. Because I enjoy teaching, I make an effort to keep rates affordable for the value of education given. If you're a photographer wanting to make your photos look like the pro photos you see online or a videographer looking to advance your work to the next level then wel
come aboard!

I look forward to meeting you.
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Jenn December 12, 2016
· Photography · In studio
I thoroughly enjoyed my lessons with Jacob. My husband gave them to me as a birthday present and it was tons of fun. Jacob was able to answer all of my nitty gritty questions, as well as general tips on improving my skills. The lessons were enjoyable and I learned tons. I've gone from shooting in complete auto mode, because I didn't know how to do anything different, to shooting in aperture priority mode with much better results. My Christmas portrait of my kids will be much better this year thanks to these lessons. If you're looking for an affordable way to improve this is a great option because you'll learn a lot in just a few one-on-one sessions. Jacob was also very flexible in working with me on the schedule for the lessons. Thanks Jacob!
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Melissa September 30, 2016
· Photography · In studio
Wow! Jacob is incredibly knowledgable in both photography and Photoshop. He took great care to answer all of my questions. After just one lesson I'm definitely on my way to being a better photographer.
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Jacob F.

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About John O.

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Miami, FL
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I am a professional photographer based in Miami, FL. I have been teaching all aspects of photography, from basic skills & techniques to advanced lighting, post-processing (Lightroom & Photoshop), as well as the logistics of the business side of photography for the past 7 years.

My wife & I run a studio north of downtown, where we offer all inclusive photography services from project inception to final product.

We work all types of projects but specialize in commercial fashion, model portfolios, professional & actor headshots, advertising campaigns, product photography, and events.

Here is a link to my website for examples of my work:
www.johnolivephotographer.com

I am comfortable teaching all levels of students, from day 1 beginners to professionals who desire to improve their craft.

I look forward to helping you realize your goals in the realm of visual media.

About John
I am a working commercial photographer based in Miami. I have been teaching all aspects of photography for the past 7 years. I teach everything from basic skills & techniques to advanced lighting, post-processing (Lightroom & Photoshop), and the business side of photography for those who seek to become a professional.

My wife & I run a studio north of downtown, where we offer all inclusive photography services from project inception to final product.

We work all types of projects, but specialize in commercial advertising, fashion editorials, model portfolio development, professional & actor headshots, and product photography.

Here is my website address for examples of my work:
www.johnolivephoto.com

I am comfortable teaching all levels of students, from day 1 beginners to seasoned professionals who desire to improve their c
raft.

I look forward to helping you realize your goals!
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Jason Gendler March 21, 2018
· Photography · In studio
John has a true knowledge and understanding of different photography and how to solve the unique issues we had. We looked through over 20 instructors on google, etc before we picked John and would highly recommend him.
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Joan February 22, 2017
· Photography · In home
He's the best! Lessons are tailored by questions asked. He is knowledgeable and flexible. I highly recommend him.
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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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Charlotte C. January 24, 2018
· Photography · Online
Rush is really nice and answered all my questions, he gave me tips and tricks, and different kind of photographs I could take. So if you're looking for a photography teacher then you have to give Rush a shot!
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Marcela Z. January 12, 2018
· Photography · Online
Really helpful.
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Miguel D. December 3, 2017
· Photography · In studio
Rush is awesome! He broke down the camera into easy-to-understand steps and focused on areas I was struggling with. I learned a lot in a very short amount time.
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Chicago, IL 60608
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About Alex D.

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Portland, OR
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I am a professional photographer with extensive experience in Photoshop retouching and Lightroom editing. I can help you to refine your editing skills, so you can enhance your creative abilites!

About Alex
Hi! My name is Alex, and I have a degree in Italian modern literature from the University of Turin. Apart from being a native Italian speaker, I am also fluent in English. I currently live in Portland, Oregon and I enjoy music, photography, hiking and food!

I am also a professional photographer with extensive experience in digital retouching and Lightroom editing. So if you are looking to improve your editing skills or understand how to use your camera in manual mode, feel free to get in touch!
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Elisabeth July 5, 2018
· Italian · Online
Super fun and inspiring first lesson! Really enjoyed it 👍
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Lauren June 14, 2018
· Italian · In studio
Alex is a great teacher!
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Art May 9, 2018
· Italian · Online
Alex was very patient and encouraging for my first lesson.
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About William D.

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I am a professional photographer from Charlotte, NC. I bring in a sense of humor while teaching photography.

I teach classes from...
- Getting to know your camera
- The photographers triangle (ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture)
- Model posing
- Editing & retouching photos
- How to set your rates to be competitive in your area
- How to decide what type of photographer you would like to be
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About William
I am a professional photographer experienced in portrait photography.

Photography students can expect to improve week to week in their own technique. Every eye has a unique look; I teach students how to have fun and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual talent. I can help any student to photograph with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach photography students of all different ages and experience levels. I can teach students how to go from a beginning photographer to a professional photographer within months.

As a professional photographer I frequently take trips across the United States to photograph different subjects. I have a traveling model that is always with me and is also learning photography.

My personal passion is portrait photography but I firmly believe that great technique is esse
ntial to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better photographer!
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Chantel July 25, 2018
· Photography · Online
I didn’t know anything about photography, but I have always wanted to learn. William took me step by step and showed me how to get familiar and comfortable with my camera first before moving on to the next lesson. He is very patient, knowlegable and professional. I went from being a novice to being able to take good photos. I’m looking forward to my next lessons with him
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About Chuck P.

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Santa Barbara, CA

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Instructor Chuck Place draws on 35 years as a magazine photographer for National Geographic, Time, Smithsonian and Islands Magazines, as well as 15 years teaching college-level photography and 7 years teaching photography workshops for Panasonic. Chuck is a popular instructor based in Santa Barbara, California, with a great passion for sharing the joys of photography with his students, whether they are a beginner or at an intermediate level.

About Chuck
Instructor Chuck Place draws on 35 years experience as a magazine photographer working for a wide range of clients including National Geographic, Smithsonian, Time, Islands and Sail magazines. He has taught college-level photography for 15 years and photography workshops for Panasonic Cameras for 7 years. Chuck is a popular photography instructor based in Santa Barbara, California, and enjoys working with students to grow their photographic skills, from beginners to more advanced enthusiasts.
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Chuck P.

Chuck P.

Online
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$84 / 30-min

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.

Online
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$42 / 30-min

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Average Cost of Photography Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute photography lessons in Chicago is $68. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $42 and $90 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$44 average
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45-min $34
 
$53 average
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60-min $42
 
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute photography lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute photography lessons are 23% less expensive at $53, and 30-minute lessons cost 36% less at $44.

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