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Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate

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.
However, the photography lessons are NOT intended for going over the brand/model-specific camera manuals, nor for teaching where to find the brand/model-specific camera features. Student candidates are advised to research and study this type of information PRIOR to enrolling in the photography class.

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.

ATTENTION: Due the teaching methods being used in these classes, these online lessons CANNOT be taught via smartphones!

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Ana teaches



Ana delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 16+

Teaching since:

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 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 those 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.

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Student Support Specialist
Aug 2015 - Present
Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, VA

Helping and empowering the next generation of amazing creatives in visual arts:
Adobe Photoshop tutorials, Adobe Illustrator tutorials.
Exercise of Elements and Principals of Art in Photography, Graphic Design, and Digital Painting.


Dutch (Netherlands)
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


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28 Reviews

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Reva K. Jul 29, 2019
Photography · Online

Very patient and it was a very productive lesson. Planning of scheduling more sessions with her! She’s an amazing teacher 👍🏼

Myron Jun 9, 2019
Photography · Online

Pete G. Apr 24, 2019
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Great instructor! Ana Z. knows Photoshop and how to teach; the perfect combination. I highly recommend her.

Maggie Mar 23, 2019
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Awesome lesson! Very knowledgeable and easy to understand.

Roger Hagedorn Mar 6, 2019
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Great teacher. Will be taking more lessons with her.

Roger Hagedorn Jan 31, 2019
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Ana was outstanding. I had some tech problems which she helped me work out. I will be taking more lessons from her.

Rita Z. Jan 12, 2019
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Dan Nov 11, 2018
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Very nice, personable, energetic and enthusiastic teacher. Knowledgeable in Photoshop. Will continue to book time with her in future.

Mari Nov 3, 2018
Adobe Photoshop · Online

thanks for working with me on such short notice!

Dean T. Nov 3, 2018
Adobe Photoshop · Online

She was wonderful!

Richard Sep 25, 2018
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Alexander W. Sep 22, 2018
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Alan G. Jun 23, 2018
Adobe Photoshop · Online

another great lesson thank you Ana !

Alan G. Jun 16, 2018
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Excellent lesson, Ana is very methodical & patient with excellent communication.

Michele Ritter May 19, 2018
Photography · In studio

Great first session.

Brenda S. May 13, 2018
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Another fantastic lesson. Thank you Ana.

Alan G. May 12, 2018
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Fantastic lesson very informative, saved me heaps of time if I was to try & learn it myself . Well worth it.

Brenda S. May 6, 2018
Adobe Photoshop · Online

I highly recommend Ana Z. to be your instructor. Ana is absolutely the best instructor I have had. She has helped me understand so much in a short period of time. Looking forward to my next lesson. Thank you ANA!

Brenda S. Apr 22, 2018
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Ana Z. is an amazing instructor. She has helped me so much . Looking forward to my next lesson. Thank you Ana.

Brenda S. Apr 15, 2018
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Marcella M. Mar 3, 2018
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Ana prepared the class in advance and really focused in what I'm looking for to learn. I have some specifics projects that I want to do on Photoshop and she made a lot of research before to make sure that she was going to guide me in the right direction. I had one class and so far I learned a lot of new things.

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Elliot Feb 24, 2018
Adobe Photoshop · Online

very patient and helpful

Marea M. Feb 17, 2018
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Amazing instructor! Very thorough and patient. Ana taught me a great deal in a short period of time and walked me through WHY I was performing each task. Looking forward to applying what I learned today and learning more in future classes!

Kiendah Dec 17, 2017
· Online

The instructor is great! She guided me to very good lessons.

CanDee Oct 27, 2017
Adobe Photoshop · Online

Great start and I'm looking forward to the next lesson tomorrow. Thank you!

Kayla Oct 21, 2017
Photography · In studio

Another great lesson, Ana is a very good teacher!

Tomas F. Oct 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

Matthew D. Jun 29, 2017
Adobe Photoshop · Online

The lesson start off like every other lesson I had before. We start to get to know one another. What I want to learn and how I can improve. Like most teachers I fined things I don't like. After 15mins of lesson I start seeing how much Ana really care about the lesson. How she create new ways of teaching me on the spot. Every word was filled with new encouragement. I learn a lot in the lesson. Thank you Ana for help me learn new things in Adobe Photoshop.

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