Cynthia Abatt

Cynthia A.

Cambridge, MA

Lesson Details

Photography

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Learning photography is partly learning that it is combination of art and science and working to understand those qualities and how they work together. It's a really rewarding skill to have. It's very satisfying to have the confidence to go to an event, a family gathering, a wedding or birthday party and know that the photos you take can be offered to be shared with others.
The art is is in learning about the 4 c's of photography - color, composition, cropping and creativity. The science is in learning about the math that governs shutter speeds and apertures as well as something about the properties of light. Did you know that light has a color temperature and that it is measured in degrees of Kelvin? That's why photos taken indoors in florescent light have a greenish cast - they are a different color temperature (a cooler one) than those taken outdoors.
As for my background, I started as a photojournalist right out of high school, working for a newspaper well before there were digital cameras. We spent more time in the darkroom than we did taking the assignments. I still prefer the quality and properties of film to even the best digital cameras but I use both. I have a degree in art. I use Photoshop on a daily basis for editing and try to keep my image manipulation limited to what I could do in a darkroom, otherwise I label it as photo art rather than photography. I'm a teeny bit of a purist that way. I'm very comfortable with technology, both Mac and PC platforms and am also comfortable with color work flow (that's working with an image from camera to printer and getting consistent results). I like natural lighting and environmental portraits (people in their natural environment) and musicians are a favorite subject of mine. I live and work in Cambridge, MA.
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Cynthia delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 18+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2000

I tutor general computer skills - both Mac and Windows, although I specialize in Apple products. I also specialize in digital imaging, photography, Photoshop, and web design fundamentals (WordPress in particular). I am a good instructor for an older student as well as a person who wants to improve their skills but may be embarrassed to ask, since I have experience with the technophobic. I work with a lot of small, often women-owned businesses who want help with all aspects of running a business including social media, preparing materials for clients, using online newsletters (Constant Contact, Mail Chimp), accounting in Quicken, general business strategies, and refining a brand.

If you're looking for a general computer orientation - naming conventions (important when learning to ask the right questions) or fundamentals plus on major applications (Microsoft, Adobe, etc), I am happy to tutor you on those subjects. I have in-depth knowledge of most popular applications, and of iPhones and iPads and using iCloud synchronization effectively.

I'm a Cambridge based photographer who is well versed in all aspects of 35 mm film and digital photography as well as photo editing and post-processing using Photoshop. If it's related to digital images, photography or photo editing, Photoshop, or computer skills for these or other software programs, feel free to ask me a question.

I love images and the magic that is photography and I enjoy teaching photography techniques, skills and concepts. I also teach digital scanning and restoration.



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Cynthia

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Education

Public Affairs / International Relations, Masters
Sep 2010 - Jun 2012
University of MA
Art and Technology, BA
Sep 1999 - Jun 2001
University of MA

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