Dan Hartford

Dan H.

Palo Alto, CA

About Dan H.

Background check: Last verified 12/16/2016
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Dan teaches: Ages 14 and up
Teaching since: May 2013
Last sign in: 3 days ago


I’m an award winning photographer with great teaching skills who can teach you how to “Escape the Green Box” (get off of the Auto setting) and really use your DSLR. I have taught over 400 students. These are the highest quality in depth, lessons taught one-on-one and should not be confused with quickie 2 hour overviews. I don't just tell you to "push that button" or "turn that dial", I teach you how the various camera settings impact your images. I give you the understanding required to fully understand, control and utilize your camera to make beautiful images matching your artistic vision.

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Jan 1975 - Present

I have been photographing since the 1980's - yes, much of that was in the film era. That was when cameras where 100% mechanical - no battery or LCD screens. If you moved a dial or pushed a button it mechanically moved levers, gears, springs and ratchets inside the camera to make the changes. The ONLY shooting mode was "Manual" where you set everything.

This is where I learned my skills in photography as in those days if you didn't understand what was going on you couldn't make images.

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Bob Dec 17, 2016
· Adobe Lightroom · In studio Although I consider myself an organized person, after 3 months using Lightroom I had complete chaos on my computer. It seemed I had 4 catalogs, Images I knew I had were no where to be found and I seemed to have other images in 3 or more places. It as a mess and I know there must be a better way.

I found Dan on the internet (Yelp and Craigslist), scheduled a 2 hour session with and brought over my laptop. Dan was wonderful. He listened intently to my problems. He asked me about my workflow and things that I never thought of like how many cameras will be taking photos which will all be put in Lightroom. He then mapped out where my images were on my laptop as well as my catalogs (turned out I didn't have 4 I actually had 6 - there were 2 I didn't know about.

He then proposed an image storage file structure and naming pattern, showed me how to merge information to get down to one catalog, get rid of duplicates and add missing images. He walked me through each process several times till I felt comfortable doing the rest on my own at home.

It was so great that i came back 2 more times to get info on keywording, collections and on the 3rd session we went through the magic of the Develop module where we took some ho hum images I took at Yosemite and he showed me with a few slider moves who to make them worthy of hanging in the living room.

Later, when I got stuck he helped me out through email at no charge.

Dan's style is laid back but articulate. He talks in lay terms and works at your pace. I really can't tell you how happy I was with his style and the depth of knowledge he has in the product.

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