Jonathan Young
Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
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Jonathan Young

Jonathan Y.

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've worked with Photoshop for over 20 years. I can teach the basics of the program as well as intermediate and advanced techniques.

About Jonathan Y.

For history and government students: I graduated from UCLA with dual degrees in History and Political Science with college honors. I interned in the US Senate, worked as an election monitor in Sri Lanka, and then as a photojournalist covering wildfires in California and politics in New York City. I'm very well-read and am always up to date on the news. I've completed additional classes in international relations at Standford and UC Berkeley.

I can help students understand the basics of government, US, European, and World History, and also advanced aspects of each subject.

For photography students: I am a professional photographer specializing in photojournalism, portrait, food, and wedding photography. I graduated from UCLA and have worked professionally in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York.

Students can expect to improve week to week in their photography skills. Every photographer has a unique vision; I teach students the technical and real-world approaches to bring that vision to life. I can help any student to photograph with confidence and success.

I teach photography students of all different ages and experience levels. I have 15 years of professional experience. I can teach students to select the right camera settings for any situation and compose their photos for the highest visual interest.

As a professional photographer, I frequently travel to New York and San Francisco for photo shoots. I have photographed events with Michelle Obama and Nancy Reagan. I've worked with high-end restaurants such as Blue Hill at Stone Barns for their food photography. I've photographed alongside firefighters battling wildfires in Southern California. I love to mentor students who want to become effective, creative photographers.

My personal passion is photographing people, but I firmly believe that a great foundation is essential to any and every photographic field. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better photographer!


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9 Reviews
Conner C.
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My son really enjoyed his lesson with Jonathan! He learned a lot about his particular camera and photography itself! Jonathan was very professional and helpful!

Posted May 18, 2021
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Jonathan did a great Job helping me today. I am a total beginner and now I feel like I understand the workings of my camera better and am anxious to start taking much improved photographs. He was very patient with me and my 10,000 questions. I look forward to working with him again in the near future.

Posted May 8, 2021
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Very thorough and smart..loved my lesson

Posted Nov 9, 2020
Amit A.
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very interactive and understanding

Posted Jul 31, 2020
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Jonathan is without a doubt a talented professional photographer / artist. Yet he has adapted himself to working with a novice trying to navigate a new digital camera before a big Patagonia vacation of a lifetime. Whether you are a beginner like I am or a professional photographer looking to improve your game, Jonathan will exceed your expectations. I like his patient and calm approach to my questions and after only two lessons I have already improved so much.

Posted Feb 16, 2019
Jeff W.
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I have learned a lot from Jonathan so far. He has been very helpful in helping me understand PhotoShop and Lightroom. I would highly recommend him.

Posted Jan 13, 2019
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Jonathan is a really good instructor. He has helped me out a lot so far with the different software applications to do with photography. I’m still learning, but every lesson I get more invaluable information from him.
I would highly recommend him.

Posted Dec 17, 2018
Bryson S.
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Very knowledgeable

Posted Jul 8, 2018
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Jonathan is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor. I felt like I was in the driver's seat and could ask anything; I never felt rushed or intimidated. Looking forward to working with him again!

Posted May 30, 2018

Photos & Videos

13 Photos & Videos


May 2006 - Present

Millay and Young Photography

Wedding and family portrait photography. I've photographed over 500 weddings, engagements, and family session.

Sep 1999 - Present

Jonathan Young Photography

Photojournalism and commercial photography, with an emphasis on people and food.


Dual Degree in History and Political Science
Sep 2000 - Jun 2004




Fluent / Native Proficiency

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