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Giuseppe B.

67 Reviews
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Starting at $75
  • Speaks Italian, English
  • Teaches students Male: 3 and up; Female: 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2005
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Giuseppe B.

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We go in an in-depth journey of light and shadows. I can teach in digital and Film photography. I am very knowledgeable in lighting techniques for portrait photography, fashion photography, outdoor, event and artistic expressionistic photography. My students will learn composition, lighting and artistic forms of photography

About Giuseppe

Hello, my name is Giuseppe. I am excited when I learn of new potential artists. My skills are well rounded and focused. I can teach you in many media applications and art forms. I am able to teach from basic drawing techniques to full Portrait art, Film & Digital Portrait / Fashion Photography and I

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Sashkumar P.
I Just finish my first Photography lessons with Giuseppe . Very knowledgeable easy to follow great experience ,highly recommend .I will do more lessons in the future!!
Eduardo L.
Just had my first lesson with Guiseppe, and should a great experience bought a 5 pack!
jen
very easy to follow and finally understand how things interact....looking forward to next lesson.
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Salma R.

29 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks Arabic, English
  • Teaches students 1 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Salma R.

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In this class, you will learn the basics of photography, including posing, lighting, styling, and editing. Show off your beautiful models with either your phone camera or a DSLR. I will also teach you how to switch over from auto settings to achieving stunning images by going manual on your camera

About Salma

Hi, there! My name is Salma. I've been teaching lessons since 2016. I'm a loving and outgoing person and my teaching style is easy, simple, and effective. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

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Herman S.
Sis Salma,I think she has good knowled of photography,N you came learn from her,continue to teach this craft you are very good.As salaamu alaikum.
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Julie D.

86 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $70
  • Speaks English
  • BS/BA from University of LaVerne
  • Teaches students Male: 18 to 80; Female: 16 to 80
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Julie D.

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From the basics of camera operations to field sessions, creativity assignments to photo processing in Lightroom and Photoshop, and even starting your photography business, we work together to develop training to meet your photography needs. I am known for my patience with students and am committed to your best learning experience.

About Julie

Photography - Be the boss! Take control of your digital camera. Tutoring sessions with Julie can help you learn the mysteries of digital photography, can jump-start your creativity, or guide you along your journey in photography, including basic Photoshop and Lightroom techniques, If you don'

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Troy C.
It was clear right away that Julie is very professional and highly experienced. I like how she started off with solid foundational work habits and methodologies to kick off my photography learning experience.
Angela
I've taken two online photography lessons with Julie so far and I have learned more in those two lessons than in all the group online courses I have taken in the past. Julie explains things very well and is very willing to answer any questions I may have. I am excited to continue my lessons with her!
Alisa C.
Julie was a great instructor. Very patient and kind. Not only did she teach me about photography but my MAC also. Cant wait to book another session.
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Josiah J.

4 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks English
  • Teaching since 2015
  • Teaches students 18 to 65
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Josiah J.

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As a recent graduate with my Associates in Fine Arts & Associates in Digital Arts, and Certificate of Completion in Digital Photography, I've learned a tremendous amount about photography and operating the camera. I'm eager to share this knowledge and these skills with my photography students.

You'll learn the basic functions of your camera, how to compose a great photograph, and if you need help with editing and managing your photos I can help you with that as well. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions, I'm always happy to help!

About Josiah

I'm a professional website designer, internet marketer, photographer, and visual artist. I have a wide range of skills, talents, and interests from coding CSS and HTML, to manipulating photos, and making fine art paintings. Despite the medium, above all else, I am visual artist and designer. Wit

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Lucas
Had my first lesson. Great teacher, very informative on the subject, and very easy to talk with. Left the lesson feeling I learned more than before the lesson. Now I'm even more excited to work with my camera he helped me understand more. Definitely would recommend him as a teacher. If I decide to take another lesson, I will request him as my teacher. Thanks for the lesson.
Paul Sherwood
Awesome!! We really connected and he was able to determine my skill set and already helped me in my PS learning.
Kristi
Josiah gave clear explanations. He was well-organized and knowledgeable. I will schedule more sessions with him in the future.
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Sergio M.

36 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaching since 2018
  • B.A. Music Business from NJCU
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Sergio M.

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I can help you get an eye for a artsy photo and make the camera your weapon

About Sergio

Hi, there! My name is Sergio and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons for a few years and have loved helping my students play saxophone, DJ, and learn the basics of piano. I went to New Jersey City University and earned a degree in Music Business in 2018. I'm a patient and un

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Kavita P.
So far, I've loved all of my classes with Sergio. His teaching style with photography fits my needs perfectly.
Lucy
I like Sergio because he is very laid back and super funny. He fits incredibly well with my learning style and pace and I always enjoy our lessons. I was immediately able to pick up things I had previously struggled with upon taking his classes and have really enjoyed myself. Overall, I would absolutely recommend Sergio to anyone looking to start playing saxophone.
Karl B.
it was 😁
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Jonathan Y.

10 Reviews
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Starting at $90
  • Speaks English
  • Dual Degree in History and Political Science from UCLA
  • Teaching since 2013
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Jonathan Y.

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A photojournalist and wedding photographer with 20 years of experience. Jonathan has a passion for teaching and loves seeing his students thrive. All ages and skill levels welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs and goals of each student. You'll soon have the foundation to take timeless photos or take your skills to the next level. Shoot me a message, I'd love to hear from you!

About Jonathan

I am a professional photographer specializing in photojournalism, portrait, food, and wedding photography. I graduated from UCLA and work 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

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Lynda
He is flexible, articulate and patient.
Conner C.
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!
Robin
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.

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Local Lessons

No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing photography teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

Online Lessons

Is your dream photography teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Photography Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute photography lessons is $64. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $39 and $90 per hour.
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$46 average
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"very easy to follow and finally understand how things interact....looking forward to next lesson."
jen
Took Photography lessons from Giuseppe B.
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"Working with Sarah has been great! She has shared her knowledge freely, has a keen, artistic eye, and provides lots of creative solutions. I hope to enlist her services again in the future."
Clifford
Took Photography lessons from Sarah L.
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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."
Diane
Took Photography lessons from Jonathan Y.
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"She was absolutely wonderful! She answered all of my questions, helped me figure out what my issues were, and made great suggestions for different settings I should explore. 100% would recommend her!"
Katie
Took Photography lessons from Sarah L.
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"Loved my lesson! Helped me clear my doubts about fundamentals basics of photography. Great teacher and caters to students need."
Sabeen
Took Photography lessons from Giuseppe B.
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"Joe is very knowledgeable and very patient. I scheduled another lesson with him. I would highly recommend Joe."
Steve
Took Photography lessons from Giuseppe B.
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"Joy is lovely and has been very flexible with my schedule. You can tell she loves photography and enjoys teaching. If I was more of an online learner I would have rated the session a 5. I am now realizing I am more of a hands on person it is personally challenging for me to learn using this method. In an ideal world we would be learning by shooting in real time."
Nancy
Took Photography lessons from Joy S.
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"Very informative. I enjoyed the lesson very much."
Julie
Took Photography lessons from Joy S.
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"He was an all-right teacher and a decent guy.
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Xiaoliang
Took Photography lessons from Giuseppe B.
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"Mark OneWolf is a phenomenal teacher. Great photographers are not always great teachers, but here is a person who is both. I started with basics of not understanding much about photography beyond auto mode or about other modes on my camera, but he expertly guided me through the process of learning more about both. He is incredibly encouraging and responsive to questions, and is a kind an generous teacher.

I am now at the next level of learning about photo editing, and again, Mark goes the extra distance to research how we can more easily share images to discuss the editing process.

Do not let the online format stop you. Mark's style is very hands on.

He has exceeded all my expectations for an online class. He is an outstanding, and very patient, diligent and resourceful teacher. I highly recommend Mark and am looking forward to continued lessons with him."
Kim
Took Photography lessons from Mark Y.
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Photography Classes Near You and Online

We've all done it — taken mediocre pictures. 

Though we all get inspired to capture the visually stunning moments in our lives, not all of our photos do justice to these moments.

A glowing moon bobs, enormous above the horizon, and yet we see only a drop of light in the photo. The sunset sprays brilliant color across the sky, but in the picture, it looks drab. Your friends shoot dazzling smiles from a dance floor, but their photographed faces are too dark to see or rendered with spooky, red eyes. If you've ever witnessed a breathtaking sunset, a luminous moonrise, or a halo of fuzz around a sleeping kitten, snapped a photo, and been disappointed with the results, then photography classes are for you.

In private photography lessons and photography classes, you can l

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earn all the principles and techniques that'll allow your camera to capture what you see with your naked eye. After learning a few principles of photography, your photos won't disappoint you again. With the right training and equipment, you'll be able to enjoy and share the most beautiful, captivating, and heartwarming moments of your life again and again with accurate, well-edited photos. 

Why Learn to Take Photos?

Apart from the personal satisfaction and enjoyment that comes from capturing skillfully shot pictures, you'll find plenty of additional reasons why learning to take photos with a photography teacher is worth your time, effort, and investment. For starters, professional photographers and photo editors are in high demand in multiple industries. Photographers find professional opportunities in journalism, marketing, real estate, design, and more. 

If you'd prefer to work for yourself, as a professional photographer, you'll have plenty of opportunities to make a living. You can set up your own portrait studio and make a pretty penny by hiring yourself out for weddings, parties, and graduating seniors. You can also take an entire library of photos and make a living by licensing them for use online through websites like Getty Images or Shutterstock. 

The Benefits of Online Photography Classes

Whether your goal is to be a professional photographer, or you would just like to sharpen your casual photo-taking skills, online photography classes are a great way to achieve your goals. You can learn the ins-and-outs of your camera from the comfort of your home with more flexible scheduling options than private photography lessons conducted in person.

No two private lessons are exactly alike. For example, photography lessons for children differ greatly in terms of course content and teaching methods from portrait photography workshops and adult classes. Plus, your teacher will customize course content to keep you motivated and interested, while you learn at a pace that's comfortable for you.

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Photography

If you have little or no previous experience with photography (other than snapping photos with your phone), then beginner photography lessons are for you. In these private photography lessons, your teacher will introduce you to your equipment, software, and the basic principles of photography. Your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Getting acquainted with your camera
  • Metering reflected light and incident light
  • Understanding color and white balance
  • Learning how depth of field, focal length, and sensor size affect images
  • Introducing you to photo editing software

Even at the beginner stage, you’ll be thrilled to find that your photos are getting better and better. You’ll gradually end your reliance on one-click filter presets and drag-and-drop apps. Instead, you’ll be able to tweak the individual parameters of your photos, so you can begin to express yourself in a more unique way.

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Photography

If you're familiar with a few of your camera's settings and the basics of using photo editing software, then intermediate lessons are probably the best choice. In these lessons, you'll delve into unexplored features and settings on your camera and software. You'll also learn new, more complex techniques to improve the quality of the images you take. Plus, you'll learn to manipulate different aspects of photography to produce intentional results. Your intermediate photography teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Manipulate aperture, exposure, shutter speed, and work in different lights
  • Learn new shutter effects
  • Consider composition and balance: rule of thirds, diagonal lines, "S" curves and shapes, and negative space
  • Experiment with various subject types: people, animals, plants, landscapes, and inanimate objects
  • Dive into professional photo editing

At this stage, you may want to consider taking part in a portrait photography workshop. In photography classes like these, a master photographer will share their knowledge on how you can snap the perfect portrait!

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Photography

Advanced photography lessons are intended for amateur photographers, approaching professional photography status. In advanced lessons, you'll be asked to push yourself to experiment with visual narrative, new techniques, and fresh compositions. You'll have the opportunity to workshop and edit photos with a professional photographer. Topics covered in advanced lessons depend on the student's interests and goals, but your teacher might choose to cover the following:

  • Learn the art of telling visual photo stories
  • Develop a personal style
  • Learn the ins and outs of publishing photography
  • Understand how to copyright
  • Discover setting up a photography business

If you’ve already reached the advanced photography stage, chances are, you’ve explored many different subjects through your lens. Now is the time when you can challenge yourself with new perspectives and push the boundaries of your photography knowledge.

How to Find Photography Classes

Now that you understand some of the benefits of photography classes, you’re ready to find a teacher. Fortunately, finding a photography teacher on TakeLessons is easy. Whether you’re looking for online photography classes or private photography lessons in your area, the perfect teacher is waiting for you here.

A quick search above will direct you to a variety of experienced, qualified teachers, offering photography classes for adults, children, and students at all levels. Before selecting a teacher, we recommend browsing several profiles and reading reviews left by previous photography students. 

The price of photography classes varies, but with so many teachers to choose from, you should be able to find an affordable rate on TakeLessons. Whether you study online or in-person, you'll find that investing in private lessons pays off fast. Your photos will look better after just one lesson.

When you improve your photography skills, you’re building up your ability to capture and share the important moments in life. Those around you will appreciate the beauty that your photos bring into their lives. We wish you the best on your photography journey!

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