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Julie D.

65 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Awarded Photojournalist Photographer of the Year - 2009 from Professional Photographers of California
  • BS/BA from University of LaVerne
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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.

Do you just want a review and critique of your photos to help you improve? Ask for our discounted fee for this service.

About Julie

How to Take an Online Class - Julie will teach you the process of signing up for and taking an online class. We will go through every step so you can be successful in today's world of online learning and work. Photography - Be the boss! Take control of your digital camera. Tutoring sessi

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Amy A.
Great first session! I liked the pace, and Julie was upbeat, professional, and easy to follow.
Pilar R.
Sherie A.
I had just my first lesson and it is quite obvious that I have been assigned the right teacher! And online instruction is perfect for what we are doing!
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Priscilla D.

48 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $60
  • Speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese
  • B.F.A. in Fine Art Photography from Corcoran College of Art + Design
  • Teaching since 2004
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Priscilla D.

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First thing I do before first day of class is send out an enthusiastic email and call shortly after. Briefly discussing and establishing the learning goals for the course based on the visual literacy,technical,and intellectual competencies the students should achieve by the end of a period is ideal for me to design the course or update an existing course for the student's desired outcomes. The syllabus and the schedule are completed along with a comprehensive strategy for what will take place during class.

About Priscilla

I go by Ms. P and I have a huge passion for teaching music, art and photography! I am from a musical and visual arts family in Brazil. My background in music ranges from classical, gospel, pop, rock and jazz and my background in photography ranges from portraits, street photography and fine art. I’

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she always tries to help me improve while also encouraging me when I do something right and it makes me feel really good!
Kara W.
I’m having great time in my lessons with Ms. P. She makes it easy for me to follow along with the materials and I feel that I’m actually starting to sound like a proficient ukelele musician.
Aarti B.
Priscilla is fantastic. My son really enjoys his lessons with her, which have been both in our home and now online. She is patient and understanding and has made it a very enjoyable experience!
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Mark Y.

5 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $75
  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Teaches students 16 and up
  • Electronics Engineering from University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering
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Mark Y.

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Photography is a big part of our lives these days. It's a modern way of storytelling. Let me help you tell your story better. From Beginner to Advance, I cater the lessons to your needs.

A lifelong student of Photography myself, I have made my living as a professional Photographer for nearly 10 years. In addition to Shooting I have been teaching and helping others hone their craft for the past 4 years.

Many people want instant results but photography is a process. Despite the experience level of the photographer my goal is teach something new. Be it a concept or technique at the end of the session you will be one step closer to your goals.

The session doesn't end at the end of the hour. I provide e-mail support for questions pertaining to the discussed subject matter. I do assign homework and or conduct practical lessons so I also provide feedback and critique for photographs.

I use Lightroom and Photoshop for post processing and I am able to provide ...

About Mark Onewolf

I began photographing family events at the age of 8 years old. I was always fascinated with how things work and the camera was no exception. I learned to shoot with Film cameras. First with my Dad's Pentax and when I was employed I purchased my own. During my time in the Navy and Army I becam

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Kim
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
Mark is a thoroughly knowledgeable, patient and encouraging instructor. I just completed a series of lessons with him to learn the basic elements of my new camera and settings so that I can go beyond the auto settings before embarking on a trip to Peru. I couldn't be happier with what Mark taught me. In addition to the basics of aperture, shutter and program auto modes, he provided very practical information on things like tripods, storage, programs and apps. I can't wait to take more lessons from Mark when I return from Peru!
Jess
Mark has taught me a lot of lessons in photography. Very knowledgeable in a broad range of disciplines (i.e. long exposures, head shots, weddings, street, editing, portraiture, product, and more). Covering so many categories of photography I feel gives him the ability to answer many questions that a specialized niche photographer would lack. I am a photographer and I get paid gigs, that's how good Mark is. I received my ROI 100x over. Highly recommended.
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Giuseppe B.

43 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $80
  • Speaks Italian, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Digital Media Arts from TCI The College Of Technology
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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

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Sabeen
Loved my lesson! Helped me clear my doubts about fundamentals basics of photography. Great teacher and caters to students need.
Richard S.
My first session with Giuseppe covered various aspects of composition and white balance. Both topics were explained clearly and reinforced with graphics.
He addressed all of my questions.
Audra Delfosse
Giuseppe is knowledgeable and exceptional at teaching his craft. His style of teaching helps you to learn the program quickly without feeling overwhelmed. Highly recommend!
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Kelvin L.

141 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $35
  • Speaks Chinese Mandarin
  • Music MA from University of Nottingham
  • Awarded 4th National violin competition from Poland
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Kelvin L.

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If you’re interested in learning photography – congratulations! Photography is a fun, practical hobby as well as an exciting career. Although learning photography does take a little patience, the rewards are certainly worth it. So, let’s start with the benefits of why you should learn photography.

- The ability to record special events like a child’s birthday, graduation or the family’s vacations with clear, focused well composed photographs.

- Never missing a picture of a special moment because you were searching for the right button or dial.

- Taking photos that you and your loved ones will enjoy displaying on your wall. By capturing your special memories in pictures, you can have a way to document and pass on these memories to future generations.

- Communicating through your photographs. A picture really is worth a thousand words! You can capture an expression that says it all. Or as we've seen in magazines like Time and National Geographic, you can shoot photographs ...

About Kelvin

I am a highly organized, outcome-driven and motivated professional musician and educator with solid experience in the classroom. For the past 25 years, I have been employed with Amati music academy and seven years on the faculty of University of St Francis. I am very comfortable with all aspects

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My son is enjoying working with Kelvin
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Jonathan Y.

5 Reviews
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  • Dual Degree in History and Political Science from UCLA
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2013
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Jonathan Y.

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A photojournalist and wedding photographer with 15 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

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.

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Amit A.
very interactive and understanding
Diane
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.
Jeff W.
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.
Jeff

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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.

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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 $67. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $60 and $75 per hour.
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"Hi Richard!

Thanks again for your time and info yesterday. I will email you soon, and we will figure out when we should meet for our next class.

Have a great day!

Frankie"
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"Julie was very helpful in assisting me to organize my pictures and understanding how to use Lightroom.."
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"Mrs. Julie is great at making sure I feel comfortable with the information taught!"
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"I had a wonderful first lesson with Joy and learned so much. Thank you!"
Claire
Took Photography lessons from Joy S.
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"We went over a lot of camera information in this lesson. Julie did an excellent job of explaining everything. I really enjoyed my class with her."
Anita
Took Photography lessons from Julie D.
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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."
Jeff
Took Photography lessons from Jonathan Y.
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"Julie is a fantastic teacher! She is very organized, patient, and sweet."
Amy
Took Photography lessons from Julie D.
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"Excellent experience I learned exactly what I need and this helped me get ideas how to start my own photography business"
Sarah Jackson
Took Photography lessons from Sergey K.
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"Learned a lot, looking forward to another class."
Amanda
Took Photography lessons from Julie D.
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"Great first class. I'm looking forward to my next class."
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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 learn 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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