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Joseph B.

Joseph B.

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I am a published photographer, a professional musician with an international acclaim and a published writer. The reason all of these arts are synergistic together is because they are all about the inner vision and the capture of something magical. This magic is invisible to these who pass by in a rush. Photography has been a love of mine since childhood as I took images with a fully manual camera in black and white without a range finder or auto focus lens. I still love the visceral experience. My published photographs both on line as well as in galleries have been met with approval both in the media as well as by the established authorities. The director of Eastman House has picked one of my larger images of nature as one of his favorites. My specialty is street photography and the expressive moments of animals interacting with people. I do like portraiture which has been selected as an honorable win by photographic associations and printed in concert programs for professional soloists, musicians. My images have been shown in theater as well. I use full frame sensor cameras by Leica, Cannon and film cameras by Nikon, Minolta, Fuji as well as mirrorless cameras by Fuji and Canon. I have used many other brands throughout the years and countless lenses, filters and techniques. I use Photoshop but do not rely on it. I teach being able to sink in the moment, slow down time and connect to what your inner eye knows its going to see in a moment after your finger gently kisses the shutter button. That senses we use as photographers go beyond the sense we use as we walk through everyday life. I invite you into that alternate world of vision and self awareness and into the connection with your subject which will give others who see it later that moment of wonder. Yes, photography is pure magic! It is a time machine, a bridge to these moments and people who loved us and whom we love. It is indeed the love of life distilled into a soft click. How do you feel about it? I look forward to hearing from you soon and to meeting you!
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Photography Lessons

In 1826, Joseph Nicéphore Niépce took the world’s very first photograph using a camera obscura and titled it “View from the Window at Le Gras.” While we’ve seen a lot of advancements in photography since that first photo, photography is still a cherished art form as we continue to use analog and digital cameras today.

If you’re looking to explore the world of photography, sign up for the best online photography lessons and in-person sessions right here at TakeLessons. Our certified teachers have the skills to teach you everything you’d like to know about photography. Join today!

Certified Photography Teachers

Are you tired of guessing what different features and functions on your camera do? Or are you bored of researching answers and watching tutorials on the internet? If so, it’s time to learn from a certified photography teacher who will help you learn all the ins and outs of this art form.

Our professional teachers have all undergone background checks and are eager to instruct you on all things photography. To find your match, browse through our listing of the very best photography teachers. You can see their qualifications, expertise, schedule, and rates. Each teacher sets their own starting rates, but on average, a 60-minute lesson is $82, while a 30-minute class is $38.

Once you’ve selected your teacher, you’re almost ready to begin your first lesson! To finalize the check-out process, simply select your schedule and lesson package, and then you’re all set to start.

Photography Online Lessons for All Ages

Sure, photography can be a complex art form, but that doesn’t mean you have to be a certain age before learning how to take professional-worthy photographs. We believe students of all ages can learn photography, and that’s why we offer lessons for children and adults alike.

If your kid is showing interest in cameras, check out our photography lessons for kids that will show your child the ropes. But if it’s you that’s interested in improving your photography, our adult lessons will be the perfect fit.

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Photography Lessons for All Levels

The beauty of photography is that it’s subjective. In other words, there’s no right or wrong way to create beautiful pieces of photography. In fact, some beginners may wind up making gallery-worthy images on their first try!

Because the process of learning photography spans such a wide spectrum, our teachers are experienced at teaching students of all levels. If you’re picking up a camera for the first time, look into our photography lessons for beginners. But if you already have mastered a few techniques, our intermediate or advanced courses may be just what you had in mind.

Sample Curriculum for Beginner 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

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Photography

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

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Photography

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

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Can I teach myself photography?

Sure, anyone can pick up a camera and begin shooting photos, but if you want to really learn the art of photography, we recommend taking lessons. During your photography lessons, you’ll learn all about your camera and how to master certain techniques to develop good, strong photography skills and habits. Whether you want to learn more about composition, shutter speed, or depth of field, our teachers are on hand to help you master each concept. What’s more, your teacher will go at your own pace, teach according to your preferred learning style, and answer your questions along the way.

How do beginners learn photography?

Easily the best way for beginners to learn photography is by signing up for our lessons. We offer photography lessons for beginners, where your teacher will introduce you to the basics, from how to operate your camera to how to use editing software programs. Perhaps the best part of our lessons is that your teacher will cater your lessons around your preferences. Whether there’s a certain style you want to learn or a technique you want to master, your teacher will help you every step of the way.

How can I learn photography for free?

We don’t offer free lessons here at TakeLessons, but you can find lessons within your price range. It’s our goal to keep our lessons affordable so students of any budget can learn the art of photography. The average cost of an hour-long session is $82, but you may find lessons as low as $18 an hour. While you will have to pay to learn with us, we’re certain that you will find our lessons to be a valuable investment—we even offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee!

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