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Joe B.

72 Reviews
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Starting at $75
  • Speaks English, Italian
  • Teaching since 2005
  • Teaches students Male: 3 and up; Female: 5 and up
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Joe 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 Joe

Hello, my name is Joe. 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 Image

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Suzie Q
Very talented and thorough. Gained a lot after just 1 session. Highly recommend joe! :)
Brison
Very thorough and easy to understand explanations. My son learned a lot!
Justine
BEST, most inspiring class EVERRR!!! I learned sooo much and loved the experience! cant wait until next time! Thank you thank you thank you! :)
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Priscilla L.

54 Reviews
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Starting at $80
  • Speaks Spanish, Portuguese, English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2004
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Priscilla L.

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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

Hi! I’m Priscilla also known as Ms. P. to my students. I'm a mentor who values a unique and creative approach to learning music and photography. In my career, I’ve realized the importance of using a variety of teaching techniques catered to a student's learning style. As a mom, I’m witness to

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Nikyah D.
Priscilla was very kind and welcoming. She made me and my daughter feel comfortable with her and my daughter had an amazing time. She is looking forward to more lessons with Priscilla
JONATHAN
Priscilla (Ms. P) is a wonderful instructor. She is fun, engaging and enthusiastic; but also a serious motivator for my preteen. I especially appreciate the weekly lesson summary provided by Ms. P that detail what was accomplished in the lesson and emphasizing what was performed particularly well by my student. I highly recommend Ms. P to anyone interested.
Debbie
Great fund of knowledge, enthusiastic, makes it fun to learn, and meets you where you are musically with encouragement to practice and make progress towards your goal. Really appreciate her unique approach to settle and center initially to make for a better experience during the lesson. Highly recommend.
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Julie D.

87 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Awarded Photojournalist Photographer of the Year - 2009 from Professional Photographers of California
  • Teaching since 2000
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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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Amber
Julie was kind and helpful. We discussed my photography experience and personal goals. We organized a plan for future lessons and I’m confident she is the perfect teacher for me.
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!
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Josiah J.

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  • Associates in Applied Science (AAS) in Digital Arts from Mesa Community College
  • Awarded Honorable Mention from Mesa Community College
  • Teaching since 2015
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Josiah J.

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As a college graduate with two Associates degrees in Fine Arts & Associates in Digital Arts, and a 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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Keith Rivers
Josiah is an EXCELLENT teacher. I purchased WordPress early in 2021 in order to build a company website. After going through tons of YouTube and WordPress lessons for literally several months, I still had no idea what I was doing and my website was also going nowhere.

After choosing Josiah as my instructor, I had an immediate improvement of my website and also gained a wealth of knowledge about website design and building in a very short amount of time.

Josiah is very, very knowledgeable and patient. I never feel coerced. He listens to my questions and concerns and gives timely, reliable feedback. Most importantly, he genuinely wants his students to learn.

Additionally, I appreciate the fact that there are no assignments, no exams, I only have to learn what is important and what I want and need to know, and I can do all of this at my own pace with absolutely no obligations or constraints.

In addition to the website building, Josiah also unselfishly gives invaluable expert advice on other topics such as marketing and advertising. I am very grateful for his help.

I am happy he is my tutor. I don't think I could have chosen a better tutor. I strongly recommend him as the number one tutor for website building with WordPress.
Keith Rivers
Very knowledgeable teacher! I've learned more from Josiah than all of the Youtube and Wordpress tutorials combined. A+
Fletcher
First lesson. Awesome to work with. Very patient and understands his subject of expertise thoroughly. I had previously tried to start on my own without knowing anything and every time he ran into something that surprised him he was able to quickly diagnose, explain, and lead me to the solution. And I had done some weird stuff apparently. Very impressed so far. Cool guy.
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Kevina F.

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  • Speaks Spanish, American Sign Language, English
  • Teaching since 1996
  • American Sign Language I from Clayton State University
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Kevina F.

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Bring your digital camera and let's explore different ways to capture your subject's story.

About Kevina

I am in love with the Creative Arts and enthusiastic about introducing it to others. I currently am a Teaching Artist of Flute, and of Basic Music Theory for 501(3) non-profit Henry for Music's Youth Orchestra United. I participate in my local community by engaging as a booking/media/communicat

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Amber
Kevina is AWESOME. I highly recommend working with Kevina.
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Salma R.

29 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Speaks English, Arabic
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2016
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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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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 $92. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $39 and $150 per hour.
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"Easy to learn from and patient with inexperience. highly recommend Sarah!"
Tim
Took Photography lessons from Sarah L.
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"Very pleasant , very intuitive , and very encouraging. He cares and tries hard to accommodate and customize his teaching."
Karl
Took Photography lessons from Kelvin L.
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"giuseppe was the best teacher for this !! i really learned alot!! cant wait to use my new skills i learned !! thank you !!"
Jim
Took Photography lessons from Joe B.
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"Josiah is awesome. He develops an organized lesson plan with set goals in mind. I have learned a tremendous amount already."
Garrett
Took Photography lessons from Josiah J.
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"Richard got me off to a great start with my new camera."
Rick
Took Photography lessons from Richard G.
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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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"He was an all-right teacher and a decent guy.
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Xiaoliang
Took Photography lessons from Joe B.
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"Really great instructor. I appreciate her patience with me being a novice and providing great direction. Highly recommend."
Jason
Took Photography lessons from Priscilla L.
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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."
Robin
Took Photography lessons from Jonathan Y.
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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 Joe B.
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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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