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Photography:

Everybody these days has a camera of one sort or another. Even the cheapest of cell phones has a camera built into it that rivals the first digital camera I bought almost ten years ago. Back then it was the height of technology; now it's beyond antiquated. But as the technology gets better, faster and more complex with every year, why are we still seeing the same quality of photographs time and time again? Look at the images you took with that 12.1 Megapixel all-singing, all-dancing digital camera and tell me they are any better than you used to take with the Kodak Brownie? Remember when you used to unload film from your camera, then wait days for it to be developed? I am sure the joy of traditional photography can be traced back those few moments of frantic shuffling of photographs while still standing in the lab/drug store/mall. Anyway, my point is it's not the camera that takes great photographs, it's YOU. Sure, all the modern technology helps, but we have forgotten the basics. Most Point-and-Shoots don't even have a viewfinder anymore, so how are you to frame an image correctly? Having the camera in our hands, while looking at a tiny little LCD screen, removes us completely from the seductive sensation of bringing the camera up to our face, closing one eye, and looking at the world through a tiny rectangle of light. Let me teach you how to get the best out of your digital camera, worry less about the settings, and focus more on taking great photos.

Not looking for one-on-one help? Then check out our photography school's new website and see which class would work for you.

Lightroom:

I was one of the first beta testers of Lightroom. I stuck with it throughout all the initial teething problems when it was One Point Oh. Boy was it slow to begin with! But the intuitive design and seamless integration with Photoshop still makes it a delight to drive. Once you start to remember all the keyboard shortcuts, your photographic workflow develops to the point where you couldn't imagine not using Lightroom. So I can offer you all my experience with using this program since the beginning. I still don't know all the little hints and tips that you can find on Photoshopuser.com, but then that's why I'm a NAPP member and attend as many seminars as I can.

Photoshop:

For many years I couldn't afford the high price tag of Photoshop. I used the bargain basement PaintShop Pro for a long time. Then I had a bootleg copy of Photoshop 9.0 from a Russian software emporium (out the back of a car in Siberia and for the extortionate sum of $3!!), yet it wasn't until I went legitimate with CS2 that I really started to see the benefits of this Adobe program. I am still amazed at all it can do, even though my experience is primarily focused on retouching/editing of portraiture photographs. I know there is a lot more to take advantage of if need be.

So if you are just starting out using either or both of these Adobe programs, I can help you get the most of them by providing personal coaching. Tell me what you want to achieve and I'll put together a program that maximizes my time with you. Or we can just sit down together and I'll show you what I do, you show me what you do, and we'll talk about the benefits of both.

Apple Products:

Back in the days when computers were beginning to make their way into the business workplace, I found myself staring at a beige cube with a tiny 9" monochromo screem, and this square box with a rubber ball rattling around inside. This was my first impressions of a Mac Classic (and a mouse), and like millions around the world we instantly fell in love with the ease of working with a Mac. It was a sad day when Schlumberger's corporate IT policy changed to Microsoft. I still have some of those initial documents created on Clarisworks... somewhere.

When I could afford one, I bought a Powerbook 150. And lugged that from oil-rig to oil-rig until the screen finally imploded on me somewhere between the Beryl Alpha and Bravo platforms in the North Sea. Sadly I was swayed to the dark side by the offer of a free work laptop PC, since everything we used in the oilfield was written in MS-DOS or Window 3.11. It took another seven or eight years until I purchased a iBook... for my wife!

Apple really got their act together in the 90's and have continued to produced award winning and beautifully designed products ever since Jobs really took hold of the helm. Cameron and I have three Mac Books (13" Air, 15" MacBook, and 17" MacBook Pro), two iPads, one 23" iMac, and the never-leaves-my-side iPhone 4s. Cam loves her iPod Touch too.

So I know my way around a Mac. I know how to get the best from them. I know where to look for the really cool software. If you need help, I can help you. And if I can't, then I'll do my best to find the solution.

Tutoring: $60 per hour.