I’ve been tutoring photographers since 2013, and currently a mentor for the NZIPP. I completed my second degree (first was in Biochemistry Hons) majoring in photography at the age of 47 with academic excellence in 2022.
As a photographer and artist, I impart the following lessons, insights and subjects to my students.
Understanding the fundamentals of photography such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, composition, lighting, and exposure. I’m skilled in both digital and analog photography so can help with all aspects of the equipment employed.
building a website, portfolio & online presence
Prior to working as a photographer I was a website and graphic designer for close to a decade. I have the skills to help students create a meaningful online brand, and putting their best foot forward when it comes to standing out from the photography crowd.
During our time together I help students discover what suits them best as a commercial image maker or artist, and then provide support build a solid high quality portfolio to validate their skills to interested clients- and Google.
Understanding how to work with subjects to achieve the best outcomes for the project or brief. Includes establishing a clear process, technical elements, posing and creating genuine and engaging portraits.
studio/ on location lighting and direction
Mastering introduced lighting foundations and directing subjects in the studio and on location inside or outdoor for both film and digital. Studio lighting refers to the process of illuminating and composing a scene in a controlled environment using artificial light sources.
On location lighting and direction involves using available natural light and supplementing it with artificial light sources, to capture a scene in its natural environment.
Help photographers and aspiring photographers to develop the skills necessary to plan, execute, and present a successful range of both commercial and personal photographic projects.
critique and feedback
Providing constructive criticism and feedback on students’ work is a vital part of the photographic process to help them grow and improve.
Teaching students how to use visual
Discovering and developing an individual style and understanding how to use various techniques and tools to bring an individuals unique vision to life.
Encouraging students to think outside the box, to experiment and push boundaries to create unique and captivating images.
analog film development
How to develop both monochrome and colour negatives effectively and affordably at home or in your studio. I also cover the scanning and digitalisation of the images for online and print projects.
Demonstrating how to use software to enhance and transform images, while also showing the importance of keeping post-processing minimal and natural.
printing and book making
Support with producing high-quality printing on a range of materials in various sizes and finishes. Custom book binding options including perfect binding, saddle-stitching, and case binding, with a variety of cover materials and printing options.
Discussing the ethical considerations involved in photography, such as obtaining consent from subjects, avoiding misrepresentation, and avoiding exploitation.
Offering guidance on how to turn photography into a profitable venture, including marketing, pricing, and client management.
Sharing industry knowledge and experience, including information on marketing, pricing, and working with clients that is constantly shifting, evolving and changing.
shadowing me on photoshoots
Observing and learning from my photographic process during a commercial or personal shoot, to gain insight into my technical and creative processes. This experience can help aspiring or experienced photographers improve their skills in lighting, camera settings, composition, and working with subjects.
I believe that a balance of photographic technical and creative skills, combined with a strong ethical foundation, is crucial for success as a photographer and artist. By imparting these lessons, I hope to equip those who I mentor with the tools they need to pursue their passions and bring their visions to life.
Every person is different and I’m passionate about offering personalised attention for one-on-one instruction and support, tailored to each student’s individual needs and goals.
Currently I’m only offering learning via Skype- and this is priced at $99 + GST per hour.
Email me to talk more about how I can help.