Bio and Teaching Philosophy
I’ve been a working photographer since 1976. During that time I have been a generalist working in different areas of photography. Of course, I have shot portraits and events. That was my main work in the early years. I later went on to specialize in Museum photography. My clients included the Norton Simon Museum, the Smithsonian Museum of the Americas, the Field Museum and the Southwest Museum. In 1986 I went on staff at the Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History, where I worked as a photographer and video production specialist.During this time I continued to teach photography courses at the Darkroom Workshop in Pasadena and for more than 22 years I taught both photography and video courses at Tri Community Adult Education in Covina.
My method of teaching is centered around three core perspectives:
Technical – the basics of the just how cameras work.
Aesthetics – application of established visual principles that create clear communication.
Intuition – learning to listen to the creative promptings that always surround you. I deeply believe in the benefits of peer-to-peer learning created and fostered by supportive reviewing of student work each week. We use a video projector to review/share our work. Regardless of skill level, everyone can learn from each other.
The first course I will be teaching will be Composition: The Foundation. Good composition always applies regardless of experience or the price of your equipment. I have seen students with the simplest of devices create quality images with emotional impact because of their application of good composition standards. Some of the topics to be covered will include:
- Light quality and emotional statements Creating the right kind of tensions Power of the diagonals
- The role of complementary colors
- Stability in framing choices Color Temperatures
The course will be offered over four sessions. Depending upon student response, there may be a second Advanced Composition course, to be offered at a later date.
Total course fee for the four meetings is $100/student. The fee is payable the first night of instruction.