Alan Staats

Alan Staats

5.0(3 reviews)


One-on-one instruction is a great way to teach, and I believe that my students progress at a much faster rate than those students in a classroom situation.

Teaching is one of the best ways to keep learning!


Hired 7 times
2 employees
32 years in business
Serves Glendale , AZ

Payment methods

Credit Card, Cash, Venmo, Paypal, Square, Zelle

Social media


Interest in additional skills

Photoshop skills, Dark room printing and development (for film cameras), Improve knowledge of lighting, Lightroom software skills, Improve scene composition

Student's age

19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Experience level

No experience, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Photography type

I can make recommendations, Portraits, Action, Black and White, Wildlife / nature photography, Time-lapse, Beginner basics

Photos and videos

  • Reviews

    0 reviews

    Samantha L.

    Alan is a wonderful photography instructor and an equally wonderful human being. He is experienced, patient, and anxious to share his love of photography with his students. Dont hesitate to reach out to him for guidance ... regardless of whether you are an absolute beginner or have experience in photography. You will learn something from Alan and enjoy your time with him as well!
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    March 07, 2023
    Hired on Lessons

    Luz V.

    He explains photoshop so well! I have had the pleasure of working with him and I truly see his passion for photography, he is an amazing instructor! I really like that he has a flexible schedule as well. Overall I am very content with his service.
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    February 13, 2023
    Hired on Lessons

    Karen D.

    Alan is very patient with me. I have had a hard time with photo shop and he has helped me alot. We go out one week and shoot pictures and then the next week we do photo shop. He has a great personality also.
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    February 12, 2023

    Frequently asked questions

    Speaking with them to determine what they want to do,  and what they actually know.  Building from there, I tailor a lesson plan that will serve to get my students to a skill level, both with their cameras and using the post production software, PhotoShop and Lightroom, that will allow them to create images they will be proud of.

    Staff instructor, The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, 1973-1978; apprenticed for Life Magazine photographer John O. Shearer, 40+ years of work in the field and studio.

    $30 per hour; negotiable discounts for multiple days and/or hours.

    When Life Magazine folded in the early 1970s, the photographer I was working for, John O. Shearer was offered a position as a professor at The Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.  John invited me to teach darkroom and basic camera work, which grew to include instruction on how to plan and assemble a picture story.  In addition, while at Columbia, I also worked for famed television producer and director Fred W. Friendly instructing his students on film and motion picture camera work.

    Beginners and intermediate level, some of whom were working towards eventually turning professional.  In several recent cases my students have reached professional levels and are currently producing paid free lance assignments.

    Covering Harvey/Irma/Maria responses from Texas to St. Thomas.

    Talk with the photographer, explain what you want, where you want to go and how you think you can get there.  Go to the library, if time permits, and go through books of photography, as opposed to books ON photography.  See which style of photography catches your eye which can serve as a starting point.

    What do you want to accomplish and what path do you see towards achieving that goal? In addition, what type/types of photography do you want to pursue?  For example someone who wants to be a studio photographer will take a vastly different path, once the basics are firmly in place, than a photojournalist or landscape photographer will take.

    Services offered

    Adobe Photoshop