Dan Hartford Photo

Dan Hartford Photo

5.0 (3)
2 hires on Lessons.com

About this pro

First of all you can bring 1 or 2 friends/relatives to the lessons at no charge.  Also, if after the first hour you are not getting what you want, we can stop there and there is no charge.  

i adjust my teaching to the topics, camera and goals of each individual student.  If there are photography area's you are more interested in, I spend more time in those areas with you.  If there are less interesting area's we skip them or go over them more quickly.  It is really driven by what the student wants to get out of it and what knowledge they already have.

I seem to have a way of explaining things that people connect with (at least according to all of my reviews, most of which are on Yelp).  Even people who have taken other photography courses say that they learned more in a couple of hours with me than they did in their entire previous course.

I keep my costs low because I just love teaching people about photography and helping them make better images.  No matter what level you start at it is just so much fun showing you what more you can do with your camera and showing you things you may never have known about.

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Palo Alto, CA 94306
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3 Reviews


  • Denise

    Very thorough which allowed me to understand so much more about the camera and how to achieve different styles of pictures. The lessons ended with picture composure. Now when I look at good photo's I can see the composure teachings. Fun. Looking forward to playing with the camera more.

  • Claire O'Callahan

    I took Dan's structured approach photography course which covered material on the basic workings of the camera, a review of the automatic settings, and an in depth lesson on the manual modes. After completing the course I feel that I have a strong basic knowledge of the camera and will be able to take off on my own with the information I learned from Dan. It was an amazingly informative class and a wonderful experience.

  • Marta M.

    Dan is an amazing teacher! . I invited my nieces and sister to take a photography class and Dan did a good job explaining all the camera parts and how to improve the technique. My nieces and sister are from Spain and they are learning English. However, that wasn't a problem since Dan made sure to explain all the functions slow and clear. Dan is an awesome teacher and I recommend his class to everyone who wants to improve their photography skills.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

1) ask student questions about their photographic style, euipment, subject matter, and issues they may be having

2) Work with student to see if the Structured Course or the Unstructured tutoring sessions would work better

3)  Conduct sessions with student at students learning pace

4)  provide free email support after lessons

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Quarter of a century of fine photography,  Photos published in magazines and international award winner

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Keep it simple.  $50 per hour.  2 hour minimum for first session.  If is not what is desired, can stop after 1 hour with no charge.

How did you get started teaching?

Saw a need and filled the gap

What types of students have you worked with?

Varied.  From early teens to quite senior citizens.  From novice beginners to professional photogaphers who needed help in specific area's (e.g. transitioning from film to Digital).  Some of my students have become professional photographers.  

Most common are Mom's & Dad's who want more than snapshots of their growing family.  2nd most common are folks nudging up to an exotic trip (e.g. African Safari) and have new camera they need to learn how to use (please allow 4 to 6 months to learn your new camera before your trip).  Third most common are families looking to make photography something the family can all do together.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look at reviews for teaching skills.  The best photog in the world may be a lousy teacher.  Look for someone offering a teaching environment that suits you. 

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

1) Are you willing to put in the effort to learn a new skill.  Much like learning to play a musical instrument.  If you want someone to say - press this button and you'll be Ansel Adam's then you will be dissappointed.

Lessons offered

Photography Classes Adobe Lightroom Classes