Pat Keith Photography

Pat Keith Photography

5.0 (2)
1 employee
7 years in business

About this pro

I tailor the learning experience to the person.  Not all people learn the same way and I am sensitive to your needs. I have a proven methodology that begins with basics everyone has to have but can be tailored to your particular interests.  I blend demonstration, written information and hands-on techniques so that you get to learn and practice.

As a photographer, I enjoy capturing images that tell a story, inspire others.  As a teacher, I get excited when a student grasps a concept and can use it.  As they grow, I grow as well.  It becomes a partnership through which I have made many friends.

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Lake Elsinore, CA 92532
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  • Caden C.

    Excellent teacher. Sensitive to student needs and experience level. Extremely knowledgeable about photography and related topics.

  • Hoon Choi

    He is a wonderful teacher who goes over each topic of photography very thoroughly and carefully. He is truly passionate about photography and it shows and shines through his teachings. His passion for photography and teachings have led my daughter to peruse the photography as her life long hobby. It’s been truly blessing being one of Mr. Pat Keith’s students.

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

The most important step with a new student is to get to know them and their expectations.  While the first two classes are standardized for the basics that everyone needs to know, I tailor remaining classes based on the student's mode of learning, their goals, and their needs.

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

I began photography in 1976 while serving in the military and in Korea.  A Korean national prize winning photographer was my instructor and I learned basic photography, dark room techniques, film and slide production, printing, and a bit about teaching others.  I also have an education degree and have been teaching technical subjects for years.  I currently photograph with other professionals and, at times, on my own.

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

Each 2 hour class cost $60.  However, depending on the need of the student and their request, I can cusomize learning packages and provide unique pricing.  Many students ask for 4 classes - that's 8 hours of core photography.  After practicing for a while, some further their skills with more advanced training.  Regardless, I let you decide how far and how fast you would like to learn.

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching when friends asked "How do you do X?" and I would take time to show them how.  Gradually, by word of mouth, others contacted me and asked if I could help them, what would it cost, etc.  Some students only wanted one or two lessons while others want more.  I learned that flexibility was key in helping others learn the art of photography.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with a wide range of ages and skill levels.  This included adults with moderate photography experience to young children with no experience.  I do not take more than two students at a time so that I can focus on their learning.  Depending on the age, experience, and maturity of the person, I create the learning experience that fits them.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I recently traveled to Redlands, CA and went to Orange Street where there is an alley on which a number of bars open onto.  What is unique is that the alley is covered by multicolored umbrellas that create great shadows on the pavement and tints the windows with a rainbow effect.  A young ballerina in full costume was the model and I photographed her in multiple poses.  This experience was especially memorable because I was with a group of other photographers of all skill levels, who were practicing and learning from each other.

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

First, understand that a teacher must be able to work with you, personally.  I recommend that you look up their website, review their social media, etc. just to see what type of photographer they are.  Then meet them for a 15-20 minute interview so that they can learn about you.  Ask them questions about process, technique, and how they will work with you.  You will find out fairly quickly if there is some chemistry there or not.

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

1.  What do I want to learn as a result of these classes?

2.  Is there a specific type of photography that I would like to really learn well (landscape, portrait, etc.)?

3.  Do I have the time to practice outside of classes? Can I spend about 3 hours for every class hour just taking photos and trying new things?

4.  How do I really learn the best?  Do i like to read then do or do I prefer hands on learning? etc.

5.  How far do I think I can go with the equipment that I currently own?  How much can I invest if I really need to?

6.  What makes learning fun for me?  What would I like to see from a teacher that would make learning more enjoyable?

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