Mindful Imaging

Mindful Imaging

5.0 (1)
Best of 2022
1 employee
22 years in business

About this pro

I taught digital photography for seven years at Henley’s Photography in Bakersfield, California. I am a no rush instructor. I teach how cameras and lenses work. I also teach post-production software. I do justice to the art of composition in my instruction. I typically look for adult students because of the complexity involved in modern cameras. If you really want to learn about the mechanics and science of digital photography, you are at the right palace.

Once you learn about light, shadow, camera and lens through my instruction, you will be able to begin exploring any aspect of photography because you will understand how it all fits together.

Photography has endless possibilities for creativity. Teaching photography is a joy because I truly enjoy the subject.

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Bakersfield, CA 93304
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  • Dan Davis, Dan Davis Photography

    I am a professional landscape/fine art photographer and have read Ed Ruth's book and articles. His knowledge of the technical and artistic facets of photography is really amazing - He presents good, solid practical and technical information that is easy to read and understand by both beginners and professionals - and with a healthy dose of humor! throughout!

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

Classes are customized to meet the needs of each student. We can discuss your individual needs and interests by email before we begin a visit or Zoom internet video lesson. I am very flexable. For my 1-to-1 classes, please do bring a friend.

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

BS Secondary Education

MS Recreation Administration and Public Administartion

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

I am a serious professional, and I know the subject. Typically, when I meet a student in person for a 1-to-1 class, the price is $200 and the course lasts until the subject matter (camera, Lightroom, Photoshop) is covered to meet your needs, and all your questions are answered. This is typically about four hours.

How did you get started teaching?

I walked into my local camera shop and offered myself as an instructor. Have been teaching since 1973.

What types of students have you worked with?

All... many new digital camera owners, professionals who need another professional's review or evaluation, and beginning Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom users.

I am very discreet and have worked with professionals who needed to become more familiar with post-production software but were somewhat shy to admit it. Your confidentiality is assured.

I often have layers, doctors, and other professionals as students. I have had beginners from all walks of life.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I took a black and white cityscape a while back, featuring one prominent building. It was taken on a day with perfect lighting and a dramatic sky. The photograph won a local award. The owner of the building called me and asked how much a copy of the digital file would cost. I told him it wouldn't cost a thing, and I would bring it over on a DVD. He was quite surprised. Often bringing joy is its own reward.

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

For camera class, bring your camera, lens, and fully charged battery. For post-production courses such as DXO PhotoLab, Adobe Photoshop CC, or Lightroom, bring a notebook and pen. You do not need to bring a laptop.

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

What are your personal or professional goals and priorities? What questions do you need answered?