Years of professional experience.
Focus on Craft & Creativity
CRAFT - Using the tools to perfect your final product
Gear: Digital & Film photogrpahy. 35mm, medium & large format as well as camera phone photography. But the BEST camera is the one you have in your hand. I don't beleive it is the gear that defines you :)
Lighitng: natural and available lighitng. Strobes and studio lighting. Stands, bounce, tripods. Filters and media.
Technique: Aperture/Shutter Speed/ISO, Manual & AF, Lenses, Lightroom & Photoshop/ Film developing
Rapport: Anyone can push a button. 90% of being a photogrpaher happens outside the camer. How do you find your subject and build rapport so you can direct them, whether a model, animal or even a landscape, you have to work around your subject and that requires knowing how to pick up on cues and react ;)
CREATIVITY - filling a blank space with beauty and passion
How do you find your subject?
Define YOUR style
Become a better visual storyteller
Staying creative and seeing the beauty in everything
Know your limits and how to break them
When I see a blank page, I want to fill it; to tell a story. Whether the medium is through photography or the written word, the end result is to affect the viewer so when s/he sees it, s/he feels somehing different and walks away thinking and feeling something you gave them.
I like the energy and enthusiams of executing an idea and the craftmanship to perfect the final product.
As a writer-director who was seeking a better understanding of photography, I could not have found a better teacher than Leslie. As a writer himself (and a damn good one!), he spoke my language and was able to distill complex photographic concepts into terms that someone like myself (with no technical background) could understand. I’m pretty fucking dense when it comes to machines and visual concepts, but Leslie never gave up until he was sure understood the lesson. It’s rare to find visual artists with his verbal communication skills. I Can’t recommend him highly enough.
I wouldn’t have become a professional photographer if it hadn’t been for Leslie Lausch’s mentorship. I feel the most important quality about him is his ability to communicate his passion and build the confidence in you to achieve your goals. Not only is he great with a camera, but off-camera he knows how to treat his crew and subjects so that everyone is comfortable. Anyone who works with him wants to work with him again.
Leslie got me into Black & White film photography. He helped me find a camera to fit my needs and budget and also taught me about film and how to develop it. He is very knowledgeable and dedicated and is able to communicate his passion and knowledge well. He also taught me how to work with models and portrait subjects including with animals. I fully recommend him as your teacher!
I can fully recommend Leslie as your photog instructor. My friend recommended Leslie as my photography teacher & mentor. I liked how he listened to my needs and never told me what to do but rather how to discover my own voice and style. He helped me figure out what lens to buy for my DSLR and how to find and work with models. He has a lot knowledge about gear and equipment but somehow always simplifies it down and makes me feel like its more simple and less overwhelming. He’s dedicated and passionate and fun to shoot with 😊
I like to listen to each student and craft a lesson that fill their personal needs. I want to see enthusiam and confidence first and foremost in my students and act as their guide more than a teacher. I want you to grow into your natural form while I support you in helping to discover it as well as show you techniques to hone your skillset.
UC Berkeley graduate
Years of expereince as a visual storyteller
International recognized photographer and writer
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