Lockwood PhotoWorks

Lockwood PhotoWorks

32 years in business

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I'm a highly published, award winning commercial, editorial and fine art photographer who comes from the analog school of photography where you REALLY had to know what you were doing because we were using film. Back then the only way you could check your exposures were by shooting a polaroid first, except with 35mm, where then, after we measured the light with a hand-held, incident light meter, set the shutter speed and f-stop to what the meter said, we simply bracketed the exposures to cover ourselves. Therefore, I'm a master at knowing how to light stuff with anything from daylight, to tungsten, to studio strobes, etc., etc., not to mention using "fill-light" for a 1:3 lighting ratio. I can not only teach you the technical stuff, but also creativity like composition, style, vison, etc., etc. In additon, I started using Photoshop with version 1.0 and, as a result, have won awards for my knowledge and creativity, including the Grand Prize for Photo-Illustration at MAC WORLD-SF one year. I'm also easy to work with, have a good sense of humor and won't criticize you if you don't get something right away because I work hard at good communication and have a real desire to share my knowedge in a way that you can easily understand it. You can see my commercial work here... www.lockwood-photo.com and my fine art work here... www.lockwoodphotoworks.com.

I LOVE what I do and a good part of that revolves around coming up with new ideas and/or taking someone else's ideas and then working with light, focus, composition and balance to come up with an image(s) that meets or hopefully even exceeds an art director and/or client's expectations. My fine art work involves the same approach, except now I'm the client and therefore have free rein to express myself creatively, which is also the part I enjoy communicating to my students with an initial, hands-on approach. Learning to take photographs that are more than simply snap-shots involves both learning to see light, as well as how to control it with your camera settings, and also learning the process of creative compostion so that your images come out not only like what you see in your mind's eye, but in ways that directs a viewers eye to what you consider is the most important elements in the image and/or the storyyou're trying to tell as well. However, because exposure automation is so prevelant with every camera made, enabling most anyone to get very good pictures these days, I first teach my students how to see creatively by actually working in the field right off, thus the "hands-on" approach. After that we then move on to how to control light, working with the same approach. It's not only more fun, but my students are able to see more immediate results this way, which they can start applying right away when they go out shooting on their own.

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Vallejo, CA 94590
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

To be honest, I'm new to teaching, but I think it's best to have an initial phone conversation to find out exactly what the student would like to learn, as well as what they already know, and then go from there, to disguss how often they would like to meet and where. 

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

I've been asked to by the Photography Department of California State University, my Alma mater, to be a guest lecturer a number of times and also had a number of students from that department do their internship with me, as well. In addition, I've also been asked to show my work and lecture for established and very well known photographer's rep, author and lecturer, Maria Piscopo a number of times as a guest during a number of her lectures.

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

My standard rate is $25.00 an hour with a two hour miniumum. I prefer that the student comes to me, however, I'll also travel with paid expenses.

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

Make sure they can communicate what they know well and don't assume that you know more than you do.

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

What they would like to learn how to photograph.