Matt Lit Photography Education

Matt Lit Photography Education

1 employee
25 years in business

About this pro

Instilling a passion for photography, providing education, inspiration & teaching the technical to help students reach their photography visions.

I’m a professional photographer with 40 years of award-winning photography in photojournalism, wedding photography, dog photography and fine art photography.

I've enjoyed 20-plus years teaching photography at the college level and privately. I teach basic digital photography for Colorado Mountain College and photojournalism for Community College of Denver.

I teach workshops privately and with other professional photographers who excel in their own work such as wildlife photography and nature photography. Teamed up I provide the basic technical skills and visual training while my colleague inspires the rest.

I'm an expert at teaching online using great visual content, online one-on-one critiques and video tutorials. 

My passion and proven skill is passing along my abilities to my photography students.


• Adobe Campus Leader 

• Adobe Youth Voices educator

• Adobe Digital educator

• Adobe Photojournalism educator

In 40 years as a photography professional I am established as a respected photographer, photo editor, educator, reviewer and mentor. 

It is a true, lifelong passion for photography that continues to drive my work as well as my work with students and other photographers to visually execute great images. Collaborating with other professionals - for education and photography are experiences that have enriched my career. 

Commitment to photography and creative collaboration with creative stakeholders is central to my work. As a photographer, editor and educator I work to see others attain their photographic goals.

Look at what I've accomplished with basic digital students:

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Silverthorne, CO 80498
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to engage new students in a phone call to begin with. It allows for a more dynamic interaction rather than just emailing or online chatting. Scheduling an online critique session allows me to see their work and formulate a lesson plan tailored to their photography skill level and needs. 

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

• Teaching photography at college level since 1995

- Basic Digital Photography (online and face-to-face)

- Photojournalism 

• Private workshops

• CollegeDegree in Photojournalism

• Award-winning career including photojournalism, wedding photojournalism, dog photography (yes!) and fine art photography

• Continuing education including: 

- Adobe Education Certifications

- College-level academic trainings and workshops

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

I work from an hourly rate for my one-on-one photography teaching. I am also able to put together a lesson plan package based on the student's needs. It's important to be able to talk by phone initially to get a sense of what a student is seeking AND what I think the student might need. 

How did you get started teaching?

In 1995 I presented a course on documentary photography to my local college. The following year I was asked to take over teaching the basic photography classes for film and darkroom (Photo 1 and Photo 2). 

In 2011 I transitioned the program to digital photography relying on seven years of digital photography and digital asset managment computer skills using Adobe software. 

I have taught hundreds (I've lost count!) of students a passion, skill and vision for great photography. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with all levels of photography students. Some have never picked up a camera and others came in with strong visual skills which were needing a technical foundation. 

I've had students who were frankly terrible photographers. By working on their visual approach and building a strong technical base these students are now capable photographers exhibiting strong portfolios. 

I'm pleased to say I've had a number of students turn professional including one who recently began photographing for Getty! 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Working with a student who had never picked up a camera before and seeing take those basic skills and broaden into a multimedia realm. He is now doing photography and multimedia professionally. 

I have welcomed him into my classroom multiple times now to teach and inspire my students! 

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

Look at the person's background. There are too many "professional" photographers trying to teach. Not everyone is a good teacher. That skill has taken me years to learn and I have a proven passion for sharing my knowledge. 

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

Think about what you want to learn in photography. Look at other photographers' work and take some time to reflect on what attracts you to their work visually and emotionally.