I've been obsessed with photography and taking pictures since I was 11 years old. I've been TEACHING photography since 1988. First at New York's New School for Social Research, at the NYC Department of Education, at the Scarsdale Adult Education School at Mamaroneck Continuing Education and privately in my own studio. I am a trained teacher, not just a photographer who is offering lessons. I know how students of all abilities and levels learn. I have a master's degree in education as well as a master's in TV & Film. My lessons are objective with well-defined outcomes. Each lesson comes with an assignment that can be evaluated easily and directly. I sometimes use live models when teaching lighting classes.
Whatever your level of expertise, be assured that you will have ample room to grow and learn from my techniques.
To me, Photography has been a lifelong endeavor. And teaching is also a rewarding experience. Watching students learn and grow is just the best reward for doing something I have loved all of my life.
"I have been taking one-to-one private classes in my home studio with William in the last month or so, and I love it! We started with the basics; the class structure is a nice mix of exercises and informative lectures that, for a beginner like myself, is very helpful. He is not just a well-experienced photographer and teacher, but he is a fantastic person as well. William's teaching style is easy to follow; he is very patient and, most importantly, makes learning enjoyable. A month ago, I was afraid to pick up my camera, and now thanks to William, I can take pictures with studio lighting confidently. Not to mention I am taking pictures in Manual mode from day one! I highly recommend William for everyone who wishes to learn photography! His passion for photography shines through his teachings" - Zsuzsanna Winn
Recently I finished my 3rd lesson with William. To say I am happy would be an understatement. The mixture of Williams exceptional photography knowledge, kindness, professionalism and patience is outstanding. He is very detail oriented and he has mastered his craft. I look forward to our weekly lessons and learning from the best of the best! I highly recommend William!
I find out what level of achievement they are at and then tailor lessons designed to help the student develop his/her own particular style with emphasis on getting to know their equipment so that the taking of photographs becomes second nature. I usually work with objective assignments. That way, we can more easily assess whether or not the images are successful. It works much better than a subjective comment, which depends more on someone's feelings and from which no one learns much.
MA - University of Wisconsin-Madison, TV,Film
MA - Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY - Education
$75 per hour for home instruction with a 2-hour minimum plus travel expenses (unless student comes to the studio).
Workshops are less expensive. See website for details.
Suggested a lighting course to the New School for Social Research, NYC.
All types from art students to continuing education learners.
Check out references and education. Find someone who knows how to teach, not just a practitioner.
1. Decide WHY you want to learn more. Is it just to become more proficient? Or, are you interested in photography professionally?
2. What EXACTLY do you wish to learn? Are you shooting mostly for yourself and family or for others?
3. Determine what your level is. Are you a beginner or somewhere beyond that?