Richard Nowitz Photography

Richard Nowitz Photography

5.0 (5)
6 hires on
1 employee
47 years in business

About this pro

I have been a National Geographic Photographer for over 25 years, and lectured and traveled widely and love teaching about the the art of previsualization and post production of raw digital files.

Love to share my passion about travel and photography and excite fellow photographers to explore their backyard or the wider world thru the lens of their cameras. Photography is seeing and discovery!

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Rockville, MD 20852
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5 Reviews


  • Gustavo Valente

    Today I had my second class with Richard. We went to a photo safari in Washington DC to capture the sunset using governmental buildings as our foreground. The experience was amazing. I learned so many tricks to be used in the field that would took me years and years of experience to figure it out by myself. Thank you again, Richard. Once again the class was a fabulous experience.

  • Gustavo Valente

    What a great experience! Richard is so knowledgeable that in only one hour of class, I learned enough to take my photography skills to the next level. Besides being an awarded photographer, he's definitely a great teacher too. Thank you, Richard, for sharing a little bit of your experience with me. I will be back for more.

  • Kim Sharp

    Met Richard at the Botanic Gardens and had an on site one on one training session. He brought some of his gear so that I could try and advised and instructed on better ways to create photos. I learned so much!

  • Richard Ryberg

    Great ono-on-one session. Richard has a pleasant manner that quickly found ways to improve my technical and artistic skills. He showed me some obvious camera settings I was over-looking and he suggested edits to my good pictures to make them better.

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

The light is the magic to great photos. In my first meeting we will cover dealing basic lighting senarios and I will work beside you, and explain all camera setting and menu options.  This hands on experience will jump start your piccture taking. 

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

I have a over 45 years of working in the field in the USA and countries around wolrd, doing editorial and travel photography, as well as teaching photo seminars around the U.S. I have been the photographer of over 40 Insight Travel Guides and been a National Geographic contract photographer since 1991.

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

My price is an hourly rate of $100 with a 1 hour minimum. The first lesson of an hour is discounted to $80.

How did you get started teaching?

While working at National Geographic I was asked lecture and  teach at area camera clubs. My lectures were about location lighting tips to aspiring photographers. A number of photo photo assistants who worked with me became very successful photographers.

What types of students have you worked with?

From beginners to semi-pros.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I was invited by the Gujarat, India Tourist board to represent the Society of American Travel Writers and Photographer, where have been a memebr for 25 years.

My India coverage can be seen on my istagram feed #nowitz, where you can see everything from food to people and scencis.

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

Know your equipment, can't emphasize this enough. New cameras can frustrating. Remember todays camera are really a computer with a lens. If you shoot on auto you're only using fraction of its creative potential. Look at and and analyze pictures that you like. Ask yourseld how did they take that photo, what lens did they use, how was it composed.

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

What do you need help with? Program modes of my camera, choosing the best lens for to match your interests, set an objective for each lesson,  that you can communicate.

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