Donald Frame Photographer

Donald Frame Photographer

1 employee
54 years in business

About this pro

I am a technical specialist that will elevate your photography above the level of "just being there". Night time, lightning, stars and moons are my specialties. Long exposure, double exposure, motion blur and software post processing are all in my wheelhouse. I also have experience in analog with film and own a Nikon F and a 1953 Ricohflex 120mm camera. I can guide you through Process E-6 to develop your own Ektachrome at the kitchen sink. I know lots of tricks to get your analog or digital endeavours going and how to find low-cost, high quality prime lenses for your new knowledge in manual settings with such lenses. 43 years experience.

I am always thrilled when a photograph works out. Sometimes it's fate and other times, as in the rocket shots, there is a lot of planning. I still feel the same thrill as when I first started developing film at age 14 and would see images on the film at the end of the processing, coming out of the developing tank, or the thrill of seeing a print come up in the darkroom. Successful photographs still get me juicin'!

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Miami, FL 33155
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

1) Equipment questionairre.

2) Background and goals in Photography, a few questions.

3) Availability and scheduling

4) First lesson.

5) If you like me and what you learn, you  can keep me until you're satisfied.

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

Over a hundred awards.

Judge for National Forest Service's Artist-In-Residence program.

My art sells in galleries.

Started when I was 11 years old with a Polaroid camera.

Took Cleveland Institute of Photography course by mail, which is what we did before online came along.

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

$75 per hour, minimum one hour.

How did you get started teaching?

I would teach anyone along the way that needed my help. I was also an Adjunct Professor at Philadelphia University in Digital Photography.

What types of students have you worked with?

I attract mostly young people with a mind to have a creative career. I have a young mind and don't think like an old crab. Music at my studio shoots usually runs to groups like Zero 7, Morcheeba, Flunk, Sia and Massive Attack among others, so that's a clue.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I just did the launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 bearing the SES-12 communications satellite. I had 3 cameras. I had just 20 seconds to get the shot right. When the rocket went off, I was pointed in the wrong direction. I got nothing on my little Canon and nothing on my Pentax, but my full-frame Canon I wheeled around and got the launch and the moon together! So for 8 hours work (6 driving, 1 on-site and 1 in post-production) I got exactly one shot. I'll tell you the rest when you attend the class entitled "Why you should always shoot in RAW format." You can see the shot on my Facebook page, "DONALD FRAME PHOTOGRAPHER".

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