Light Finds

Light Finds

5.0 (5)
1 hire on
3 employees
21 years in business

About this pro

Paul isn't strictly a photography teacher; Paul is in the light business. 

Being published in National Parks Magazine, Time-Life, Nature’s Best, National Wildlife, and National Geographic books is great, but it’s sharing the profound experience that makes him come alive. 

A born teacher, he points the way to a bigger truth and deeper reality.

CEO at ALIVE Photo and owner of Light Finds. 

Paul lives for hand-cranked ice cream.

I just plain love to teach about LIGHT.

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Knoxville, TN 37919
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5 Reviews


  • Katy Evans

  • Patresa H

    "Whatever your skill level, Paul will meet you there and take you further down the path of photography. Can't recommend Paul enough! "

  • Billie C

    "Excellent, I have fallen back in love with my camera! Thank you for such a great, easy to understand, and enlightening course! The segments are just the right length with important information and never boring! I learned a lot of tips and gained a new understanding of things that I had made so difficult, I am not afraid to experiment with all those buttons now."

  • David L

    "Paul sheds light on using your digital camera! Technical concepts like f-stops and ISO are explained in new and fresh ways using interesting and easy to understand examples. Understanding what really goes on inside your camera will not only lead to making better photographs but will build your self confidence in being a photographer."

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

Email with specific areas where improvement is desired.

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

Paul Hassell has worked professionally for 17 years making outdoor photographs, selling them from his Gallery, guiding international photo tours, and teaching others to make their dream a reality.

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

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How did you get started teaching?

I have been teaching and leading workshops in the Great Smoky Mtns since I was in college.

What types of students have you worked with?

Beginner - Intermediate

Advanced people usually aren't really advanced, and they rarely are teachable. So I like to say beginner to intermediate.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

My wife and I just welcomed our third child. I am fond of him.

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

Be sure the instructor can relate to you. That they have the natural born gift of teaching.

Don't just trust them based upon their many Nat Geo publications. Thankfully, I have both ; )

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

It's okay if you don't know what you don't know. So just show up and say, "I need help." A good instructor will listen well, then take you from where you are to wherever you want to go.

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