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17 years in business

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Photography is a great learning tool. We use it to teach resourcefullness, creativity and lateral thinking. Our online classes feel like one-to-one lessons. Homework is personalized based on the student's strengths and weaknesses.

We do not take everyone, but everyone we take ends up excelling in technical and artisic aspects of photography.

The most enjoyable thing about teaching photography is seeing where students take this knowledge and skill. Getting a thank you note from someone whom I taught ten years ago makes it all worth it!

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Detroit, MI 48230
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  • Sofia S

    As a painter, I would only take classes from a painter whose artwork style I like - and unfortunately, or fortunately, I am a very discerning and demanding student, so those painters are very few and far between. Same goes for photography - while the technical knowledge in photography is no longer in any way proprietary in this day and age of abundant digital (and printed) resources, there is still a certain individuality to each and every photographer and their creative approach.... and I was looking for a master photographer such that is an artist first and foremost, with a certain touch of magic in his own works, if you will. So I was very happy to find Irakly. I have known him distantly for many years, observing his work, before I approached him for a training. I am making my very first steps with a professional photo camera, and I have to say that Irakly's introductory course was the most comprehensive and engaging among the multitude of online resources I have found over the course of the year to date. As a teacher, Irakly is very open to communication, encouraging and will answer in depth any questions you might have. Did I mention good sense of humour?.. An essential skill for any teacher, as it serves to connect people. I highly recommend Irakly's online classes and look forward to a live masterclass with him in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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

I ask a prospective students to send me six images that they believe is their best work. It determines the level on which I should be teaching. I use my book "Photography: The Art Of Deception" as a textbook for students who are more inclined to learn the artistic side of photography.

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

Moscow State University, New York Institute of Photography, 20 years of experience in commercial and advertising photography.

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

The standard rate for live classes is $85/hr plus travel.

A studio and model fees will apply when necessary.

students can purchase online courses at the school web site

How did you get started teaching?

I was invited to give a master class at the Moscow Academy of Photography in 2004, which was a big success, and it sprung my teaching career.

What types of students have you worked with?

Predominantly adults: college students, young professionals, hobbysts of all ages.

Some of my students became recognized professional photographers and photography professors.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I shot a pre-premiere dress rehearsal of Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Opera in Monaco. It was innovative, beautiful and flawless.

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

Look at his pictures first, then have a conversation to see if she/he can convey in words what you want to learn. There are many great photographers who are extremely visual, but not so good with words.

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

What are their goals and aspirations in photography?

What type of photography interests you the most and why?

When did you take your first photo, and what made you do that?

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