Brian Ross Tanning

Brian Ross Tanning

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I taught photography at the college-level for 15 years--concepts including PHOTO HISTORY, EXPOSURE, COMPOSITION, ETHICS, CRITICISM, and WORK FLOW.

Switching from 35mm & 120mm formats and Darkrooms to Digital in 2003--I have used Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom extensively ever since.

I am fascinated and embrace advances in photography-related technology--but still begin with the concepts which have driven photography from its earliest beginnings. Helping people understand categories, contexts, and evaluations of good photography.

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Minneapolis, MN 55112
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

1) An overview to determine the photography knowledge and experience base of the prospective student.

2) Evaluate the student's current photography work-flow.

3) Determine photography concepts/principles and actions that the prospective student could learn and improve.

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

I have 15+ years teaching photography courses at both the college-level and community-based or seminar classes to all adult ages.

I have professionally photographed 250+ weddings, and have extensive studio set-up and lighting experience including products, public relations, and individuals.

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

I prefer to meet students in my home in southern New Brighton, or will travel to meet students but would prefer to keep it within about 5 miles. Lessons will be $25 and I will usually be able to provide written or visual materials to help. I am also willing to answer e-mail questions in the future when possible.

How did you get started teaching?

I was recruited to teach in the Art Department at an area college--starting out 100% film based and with chemical darkrooms, and eventually transitioning to digital formats. I have talked to high school photography programs and other photogrpahy groups, led camp photography workshops, and have taught numerous community-based photography classes.

What types of students have you worked with?

1) College-level students in an Art/Graphic Design department.

2) High school students and Home-school students.

3) All ages and abilities in public Community Educations classes.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

A trip to Lake Superior, and Chicago.

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

Learning never ends. Be willing to try something new, but most importantly do what it takes to do the best job that you can do with the equipment you have.

A 'Great Photographer' is NOT determined by the camera or equipment that they use--rather a 'Great Photographer' will be able to take and produce good photographs regardless of the equipment used.

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

What are the areas of photography that you could use help with?

Is it for personal enjoyment and enrichment--or is it business-related and involves making money?

Do you need help in making a future equipment purchase?

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