John Maggiotto Photography

John Maggiotto Photography

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I have twenty years of teaching experience in Photography and have used digital cameras and programs since 1999.  Which program is not as important as understanding how they work in today's changing environment.  The student benefits from my one-on-one approach.  Goals are defined and lessons and exercises are developed to increase the students knowledge base to reach those goals. Fun is a big factor in learning, I try to make sure my lessons live up to that.

I left the 9-5 world back in the nineties to pursue a life in the creative field of Photography.  My work has been published in national magazines and has been exhibited on both coasts.  The joys of this life are best when shared, teaching does that for me. The basics of a good photograph didn't change when the equipment went digital.  I specialize in helping people make this transition, especially understanding their new role now that the "drop-off" labs are gone.

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Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
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  • Lynn Savarese

    John is that rare combination of brilliant artist, master printer, and gifted teacher. I greatly appreciated his patience and knowledge when helping me learn how to use my new digital Hasselblad, and he's become my go-to person for editing digital files and producing large prints. Collaborations with him are invariably exhilarating, edifying, and satisfying.

  • Dale Goffigon

    I have worked with John for years and have found him to be clear and helpful in his instruction as well as very encouraging. His depth and breadth of skill and knowledge base is very impressive.


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

To clarify what the student hopes to accomplish in a series of lessons.  Camera use, software choices and printing options are all covered.  Their personal development in persuing a greater understanding of what makes a good photograph is the agenda, regardless of what purpose the photograph is put to.  The camera is a tool, how to use it, lens choices, and understanding the diffeerent settings is the first order of business.

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

20 years as an instructor at the International Center of Photography have given me the insights to how differrent students absorb lessons.  I have worked with all levels of photographers, I am a master printer for many on large format Epson printers.  I have assisted in the publishing of multiple books for photographers working with major intitutions in NYC.

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

I charge $75 an hour, if I travel more than ten miles I ask for a minimum of two hours.  Many students come to my studio in Dobbs Ferry when the lesson is about the use of studio lighting and printing.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with adults who are returning to photography after many years away, high school students considering it as a major in college, photographers wanting to understand the finer points of Adobe programs like Lightroom and Photoshop.

I also help with making smart purchases of new equipment and taking the new owners throught the maze of all that the new cameras can do.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Attending the Book signing party for the work of one of my second-career photography students.  To see a major publishing house present his work on a "coffee table" size book was very satisfying.

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

At my level I really want the student to be dedicated to the effort needed to follow thru on exercises.  It takes practice in between lessons to really understand how the camera works.  Our world is filled with images everywhere, choosing the ones that move you and understanding how they are made should be a good basis for discussion of what you hope to achieve in a course of study.

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

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