I've been photographing for over forty years, starting on film and in the darkroom, ultimately teaching myself the essentials of the digital medium, teaching all along the way has put me in a unique position to help those that truely want to become a photographer.
When students begin to understand concepts, and they start to see improvments in their process and photography, they become empowered and inspired, that's what I aim for.
Jon focuses on creative issues as well as technical details. He gives good assignments. He is a very fair and expert reviewer of my photos, giving praise when deserved, but not so much that it is meaningless. He always has good ideas, good alternatives, and comments that make me think. I recommend him highly to anyone seeking to become a better photographer.
Jon has broad and deep photography knowledge and skills, while still able to translate that to students in simple ways. His out of class assignments build competency and confidence. He flexes his schedule around the student’s schedules to ensure lessons are convenient. I highly recommend him. He helped me prepare for a photo tour to Iceland and I can see a marked improvement in my photos.
Jon is a great teacher, listener and storyteller. He's talented and has a lot of technical knowledge to share. The conversation was productive, and he values your time. I was happy to gain some insight from him, he gave me a sense of direction to go next, and left me open to choose how I wanted to proceed and on my own timeline. I'd highly recommend him and happily go to him again. Thanks Jon!
I feel like people can jump into things wanting to know everything right now. What I really appreciated about Jon was he slowed me down and took the time to make me think about what it was exactly that I wanted to do with my photography. What approach I wanted to take. He was aware of my skill level and didn't waste time doing the mundane. I got a couple of homework assignments and, even more, perspective on how I want to approach which direction I want to go and what suits me best. Thanks Jon. I would recommend him to anyone who wants to learn more on this process.
A high level of communication with an emphasis on exploring goals and capabilities.
BFA Photography from the Pasadena, Art Center College of Design
Custom based on needs, location, etc.
1990 I taught basic photography at Portland Community College
Children, adults, professionals...
The scientific research that keeps illuminating and enlightening us as to the incredible adaptive capacities of life....to evolve and continue...through learning!
Seek s good communicator and someone that really understands light.
What they want to accomplish and why.