WDO Photography delivers high quality photography at a great value. Ours is a working photography business that since 2008 offers photography classes and workshops as well as providing top quality photographic services for events, weddings, portraits, corporate needs, wildlife, and more. My name is Don Orkoskey, I own WDO Photography. I also teach at Phipps Conservatory and have taught at museums, children's hospitals, and cultural institutions around Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, online since 2009.
I love teaching. Knowledge is power and sharing knowledge empowers everyone. I enjoy helping others grown in their understanding of photography which I'm passionate about. Photography is such a fun and meaningful way to tell stories, convey emotion and meaning, and record our lives and our world. I currently teach 10 classes and workshops a quarter. I love teaching and can't wait to meet you in class!
I often have students take new and different classes and have taught everyone from brand new beginners to working professional photographers. My classes are engaging, informative, lively, and fun. I love photography and I share that love and my understanding of it with you when you take one of my classes. I promise you won't be disappointed and will walk away learning what you came to learn and much more all while having a great time doing so. Sign up today or contact me for more information. I can't wait to talk to you!
I took intro to digital photography from Don. There was a lot of information but the class was fun and I learned a lot. Then I signed up for a wildlife class and took his cellphone class just for fun to learn a bit more about using my iPhone to take pictures.
Due to Coronavirus all classes are currently being offered through Zoom. Visit the website to see what courses are currently being offered.
Private lessons are available on an subject from basic to advanced techniques for film and digital. Additionally we offer a variety of group classes for phone and digital photography, photo editing, and more.
Zoom classes feature presentations on materials, some reading assignments, a lot of interactivity, and homework assignments based on the subject matter. Students can reach me during regular business hours for questions, and as the pandemic allows there may be outdoor meet ups scheduled.
I hold a photography degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (2001) and studied photojournalism at Point Park University while working as a professional freelance photographer. In 2007 I opened my full time photography business, WDO Photography. I have maintained a full schedule of client work and offered photography classes ever since. Due to the pandemic our list of classes has expanded as our in-person work has slowed.
Pricing on our group classes are dependent on the hours of class time. Private lessons are booked at a rate of $25 per hour.
I've always been passionate about sharing knowledge. I began formally teaching shortly after starting my own business when I was asked to teach a class for a group of new parents who wanted to take better photos of their kids.
I've worked with young children through the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, people living with learning disabilities and cognitive impairments through groups such as the Warhol Museum and Achieva, and have taught adult learners through my own classes, at senior centers, and at other cultural institutions such as Phipps.
I'm teaching a macro class right now and I'm loving the work my students are presenting. I wrapped up an intro class a few weeks ago where I had a student who was intimidated by their new camera. They hardly wanted to hold it let alone try to take a photo with it. After 6 weeks they were one of the top performers in the class because they understood composition. They just needed to understand the technical aspects of using their camera.
Find someone who's work you like and want to know more about. Make sure your personalities fit. If you can find that you'll go very far and will learn a lot.
Do I have the time and energy to learn this? Teaching is a lot of fun and it's rewarding but it's a two way street. If you're not just as excited to learn you won't be as fun or rewarding to teach.