Rosalind Philips Photography

Rosalind Philips Photography

5.0(2 reviews)
Offers online services
Offers online services


I primarily teach over Zoom. Each lesson is individualized to student needs. Assignments are given between lessons so that the students can work on the skills taught. Lessons are a combination of hands on and lecture that are guided by student interests and questions.

These days, photography is as much about technology as it is about the camera. In addition to camera skills, I also teach how to use editing software to process your photographs. I teach Photoshop Elements, Lightroom, Photoshop, One1 and Capture One. Computer work includes how to choose a computer for editing, organization of photos on the hard drive and backup strategies.

I am a nature photographer specializing in birds, flowers, and landscape photography. I have watched birds and taken photographs since I was a child. Inspiration started early in childhood from reading Gerald Durrell's animal travelogues, Ernest Shackleton's journal about the Endurance, and Charles Darwin's Voyage of the Beagle. Nature continues to inspire me. There is nothing more inspiring than getting up before dawn to capture the morning light on birds and flowers or staying up past midnight to capture the Milky Way in all its glory.

I love to teach. I enjoy the light in student faces when the light bulb goes off. I have taught calculus, chemistry, physics and computer science to high school and college students. I also taught teacher preparation and inservice classes. I have given photography lessons since 1997.


Hired 11 times
1 employee
28 years in business
Serves Olympia , WA
Offers online services

Payment methods

Credit Card, Paypal, Square

Social media


Interest in additional skills

Photoshop skills, Improve knowledge of lighting, Lightroom software skills, Improve scene composition

Student's age

11 – 13 years old, 14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

Experience level

No experience, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Photography type

I can make recommendations, Portraits, Action, Black and White, Wildlife / nature photography, Time-lapse, Beginner basics


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Claudette M.

Ros is very knowledgeable and eager to share her photography. She has helped me to use my iPhone to take amazing pictures and I feel so much more confident taking/sharing my pictures after only one session. She is very patient and encouraging and I am looking forward to my next lesson.
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March 01, 2023

Valentina R.

Rosalind is a brilliant educator. Her teaching style is straightforward, informative, structured, enthusiastic and ego-free.
My photography, my editing and my computer knowledge has improved exponentially. She is knowledgeable on many different editing platforms and camera brands. I highly recommend Rosalind as a teacher from beginners to advanced photography and editing.
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February 25, 2023

Frequently asked questions

I start off by asking the student to show me 5 pictures that they have taken recently. Some of the pictures should be ones that you are proud of and some that you are not so proud of. It doesn't matter whether the pictures were taken with a phone or a camera.

Next I ask a series of questions to determine skill level such as:

1. Why do you want to take photography lessons?

2. What do you like to take pictures of?

3. When you take pictures do you stay on automatic or have you experimented with the other settings.

4. Do you know about aperture, shutter speed and ISO?

This gives me a sense of where we need to start.

I see photography as the application of physics to art. The essence of photography is the manipulation of light. I am a self-taught photographer who has spent 1000s of hours perfecting my skills. I have taken workshops, read and practiced. The key is practice. My teaching skill comes from teaching high school and college for 20 years. I am an innovative teacher who loves to come up with multiple ways to teach concepts. We all learn differently.

The price for an individual lesson is $60/hour/person.

The price for a group lesson is $50/hour/person.

Lessons are offered over Zoom. In person instruction is available at your home if you live within 15 miles of Olympia and you are up-to-date on your COVID-19 vaccinations. A lesson at your home must be at least 2 hours.

Services offered

Microsoft Excel
Adobe Photoshop
Microsoft Office
Microsoft Word