One-on-One Mentoring

The Basics

In over a decade of photography, I've picked up a unique blend of tricks, tools, and techniques that have enabled me to squeeze extraordinary results out of ordinary gear. I want to teach you those skills. I will help you to do more with less, and to take advantage of the gear and the opportunities that you already have.

Here's how it works: You and I have a one-on-one video chat (Google Hangouts or Skype), up to two hours, on a photographic topic of your choice. I might show you my workflow, observe your workflow, show you how I brace for panning, or do whatever else it takes to help you and your photography to reach the next level.

Okay, step one is to pick a topic! My specialties are
  1. Doing photography with Linux
  2. Conveying meaning in photography
  3. Conveying motion in photography (such as by panning)
  4. Tailored discussion
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FOSStography: Doing Photography With Linux

This may not be everyone's year of Linux on the Desktop, but it's certainly mine, and it can be yours as well. Do you have a Linux machine that you'd like to use for photography? Maybe you're not sure where to start, or how to process those RAW files? Or perhaps you're a little farther along, and you want to profile and calibrate your monitor, but you're not sure how to get everything working. I can help.

I've been using an exclusively Linux-based workflow for my photography work for the last seven years, and my Linux photography experience goes back over a decade. I can help get you up and running, or give you tips on how to improve your workflow, regardless of whether you're just getting started, or you're a seasoned professional.

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Visual Storytelling: Convey meaning in photos

To quote preeminent war photographer James Nachtwey, "People will care if photographers give them something to care about."

Sometimes, creating a beautiful photograph is only half of the journey. If you want to create photographs that are beautiful and meaningful, I can help you get there.

Whether you're not sure how to approach someone with a camera, or you have trouble moving from shot to shot, I've been there. If you know how to shoot an event, but you get stuck trimming that set down to just the photos that matter, I've walked in your shoes. I can help you through the process of taking that first shot, working the scene and covering all the angles of the story, and then mining out the nugget of truth when it's all said and done.

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How to Pan and Convey Motion in Photos

The quick version: I will teach you how to pan like nobody's business.
Panning is a common way to portray motion in a static photograph. The essence of the idea is that your camera follows the moving subject (like you would with a video camera), and instead of capturing the shortest possible instant, you capture a slightly longer moment that allows the background to blur.

But how do you actually do it well? That's where experience comes into play. I've been shooting sports with slow shutter speeds since I got into photography over 10 years ago. When most sports photographers were shooting 1/1000s and 1/2000s exposures, I was at 1/80s and 1/100s.

Come talk to me, and I will tell you everything I've learned about doing awesome panned photos. I will teach you how to think about and analyze the kinds of motion that you're trying to capture. Show me your panned shots and I will tell you how to make them better, how to shoot them with less effort, and how to exert better control over the final appearance. I will also help you to incorporate those same techniques into styles of photography that are usually completely static.

And when there's too much motion in an image, I use technique, rather than shutter speed and high ISO, to calm things down. The photos end up naturally noise-less, with oodles of dynamic range, and they still show the hints that we're watching real life unfold.
As William Faulkner once said, "The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life." I will help you make photos that stand the test of time.

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Tailored discussion

Some inquiries don't fit into a pre-planned mold. That's fine! Let me know what you'd like to discuss, and if it's a topic that I feel competent to talk about, we'll chat.

Note that there is a 50% surcharge for tailored discussions. I'd like to spend my time focusing on the three specialties listed above, and I may also need extra time to research and generally prepare for the discussion. I always strive to ensure that the time we spend together is as productive and helpful as possible, which means that I do my homework before each and every discussion. Unfamiliar topics require more homework.

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Get Started!

Just follow these easy steps:
  1. Pick a discussion topic from above
  2. Decide how much time you would like. I'm happy to offer a free 15-minute consultation period, so you can make sure that I'm the right person to help you grow.

    After the consultation, you commit to a 15-, 30-, or 60-minute period of discussion time. When each period finishes, you can choose to extend the discussion, up to a combined max of 2 hours.
    It's $20 for 15 minutes, $30 for 30 minutes, or $50 for 60 minutes.

    So, for example, if you choose a single 60-minute period, that's $50. If you do two 30-minute periods, that's $60. Or four 15-minute periods would be $80.
  3. Click here to send me an email at
  4. I will respond to your email, we will figure out a date and time, and we'll get talking!

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