Fine photography on location or at our Highland Park, Illinois studio




INDIVIDUAL INSTRUCTION AND MENTORING                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

We are available for individual instruction, classes and mentoring for beginning and advanced amateurs, as well as emerging professional and fine art photographers.


With over 30 years of commercial, portrait and fine art photography experience and five years teaching college photography, we are able to help with virtually any aspect of photography from fundamentals to advanced subjects. Among the topics we can teach are camera basics, studio lighting, portrait photography, and Lightroom. We can also help with Photoshop techniques. Whether you just got your first DSLR or are an experienced shooter looking to take your photography to the next level, we can help.


To start, we meet with the potential student to determine if and how we can be of help. Of course there is no charge for the initial visit and absolutely no obligation. If we decide to work together, subsequent sessions are $80 per hour for the first hour, $40 for additional hours during the same session.

REAL WORLD PHOTOSHOP RETOUCHING WORKSHOP                                                                                                           


Learn the basics of Photoshop retouching from a users point of view

November 8, 2019

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM



The emphasis of this hands-on workshop will be on portrait photography, but in addition to learning how to skillfully improve your portraits through subtle (or if you prefer, not so subtle) retouching, you will also learn to use the Photoshop retouching tools for all aspects of your photography. We will work with the clone tool, healing brushes, fill, liquify and other tools, and also learn to use layers and layer masks to maintain maximum control of your retouching.


The skills you learn in this class will also be valuable for restoring and retouching old family photographs. 


This introductory retouching class is presented from a user's point of view. As a commercial and fine art photographer, I use Photoshop retouching on a daily basis from simple headshot blemish removal to more complex, creative image enhancement. We will be using real world examples throughout the workshop.


The Photoshop retouching workshop is limited to four students, allowing for maximum student/teacher interaction. A minimum of 2 students is required for the class to run. After the class, students are free to remain at the studio to retouch a personal photograph with our assistance.



Laptop computer with up to date version of Adobe Photoshop installed

Working knowledge of Photoshop



Wacom tablet, software installed, working knowledge of tablet

(Feel free to contact the studio for guidance)

Regarding input devices:

Photoshop retouching tools can be used with a touch pad or mouse but for precise retouching, a tablet is recommended. If you will not be using a tablet, please bring a mouse.


For information or to register:

DSLR: THE BASICS AND BEYOND                                                                                                                                                


Camera workshop for individuals looking to move beyond the basic, automatic settings of their digital camera.

Our next basic workshop will be take place in January 2020. If you would like one-to-one instruction before then, please contact the studio.



This four hour camera workshop will cover the important controls of your digital SLR or mirrorless camera allowing you to use manual, semi-automatic, and automatic settings with understanding and confidence. We will discuss the relationship between F-Stop (Aperture), Shutter Speed and ISO, how to select the proper setting manually and when to let the camera do it for you. The class will also cover lens selection and how lens and exposure selection work together to produce the photo you’re looking for.


Class topics will include:


ISO, F-Stop & Shutter Speed

File formats: Raw or .jpg

Exposure compensation

Metering/shooting modes

Lens and focal length selection

Focus modes

Depth of field

White balance


The DSLR: Basics and Beyond workshop will have a maximum of 4 students to maximize student/teacher interaction. A minimum of 2 students is required for the class to run.


After the workshop I will be available for further discussion of topics covered for those desiring additional help.



Digital SLR or mirrorless camera; basic understanding of camera’s operation.

For information or to register:

PORTRAIT LIGHTING OPEN STUDIO                                                                                                                                            

Portrait lighting open studio is a one on one workshop designed to give you a basic understanding of studio portrait lighting. You will be working with your camera (and computer if you like) and your own subject; friend, family, model, whomever you chose to bring. You will be using our studio, backdrops, props and lights, and I will guide you through lighting, posing and directing your subject to produce a professional quality portrait.


The session will be tailored to your needs. I will give you as much or as little guidance as you would like. If you are inexperienced, I will start by teaching you lighting basics and guide you through the entire process. If you are experienced and prefer to work on your own, I will be there to assist you with the operation of my equipment.


If you would like to work with a model, one can be provided for an additional charge.




Digital SLR with manual settings, basic knowledge of settings

Photo subject (if preferred, a model will be scheduled at an additional charge)

2 hours $150

Open schedule

ADOBE PHOTOSHOP LIGHTROOM WORKSHOP                                                                                                                        

Date TBD, Early 2019

We are planning an Adobe Lightroom Workshop to take place at our Highland Park studio winter 2019.

This will be a hands-on class limited to 4 students to allow maximum student/teacher interaction.


Details will posted here soon.


Please contact the studio if you would like to be notified when the Lightroom workshop is scheduled.