Private Tutoring

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One-on-one attention to help your photography grow and improve.

Please email through the Contact page to discuss your needs and scheduling. Once a meeting time has been worked out you’ll be referred back to the website to purchase your session and secure your time slot.

For many, the most efficient way to learn about photography is through one-on-one sessions with one of our teachers. It’s a great way to learn just what you need, at your own pace and on your own schedule.

We’ve prepared amateur photographers for exotic travel, assisted with personal projects from slide shows to books, helped portrait and wedding businesses get off the ground and have offered constructive critiques of clients’ work regardless of their level of expertise.

We can also craft a custom class for 2-20 people and have done so in the past for small companies, families and groups of friends.

Sessions are available at DCP or on location, by the hour or in discounted packages of 6 hour blocks. Please check out the Instructors tab for full details and pricing. Then email us through the Contact page to discuss your needs and scheduling. Once a meeting time has been worked out you’ll be referred back to the website to purchase your session and secure your time slot.

Peter Poulides

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Peter is the owner of Dallas Center for Photography and teaches several of the classes and workshops. In over 30 years of shooting assignments for national magazines and corporate/stock photography he’s learned a few things and likes to pass it on. His favorite student review is “You remember what it’s like to not know”.

He also works one-on-one with clients to further particular shootings skills, organize their photos with Lightroom or work on projects like books and exhibitions. He still shoots occasional commercial jobs but is busy with personal book projects and running the expanding DCP.

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TUTORING

Peter is available for personal tutoring for help on projects in any area of photography in which he’s proficient. This is a great way to learn just what you need, at your own pace and on your own schedule. Peter brings over 30 years of professional experience to each session and is highly regarded for being able to meet clients where they are, at any level of expertise. You can read through some of their comments on the reviews page.

Peter has helped his clients with a range of projects including:

  • Moving into a new camera or camera system including purchase advice and basic instruction.
  • Planning for travel from family vacations to African photo safaris including camera and lens selection, data backup strategy while on the road, shooting tips while away and help with importing and selecting photos on return.
  • Preparing for a photo exhibit including selection, editing and presentation.
  • Digitizing and archiving slide and B&W negative collections.
  • All levels of Adobe Lightroom help including transferring photos from iPhoto and Aperture.
  • Personal book projects
  • Image review and critique
  • For business consulting please see details below

Sessions are generally available between 9:30-12 and 1:30-4. There are occasional time slots available in early evening or on Saturdays. Please email through the Contact page to discuss your needs and scheduling. Once a meeting time has been worked out you’ll be referred back to the website to purchase your session and secure your time slot.

RATES FOR PERSONAL TUTORING WITH PETER POULIDES

Sessions at Dallas Center for Photography:
1-2 students $125/hour “a la carte”
1-2 students 6 hour package $660 ($110/hr)

Sessions can be 60, 90 or 120 minutes. Six-hour packages are broken up into separate sessions, maximum of  two hours each. Sessions expire six months after purchase date.

The prices above cover one or two people in the session. This way you can learn with a friend and share the expense. Prices for groups of 3 and up vary depending on the number of students. Please contact us for a quote.

Peter is also available to travel to your location for personal instruction. Many people who are working on Lightroom issues on their desktop machines choose this option. Location tutoring is $135/hr with a 90 minute minimum session. Travel charges may apply depending on your location.

PROFESSIONAL CONSULTING:

The rates above are for personal tutoring and coaching. Peter is glad to help you with business consulting which would include lighting setup, business development, professional workflow or any aspect related to a new or established business. Consulting rates are higher and depend on the location, complexity, amount of preparation required and number of people. Please contact us to talk over your consulting needs.

Patrizia Montanari

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Patrizia has experienced and created art all of her life. In the last few years her love for portrait and figure painting naturally evolved into a passion for photography. Taking photographs quickly became almost an obsession, a new way to express her creative side. Through word of mouth she was quickly able to build a growing list of clients and now runs a full time photography business based in her studio on historic Virginia street in McKinney.

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TUTORING

Patrizia brings years of experience in Figure Oil Painting and Portrait Photography. She has an eye for finding the perfect light to illuminate her subject and the artistic ability to capture it to her advantage. She is based in McKinney and available to meet clients at her studio in Historic Downtown McKinney or at any other location.

Patrizia’s tutoring focuses on the following:

  • Natural Light Portrait photography, both on location and in the studio
  • Styling, posing and figure composition
  • Story telling
  • Creating or finding the perfect backdrops
  • Basic camera setup and operation
  • Basic Lightroom editing and work flow
  • Shooting for social media
  • Business start-up tips
  • Images review and critique

RATES FOR PERSONAL TUTORING WITH PATRIZIA MONTANARI

Sessions in and around Historic Downtown McKinney:
1-2 students $110/hour “a la carte”
1-2 students 6 hour package $570 ($95/hr)

Sessions can be 60, 90 or 120 minutes. Six-hour packages are broken up into separate sessions, maximum of  three hours each. Sessions expire six months after purchase date.

The prices above cover one or two people in the session. This way you can learn with a friend and share the expense. Prices for groups of 3 and up vary depending on the number of students. Please contact us for a quote.

Patrizia is also available to travel to your location for personal instruction. Location tutoring is $120/hr with a 90 minute minimum session. Travel charges may apply depending on your location.

MODELS

You’re welcome to bring a model with you to your session with Patrizia. If you’d like for her to arrange for either an amateur or professional model to be at your session please contact us for details and pricing.

Hillary DeParde

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Hillary is a fine art photographer with more than twenty years’ experience specializing in film photography. Using manual film cameras and traditional darkroom methods, she creates classic black and white portraits with a soulful and timeless quality.

She has extensive experience as an arts educator, teaching visual arts to both young people and adults in a variety of settings, ranging from private arts institutions to public schools. Her strength as an educator comes from her ability to draw on her visual arts degree, her skills as a working artist and her ability to guide students of all ages through the creative process. Sharing her love of the art, science and magic of film photography has been her most rewarding teaching experience.

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TUTORING

A fine art film photographer for more than twenty years, Hillary also has many years of experience as an arts educator. Combining her professional photography experience with her honed teaching skills, she is well suited to help clients achieve their goals in film photography.

Hillary offers single or multiple tutoring sessions to individuals or groups, geared to each client’s interest in film photography. Clients can choose from the following:

  • Film camera basics: understanding and using your manual film 35mm or medium format camera: aperture, shutter speed, exposure, composition, and lighting concepts
  • Guided location shoot: hands-on experience with the instructor, using the concepts above
  • Critique: evaluating results from the guided location shoot, using students’ processed and scanned negatives
  • Black and white portraiture: set-up, lighting, posing, shooting
  • Darkroom printing
  • Pinhole camera: creating a working camera out of an oatmeal box, shooting photographic paper negatives, and developing images in a darkroom
  • Holga camera: shooting 120-size black and white or color film using a toy camera

RATES FOR PERSONAL TUTORING WITH HILLARY DEPARDE

1-2 students — $110/hour “a la carte”
1-2 students — 6-hour package, $570 ($95/hour)

Sessions can be 60, 90 or 120 minutes. Six-hour packages are broken up into separate sessions, maximum of three hours each. Sessions expire six months after purchase date.

The prices above cover one or two people in the session. This way you can learn with a friend and share the expense. Prices for groups of 3 students and up vary depending on the number of students. Please contact us for a quote.

Some additional material and processing fees may apply. Unused sessions expire after six months.

Hillary is based in East Dallas. Travel to other locations may incur an additional fee.

Rebecca Flores

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Rebecca started taking pictures and movies when she was 10 years old. As a grown up, she shoots and produces documentary and commercial projects and holds a position as adjunct professor in film at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Before moving back to Texas she spent four years in Amman, Jordan, helping to build the curriculum for cinematography, editing, sound and documentary production at The Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts. While there she worked on the critically acclaimed documentary series To be a Human Being. She believes that film is truly one of the world’s most powerful tools and means of expression. Being able to share her knowledge and to learn and grow along with her students is what Rebecca sees as the greatest opportunity of her lifetime.

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TUTORING

Rebecca is an adjunct professor in film at the Southern Methodist University and believes that film is truly one of the world’s most powerful tools and means of expression. Being able to share her knowledge and to learn and grow along with her students is what Rebecca sees as the greatest opportunity of her lifetime.

Rebecca focuses on the following topics:

  • Video and DSLR basics: Exposure to the technical aspects of video-formatted cameras such as Nikon & Canon DSLRs, consumer and prosumer video cameras from Sony to Panasonic to more Pro cameras such as BlackMagic and Red, focus, zoom, white balance, aperture, shutter speed, composition, movement
  • Lighting: From basic 3-point lighting to advanced lighting techniques. Learn how to light on a budget or break the bank. You’ll be introduced to different kinds of lights from practical everyday lights to movie-style fixtures.
  • Editing: How to use editing programs including Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Premiere Pro, Premiere Elements, Sony Editors, Avid and the art of editing. Cutting techniques, pacing, timing, the rule of 3’s and storytelling.
  • Project Prep: What it takes to put together a fiction, documentary or experimental project. Preparing a treatment, pitching, basic budgeting and planning.
  • Visual Design: The art behind filmmaking. Elements of space, shape, tone, color and movement.

RATES FOR PERSONAL TUTORING WITH REBECCA FLORES
1-2 students $110/hour “a la carte”
1-2 students 6 hour package $570 ($95/hr)

Sessions can be 60, 90 or 120 minutes. Six-hour packages are broken up into separate sessions, maximum of  three hours each. Sessions expire six months after purchase date.