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Mentoring and Education


Understanding the basics of photography helps you to create more powerful images.  Learn how to use your camera in the most creative way, with you making the decisions rather than the camera.

The capabilities of both Photoshop and PSE are vast and can be overwhelming.  Sometimes you just want to know how to do specific tasks.

PPA Image competition can be an extremely rewarding experience but can be confusing at first.  Learn how to become a better photographer through image competition.  

One-on-one instruction ensures that you learn exactly what you need.  Each lesson is tailored to your specific goals.


Lessons are a minimum of 1 hour in length and can be larger blocks of time up to 3 hours and are based on your needs. Lessons can be in person or via skype or phone. Cost is $60 per hour or 6 hours for $325.


A short list of possible topics follows.  Your lessons will be based on your specific interests and needs.

These are just some basics. The list is not all inclusive; ask if you have something else in mind.




Know your camera

Shutter speed




Depth of Field





Downloading images

Organizing images on your computer

Overview of tools

Cropping, straightening, and resizing

Retouching and recomposing

Making adjustments to color and contrast

Changing colors

Removing unwanted items from images

Working with text

Creating panoramas & composites

Creating collages, albums, scrap books

Black and white conversions

Preparing images for online use




Elements of merit print

How PPA competition is structured

Review and critique of your images 


From my students:

"I have worked with Gail as my mentor for three years. It has been a wonderful experience! I have grown as both a photographer and an individual. We have traveled to "play" with our cameras in the Adirondacks, the Finger Lakes and strolled around a couple of cities. It is always fun and always spiritual! Gail has an incredible eye and can feel sacred in the ordinary. She always brings out the best in me and celebrates the best in my photography! My ability "to see" an image has changed dramatically over the years of working together! Gail is calm, encouraging and extremely patient! She has a great sense of when to allow discovery and when to make gentle suggestions for improvement!" Nancy Zumpano

“I have been learning some new Photoshop skills under Gail's guidance.  She is a teacher who is holding much knowledge while, at the same time, stepping back and allowing me to learn new skills by doing.  She has great patience.  I leave my lesson with some new skills to practice.  Mostly, however, it is the joy and enthusiasm that I take with me when I leave, which is my greatest delight.  I find her gentle influence enhances my life in unexpected ways, well beyond the scope of my photoshop fun.  I am awakening to a sense of ‘mindfulness in seeing’ and I love it!”  Jan Ferris










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