Andrew Molchanov(photography)



Skill Level: Anyone
Price: $40 per hour (min 2hours)

Photography Courses & Tutorials length:  4 weeks

Course price: $300

Color corrections & Retouching length:  4 weeks

Course price: $350

Photography Courses & Tutorials

Whether you want to be a photographer or just love taking pictures, learn what you need with our courses in photography: how to shoot photos that tell a story, choose the right gear, create a photo book, and more. Get tips on photo editing, studio photography, and lighting, too.

Photography course:



Carry and hold that DSLR like a pro
Stabilizing the camera: from hands to water glasses to tripods
Using aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
What the buttons do
Manually controlling your autofocus
Working with flash
Thinking creatively
Buying new gear

Running with SLR (Nikon)

Powering up and shooting with the scene modes
Reviewing the lens controls
Changing image format and size
Adjusting ISO and exposure compensations
Using Flexible Program mode
Shooting in continuous low-speed, high-speed, and quiet-shutter-release modes
Switching between metering modes
Shooting with flash
Shooting video

Foundations of Photography: Exposure

What is exposure?
Exploring camera modes
Light metering
Shooting sharp images
Controlling shutter speed
Understanding f-stops
Controlling motion
Working with a shallow depth of field
Measuring aperture
Shooting in low light conditions
Performing manual light balance
Working with the histogram
Using fill flash
Understanding reciprocity

Foundations of Photography: Lenses

Understanding field of view and camera position
Depth of field and lens choice
How to choose a lens
Examining lens features
Using specialized lenses such as fisheye and tilt/shift lenses
Focusing techniques
Using filters
Camera maintenance

Foundations of Photography: Flash

How flash works
Balancing ambient light and flash
Understanding flash ranges and modes
When to use fill flash
Using an external flash
Bouncing flash to improve light
Building up multiple flash images
Purchasing a flash


Running with Studio Strobes

Why shoot with strobes?
Buying a lighting setup or parts
Mixing brands
Understanding the components of a studio strobe kit
Getting to know your lights
Triggering a light
Setting up your lights effectively
Testing your strobes
Modifying strobe lights


Lighting with Flash: On Location, from Close Up to Portrait

Uncluttering the background of close-up shots
Adding flash and refining exposure
Setting up lighting for a portrait
Organizing photo meet-ups that have a purpose


Running with Lighting: Natural Light

Learning to identify the quality of light
Avoiding color casts
Setting exposure, white balance, and ISO
Finding good natural light
Reflecting and diffusing light
Understanding lighting ratios


Lighting the Still Life

Adjusting the Still-Life Images
Using Adobe Bridge to sort and select photos
Adjusting your image in Adobe Photoshop
Finalizing your project with Adobe Photoshop
Night + Low Light
Understanding how low light affects exposure, shutter speed, color temperature, and more
Preparing for a low-light shoot
Shooting in dimly lit rooms
Using the flash indoors
Shooting in the shade
Taking flash portraits at night
Controlling flash color temperature
Focusing in low light
Light painting
Manipulating long shutter speeds
Correcting white balance
Brightening shadows
Sharpening and noise reduction



Color correction

Photoshop Color Correction: Fundamentals

What is color correction?
Comparing RGB and CMYK color modes
Using grayscales and neutrals for color correction
Understanding pixels and bit depth
Evaluating and correcting images with histograms
Using nondestructive editing tools
Removing a color cast
Performing curve corrections in Camera Raw
Affecting creative adjustments
Retouching an image
Sharpening images
Preparing for print and web use

Exposure and Color Correction with Photoshop CC (2014)

Performing image-correction triage
Cloning to an empty layer
Using adjustment layers and blend modes
Opening a raw file as a Smart Object
Making selective adjustments
Recovering the detail in skies
Using graduated adjustments
Fixing exposure
Saving time with Auto Tone and Auto Contrast
Adjusting hue and saturation
Limiting adjustments
Adjusting shadows and highlights
Converting an image to black and white


Finding the Perfect Portrait Lens

How sensor size affects focal length
Shooting with different focal lengths
Shooting at the best angle for your lens
Understanding how f-stop, focal length, and camera distance affect depth of field
Finding a great lens at an affordable price
Portrait Project: Fixing a Distracting Background
Fixing the Background with Blurring and Masking
Removing Distractions in the Foreground
Replacing a Distracting Background
Portrait Project: Fixing a Group Photo
Beach Portrait of Friends
Studio Portrait of a Group
Wedding Group Photo



Photoshop Retouching Techniques: Beauty Portraits

Working on color, contrast, and tone
Managing layers
Removing imperfections with the Clone Stamp and Quick Mask tools
Using soft and hard brushes to clean up hair
Refining the eyes and brows
Plumping lips with Liquify
Finalizing the color
Finishing with Dodge and Burn

Portrait Retouching

Understanding the art of retouching
Correcting overall white balance
Using color correction tools to correct skin tone
Using Content-Aware Fill
Detailing and improving eyes and other facial features
Working with the Camera Raw Adjustment Brush
Adding and improving hair
Whitening and brightening teeth
Softening skin and enhancing makeup
Reviewing the final workflow for the best work possible


Product Photos with Photoshop

Selecting the right product shot for post-processing
Using a tablet for detail work
Adjusting exposure
Correcting color cast
Removing dust and scratches
Retouching a product shot with the Healing tools
Creating silhouettes with layer masks and clipping paths
Adding shadows and highlights
Replacing product colors
Automating parts of your workflow


Photoshop Retouching Techniques: Hair

Taming wildness
Creating fullness and volume
Getting rid of flyaways
Toning down, not taking away
Creatively retouching hair
Working with curly, thin, and short hair

Photoshop Retouching Techniques: Faces

Analyzing your portrait
Setting the overall color
Using masks to color correct
Controlling blemishes
Popping the eyes

Photoshop Retouching Techniques: Skin

Choosing your tools
Eliminating facial hair
Reducing blemishes
Working with beauty skin
Identifying what to remove
Enhancing facial structure with Liquefy
Correcting “dirty” areas, aka gray spots
Restoring lost or missing texture

Product Photography

Clothes and Textiles

Product Photography for Jewelry

Wacom Essential Training

Drawing freehand
Tracing existing images
Determining the correct tablet size for your work
Understanding relative vs. absolute positioning
Working with control surfaces like the Touch Ring and control keys
Selecting the right stylus
Working with the Bamboo, Intuos, Cintiq, and Inkling

Photography software

Camera raw