ALL OF THE IMAGES SHOWCASED HERE
WERE SHOT BY MY STUDENTS

My Students:
I find everyone experiences the same joy in getting better at framing a shot, composing and capturing it. The younger students get excited to be able to hold a professional camera. Teenagers like the ability to work with their images on a computer. The college level and older students understand the challenge of getting the mechanics under control to be able to capture, record and retain what they are seeing in the same way they are seeing it.

My Philosphy:

I don’t like to spend a lot of time in front of a computer “fixing” images, and I teach this same philosophy. When you know how to capture properly, you can spend far less time fine-tuning your images than you did in the days of darkroom work. The right way to get better is to learn the mechanics of your capture. If you have ever tried to make a darkroom print of an underexposed or overexposed negative, the result of poor capture skills, then you know for certain that you never want to go through that experience again.

Equipment:

State of the art, professional quality equipment is important. Auto focus controls have opened up a ton of potential creative abilities for young photographers. Digital DSLR cameras offer a wide array of options and learning which to use is the challenge. Most students are confused about how to best use their cameras. I break it down into a simple and easy-to- understand format to follow.

In The School District:

When I am working on Artist in Residency programs in the school system, we focus on studio work, because traveling to locations is often not possible. I create several sets with a fixed lighting system that works for most situations, then turn them loose creatively. My students have created some incredibly good work using everyday things such as bubbles, dry ice, sand, sea shells, hula hoops, balloons, marbles, flour and water.

Summer Programs:

The summer programs allow for location work. I take the students, usually ages 14-20, to places they would not ordinarily know about nor ever visit, such as a scrap metal yard. Eisner Scrap Metal, a family-owned business that has continued for 3 generations provided not only graphic shots of twisted everything-you-can-think-of metal, but also environmental portraits of the owner, Mark Eisner, in his unique office. Hutch Kugeman of The Brooklyn Brewery, located at the Culinary Institute of America gave us a demonstration on how to brew a wide selection of their craft beer while also explaining to the students about what is taught to the Culinary undergrads. This is what a photographer does…we show up and make something happen out of whatever we find to tell a great story. Assignments and written tests are a part of the programs.

Photography Tours:

The photography tours take teaching to the next level. We bring you to amazing locations and opportunities that you cannot get on your own. Using an extensive network of tour operators, professional guides and local guides, we know what you want to see. Last fall we arrived to visit the Arbore Tribe in Ethiopia at midday, without a cloud in the sky. Trying to shoot with the high sun was impossible. We opted to take a break for a few hours to let the sun come down, and returned to a full tribe of 300 people singing and dancing in glorious light. Intensive lessons in capture and editing and a myriad of shooting opportunities will be in front of you every day. This is a chance to shoot 1,000 photos every day in the hopes of capturing one or two special images per day.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE:

  • 2011-2013 Digital Photography, THE ART INSTITUTE OF MILL STREET LOFT, AGES 13-19
  • 2011 Digital Photography: in field expedition, OMO VALLEY, ETHIOPIA for adults
  • 2012 Digital Photography: in field expedition, PEACE OF ANGKOR, SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA for adults
  • 2012 Digital Photography: SUMMER ART INTENSIVE AT VASSAR COLLEGE, AGES 14-19
  • 2013 Digital Photography: in field expedition, THE ATHENIAN SCHOOL, SIEM REAP, CAMBODIA AGES 15-18
  • 2013 Digital Photography: in field expedition, JOHN RIZZO PHOTOGRAPHY, MYANMAR for adults
  • 2013 Digital Photography:  in field expedition, JOHN RIZZO PHOTOGRAPHY, TANZANIA for adults
  • 2014 Digital Photography: in field expedition, JOHN RIZZO PHOTOGRAPHY, KENYA for adults
  • 2015 Digital Photography: ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAM with ArtsWestchester, Yonkers, NY AGES 9-12
  • 2015 Digital Photography: ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAM with ArtsWestchester, Mt. Vernon, NY AGES 8-11
  • 2015 Digital Photography: SUMMER PROGRAM at SUNY PURCHASE, Purchase, NY AGES 10-16
  • 2015 Digital Photography:  in field expedition, JOHN RIZZO PHOTOGRAPHY, ETHIOPIA, 1ST TOUR for adults
  • 2015 Digital Photography: in field expedition, JOHN RIZZO PHOTOGRAPHY, ETHIOPIA, 2ND TOUR for adults
  • 2016 Digital Photography:  ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAM with ArtsWestchester, Mt. Vernon, NY AGES 8-10
  • 2016 Digital Photography: ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAM with ArtsWestchester, Sleepy Hollow, NY Ages 14-15
  • 2016 Digital Photography:  ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAM with ArtsWestchester, Yonkers, NY AGES 8-9
  • 2016 Digital Photography: ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAM with ArtsWestchester, Yonkers, NY AGES 12-13
  • 2016 Digital Photography:  ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAM with ArtsWestchester, Mt. Vernon, NY AGES 8-12 & 13-20
  • 2016 Digital Photography: SUMMER ART INTENSIVE AT VASSAR COLLEGE, AGES 14-19
  • 2016 Digital Photography: in field expedition, JOHN RIZZO PHOTOGRAPHY, GEREWOL FESTIVAL, NIGER for adults
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