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Helen Saunders Photoshop/ Illustrator Tutor (South West London)

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  • Professional Qualification Fine Art BA (hons) First Class
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Personal Message
I teach photoshop to all different ages and levels. I use photoshop everyday as a professional retoucher, and bring this industry knowledge to my teaching. I love the process of continuously learning myself, whilst passing on my knowledge to others.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Photoshop is a vast software, and can be used for many different reasons. I can help you to understand the basics, to give you a good platform to progress from, and I can gear the lessons to the area you need. Sometimes, finding out what you need to learn is the most important part! For more advanced students, I can teach you industry standard techniques, and methods to speed up your workflow. Some areas you may wish to learn include :-

Editing photography

Fashion/beauty retouching

Image Compositing

Photoshop for Fine Art

Photoshop for design (e.g. Architecture, interior design)

Creating a portfolio.

If you have an idea of what you need to learn, or would like to talk it through with me, feel free to get in touch!
Tell me about your qualifications.
Loughborough University, 2008 BA Fine Art (Hons) First Class.
Central Saint Martins, 2011-2013 MA fine Art.
What kind of experience do you have?
I've been in the production industry for about 6 years. My background is in Fine Art photography, which I studied to MA level. My practice involved creating photo-real collages, and thats where my relationship with photoshop began. Until recently, I worked as a retoucher at a production company, where I retouched CGI and photography. Here I worked with automotive and product photography as well as CGI architectural visualisations. I recently returned to the freelance life to give me more flexibility, and leave me some time for teaching!

I've been teaching photoshop for about 8 years now, falling into it through community art projects after uni. I've worked with all age groups, both in groups and on a one to one basis. At the moment, I teach courses at Platform 39, and also have some regular one to one students.
How much do you charge?
£40 an hour for one to one tuition. For groups and business bookings please enquire for a quote.
Where do you teach?
I am based in South West London (Tooting) but I'm happy to travel within zones 1-3 in London.
When are you available?
My availability varies on a weekly basis, but I'm pretty flexible as to when I teach, so please enquire!
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I've taught all ages from 7 upwards, and levels from the very basics of getting to grips with Photoshop to using it at an advanced level often required for professional tasks.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I have guided students through portfolio preparation, both in making the aesthetic decisions and in using photoshop to finish it to a professional level.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
My CRB is dated from August 2011.
Tell me about some of your current students.
Some of my recent students include a fashion photographer, wishing to learn retouching skills, a print/textile designer and a film production company.