Teaching Philosophy

Oliver O'Hanlon teaches advanced technics to expert photographers

I love to teach. The most important thing for me is to connect with my students, and to show them how photography is a tool to engage with life. The more you practice and experiment, the more you will reap the benefits of honing your eye and finding what really matters to you. This is a responsibility I take seriously, but with a great sense of humor! Learning the techniques of photography can feel daunting, but confidence and inspiration is key. I am not interested in formulas, or the rulebook. I focus on the individual: everybody practices photography in their own way, and it is my job to motivate and help you discover your own style, and unlock your imagination.

My classes are thorough. As well as the technical aspects, I talk about my favorite modern masters who have contributed to the iconic imagery we all know and love: Jean-Henri Lartigue, Man Ray, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, William Klein, Antonin Krotachvil, Martin Parr, Sebastiao Salgado, Jacob Aue Sobol. These photographers all have very different approaches and elements to their work, but all of them are united by their quest for truth. Their expression ranges from serious, hilarious, calm, witty, dramatic, and sweet. Their photographs are authentic, and this is what I am here to help you create, no matter what level you are: beautiful images that make you stop and think. I will also make you laugh. Welcome!

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