One-on-One Coaching (Internet)

Via the Internet

Lately I've been getting more and more requests for one-on-one coaching via the Internet. I've been reluctant to do this in the past because it can become a big sinkhole of time for me, for which I have to charge very high rates in order to justify. 

But the demand keeps increasing, and the pandemic is intensifying that, so I'm going to tentatively stick a toe in the water and see if I can make this work for both of us. Initially, I'm going to open up 8 time slots. Those will all be in the afternoon East Coast US time (I have some flexibility as to which hour each day). The cost for each one hour session will be US$299 (US$399 if we need to link in my teaching assistant; payment would be via PayPal). All sessions will be conducted via a Zoom private meeting. That means that you'll need to have at least a Webcam and microphone hooked up to your computer, the Zoom app, and a reliable Internet connection at your end. These sessions will be conducted in English only (sorry; I'm not comfortable doing so in one of my fast fading other languages). 

At my end, besides having a Z50 or Z6 II pointed at me along with my usual USB microphone, I have the ability to switch in a computer and/or the HDMI output from any camera, as well. Thus, besides just having a face-to-face chat, I can demonstrate software or workflow techniques, I can show setting up a camera from its menu system, and much more. 

So, as to possible things you might want to spend your hour with me on (the numbers in parentheses relate to footnotes at the bottom of this page):

  • Discussion of your gear and what you might want to augment/extend it with. (1)
  • Demonstration of Photo Mechanic or Photoshop techniques, as well as useful plug-ins. I'm teaching competent with other tools, such as Nikon NX Studio or Camera Control Pro, as well.(If you want Lightroom help, I'll add my teaching assistant Tony Medici to the meeting, as he knows Lightroom better than I do, but this comes at extra cost. (2)
  • Image or portfolio review. In an hour's session, generally this shouldn't amount to more than 20 images. Anything more than that just turns into a yes/no session as I flip through them all. (3)
  • Help in processing a problem image or images. This one can be highly variable, as sometimes a processing session goes fairly straightforward and quickly (<10 minutes). But some images require a lot of work to get right. It could be that one image would take up the entire hour. (4)
  • Setting up your camera for specific purposes. (5)

I'm sure there are other possibilities, but these seem like the ones where it most likely that I can provide full value for the time you pay for. For "just chatting" would be very expensive, I'm sure there are services that cost less ;~).

Available Time Slots

  • May X (your choice of any hour between 2pm and 5pm EST)
  • May X (your choice of any hour between 2pm and 5pm EST)
  • May X (your choice of any hour between 2pm and 5pm EST)
  • May X (your choice of any hour between 2pm and 5pm EST)
  • June X (your choice of any hour between 2pm and 5pm EST)
  • June X (your choice of any hour between 2pm and 5pm EST)
  • June X (your choice of any hour between 2pm and 5pm EST)
  • June X (your choice of any hour between 2pm and 5pm EST)

How Do You Apply?

Because this is just a test, I'm going to initially do this solely through email. You email me with your first and second choice of available slots, I'll respond with a confirmation (or not, if everyone else beat you to the punch). Upon confirmation, you'll have 24 hours to complete the process by sending payment via PayPal.

If this all seems to work well and I decide to continue offering such services, I'll do future signups using an event service to help automate the process. 

The Footnotes

  1. You'll need to provide me with a complete gear list via email prior to the meeting, as well as a list of the things you're considering or the problems you're trying to solve by changing gear.
  2. You need to provide me with some indication of the software you're currently using, as well as how experienced you are with it. 
  3. You'll need to place finished JPEG copies of your images in a Dropbox folder that you share with me prior to the session.
  4. You'll need to place the raw files for your images in a Dropbox folder that you share with me prior to the session.
  5. I'll need to know the specific camera in advance so that I can have it available, moreover I'll need to know what you're trying to accomplish with the setup. Is it for a specific event or trip, is it a general purpose need, or is there a very specific technique you're trying to set the camera up for (e.g. astrophotography, panoramas, etc.). At the moment I can do this with Nikon D500, D780, D850, D5, D6, Z5, Z6, Z6 II, Z7, Z7 II, and Z50. It's possible that I can do it with other brand/model cameras if I have them available. I can also handle SnapBridge setup, as well. 
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