About Marlene Hielema – ImageMaven
My creativity is maxed out when I’m helping people solve their technical problems, especially those around digital photography.
I’m not woo woo or a fine artist, but I get a great deal of joy teaching other creative people about the technology of digital photography, and watching how that understanding opens the doors to their creativity.
You wish to understand your digital camera better, and learn some things about composition, light and image editing, so that you can start taking your own photos for personal or business use. Maybe you’d even like to make some money with your photography.
This is how I can help you
I Teach People. I give you solutions to digital photography problems that you can really use. I do this in various settings and formats which include:
- Blog posts
- Free photo lessons > Sign up here
- Online courses
- Corporate workshops
- Personal training
- Classroom instruction > currently at SAIT in Calgary
I’m an expert at teaching beginner and intermediate photographers:
- Digital camera set up
- Photographic theory
- Digital image editing
- Digital output and printing
- Working with camera RAW files
- Photoshop for photographers
This is all given to you from my professional photographer’s vantage point. For more on the educational services I offer, click here.
I know what you’re thinking, “There are tons of other sites just like this one”
So why me? Because, my angle is unique and based on:
- 25+ years of hands-on experience using photography tools and imaging software
- running digital printing service bureaus and solving people’s file problems
- running a corporate photography business
- learning and troubleshooting things on my own
- teaching other photographers of all ages and abilities
- working with hundreds of artists and designers
- mentoring and being mentored
- using and evaluating other online teaching sites
- teaching (and improving outdated curriculum) to post secondary photography students
People have actually said to me, “I want to know everything that you know.”
If you’d like to become part of my knowledge network, and receive some free photography lessons, add your name and email to the sign up form below to start your learning today!
Oh, and here’s a little intro video I made for my Twitter and Facebook followers, but you should have a look at it too.
Thank you for stopping by!
A little more specific info about me
Education wise, I have a BAA (Bachelor of Applied Arts) from Ryerson University (1990) where I gained a formal education in photography, and an MCS (Master of Communications Studies) degree from the University of Calgary (2004) where I researched the effects of the Internet and digital technologies on commercial photographers. I am self taught in computer imaging technology, but have taken formal classes in HTML, magazine writing, film making and desktop publishing, plus I have attended many Adobe software seminars over the years. I am a voracious reader of magazines, books, and blogs on the technical, social and design aspects of technology.
I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Some personal details about me can be found in this post.
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Take better pictures starting today!
Sign up for my free photo lessons and start learning how to take better pictures today! Just fill out the signup form on this page, and you will get 10 lessons delivered via email a couple times a week.