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Jess Kamens Photography: Photography Workshops Rochester NY


I am a trained and experienced teacher of 14 years and enjoy so very much passing on my knowledge to and through my students. My thoughts surrounding teaching are very simple. I strive to provide a safe and productive environment where students can work, learn, share, express and inquire while being exposed to success, failure and cooperative endeavor. It is important to me to help my students, of any age, discover their own personal, creative vision, within a learning environment that provides the comfortable guidance that they need.
If you are interested in private or group lessons, please use the contact form below so we can customize the perfect workshop for you.

PHOTOGRAPHY for beginners

  • camera usage (we will learn to shoot with ANY camera)

  • portrait photography

  • street photography

  • landscape photography

  • candid shooting

  • design & construction of a photograph

  • technical photography knowledge

  • post processing (Lightroom and Photoshop techniques and strategies)

  • ... and more!


All of the above topics are covered at a more advanced level.
An additional level of artistic creation and style, stressing an individualized approach, is encouraged and custom designed.


Private or group lessons can be provided in a classroom setting, at your home, my home or outside on location. Webinars will be offered soon.
This can be customized to your needs.


Webinars will begin soon. They will focus first on Lightroom and processing techniques, photo workflow and organization and different techniques. I am a purist and believe that shooting is the most important park of photography, but we also value these tools and it's necessary to understand them, their benefits and limitations. I look forward to working with both new and experienced photographers.


I am based in Rochester, New York and can easily, and inexpensively, travel to any location to teach a course.


English (native)
German (C1)
American Sign Language (basic communication)


I have permanent New York State Art certification and 14 years experience teaching a variety of courses including:

Drawing & Painting - basic drawing techniques, hand-eye coordination, figure drawing, portrait drawing, landscape, painting techniques, abstract
Ceramics & Sculpture - wheel throwing, sculpture, various firing techniques, glazing, clay recycling
Advertising / Graphic Design - fashion design, product design, graphic design, computer software, Adobe Photoshop, etc., QuarkXPress, digital photography, post processing, production industry experience
Interior Design - drafting, measuring, furniture history, cultural referencing
Fibers - batik, paper sculpture, paper bookmaking, tapestry and other weaving
Computer / Informatics - keyboarding, All MS office, Resume/CV writing and submission, presentation creation, interview techniques, Google, email techniques