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There has been an explosion of digital photography and photographers, both amateur and professional, over the past few years. For digital photographers the focus is the creative and artistic aspect of their work, and this is as it should be. The very nature of digital photography, however, allows for the creation of thousands of images that need to be managed. Digital asset management (D.A.M.) is at the core of my business model. There is a real need for individualized services tailored to the specific needs of the amateur, semi-pro and pro photographers who want to focus on creativity rather than managing files.

How I can help…

Here’s how I've been helping photographers and what I can offer you:

Individualized tutoring at your home or office, or in my studio.

Tutoring Basic to intermediate Photoshop skills tailored  to what you need to know.

Tutoring Basic to intermediate Photoshop Elements skills tailored  to what you need to know.

Set up and training in the use of Adobe Lightroom.

Using Adobe Bridge to its full capacity.

D.A.M. for the photo entrepreneur.

The initial consultation is free either by phone or email.

This is Joseph & his service dog Moonshine

Another installment of "The Invisible Ones" of Washington, DC.

Joseph is a homeless man who I saw sitting on the sidewalk, panhandling near the Farragut North Metro station with a dog peeking out from under a blanket. Joseph also suffers from epilepsy. Just to be sure I would believe him he produced an ID card attesting to that fact as well as a Service dog certificate for his companion, Moonshine. Joseph is getting together the last few dollars he needs to get on a bus heading South for the Winter. He has done this for a few years and it seems to have worked out for him in terms of getting away from the harsh DC Winter. He also says it motivates him to budget and save his panhandling money for his transportation costs and food for Moonshine. Joseph has been homeless since losing his job and apartment in Massachusetts several years ago. He came to Washington, DC looking for a new start but ended up living on the streets. He feels fortunate to have his epilepsy controlled by medication and for his companion dog. I offered him a food voucher in exchange for this photograph. Hopefully Joseph and Moonshine will be on their way sooner than later as Winter is arriving early this year.

This is John

Another Installment of "The Invisible Ones" of Washington, DC

I first saw John pushing this very large cart stacked with his worldly belongings along M street headed in the direction of Georgetown in Washington, DC. He stopped to rest in a small park just East of the trendy shopping district in Georgetown. When I first approached him he seemed to just ignore me focusing on the newspaper he had pulled from a trash can. When he finally looked up, I explained what I was doing and told him about the photography project. I asked if I could take his photograph and he simply said, do whatever you want but go away after you're done. So I took what opportunity I was given and offered John a food voucher in return which he refused. I can't know for certain that John is actually his name. What is fairly certain is that this gentleman has been on the streets for quite a awhile. I have seen him on numerous occasions pushing his cart through the city streets but have never been able to engage him in a conversation. Maybe another time. Winter will be hard on people like this. If you see him do what you can to help him out. 

This is Khalifa

Another installment of "The Invisible Ones" of Washington, DC

Khalifa is a homeless gentleman living on the streets of NE Washington, DC. I encountered him today sitting on a bench on the fringe of a busy Farmer's Market. He says this is a good spot for panhandling because people will sometimes give him some of the food they have bought. That did not appear to be the case today. As I watched him for awhile before I approached he was being ignored by all who passed him by.

Khalifa has been on the streets since 2009. He remembers the date because it was when he was released from a Federal Prison in Kentucky where he was serving time on a drug possession charge. He was put on a bus and returned to DC with no money and only the possessions he had accumulated in prison. He says that prison at least allowed him to get clean and sober and become a more devout Muslim. He gets by with panhandling and the occasional odd job cleaning trash from a business alleyway. He says, with a Federal prison record finding a job is almost impossible.

Khalifa is a friendly and non aggressive panhandler. Inspite of this he remains invisible to most everyone who passes him by. He agreed to be photographed in exchange for a cup of coffee and a few granola bars.

This is Louis

Another installment of "The Invisible Ones" of Washington, DC

This is Louis

Louis was picking cigarette butts from the gutter when I met him on 1st Street NE in the trendy NOMA neighborhood of Washington, DC. He said he needed to be quick about this because the trash cleaners  would soon be along to clean up the street. So I walked along with him while he foraged for used butts. Louis thinks he's 65 years old but can't be sure as his memory has been pretty bad for awhile. He suspects that his years of drinking had something to do with that. He says that even after he quit drinking his mind was never the same especially after the explosion in his brain. It sounds like he was told he had a stroke of some kind which has left him somewhat impaired. His speech is almost inaudible and halting as if he can't find the word he is looking for.

Louis has been living on the streets or in shelters for the last 10 years by his account. Tragically he prefers sleeping outdoors because, "people will mess you up in those shelters." I asked Louis what he would do when Winter comes on in a few months. He was surprised to learn that it was already October. After he found a supply of cigarette butts he began his routine of panhandling which involved sitting on the curb and calling out to passers by that he could use a little help to get something to eat. As I watched for a bit it was clear that on this busy, weekday morning Louis was truly invisible to the herd of office workers clutching their phones and Starbuck coffees as they stepped over and around him to cross the street.

He gladly agreed to a food voucher in exchange for this photograph.

This is Dennis

Another installment of "The Invisible Ones" of Washington, DC

This is Dennis

I found Dennis on the East side of Union Station trying to sell copies of the daily edition of the Washington Post for half price. When I asked where he gets the papers from he says that if you hang out near the recycle bins at the metro stations people will give you their newspaper rather than throw it away. Dennis says that he and other homeless folks will then reassemble the sections of the paper and sell them at a discount. The business of reselling used papers is not that good he says but it supplements what he can make panhandling later on in the day.

Dennis says he has been homeless on and off for at least ten years. When he's not he's usually in a shelter or a SRO building. He is currently on the street. Dennis is a quiet and friendly man trying to get by as best he can. He is reluctant to say much about his past and I didn't press him for information as he was anxious to get back to hawking his papers. I sat and watched Dennis for about 20 minutes during which time not a single person gave him a second look during what is the busiest time of the morning rush outside Union Station. Dennis agreed to this photograph provided I bought a paper. I gave him a cash donation instead.

A correction from the "Invisible Ones" of Washington, DC

This is Rachel who is now in the S.O.M.E. program in Washington, DC

An internal blog error last week caused a posting of the wrong photo. This the correct "Rachel" & her comment on the blog regarding her acceptance into the S.O.M.E. program.