Comments from students and friends
A delightfully informative and hands-on session on how to turn the iPhone into a most versatile camera. Thank you. Iris Jacobs Iris Jacobs
Without a doubt, you have given me new vision a whole new way of looking at the world around me...the change is so evident....I can't thank you enough...looking forward to next semester.... James Clayton Sattel
Jan, First, thank you very much for everything. I really like your informality, helpful hints, and deep knowledge. Ihad no idea what I could do with the iphone camera, so that was a big help. I have been jammed w/work, so really didn’t do much to implement what you taught us. (Art Of The iPhone) The last thing: your enthusiasm has perked me up into wanting to do more…..and I think, as a former teacher, that is a great result! Many thanks.. hope to see another class…. Audrey Grimes
I found the classes very inspirational in terms of thinking outside of the camera iPhone box. I liked the size of the group. I liked going outside with our iPhones and playing with different parts of the camera. It would be wonderful, I think, to have a session where each of us can pick two of our own photos to share with the group and get a critique. And, find out which apps were used from the iPhone to edit their photos.
Loved the class. And, always like to laugh here and there. Gloria Dahl
This was one the best classes at Wickford Art Association. (Art Of The iPhone) Not only do you get a really good look at the technology of the iPhone, but you get to explore the world of available apps to enhance the artistic quality of your images. Now you don’t just se the image, but the possibilities it holds for the "iPhoneographer.” Can’t thank Jan enough for his knowledge, humor and excellent teaching style. Kate O”Kula
Jan.......I thoroughly enjoyed our time together and I've gained a tremendous appreciation for the iPhone camera. Perhaps with another session, you could have gone over in more detail the use of the picture adjustments built into the phone itself.
All in all, a great experience. (Art Of The iPhone) Ted Bierwirth
Thanks for the class. (Art Of The iPhone) I am a casual pocket-phone photographer with no aspirations of being anything but a casual pocket-phone photographer, so my view may be different from that of others, but for me it was just about right in terms of length and content. Maybe a little more time exploring the various apps - I had no idea what a world of photo apps there is out there! But your tips about composition etc. were very helpful to me, and that in itself made it worthwhile. Jim Patterson
Last night you opened up our hearts and eyes with your amazing photos and tender/ from the heart narrative. Thank you. It was exceptional.
I've learned so much from you and have loved our time together. Elizabeth Browning Jackson
Jan, thank you so much for an outstanding workshop. It is a pleasure to walk the grounds of Blithewold with you and absorb so much of your knowledge about photography. You have a gift for dealing with people and you truly make learning fun. I have tried for years to learn about aperture and shutter speed and in one lesson with you I know more than I thought!! I am so glad you use all that knowledge to teach those of us who don't quite see what you see through the lens. Two workshops with you were not enough - I'll be back for more! Christine Dole, Program Chair
Garden Club of Buzzards Bay
Dear Jan: Excellent class this past Wed @ Blithwold. Your quiet approach with pointers, tips & instruction instilled confidence using a camera and light. It was a de-light taking the class; now I just need to keep practicing! Thanks for a great morning. Ruth Furman
Hi Jan, My daughter, Angela, and I were really glad that we participated in your iPhonography class today. The outside photoshoot was fun.
Thanks so much again for the wonderful class today!!-- Kunio & Angela
Jan, Between our one on one's and our amazing trip to the High Line, I can see growth in my development as a new photographer, and I credit you for that. You inspire me through your work and your belief in mine. You're a steady flow of wisdom that I try to lap up like a hot dog with his water bowl on the sea wall. :) Thank you! Shana P.S. Did that dog really pee on you?!
Jan, It was a great honor to meet you and your wife. Your compassion and sensitivity shows both in your art and support of the homeless. I went on your web site. Incredible landscapes, trees are spiritual, portraits so sensitive but my personal favorite is floating in the water.....extraordinary!
Thank you for yesterday and your time looking into cameras. Again, thank you. I completely understand Jody's praise for you. Not only a great photographer but teacher as well. Elizabeth Browning Jackson
Between our one on one's and our amazing trip to the High Line, I can see growth in my development as a new photographer, and I credit you for that. You inspire me through your work and your belief in mine. You're a steady flow of wisdom that I try to lap up like a hot dog with his water bowl on the sea wall. :) Thank you! Shana Geitl
Circle Of Scholars - "Better Travel Photographs" Jan came to class prepared. Lots of examples,great extra reading references online. Communicates with students online as needed. A perfect class, just wish it was longer.I learned so very much. I would recommend this class to my peers."
"Excellent class, great to have my creative work looked at and commented on by a renown expert."
"This was a wonderful seminar that taught me a lot about photography. Rather than just "take" pictures, it has taught me to compose scenes, find a point of view and observe lighting and shading."
"Wonderful job! I loved the standby me music, so perfect! And I'll say it 1000 more times, those portraits that you capture are incredible! The smiles that you get out of people show their true beauty and personality despite the often weatherbeaten and rough looking shell that they wear...it's a real gift that you have with your Sunday friends. And what can I say about Kathy, she was simply amazing last night. She spoke from the heart, so beautifully… I was so impressed by the entire presentation. You truly capture and honor the work that so many people are doing to support those in need. Thanks for everything Jan." Scott Budnick, Sunday Friendship Breakfast, Mathewson Street United Methodist Church, Providence,
"That was a wonderful similar that has taught me a lot about photography. Rather than just taking pictures, it has taught me to compose scenes, have a point of view, and observe lighting and settings. Very grateful for this seminar. It has forced me to learn my camera, software program and lighting." (From Better Travel Photographs - comments by undisclosed participant.)
Hi Jan, First, John and I want to thank you for a really enjoyable class in which we learned many,many tips to help capture memorable vacation photos.In fact, we have been passing along your tips to captive audiences whenever we summon them. Also, I was especially touched by not only your photos at the soup kitchen, but your words about our homeless population, too. An awakening. Thank you. Regards, Mary and John Hirschboeck (Better Travel Photographs at Circle Of Scholars Workshop)
Hi Mr. Armor, It is Leticia Rozul, PHS '88 grad with your daughter Jen. I have been living on Long Island, NY since I went to college here however I visit my parents in Portsmouth often. I wanted to let you know that I am very moved with all the stories I am reading on your page. Keep up the great work and beautiful pictures. You are making a different and thanks for sharing the stories of others doing the same. Take care of yourself. Be well. Leticia
Jan, you are a dream! The way in which you document what happens Sunday mornings is incredible and invaluable. Thanks for everything. PS: I really love the pictures that you took of me and my daughter. Best, Scott
Hi Jan...I just wanted to thank you so very much again for yesterday. It was time well spent!!!! It honestly was the happiest day for me personally that I've had in a very long time. I left feeling encouraged and inspired. Hopefully, I retained all the great instruction :) Your are a wonderful teacher and I am full of gratitude that our paths have crossed. Namaste, Sonja Lamoi
On the Sunday Friendship Breakfast Facebook page: "We want to extend a very special thank you to Jan and Kathy Armor for their tremendous contributions to the Friendship Breakfast! Jan is an extremely talented local photographer and artist who has spent countless Sundays at the Breakfast taking portraits of the individuals that attend and / or serve at the Breakfast. He always comes back the following Sunday with prints of the photos to distribute. For many, it has been years since they have seen a photo of themselves, and it serves as an affirmation that they count....that they matter! Jan has a blog and has also created several short videos highlighting the Breakfast and raising awareness about hunger and homelessness in Rhode Island. In addition to Jan's photography, Kathy has been attending the Breakfast every Sunday to help serve in the kitchen and they held a warm clothing drive in their neighborhood and donated all of the collected items to those that attend the Breakfast. Thank you Kathy and Jan, you are truly making a difference!" Brook Ashley
"Dear Jan, I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am with the results of my new camera and your instructions. I have taken 351 pictures on the new camera and most are bad but there are also a lot of good ones. I am just so happy for your willingness to give me instructions and appreciate your visit with me so much." Carole Penn
"Hi Jan. I am one of the regular volunteers who attends the breakfast on Sundays. I frequently attend with my oldest son Jonah. I am also responsible for the face book posts about the breakfast. I wanted to highlight you and Kathy and your tremendous contributions to the friendship breakfast and to the individuals that attend. Your work is amazing and we so appreciate your interest and the community awareness and consciousness raising that your photos are creating." Brook Ashley
"Hi Jan, Granting you (photo) access has been one of the best things that has happened to the breakfast in the past year. You and Kathy are a welcome addition to the crew, and what you provide does brighten peoples days and raises awareness for sure! So thank you! Just looked at your most recent blog posts and video, great stuff....I love the photograph of the little boy holding the spoon, it looks so gigantic in his hand...nice work." Scott Budnick
Comments of "Seeing Well" at Edward King: Jan conducts a relaxed and informative class. Everyone feels considered and appreciated. Jan encourages paticipants to do just that, participate-take up your camera and shoot. There is nothing to lose and so much to gain!
Seeing Well: "Opened a whole new world to me. Seeing differently."
"What a powerful email. So many of us should just stop complaining that life is bad. Well, just realize that just being able to endure the day is the goal for some people. You're doing a timely, important series of photos and stories. Although I didn't throw away old, unused clothing when I moved, taking clothes to the homeless shelters is a better idea. I'm going to look at my winter clothes to see what I have that can be useful for someone else." Sue Wermuth
Thanks for reminding us we have a lot to be grateful for and we should all help in some way to those less fortunate. Culling one's closet is such an easy way to help others. I'm forwarding this to my friends.
Thank you so much for sharing. This is a wonderful blog spotlighting the homeless problem here in the U.S. with compelling images. As a social commentary artist my work focuses on many social issues. I have been inspired by you to create a blog inspiring others to take action.
Simone Spruce-Torres, Program Directo, Warwick Art Museum
"I arrived home to some great news! In the photo contest at Wickford, all 3 of my entries were accepted PLUS the driftwood received a Judge’s Award! I am, of course, thrilled! And I thank YOU most of all! It could’t have happened w/o you. Thank you." Avis O'Neil
"Jan, you've made a point of how you approach a photo subject and how you establish rapport. But at the end of the day, you have a gift for being able to elicit the essence of your subject. I went over the photos in your video again with the purpose of finding that special trust between subject and photographer. You can urge that kind of presence, but you can't teach it - it's either there or not!" Jim Sammons
Thank you so much for the wonderful class and for your skill which you so generously shared with all of us. It was a great class and I learned a lot and I got some very useful ideas in how to SEE WELL. I'll be watching for your next class." In gratitude, Charlotte-Brown
"I thoroughly enjoyed the class on Saturday. I'm so glad I finally got a chance to learn how to use my camera! I appreciate how you found time to give us all some personal instruction. Your approach is encouraging and supportive. I am inspired to develope my skills and just keep taking pictures. I look forward to another class with you."
"The photography course that you taught at Blithewold yesterday was most helpful. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I look forward to learning again from you in the future. Thanks again." Caldwell Smith
Hi Jan, The class was wonderful, thank you so much. I intend to go back some day and explore during different times of day/evening/seasons. I always enjoy your classes and walk away with more knowledge. xoxoxox, Gina Campbell
"I just about cried when I watched your slide show. It speaks volumes. You are such a gifted storyteller, and your photos reach way beyond the numbers." Cindy Elder, Director of Communications, RI Food Community Bank
"Thank you so much for such an inspiring and informative session this week! I am so impressed with your depth of knowledge and your willingness to help. I have waited a very long time to explore photography and I am grateful for your encouragement, support, and direction."
"Once again I thank you for a wonderful lesson! I don’t know how you can retain that
wealth of information and so brilliantly convey it. It is truly a gift! Any success I realize is due to you! Thank you so much. I am indeed fortunate." Avis O’Neil
“I want to thank you for opening the door for me to enjoy photography. I loved it! The weekly assignments were very challenging for me and I times I felt frustrated, but found your comments to be very helpful and encouraging. The handouts were excellent. Our class was lots of fun and classmates bonded well. Your knowledge is excellent and I look forward to more classes with you!” Doris Whitley
“I doubt it because really good teachers are born, not made. And that brings me full circle - you are a born teacher, an instructor who has an intuitive sense of how much, how fast, and where your students are in the continuum. I thank you for all that you do, have done, and will do for those who would master your craft.” Jim Sammons
“Although just a beginner I feel encouraged to continue learning more about making better pictures. You are always very well prepared and teach at a good pace. Always approachable and usually kind. Loved the class!!” Helene Scoia
“I just realized you are the photographer of the Tree Society's Living Legends: The Trees Of Newport. I have never been able to send one of those note cards b/c I want them myself. I have them lined up on a shelf and just notices your name as the photographer. I think those cards are wonderful and bring beauty and peace to those who look at them.” Sheila
“Dear Jan, Thanks so much for a delightful morning of learning new tools. You are an excellent teacher, have a well-balanced approach and I am thrilled with my newfound skills. Thanks so much for sharing your time and talents. I can hardly wait to apply masks, textures or just do better dodge/burns as I progress through working on old and new images. “ Sincerely, Jane Rogers
“I heard this aphorism recently: "may those of us who have the gift use it wisely." This certainly applies to you. It made me think of what a gift of vision you have and how well you have applied it through your art.. Among the many things I am grateful for, I count the joy of experiencing the world through your lens.” John DiLeo
“As I’m sure you know, your teaching is terrific. You are sensitive to people’s feelings when you evaluate their pictures. All the evaluations have been constructive, letting the individual know what he/she has done right and then suggesting ways in which the picture might be improved. You give each person equal time and attention and that’s good. Your presentations are clear and easily understood. As you must know from the requests we all make of OLLI to have more photography classes taught by you, you have a strong and dedicated following.” Dr. Agnes Doody
“I really enjoyed the class and while some of it was a review on things I already knew, it placed those things in a fresh context as I found the "homework" assignments a lot of fun and a chance to creatively break out of the box. I really liked the review/critique of our homework shot in class on Mondays. Not only to get everyone's reaction to my shots but also to see the shots that the other members of the class took. I really loved some of the work and the approach the others took. I learned a lot from them as well as you.” Bob Carniaux
“Thanks, Jan! That is very helpful. I thoroughly enjoyed your class and want to take every one you offer! The photos on your website are fabulous! You are very talented. See you next week!“ Denise Emond
“I just wanted to thank you again for a wonderful class. My knowledge, understanding, confidence and enthusiasm for photography has grown leaps and bounds with your classes. The trip to the museum was the frosting on the cake.......SO much fun, and So many photo opportunities to be had there. Again, many thanks.” Gina Campbell
“Today's class was great! You are so well organized, prepared and quite obviously knowledgeable. Thank you. I look forward learning how to see with you.” Gail Johnson
“The photo class lead by Jan Armor was such a treat. From the very start it was informative and fun. Jan's great sense of humor and creative eye inspired and challenged me. I enjoyed the weekly assignments and sharing it with the others in class. This class ended up being more than just a tutorial but a bit of unexpected therapy. I am finding myself "seeing" life through a new lens allowing me to be more present " in the moment". I'm sad that the class has come to an end because I really enjoyed meeting with this group and Jan. Thank you for offering this class. It was a great experience.” Sonja Lemoi
“I found Newport Ar t Museum’s Lightroom 3 class to be what I expected and more. Lightroom 3 is a software that is difficult to explore on one’s own. Jan Armor is a gifted teacher and guide through the interface of the software. He is able to guide students with varying computer knowledge and camera knowledge allat the same time, and in the same class. He patiently re-explains the points he made in the previous lesson to be sure everyone has mastered the skill and at the same time answers esoteric questions from some of the other students. He even bakes and brings cookies to the first session!” Patty Weiss
“I found your classes very helpful and I was delighted that you will offer another digital photography next semester. Although I already knew most of the technical stuff you presented, I did learn much from your class. Your demo of portrait lighting was simple but was amazing to me. I now want to do more with portraits which I never wanted to do before. Aside from that, you have re-awakened a love for photography a had put aside and lost. I am looking forward to your next class.” Donald Farias
“Dear Jan, Your work is gorgeous. It's a feast for the eye and mind! Thanks again for taking the time to photograph my work.” Lisa May
“Hi Jan, I really loved the class. You made it personal and fun. It got my creative juices flowing and made me think more about taking my pictures. The input from my classmates was also very helpful. I truly enjoyed looking at their photos as it was inspiring to me to think of different ways to take photos. So thanks, Jan. you are an excellent instructor, you made it fun and real and specifically taught me to read my manual. I am finding that it does help when you know your camera.” Marilyn Moffatt
“Jan, I feel that you have taught me "how to see", supported me to find my vision, given me some technical mastery to use my camera, and shown me that my camera can convey what has touched me and that, for me, words cannot express. With a busy life often spent in my community, this class time has been my play time. Thank you for your generous spirit.” Judy Webb
“You covered so much of this in class but now I can print the info and save to reinforce and remind the mind...... This has been a great class. I know I speak for everyone when I say we are all sad to see it coming to an end. Thanks for helping us think outside the box! As you know I enjoyed the class and learned both how to use my camera but even better how to think about what makes an interesting photograph. Actually I had to rethink some "old rules" and not just go for the "get everything in the photo" mentality. Liked the fact that the class included both classroom and actually taking pictures with comments from everyone. We all want to think our pictures are great but looking at them through others eyes is a BIG help. I feel like I have gone from kindergarten (before Yellowstone class) to maybe 3rd grade with a good base to build on. At least now I can understand the manual! Thanks for sharing your love of photography. Would love to take a Lightroom or Photoshop class for beginners next fall.” Marcia Wirth
“Though not particularly interested in taking pic of myself, I took the Art of the Selfie because I wanted to learn more about using my camera and to become more confident with the self timer and emailing photos. I was also looking forward to meeting other like minded persons and leaning from Jan. All my goals were met, and then some. I found the weekly assign interesting and creatively inspiring and the weekly crit valuable learning tools. I found Jan’s teach style well paced, prodding but not pushy. He is able to beak down tech jargon and concepts to pedestrian level. Jan’s cases are fun and I look forward to he’s next class.”
"Hi Jan, Your class was just what I needed. I haven't used Lightroom for a long time, and this refreshed my memory for everything I used to do on a regular basis. Plus there were several new things that I had never used before. Your teaching style is excellent. And the pace is just right. You take questions but you don't go off on tangents and forget where you were originally headed. I've gone to a lot of training a over the years and I'm quite critical(in my own mind) of how they are run. Thanks for a great class.” Joanne Costanza
“Hi Jan, I just wanted to let you know I think the light room class has been excellent. I think it was suitable for beginner's and experts alike. You touch on so many details and nuances to the program. I felt it was very valuable. Along with learning a lot in each class I had at least one ah ha moment in ever class that made something come out that I really needed to know for what I was currently working on outside of the class. And sometimes I didn't even realize I needed to know it, but it just clicked in when it came up. Thanks so much for all of the little tips and tricks.” Jen
“Your photos are amazing and inspiring! It doesn't matter if it is a tree in South County, a mountain in some far away place or a person on the sea wall or on a NYC street, you put your heart and soul into every image. Thank you for sharing them with us.” Jill McLaughlin
"Dear Jan: Many thanks for a terrific photo class, my second with you. I enjoyed this class for several reasons. First, you create a congenial atmosphere for learning while asking us to stretch and learn through the class and homework assignments. It made us work and experiment in a directed way. You are correct in suggesting a longer class allowing us to practice and critique before going home to shoot photos during the week. Personally, I would enjoy a continuation of class one since I HOPE I've mastered the basics especially of using my camera after taking this class twice. HAHA ! And yet, I learned different things in this class that I will use on my upcoming trip to France & Italy. So many thanks as I said and especially for giving us confidence and reinforcing our love of photography." Luci Soares
"I just went to your website and it is simply amazing! I just love the effect of some of those black and whites with the really smooth water… really just lovely. One of these days it is going to work out so that i am able to attend one of your classes I love the way you see and how you present. Just lovely work." Karin Forde Whittemore
From Kim Baker -- Jan is not only a superb photographer, but he is also a superb human being. These photographs were taken at his own expense to document the hunger problem in Rhode Island and to celebrate the folks who volunteer at the Rhode Island Community Food Bank to sort food for recipients. I love the camaraderie the photos illustrate. We are all together in this world. We must help each other with the basic human need for food. Thank you to Jan for his allowing me to use his work for this issue. Take a look at Jan's other exquisite work on his website: http://www.armorphoto.com/
Thanks for an absolutely wonderful lesson yesterday! I was really exciting! I am trying to remember just everything you taught.
I’m afraid I didn’t grasp quite all. You know so much. Thanks for being patient and such a good teacher. Best to you and Kathy…and Maggie, too. Avis O'Neil