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Eliot Cohen

Eliot Cohen

Eliot Cohen has been teaching photography since 1975 and digital methods since 1994. He is one of the area’s best known digital educators, renowned for his ability to explain digital procedures in a clear and logical manner. He was formerly the Program Head for Photography at Northern Virginia Community College, where he was honored with an award for his teaching excellence, and also was a faculty member at the Corcoran School of Art.

In addition to his classes with the Smithsonian, Eliot teaches workshops nationally and internationally. He also consults for individuals and organizations wishing to improve their skills in digital photography, organization, and editing. He is also quite active as a photographer. You can see examples of his work at

Teaching Philosophy

Digital procedures can seem complex, but when presented in the proper sequence, everything can fit together very nicely. My objective is to help students learn the proper workflow for digital capture and editing, to appreciate some of the subtleties that can make their work seem easier, and to enjoy the process as well as the results.

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