Juan Aguilera

Instructor Juan Aguilera - Continuing Education at Seattle Central College

As a self-proclaimed color nut and avid photographer, Juan G. Aguilera believes that color is an independent language, with a specific grammar, spelling and intonation. Juan is a teacher at heart, having taught geometry and design with students ranging from middle school to adults. He currently teaches Photoshop, color correction, Lightroom and digital photography workflow in the Pacific Northwest.

With a pre-press specialty, he has been involved in digital publishing since the darkroom days. In addition to photography, Juan Aguilera is an Industrial Designer from the University Autonoma Metropolitana in Mexico City.

Juan takes pride in his involvement with the King County's Bus Shelter Mural Program. Volunteer artists, young and old, from around King County, the U.S. and beyond have created photographic artwork for bus shelters. Juan performs prepress (translation from a graphic to a printer) and design on the prints you see in many bus shelters, such as City of Kenmore, Bothell Historic Society, City of Shoreline, and the Northwest African American Museum.

Juan runs photography workshops around Washington State, including at the North Cascades Institute in Sedro Woolley. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

Juan's Teaching Style & Approach

Juan explains in his own words:

"I like to start with a short lecture of concepts on the topic I that I will teach. I use as many visual aids as I can find including, but not limited to, videos, images, discussions and field trips. We then move to a hands-on practice.

I want to create a ton of confidence, where students learn core values and then practice. I want each student to feel each and every one of their questions will be answered in time as the class progresses. I am a believer of sequence; the final result can be achieved if you follow a succession of concepts.

I enjoy working with students to break down the problem – they understand the topics by asking the proper questions e.g. ‘what should my camera settings be’ always results in the question ‘what are you trying to photograph’? We work together to execute the techniques to achieve their creative vision."

Juan's Resources

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