Adobe Certified Expert
As a professional photographer for over 35 years, I take great pride in my artistry—and photography can be considered an art form. One of my primary goals is always going above and beyond what my client might expect.
Initially, my goal was just to “capture” the subject at hand, but with time I became ever more interested in the artistic and creative side of photography. Over the course of several years, I learned how to improve composition (the arrangement of elements in a photo) and aesthetics through proper lighting to create pleasing and unique images. I am completely self-taught and still learning all the time. Almost a dozen years ago, I began to get deeper into macro (close-up) photography—a truly artistic side of photography!
I began sharing my knowledge of photography by offering hands-on classes in my studio. I feel that a teacher's role is to guide by providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information. This way, the students' search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their questions through hands-on instruction.
For students to build knowledge, they need to be provided with authentic situations in the classroom so that they can discover for themselves the skills they’ll need to work on while “in the trenches” (as they say) of reality. Providing students access to hands-on activities and allowing adequate time and space to use equipment and materials to reinforce their lessons creates an opportunity for individual discovery and an overall better understanding of photography. This is my mantra for teaching.
For me, teaching photography provides an opportunity for continual learning and growth. One of my hopes as an instructor / educator is to instill the passion of learning in my students, as I share my own passion for photography with them.
To this day, I'm always asked what software I prefer when editing my work. My answer: I'm a card-carrying PhotoShop junkie! I began by using PhotoShop (version 2.5) in 1992. That's also the year I bought my first digital camera—with a whooping 1.2 mega pixel sensor. (By the way, I still have that camera.) I began my shift from 35mm film, which I had used since 1981, to the new digital age and needed software not only to view my photos on the computer but also edit them. I had read an article somewhere talking about how this new-fangled PhotoShop software was going to change the way we process our images in the near future with our digital work flow. Boy, were they right! I’ve been hooked ever since.
In 2003 I was involved in the beta testing for Adobe's newest release of PhotoShop CS2 version (9.0), which was available to the public in 2005. In 2003 I became a Certified PhotoShop Expert.
I began using LightRoom late in July 2006, again as a beta tester for Adobe Systems. They had just added support for the Windows operating system; up to that point, it was Mac only. LightRoom version 1.0 was released for shipment to the public circa February 2007.
I photograph exclusively with Canon Digital SLRs pro camera bodies and Canon “glass” (lenses). One of my favorite bodies, the Canon EOS 1D X, is the top professional SLR ever to come from Canon. I also employ the Canon EOS 5D Mark II body and an older Canon 400D.
My lens lineup: I use a wide variety of Canon lens from 24mm all the way to 400mm. I can handle almost any shooting situation that comes along, with ease. As far as trying to list all the other gizmos and gadgets that I use on an almost daily basis, not to mention all the studio gear, is beyond the scope of this introduction.
One of the questions people ask me the most is, “What type of computer do you use as an Adobe guy?” Simple answer. Windows of course! I employ a custom-built monster machine that likes to eat those big Macs for lunch. I use Eizo 24-inch displays for the very best in color reproduction in my daily workflow and work in the Adobe RGB color space for all my photo editing. I currently own an Alienware laptop that is my desktop when I'm on the road or in the classroom.
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