Virginia Commonwealth University
Experience and innovation - I've been a professional photographer, printmaker, and digital imaging pioneer in the Saint Louis area for almost 20 years. Portrait, wedding, commercial, travel, architectural and nature photography are my primary areas of photo experience. I've been an active Adobe Photoshop user since 1992, and I'm also knowledgeable and experienced in Adobe Lightroom and Capture One Pro, the new generation of photo management tools.
As a printmaker, I own and operate large format printers, making inkjet and fine art giclee prints up to 44 inches by 144 inches.
In teaching, I first seek to understand the student's level of understanding and goals. Does the student understand the fundamentals of light (very important), the variables of photography (there are four) and how his or her equipment works (reading the instruction manual is a great beginning here)? But photography is not just technical, it is art, so the teaching of composition, balance, the rule of thirds, qualities of light and other art issues are also important. All of this and still have fun? You bet! Experience and innovation - I've been a professional photographer, printmaker, and digital imaging pioneer in the Saint Louis area for almost 20 years. Portrait, wedding, commercial, travel, architectural and nature photography are my primary areas of photo experience. I've been an active Adobe Photoshop user since 1992, and I'm also knowledgeable
I started with Adobe Photoshop version 2 (the current version, CS5, is version 12). Photoshop has always been my photo-editing program of choice (Yes, there were competitors and I used them also in the early 90's).
I use Photoshop on both my Windows and Macintosh computers for photo editing, graphics creation, rasterizing and printing of vector files, web site design and implementation and making Giclee prints. I usually use it in conjunction with Apple's Aperture and Adobe's Lightroom photographic workflow programs, organizing and doing basic editing functions in Aperture, for example, and then transferring the file to Photoshop for more sophisticated image control and manipulation. I also use Photoshop (with a plug-in) for color profiling my digital cameras.
I managed a photo lab/digital imaging center/photo studio from 1990 through 2002 - I hired, fired and taught employees to use the equipment (I handled up to 14 employees), managed customer service, developed new technologies, repaired equipment, built and managed the computer network, and in general perched on the "bleeding edge" of digital imaging and design.
In my film days, I used large, medium and small format cameras; now I shoot with full frame digital cameras resolutions suitable for extreme enlargement. I have been self-employed since 2003.