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Here they are, ready to help and to keep this forum attractive, convivial as well as fair.
We selected photographers who are known in their fields of interest and expertise to help us organize and moderate the forums.
In the beginning it was an ad hoc coming together of those who have worked with me in the past or who have influenced my photography by their writing, body of work or professional interaction.
Now we are building a group of moderators and editors-at-large to share expertise in all aspects of image making from concept to print, from wizard to wizardry nuts and bolts, everything.
However, we are not trying to be encyclopedic. We are not into every menu option on the myriad of devices on the market. Rather it is what we want and need and do and could do. That is what this is about.
A glance at the list of moderators and Editors-at-Large shows that we have made a great start. It is so important that we have competent and reasonable moderators who can participate themselves. We are proud that we have a stellar group to allow us to get off the ground.
The Editors-at-Large already have an international following. Andy Biggs, Safari, Landscape and Wildlife; Edmund Ronald, Photojournalist and Commentator on Photography; Arthur Morris, one of the foremost bird photographers and conservationists and then Ian Griffiths a very busy large event photographer in the U.K.
The moderators and Editors-at-Large, are all exceptional people and great communicators. You already know many of them. Some may be part of another National Market so here is an excellent opportunity to make new friends and get different perspectives.
Now we can’t possibly know all the fine guys everywhere who really should be invited to join us. That is up to you. We need moderators in many fields and we need more than one per forum.
Everyone successful and expert is busy. That's their nature. Still, we don’t want being a moderator to become to tiresome for anyone. So, having more of the brightest guys around gives us time-zone, work load and vacation protection for the forum.
Digital technology has allowed Tim to experiment with all sorts of photographic subjects, stirring his creativity and inciting his interest in all that photography has to offer. Coming from a technical background, Tim quickly mastered the "digital darkroom" and soon discovered a passion for studio photography, where the precise lighting control allows him to produce artistically oriented imagery.
For Tim, the most important thing is not to stagnate. He continues to find interest in new photographic subjects and styles, and strives to constantly improve his abilities in all aspects of photography, from the subject and composition to the interpretation and final print.
Alain works with large format, medium format and 35mm. The choice of camera is based on Alain's vision for each image.
Alain's goal is to create the most exciting photographs possible, bar none. His equipment, be it cameras, software, printers, etc. is chosen for its ability to make this possible. Alain's vision of the landscape is of a place of beauty, a place where we can experience a direct contact with nature.
For Alain the landscape is a place where we can find respite from the pressures and stresses of the 21st century. It is also a place where we can find inspiration and freedom of expression.
He was already an amateur boat builder by the age of 19 (he built a 45 ft sailboat with a friend)! He cut his teeth as a photographer’s assistant in 1975 over several months in fashion and news photography in Paris and then the sea pulled him back to sailing. These two forces have shaped his life. As a skipper, from 1974-1979, he sailed the Mediterranean Sea and the three oceans.
Then came boat building in Antibes for 4 years and following that a successful career in advertising agencies work for almost 10 years in Paris. In 1993 he created “M&N Claris Organisation” with Marine, his talented wife and Art Director: an advertising agency dedicated to the Yachting industry.
By 2001 he was fully devoting to his passion for his own photography of the best of yachts that prestige shipyards could produce. This carried through in the CMYK delivery of the pictures in ads, brochures, catalogs, limited edition books and giant exhibition prints as well.
Nicolas admits to owing much of his knowledge of modern cameras and lenses from online fora. Now, with OPF, he wishes to share this knowledge and promote photography and the realizations of other people’s passions too. Website
Shot from helicopter, the sailing duel between the CNB 104', "Only Now" with a pendulum keel and the Class J "Velsheda" – One century between these two boats - a real part of history of Yachting …
He started his website (www.dlcphoto.com) in early 2001, and it now contains a large collection of high-quality images from a wide variety of locations both inside and outside the United States (Costa Rica, New Zealand, Fiji, Grand Cayman, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Maine, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, North and South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Wisconsin, etc.). His website also contains information on a wide variety of topics helpful to both beginning and advanced photographers.
He was recently named the Senior Photographer for Alive, official magazine of the North Carolina Zoo, and his images have appeared on many of its covers. In addition, his work has appeared in Lake Norman Magazine, Digital Camera (a United Kingdom periodical), and a variety of other publications. All this has been accomplished while still working full-time as an Ophthalmologist in his current home town of Mooresville, NC.
He has successfully led several "Photo Safaris" to Costa Rica, with plans now in place for a return workshop trip December 1st-10th, 2006. And now that he has taken a partner in his medical practice, he will be devoting more and more time to photography and related pursuits.
You might want to say, bring out the beauty that’s within. No Stephen has none of that. He is an artist at lighting the human form.
He starts with a model, haughty, beautiful, seductive or not and then paints with his lights. That is Stephen and that is just the start. His mastery is again in the retouching delivering perfection even with the hard in your face looks that current fashion seems to favor. Some say that such created beauty is false and doesn’t represent the real American woman. Stephen is unabashed about this too. Nobody picks up vogue to see what they can see in the mirror or in the supermarket! Stephen delivers the images that make people wonderful, alluring and important.
He’s great at what he does and has an international following.
We are delighted to have him help us in moderating the Beauty and Fashion forum.
Heavily influenced by the theatre, and classically trained in portrait and wedding photography by living legend “Monte Zucker”, Jack utilized his passion for the “LIVE” look of events and quickly became one of the nation’s premiere Special Event “Room Shot” photographers.
Jack and his partner of 16 years, Monica Vidal, opened MH Photography & Concepts in 1990 and have been capturing historical moments in the Washington, D.C. ever since. Their credits include the openings of the 1993 & 1997 Clinton Presidential Inaugurations, 6 NFL Super Bowls, the 1996 Olympics, the 2000 Sugar Bowl, 5 NCAA Basketball Final Fours, the Philadelphia, Atlantic City and Wildwood, NJ, Honolulu and Washington, D.C. Convention Center grand openings Holocaust Museum, FDR Memorial, Women in Military Service Memorial, WWII Memorial (assisted by Michael Tapes) and the implosion of the old Washington Convention Center.
In 2005, MH Photography joined forces with Washington Talent, Photo and Video (WTPV) www.washingtontalent.com. Jack currently oversees 5 teams of aspiring event photographers and is the Creative Director for the entire company. The NEW team at WTPV just returned from covering the 2006 BIO Technology Conference in Chicago (www.bio.org). This was the 4th consecutive year of working with BIO organization and the 3rd shooting full RAW over 5 days using 8 photographers and capturing 10,000+ files.
Jack has two children; David (14) who stays behind the camera and Deanna (12) who likes to be in front of it.
His book is a must-read for anyone building a serious filing system for all the myriads of files we generate with digital cameras. It is not just the files themselves that we need to worry about, it's everything about them!
What Peter shares with us is how to think about photography files in ways that allow the images we have taken yesterday and will take tomorrow to be accessible way into the future (how about 15 years from now) when much of the standards we rely on will have been surpassed, bypassed and largely forgotten.
His approach involves choice of hardware, learning an attitude, adopting a strict nomenclature that eschews petty naming choices that we easily get caught in. We have been, perhaps, too comfortable naming picture files according to the client, model, shoot, location or our fancy!
Who hasn’t ended up with files called, “Veronica, London_bridge_edited_final_v4_latest” when names like 2006_04_25_000567_deriv_v4. Or 2006__0027,031_deriv_v4, marked with key words in say iviewmedia Pro or Portfolio , allow rapid retrieval and future migration. Further, either as a wise prophet or as someone a little more ahead of the curve, Peter has put his faith in the DNG file format for our photo files. This, in itself, makes Peter’s place on the Digital Asset Management Forum even more interesting and valuable.
Thanks Peter for taking on this job!
Shooting primarily landscape and wildlife photography in 35mm and later medium format Kyle made the switch to digital in the fall of 2004, shooting RAW since the beginning. Since then he has started doing more work away from his comfort zone of outdoor photography. For the past year he has been photographing people and doing some product photography too.
Although Kyle makes his primary living outside the photographic industry most of his free time is spent behind the camera, and thanks to Sherry (his very patient and understanding wife) he has been able to continue feeding his photographic “habit” for the last 20 years.
Kyle has become extremely fond of Pentax cameras and equipment, making him on some occasions seem more like the redheaded stepchild in family where everyone else’s name begins with a “C” or an “N”.
His opinions are sought by companies and individuals alike. Without a color-managed workflow from capture to screen to print, we are lost. We are delighted that Andrew is with us to help us find our way.
Andrew Rodney, aka the Digital Dog, has successfully provided these services and training to photographers, designers, print shops, government agencies, as well as fortune 1000 companies since 1993.
Andrew is a certified technical trainer for Adobe Photoshop 6.0. The Digital Dog is an authorized Linocolor training center and Radius Colormatch Center. Andrew was the technical editor for Photo Electronic Imaging magazine. and is He’s the author of the soon to be released "Color Management for Photographers" to be released by Focal Press in February 2005.Andrew writes regularly for Professional Photographer Magazine.
Andrew Rodney was named a "Top 40 Photoshop Expert" by Wacom Technologies”
He lectures around the country on many aspects of digital imaging and color management. www.thedigitaldog.com is devoted to the understanding and adoption of color management.”
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He has been shooting Nikons for almost 30 years, starting with the FE and currently with the D2x and the D200.
After shooting sports and travel subjects for newspapers and promotional groups, he started concentrating on nature and landscapes in the mid-1990’s; and began selling his photos at that time. He moved from the east coast to be closer to the red rock country he loves, especially Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon.
In addition to nature and landscape work, he now does portrait and event photography (together with the lovely and talented Miss Barbara) incorporating the varied backdrops - both natural and unnatural - that Sin City and the scenic surrounding area provide.
First Exhibitions 1978 in Bremen, Germany with photos from Venice, South Tirol, Germany, France.
Move to California in 1997, Working seriously on digital photography since 1999. Uwe is today very much also focussed on the digital workflow, raw file processing and the printing process (color and B/W on large format Epson printers with archival inks).
Uwe involvement in early product testing is influencing today many different imaging tools as part of the early testing of these helps refine them for practical use. products.
Uwe Steinmueller is best known, perhaps, as is the editor of Digital Outback Photo a leading web magazine of digital fine art photography www.outbackphoto.com)
Bettina and Uwe Steinmueller's art work can be found at: www.california-earthframes.com He has published a number of fine art books on their work and in addition, Uwe he authors an ongoing and a regularly updated series of ebooks in PDF format, on RAW Workflow and also Printing as eBooks. www.outbackphoto.com/booklets/booklets.html
Still, no one had the total picture and so it was not possible to have a really good RAW workflow. Then he and Bruce Henderson brought YarcPlus into the market. This became one of the 2 predominant Canon-based Raw Converters along with BreezeBrowser.
However, once Capture One was released, Michael saw that the art of RAW conversion had been re-defined. Phase One quickly brought him on board and Michael became their worldwide evangelist for Capture One. while also and, at At the same time, he also worked with Capture One R&D to provide continuing improvements.
Michael co-developed Archive Creator, unique in its ability to archive to all types of media, spanning discs and creating a visual generic HTML index along the way.
Michael has highlighted accurate White Balance as the simple and obvious route proper color rendition. His calibrated reference tool, WhiBal® is now an important adjunct to Digital capture.
Michael is also the product based Executive Consultant for the Windows based RawShooter by Pixmantec, working once again with Michael Jonnson, co-owner of Pixmantec, and the original architect of the Capture One software back at Phase One. Tapes has a passion for street photographyalsoshoots large events on assignment for Jack Hartzman out of DC.
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