Bryan has been a photographer for over 30 years and teaching photography for 20 years. He brings a unique teaching style to the school which will guarantee creative and fun learning by all photographers while elevating them to new photographic heights that they only have dreamed of. In addition, Bryan is the author of such best selling books as Understanding Exposure, Understanding Shutter Speed, Beyond Portraiture: Creative People Photography, and Learning to See Creatively
Athena Carey is a multi award winning fine art travel photographer specializing in long exposure and black and white photography. She is widely recognized for her ability to capture the emotional essence of place and time within her images.Her career in photography began as a portrait photographer, where her greatest goal was always to create images that express a sense of each client’s personality – a sparkle of their inner self, seen through the window of a two dimensional image. But her love of the world and of nature lured her outside into the exciting and rewarding world of travel photography, where her goal remains virtually the same, to capture the essence and emotion of each place in the precious moments she has there.Aside from travel, another of Athena’s great joys is teaching others the technical aspects of photography, how to find their own artistic vision; and then to harness the two together to express themselves through their photography. To this end, she teaches photo courses online and locally, and offers workshops globally.
Athena’s work is published in various books, magazines and websites and has been printed and hung around the world in private homes and businesses. Traveling extensively in search of new experiences, she has lived on four continents, and currently resides in South Africa. Her keen appreciation for the natural beauty of our planet drives her excitement about each new destination.
For more information on Athena’s work or to sign up for a class or workshop, please her website: www.athenacarey.com
Beth Ruggiero-York is an award-winning photographer who specializes in night and long-exposure photography. Originally from the Northeast, she and her husband now spend summers on Cape Cod and winters in Arizona, where she is a photographer/instructor for Arizona Highways Photo Workshops and the Desert Botanical Garden. Fluent in Chinese, Beth did photography R&D in China for National Geographic to create their new photo tours, and she has been leading and organizing tours to China and other parts of Asia since 1984, including groups for National Geographic and Smithsonian since 1997.
Do you want to know how to use your camera at night to capture exciting images? In Fun in the Dark, award-winning night photographer Beth Ruggiero-York shows you just what needs to be done. The concepts and techniques for capturing and post-processing all types of night images are explained and illustrated.
Bobbi Lane is an award-winning commercial photographer specializing in creative portraits on location and in the studio. Lane’s multi-faceted approach to photography incorporates over 30 years of technical experience with innovative artistic interpretation. Lane shoots primarily people on location for editorial, corporate, and advertising accounts as well as photographing “real people” and travel for stock. Her stock photography has sold worldwide for ads, posters, and billboards.Bobbi’s clients include: Warner Bros., PricewaterhouseCoopers, Samsung, Bose Corp., Neutrogena, Ricon, Mattel, Maui Music Festival, Charles Schwab, McDonnell/Douglas, Sears’ Tower Skydeck, and the Morro Bay Natural History Museum.As a dedicated photo educator, she brings insight and enthusiasm to her hundreds of students every year. Bobbi’s excellent rapport and communication with her students inspires and motivates, while her straight-forward teaching style reaches students of many different skill levels. Bobbi teaches her own weekend workshops in CT, the Bobbi Lane Workshops and at the Santa Fe Workshops, the Maine Workshops, the Julia Dean Workshops, and the International Center for Photography in New York City. She is the Chair of the Education Committee for Advertising Photographers of America, and the creator of their Successful Emerging Photographer’s program. In October 2007, at APA National’s 25th Anniversary, they honored Bobbi with a Special Recognition Award for Education.
Brit Hammer is an international award-winning photographer, bestselling author, and a celebrated artist whose work has aptly been called “fresh and optimistic”. Brit’s photographs have been featured in dozens of international lifestyle magazines and design blogs.Teaching photography online since 2012, Brit’s students love her “combination of extensive and well-organized photographic design principles,…intuitive eye, patience, enthusiasm and holistic nurturing” because the results are “unbelievably incredible and inspiring student growth!”Brit doesn’t just teach you the function of taking good pictures, she teaches you how to put your heart and soul into your photography. She takes the time to think about each image before offering feedback and tells you what she sees and feels — and asks questions to get you thinking. Brit will also tell you what you did right and what could be better — and how to improve it.
For more information on Brit’s work and courses, please see her website www.brithammer.com
Charlie Borland is an award-winning commercial photographer based in Oregon. Charlie travels extensively for a wide range of clients. People are his forte, on the job or at play. With a career spanning 30 years, he produces photography for annual reports, advertising, and editorial clients.His photographs have been seen in National Geographic Adventure and Traveler, Outside, Women’s Sport and Fitness, Newsweek, TV Guide, CIO, Sports Illustrated for Women, Time, Backpacker, and Sunset, to name a few.Charlie’s partial client list includes: Xerox, NW Airlines, Fujitsu, Tektronix, Nike, Blue Cross, Nationsbank, Precision Castparts Corp., Mentor Graphics, Texas Instruments, Pacificorp, Cellular One, Sequent Computer, Early Winters, Cascade Bancorp, and Associated General Contractors.
Charlie has taught at BPSOP since the beginning, training several thousand photographers and is author of Outdoor Flash Photography, available on his website: www.borlandphoto.com
Chris Hurtt is a San Francisco based freelance photographer. His photography career took off when he met and started assisting world-renowned photographer Bryan Peterson on commercial assignments all over the world. Since working with Bryan, Chris has built a successful commercial business of his own shooting for clients such as Pillar Data Inc, Infinera Corp, RN Estate Winery, and The Environmental Protection Agency to name a few. Chris is also an instructor at BPSOP.com where his down to earth explanations of all things photographic have resulted in him accepting invitations to teach in person in Asia, the Middle East, North America, and all over Europe.
George is a commercial food photographer based in Central Florida.
Coming from a family of Italian immigrants George’s love and passion for food and cooking began in his early teens. His love for photography also began at a very young age. When you combine the two, it’s only natural that he would find his niche in Food Photography.
George is currently represented internationally by agencies such as StockFood, Getty Images and Corbis. His images are sold for use in cookbooks, restaurant menus, magazines and on the web.
George also serves as the competition chair for the Orlando Camera Club, in Orlando, Florida.
Holly Higbee-Jansen is a photographer, workshop leader, trainer, blogger, and speaker and who enjoys teaching photography and the creative process.
Holly has worked in creative fields all her life. Her passion for art, photography and design started as a young girl when her family attended photography workshops with Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park. Their conversations around the dinner table were about image composition and where their next photographic adventure would be.
Over the years, Holly began showing her photography in local art shows and galleries and sold it for use in numerous design projects. Much of Holly’s work hangs in private and corporate art collections such as State Farm Insurance and Sysco Food Services Corporate offices in California.
Holly’s passion is teaching group and private photographic workshops along with her husband Mark Jansen through Jansen Photo Expeditions. Their photographic intensive field guided workshops offer beginning to advanced landscape photographers the tools they need to capture the beauty of amazing natural locations throughout California, the American West, Iceland, and Costa Rica.
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After receiving his BA in Journalism, Joe ventured out into the freelance world and never looked back. For the past forty years, Joe has shot professionally for clients from Coca Cola to Hennessy, Cessna to United Air Lines and Boeing, and from Microsoft to IBM and HP. He has shot the full line car brochures for Acura, Saturn, and Range Rover, not to mention campaigns for Acura, Jaguar, Mazda and Ford. The tourism departments for Alberta, Canada, Pennsylvania, Alabama, and Texas have contracted Joe to shoot images for their state campaigns. Just to name a few.Joe spent his early years shooting for AP, UPI, and was a Black Star photographer. Over the years, National Geographic, Life, Texas Monthly, Time, Geo, Newsweek, and the New York Times Magazine have used Joe for several of their editorial assignments.Teaching people how to use their eye has always been one of Joe’s passions, and he’s conducted his personal workshops around the world and also with organizations including: The Maine Media Workshop (twenty-seven years), The Santa Fe Workshop, The Julia Dean Workshop in Hollywood, The South Florida Workshop, The Pacific Northwest School of Art on Whidbey Island, The Texas Photographic Workshop, Objectif’s, a photographic organization in Singapore, and The Houston Center for Photography. Joe has also conducted continuing education classes at Rice University.
Joe in conjunction with the Santa Fe Workshops and Epic Photo Tours, is now leading workshops to Cuba, Myanmar, and Viet Nam.
He has been sought out as a guest speaker for various ASMP chapters (American Society of Media Photographers), advertising and art director’s clubs across the country, The Art Center in Pasadena, California, and Brooks Institute. He has given seminars at Photo East in New York, Photo West in San Francisco, and Viacom (the national photographic convention in Canada).
Joe has had feature articles written about his work in Communication Arts Magazine, Photo District News, Japan’s Portfolio Magazine, and Studio Magazine. His work has appeared in CA, Photo Graphis, and The Mead Annual Report Show. His expertise had also spurred an invitation to judge the prestigious Communication Arts Photography Annual.
He currently has four of his Fine Art photographs in the permanent photography collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, headed by world acclaimed photography curator Ann Tucker.
Kathleen Clemons is a New England based photographer, living on the beautiful coast of Maine. Primarily a nature photographer, Kathleen is known for her creative use of natural light and unique, stunning compositions. Her work is represented by FogStock, ChromaZone Images, The Jaynes Gallery, Corbis and Getty Images. She was named a “Lensbaby Guru” by the makers of Lensbaby lenses. With a background in education, and a passion for both photography and teaching, she loves to teach others how to improve their photography skills. Kathleen’s photos may be viewed at: www.kathleenclemonsphotography.com
Kerry Drager is an outdoor photographer who is known for his friendly teaching style coupled with constructive encouragement and solid advice. He is the author of Scenic Photography 101, and the co-author of the BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography and the BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light.
For Kerry, BPSOP has been a natural progression after 12 years of teaching through BetterPhoto.com’s former online school.
“I’m really honored to be working with Bryan,” says Kerry. “His school is an amazingly creative and supportive environment. And BPSOP is a perfect fit for me, since I enjoy the interactive online-class experience and love helping students from throughout the world achieve their goals.”
In addition to his how-to books, Kerry has co-authored two photo-essay books, and has been published in many magazines, calendars, greeting cards, etc. He has also been profiled in Outdoor Photographer and Shutterbug magazines.
Kerry works mostly with natural light and in-camera techniques. He lives on California’s Central Coast with his wife, Mary, their two Newfoundland dogs and one cat.
To learn more about Kerry, go to www.kerrydrager.com
To see student reviews from his past courses, go to www.kerrydrager.com/Pages/Testimonials
Lee Varis is a photo-illustrator working in Hollywood. He has been involved in commercial photography for the last 35 years. He started working with computer imaging about 23 years ago and currently works with digital as well as conventional photography in conjunction with computer graphics to create images for use in print advertising.Lee’s work has been featured on movie posters, video box covers, CD covers, numerous brochures and catalogs. He is responsible for the moth on the “Silence of the Lambs” movie poster! His creative imaging has been featured in National Geographic, Newsweek and Fortune magazines as well as trade journals like PDN, New Media, Micro Publishing News, Rangefinder and Photo Electronic Imaging. Most of Lee’s work starts off as photography that is manipulated in the computer using a wide variety of imaging software. Images are often re-combined with digital painting and effects or with additional photo elements to create digital images that transcend the original source materials. Clients, art directors and fellow artists look for inspiration at Lee’s web site:http://www.varis.com
There he displays recent imaging work and updates on his numerous classes and workshops, as well as links to his blog and book websites. You can learn more about Lee’s extensive career as an imaging artist from his presentation at Adobe:
Lee has also been involved with consulting and training activities for numerous corporate clients. He did two series of imaging seminars for Apple Computers that took him around the country to most of the major metropolitan areas and is currently active in seminar programs with APA, PPA, ASMP, and Julia Dean Photographic Workshops as well as a touring Creative Production Photoshop roadshow with Mogomedia.
Lee’s first book was “Digital Photography for Creative Professionals” with Rockport Publishers 2003. This is an examination of professional applications of digital photography for commercial graphic artists and art directors concentrating on workflow issues and creative solutions for graphics workgroups. His best know book is the best seller: “Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies” Wiley Publishing 2006 & a 2nd edition in 2010. This book has become a must-have reference for every portrait and fashion photographer. His latest book is “Mastering Exposure and the Zone System for Digital Photographers, Cengage, 2010—an detailed examination of calibrating and shooting for ideal quality in digital captures. He has written numerous articles for Design Graphics, PEI, PC Photo, Rangefinder and Digital Photo Pro. Buy his books on Amazon from the links below:
As a fine artist, Lee has been working on a series of images based on the Tarot. Current progress on this project is on display at:
Lee 40 years of experience in photography spans the transition from film to digital giving him an invaluable vantage point for teaching and inspiring future generations of artists.
A photographer for more than thirty years, Mark is a former nationally accredited member of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). Known for his bold use of color and strong graphic elements in his image making, he now shoots primarily for personal projects. Most of his work is focused on editorial travel and landscape. His work has been published in a variety of media, and may be viewed at: www.pacificlight.ca
Dr. Mike Shaw is an award-winning nature and night photographer. He also teaches nature and night photography workshops and is a former university professor who has traveled to remote wilderness areas around the world. He is known for his friendly, down-to-earth teaching style and his ability to easily create a supportive, yet challenging learning environment. He is the author of the forthcoming new book, “The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography – Understanding, Planning, Creating and Processing Nightcap Images,” with Routledge/Focal Press, due out in late 2016/ early 2017. This groundbreaking work integrates astronomy, photography and planning methods to allow you to be at the right place, at the right time, with the right equipment and knowledge to get that shot the first time!
Mike’s work has appeared on CNN, CBS and in the US National Park Service. You can find out more at MikeShawPhotography.com and Photofinessery.com, his unique, photo recipe blog.
Scott Stulberg is a travel and stock photographer who journeys often to distant lands looking for unique photographic opportunities. He is represented by many stock agencies including Corbis and Getty Images and is a contributing writer for both Shutterbug and EOS magazine. Scott has led photography workshops to many places around the globe, from Burma to Africa to the Galapagos Islands but loves workshops in the US more than anywhere else. He also teaches digital photography and Photoshop at UCLA Extension, the Julia Dean Photo Workshops in Venice Beach, the Art Wolfe Digital Photography Center in Seattle and the Sedona Arts Center in Sedona, Arizona, where he lives with his wife, Holly.
Scott is the author of Passage to Burma, with 270 pages of photography that capture multiple trips to his favorite country and he is also co-author of The Digital Photographer’s New Guide to Photoshop Plug-Ins. From Microsoft, Time, Newsweek, National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel and Leisure, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and ABC News to greeting cards, calendars, bill boards and book covers, his images are used internationally. His photographs are in collections all over the world, including on permanent display in the United Nations and the new UCLA Medical Center. Scott’s work can be viewed here: www.asa100.com
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William Yu is San Francisco based travel photographer, photography instructor and the owner of William Yu Photo Workshops. He frequently leads small group of photographers to some of the most unique and beautiful places in the world, capturing culture/people/festivities and landscapes. If you’d like to learn, practice photography and experience the cultures in the most beautiful locations around the world, just follow his lead. William’s photos have been published in Photography Magazines in USA, China and Europe. His travel photography clients include Amazon.com, Ubisoft, Accenture, Google, Ogilvy One Worldwide, Microsoft, American Airlines, Earnest & Young, MTV Networks, Bloomberg Finance, Westjet, Figaro Magazine, etc. Follow his instagram https://www.instagram.com/williamyu.photography/. Friend him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/williamyuphotog