The Art and Craft of Photography
Photography is a wonderful way of focusing your mind on the amazing world around us. The art and craft of photography transforms your vision of the world into the images you share with others to invoke an emotion, a feeling or simple pleasure. My goal as a photographer is to express my interpretation of the world in art that meets this objective.
As a trained, certified instructor I began teaching information technology at the community college level in 1985. I also have a deep background in instructional design and content development gained from my doctoral education in Instructional Science and Technology and my hands-on experience as a subject matter expert in the Microsoft Corporation courseware development division. These skills have allowed me to create and deliver effective skills-based photographic arts workshops, though I am not teaching at this time.
From former President, Eastside Camera Club
“Michael is master in the medium, I consider him as I do the classic photographers that I have been so influenced by. His keen sense of tone and composition is stunning, and I am inspired by where he has gone in the world of photography. I have great respect for the scope the knowledge he has, which he so generously shares with other photographers.” Leah Alden Jaswal, President, Eastside Camera Club, Bellevue, WA”
As an avid and curious photographer I am constantly seeking new experiences and venues to expand my skills and portfolio and to gain additional insight and techniques to teach in my workshops. Though I specialize in fine art, I work with a variety of subject matter and portray images in both traditional and nontraditional fashions. After the shot, I use image processing primarily to ‘finish’ the image without materially altering the scene or to enhance it technically as is the case with focus stacking.
I have had the pleasure of volunteering my services to Seattle Children’s Hospital Stanley Stamm Summer Camp for several years during the past decade. Volunteering is an amazing way to get grounded in what really matters in life.
From the camp director
“Michael works hard each summer as the Camp Volunteer Photographer capturing candid images of kids and staff throughout the week as they participate in loads of fun activities. He is very talented and enjoys taking pictures. His ability to relate with children in this difficult setting is extraordinary… His wonderful photos of our campers and volunteer staff have been used for camp publicity, brochures and posters.” – Michele Rhebert, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Stanley Stamm Camp Director
I am a member of, and occasionally teach at the East Side Camera Club in Bellevue, WA. Originally founded in 1950, the club is a home to both amateurs and professionals alike.
I use a wide variety of camera and lighting equipment including
- Nikon D700 and D200 camera bodies, lenses and flash
- Weston reflectors and various light modifiers
- Really Right Stuff tripod heads, brackets and rails
- Gitzo tripods and monopods
- B+W 4x and 8x neutral density filters
- B+W circular polarizing filter
- Sekonic L-785DR light meter
- Wacom drawing tablets
- Epson 3800 Stylus Pro printer
I use a relatively few number of software applications for my standard workflow, including
- Datacolor Spyder Studio for display and printer workflow color calibration
- Nikon Camera Control Pro and ControlMyNikon remote capture software
- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom for image and metadata management and global image adjustments
- Adobe Photoshop for detailed corrections
- Helicon Focus for Focus Stacking
- Zerene Stacker for Focus Stacking
- Google Nik Software filters for image enhancement
- Silver Efex Pro
- Color Efex Pro
- HDR Efex Pro
- Sharpener Pro
I have purchased nearly all of my photographic equipment and accessories from Adorama. They have an amazing selection, typically at the lowest prices. Their shipping is fast and customer service excellent.
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I find Wikipedia to be an invaluable source of information about photographic terms.
Finally, Cambridge in Colour provides excellent, comprehensive information, tools and tutorials to help you get the most out of your efforts.
Enjoy your journey!