Beer and Workflow

2013 The Year in Review – July and Dec

Peachpit Press has been working on a new product called Fuel Books, which are what I describe as single topic ebooks.  I’ve always been told to write what you know, which made beer and Workflow logical topics. 

My coauthor, Brad Bartholomew, and I have been having some fun with these and so far have released, “How to Light Beer:  A Photographer's Guide to Working with Cans, Bottles, and Pours” and “Simple Post Processing:  A Photographer's Guide to Workflow Options for all of Your Images in Lightroom.”

Simple Post Processing:  A Photographer's Guide to Workflow Options for all of Your Images in Lightroom (ISBN-10: 0-13-376323-4)  click to purchase

How to Light Beer:  A Photographer's Guide to Working with Cans, Bottles, and Pours (ISBN-10: 0-13-354938-0)   click to purchase

Adobe Educator Summit – Portland, OR

2013 The Year in Review – July

Every year, Adobe invites twenty educators from around the county to participate in a week of lively discussions, presentations, demonstrations, a ton of great food, and this year I was fortunate to be included.  I truly felt honored to be in such great company of imaging educators and people such as Julieanne Kost from Adobe.  What struck me the most was how open and sharing everyone was; no topic was taboo.  Educators shared their teaching philosophies, and Adobe let us know about changes on the horizon, and listened to our gripes and wish lists. 

The week ended with me thinking that we are in really good shape; this is a great time to be working and teaching photography and digital imaging.  As we all know, the world of photography is rapidly changing, but having educators and industry working together is exciting.  Thank you again Adobe for bringing us together! 

The SPE National Conference – Chicago, Ill

2013 The Year in Review - March

Once a year, a great event takes place that brings together some of the nations brightest photographic educators and industry professions at the Society of Photographic Educators National Conference.  It’s a perfect time to connect with old friends and make new ones. This year the event was held in Chicago and celebrated it’s 50th anniversary.   

For me, this year's event had a little extra meaning because not only was my book “Light Right” being released at SPE, but I was also moderating a panel discussion called, "Trends and Tools in Photographic Education, Where Photographic Education is now…and where it’s Heading?”   With an all-star panel that included, Ted Waitt, Jeff Curto, Rebecca Nolan, and Randall Armour, and an audience of over two hundred, my task was easy; the discussion just flowed. 

The biggest realization came at the end of the discussion, and that is that schools need to do a MUCH better job preparing students for what happens after they graduate.  Too many students are graduating without ever taking a business or marketing class.  Being an amazing photographer will only get you so far, you must know how to run a business.

Minus the flight home being cancelled resulting from a little snow in Colorado, the 2013 SPE National Conference was great.  I hope to see everyone next year in Baltimore.