Teaching Qualifications

PPA Master Artist

PPA Master Photographer

PPA Photographic Craftsman

Certified Professional Photographer

Adobe Certified Expert - Photoshop and Lightroom

I travel to Arizona, Colorado, Tennessee, Texas and Oklahoma (in addition to New Mexico) to give workshops and presentations on the subjects of Photography, Photoshop, Lightroom, Creativity in Photography, and the Art of Photography.   Most of these are in conjunction with my involvement with the Professional Photographers of America, as well as the Corrales Arts Center.    I love giving presentations and conducting workshops, but since my greatest love is doing photography I try to limit the number of workshops that I give each year.

Workshops and Presentations:

Next up:   April 13, 2019

Photoshop Compositing


A Full Day Presentation.   Sponsored by the Professional Photographers Association of New Mexico.

Free - for PPANM members only

To register go to www.ppanm.org

The focus is "Photoshop Compositing Theories and the Photoshop tools used in compositing", with numerous examples that will include the pen tool, extensive use of the new "content aware fill tool", the free transform tools (especially the "warp" option), the "blend if" sliders, the de-haze filter, etc.   We will bend, stretch, twist and warp your imagination and your photos' pixels.   We will go over the numerous approaches and techniques that I use in my Photoshop composites.  The overall goal of this presentation is to demonstrate the way composites are conceived and are put together creatively with the tools of Photoshop.

Other Presentations:

Creativity in Photography - A Three Hour Presentation

A product of my ongoing, six year study of creativity, this 3 hour presentation brings together the scientific findings about creativity and how they can be applied to photography and Photoshop.   You will hear about the experts' tips for freeing up your inhibitions and about increasing your confidence in your creativity, as well as learning about the seven "mind states" of creativity and how to best take advantage of them.   Most importantly, the presentation covers numerous specific examples of expanded creativity in photography and in Photoshop.   As for the latter (Photoshop) the focus is on creative uses and approaches for the Photoshop tools that most are already using.

This presentation was sold out three times in Albuquerque in 2017 and has been given to Professional Photographers of America chapters in Phoenix, Denver, Nashville, Memphis, and Chattanooga, as well as the Southwest PPA Convention in Oklahoma City.

It's a subject that has always appealed to me.   Is your work considered artistic?   If so, why?  

This presentation involves the examination of the works of the creative photographic artists I respect the most, including Jennifer Hudson Thoreson, Joyce Wilson, Thom Rouse, Keith Carter, Maggie Taylor, Joyce Tenneson, Brooke Shaden, Thomas Dodd, and Cindy Sherman.    Their opinions and observations as well as some of the most important passages from significant books about art (including "Art and Fear", "Why People Photograph", and Lenswork Magazine) make for an entertaining and enlightening three hour presentation.

The Pursuit of Artistic Excellence in Photography -

    A Three Hour Presentation

Street shooting is perhaps my greatest love.   Doing and enjoying street shooting is much more about a love of people and of the "human condition" than about expert photography.    The presentation includes the display of roughly 100 street photographs and the stories behind them - how they were captured and the techniques utilized, and in many cases the personal stories behind the people in the photographs.   The basic legal aspects of street photogaphy (as a sub-category of photojournalism) are explained, as well as the ethics of editing (or not editing) street photography and photojournalism.

Street Photography - A Two Hour Presentation