August 26, 2010

Something Fishy Going On Here

Every time we come to teach photography in Maui, Helene and I spend so much time running around like crazy trying to photograph everything in sight that we come home more tired than when we left. This week we told ourselves when came here to teach at the Maui Photo Festival, to put the cameras down and just relax and not really try to shoot to many photos. Just kick back and recharge…. So much for that idea…. Not going to happen when you come to Maui. We took a trip on the Quicksilver Catamaran for snorkeling day at the Molokini Crater and Turtle Town. Swimming with the giant sea turtles face to face was a blast…
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Now just to make sure I got some good fish photos, the next day we went to the Maui Aquarium for the afternoon and shot some fish in the tanks… No, these are defiantly are not shot while snorkeling as much as I wish I could get shots like this underwater… Maybe with a lot of practice, my underwater shots might look like these next photos one day….

Got another 1000 images to sort through of some killer sunsets and landscapes I shot this week to get up soon. Helene is teaching a hands-on 4 hour portrait class in the morning and I am teaching my montage class followed by a HDR and Panoramic class in the afternoon.... More to come ... Aloha....

August 21, 2010

Upcoming Conferences And Workshops

Aloha from the Island of Maui.

There are lots of cool workshops and conferences coming up right now in Photoshop and digital photography training for you to get in on. This week Helene and I are kicking back in Maui getting ready for the 2nd annual Maui Photo Festival. This will be several days of fun and sun in one of my most favorite places in the world, Ka’anapali, Maui. Although we have taught classes here before, this is our first time teaching at this conference as we had a timing conflict with being here last year for the first one, but we don’t plan on letting that happen again. This is definitely the place to come and recharge your batteries.

Next, home for a day, and then off to another Photoshop World West in Las Vegas. This is a great year for Photoshop as we are celebrating the 20th year anniversary of it's first release from Adobe. This will be the first Photoshop World since the official release of Photoshop CS5 and there are lots of new classes to choose from. Helene and I will be busy with platform and tradeshow classes and of course it’s time again for my favorite night of the year, hosting the all conference after hours class, The Art of Digital Photography. I have had the honor for several years of hosting this panel of some of the greatest names in photography as we all get time to show off our latest portfolio work. Scott Kelby and his crew know how to put on a great show.

As Director of Education of The Digital Imaging Institute for Science and Medicine, we are ready for our first multi-day imaging workshop for ophthalmology held in Yosemite National Park organized by our CEO, Photographer Mark Maio. We hope this will be the just the start of many great workshops held for different specialties in imaging within science and medicine and Helene and I are looking forward to this a lot. Mark and I will have a good warm up for this next month in Chicago as we are both presenting at the Annual Meeting of The American Academy of Ophthalmology with as many as 30,000 doctors and technicians attending the conference. This will be my third year of presenting programs there sponsored by Adobe.

Another new show for us this year is the first California Photography Festival held at the Light Workshops in Los Osos California. Helene and I are teaching several classes there and I will be giving a featured Canon Explorer of Light evening presentation at night open for the public that is free of charge. Hope all of you in California might be able to stop by and see that.

That’s all for now. Need to get down to the pool, catch some rays and recharge..... Aloha……

August 04, 2010

Weekend In Utah

I spent this weekend in Park City, Utah assisting Helene photograph a three-day event there. I am always passing through Utah on my way back and forth to Santa Barbara, but never get out of the airport to see the beautiful countryside. It is quite an incredible place. I need to get back there and spend more time. One of the venues we shot at was the Olympic Museum and Ski Jump Park where we watched the athletes train on the ski jumps. Now I am not a sports photographer by any means, but I gave it a good try and was not too disappointed in the results. Lots of fun trying anyway.

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After we were done with the event we spent a couple of extra days to relax and went up to an area called Mirror Lake. Along the way we stopped at this very cool Diner to grab a bite and a few photos. .....