Photo.net Contributing Authors

Photo.net has a wonderful team of freelance authors and contributing writers on the site. These professional photographers and writers come from a wide range of varying solid backgrounds and careers with photography. They cover articles on every topic ranging from wedding photography to digital darkroom techniques to sports photography, lighting techniques, business advice, travel photography, and portrait photography techniques.



Bakari Chavanu is a Sacramento, CA-based wedding and event photographer who was a high school English teacher for 12 years, and has been developing his business, on a professional level, as a self-taught photographer for the last four years. He leads workshops in digital photography, writes freelance articles about Apple related products, and has occasionally blogged about Apple’s Aperture for O’Reilly Media. If you ask him about his future goals, they include working in the field of travel photography and learning whatever he can about Apple computer programming.



Shun Cheung has been a serious amateur nature photographer since 1972. He grew up in Hong Kong and attended universities in California. After working for AT&T Bell Laboratories in New Jersey (just outside of New York City) for 14 years, he and his wife returned to California in year 2000. They now reside in the San Francisco Bay Area. Shun is interested in wildlife, landscape as well as macro photography. Besides nature, he is also interested in wedding and event photography and video as well as sports photography. With his wife, he’s traveled extensively to all seven continents in the world, including both the Arctic and Antarctic. So far he has gone on photo trips to Kenya and Tanzania in East Africa, Madagascar, Antarctica, The Galapagos Islands and Brazil in South America, eastern and central Australia, Svalbard/Spitzbergen in Arctic Norway as well as many trips inside the United States.


Andrew Darlow is a photographer, author and digital imaging consultant based in the New York City area. For more than 15 years he has conducted seminars and workshops at photo-related conferences and for photography organizations, including the American Photographic Artists (APA), Arles Photo Festival (Arles, France) and the International Center of Photography (ICP). His editorial and fine-art work have been featured in numerous exhibitions and magazines, including Photo District News, Popular Photography, Professional Photographer and Rangefinder magazine. Darlow is editor of The Imaging Buffet, an online resource with news, reviews, and interviews covering the subjects of photography, printing, and new media. His book, 301 Inkjet Tips and Techniques: An Essential Printing Resource for Photographers (Course Technology, PTR) was chosen as the winner in the “Photography: Instructional/How-To” category of The National Best Books 2008 Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. His newest book is Pet Photography 101: Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Dog or Cat (Focal Press).



Harold Davis is a renowned photographer whose work has been widely published and collected. His recent photography books include The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite & the High Sierra (Countryman/WW Norton), Practical Artistry: Light & Exposure for Digital Photographers (O’Reilly), and 100 Views of the Golden Gate (Wilderness Press). Harold is the author of a number of books that will be appearing in 2009: The Photoshop Darkroom: Creative Digital Post-Processing (Focal Press), and a series of digital photography technique books from Wiley including Creative Composition, Creative Night, and Creative Close-ups. Harold writes the popular Photoblog 2.0, and lives in Berkeley, CA with his family.



Garry Edwards is an advertising and commercial photographer who has a special interest in lighting because, as he points out, photography is about light and good lighting can only be obtained in camera, never on the computer. Garry is a published author and has also produced the Photolearn series of videos and written tutorials on lighting. He trains both amateur and professional photographers in studio lighting and is also a technical consultant and product tester for a lighting equipment manufacturer.



Michael Ezra is a New York-based photographer specializing in fine art sculptural nudes as well as fine art landscape photography. Born in 1972 in Tbilisi, the capital of the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, he studied painting from his early years. In 1993, Michael Ezra moved to United States and began his physics studies in the field of medical imaging. For the next seven years, through his move to New York City and career change to software architecture and development, complex surrealistic painting remained his main channel of artistic self-expression. In 2000, inspired by Michelangelo sculptures, Michael Ezra turned to photography and began developing his concept of black-and-white studio sculptural nudes. In his easily recognizable style, he created a wide body of original sculptural works, which is sometimes referred to as a “reference catalogue of poses.” Michael Ezra’s professional background in imaging and in software development enabled him to make an easy transition to the world of digital photography and provided a solid foundation for comprehensive understanding of existing technologies.



Bill Frakes is a Sports Illustrated Staff Photographer based in Florida. He has worked in more than 100 countries for a wide variety of editorial and advertising clients. His advertising clients include Nike, CocaCola, Champion, Isleworth, Stryker, IBM, Nikon, Kodak, Canon, and Reebok. Editorially his work has appeared in virtually every major general interest publication in the world. Bill won the coveted Newspaper Photographer of the Year award in the prestigious Pictures of the Year competition. He was a member of the Miami Herald staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of Hurricane Andrew. He has also been honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards for reporting on the disadvantaged and by the Overseas Press club for distinguished foreign reporting. He was awarded the Gold Medal by World Press Photo. Bill has received hundreds of national and international awards for his work.



Lou Jones is one of Boston’s most diverse and inspiring commercial and fine art photographers, known for his courage, creative skill and humanity. He specializes in photo-illustration and location photography for corporate, advertising, and editorial clients like: IBM, Major League Baseball, Federal Express, Peugeot, Museum of Fine Arts, Paris Match, KLM, National Geographic, People Magazine, Nike, Price Waterhouse, and Aetna. Jones’ assignments have taken him often to Europe, South America, Africa, the Far East, and 47 of 50 of the United States. He has been on location at NASA, Boeing, Universal Studios, British Telecom, Mitsubishi, and Saab. Lou has two published books. His second book, Travel + Photography: Off the Charts, was published in 2006 and is now in its second printing.



Jay Kinghorn is an Adobe Photoshop Certified Expert, Olympus Visionary photographer and full-time digital workflow consultant and trainer. He specializes in helping corporations use their photos efficiently and effectively by streamlining workflow processes and improving employee’s skills using Adobe Photoshop. Jay is co-author of Perfect Digital Photography and author of two Photoshop training DVDs, Photoshop CS3 New Feature Training and Beginning Photoshop for Digital Photographers. Jay lectures and presents to businesses and universities internationally. His presentations focus on digital photography workflows, color management, image optimization and the future of photography. His clients include Olympus, Sony, Adobe, Cabela’s, Vail Resorts and the Rocky Mountain News. Jay is often found climbing the rock walls, running the trails or scaling the mountains near his home in Boulder, Colorado.



Patrick Lavoie has put his knowledge of photography to work as Art Director and designer for the BOHA design agency in Montreal over the past several years. His diverse background has led him towards a specialization in photo retouching, digital darkroom and fine art printing.



Tony Luna—the President of Tony Luna Creative Services, a Creative Consultancy founded in 1971, and Artist Representative/Executive Producer with Wolfe and Company Films. Mr. Luna has been an Instructor at the Art Center College of Design since 1985 where he teaches “Career Perspectives” in the Photography and Imaging department, and “Crafting a Meaningful Career” and “Living the Dream” in Art Center’s Public Programs. He is the author of, How to Grow as a Photographer: Reinventing Your Career (Allworth Press): an informational and inspirational guide to career evolution. Tony presented a lecture titled “Taking Your Career to the Next Level” at PDN PhotoPlus Expo in October 2008. He has helped well over a thousand artist-entrepreneurs begin, sustain and enhance their careers, and hundreds of companies to grow and prosper.



Gary Miller—has been photographing, writing, and editing for magazines, corporations and organizations for more than 25 years. He has also written, produced and directed hundreds of corporate and educational films and videos. He counsels corporations, organizations and individuals on public relations and marketing strategies, including web, print and photography. Today he is an active freelance writer and photographer on subjects including photography, sailing, fishing, travel and video production. His editorial work appears in TV Guide, Time, Newsweek, Yachting, Business Week, Motor Boating & Sailing, Good Old Boat, Soundings, National Wildlife and others. Some of Gary’s film and video clients include Financial Management Network, Salomon Smith Barney, Stauffer Chemical, MAC Group, MasterCard International and AMEX. He is the author of a book on Freelance Photography (Petersen Publishing), and guest lecturer/workshop host at the New School, New York City.



Jean-Sébastien Monzani is a Swiss and French full-time freelance
photographer and graphic designer. Elegance, simplicity, a strong sense
of composition and emotions are key elements in his work. His images are
often constructed as photo-series—something between fashion
photography and movie storyboards. The sequence of shots usually tells
a little story but each image also works independently. Since he often
tries to convey atmosphere in his photos, he mainly shoots
on-location, almost exclusively in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he lives.


Theano Nikitas, a full-time freelance writer and photographer, has been writing about photography for the past 15 years. Her digital imaging reviews, features, “how to” articles and images have appeared in a wide variety of publications and on Websites including American Photo, CNET.com, Camcorder and Computer Video, DigitalCameraReview.com, Digital Photographer, FashionLedge.com, First Glimpse, Imaging-Resource.com, macHOME, PCPhoto, PC How to Digital Photography Buyer’s Guide, Photo District News, PopPhoto.com, and Popular Science. Although she loves digital, Theano still has a darkroom and a fridge filled with film thanks to her long-time passion for alternative processes and toy cameras.



Bryan F Peterson has been a full-time commercial photographer since 1981, shooting assignments all over the world for many of the Fortune 500 companies, including Kodak, UPS, and American Express. He is also a contract stock photographer for Corbis and Getty. He has been a contributing editor at Outdoor Photographer Magazine and is currently a contributing editor at Popular Photography and Imaging Magazine. Within the photographic community, he is most noted as the author/photographer of four best selling “how-to” photography books: Understanding Exposure, Understanding Shutter Speed, Learning to See Creatively and Beyond Portraits, with two new books due out in the spring of 2009: Understanding Close-up Photography and
The Field Guide to Photography. He is also the founder and one of the instructors at Picture Perfect School of Photography, an on-line photography school.



Rick Sammon has published 31 books, including his latest three: Rick Sammon’s Secrets to Digital Photography, Exploring the Light—Making the very Best In-Camera Exposure, and Face to Face—The Complete Guide to Photographing People. Rick gives more than a dozen photography workshops (including private workshops) and presentations around the world each year, in addition to presenting at Photoshop World. He hosts five shows on www.kelbytraining.com. He’s also been spotted giving presentations at Apple stores in New York City and in San Francisco. Rick is also the author of the Canon Digital Rebel XT lessons on the Canon Digital Learning Center and is a Canon Explorer of Light.



Jon Sienkiewicz earned an undergraduate degree in English and then spent thirty years with Minolta Corporation, ending his career there as vice president of marketing. He was part of the team that launched the Maxxum 7000, the Dimage V and DiMAGE 7—the world’s first 5-megapixel digital camera. Along the way he directed the operations of camera repair, technical support, digital product development and digital product strategy. He grew up in this industry from Minolta SR-T 101 cameras, Tri-X film and D-76 developer right straight up and through today’s most modern cameras. As an “industry insider” he writes a monthly column for the trade paper Photo Industry Reporter, is on the masthead of three leading printed photo magazines, is contributing editor to major publications, writes a weekly blog and basically just plain loves taking pictures and writing about it.



Jeff Spirer is a San Francisco-based photographer who captures sports (primarily boxing and mixed martial arts), performance art, music, and portraits. Jeff’s work is published in newspapers, magazines, advertisements and books and he exhibits regularly. He began photographing at 12 years old and was trained in darkroom work by his father who photographed constantly. Self-taught in Photoshop, originally for web site design and occasional scan management, Jeff has been doing serious post-processing work for about six years.



Marc Williams attended the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan, where he later taught as a visiting instructor. As an Art Director, working on national advertising accounts, Marc had contact with some of the best photographers in the world. On his intercontinental business travels, Marc carried his Leica M to photograph candid B&W street work. Other art directors took note of this work, citing the insightful capture of human moments, and began asking Marc to photograph their weddings in the same style and manner. It snowballed from there. Marc now specializes in what he calls “Romantic Photojournalism.”

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