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Nick Didlick - Lead Instructor
Nick Didlick’s extensive career in photojournalism, photography and videography has spanned nearly four decades, two continents and staff photographer positions at UPI, Reuters, the Vancouver Sun and the National Post. He has twice been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and is a National Newspaper Award-winning photographer.
From photographing rock stars to the leaders of the Free and Communist Worlds, with cameras in hand he has covered riots, world disasters, Olympics and other major news and sports assignments, and even survived a dust-up with Kevin Costner.
Converting to digital photography in early 1994 Nick is widely sought after as an instructor and speaker on photography, videography and visual social media. A Nikon Ambassador and Sandisk Extreme Team member he counts the International Olympic Committee, Nikon and International News Agencies among his many clients and is a contributing photographer to Getty Images and the European Press Photo Agency from his home base in Vancouver, Canada.
Not long ago I was piloting a Cirrus SR22 airplane from Los Angeles to Central America for a story. Descending out of 8,000 feet for a fuel stop in Veracruz, the instrument panel lit up; a total electrical failure. Considering my predicament while dodging buzzards and shedding electrical drain on the batteries, I thought, "You know, this never happens when I'm shooting in studio."
Born and raised in NYC, Jeff has shot fashion, beauty and celebrity portraits for some of the world's top editorial and commercial clients. He's contributed to U.S. and International magazines including Vogue Italia, British Elle, Esquire, Miss Vogue, Vogue Pelle, Madame Figaro and others.
Jeff is a Sony Artisan of Imagery, an experienced aviator, and was editor of Plane and Pilot, Pilot Journal and PilotMag magazines.
Jeff is the Photography Coordinator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Born and raised in San Diego, California, his early years were spent on the sidelines of NBA games where he documented Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, NBA Finals and All-Star games.
Jeff is best known for his peak action moments during sporting events and catching the moment at many entertainment red carpets and live concerts. He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada with his fiancée Chrissy where he continues to conceptualize, produce, and shoot for the UFC and his production company Bottari Visuals.
Marcus Donner is a Seattle based award-winning photojournalist and filmmaker Marcus Donner has been telling people’s stories in pictures for 27 years. Marcus specializes in photography with a natural look and documentary style. From the Dalai Lama fist-bumping Dave Matthews, to corporate CEOs, to breaking news, Marcus captures once-in-a-lifetime moments, emotions, and personalities. He loves what he does and doesn’t stop until he’s done it well. Some of his clients include Reuters, the Associated Press, American City Business Journals, Runner’s World, The Sundance Channel, and MTV. He also worked as a Venue Photo Manager at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Robert Evans is one of the most highly acclaimed photographers in the world. Selected by Sony as the wedding Artisan of Imagery, Robert is recognized as one of the most easy-going and pleasant professionals to work with.
His personal humility, positivity and dedication to his craft set him apart as a once-in-a-generation photographer. Robert has also had the honor of being selected to give a TED Talk which can be found at TED.com. Robert’s beliefs aren’t so much of “having a style” as they are “capturing a moment”.
Robert’s work has been showcased on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra, MTV, CNN and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, amongst others. His photos have graced the covers and been featured in the content of publications including: USA Today, People magazine, Playboy magazine, Us Weekly magazine, HELLO! magazine, OK! magazine, Life&Style Weekly, In Touch magazine, martha stewart Living magazine, Inside Weddings, and Grace Ormonde Wedding Style magazine.
Leslie Fisher's interest in technology began while studying music at the University of Southern California. She quickly realized the value of utilizing computers for music mixing and recording. She grabbed her 300 baud modem, jumped on the Internet (before anyone really called it the internet) and started looking for music resources. She soon realized she was spending more time discovering technology than playing music so she changed her major and tried to figure out what geeky thing she could do for the rest of her life.
Paul Gero has been a full time photographer since 1983 when he first started as an intern at The Chicago Tribune. That led to a full time position six months later and in 1985 the paper transferred him to their Washington, DC bureau. In 1990 he left DC and took a position on staff at The Arizona Republic. During that time he did extensive freelance work for Sports Illustrated, People, Time, US News & World Report and others. In 2002, he and his wife Nicki relocated to Southern California to open Paul F. Gero Photography, specializing in portraits, weddings and commercial work. He is also the author of the book "Digital Wedding Photography" and was recently named as a member of the Sony Artisans of Imagery Program. Nicki and Paul live in Ladera Ranch, CA along with their two children Kate and Matthew (AKA "Sparky").
I’m a freelance photographer based in Chicago with 25 years of experience. My award-winning photographs are featured in world-wide and national publications like Sports Illustrated, Time, Paris Match, People, The New Yorker, ESPN and every major newspaper in the World.
I have served as a staff photographer covering 8 Olympic Games; poverty on the Southside of Chicago; 23 Super Bowls; the Oscars, the Golden Globes and the Emmys to everything in-between. With the addition of new corporate clients Adidas, Best Buy, Coke, NBA Entertainment, and many others as I have expanded my role in the photographic world to meet the ever changing field of photography.
Deanne Fitzmaurice is a Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and multimedia storyteller based in San Francisco, California. Her work has also received awards from Pictures of the Year, Best of Photojournalism, American Photography and Communication Arts. Deanne is an assignment photographer for National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time and GEO. Deanne’s non-profit and corporate clients include Apple, Facebook, UCSF and Mazda. Deanne began her career as a staff photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle. When not on assignment, Deanne often lectures and teaches workshops. She is also a co-founder of Think Tank Photo.
Kathleen Hennessy is a freelance photographer, photo editor and teacher. Previously, she was the Director of Photography for the San Francisco Chronicle, a photography editor in the Clinton White House, the Washingtonian magazine and USA Today. At the Chronicle she edited the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography.
Her contributions to nonprofit organizations include; photographer for Operation Smile and Smile Train in Romania, Vietnam, Gaza and China; Mayan Families and Friendship Bridge in Guatemala, The Kilgoris Project and World Reader in Kenya.
A professional photographer for over 30 years, Reed Hoffmann’s career has ranged from newspapers to commercial work to teaching. He’s been shooting digital since 1996, and since then has helped nearly 50 organizations convert to digital, created numerous instructional photography and workflow programs and produced and taught the Nikon School of Photography. His clients have included Nikon, Lexar, the New York Times, Microsoft, NBC, Reuters, the Associated Press, Mark Burnett Productions and USA Today. Reed’s won many national awards for his photography and been named a Microsoft Icon of Imaging, Nikon Legend Behind the Lens and Lexar Pro Elite photographer. He’s led dozens of hands-on photography workshops all over the world and writes instructional stories on photography at
Rich Lam is an award winning professional photographer based in Vancouver, BC with more than 15 years experience specializing in sports, editorial and corporate photography. He freelances for such clients as Getty Images, The Canadian Press, USA Today, Russell Peters and a variety of national public relations companies and daily newspapers. His images has appeared worldwide. Rich is known for his ability to quickly adapt to the changing surroundings and document what is happening around him. Whether it is a riot, a championship game or a wedding, his images tell a story. Rich has also worked at the Vancouver, London and Sochi Olympic games as a Venue Photo Manager, organizing logistics and aiding the photographers covering the games.
Bob Pearson is a photojournalist, photo editor, instructor and consultant with over 30 years of experience in news photography, covering sports, politics and the human condition worldwide. Bob spent 21 years with Agence France-Presse(AFP). He served as Staff Photographer based in Miami, then Chief Photographer and Director of Photography for AFP, covering the White House and Capitol Hill, and coordinating coverage for North America. Pearson's photographs have been published worldwide, including major newspapers and magazines such as The NY Times, USAToday, Time Magazine, Newsweek, US News and World Report, Paris Match, Der Spiegel and others. Bob is currently based just outside Denver, CO where he runs his photography and photo workshop business.
Damian Strohmeyer is a Boston commercial photographer who has been telling stories with photographs for more than two decades. Adept with a wide range of skills he is comfortable working in portraiture, photojournalism, and fast moving news, sports and feature photography in the advertising, commercial and editorial markets.
After stints at The Topeka Capital Journal and The Denver Post newspapers, he has been affiliated with Sports Illustrated magazine for over 20 years. Among the major sports events you might spot Damian are: The World Series, The NCAA Basketball Tournament, The World Cup, The Stanley Cup, The Olympics, and the past 29 Super Bowls. His work has been featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated over 70 times.
Damian is a member of the exclusive Canon "Explorers of Light" program a group of 50 of the world's most influential photographers and is a frequent speaker at education events.
Rick Wilking is one of the nation's premier veteran award-winning photojournalists working for a wire service in America today. He's covered some of the most important defining events in the U.S. in the last decade like 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and four U.S. presidents. He's traveled the world (over 70 countries) shooting major news and sports events, including 7 Olympics, and has been published in virtually every major news outlet world-wide through his work for Reuters. He spent 8 years based in Zurich covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa before moving to Washington, DC where he worked covering the White House for 9 years and then worked as Personal Photographer to the President on the White House staff in the second Bush administration. Wilking is now based in Denver, Colorado.