Ken Sklute

Ken Sklute has been honored as one of Canon's Explorers of Light, a designation shared by only 42 top photographers worldwide. Ken has enjoyed a diverse career photographing people, professional sports, architecture, weddings and landscapes. Ken spends much of his time photographing, teaching and lecturing both Nationally and Internationally.

Ken Sklute began his photographic career capturing 200 mph race cars in New York at an early age.  He soon moved into the wedding and portrait industry working for a volume wedding studio for three years before moving into working for different independently owned studios. Ken bought his first studio in 1983 in New York working at the finer locations throughout the New York metropolitan area. He chose to relocate to Phoenix, Arizona in 1996 in order to be out in the landscape of the beautiful desert Southwest and to enjoy the Phoenix wedding market.

During Ken’s 41 year professional photography career he has accomplished the title of “Photographer of the Year” in 32 out of 41 years in the states of New York, Arizona and California. In addition, Ken has been awarded 14 Kodak Gallery Awards, the Kodak Gallery Elite award, WPPI Grand Award for Weddings and 15 Fuji Masterpiece awards, amongst many other awards. Ken is proud to be or have been a Kodak Mentor, an Epson Mentor, an Adobe Influencer, a Delkin ImageMaker, a Datacolor Expert and a NIK Friends with Vision member.

Some of Ken’s clients have been the National Hot Rod Association, U.S. Army, Sports Illustrated, Oakley, Associated Press, National Dragster, Epson, Kodak, Newsday, as well as most of the photographic industry trade magazines.

BRYCE DENISON

Holds a BFA from the College for Creative Studies; The College of Art and Design, and a MA from Wayne State University in photography. He travels and lectures around the country at colleges and at various photographic events, and presents workshops in both the U.S. and Canada. Bryce lectures on behalf of Ilford Corporation and is a representative for Westcott Corporation at national meetings and conventions. He currently works as a forensic photographer for the City of Detroit Fire Department. His work has been exhibited nationally and his work is represented in the permanent collection of several museums and galleries, as well as private collections across the country.  

http://www.brycedenisonfineartphotography.com/

  PAUL BEDNARSKI

A nationally recognized photographer, has been lecturing, teaching, exhibiting and demonstrating his creative work for over 20 years. Illustrative best describes Bednarski's predominate photographic style. A Detroit native, Bednarski spent his early years at the renowned Cass Tech High School studying fine arts and design which led him to the distinguished Center for Creative Studies where he pursued his natural gift and love of photography. As Graphic Designer and Director of Visual Communication in the corporate sector for many years, along with leadership positions in a national photographic organization, Paul has established himself as a creative artist blending the tools and roles from the past into today's world of digital photography. Paul's ability to execute great images whether working with creative directors and architects in the corporate arena to professionals, authors, and actors comes from his ability to see the beauty in the detail and transform an image that communicates the essence of the project or the individual. When not at work, his lens never leaves his side which allows him to capture "present moments" whether traveling and exploring new cultures, creating succulent dishes from his kitchen, or sailing the high seas. Paul understands the holistic image. "Because all visual detail is part of a collective beauty; an illustrative approach to photography is simply my style of clarifying, reducing and enhancing visual elements that are invisible in the movement world and so prominent in the still." 

www.paulbenarski.com

 

 KEVIN AND HEATHER AUTRY

Kevin and Heather are a husband and wife photography team specializing in on location natural and fashion-inspired strobe lighting.  They specialize in weddings and fashion photography, and have a passion for being genuine, real and a true asset to every couple or client the work with.  ignited Photography was formed because Kevin and Heather desired to do something new, something different and something together.  They are dedicated to their commitments and are passionate about great photography.

www.ignitedphotography.com

Mike Florian

Mike Florian is a serious amateur photographer who has been involved with photography since the early 1970’s. In the early years, he used his own darkroom to process and print both B&W and color film. In 1996, Mike transitioned to digital photography using Photoshop 3.0 to scan film. He began solely shooting digital in 2004. His primary interest is nature and bird photography. Mike has been actively involved with camera clubs in the Metro-Detroit area since the early 1990’s. He is the current president of the Greater Detroit Camera Club Council, a position he has held for the past 8 years. He is also the current President of the Grosse Pointe Camera Club. He has shared his expertise by presenting workshops on Photoshop and Photoshop Elements to community education groups and camera clubs.

 

Mike shares family and travel photos on his Flickr site at https://www.flickr.com/photos/florianphotos/collections

 

Richard Grubola

Has been using Photoshop as a professional for over a dozen years, and photography for over 25 years. He has a degree in art and a resume of teaching graphics and design on the college level. He is creative director of Market by Design, LLC. where he uses his skills of photography, Photoshop, and fine art on a daily basis approaching image creation from a photographer’s as well as a visual artist’s perspective with emphasis on quality and creativity.

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JIM HOOVER

 

Pet Photography Tips and Tricks
Pets are family members, and people want high quality images of these family members that add so much to their lives.  Jim Hoover, a professional pet photographer, will talk about what makes a good image, and how you can get professional looking images using basic equipment you probably already own. He will demo a photography session while sharing handling and posing tips, and how to get their attention to bring out the pet’s personality.  Next  Jim will show you his basic editing process beginning with Lightroom and then finishing the image in Photoshop.
Jim holds the Master of Photography and Certified Professional Photographer degrees from the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).  His images have earned him the 2015 Gold and 2013 Silver Metals for Photographer of the Year.  Jim’s pet paintings have earned the 2016 Professional Photographers of Michigan first place in the Artist Division, and the Lexjet Sunset Best Print in Exhibition awards.  Additionally, he won the 2016 PPA Northeast District Artist Division first place, and the Canon Par Excellence Award.

Topics will included:

- Characteristics of a good pet image- Tips and Tricks of working with pets

- Attention getters

- Posing tips

- Some differences with cats

- Getting started with Off Camera Flash (OCF)

- Retouching

- Giving back

 
 
 

CLAUDE JODION

Is a working photographer, national lecturer, and author. As the Technical Editor of Rangefinder, After Capture, and Professional Photographer Magazines he has given dozens of convention programs to several thousand photographers nationwide. He has been doing digital output since 1986 and digital input since 1995. He has not used film at all since 1999. He has just purchased his 52nd digital camera in 17 years of digital capture. He has also owned, used and tested over 40 digital printers of all types and sizes. As consultant to companies like Foveon, Kodak, and several US studios and Labs, he has helped people solve lighting and photography problems for over 26 years. He claims that there are no experts in the field, only varying levels of ignorance.  

www.claudejodion.com

WARD LAFORME, JR

Is a Toronto, Canada based photographer. He is currently a contributing photographer with Inside Lacrosse Magazine in Baltimore, MD. He is also currently a staff photographer for the Rochester Knighthawks of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) since 2012  and the staff photographer for the Six Nations Jr 'A' Arrows lacrosse team since 2007. While his current duties are specific to photographing lacrosse on a national level in Canada and the US, he has also photographed beauty, fashion and fitness for magazines including Oxygen and Inside Fitness magazine.

 

LINDA PIASECKI

Holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University and a masters degree in Education from THE University of Michigan (Go Blue!). She is an award winning photographer who's expertise in the natural sciences: geology, biology ,zoology and other ologies make her an excellent teacher. In addition to teaching at Midwest Photography Workshops she also teaches "short people" in the Detroit Public Schools system. She spends summers working on one of the tour boats that operate out of the Metro Parks. While Linda is a master teacher, she is also particularly adept in the use of duct tape.

STEVE RAGLAND

A Native New Yorker, has refined the art of romancing the soul of his subjects through his lens. Ironically, Steve's love of photography was kindled through the career equivalent of a blind date, his friend and an aspiring designer, asked him to help her create a portfolio. When the photos exceeded her wildest expectations, she encouraged him to develop talent and strike out on his own. After attending New York's School of Visual Arts, Steve became a much sought after fashion and beauty photographer in cities such as Paris, London, Toronto and Taipei. Working as a true fashion photographer all over the globe has allowed Steve to bring a cosmopolitan look to images for a diverse group of clients. Now working in Detroit, Steve continues to photograph for local and national clients. The beauty of Steve's work, what he helps other photographers perfect, is how to achieve a luxury look and feel to images using tools readily available in any local store. Commercial, editorial, and portrait clients are facing ever-tightening budgets and Steve's skills have been much sought after. Steve is very high energy and his students always have fun while learning skills which will position them to produce refined images in less time with less money spent on equipment, set design and post production. Steve's work has been seen in publications such as Vogue, Essence, Fitness Magazine, Playboy, Eating Well, Yoga Monthly, The Knot, Jet, Ambassador, Hour Detroit and Life Style Japan. Steve has an impressive list of commercial clients including Sony Music, Miller Brewing, Radio Shack, Kmart, Sears, Zima, Martini & Rossi, and Purely Pro Cosmetics.

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MICHAEL SARNACKI

Is an American photographer who lives and works in his home studio in Royal Oak, Michigan.  He has traveled extensively throughout the world covering special events, documenting unique places, and photographing fascinating people.  He has been a photographer for more than thirty years. His professional work includes hundreds of magazine and corporate assignments.  Over the years he has produced a large body of personal photographs.  Hence, he considers his self-directed work just as important as the work he does for his professional clients.  He is friendly, outgoing, and has always been highly regarded by his students and the photographic community. His photographs have been widely published, exhibited, and his work is included in many museums and institutions.

In 2012 Michael published a book that he worked on for 17 years.  The photography and writing took him to Sri Lanka eleven different times.  It is a large all-encompassing look at one of South Asia’s most famous events – the Kandy Esala Perahera.   The book is available on Amazon.com and at www.SriLankaFestival.com.

 www.sarnacki.com

TERRY WHITE

Worldwide Creative Suite Design Evangelist for Adobe Systems, Inc. Terry has been with Adobe for over a 15 years and has extensive knowledge of Adobe’s Creative Professional product line. In his current position, he leads the charge of getting customers excited and educated about Adobe’s Creative Suite Design Premium products. Terry is an Adobe Certified Expert and Creative Suite Master. He has been active in the industry for over 25 years and is the founder and president of MacGroup-Detroit, “ Michigan’s largest Macintosh users group and is a columnist for Photoshop User Magazine and  Layers Magazine. Terry is the host of the top ranked award winning Adobe Creative Suite Video Podcast. He is also the author of Secrets of the Adobe Bridge and co-author of The iPhone Book, The iPhone Book 2nd Edition, The iPhone Book 3rd EditionThe iPhone Book 4th Edition, The iPhone Book 5th Edition, and InDesign CS/CS2 Killer Tips.

Terry is a key presenter at major industry shows around the world.

terrywhite.com

 

HELEN YANCY

No other American artist or photographer has received as many international honors or more professional acclaim than Helen Yancy. But it is the ability to please clients with artful images that provide Helen with her greatest satisfaction. This ability flows from her passion about art, life, family, and people. 

Working on location or in her comfortable residential studio, Helen’s goal continues to be creating exquisite art pieces that portray people and their relationships with sensitivity, realism, and imagination. 

During her distinguished career, Helen Yancy has earned the rare distinction of being the first person in the world to receive every degree and honor presented by Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the largest and most prestigious professional photographic association in the world. She is a past president and chairman of the board of PPA and is one of only a few Americans to be honored as a Fellow of the British Institute of Photography, in part because of her leadership in creating ties between PPA and the British Institute. 

A member of the prestigious Portrait Society of America, Cameracraftsmen of America, and the Society of XXV, a group of 25 exceptional photographic artists from around the world, she is one of fewer than 100 Fellows of the American Society of Photographers. In May 2001, she was honored at the United Nations with a Medallion for leadership, service, artistic and photographic ability by the International Council for Photography, the only organization of its kind recognized by the UN. 

Helen Yancy’s oil, watercolor, mixed-media, and photographic portraits hang in hundreds of private homes and in permanent collections and exhibitions. 

www.helenyancystudio.com