I started teaching in the mid-eighties when I filled in to teach a quarter-long photojournalism class at the University of Oregon while working as a newspaper photographer. I became most interested lighting after a 1984 workshop in California taught by Gregory Heisler, a brilliant master of light. Prior to that it was mostly guesswork. Over the years I have taught many lighting workshops and portraiture workshops. I teach at the Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle and have taught at the Santa Fe Workshops. I give workshops at universities, talks to high school photography classes and this past year taught a five-part series of classes called Lighting from A to Z through the virtual class room of Creative Live . It was a new way of teaching for me and I was thrilled to have students from around the world––from Seattle to New Zealand to Norway.
I also teach private classes. I will meet with individuals but prefer to meet with small groups because I think we learn better when we can hear each other’s questions and see how they put the techniques to use. I can tailor workshops to meet your needs. Contact me about your needs and pricing.
How I teach: my approach to teaching is experiential. Because photographers are visual people, it makes sense to experience the process in order to internalize it. Because I have a background in science, I actually like the technical stuff––and usually offer enough to create an understanding but not enough to put my students to sleep.
In 2014 I authored a book called ABCs of Beautiful Light which serves as a textbook and lighting course for people interested in lighting.