Where I find inspirations…”standing on the shoulders of giants!” How about you? Please drop me a note and share your sources of inspiration!


  • Sam Abell – “his best work is known for its transcendent qualities” – setting, expression, gesture – build your picture from the back to the front – the importance of microcomposition
  • Jean-Michel Berts – High gradient black and white photography.
  • Nick Brandt – Africa!
  • John Paul Caponigro – Amazing creative variety!
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson – The definitive street photographer! – “Photography appears to be a simple matter, but it demands powers of concentration combined with mental enthusiasm and discipline.”
  • Jeff Conley – Beautiful black and white tonality!
  • David duChhemin – Craft and Vision indeed!
  • Michael Frye – Great workshops in Yosemite and elsewhere.
  • Audran Gosling – Beautiful compositing!
  • Jaime Ibarra – Beautiful post-processing. Offers private tutorials.
  • Doug Kaye – Great friend and photo buddy on regular Bay Area excursions!
  • Karen Klinedinst – Great landscape iPhonography!
  • Mikko Lagerstedt – Mysterious and atmospheric photographs from Finland!
  • Ken Light – Social documentary photographer at UC Berkeley
  • Vivian Maier – Street photographer – be sure to check out this book of her photographs: Vivian Maier: Street Photographer
  • Jay Maisel – What can one say?
  • Sally Mann
  • Beth Moon
  • William Neill – Yosemite beauty.
  • David Nightingale – Great teacher!
  • Bruce Percy – Beautiful and ethereal landscapes!
  • Trey Ratcliff – Mr. HDR, fun photowalk leader and great entrepreneur.
  • Brooke Shaden – A master of conceptual photography and image compositing.
  • Ben Shahn (1898-1969) – Painter and friend of Walker Evens who introduced him to photography. A great New York City street shooter.
  • Guy Tal – Beautiful images and writing!
  • Ming Thein – Brings a very special quality to his images!
  • Lee Varis – Be sure to check out Lee’s 10 Channel Workflow!
  • Diane Varner – local photographer/stylist.
  • Minor White – “He is remembered largely for his ideas about the spiritual in photography.”
  • Art Wolfe – An artist with a great range of creative work.


I’ve taken a number of photo workshops over the last few years – including great sessions taught by:

  • Jay Maisel – The Jay Maisel Workshop is a five day intense street photography course that will change your life! I took Jay’s workshop in May 2014.
  • Dan Margulis – Applied Color Theory Workshop – a wonderful intense four day deep dive into enhancing images in Photoshop – September 2013, San Diego
  • Chris Honeysett – North Beach, San Francisco
  • Derrick Story – Safari West, Sonoma Coast
  • Michael Frye – Yosemite, Eastern Sierras
  • Harold Davis – Photoshop for Black and White
  • Mark Lindsay – Lab color in Photoshop
  • Kip Brundage – Cuba


One thought on “Inspiration

  1. Joe Chouinard

    Hi Scott.

    Just found your photo web site by following the update on LinkedIn. Your photos are truly captivating! I’m glad I took the time to look through them.

    Hope you are doing well and enjoying life.

    Joe Chouinard


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