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! See his beautiful book: Nick Brandt: On This Earth, A Shadow Falls.
- 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.” Steidl has just published a re-issue of his classic Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment.
- Pelle Cass – Master of multiples!
- 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! If you’re into gear, be sure to listen to Doug’s All About the Gear podcast!
- Karen Klinedinst – Great landscape iPhonography!
- Mikko Lagerstedt – Mysterious and atmospheric photographs from Finland!
- Ken Light – Social documentary photographer at UC Berkeley
- Marie Laigneau – Beautifully captured street photography!
- Vivian Maier – Street photographer – be sure to check out this book of her photographs: Vivian Maier: Street Photographer
- Jay Maisel – What can one say? Jay’s workshop in 2014 had a huge impact on my photography. See below for more about Jay’s workshop.
- Sally Mann
- Beth Moon
- Christopher Michel – Based in San Francisco, Chris takes amazing portraits of his friends – and he has a lot of them – and other things! My friend Doug Kaye and I did a walk and shared a lunch with Chris in March 2017.
- 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.
- Jeff Wall – I loved his Night Club photograph when we saw it in exhibition at Pier 24 in San Francisco in 2014. Book: Jeff Wall: Complete Edition
- Minor White – “He is remembered largely for his ideas about the spiritual in photography.”
- Dan Winters – See his massive work: Road to Seeing.
- 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:
- Valérie Jardin – I spent a beautiful week in Paris doing street photography with her in late September 2014 which I repeated in September 2016 with my friend Doug Kaye. . She’s a subtle teacher – who helps you get your best work – and Paris was just magnificent in this early fall setting – see my album from the week! She also hosts at weekly podcast called Hit the Streets which is one of the best photography podcasts around!
- Ming Thein – Superb photographer and teacher based in Kuala Lumpur – I took Ming’s San Francisco Masterclass in September 2014 – see my post here.
- 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 – see my post here “Life will never be the same!” here and my other posts about Jay.
- Dan Margulis – Applied Color Theory Workshop – a wonderful intense four day deep dive into enhancing images in Photoshop – September 2013, San Diego – Spending almost a week with Dan exploring the use of Photoshop tools to bring out the best in images was amazing!
- Chris Honeysett – North Beach, San Francisco; James Johnston House, Half Moon Bay.
- Derrick Story – Safari West, Sonoma Coast – Derrick knows his stuff and knows how to teach. His weekly podcast The Digital Story is one I listen to every week.
- Michael Frye – Yosemite, Eastern Sierras, Hidden Coast of California – Michael is the best landscape photography teacher I’ve worked with. He knows everything about great landscape work and his workshops inspire and teach you how to see in that environment. His wife, Claudia Welsh, is a superb colleague for Michael on his workshops – she’s a delight!
- Harold Davis – Photoshop for Black and White in Berkeley.
- Mark Lindsay – Lab color in Photoshop – Mark teaches private sessions which will open your eyes to the power of Photoshop and Lab color.
- Kip Brundage – Cuba – In January 2013, my friend Doug Kaye and I participated in a week long Havana workshop with Kip – organized through Santa Fe Photographic Workshops. We had an amazing time – I’ll always have my memories of that experience as Cuba was on the cusp of beginning to change.