Mike Moreland's portfolio bursts apart at the seams with the work of more than 15 years in architecture, fashion, and advertising photography. The award-winning photographer's three-hour workshops, typically lead by two–four expert shutterbugs, teach neophytes and hobbyists the tricks and tools to snap professional-grade shots. After 45 minutes of instruction, students spend just over two hours honing their burgeoning skills, capturing images on their own DSLRs or with a chisel and stone tablet. Guests walk out of the sessions knowing how to manipulate light sensors, how to adjust shutter speeds with a special emphasis on nature photography, and the basics of studio lighting, wedding portraiture, and shooting in urban settings. Read the FAQ to learn more.
The mind tends to tamper with memories, embellishing elements while skirting around the fine details. Mega Pixels’s team of creative photographers knows that details are what make memories spring to life, what cause long-forgotten stories to be remembered and relived. They yearn to capture those details and hidden stories in every image they frame, wrangling symmetry, texture, depth of field, and a clever use of line into evocative shots. On-location photo shoots lead the photographers throughout Georgia and neighboring states to destinations chosen by their clients, who pose during scenic wedding shoots, graduation shoots, and portraits for the cover of their upcoming novel about a boy who learned to be more sensitive.
The flashbulbs inside Moments in Time Photography’s studio spark to capture the moments in time that photographer Margaret A. Lemke creatively orchestrates. Amid her studio’s professional lights and backdrops, she snaps photos of everything from group portraits to boudoir photo shoots. She also brings her gear to various area locations to capture high-school-senior portraits, engagement photo shoots, or to teach her camera how to climb a tree.
Forrest Briggs claims the South as his home, and indeed he grew up and attended college there. As a photography student, he earned admission into several galleries and juried exhibitions, but his post graduate work honed his eye. He travelled the world, learning to speak fluent Vietnamese and becoming trapped in Nepal during the 2006 coup d’état, all the while documenting his journeys through his camera. The temporary expatriation sharpened his skills, helping him excel at photographic composition, natural lighting strategies, and more abstract concepts such as how to make photos “pop.”
Now, as a photographer and teacher, he passes along these lessons to a new generation of shutterbugs, while lending his eye and skill to clients in search of classic portraiture and boudoir shoots. He also has an eye for shooting martial arts action, working behind the scenes at mixed martial arts events and even pulling a stint as the personal photographer of Cheryl Murphy, nine-time US Nationals Karate Champion.
“So many people go through life looking at things without really seeing them,” muses Mary Buck, founder of Studio 2.8. Her mission as a teacher is twofold: to help her pupils see things and to help them share what they see with others. “Photography lets you paint with light,” she tells her classes, “but you have to go in with a vision.” She gives her pupils the tools to realize their visions during workshops that delve into all facets of digital photography, from the basics of adjusting f-stop to the advanced skills needed to capture a delicious smell of pixels.
It isn't surprising that Buck is a photography teacher; photography runs in her blood. Both of her siblings and her sister-in-law are skilled photographers, and she's been aiming her own lens at subjects since she was just 18. As a professional, her talent for catching dimples and laughter has led to portraits that families can pass down to new generations or Earth-conquering aliens. Seventeen years after starting her own studio, her passion for the art form has only grown, and her enthusiasm for sharing what she calls “that fire in my belly” with her students still burns strong.
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Paul Bennett has spent more than a quarter century honing his cutting and coloring skills, establishing a personal style and gaining the experience to bring customer visions to life. Appointments begin with clients nestling into their chairs amid the studio's modern decor and consulting with their stylist about their 'do. Questions about lifestyle and aesthetic preferences alongside considerations of face shape and hair texture guide hair tamers toward sculpting fresh new looks that avoid cookie-cutter styles such as the flat top or the gingerbread man. Paul Bennett and his team also specialize in coloring and highlighting, mixing up a vibrant palette of shades and hues to pop volume and vigor into hair.