Pedraza Photography’s dedicated photographer believes a good photo can show the inner beauty sometimes missed among the hustle and bustle of daily life. During portrait and fashion shoots he creates a relaxed environment where clients can be themselves and exhibit that inner beauty. He holds photo sessions for everyone from models to families, students, and moms-to-be. Stock photography, band photo shoots, and architecture photography are also passions of his.
When not managing his restaurant, Michael Viegas is out exploring his other passion: photography. He’s been behind the lens for the past 15-plus years arranging easy-going portrait sessions for individuals, families, kids, and couples. Artfully composed food photography is another specialty of his, of course, as is nature photography. He’s an expert at working with wedding parties to ensure all magical moments are memorialized, as well.
For more than 20 years, the professional photographers at Charlie's Angels Photography have worked to capture images that not only preserve memories but also incorporate artistic touches. Their digital galleries boast shots from larger occasions such as weddings and runway shows to private events such as boudoir and portrait sessions. Their staff also includes professional makeup artists, who can prep subjects for shoots or gussy up complexions before weddings or high-school-graduation re-enactments.
Whether wielding a high-powered DSLR or craftily snapping shots with a smartphone, the student-tourists of InFocus Tampa Photo Tours learn how to make the most of their cameras while visiting iconic locales around the city. Groups trek across Tampa on foot, listening to guides share historical facts about sites including the Tampa Theatre, Plant Hall, and the Riverwalk. Along the way, the guide-instructor will touch on such shot-snapping topics as depth of field and the Rules of Thirds, which states that the subject of a picture should be evenly chopped into three pieces for maximum effect. Students can try out their new knowledge as they walk; eye-catching architecture, public artwork, and verdant greenery becomes the subject and backdrop of memorable photos.
Quality photos capture piercing looks, toothy smiles, and elusive dodo sightings much more efficiently then papier-mâché sculptures. At studiolano, photographer April Catalano utilizes her many years of experience to photograph subjects with a microscopic attention to detail. During a one-hour session at studiolano’s fully equipped studio, April will rattle off 50–75 shots of multiple poses with the speed and precision of a camera-fitted, laser-guided cheetah. Striking images are artfully captured with an uncommon eye to provide game-changing glimpses of the subject’s pleasant disposition that can’t be replicated with an emoticon-riddled letter of recommendation. After the photo shoot, customers place their package order from the comfort of their plush, indoor hammocks with online proof viewing and ordering.
The National Association of Photoshop Professionals wants to put photographers on the moon, or at least give them the tools to make it look like they were there. Since 1993, this team of Photoshop enthusiasts, led by renowned Photoshop author Scott Kelby, has focused their passion for photo editing into creating a slew of products that can enhance users' editing skills.
Beginners or seasoned pros can get help from DVDs, videos, online tutorials, books, or the association's online magazine, Photoshop User. The association also imparts helpful tips and techniques to groups large and small during conferences and seminars that are held all around the world since they have not yet mastered the art of public speaking through telepathy.
Software guru Dave Cross, a 2009 inductee in the Photoshop Hall of Fame, has been sharing his picture-manipulating wisdom with thousands of students since 1987, leading seminars on popular computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. In just the past 12 years, Cross has traveled to every state in the United States to teach the ins and outs of Photoshop, and he continues to run digital-photography and image-editing workshops at Studio 3 in Oldsmar. He has taught hundreds of students how to get their cameras out of automatic mode and to take better photographs. A man who wears many hats, Cross is also the lead instructor for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, a co-host of a web-based show called Photoshop User TV, and the voice behind a weekly podcast known as “Ask Dave,” in which he answers user questions about Photoshop and doles out free advice on how to airbrush ghosts out of family portraits.