Founded with the objective of simplifying the often overcomplicated art of digital photography, fotoscool employs a team of seasoned instructors—each a longtime professional with a celebrated career—to guide photography students through seminars and workshops held across the country. Keeping their overarching objective of simple-yet-entertaining instruction in mind, savvy teachers design each session to get participants on their feet with hands-on activities such as interactive exercises, on-location shoots in scenic locales, and bonding human-camera trust falls. In an effort to branch out of the classroom, fotoscool also periodically hosts tours that ferry photo enthusiasts to scenic far-flung locales for extended shooting lectures and on-site experience.
Professional photographers Jonathan Mathis and Carlos Guzman nurture and support budding photographic talents with their classes and workshops. During the six-hour Point & Shoot digital photography workshop, budding shutterbugs maximize camera potential as an expert instructor discusses the basics of camera operation while shining light on the various camera modes, menus, and zoom features. In both Point-and-Shoot and DSLR camera classes, instructors also cover the fundamentals of editing, cropping, printing, and storing. At the end of each workshop, apprentices review their photos from the session and discuss them as a group, pointing out strengths, weaknesses, and skillfully camouflaged Waldos. Other classes and workshops have included sessions on topics such as studio lighting, documentary photography, and digital editing. Creative Digital Workshops also hosts low-cost lectures and demonstrations to inspire communities to see and capture their worlds through a camera lens.
Clovis-based photographer Bryce Postler knows his lenses. Shooting sporting vents, jubilant celebrations, portraits, and more, Postler often posts the results of his recent shoots on his Facebook page with helpful graphics, detailing the equipment and settings used for each.
A graphic designer by training, Julie Weiss first picked up a camera when she couldn't find stock photography that was up to her exacting standards. She was familiar with technique, so she started snapping shots of people, places, pets, and food. She discovered a true passion for the art form and for making women feel beautiful, and founded Weiss Photography to make a career of it. She still shoots a wide range of subjects for personal and commercial use, but particularly specializes in boudoir photography, capturing moments of beauty that the naked eye might normally miss.