At the Oregon Photography School, a duo of skilled shutterbugs with a combined 27 years of experience imparts the secrets of snapping and manipulating artistic images to pupils of all stripes. Vernon T. Williams has conveyed the dignity of famous subjects, including two presidential candidates and a Nobel Prize winner, and his work has appeared in The Economist and other national magazines. Jon Christopher Meyers boasts an eclectic commercial-work portfolio, with recent work including the Eugene Ballet Company's midair athleticism and hawks flying midair from the Cascades Raptor Center.
The school draws on Williams's and Meyers's rich backgrounds to inform intensive workshops on everything from the basics of film- and digital-camera manipulation to portrait photography's finer techniques, such as hypnotizing a subject with nothing but a piece of string tied to a lens cap. After an in-studio or on-location class, an online student/instructor-review tool continues the relationship, letting students post their shots for ongoing feedback and for inspirational haikus from their instructor and fellow photographers.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
As always, two photographers onsite. High-quality professional photography services. Professional photo retouching and printing. We don't outsource to anyone—all of our printing and editing are done at our office, which makes our services much more affordable than other competitors.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
We have always had a passion for capturing and creating beautiful images to last a lifetime.
What do you love most about your job?
Meeting new people and having our services [exceed] others' expectations and making them happy.
The art of stained glass is at least 13 centuries old. The Art of Glass hasn't been around for quite that long, but it's still got an impressive history—it's been helping stained-glass artists cultivate their craft since 1973. In addition to selling supplies and guarding against wayward baseballs, its expert artists teach students to create their own stained glass, fused-glass art, and mosaics. Once they've gained some basic skills, they can peruse the studio's tools and materials and start crafting at home or in the shop, where studio time and kiln space can be rented.
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