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José is a journalist and photographer. He has written about technology in general, from computers to cameras since the eighties. After more than 20 years writing and shooting for magazines he is mainly busy keeping his online magazine, at www.fotodigital-online.com, leading phototours and workshops. He is very much involved with a nature area close to home, Tapada Nacional de Mafra, which offers a fantastic wildlife experience for photographers. He likes to explore places for a long time, to the point that, as he uses to say, he moves on his knees, looking at the little things.
After his apprenticeship as a media designer in Cologne, Christian Berges moved to Munich in July 2000 to specialize in camera work. He worked for a tv production company as a director of photography and soon became head of the camera department. Since Summer 2002, he has been working as a freelance director of photography on documentaries, commercials, music videos, tv shows, short feature films and corporate media.
Software engineer and photographer he lives and works in Bassano del Grappa, Italy. During his studies he attends some courses about digital image core algorithms, processing and image protection, but all of that lacks of the real and creative photogprahy counterpart. Therefore he starts to take pictures about surrounding cityscapes and landscapes driven by small personal projects, focusing on the digital, being a beta tester of Lightroom, making courses about the post-procesing workflow and the digital archive mangement.
Since saving his pocket money to buy a Zenit-E at the age of 12 he has never been without an SLR in the last 32 years. His passion for landscape and seascape photography evolved from a love of the outdoors. He photographed his first wedding in 1998 and joined Sussex Camera Centre in 2001 after being a customer for a number of years. He added portrait photography to his list of services in 2004 and have now brought the retail and studio services together. He has been fortunate enough to work for, and with, a broad range of clients and enjoy the challenge and variety this brings. He also offers his services to charitable organisations close to his heart believing that photography can help make a difference in raising both awareness and funds.
Born 1963 in Stuttgart, Germany. Studied telecommunication engineering. Currently working in product marketing of telecommunication services. Photography is a major part of his „after work“ life. Likes to explore the world and capture his point of view on things. Being an engineer, he is especially interested in recent and historical technology, technical equipment and constructions. Eager to experiment with the possibilities of digital photography.
Jerod Foster is a Texas-based magazine/editorial and travel photographer. His photographic efforts focus on environmental portraiture and natural history, where he is able to devote visual resources to telling individual stories through the photographic medium and multimedia concerted projects. His background growing up in rural ranch country partially inspires him to seek these stories out among his surrounding cultural environment. Jerod is also a photography instructor at Texas Tech University, as well as a doctoral student in media sociology. His emphasis on visual and cultural storytelling has resulted in the formation of both professional and academic relationships worldwide.
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He is a self-taught photographer and felt in love with Black and White photography. From his viewpoint, B&W is the purest form of photography. B&W reduces a photo to the essential visual elements and the emphasis is on the texture, shape and form of the subject. Beside his hobby he is working full-time as a software developer.
Matthias Hombauer is a talented self taught photographer based in Vienna, Austria. While doing his PhD in molecular biology he recognize that he shared a passion for both music and photography – and started his career as a concert photographer. Living in a city like Vienna, presented many opportunities to work in various small clubs and develop his own photographic style. 2 years later he is now shooting bands like Leonard Cohen, Deep Purple, The Prodigy, Jamiroquai, and The Flaming lips,…for both music magazines and record companies. His concert tutorial was published on the Australian Digital Photography School (DPS) blog and received a lot of positive attention. The pictures Matthias took of the David Hasselhoff concert in Vienna were published on Hasselhoffs official homepage. Ambitious and hard working are his main attributes and he always strives to capture the special moments by conveying the energy of each live performance into his pictures. Matthias has been a fan of music since an early age, this was in part due to the influence and exposure gained through his father who has played a huge part in helping him become the person he is today. This has had a significant influence on his passion for both music, and concert photography.
Edward lives with his wife Sarah and their many pets on his family’s farm in the small town of Ceres in California’s Central Valley. It is an ideal location for a landscape photographer, being only a two hour drive from both the beautiful Sierra Nevada’s and Yosemite to the east and the marvelous Big Sur Coast to the west, both of which are favorite subjects.
Recognized by famed camera manufacture Hasselblad as one of the top 10 landscape photographers in the world in 2008 and 2009 and named Photographer of the Year in 2004 and 2005 by the Exposure International Photography Exhibition, Edward’s ability to make you feel as though you’re there, standing shoulder to shoulder with him as he creates his images, has garnered him both numerous awards and collectors, with gallery shows in around the globe. While not creating new images, Edward writes, host his own photography podcast, Photography 411, and teaches both in-the-field photography workshops and Photoshop based workshops via his Edward Mendes Photography Workshop program and many galleries throughout California
He was born 1969 in the north of Germany after his study of electronic engineering He moved to Cologne where he was working as an engineer within the automotive industry.
Beside his wife, his daughter and his son the photographic is his favorite hobby. About 3 year ago he saw a picture of a water drop just hitting the water surface. This was the start of a long activity, with many bad, unsharp and black pictures. But now after 30.000 shots I think I did some improvements.