New and Old Friends

I’ve had the distinct pleasure of catching up with some old friends, and meeting some new colleagues, on a couple of projects I’ve been working on these last few weeks. I’ve learned a lot from these guys and I recommend hitting their websites/blogs for some excellent inspiration and instruction.

Reznicki Rules–I’ve known Jack Reznicki for years and long admired his people photography, but I had never heard him speak until I caught him at a recent conference. Wow, his talk was funny, informative, and just loaded with terrific images!  He is one of those rare shooters who not only makes great pictures, but he’s able to break it down and teach the process as well. His books and website are highly recommended.

Dynamite Dave–Veteran sports shooter and speedlight maven Dave Black is a delightful guy, major talent, and great teacher. He regularly runs  “Workshops at the Ranch” which are always popular. I had a chance to watch Dave at work recently. Although Dave is famous for his sports photos (and rightfully so) I love his feature work and the stuff he’s done with lightpainting and speedlights, especially at Arlington National Cemetery….haunting and beautiful.

Corey is Cookin’–I also recently met Corey Rich , and he is a one man visual dynamo as well as an articulate teacher. Long known for his outstanding adventure and extreme sports photography, Corey has made the transition to video and has made it with a bang. I admire him not only for his eye, but for what he’s had to climb (hint: El Capitan, for one) to get that eye in the right place at the right time!

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  1. I have to agree with you about Jack Reznicki’s teaching. Although I don’t know him personally, I found his instruction at Photoshop World to be very easy to understand and presented in a friendly manner. I was able to speak with him briefly after the course regarding one of his lessons on and just came away with the feeling that he’s a nice guy. Maybe that, combined with his knowledge, is what makes him such a wonderful instructor and speaker.

  2. It seems like you get to meet all kinds of interesting people. Thanks for the links.

  3. Glad to hear you’re continuing with video, and for sharing your knowledge. We’re buying an iPad this weekend, and I can see all the possibilities, aka the Sports Illustrated cite you mentioned some time ago, which was truly impressive. Now I read what Simon and Schuster hope to do with their new ebooks re incorporating video and stills. So – the beat goes on.

    I have followed Dynamite Dave re his techniques photographing the famous jockey, and, I’II definitely want to check out the other sites you mention. Thank you for continuing to spark our energy and motivation, and being so generous in your recognition of talent.

    I have fond memories of the Maine Photo Workshop. The esprit de corps there is great with fine instructors (Linda Meyerriecks, for one, as well as Bob), a show at the end of the course for the whole workshop where everyone continues to bond and show their work, and a most delicious lobster feast. What’s not to like? The Travel Group formed spontaneously post class continued for a solid two years. We had become so motivated.

    Thanks again – Bob.

    PS I like this Winston Churchill quotation: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

  4. I think I’ve been reading Dave Black’s site for five years now? His site is what inspired me to learn off camera flash.

    I hope he updates his site to an RSS friendly one some day!

  5. I had the pleasure of meeting David Black a few years ago when he participated in a DLWS workshop with Moose Peterson and Vince Versace. I l agree he does wonderful work with his light painting of the cowboys.

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