Meet founder George Theodore and the rest of our expert photography instructors. To be a member of this faculty, one must have a passion for teaching and these folks know how to teach. You'll get the benefit of their successes (and mistakes) and find that the only thing they take seriously is making sure you have a quality learning experience second to none and that you have fun too.
Named one of America's top visionaries by National Geographic Adventure magazine, Tom regularly shoots assignments (and writes) for numerous national publications. He has a degree in Journalism and has traveled around the world photographing and writing stories with an adventure sports theme, from sea kayaking in Patagonia to mountaineering in the Himalayas. His assignments have ranged from hanging out the door of a small plane in freezing temperatures photographing a famous Alaskan bush pilot to getting sunburned photographing sharks and sea kayakers in the Bahamas. More recently his work has involved shooting environmental portraits. Tom's work has been used in magazines, brochures, billboards, books, postcards, calendars and he has over 50 covers to his credit. He regularly teaches on photography tours and workshops.
Tom is on the faculty of Kelby Training, writes monthly articles for Digital Photo and Light It, is a contributing editor to Outdoor Photographer and a member of the American Society of Media Photographers. A dedicated and enthusiatic teacher, he is well versed in all aspects of photography and a leading expert in the use of artificial light—in the studio and in the field. He's been picked by PDN magazine as one of the best workshop instructors in the United States. Look out—his enthusiasm and engaging style can be contagious.
George, after retiring in 2002 from a successful engineering career, turned a life-long hobby into a full-time profession. Starting in urban photography - mostly black and white - George dipped his toe into color landscape photography over twenty-five years ago and decided he liked it enough to adopt it as a specialty. An very early convert to digital, he was part of the Great American Photography Workshops team for eleven years teaching tours and workshops. He still enjoys black and white and for the past several years has experimented with infrared photography dedicating one camera body for IR.
He is well versed in post processing software and enjoys the freedom to make image adjustments based on personal preference but stresses "getting it right" as much as possible in capture. George is passionate about teaching and enjoys sharing his experience as well as his well-honed technical knowledge all of which he sprinkles with a healthy dose of humor.
He is a member of the North American Nature Photography Association, Photographic Society of America, Professional Photographer's Association and ASMP and is the founder of American Nature Photography Workshops. His work is represented by Danita Delimont Stock Photography.