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Adam Pratt

Adrian Schulz

Adrian Schulz lives in Berlin, Germany, and has a degree in architecture from the Technical University of Berlin. Early in…

Alain Briot

Alain Briot is one of today’s leading contemporary landscape photographers. Originally from Paris, France, he attended the Academie Nationale des…

Alan Hess

Alan Hess is a commercial photographer based in San Diego, where he lives with his wife and two rescued boxers.…

Albrecht Rissler

Albrecht Rissler Albrecht Rissler began his career as an instructor for artistic-technical classes, but quit the teaching profession in 1980…

Alyssa Ploof

Aly has been an artist and a creator ever since she was old enough to understand how colours and shapes…

Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler

Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler is a writer, photographer, and educator. She is a regular contributor to such publications as Rangefinder, Digital Photo…

Andreas Bübl

Andreas Bübl is a portrait photographer whose range of work includes classic studio shots, fashion, glamor and beauty portraits, as…

Andreas Spillner

Andreas Spillner is a professor of Computer Science in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Hochschule…

Andrew L Pollner

Since 1993, Andrew Pollner has been President and CEO of ALP International Corporation, a leading organization that specializes in test…

Anne-Laure Jacquart

Anne-Laure Jacquart is an educator and photographer who has written numerous books on photography for enthusiastic children and amateur photographers…

Ashlee Elle

Attabeira German de Turowski

Attabeira De Turowski is a one-line artist with a profound passion for this unique and mesmerizing art form. Over the…

Ben Goldsmith

Ben Goldsmith tells stories and shares ideas through editing videos and designing motion graphics. After receiving his BA at Hampshire…

Ben Willmore

Ben Willmore’s passion for photography has taken him to all 50 US states and over 85 countries spread across all…

Bence Mate

Bence Mate is a young and exceptionally talented wildlife photographer. Growing up in a small rural village in the Hungarian…

Bertram Solcher

While studying medicine, Bertram Solcher worked as freelance photojournalist for regional and national newspapers, as well as national and international…

Bob Weil

Bob Weil leads something of a double life—marketing professional by day and covert iPhoneography creative and evangelist by night. Currently,…

Brad Woodard

Brad Woodard is a designer, illustrator, and content creator who runs a creative agency called Brave the Woods. His agency’s…

Braden Messer

Brent Eviston

Brent Eviston is an award winning artist and instructor who has taught drawing for more than 20 years through art…

Brian Matiash

Brian Matiash is a Portland-based photographer, author, and speaker who has been pursuing and growing his particular brand of imagery…

Brian Matsumoto

Dr. Brian Matsumoto is a retired research scientist who has worked for 30 years documenting experiments with technologically advanced cameras.…

Bruce Barnbaum

Bruce Barnbaum, of Granite Falls, WA, began photography as a hobbyist in the 1960s, and after five decades, it is…

Carol F. Roullard

Carol F. Roullard has been an avid photographer since her high school years when she first experimented with black-and-white artistic…

Chris Knight

Chris Knight was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, and hardened by the sweaty, nearly chewable humidity of Florida. He combines his…

Chris Marquardt

Chris Marquardt is a photographic mythbuster and the host of Tips from the Top Floor, the world’s longest running photography…

Chris Orwig

Chris Orwig is a Sony Artisan of Imagery, best-selling author, celebrated portrait photographer, and teacher who blends a down-to-earth approach…

Chris Rupp

Chris Rupp – SOPHIST-in-chief (formally: founder and executive partner of the SOPHIST GmbH), chief consultant, coach and trainer.Looking back over…

Christian Bloch

Christian Bloch is a visual effects artist by trade and a photographer by passion. He lives and works in Hollywood,…

Christian Mehrwald

Christian Mehrwald has been working in the area of data warehousing for more than ten years. He introduced SAP Business…

Christian Rattat

Christian Rattat began his career on a Commodore Amiga 2000 in the 1980s and has been developing software ever since.…

Claire Rosen

Claire Rosen is an award-winning artist whose transportive imagery uses universal themes of dreams, fairy tales, and mythology to visually…

Colin Smith

Colin Smith is a best-selling author, trainer, and award-winning digital artist and photographer. His newest obsession is with drones, quadcopters,…

Cora Banek

Born in 1981, Cora has been photographing since 2002. Her craft is unique in that she almost always has the…

Corinna Gissemann

Corinna Gissemann lives in Berlin, Germany. In 2011, she decided more or less overnight to become a stock photographer. She…

Cyrill Harnischmacher

After studying liberal arts and working for several years as a graphic artist for various advertising agencies, Cyrill Harnischmacher became…

Dan Bailey

Dan Bailey has been a full-time adventure, outdoor, and travel photographer since 1996. His immersive, first-person style of shooting often…

Dan Winters

Known for the broad range of subject matter he is able to interpret, Dan Winters has had his photographs published…

Darcy Reed

Darcy Reed is a writer, editor, actor, and pop culture junkie. Her books include: The College Bucket List, Disney: Ninety…

Darrell Young

Darrell Young (aka Digital Darrell) is a full-time author and professional photographer in the East Tennessee, USA area. He is…

Dave Clayton

Dave Clayton is a UK-based graphic designer and creative specialist with over 30 years of design and marketing experience. With…

David D. Busch

With more than two million books in print, David D. Busch is the world’s #1 best-selling camera guide author, with…

David Duchemin

David duChemin is a world and humanitarian assignment photographer, best-selling author, and international workshop leader whose spirit of adventure fuels…

David S Young

Canadian photographer David S. Young has been behind a camera since the early 1960s, capturing images in 34 countries. His…

David Ulrich

David Ulrich is an active photographer and writer whose work has been published in numerous books and journals including Aperture,…

Demi Lang

Dennis Savini

Dennis Savini is a professional photographer based in Zurich, Switzerland. He strongly believes that the future success of the photography…

Derrick Story

Derrick Story is a professional photographer, writer, and online publisher based in Santa Rosa, California. He covers digital imaging at…

Eduardo Angel

Eduardo Angel is an Emmy Award–winning visual storyteller, technology consultant, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Holding an MFA…

Eliott Lerner

Eliott Lerner is a freelance artist passionate about illustration and creating stories. He graduated from the Condé school (Paris) in…

Erik Kuna

Erik Kuna is an award-winning landscape, astro, and aerospace photographer based out of Tampa, Florida. He is also a training…

Erik Van Veenendaal

Erik van Veenendaal (www.erikvanveenendaal.nl) is a leading international consultant and trainer, and a widely recognized expert in the area of…

Fabien Petillion

Fabien Petillion is a painter, draftsman, and watercolorist. He teaches watercolor and drawing, and conducts workshops. Find Fabien online at…

Francis Chouquet

As far back as he can remember, Francis Chouquet has always drawn.  After many years as a graphic designer, his…

Georg Banek

Born in 1969, Georg has been photographing since 1984. His style is characterized by approaching his subjects closely, playing with…

George Barr

Living in Calgary, Canada, George Barr has been an avid photographer since age 12, working initially with a WWII Zeiss…

Gerd Ludwig

Gerd Ludwig was born in Alsfeld, Germany, and studied photography at Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany. He…

Gilles Cours

Giovana Ghizzi Vescovi

Giovana Vescovi is an experienced artist and educator known for her work in pen and ink drawing. Giovana has gained…

Glenn Rand

Glenn Rand is an artist with international acceptance. His photographs are in more than two dozen museums and public collections…

Glenn Randall

Since 1979, Glenn Randall has combined his love of the wilderness with his passion for photography to create stunning landscape…

Glyn Dewis

Glyn Dewis is a professional photographer, retoucher, and best-selling author based in Oxford, UK, working for national and international clients…

Gordon Lewis

Gordon Lewis is a dedicated street photographer with over 40 years of experience. He began his writing career answering letters…

Graham Bath

Graham Bath’s experience in testing spans over 25 years and has covered a wide array of domains and technologies. As…

Guy Tal

As a professional artist and writer, Guy Tal believes the practice of creative pursuits not only manifests in the making…

Hans Schaefer

Hans Schaefer is an independent consultant who lives and works in Norway, where he is considered a “testing guru.” He…

Harald Mante

Born in Berlin in 1936, Harald Mante studied graphic design and painting at Werkkunstschule Wiesbaden. He taught Photographic Design at…

Harold Davis

Harold Davis is a world-class artist and photographer who has expanded the parameters of his field with imagery, new techniques,…

Ibarionex Perello

Ibarionex Perello is a photographer, writer, educator, and host of The Candid Frame photography podcast. He has over 30 years…

Ina Schieferdecker

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ina Schieferdecker is Director of Fraunhofer FOKUS, Berlin and is Professor for Quality Engineering of Open Distributed Systems…

Isabelle Roelofs

Isabelle Roelofs is the founder of the Isaro brand of paints, specializing in the manufacture of colors for artists. Her…

J. Chris Hansen

J. Chris Hansen is a wildlife and nature photographer who lives and works in the redwoods of Northern California in…

Jack Dykinga

Jack Dykinga’s photographic style blends fine art photography and documentary photojournalism. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for Feature…

James L. Rommens

Jim Rommens (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimrommens) is a seasoned, accomplished project manager, having worked at major companies in industries such as telecommunications, energy,…

James W. Johnson

When James (Jim) Johnson retired from a 25-year career as a software developer for IBM, he had already been working…

Jamie L Mitchell

Jamie L Mitchell has over 32 years of experience developing and testing both hardware and software. He is a pioneer…

Janleonardo Woellert

When JanLeonardo Woellert began working as a photographer, he took photos only at night. During this period he developed new…

Jari Peltomaki

Jari Peltomäki is an internationally acclaimed bird photographer and tour operator based in Finland. His thirty-plus years of experience in…

Jason Hoppe

Jason Hoppe has been teaching graphic design and production for more than 20 years. He began his education when paste-up…

Jean-Pierre Lamerand

Jeff Carlson

Author and photographer Jeff Carlson is a columnist for the Seattle Times, a contributing editor for TidBITS, and writes for…

Jeff Rojas

Jeff Rojas is a photographer based in New York City. His primary body of work includes portrait and fashion photography,…

Jennifer Roberts

Jennifer Roberts is a licensed therapist who found the benefits of diamond painting through her practice. As a trauma and…

Jerod Foster

Jerod Foster is a Texas-based magazine/editorial, commercial, and natural history photographer. His work has been featured in The New York…

Jeroen Mengerink

Jeroen Mengerink has worked for Polteq—an independent provider of international software testing services—since 2008 and is a test consultant. In…

Jessica Mack

JESSICA MACK is an artist, illustrator, and author. She is also the founder of BrownPaperBunny Studio. Born and raised in…

Jim Nickelson

Jim Nickelson is a photographer whose work is driven by a sense of wonder of the natural world and its…

Joe McNally

Acclaimed, award-winning photographer Joe McNally is known worldwide as the quintessential “pro’s pro”: an extremely versatile, deeply experienced assignment photographer…

Joerg Miedza

Joerg Miedza spent a number of years creating movies using special techniques, including using a remote controlled car to film…

Joerg Zimmer

Joerg Zimmer, a graduate in computer sciences, is held responsible for the Software Quality Management System and therefore is in…

John Greengo

John Greengo is a photographer who specializes in photographic education, from online training to local workshops to photo tours. In…

John Harrington

John Harrington has worked for more than 25 years as an active photographer in Washington, DC, and around the world,…

Jordana Wright

Jordana Wright is a photographer, writer, educator, and travel enthusiast with over 15 years of experience in the photography industry. She…

Josh Powell

Judith Cohen

Judith Cohen, also from Chicago, began playing the piano in 1961 at the age of 5, and studied at the…

Judy Mckay

Judy McKay has spent the last 25 years working in the high tech industry, with particular focus on software quality…

Juergen Gulbins

Juergen Gulbins has extensive experience in writing, technology, desktop publishing, designing high-end document archival systems, and digital photography. He is…

Kaylee Greer

Kaylee Greer is a multi-international-award-winning private and commercial dog photographer. She is living out her dream through a camera lens…

Kees Blokland

Kees Blokland has worked for Polteq—an independent provider of international software testing services—as a senior test consultant since 2003 and…

Kevin Mccollister

Raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Kevin McCollister worked for several years as a deckhand on the Mississippi River. He later lived…

Khara Plicanic

A professional photographer, author, and public speaker, Khara Plicanic’s unique teaching style and playful sense of humor have endeared her…

Klaus Goelker

Klaus Goelker is a lecturer, designer and photographer who lives and works in Munich, Germany. He teaches courses on image…

Klaus Hoermann

Dr. Klaus Hoermann is a principal and partner at KUGLER MAAG CIE where he is responsible for the service area…

Klaus Pohl

Klaus Pohl holds a full professorship for Software Systems Engineering at the Institute for Computer Science and Business Information Systems…

Krystal Woodard

Krystal Woodard is a children’s book author, and a co-founder of Brave the Woods, a design and illustration agency based…

Lars Dittmann

Lars Dittmann has been working as an EOQ auditor and software assessor for the Volkswagen Group in Wolfsburg since 1999.…

Lauren Caris Short

Leo Van Der Aalst

Leo van der Aalst holds almost 30 years of IT experience. After having gone through the classic path (from programmer…

Lindsay Adler

Specializing in beauty and fashion photography, Lindsay Adler is an award-winning photographer/director and world-renowned photographic educator. Based in New York,…

Liz Kohler Brown

Liz Kohler Brown is an artist and designer who creates unique lettering projects, surface designs, and illustrations. She studied art…

Loe Beerens

Since the day he became a photographer in 1980, Loe Beerens has been fascinated by music photography. In those days…

Marie Boudon

An engineer by training, Marie Boudon decided in 2017 to launch her activity around watercolor, a medium that fascinates her.…

Marie Read

Wildlife photographer and author Marie Read is renowned for her exquisite bird photographs that combine beauty with impactful storytelling. Widely…

Mario Dirks

Photographer Mario Dirks was born on the island of Norderney, Germany. His first experience with photography was using a simple…

Mark Fewster

Mark Fewster has over 30 years of industrial experience in software testing spanning test management, testing techniques, and test automation.…

Markus Mueller

Markus Mueller is Director of Operations and Partner at KUGLER MAAG CIE. He is a qualified and experienced Project Management…

Markus Varesvuo

Markus Varesvuo is a world-renowned bird photographer who has an uncanny knack for capturing action. While working in the business…

Martin Borg

Martin Borg grew up in Karlshamn, Sweden and moved to Lund in the 1980s. There he taught math and physics…

Martin Pol

Martin Pol has played a significant role in helping to raise the awareness of and improve testing in Europe, Asia,…

Martin Shulz

Photographer Martin Schulz has traveled to and photographed in Iceland multiple times over many years. He has deep knowledge of…

Marvin Lei

Marvin Lei is a photographer and digital artist based on Long Island, New York who focuses on evoking sentiments through…

Masha Knots

Matheus Macedo

Matheus Macedo is an artist and art instructor born in Brasilia, Brazil. He started drawing as a child and never…

Megan Meketa

Megan Meketa’s passion for crafting goes as far back as she can remember, coloring and making cards with her mom.…

Mehmet Eygi

Mehmet Eygi is an entrepreneur, photographer, creative director, and consultant based in Cologne, Germany. After studying communications, product design, and…

Melissa De Nobrega

Michael Diechtierow

Michael Diechtierow is a photographer by passion and a biologist by training, having recently earned his PhD in this field.…

Michael Penn

Michael Penn is a self-taught photographer who focuses his lens on Philadelphia and New York City. Preferring to photograph at…

Michel Lauricella

Michel Lauricella received his education at Paris’s Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts (National School of Fine Arts). He has been…

Michelle Nicole

Michelle Nicole is a self-taught artist with a passion for color and design. Whether she’s transforming an outdated piece of…

Mike Hagen

Mike Hagen is an avid adventurer who combines his passion for the outdoors with excellence in photography. He is a…

Mike Shaw

Monika Andrae

Monika Andrae is an award-winning online specialist. She is also on a mission: to make the more and more technical…

Mouni Abdelli

Mouni Abdelli is passionate about cooking, especially baking and making pastries. After having a popular dessert blog for seven years,…

Nath Sakura

Nick Fancher

Nick Fancher is a photographer, author, and educator who specializes in creating in-camera effects, often employing the use of bold…

Nicki Fitz-Gerald

Nicki Fitz-Gerald began her career as an illustrator in London after graduating from Chelsea School of Art in 1990. Her…

Nk Guy

NK Guy is a Canadian writer and photographer living in Britain. He specializes in travel photography and event portraiture. He…

Norah Levine

Norah Levine is cofounder of the philanthropic Lifelines Project (honoring the bond between the homeless and their pets), fine artist,…

Peter Fauland

Peter Fauland is a professional photographer and teacher who leads workshops around the world for photography enthusiasts as well as…

Petra Vogt

Petra Vogt has a background in art history, philosophy, and German language and literature, which she studied in Bonn, Germany.…

Philipp Scholz Rittermann

From nocturnal scenes of industry to views of pristine landscape, Scholz Rittermann’s work spans opposite ends of our environment. His…

Pierre Pochet

Rachel Eskandari

Rachel Eskandari is the artist and founder of Pink Puddle Studio LLC. Her mural work has been televised on CNBC’s…

Rafael Concepcion

An Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Lightroom, Rafael “RC” Concepcion has over 16 years’ experience in the IT…

Rainer Gulbins

Rainer Gulbins began taking photographs while he was a student, and spent many years experimenting in traditional darkrooms. For many…

Ralf Stelander

1x is an online photo gallery and social network. Every photo displayed on the site has been hand picked by…

Renee Stevens

Renée Stevens is an interactive and immersive designer, educator, and speaker. Her creative work focuses on innovative ways design can…

Rex Black

With over thirty years of software and systems engineering experience, Rex Black is President of RBCS (www.rbcs-us.com), a leader in…

Rich Armstrong

Rich Armstrong is a compulsive creator and creativity geek who designs, illustrates, animates, and codes. He’s taught thousands of students…

Rico Pfirstinger

Rico Pfirstinger studied communications and has been working as a journalist, publicist, and photographer since the mid-’80s. He has written…

Rob Knight

LUMIX Luminary Rob Knight has been a professional artist for over 25 years. He’s been a photographer for more than…

Robert Fisher

Robert Fisher is a commercial and fine art photographer and freelance writer based just outside of Toronto, Canada. His love…

Roberto Valenzuela

Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer, author, and educator based in Beverly Hills, CA. As a member of the prestigious Canon…

Rocky Nook

The Rocky Nook team has brought together a wealth of experience and expertise to create the Pocket Guides listed below.

Rosl Rössner

Sabine Morlock

Sabine Morlock is a translator and management assistant. She has been living in Germany and Canada and worked in different…

Sandra Coan

Sandra Coan is an industry educator and award-winning photographer specializing in studio portraiture, artificial lighting and fine-art film photography. Since…

Sandra Petrowitz

Sandra Petrowitz has been a newspaper and magazine journalist and editor for over 15 years. She specializes in nature, travel,…

Sascha Erni

Sascha Erni is a freelance photojournalist and reporter. Since 2004, he has contributed images and stories to many popular agencies,…

Sascha Steinhoff

Sascha Steinhoff is a computer expert by training and a photographer by passion. He used several rainy seasons in Galway,…

Scott Kelby

Scott Kelby is an award-winning photographer, author, and post-processing guru. He is Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine and…

Sean Duggan

Seán Duggan is a fine art photographer, author, and educator with extensive experience in both the traditional and digital darkrooms.…

Sean Mccormack

Sean McCormack is a professional photographer whose wide-ranging work includes such genres as portraiture, landscape, nude, music, and real estate…

Sean Tucker

Sean Tucker is a professional photographer and filmmaker based in London. Born in the UK, he did most of his…

Spencer Nugent

Stephen Laskevitch

Steve Laskevitch, founder of Luminous Works Training & Consulting in Seattle and a teacher for three decades, has designed workflows…

Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson was originally a painter who took photographs. Over the last decade he has become a photographer who paints…

Tamara Lackey

Tamara Lackey is a renowned professional photographer, speaker, author and program host. Her authentic photography, from children’s portraits to humanitarian…

Teresa Gilewska

Teresa Gilewska has worked in fashion design for over 30 years, in France, China, and Poland. In 1989 she set…

Thierry Legault

Thierry Legault is a world-renowned astrophotographer. In 1999, Legault received the prestigious Marius Jacquemetton prize from the Societe Astronomique de…

Tilo Gockel

Tilo Gockel is a photographer and expert in the field of flash lighting. He has published countless articles on photography…

Tilo Linz

Tilo Linz has worked in the software quality assurance and testing field for more than 20 years. He is a…

Tim Meyer

Photographer, educator, and author Tim Meyer is passionate about the field of photography. Through his 35 years as a professional…

Tobias Friedrich

At 33 years old, Tobias Friedrich is one of the most awarded underwater photographers in Germany, with accolades and recognition…

Tom McPherson

Tom McPherson is an artist and Founder of Circle Line Art School which he created to help encourage as many…

Torsten Andreas Hoffmann

Torsten Andreas Hoffmann is a photographer, author, and photography workshop instructor. He specializes in black and white photography and conceptual…

Uwe Skrzypczak

Uwe Skrzypczak (pronounced Scripcheck) is known as both a photographer and author in Europe and has won some prestigeous wildlife…

Uwe Steinmueller

Uwe Steinmueller, 1947–2014. Born in Germany, Steinmueller began photography in 1973. His first exhibitions were in 1978 in Bremen, Germany,…

Valeria Carrandi Macias

Valeria Carrandi Macias is a mexican textile designer with continued studies in pattern drafting, sewing and surface print design. Since…

Valerie Jardin

Valérie Jardin is a French photographer, currently residing in Minneapolis, MN. She is self-taught and worked for several years as…

Vanessa Joy

Vanessa Joy began her photographic journey in 1998, and has since earned five college degrees, received a PPA Photographic Craftsman…

Viviana Matsuda

Volta Voloshin-Smith

Volta Voloshin-Smith is originally from Moldova and currently calls Dallas, TX her home. She founded Color Snack as a way…

Warren Nash

Warren Nash started out as a YouTuber, creating content on DIY and food. Since the launch of his channel, Warren…

William Neill

William Neill is a landscape photographer who conveys the deep, spiritual beauty he sees and feels in nature. His photography…

Ysabel Hilado

Ysabel Hilado is a 24-year-old contemporary womenswear fashion designer and digital content creator from Southern California. Fashion has been an…

Zoe Hong

Drawing upon her years a fashion designer, illustrator, and instructor at one of the world’s most prestigious fashion universities, Zoe…