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Moose Peterson

Posted: June 28, 2010 in PhotoshopWorld
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I first met Moose Peterson on a 7 day cruise around the Hawaiian Islands in August of 2008.  This cruise was a seminar cruise all about Photoshop and Photography.  There were three other instructors, Dave Cross, Matt Kloskowski, and Laurie Excel.  Moose is one of the most down-to-Earth individuals I have met.  He is chock full of information to help budding photographers.  Moose is so full of information; I believe someone would have to really know what to ask for in order to get answers.  However, I was such a novice that he saw several things I was doing wrong.  The main thing he pointed out to me was the way I held the camera.  Instead of holding it with my left hand under the lens, I was holding the camera from both sides.  Quite frankly, I forgot how he actually got the message across to me, but he really did it in such a way that really did bring it home. 

I will meet him again and be introduced to Joe McNally at a PhotoshopWorld pre-con that is a photo safari.  This session has an extra cost of $299 added to the price of the convention, but I feel it is well worth it.  The description on the PhotoshopWorld website is; “Explore sunny Las Vegas with noted photographers Moose Peterson and Joe McNally in this hand-on workshop aimed at teaching the latest lighting and shooting techniques. There’s no better way to learn digital photography than getting behind the camera while shooting side-by-side with these two seasoned professionals.”  I am very glad that I signed up early because this particular workshop is already sold out. 

Making this workshop, to me, is extremely important because of the growth I have had in my photography skills in the past two years.  I know I have a long way to go to be a “good photographer”, but I am making progress.  Spending 9 hours on August 30, 2010 with two seasoned veterans will do a lot to improve my skills.


Moose Peterson Helping Laurie Excel

Moose Peterson helping Laurie Excel photograph a Buddhist Monk on Maui


I think the next week or so will focus on PhotoshopWorld and what one can learn while having fun.  PhotoshopWorld is put on by NAPP & Kelby Training, and is held from September 1 through September 3, 2010.  If a person did only the conference and nothing else, they would have 3 days of almost non-stop learning injected with infectious fun too.  There are Pre-Conference workshops that are worth every penny.  In fact, the one that is the most expensive is already sold out.  The instructors that NAPP uses for this conference are second-to-none.  I will discuss Vincent Versace for a bit today. 

Vincent Versace is a master of black and white photography.  His PhotoshopWorld classes are very good.  He has a lot of downloadable freebies for attendees to his sessions.  He has 3 PSW classes that include, “The Lazarus Effect of Raising the Dead Pixel: How to Undo an Out of Focus Photograph”, “Black & White Conversion Techniques”, and “Hollywood Lighting on a Laptop and Bokeh: The Science of Focus and the Art of the Blur!”  He is a recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts & Entertainment and the Shellenberg fine art award, a six-time nominee to the Photoshop Hall of Fame and the best-selling author of Welcome to Oz a Cinematic Approach Digital Still Photography with Photoshop. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History. Vincent was the original host of the Epson Print Academy. He is the photographer of Immediate Assistants Medical Rescue Go team and one of the members of the photographic team of Eco-Challenge. He was commissioned by the San Francisco Presidio National Park to create a permanent collection of art for the park. Vincent is former member of the board of directors of Los Angeles chapter of the American Photographers Association and is also a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals “Instructor Dream Team” and teaches regularly at PhotoshopWorld as well as being a regular instructor for the US Navy Combat Camera School, the Maine Photographic Workshops, Santa Fe Photographic and Palm Beach Photographic Workshops.

I saw him teach last year at PhotoshopWorld, and I’m glad I did.  I learned a lot about sharpening different areas of a photograph.  I have also been working toward improving my black and white conversions to look somewhat presentable.  The image below is of a part of the Teton Range in Wyoming with Jackson Lake in the foreground.

Grand Tetons and Jackson Lake