All of our instructors have been selected not only for their photographic expertise, but also for their teaching abilities. Instructors come from all over the world to bring knowledge and experience to each of our attendees. 


Speakers will be added as they are confirmed and classes scheduled.


Jesùs Ramirez

Adobe Photoshop

Jesús Ramirez is a digital graphics expert, speaker, and educator specializing in Adobe Photoshop. Jesús has over ten years of professional design experience and has worked with clients such as Adobe, Microsoft, Motorola, and Conde Nast.

Nevada Wier

Travel Photography

Nevada Wier is a multiple award-winning photographer specializing in documenting the remote corners of the world and the cultures that inhabit them. She is recognized for her creative and intimate approach to people.

Hazel Meredith

Nature Photography
Creative Post-Production
Topaz & Texture Workshops

Hazel is involved with the photographic community on local, regional and national levels. She is a past Vice President on the board of the New England Camera Club Council (NECCC), secretary of the Connecticut Association of Photographers; and a member of the Greater Bridgeport Camera Club. She is also active in the Photographic Society of America (PSA).

Her photos have won many awards and competitions in both local club competitions and international salons and she has had several public showings of her work. In 2008 she received an honors distinction of Master Member of the New England Camera Club Council (MNEC) during its annual conference and in 2012 received the PSA Service Award. In September, 2013, she was awarded the distinction of APSA from the Photographic Society of America at their annual conference. At the NECCC Conference in July, 2018, she received the distinction of HonNEC.


David FitzSimmons

Macro Wildlife

An award-winning free-lance photographer and writer. He photographs and writes for various magazines, including Outdoor Photographer, Professional Photographer, and Shutterbug. His 100+ calendar credits include numerous titles by BrownTrout and Barnes & Noble.

Hanson Fong

Family Portrait

Hanson Fong of San Francisco, California, is globally recognized as one of the premier portrait and wedding photographers. Hanson has earned the Photographic Degree of Master of Photography, Photographic Craftsman, recipient of the prestigious Gerhard Bakke award. Hanson is also a member of Canon's elite group of Explorers of Light.

Hanson’s photographic experience and educational credentials are unsurpassed. He has recently become the 7th member in the history of Professional Photographers of America to earn over 1000 merits.

Rick Friedman

Corporate Head shots
Location Lighting

Rick Friedman has been a photojournalist for over three decades. Based in Boston, he travels the world for numerous publications, corporations, advertising assignments and film and television productions. His published work has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Nature, USA Today, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Stern, Discover and many other publications. He has produced over 75 book and magazine covers and worked on 18 movies.

Mark Bowie

Outdoor Photography
Night Photography

Mark Bowie is a professional nature photographer, writer, teacher, and much sought-after public speaker. He’s a staff instructor for the Adirondack Photography Institute, a specialist on night photography, and he leads photography workshops and seminars for camera clubs.

Rob Knight

Travel Photography

LUMIX Ambassador Rob Knight has been a professional artist for over twenty five years. He’s been a photographer for more than half of that time and an educator since 2010. Rob is best known for his travel and landscape photography.


Ethan Meleg

Outdoor Photography
Bird Photography

Has been published by National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, Ranger Rick, Lonely Planet, Forbes, Popular Photography and many more. Writes the humour column and bird photography column in each issue of Outdoor Photography Canada magazine.

Ethan lives on Georgian Bay near Awenda Provincial Park. When he’s not exploring Ontario, he loves to travel to places with high biodiversity and natural scenery.

Abba Shapiro

Fine Art, Portrait, and Landscape Photographer

Abba picked up his first camera at the age of 12 and has been passionately shooting ever since. In addition to being a professional photographer, Abba has 30 years of experience in video and film production. Abba has worked for a wide range of commercial, corporate and federal clients, including USA Today, NASCAR, The Associated Press, NASA, Univision, Major League Baseball, Showtime, The Discovery Channel, and CNN. In addition to teaching classes through Creative Live,, and Ripple training, Abba conducts production workshops around the globe at conferences including NAB, IBC, InterBee, Photoshop World, and Macworld. When Abba is not bouncing around the world teaching and consulting, he is probably following his passion, chasing light and shooting photos.


Jeffrey T. Barnes

Sports Photography
Portrait Photography

Jeffrey T. Barnes is an award winning photographer from Buffalo , New York, the owner of Jeffrey T. Barnes Photography where he specializes in fine art, sports and portrait photography. Currently a freelance photographer for the Associated Press .

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Jacob Stiller

Adobe Premiere Pro
Video Post Production

Jacob Stiller is a professional in Videography, Post Production and Audio. He co-owns Creator House Media, a full service production and media management agency providing creative, technical, and digital advertising services to corporations, brands, and content creators. He’s also a Travel Vlogger for his social media @ventureaddicts on Instagram.