AIC 2017 Speakers and Workshop Leaders

  • Keith Allred
  • Rogelio Bernal Andreo
  • Dr. Gaston Baudat
  • Yuri Beletsky
  • Adam Block
  • Ron Brecher
  • Alan Dyer
  • Dr. Don Goldman
  • Tony Hallas
  • Dr. John Hayes
  • Chris Hendren
  • Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn
  • Warren Keller
  • Emil Kraaikamp
  • David Lane
  • Jerry Lodriguss
  • Robert Reeves
  • Mike Rice
  • Richard Wright
    Keith Allred

    astrophotographer, attorney, Secretary- AIC Board of Directors

    Protecting Unauthorized Use of Your Images

    The presentation will discuss the protections that are granted by copyright law to imager or photographer who creates a digital or hard copy of an image. United States and foreign copyright protections will be discussed.

    Keith Allred was a partner at a major law firm for more than thirty years where he concentrated his practice representing parties in complex financial transactions. He has been an active astrophotographer and astro-imager since the early 1990’s. In 2005, he incorporated AIC as a California non-profit corporation and qualified it for tax-exempt status under the Internal Revenue Code. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of AIC since 2005.
    Rogelio Bernal Andreo

    World renowned astrophotographer, author

    Everything else about astrophotography

    In this talk, Rogelio will navigate through his own experiences as a deep-sky and nightscape astrophotographer, to provide sound advice on a myriad of topics that build up to what astrophotography can ultimately do for you. From crafting your own personal style and finding inspiration or solving acquisition and processing hardships in the way of your goals, to astrophotography business opportunities, the importance of storytelling or special tips on image processing.

    Rogelio was born in Spain but has been living in the United States for over 20 years.

    He commenced producing astronomical photographs over 10 years ago. His work has been featured on APOD 51 times, published in several astronomy publications, used in planetariums, astronomy exhibits at museums, and appeared in the IMAX/Warner Bros. motion picture production Hubble 3D.

    Rather than simply trying to obtain the best image, he constantly challenges himself to ensure the final picture connects with the viewer by focusing on composition and experimenting with new processing techniques. Interestingly, Rogelio does not have a permanent observatory so his imaging requires extensive traveling to dark sites.

    Visit Rogelio's web site at DeepSkyColors
    Dr. Gaston Baudat

    Co-founder and President, Innovations Foresight, LLC

    Imaging under seeing limitation conditions, theory and practical considerations

    With today’s amateur equipment performance and related expectations, understanding the nature of the seeing is critical to reach the full potential of a setup under seeing limited conditions.

    This workshop introduces the basic seeing theory and the practical consequences, tradeoffs, and options, to mitigate it while imaging.

    Gaston was born in Switzerland along the Geneva's lake.

    In 1982 he received his engineering degree in electronic and computer science from the Swiss university for applied sciences. His passion for astronomy started many years ago while reading space magazines and books, as well as watching the first moon landing. In 1986 he went to Madagascar with his brand new C8 orange tube telescope to take pictures of the Halley comet, at the heroic time of gas-hyper-sensitized films and processing. One of the pictures won a contest in the French science magazine "Science & Vie".

    Gaston has been involved in optoelectronic, optical document sensing and pattern recognition, filing patents, and publishing several papers in scientific journals and conferences in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence. In 2006 he received his PhD in computer science at Paris (France).

    After moving to the US his interest in astronomy, especially for astro-photography, has continued to grow. Moving from films to CCD technologies, he eventually created and designed the on-axis guider (ONAG) and SharpLock continuous auto-focus technologies used in FocusLock software, award winning novel and innovative approaches for auto-guiding and auto-focus. In 2007 he co founded Innovations Foresight, LLC, a PA based company, making innovative products for astronomy, such as on-axis guiders (ONAG), related software and wave front analyzers.
    Yuri Beletsky

    Astronomer, world renowned astrophotographer

    Remote Observing from the Atacama Desert

    Born in Belarus, Yuri now lives in Chile, where he works as an astronomer at Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory located in the South of Atacama desert. During his spare time, he sets up a DSLR camera on a tripod and take images of the night sky, wide-field panoramas of the Milky Way, and other natural phenomena. Yuri has been an enthusiastic stargazer since childhood. With the rapid development of digital imaging technology, he discovered a passion for astrophotography, and nightscape photography in particular. Images obtained by Yuri have been featured on popular websites, TV, in press releases, and in various books and magazines. He continually shares his passions for astronomy and astrophotography with people around the world.
    Adam Block

    Astronomer, astrophotographer, public speaker, columist, 2012 AIC Hubble Award Recipient

    Some things I learned in Pixinsight

    In this workshop Adam will demonstrate common themes with some suggested "tricks" that he has found useful. HDRMT and an inverted example, Pixel Math puzzles, a variation of color blending and a few more things will all make an appearance.

    Adam developed the public observing programs at Kitt Peak National Observatory (1996-2005). Later he founded the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter (2007) at the University of Arizona which uses a 24-inch and 32-inch telescope for public outreach.. He currently continues to work in the department of astronomy at the UofA in the field of space situational awareness.

    Adam is regarded as one of the world's experts on astrophotography. His images are used as references by amateurs and professional researchers alike. The Space Telescope Science Institute, Chandra Observatory, Spitzer, and many observatories around the world have used his images for various purposes. The images have also appeared in Nature, Time, National Geographic, and popular astronomy literature. Some of his work has permeated into worldwide popular culture by being featured as cover art for trance music artists (Paul van Dyk) and also being sold on high quality silk scarves in Europe. He has discovered asteroids, a supernova and a galactic star stream.

    To follow Adam and see his images visit .
    Dr. Ron Brecher

    Astrophotographer, author

    Inside PixInsight

    Ron and Warren Keller will reveal the secrets of astro-image processing software PixInsight in a practical and easy to follow manner during two Friday workshops. One is for first time PixInsight users and the second is for more advanced users.

    Ron has been an avid amateur astronomer for 20+ years, and began photographing the sky in 2006. His deep-sky, Sun and Moon images are regularly featured in print and online magazines, scientific journals, CD covers, websites, calendars and more. Ron uses only PixInsight for processing his deep-sky shots, and his workflow has been featured in Sky & Telescope Magazine. He also gives talks and workshops at star parties and conferences in the U.S. and Canada, and was the Technical Reviewer for Warren Keller’s 2016, Inside PixInsight, published by Springer.

    Ron captures his images from his home observatory in Guelph, Ontario where he and his wife Gail live with two dogs, two cats and two kids. In “real life,” Ron holds a PhD in biomedical chemistry and is a board-certified toxicologist with almost 30 years’ consulting experience, specializing in risk assessment and risk communication. To round things out, Ron plays lead guitar and lead vocals in the R&B Band “The Exceptions.”
    Alan Dyer

    World renowned astrophotographer, author, lecturer

    Capturing the Moving Sky

    Off-the-shelf DSLR and mirrorless cameras make it possible to record not just stunning still images of the night sky, but also time-lapses of the sky turning over scenic landscapes. In this workshop, Alan reviews the steps to shooting and processing time-lapses of the moving sky.

    Alan covers recommended camera equipment and specialized time-lapse gear such as intervalometers, bulb ramping devices, and motion-control panning and dolly units. Alan reviews recommended exposures, tips on how to plan shoots, and on how to calculate intervals vs. frame counts vs. shooting time.

    Alan then demonstrates how to process a folder of time-lapse images using Adobe Camera Raw or Adobe Lightroom. For more advanced sequences, Alan explains the power of the program LRTimelapse. The final step is assembly of a movie from processed frames. Alan will illustrate several options, including using Adobe Photoshop’s little known video functions.

    Alan is co-author, with Terence Dickinson, of popular guidebook The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide, and the ebook, How to Photograph and Process Nightscapes and Time-Lapses, available at the Apple iBooks Store.

    Dyer is a contributing editor to the Canadian SkyNews magazine and to Sky & Telescope. His images have appeared in books and calendars, on websites such as, Astronomy Picture of the Day, and in publications such as a National Geographic magazine. He is a member of the exclusive The World At Night group of astrophotographers (See

    His main website is See his photo blog at and his photo galleries at for examples of his work. Visit his video channel at for examples of his time-lapse movies and video tutorials.

    Asteroid #78434 is named for him.
    Dr. Don Goldman, Ph.D.

    World renowned astrophotographer, Founder- Astrodon Astronomy Filters

    Narrowband Filters and CCD Image Processing Using Photoshop

    Selection and expectations from narrowband filters, and processing bi-color and tri-color images in Photoshop will be covered.

    Don is the founder and president of Astrodon Filters and the founder and past president of Optical-Solutions, a designer- manufacturer of sold fiber-optic chemical analyzers for on-line, real-time chemical monitoring of manufacturing processes. Education

    He holds both a B.S. in geology and an MBA from the University of Washington and a Ph.D. in analytical spectroscopy from CalTech.

    Don has been awarded 14 U.S. patents (including several that are classified), has published over 25 peer-reviewed papers in mineralogy and glass research, is a regular speaker and gives image processing workshop at popular astronomy conferences, has published three articles in Sky and Telescope, received the 2009 Clyde Tombaugh award from Riverside Telescope Makers Conference and is a member of AAVSO and SAS. In addition to operating Astrodon Imaging, he is an avid imager with a new remote setup at Siding Springs, Australia.
    Tony Hallas
    World renowned Astrophotographer
    2009 AIC Hubble Award Recipient

    Turning your image into something special ... how Photoshop can bring out the best your image can be

    Tony's PS workshop will be all about fine tuning your image. This will involve some "advanced" but simple to use techniques including but not limited to dealing with noise and refining your color and detail. Most imagers can get to the basic image ... it's the post processing that can turn it into something special.

    Tony's astrophotographic career can be summarized as a series of firsts. For example, starting out over 25 years ago, he was one of the first to produce film-emulsion images using an auto-guider. Tony was also one of the first to champion the use of stacked astronomical images as a method that improved the final picture's signal to noise.

    Particularly during the early years of digital astrophotography, Tony's pictures were the reference to which digital imagers compared their images. Finally, to many in the community, Tony's images remain the first among equals in their aesthetic quality, composition and color! Tony's pictures have been published in countless magazines, television productions and books. He is a highly regarded speaker and the recipient of numerous, prestigious awards including the 2009 AIC Hubble Trophy.

    Visit Tony's web site
    Dr. John Hayes, Ph.D.

    Astronomer, astrophotographer

    Precision Focusing for Astrophotography

    Achieving and maintaining accurate focus is one of the five key barriers to high quality astro-imaging. A well focused system produces the smallest star images and the highest image detail so it is important to achieve and maintain accurate focus throughout any imaging session. Accurately correcting for thermal instability is a key challenge in order to obtain the very best results. In this presentation we'll look at:
        What defines good focus? A look at geometric, diffraction, and wavefront criteria.
        Barriers to good focus: Why is achieving and maintaining focus so challenging?
        Common methods of achieving good initial focus.
        Methods for maintaining precision focus throughout long imaging sessions with a look at recent astigmatic focusing systems.

    Dr. John Hayes holds a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy and a Ph.D. in optics from the University of Arizona. He is a retired engineer, entrepreneur, and professor and is currently an adjunct research professor of optics at the College of Optical Sciences. Dr. Hayes images with a C14 Edge on an AP 1600 mount with a FLI-ML16803 camera from central Oregon. He has made a number of presentations on the AIC, he has been recognized with numerous IOTD awards and a NASA APOD, and he enjoys using his engineering background to further explore and advance the state of the art.
    Chris Hendren

    Director of Educational, Government and Institutional Sales- OPT, astrophotographer

    Limiting Thresholds in Astronomical Imaging

    Astroimagers of all experience levels, from the first-time beginner to the seasoned veteran, often find themselves running up against some sort of limitation that halts their imaging progress. These limitations can be related to experience, hardware, environmental concerns, or conflicts with complex software. This talk will be broken down into a number of sections including imaging with a small “camera-tracker” mount, intermediate guided imaging, solar and planetary imaging, as well as touching on some of the challenges and considerations involved in entering into automated imaging.

    Chris Hendren has had a lifelong fascination with the stars which has become a bit of a photographic obsession since finding out that it was possible to attach a DSLR to a telescope in 2003. He has worked at OPT for the last decade, furthering that passion to improve his own imaging and share that excitement with all those around him. He is currently the Director of Educational, Government and Institutional Sales at OPT, where he assists schools, universities, and Government entities with their astronomy and imaging needs while still helping amateur astronomers achieve their advanced imaging goals.
    Kerry-Ann Lecky Hepburn

    Astrophotographer, Senior meteorologist- The Weather Network

    Kerry-Ann will be giving a workshop on post-processing in Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC for the novice and intermediate astrophotographers, focusing on techniques that will help get the most out of image data that has been subjected to less than ideal situations like light pollution and various equipment shortfalls. She will also talk about how to incorporate Lightroom CC into your workflow and use it to add non-destructive finishing touches and final finesse to the image.

    Kerry-Ann’s interest in astronomy started from a young age when she heard in the news that Halley’s Comet would be making a close approach to Earth. After getting her first telescope at the age of 11 and then her first SLR film camera as a teenager, she began to think of the possibilities of astrophotography.

    As a space science undergraduate student at York University in Toronto she was a volunteer at the observatory where she aided in tours, observing sessions and research. Over the course of more than 15 years she dabbled in astrophotography but it wasn't until the beginning of 2007 that she started to make big strides in the hobby.

    She worked hard to improve her post-processing skills while dealing with light pollution and equipment shortfalls. Her work has ended up winning awards and has been featured in science textbooks, astronomy related calendars, magazines and online publications such as Sky & Telescope, Sky News and NASA APOD. She shares her knowledge by doing speaking engagements and workshops for Star Fest, astronomy and camera clubs and adjudicating for astrophotography competitions. She also has been privileged with the honor to present her work for the debut of the IMAX movie ‘A Beautiful Planet’ at the Ontario Science Centre’s Omnimax Theatre.

    While enjoying this intensive hobby, Kerry-Ann lives in the Niagara region of Ontario Canada with her husband and two girls. She works for The Weather Network as a senior meteorologist and in her spare time keeps very busy flying small airplanes, volunteering for Canada's Civil Air Search and Rescue Association and photographing anything that catches her eyes.

    To see Kerry-Ann’s astrophotographs visit her website at
    Warren Keller

    Author, teacher, world leading astrophotographer, AIC Board of Directors Vice President- Exhibitor Sales

    Inside PixInsight

    Ron and Warren Keller will reveal the secrets of astro-image processing software PixInsight in a practical and easy to follow manner during two Friday workshops. One is for first time PixInsight users and the second is for more advanced users.

    A child of the 60s- Star Trek, 2001: a Space Odyssey, Apollo launches at dawn. Like many of us, Warren boldly went with his heroes ‘Where no man [had] gone before.’ He never really touched down again. As vice-president of his middle school astronomy club, he owned an 8" Newtonian and began exploring the night sky. By college however, the sky was forgotten for a career in music, most nights singing and playing sax and flute in bright city venues, far from the dark skies of his youth in the Pine Barrens of southern New Jersey.

    Beginning again with film in 1998, Warren switched to CCD cameras in 2003. He imaged remotely from New Mexico Skies 2010-2014, and is currently a member of Star Shadows Remote Observatory (PROMPT2) at CTIO, high atop Chile's Atacama Desert. Artistic by nature, it’s less about cosmology and CCDs, and more about the thrill of the hunt for the myriad of beautiful shapes and colors throughout the universe. Warren’s fine art astrophotography is displayed at

    He says, "When I was a child, I was gifted with Fred Hoyle's book Astronomy. Its dust jacket had the glossiest, full-color photo of the Dumbbell nebula in the blackest velvet sky. I knew from that moment I would someday photograph the heavens’ wonders." Warren has the ability to reduce the difficult concepts of astro-imaging to the essentials and effectively teach it to others. His tutorial business was named a Sky & Telescope Hot Product, and he has given thousands of clients the world over, a quick start to taking their own great images.

    Warren is proud to have been published as an author and photographer in Sky & Telescope, Astronomy, CNA Magazine (China), Amateur Astronomy, IDA's Nightscape, AstroPhoto Insight, and many places on the World Wide Web, most prestigiously NASA’s APOD. Three large format prints were chosen for 2012's Starstruck: The Fine Art of Astrophotography traveling exhibit, which opened at Maine's Bates College.

    He was Atik CCD Camera’s North American representative, and was a consultant to Celestron where he co-designed AstroFX software. In 2016, he wrote the definitive book on PixInsight for Springer, Inside PixInsight.

    Warren has presented at the Advanced, the North East, the Midwest, RAW, CAPS astro-imaging conferences, and was host and co-coordinator of SWAP 2013-2014 in Tucson. In 2015, he was asked to the board of directors of AIC, and is VP of exhibitor sales.
    Emil Kraaikamp

    Solar, lunar and planetary astrophotographic expert, author of AutoStakkert!

    Planetary Imaging from A to Z using AutoStakkert!

    This workshop will discuss planetary imaging, from acquisition all the way to post processing. A considerable amount of time will be spend on working with the AutoStakkert! lucky-imaging software, explaining how to create your best image stacks using Solar, Lunar and planetary imaging data.

    Emil Kraaikamp has been active in amateur astronomy since 2016. From the very beginning he solely focused on astrophotography, mostly of the planets, but he was always interested in imaging other objects within reach of his equipment. To facilitate processing all the data captured during each imaging session, he started working on AutoStakkert! in late 2009. From large sequences of images - and with minimal user interaction - this lucky-imaging software creates high quality image stacks. He continues to update this free software on a regular basis to better deal with the ever growing data stream being generated by the fast cameras of today.
    David Lane

    World renowned astrophotographer, author, columnist

    TWAN-style Still Photography

    Night time photography, at least night photography done well, is a tricky endeavor. There are many considerations a daytime photographer need not take into account. Foremost is clear skies. This workshop will explain what is needed to produce stunning nigh time landscape imagery that includes the dazzling night sky.

    David Lane is an unabashed astro-nut. For about 2 weeks each month from April to September you will find him frantically combing through the West looking for clear skies and great foregrounds. In a typical ten day trip he will travel over 6,000 miles looking for not just a great shot but an absolute epic shot!

    David also operates two automated remote observatories. David became involved with astrophotography by taking deep space images. As a result, he has a different look and take on pictures of the Milky Way that he has named "Milky Way Fusion". This perspective requires the blending of deep space processing techniques with widefield Milky Way landscape images.

    Following are some of David's recognitions:
    • Interview on NPR – KCUR – Central Standard
    • NASA APOD (Astronomy Picture Of the Day): 8 times
    • AAPOD: 3 times
    • Huffington Post: 2 of the 24 Best Astronomy Pictures of 2014
    • Sole Judge Naini Photofest – Astrophotography
    • Speaker Workshop Presenter at AIC – Advanced Imaging Conference Sept 2017
    • Time Magazine: Full feature and total of 2 appearances
    • Astronomy Magazine APOD: 3 times
    • From Quarks to Quasars: APOD 5 times
    • Department of Interior: 11 Appearances / Highest rated image of 2014.
    • Ripleys Believe it or Not: 1 appearance (believe it or not)
    • AstroCamera 2015 Annual photo contest sponsored by ESO and European Space Agency: 1st and 3rd Place of 1000 entries
    • Astronomical League astrophotography contest: 1st and 2nd Place.
    • Kansas City Star Article: 1 appearance
    • Daily Guardian UK: 2 appearances
    • #5 of the Top 10 Best Astrophotographers in the World –
    • 10,000s of other blogs and have even made the front page of Reddit twice.
    • Regular columnist and associate editor for Amateur Astronomy Magazine.
    Jerry Lodriguss

    World famous astrophotographer, astro-imaging evangelist and author

    Secrets of Deep-Sky Imaging with a DSLR

    Learn the secrets to using your DSLR for both long-exposure deep-sky and high-resolution planetary imaging as well as the basics of image processing.

    Jerry Lodriguss has been an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer for more than 40 years.

    He first became interested in astronomy at the age of seven when he looked through a "spyglass" at the Moon and was amazed to see that it had craters. He discovered his love for photography when he was 17 years old when he bought a camera to take pictures through his homemade 10-inch reflecting telescope.

    Jerry worked for more than 30 years as a photojournalist and sports photographer including more than 20 years as the staff sports photographer at the Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Today, Jerry is an author and photographer who is a contributing editor for Sky & Telescope Magazine. His work as been featured many times on NASA's Astronomy Photo of the Day, and has been included in exhibits by the National Geographic Society, Space Telescope Science Institute Hubble Heritage Program, Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum, American Museum of Natural History, and Through the Lens: National Geographic's Greatest Photographs.

    Jerry's "Catching the Light" website at is top-rated for astrophotography in the search engines and he has written and published seven books on astronomy and astrophotography:
    Robert Reeves

    World renowned astrophotographer, author, astronomy evangelist

    High Resolution Lunar Imaging using Modest Equipment

    Robert Reeves will demonstrate how it is possible for the amateur astronomer to use modest, affordable equipment to take lunar photographs that exceed the resolution achieved by professional earth-based telescopes during the Apollo era. Reeves will also detail the image processing steps required to achieve these results.

    Robert Reeves has been exploring the moon since 1958 and took his first lunar photograph in 1959. In 1975 he acquired a Celestron 8 telescope, which he still uses today. Reeves also uses a Celestron 11 and a Sky-Watcher 180mm Maksutov for lunar photography from his Perspective Observatory located in central Texas.

    In 1984 Reeves began publishing articles about astrophotography in Astronomy magazine. Since then Robert has published over 250 magazine articles and 150 newspaper columns about astronomy. His articles have appeared in Sky and Telescope, Astronomy, Deep Sky, Deep Sky Journal, Amateur Astronomy, and The Astrograph. In 1994 Reeves published his first book, The Superpower Space Race, followed by The Conquest of Space, co-authored with Fritz Bronner. In 2000, Robert published Wide-Field Astrophotography, followed by Introduction to Digital Astrophotography in 2005 and Introduction to Webcam Astrophotography in 2006.

    Although Robert Reeves is an accomplished deep sky astrophotographer, his current passion is re-popularizing the moon within the amateur astronomy community. Robert has perfected image processing techniques that allow the amateur astronomer, using modest equipment, to exceed the quality of earth-based professional lunar photographs taken during the Apollo era. Reeves enjoys speaking to astronomy conventions and spreading his passion for the moon.
    Mike Rice

    Founder, Proprietor- New Mexico Skies, 2017 AIC Hubble Award Recipient

    Mike Rice is the well known and highly regarded operator of one of the world's preeminent remote hosting services, New Mexico Skies. Mike's interest extends to his early years when, at age nine, he constructed his first telescope- a six-inch reflector- based on plans published by Scientific American magazine. When Comet West made its historic 1976 appearance, Mike chose it as his first astrophotographic subject. Mike built his first digital camera in 1994 and, within a year, placed it in a remote observatory that was 50 miles from the nearest connection to the power grid and the closest access road. Located in Alaska and controlled by UHF ham radio over a 120 mile link, this remote observatory gave early evidence of Mike's resolve and technical prowess in the face of overwhelmingly unfavorable odds.

    MIke and his wife, Lynn, established New Mexico Skies Observatories in 1997. They initiated their first remote project in 2001 as a joint venture with Software Bisque. Known as the Student Telescope Network, it attracted over 1,000 student imager registrations. Today, Mew Mexico Skies hosts 60 remote, Internet controlled observatories- 12 located in South Australia with the balance high in the south-central Sacramento mountains, near Mayhill, New Mexico.
    Richard Wright

    World renowned astrophotographer, author, astronomy evangelist, Sr. Software engineer- Software Bisque

    Ethics in Astronomical Imaging

    A single poor ethical decision by any professional photographer can cost them their career. Is astrophotography any different, or are we still in the Wild West stage where anything goes? Is being an amateur an excuse? From fake APODS’s to outright theft of images or data, there certainly are ethical issues that we need to address as a community if we want our discipline to be taken seriously; either as an art form, or as scientific documentation. Where too do we draw the line between hiding behind the moniker of “art”, and a bad faith representation of an astronomical object or event? In this Workshop Richard will discuss how ethical standards in other forms of photography can and should be applied to astrophotography, and propose a working set of guidelines for our community.

    Richard S. Wright Jr. is the Imaging Evangelist and a Sr. Software Engineer for Software Bisque, where for over a decade his focus there has been graphics and cross platform technologies. He is currently responsible for Software Bisque’s mobile products and cross platform imaging solutions. Starting with the Canon DSLR plug-in for TheSkyX, Richard has gone on to author the majority of the camera plug-ins now available from Software Bisque.

    Richard started shooting the moon with an SLR on black and white film and then graduated to a DSLR over fifteen years ago. After many years as a closet imager he finally gained some traction with a modified Canon T1i and has never looked back. Currently Richard shoots with a variety of mono and one shot color CCD cameras and DSLR’s, including a full spectrum modified T3i and an unmodified Canon 5D Mark III.

    Richard has also authored a best selling book on computer graphics, and has 15 years of college class room teaching experience which he'll bring to bear in this beginners program.