Joe Brady (Joe Brady Photography)
Joe is a photographer, educator, author, photo workshop leader and studio owner who has been teaching photography and photo editing for over twenty years. Joe is honored to be a member of Sony’s Artisans of Imaging program, is an X-Rite Coloratti, a FotoPro Ambassador and holds both Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman Degrees from the Professional Photographers of America.
As a producer and presenter, Joe creates and delivers educational videos for photo and audio industry companies. This includes Nissin, Hensel, X-Rite, Sekonic, Novoflex, Rokinon, Ilford, Fotopro, Tascam, Zoom, Saramonic and others totaling over 3.5 million views to date. A recipient of the Fuji Masterpiece Award, Joe is a speaker at many local and national venues and events and teaches photography workshops around the country specializing in scenic and panoramic landscapes and environmental portrait photography.
Lee Hoy (Big Bend Birding and Photo Tours)
Lee grew up in Oklahoma and Texas and refers to himself as a “Tokie.” His interest in wildlife began with regular trips as a child to the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in southwest Oklahoma. The real impetus for his passion for bird watching and photography began on his inaugural trip to Big Bend National Park in August 1988. His grandparents had bought him a Canon 630 and Canon 100-300 f/4.5-5.6 L. With a bunch of rolls of Kodachrome in hand, they headed to west Texas.
While hiking in the Chisos Basin of Big Bend, a bird that looked like a sparrow on steroids was hopping around on the ground and Lee took his first bird image. He figured if he were going to photograph wildlife, he needed to identify the species of each subject. A quick appeal to his grandparent’s soft side and they purchased a National Geographic Field Guide at the park visitor center. As he scanned the images of the guide, he noticed that birds like the Colima Warbler, Mexican Jay, Varied Bunting, and Lucifer’s Hummingbird were very restricted in their range and mostly in the Big Bend region with regard to Texas.
A life-long fascination with the Big Bend region was ignited and subsequent trips included developing a vegetation map of the entire park as an undergraduate assistant with Dr. Greg Plumb of the University of Oklahoma. Lee has three (3) degrees with a B.A. in Geography and a M.S. in Regional & City Planning both from the University of Oklahoma and a Master’s of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before becoming a full-time photographer and guide, Lee has been a transportation planner, church planter, licensed insurance agent, roofing contractor, and Supervisor of the Judge Roy Bean Visitor Center in Langtry, Texas. Eventually growing tired of being behind a desk in an office, Lee decided it was time to take the photography and guiding full time. He is a contributing photographer for Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine and Texas Highways. More than being published, Lee enjoys teaching others to capture images that bring them joy! He has taught beginning birding, sparrow identification and photography classes for many Audubon and birding groups and currently serves on the board of the Texas Ornithological Society. Lee makes his home at 6,143’ up in the Davis Mountains of west Texas, just north of Big Bend National Park, where a herd of six Javelina keep him company when he isn’t out photographing wildlife, landscapes, night skies, or macro images.
Ken Hubbard (Tamron USA, Inc)
Whether it is a dusk lit rock face in Yosemite National Park, barely revealed through a mist of clouds, or an intimate portrait of a colorful New Orleans local, Ken Hubbard’s photographs beckon the viewer to look more closely. Beneath the contemplative solitude of these images lie a disciplined sense of composition and technique. It is a vision that Ken has developed through years of experience as a professional photographer. Joining Tamron USA, Inc. in 2001, Ken turned his lens toward the American landscape, traveling extensively throughout the United States. Though he had never confined his photography to one genre, it was during this time that he realized the expressive potential and beauty of landscape photography. The results were a consistent output of breathtaking photographs that continually challenged the boundaries of the genre; a snow-covered buffalo staring ominously out of the frame, surreal rock forms in Joshua National Park that appear as if out of a sci-fi film, innumerable variations in light spilling through the depths of Antelope Canyon…Ken had found his calling. Ken Hubbard continues to work for Tamron as the Field Services manager. In addition to taking photographs for the company-for national and international use, he acts as a trainer for new products and technology, sets up and works on all aspects of Tamron field workshops, and as the title suggests- is a supervisor for all aspects of the industry trade shows. Both on the job and off, you can always find him looking for another unique image to fill his camera’s viewfinder.
Stephen Ingraham (Lightshedder)
Steve has been photographing nature for 60 years. This last decade he has used “superzoom” Point and Shoot cameras. Daily photo blog at p4td.lightshedder.com. Nature Photo info at psnp.lightshedder.com. He was the Birding Specialist for ZEISS Sports Optics for 12 years and is a familiar face around the birding community. His “For the love of landscape…” collection on Google+ has over 200,000 followers.
Rob Knight (Rob Knight Photography)
Travel and Nature photographer Rob Knight has been a professional artist for nearly thirty years. He’s been a photographer for more than half of that time and an educator since 2009. Rob has been using mirrorless cameras since before they were cool. He has been teaching and writing about the micro 4/3 system since he got his first Olympus Pen camera in 2011. Rob is a Tenba Visual Artist, and GNARBOX Pro ambassador. He is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom, and a two-time finalist for the National Association of Photoshop Professional’s “Photoshop Guru” award. Rob has published two books for Peachpit Press and Rocky Nook Publishing, and his work has been featured in Nature’s Best Photography magazine. Rob is best known for his destination photo workshops, his easy-going teaching style and his informative critiques. Rob enjoys teaching in a classroom setting, but he loves teaching and exploring with students on location. Rob began leading photo workshops in 2009 with a focus on nature and wildlife photography. Some of his favorite locations are Costa Rica and Grand Teton NP.
Kevin Loughlin (Wildside Nature Tours)
Kevin Loughlin was raised to appreciate nature while exploring the woodlands of Pennsylvania as a child. At age six, during a family trip through the American West, Kevin became fascinated with photography as well seeing the new and different birds throughout North America. Instilled with a love for travel and seeking new, exciting destinations he felt a desire to share his experiences with others and in 1993 he created Wildside. Kevin’s photographs and articles have appeared in publications such as WildBird, Nature Photographer, Audubon, Birding and Philadelphia Magazines, as well as the many natural history books, including the new Peterson’s Reference Guide to Owls of North American and the Caribben” by Scott Weidensaul and the Kevin’s current project, co-authoring with John Kricher Galapagos: A Natural History
Robert Wilson (KOWA)
Robert is a retired staff photographer of 30 years for Lockheed Martin. He is now the Kowa US Brand Ambassador who has developed an enthusiasm for Digiscoping. His passion for attaching a phone or camera to a spotting scope is obvious the moment you meet him. His workshops and presentations are fun, entertaining and educational. Learn simple tips that make Digiscoping easy. Ethics, conservation andrespect for the natural world are topics included in his workshops and presentations.
Brian Zwiebel (Sabrewing Nature Tours)
Brian began his journey with birds by enrolling in an Ornithology class at Hocking College in 1993. Six years later he began photographing the subjects he had come to know so well. Warblers are among Brian’s favorite subjects. He spends much of his free time in May photographing warblers at northern Ohio’s Magee Marsh Wildlife Area. His work has been prominently displayed in exhibits throughout Ohio and more than thirty of his songbird images were featured at the National Center for Nature Photography in Toledo, OH. Brian’s award-winning photography has been internationally published in books and magazines including Birder’s World, Bird Watching, Bird Watcher’s Digest and the American Birding Association’s magazine Birding. Brian has also authored articles for Audubon and B&H Photo-Video’s Explora blog and leads photo
Tours for Sabrewing Nature Tours.