President: Paul Speaker
I have been interested in photography since childhood, when I began with roll film and a box Brownie. After active duty in the USNavy, I attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Industrial Photography and Color Technology. Shortly thereafter, I was hired by General Dynamics Corp, where I worked as an industrial photographer and color printer for 10 years. When our facility was sold and moved, I switched to Lifetouch, a school photography company, where, for 10 years I photographed classroom groups from 6 to 600 students, dances, seniors, and sports. I had my first Photoshop class in January, 2000, and by April had hired on as a full time retoucher for a full-service portrait studio. Currently, I am semi-retired, accepting assignments if they interest me, but mostly doing Photoshop work for other photographers.
I am an active member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), currently serving on the PPA Council. Through PPA, I am certified as a Certified Professional Photographer. I have also earned the PPA Master of Photography Degree, the Craftsman Degree, and am working on the Master Artist Degree. At the state level, I have earned the Fellowship Award with two bars for the number of prints I’ve had accepted in the Professional Photographers of California (PPC)State Print Competitions since 2002. I have been the recipient of two People’s Choice Awards, a Fuji Masterpiece Award, and two Kodak Gallery Awards at the state level. I am a past president of the Inland Empire Professional Photographers and Videographers, based in Riverside, CA, the local affiliate of PPC. I am the new President-Elect of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers (IAPP).
President Elect: Open
Past President: Glenn Cope, CPP, Cr. Photog., API, EA-ASP, F-PPO
Dr. Cope has taught photography and digital imaging at Northern Oklahoma College in Tonkawa, Oklahoma for the past 25 years. He and his wife, Barbara, operate a studio in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. He earned a Ph.D. from The Catholic University, Washington D.C. In addition to photography, he teaches humanities and English. Cope is a Past President of the Professional Photographers of Oklahoma (PPO). He serves on the PPO Board and is the director for PPO School. He was appointed as the 2009-10 and 2010-11 Chair of the Professional Photographic Certification Commission. He is the certification liaison for Oklahoma. Cope serves on the PPA Council as one of Oklahoma’s three elected representatives. Cope is a CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) and has been awarded the Photographic Craftsman degree and is an Approved Photographic Instructor. In addition, the American Society of Photographers awarded him the Educational Associate. The PPO has given him the Grand Fellowship. He has given programs and classes across the country at state and local events. Cope teaches landscape workshops in various parts of the Southwest.
Treasurer: Tom Sheckels
Moorestown, New Jersey
Duties include balancing books, invoicing sponsors, maintaining event payments, disbursing payments. Skills include: Quick books, a keen strategic financial mind.
Tom was born in Bozeman, Montana, moved to Amherst, Massachusetts as a child and is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. A professional engineer, Tom has lived in New Jersey since 1976 when he began his career as an Environmental Engineer for the Navy. He has over twenty-five years of environmental experience which has included the cleanup of past hazardous waste dump sites and working with the clean water programs. Tom has traveled extensively for work and pleasure, and has found inspiration for his photography in many diverse and unique places, urban and remote, near and far.
Tom has always loved photography, recalling that as a child, his first was a Kodak Baby Brownie camera. He learned the trade of photo developing in his father’s basement darkroom where all the family photos came to life. As digital photography emerged in the early 2000’s and with Tom’s computer skills, his passion for photography took off again.
The eyes can only see so much when looking straight ahead, similarly, such is the case with most camera shots; the field of view is relatively narrow. But people tend to look around to take in an entire wonderful scene and that is what he is recreating with his panoramic images. It’s a wider field of view but without losing the clarity in the image. Stitching multiple photos together, Tom makes images that provide a huge amount of detail, resolution, color and show great composition. Tom has amazing panoramic images in his inventory, from local cityscapes to landscapes in extremely remote parts of the world.
Secretary: David Kutz
Cinematographer, Lighting Director, Specialty Camera Operator
Dave’s working background is in the field of motion picture and television. He has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Photography from The Rochester Institute of Technology where his major was motion picture production and film animation. During his 30+ year career, Dave has been involved in a wide variety of corporate, documentary films and live events. In his specialty camera duties you’ll find him operating a Steadicam, a 32 foot camera crane, or performing aerial cinematography.
His interest in panoramic photography started in the mid 80’s while looking for a cost effective way to train his eye to compose for wide screen format films. “I found an Art Panorama 617 camera and carried that with me on jobs for quite a few years, shooting in the off hours on locations. Later I discovered the xpan and continue to carry it on jobs.”
In the early 90’s he started working with Roundshot and Hulcherama cameras. Working alongside another photographer, Dave designed the lighting and directed the lighting crews for the Pennsylvania State House and Senate group photographs and has continued to do so through the current session.
Today, Dave is working with digital panoramic as well as continuing with the film based techniques.
Director: Jeff Weber
My fascination with photography started when I was a child and has grown stronger as the medium grew and changed with me. I am a graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a double major in Advertising Photography and Digital Imaging. I have also graduated from the Academy of Art University with an MFA in Fine Art photography and I am currently an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop CS6. I have worked professionally as a photographer for over 15 years. In 2010, I accepted a full time position teaching photography and digital imaging on the college level and have found a new passion in helping students achieve their personal vision. I have spent my life mastering the medium and have found extreme pleasure in passing on that knowledge to my students
My interest in Panoramic Photography started in 2007 almost accidently, while testing new technologies and fell in love with the mental involvement the panoramic format added to the final image.
Director: Gavin Farrell
Gavin’s endeavors focus on the evolution of panoramic photography. In 2008 as a honoree member of Visual Effects company Xrez, he was an integral team member in the creation of the Yosemite Extreme Panoramic Imaging Project. The Seattle Symphony Orchestra played to his panoramic projections for: “An American Symphony”, inside Seattle’s Benayora Hall in 2009 . His work can be found in private collections throughout the country. Several public installations are available for viewing from the giant wall mounted Gigapixel print inside the Hotel MAYA, in Long Beach, California, to the newly installed Interpretive signs installed throughout the Mount ST Helen’s National Monument in Washington State. Gavin has also been pushing the evolution of interactive Gigapixel Panoramic Photography and will be making some exciting announcements regarding his work in Tibet in 2014. He is an official advisor to Gigapan Systems and a board member of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers (IAPP). He humbly hopes that his images, along with other photographers, help expose people to the wondrous diversity of our planet and inspire them in it’s preservation.
Director: Fran Gardino
Director: Syd Moen
Syd was born in Houston, Texas and has been a lifelong resident of the city’s Montrose area. She obtained both a B.A. in Art History and a Master of Architecture from the University of Houston. She has had a lifelong interest in photography including an early interest in digital photography.
It was her interest in VR photography in late 1998 that led her and a group of friends to form a multimedia company called Haver Street Studios. “When we first formed our company we were aiming at documenting historic sites which were inaccessible to those with disabilities. However our focus changed when we landed a contract to integrate VR photography and special effects to create web based simulations for petrochemical emergency responders. After our contract ended we went our separate ways but the knowledge I gained during that time period was priceless.”
Her experience in VR photography has led to her current work in stereographic projections or little planets. “Throughout the years I have experimented with numerous artistic mediums; however I always come back to photography as the core resource for my explorations of self-expression. Creating a little planet gives me an opportunity to re-imagine the familiar and make something new and different.”