Showcase in “Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5: Classroom in a Book”

I am honored to be featured in Adobe’s latest book entitled Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5: Classroom in a Book, which was published by the Adobe Press/PeachPit just recently. My work and a short statement was published inside the book along with a Showcase from several other photographers including such luminaries as Seth Resnick, Chris Orwig, John Batdorff and others. The book is an in-depth look at everything Lightroom and was written by the fine folks at Adobe. It also includes a Access Code to download lesson files and other online resources. Click on the link above to read more about the book.

Here is the text that accompanied my images in the “Classroom in a Book” Showcase:

For the last seventeen years, I have specialized in adventure sports photography. My work as an adventure photographer was born out of my passion for the outdoors. I started out as a climbing photographer and initially shot only rock climbing, ice climbing and mountaineering. As my work evolved I expanded into most all of the other adventure sports and also made huge strides with my portraiture and lifestyle imagery. My clients include a wide range of editorial and commercial clients including Apple, Adobe, Nikon, Red Bull, Patagonia, Outside, Climbing Magazine, Backpacker Magazine and many others.

I have had several close calls over the years while working as an adventure photographer. Because I am a participant in many of the sports I photograph, safety for myself, and the athletes I am working with, is always a major concern. My work is as much about getting into position as it is about getting the image. On some shoots a little agony is just the price of admission. Getting the image is a matter of ignoring those niggling details and getting on with the job. Just as with my career, in the sports I photograph, everything is a risk—albeit a “calculated” risk.

Though my images depict daring adventures, they also reflect a passion for life. I want my images to stop the viewer in their tracks and inspire them to live a passionate life, one where risk is not an impediment to a fulfilled life but just a stop along the way.

My thanks to the editors at Pearson, PeachPit, and Adobe Press as well as the folks at Adobe for including me and my work in the new book.

On another note: I have just finished updating my own Lightroom e-book, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom: A Professional Photographer’s Workflow, and I will have that available here in just a few days! Stay tuned.

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