What is your title, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
My official title is Staff Author. My responsibilities are to develop and record online training courses for the lynda.com online training library.
What inspired you most to become a Photographer/photo artist? Why did you pursue this as a career?
I’ve always been enamored with digital imaging. I think design, photography, and art are all very influential pieces of our lives. They can change the way we think about just about anything, and alter our mood or state of mind without us really even realizing it, and that’s a powerful thing. I wanted to be around an environment where I’d constantly be exposed to that kind of stuff, so choosing a career at lynda.com was a no-brainer, really. We have some of the most talented artists and photographers in the world that do courses for us, and I get to interact with them on a daily basis. It’s very rewarding.
What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative fields?
The biggest obstacle for a creative nowadays is the saturation of the market and the overall perception of what it actually means to be a professional in your field. Anybody with a camera and a subscription to Creative Cloud can claim that they’re a photographer these days, and because the market is now flooded with people doing things like that, it really detracts from the true artists that are busting their butt trying to make it.
With all the new versions of Photoshop what changes do you personally feel are the most exciting or brilliant?
Wow, that’s a tough question. For me the features that matter the most are ones that people probably take for granted on a daily basis. For instance, Smart Objects and Smart Filters. These two features alone save people a ton of time and disk space, but they’re not really heralded as an amazing feature of the application. While I’m happy Adobe continues to innovate with things like Content Aware Fill and things like that, I feel like the little things matter the most in terms of what impacts the everyday workflow of a professional.
What Photoshop artists/creatives do you follow, and why do they stand out from others in your opinion?
I have several people that I follow and look up to in this business, some of whom I’ve actually had the pleasure of meeting and working with. My inspirations include Bert Monroy, Deke McClelland, James White, Ben Long, and Mordy Golding.
What social networks do you like most? Which present good examples of Photoshop and Photography the best?
Twitter is my primary social network, with Facebook being a close second. Since I’m mainly focused on the teaching aspect of the business these days, I don’t have much use for portfolio sites or showcase platforms, but I think Google+ is a great place for photographers to share work and cultivate a community around their brand. Behance is another great network for sharing your work as well. It’ll be interesting to see what Adobe does with it in the future and how well it’s adopted by the creative community.
What is your prediction of the evolution of social networks? How do you think these networks will showcase artists and Photographers better in the future?
I think social is still very much in its infancy. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the media aspect of it too, I think. Where it goes, I’m not quite sure, but I think it’s an exciting time for everyone. The main thing to remember as a creative is that you must pay attention to digital trends and go where the new things are and try them out. Never be afraid to try something new and grow as an artist, person, or business for that matter.
What predictions do you have for the future of Photoshop and Photography?
Aside from the digital revolution of the past few years, photography and digital imaging haven’t really changed all that much in the last decade or so. Sure, we’ve had some changes to the way we do business, but the principles all remain the same. I think that is going to continue, honestly, and as long as you stay on top of the latest technology and adapt to it, you’ll be just fine.