What is your title, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
Principal Worldwide Adobe Design Evangelist
My daily responsibilities are to inspire designers and photographers to take advantage of the new tools in Adobe’s creative product line.
What inspired you most to become a Photographer & Lightroom trainer? Why did you pursue this as a career?
I’ve been taking pictures as far back as I can remember. I started taking it seriously in 2007. I guess what inspired me is seeing the work of great photographers around the world and hoping someday that I could be close to that good. Lightroom became the cornerstone of my workflow. I couldn’t imagine a day without it.
What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative fields?
Challenging yourself to do the things that you know are possible, but you are afraid to try. Therefore we stick to the conventional and the industry is full of average creatives.
With all the new versions of Photoshop & Lightroom what changes do you personally feel are the most exciting or brilliant?
The move to mobile is exciting and having access to my images on any device without having to think about it.
What Photographers & Photoshop artists do you follow, and why do they stand out from others in your opinion?
My favorite photographer is Joe McNally. I love the way Joe is able to pull emotion out of his subjects and it shows in his work. I also like how much he shoots on location which is something I aspire to do more of. I also like Victoria Pavlov as she blends photography and art together in ways that I will never be able to do.
What social networks do you like most?
I guess it would be Instagram, Facebook, Behance, and Twitter in that order.
Which present good examples of Photoshop and Photography the best?
Although I don’t consider 500px to be a social network, it’s where I go to be inspired by amazing photography and Photoshop work. Next up would be Behance.net for the same reasons.
What is your prediction of the evolution of social networks?
I think social networks will continue to evolve offering more ways to interact with video and voice.
How do you think these networks will showcase artists and Photographers better in the future?
Again I think we’ll continue to see video and voice integrated into these networks to not only show the finished photo, but also a behind the scenes look at the actual process that went into it.
What predictions do you have for the future of Photoshop and Lightroom?
Photoshop and Lightroom will continue to evolve and the PC will no longer be the only place that you use them.