I am retired from thirty years in healthcare and now enjoy doing photography in Seattle.
After 36 years shooting with film, I sold my Leica cameras and switched to digital photography in 1999. For seven years I learned on my own from books and on-line tutorials. Then I attended an Epson Print Academy and discovered there was vastly more to learn.
There is no substitute for learning in person from masters.
I have taken five, week-long Digital Photography Workshops from Greg Gorman who taught me about lighting, communicating with models, digital workflow, wine and good living. There I also learned color management from Karl Lang and Andrew Rodney; printing from R. Mac Holbert, the originator of fine art digital printing; portrait retouching from Robb Carr, whose iconic celebrity images you know well (his transformations from the original images are jaw-dropping); image sharpening from Jeff Schewe, who created the sharpening in Lightroom; Lightroom from George Jardine, Adobe's first Lightroom evangelist; as well as masking and compositing from Katrin Eismann.
My Images are registered with the Copyright Office at the Library of Congress and may not be used in any way without my permission.