Workshops and Events Presenter Biographies - 2018
ED BELINSKI, M.Ed., Cr. Photog., ABI, PPA Certified, GSD, began taking photographs in middle school, continuing through high school and using his skill to pay for college and graduate school. He has photographed studio portraits, professional sports, commercial and aerial assignments but always returns to his love of portrait and nature photography. He currently specializes in environmental portraiture, taking photographs of people and families in an environment where they feel comfortable. As a Photographic Craftsman degree holder (Cr. Photog.) and an Approved Business Instructor (ABI) with the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), he presents workshops around the country to professional photographers in the area of business and marketing. Ed spends his time in Augusta teaching digital photography and Photoshop classes at Augusta University, The Morris Museum of Art, the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park, and the MACK in McCormick. He is currently the Lead Instructor and program developer of the Photography Certificate Program at Augusta University. Ed is a founding member of the Augusta Photography Festival, a biennual celebration of the photographic arts in Augusta that attracts national speakers and photographic competition entries worldwide. His latest endeavor is working with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project videotaping interviews with World War II veterans.PAM COOK purchased her first digital SLR camera when she retired eight years ago and began her photographic journey. She has taken classes and workshops, studied images, followed photographers on social media, and Googled a lot along the way. She received her greatest blessing when she co-founded the "Chicks that Click Photography Club". Her interest in backyard birds stems from her summer confinement on her family's peach farm. She can step out on her deck and enjoy her birds and her coffee every morning where photographic opportunities abound.
BRAD BUDD took an interest in photography at an early age and was the youngest student to be on his high school yearbook and newspaper staff as a photographer. Serving his country in the military for nearly 10 years after high school, Brad kept an ongoing interest in photography while on active duty. Upon exiting the armed services, he utilized his GI Bill to earn an AAS in Graphic Design from Augusta Technical College and an AAS in Photography from North Georgia Technical College. In 2015, he placed second in the nation at the SkillsUSA college post-secondary photography competition. Through hard work and networking, he was given the chance to photograph Panoz’s Esperante GTR-1 which debuted at the Dubai auto show where his photos of the car were internationally published across numerous countries. www.bradbuddphotography.com
PAM COOK purchased her first digital SLR camera when she retired eight years ago and began her photographic journey. She has taken classes and workshops, studied images, followed photographers on social media, and Googled a lot along the way. She received her greatest blessing when she co-founded the "Chicks that Click Photography Club". Her interest in backyard birds stems from her summer confinement on her family's peach farm. She can step out on her deck and enjoy her birds and her coffee every morning where photographic opportunities abound.
KEITH T. JONES has been looking to document the world around him since picking up his first camera at eight years old. Starting with newspaper, magazine, and documentary photography, he then expanded into landscape and nature photography. A winner of awards at national, state and local levels, he has also been teaching and leading field trips for over a decade. Keith is a former manager for Wolf Camera and now works for the Boy Scouts of America.
LINDA MCFARLAND has combined her love of photography with her love of animals into a career that includes work published in magazines, books, calendars, greeting cards, and even a photo shoot for Purina Pet Foods. Her goal is to always capture the animal's personality in an artistic format.
CHARLIE O'NEAL has been a wildlife and scenic photographer since he was a young child when his parents used to take him to Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. He has developed a growing love for the outdoors and photography ever since. He cherishes the time he gets to spend outside photographing the wonders of nature and thanks the good Lord, his wife, and family for their support in doing so. He has been fortunate to be able to travel across the country and meets some wonderful people like Dan Zingler of Canyon Photography in Idaho who showed him some beautiful country out west. Photography allows you to capture, remember, and share wonderful moments in time.
RON STARCHER has been an avid photographer since 1984 when he bought his first Pentax K1000 35mm film camera when he joined the US Air Force after college. He switched over to Canon 35mm film cameras in the 1990s and went digital with Canon in 2004. In 2012, Ron had an epiphany and converted completely over to Nikon digital cameras and lenses. He currently shoots with Nikon D800 and D7100 cameras. With his education and background in computers, Ron is very adept at post processing photos using a multitude of software packages, including Photoshop and Lightroom. He has used Photoshop since 2004 and is currently using Photoshop/Lightroom CC version. Ron considers himself to be a semi-pro photographer, shooting weddings and portraits upon request and selling a few photos. He has entered and won many photo contests including the Augusta Photo Festival in 2012. Recently, a Columbia County Magazine editor interviewed Ron about his photography and created a six-page article (including many great shots from Ron’s portfolio) which appeared in the March 2014 issue. Ron has been a Systems Analyst (manages laboratory computer systems) for Solvay since 1992 and lives with his wife and children in Evans GA. Ron shares his photos on: https://ronstarcher.smugmug.com/
CASEY SZOCINSKI has been “chasing light” since his first camera, shooting helicopters taking off and landing on the USS Sanctuary off the coast of Vietnam. Like many, he then shifted to shooting family and friends with Pentax gear he inherited from his uncle, who was the family “photo bug.” Taking a friend up on an offer to shoot a wedding, he made a part-time job out of his passion. As he continued to grow as a photographer, he developed a unique view of nature and landscape photography that has taken him all over the United States, including a 3-month expedition that went “from one national park to the next.” Casey has been published in South Carolina Wildlife magazine as well as Camera in the Wild, the Carolinas' Nature Photographers annual magazine. He has received over 20 first place awards and numerous other awards in contests around the south and has had shows in South Carolina and Georgia. He makes his home in North Augusta SC with his wife Cleavie, where he is still “chasing the light.”
WILL TULLIS has operated Tullis Photography in Augusta GA since 1969 after receiving his degree in photography from North Georgia Tech in Clarksville GA. His work experience, in addition to his own business, includes working with two of the largest studios in the Augusta area. While working with the Frank Christian Studio, he was one of the staff photographers, recording events such as the Masters Golf Tournament for several years. His work from this period appeared in many publications about the Masters. Will was a staff medical photographer at the VA Medical Center in Augusta from 1978 through 2009 and during this time has also operated his own business, Tullis Photography, specializing in the photography of models, beauty queens, and actors. His headshots are widely renowned to be some of the best in the south due to his proficiency with lighting and advanced photographic techniques for this clientele. Will is co-founder of the Destin Beach Photographic Workshop in Florida, an annual event since 1986, teaching advanced classes on glamour and beauty photography in the seashore and casual settings. Will continues his photography education by attending seminars and classes throughout the country on glamour photography and digital imaging, lighting, posing and computer enhancement. He has kept up with the latest in computer image processing with the newest digital imaging products on the market. He feels that his photo education is an ever-evolving process and that he is ever the student of new techniques and improved technology. Learn more about Will at www.tullisphotography.com.