About DPE

The Digital Photo Experience was created by Rick Sammon and Juan Pons to bring to you the best photography tips, advice, news and information.

Both Rick and Juan live and breathe photography and are always eager to share with you what they know.

However, DPE is NOT just about Rick and Juan, we also have an impressive list of supporting contributors that we believe provides a well rounded and comprehensive coverage of different photo styles, and opinions. This is what makes us unique.

Check out our profiles below, and as always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!

Rick Sammon

Rick Sammon

DPE Co-Founder & Crusader for Great Content

Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon has published 36 books, including Exploring the Light and Digital Photography Secrets.

His book, Flying Flowers won the coveted Golden Light Award, and his book Hide and See Under the Sea won the Ben Franklin Award.

Rick, who has photographed in almost 100 countries around the world, gives more than two-dozen photography workshops (including private workshops) and presentations around the world each year.

Rick also hosts five shows on kelbytraining.com. He also writes for PCPhoto magazine. Rick, who has been nominated for the Photoshop Hall of Fame, is considered one of today’s top digital-imaging experts, cutting through lots of Photoshop “speak,” making it fun, easy and rewarding to work and play in the digital darkroom.

Rick gives dozens of workshops and seminars around the world each year, which he says is a blast.

When asked about his photo specialty, Rick says, “My specialty is not specializing.”

Connect with Rick:
Website: http://www.ricksammon.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/RickSammon
Meet Rick: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EULVo-xsm88

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Juan Pons

Juan Pons

DPE Co-Founder & Emperor of Our Educational Material

As a nature and wildlife photographer, Juan is a strong supporter of wildlife and natural habitat conservation and is a member of several conservation organizations. Although much of his photography is focused on native wildlife in North Carolina, Juan travels frequently to other regions of interest, such as Yellowstone National Park, Puerto Rico, New England, and the Southwestern states. Juan never ceases to be amazed by the natural subjects he photographs and hopes that sharing his photographs will inspire others to appreciate and respect natural life.

Juan’s work has been featured on numerous publications, including: Sierra Magazine, Nature Conservancy, Audubon Magazine, Audubon North Carolina, Wildlife in North Carolina, The Independent, and others.

Juan also owns Wild Nature Tours, offering instructional photo workshops in Yellowstone and other locations in the US.

Connect with Juan:
Wild Nature Tours Website: http://wildnaturetours.com/
Website: http://wildnaturephoto.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jpons
Photoblog: http://pb.wildnaturephoto.com/

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DPE Alumnus

Randy Jay Braun

Randy Jay Braun

Magistrate of Making Pictures

Randy Jay Braun brings his retail art gallery experience to the DPE blog. For twenty years, he has profitably created, packaged, and sold his own photography as art. Randy currently owns Hawai’i’s oldest-running fine-art photography gallery, established in 1989, featuring his own images, as well as the artwork of other photographers.

Traditionally trained as a Registered Biological Photographer, and skilled darkroom technician, Randy got his start in L.A. as a staff medical photographer, specializing in heart surgery documentation. He moved out of the medical world and successfully pursued his dream to become a fine-art photographer living and working in paradise.

Randy says, “I am a professional camera-artist. I create images and I sell them. If people don’t buy my art, then I don’t eat; so my work has to connect with the customers. Being a fine-art photographer is the greatest job on Earth. I highly recommend it!”

Connect with Randy:
Website: http://www.randyjaybraun.com/
Blog: http://www.randyjaybraun.com/randysblog/

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John Paul Caponigro

John Paul Caponigro

Environmental Artist

John Paul Caponigro practices a multi-disciplinary approach to his environmental art digitally combining photography, video, painting, sculpture, and computer rendered images.

Well respected as an authority on creativity and fine digital printing John Paul lectures frequently at universities, museums, and conferences. He teaches intimate workshops in his studio and on location.

Author of the DVD series R/Evolution and the books Adobe Photoshop Master Class (Adobe Press, 2003) and Antarctica (2009), he is a contributing editor for Digital Photo Pro and a columnist for Photoshop User, After Capture, and apple.com.

John Paul is a member of the Photoshop Hall of Fame, one of Canon’s Explorers of Light, and an Epson Stylus Pro. His clients include Adobe, Apple, Canon, Colorbyte, Epson, Kodak, Sony, and X-Rite. A true digital pioneer, he has beta-tested products for manufacturers throughout the industry and educated users about how to get the most out of their tools.

Exhibited internationally, his work resides in numerous private and public collections including Princeton University, the Estée Lauder collection, and the Smithsonian.

Learn more by visiting http://johnpaulcaponigro.com and get over 100 free downloads plus a free subscription to his enews Insights.

Connect with John Paul:
Website: http://johnpaulcaponigro.com/
Blog: http://www.johnpaulcaponigro.com/blog/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jpcaponigro

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Lou Freeman

Lou Freeman

Queen of Beautiful Photographs

"Lou"ise Freeman was born into a loving family in Atlanta, GA. She grew up excelling in many of the creative arts and showed most impressive promise in photography and painting. By the age of 8, her talent was recognized and encouraged and this served as the catalyst for her pursuit of a career in the visual arts. As her creativity evolved, she left the Southeast and moved to New York to pursue her photography career. Lou’s passion for the visual arts has led her all over the globe. She’s traveled from New York to Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Milan and Barcelona, honing her skills.

Lou has a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Georgia and has studied at the International Center of Photography in New York. Her career in Photography spans 20+ years, insuring this visionary’s collection of work is as diverse as it is strong. Her goal is to consistently produce powerful images that engage the audience. Lou’s expertise, professionalism, and life long commitment to the arts has kept her name and talent top of mind in the Advertising, Fashion, and Fine Home Interiors/Exteriors industries.

Lou has been awarded two ADDYs and one OBIE for her advertising photography. She loves nurturing others’ interest in photography and has taught at the Creative Circus and Portfolio Center in Atlanta. Lou has also been featured as a guest lecturer for the APA, PPA and many Colleges and Universities around the country.

Today, Lou continues to find inspiration in a broad range of corporate clients as well as fashion. She has become sought after for her expertise, professionalism, and lifelong commitment to the arts. Lou’s true joy has become symphony of artistic steps in building perfect images for her clients. She believes in empowering her team of excellence to achieve almost any dream she can see in her mind eye.

Connect with Lou:
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Website: http://www.loufreeman.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/LouFreeman

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Alan Hess

Alan Hess

Our Dude on the West Coast

Alan Hess is a San Diego-based commercial photographer specializing in concert and live-event photography.

He has photographed hundreds of concerts three songs at a time. From small club shows to big arenas, Alan enjoys the fast pace of shooting on the fly, the rush of the house lights going down, and the drive to capture the “show” in the images of first three songs.

The wide variety of bands that Alan has shot include: Billy Idol, Black Eyed Peas, Bob Weir and RatDog, Bruce Hornsby, Bullet for my Valentine, Citizen Cope, The Dead, Death Cab for Cutie, Derek Trucks Band, The Grateful Dead, Jackie Greene, John Legend, Marilyn Manson, Mickey Hart Band, Robin Williams, Slayer, The Smashing Pumpkins, Steel Pulse, Widespread Panic, and Willie Nelson.

Alan’s work has been published online and in print in the following outlets: Associatedcontent.com, Bruuce.com, Dead.net, Glidemagazine.com, Jambands.com, Jambase.com, MarkKaran.com, MiaBrazilia.com, Poughkeepsie Journal, Mill Valley Herald, Otherones.net, Pauserecord.com, Philzone.com, Photoshop User, Ranch & Coast Magazine, Rat-dog.com, Ratdog.org, Relix Magazine and Vintage Guitar Magazine. His images have been used for various CDs and other promotional work.

Alan is currently the house photographer for a large concert venue in southern California and when he isn’t out shooting concerts, he is writing and editing photography books.

His latest book is the “Exposure Digital Field Guide” published by Wiley Books. He has also written two books on Sony DSLR cameras, the “Sony Alpha A700 Digital Field Guide,” and the “Sony Alpha A200 Digital Field Guide”.

Alan is an instructor at the photoshop World conferences teaching both Concert photography and the workflow. He is currently starting to teach Lightroom and Bridge workflow in San Diego, and has been a key contributor to the Lexar.com website.

Connect with Alan:
Website/Blog: http://www.alanhessphotography.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/shotlivephoto

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Judy Host

Judy Host

Princess of Portraiture

Judy Host is one of the nations top portrait photographers. She has won numerous awards for her photography and has been featured in several publications for her outstanding environmental portraiture. In 2004, she was featured in Rangefinder magazine as one of “Today’s Top Children’s photographers.” Her work has been selected for National Exhibition by the Professional Photographers of America from whom she has received a Masters and Craftsman degree. In 1999, Judy received her first of three Kodak Gallery awards. This award is given to those photographers who excel in creativity and the pursuit of excellence in quality. In the year 2000, she received the second award and in 2002, the third award for Kodak’s Electronic Imaging. Many of her images have been exhibited at Epcot Center and are part of a traveling loan collection.

Judy teaches internationally a series of workshops on the “Art of Lighting” and “Creating your own style” and has just released her first DVD titled “The Art of Available Light.” Upcoming seminars will be held in the following places: Maui, Mexico, San Francisco, Las Vegas and London. She will also be introducing a new series of workshops with Eddie Tapp, a Canon Explorer of Light and Print Master and NAPP Hall of Famer: 2006. Membership in professional organizations includes: SWPP, PPA, WPPI, NCPP, NAPP and PPC.

Connect with Judy:
Website: http://www.judyhost.com/

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Art Howard

Art Howard

Video Sage

For 30 years, two time Emmy award winning photographer and producer Art Howard has helped viewers experience life through images from both poles, 49 states and 30 countries. His shooting experience started with 16 mm film cameras through 3/4 U-matic and up through HDCAM and DSLR. Art is firm believer in the combined power of sight and sound and shoots with both strong images and equally strong sound in mind. Taking the viewer to places like the Gulf war in Kuwait, -30 degree conditions in the Arctic, or the ocean floor 3000 feet below the surface he pushes constantly for new ways to tell the story.

In 2000, Art broke new ground in the area od television technology by lensing the first ever High Definition program in the country for use in a public science museum. The program, seen at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and broadcast on WRAL-TV and HDNet, was recognized by the National Association of Television Program Executives for excellent in High Definition Television Production. It was the first time a “high def” program won the organization’s prestigious IRIS award.

Art has won more than 50 nationally recognized awards, including two Emmy awards, 5 Telly awards, a Robert Kennedy Journalism award, and a National Press Photographers Association award.

Art’s work has been featured on CBS, ABC, NBC, The Travel Channel, Discovery, National Geographic, and The Smithsonian and other museums throughout the country. He is a 20 year member of the National Press Photographers Association.

Connect with Art:
Website: http://www.arthowardphotography.com/

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Chris Klapheke

Chris Klapheke

Gear Guru

Officially, Chris is the owner of Outdoor Photo Gear, an online photo retailer specializing in photo gear for the active outdoor photographer. He is also our Gear Guru here at DPE.

Unofficially, Chris is an avid nature photographer, concentrating on avian images. His images have been published nationally. Most recently, one of his photographs was chosen as the image for the 2010 St. Augustine Photo and Birding Festival national ad, which appeared in Outdoor Photographer magazine.

In addition to his photography travels, Chris assists in workshops and seminars throughout the year, working closely with DEP’s Rick “RAW Rules” Sammon.

After careers in law and in retail, Chris decided to merge his photography passion with his business interests, and Outdoor Photo Gear was created. Chris uses his interaction with the photographer community to keep Outdoor Photo Gear at the forefront of photo retailers.

Connect with Chris:
Outdoor Photo Gear Website: http://www.outdoorphotogear.com
Outdoor Photo Gear Twitter: http://twitter.com/OPGear
Website: http://www.chriskphotography.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChrisKlapheke

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Rob Knight

Rob Knight

Knight of Cool Ideas

Rob Knight has been a professional artist in Atlanta, Georgia for twenty years. He is a photographer, a photo instructor and an award-winning tattoo artist. Rob is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop Lightroom and a two-time ‘Photoshop Guru’ finalist. His photography has been featured on travel websites and exhibited in venues in and around Atlanta, GA.

He is best known for his travel and landscape photography. “I try to show the viewer something they have never seen before, or show them a familiar place in a new way,” Rob explained. “When you’re attempting to tell the story of a place with pictures, you learn to notice graphic elements and details that a lot of people miss.” His passion for travel has taken him from the urban splendors of Paris, France to the luminous beaches of Costa Rica.

Rob is an instructor at the Edge of the World Photography Workshops. These workshops in Mal Pais and Monterrey, Costa Rica feature photography instruction along with a strong focus on Costa Rica’s rural tourism.

Connect with Rob:
Edge of the World website: http://www.edgeoftheworldworkshops.com
Website: http://www.robknightphotography.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/robknightphoto

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William Neill

William Neill

Maestro of the Landscape

William Neill is a photographer, author and teacher based in the Yosemite National Park area since 1977. He specializes in landscape photography and is concerned with conveying the deep, spiritual beauty he sees in Nature. Neill’s award-winning photography has been widely published in books, magazines, calendars, posters, and his limited-edition prints have been collected and exhibited in museums and galleries nationally. Neill writes a regular column, On Landscape, for Outdoor Photographer magazine. Neill earned a BA degree in Environmental Conservation at the University of Colorado and received the Sierra Club’s Ansel Adams Award for conservation photography.

Feature articles about his work have appeared in Life, Outdoor Photographer and Communication Arts, from whom he has also received five Awards of Excellence. His corporate clients have included Sony Japan, Bayer Corporation, Canon USA, Nike, Nikon, The Nature Company, Hewlett Packard, 3M, Freidrick Grohe, Neutrogena, Nikon, Sony Music/Classical, University of Cincinnati, UBS Global Asset Management.

He is the photographic author of many books including The Sense of Wonder, The Tree, By Nature’s Design, The Color of Nature and Traces of Time. A portfolio of his Yosemite photographs has been published Yosemite: The Promise of Wildness and a retrospective monograph of his landscape photography entitled Landscapes Of The Spirit. His most recent books are Meditations in Monochrome and Impressions of Light.

Connect with Bill:
Website: http://www.williamneill.com/
Blog: http://www.williamneill.com/blog/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/wgneill
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/William-Neill-Photography/156946159349?v=wall

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Jeremy Pollack

Jeremy Pollack

Lightroom Guru

As I view everything around me, I always think of how to encapsulate a piece of that world in the frame. My goal is to share a piece of our reality in a way that perhaps the viewer had not considered. Or to share a piece of our reality in a way that the viewer had never slowed down enough to admire. I find beauty both in nature and in the human-made world around us. And I am consistently surprised at how little of that beauty is ever noticed or appreciated.

I started taking photographs for myself. I would spend an hour, an afternoon, a day or longer exploring an area or subject and be fascinated at what my camera saw. As I spent more time behind the lens, I began to have a deeper understanding between my vision and the nature of the world around me and of the interactions of light, shadow and color. This study is an ongoing one which I will never finish but hope to constantly advance.

As time passed, I began to understand how I could use photography to bring the beauty I saw in the world to those who might appreciate it. The joy of sharing this, my simple vision, was a bit startling at first. Yet it was addicting. My hope is that after experiencing one of my images that the viewer will be inspired to stop and see their own reality in a new way.

Connect with Jeremy:
Website: http://jeremypollack.net/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/jeremypollack

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Hal Schmitt

Hal “Bull” Schmitt

TOPGUN Shooter

Bull Schmitt is the Director and Lead Instructor of LIGHT Photographic Workshops in Los Osos, California. Although new to the industry, Hal instructs all levels of photography, Lightroom, and Photoshop as if he’d been shooting for decades. His workshops and photo tours are recognized around the world as incredible learning experiences.

Many are surprised that someone so new to the photographic industry delivers such effective (some would even say “life changing”) training. What most do not know is although Hal first picked up a DSLR two years ago he spent six years as one of the most respected and sought after instructors in the world.

Bull a former Navy FA-18 Hornet/Super Hornet pilot and two-time TOPGUN Instructor. He has over 2,000 hours in the FA-18, over 550 carrier arrested landings, and flew more than 100 combat missions. He is recognized as an incredibly talented fighter pilot and unrivaled instructor and tactician. Bull’s advanced air-to-air tactics are currently in use by the United States Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force

After the Navy as Director of the Lepp Institute, Bull was fortunate to train with photography and Photoshop’s best and brightest and is now an expert in all aspects of the digital workflow.

Bull instructs all levels of photography (in every shooting subject from studio to landscape and everywhere in between,) Photoshop, Lightroom, printing, canvas finishing, color management, and more. As his clients know he is a walking encyclopedia of digital photography knowledge and is always willing to help a photographer ignite their passion or improve their skills/workflow.

Although the subject matter is a little slower and safer, Hal teaches his digital courses using the same techniques he mastered at TOPGUN. Polished and confident but down to earth and approachable, Hal delivers an incredible experience.

Oh by the way, Bull is a winemaker and crafts incredible boutique wines in Paso Robles, California for Volatus and Midnight Cellars.

Connect with Hal:
Website: http://www.lightworkshops.com
Twitter http://www.Twitter.com/Lightworkshops
Twitter: http://www.Twitter.com/TOPGUN_Shooter

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Rob Sheppard

Rob Sheppard

Minister of Mis-Information Control

Rob Sheppard is a naturalist and nature photographer and videographer who says his favorite location is the one he is in at any time. Presently, he is spending a lot of time in the chaparral of Southern California and says that the chaparral is one of the wildest and least photographed ecosystems in the country. He is the author/photographer of over 30 books, as well as a well-known speaker and workshop leader. He was the long-time editor of the prestigious Outdoor Photographer magazine and helped start PCPhoto (Digital Photo). Presently he is editor-at-large for Outdoor Photographer. He does workshops around the country with Great American Photography Workshops, plus he does workshops at Light Photographic Workshops.

As author/photographer, Sheppard has written hundreds of articles about photography and nature, plus books ranging from guides to photography such as the Magic of Digital Nature Photography and the National Geographic Field Guide to Digital Photography to books about Photoshop and Lightroom including Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 for Digital Photographers Only and Top Tips Simplified: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.

Connect with Rob:
Website: http://www.robsheppardphoto.com
Blog: http://www.natureandphotography.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/robsheppardfoto

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Rosh Sillars

Rosh Sillars

Social Media Maven

Rosh Sillars is a veteran photographer with a photojournalism background specializing in people, food and interiors. He earned his BFA in photography at the College for Creative Studies (CCS), Detroit. Rosh offers his services to traditional media, new media and corporate clients. He owns the creative representation firm The Rosh Group, Inc. and teaches photography at two universities.

Rosh has been online since the early 1990’s. His first podcast (audio over the internet) was launched in 1999 on business tips hosted by the http://www.rosh.com web site. He earned his first social media business relationship in 1997. Sillars has co-hosted the Prosperous artists podcast and blog with writer Dean Ladouceur since early 2007. Other related internet media projects include Citynet Magazine (2000-2001) and mysuccessradio.com (2003-2004).

Connect with Rosh:
Website: http://NewMediaPhotographer.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/newmediaphoto

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Eddie Tapp

Eddie Tapp

King of Color Management

By now, photographers looking to dig into the nuances of digital imaging have probably heard of Eddie Tapp. The fact that he’s been an professional photographer of merit for many years is part of it, but that’s not all that drives the growing demand for his lectures and workshops.

As amazing as digital photography is proving to be, from the new professional-level cameras to the possibilities afforded by the RAW photo format, this new medium is still intimidating. Not all of professional photographers in the world have made the switch from film, and those ready to take that step want to learn from someone preferably one of their own who knows digital inside and out.

Eddie fits that bill. Not only is he a great photographer, he’s also a great teacher, inducted to the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2006. “Eddie is one of those instructors who has a connection with students that just really sticks,” comments Scott Kelby, President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP). It takes a lot of patience and requires a better-than-usual understanding of how to shoot and process with digital equipment. From PPA he has received the National, Directors and Gerhard Bakker Awards. One of his highest honors in his career is being accepted as an Explorer of Light with Canon USA.

Eddie offers one- to five-day workshops, on-site staff training, one-on-one training, and an “ETime Remote” on-line training program (http://www.eddietapp.com), along with seminars in cities throughout the world and has a series of interactive educational DVDs produced by Software-Cinema.com along with Kelbytraining.com (online training). So, he recently embarked on a project that colleagues have urged him to do for a long time: writing how-to books.

Rather than create another 800-page doorstop that glosses over information in an effort to cover everything, Eddie is writing a series of books that allow readers to drill down into specific topics. Eddie Tapp on Digital Photography (from O’Reilly Media).

The first 2 books (“Photoshop Workflow Setups” “Practical Color Management” ) are already available, What do readers think of his approach? NAPP’s Scott Kelby sums it up well: “Eddie’s easy-going style and years of real-world experience make him one of the top trainers today.”

Connect with Eddie:
Website: http://www.eddietapp.com

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John Williamson

John Williamson

Lord of Illumination

John was born in the small, rural, farming community of Paulding, Ohio. In the summer of 1999 he made the move to the “big city” to attend the University of Toledo. After graduating with a BA in Education/English Literature he served as the Director of IT for an International Tele-Communications company. Although successful, John was not satisfied with working in the IT field and decided to follow his passion, and with the help and support of his wife, he started Optical Exposure Photography.

Specializing in wedding and portrait photography Optical Exposure serves the NW Ohio area via a loft studio in downtown Toledo’s Historic Warehouse District. In 2008 John partnered with the F.J. Westcott Company as their Technical Representative. John still operates Optical Exposure Photography along with his downtown studio although he is now primarily shooting destination weddings all around the world. John also travels with Westcott teaching Lighting Seminars and speaking at photography events throughout the year.

John has won a multitude of national awards and his work has been featured in galleries and private collections across the United States.

Connect with John:
Website: http://www.fjwestcott.com

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Dave Wilson

Dave Wilson

Computer Wiz Kid at Heart

Dave Wilson has been an avid photographer for over 50 years, and has programmed computers for over 40 years. He has taught advanced computer programming classes for Apple, IBM, Sun Microsystems, and other high-tech firms.

Dave is the sole proprietor of Personal Concepts, which provides advanced software consulting, training, and application development. Dave has taught advanced object-oriented programming classes in everything from Smalltalk to iPhone programming. He currently has four iPhone apps in the Apple App Store, and four more under development. Dave has a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Stanford University.

He is now working with Rick Sammon to develop iPhone applications about photography.

Connect with Dave:
Website: http://mobileapp.biz/