Introducing X-Rite’s Newest Coloratti
by Sandra Kehoe – April 21st, 2015
The X-Rite Coloratti community includes many of the worlds top professional photographers, filmmakers and color management experts, a group whose vision, passion, leadership, and partnership are recognized and valued by X-Rite. These individuals are highly respected by their peers and are admired by up-and-coming professionals, enthusiasts, and students alike, all of whom expertly use X-Rite Color Management solutions to provide color accuracy and control from capture to output in their digital workflow.
March 2015 – We are delighted to introduce our newest Coloratti members:
Joe Brady, Jason DiMichele, Matt Hill and Don Smith
Joe Brady is a photographer, educator, author, photo workshop leader and studio owner who has been teaching photography and photo editing for over twenty years. Joe is honored to be a member of Sony’s Artisans of Imaging program, is a two-time author on Lynda.com and has contributed articles for the Kelby Media Lightroom Magazine App. As a producer and presenter, Joe delivers online educational webinars and videos for photo-industry companies including X-Rite, Sekonic, PocketWizard, Induro, Benro, Ilford and Sony with over 3 million views over the last three years.
A recipient of the Fuji Masterpiece Award, Joe is also speaker at many local and national venues and events and also teaches photography workshops around the country specializing in scenic and panoramic landscapes and environmental portrait photography.
Jason DiMichele is a fine art photographer from Ontario, Canada. His creative vision is fueled by his love of the outdoors and explorative nature. Jason’s specific subjects of photographic passion include landscapes, abandoned places, wildlife and abstracts. In addition to selling his limited edition fine art prints, Jason specializes in providing fine art large format printing incorporating high quality materials and methods to produce prints on canvas or paper assisting the artist in achieving prints to be proud of. Using Epson printing technology, Hahnemuhle papers / canvas and X-Rite color management solutions, Jason is also able to create very accurate art reproductions for discerning painters. Part of Jason’s love of what he does is sharing his knowledge and therefore offers training on the creative and technical aspects of photography as well as workshops and workflow / imaging consulting.
I am a visual artist, technology sponge, marketer, educator and in passionate pursuit of living in the present. I make surreal forms from paper in 2D and 3D space. Some hang on the wall, some are sculptural and some are fashions. My method is to cut without sketching by making shapes the eventually relate to each other. I specifically have no intent when I begin a piece, and from that I learned the meaning of true freedom. Sounds corny, but it is very true. Try it sometime – you will thank me.
The genesis of my cut paper art was a handful of years ago, I had to make a decision about what to do with some powerful emotions I had surrounding a life-changing event. I channeled the anger I felt into making paper art, a pursuit decidedly analog and requiring my full attention. What was intended as therapy soon became a happy practice, and then joyful part of my life.
In my teens, my parents gave me my first SLR. I begged for years for a camera, and knew the smells and tools of my mother’s darkroom. My Yashica went almost everywhere, including the local graveyard at night. I had a crazy idea about a tripod, a cable release and my Vivtar 283. The resulting photo was ghosted but sharp and sparked my imagination, especially when considering how to play with time dilation in a single exposure. 20-some years later I am still working on this concept, and enjoying every night out.
I’ve been doing public speaking for decades in the photo industry. Most recently, I have presented on creativeLIVE, at WPPI for five years, teaching photographers SEO, Web Marketing and social media. In addition to that, I teach Night Photography (NPy) workshops with my teaching partner, Gabriel Biderman (Ruinism.com). We teach some non-profit classes at Bannerman Castle, and others around New York City and the Hudson Valley. Focusing on entropic areas and waterfronts, our students get a well-rounded education on basic and advanced NPy, lighting and portraiture at night.
Member of Art Directors Club.
Having begun his professional career over 39 years ago as a sports photographer, Don Smith successfully transitioned into the world of fine art landscape photography in 2002.
For seven years he was a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated and still keeps active in sports as original co-team photographer for the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.
The rest of his time is spent on his landscape photography work. Don is now renowned for his work as stock photographer for Getty images and as a landscape workshop instructor, teaching 17 workshops per year. His work has been published worldwide in a variety of media and he has had cover images for over 30 books internationally.
Don teaches landscape workshops around the Western United States from Eastern Utah to Kauai.
Among others, Don is affiliated with Topaz, Helicon Focus, SmugMug Pro, MindShift Gear, Think Tank, and B&H Photo. He is also part of the pro teams at both Singh-Ray and Lexar.
In the fall of 2014, Don was honored to be added to the SONY Artisan of Imagery team of professional photographers!
In addition to his stock photography and instructional workshops, Don has written three books: Refined Vision, The Photographer’s Guide to the Big Sur Coast, and On the Edge. He has also recently released a (26) chapter video series titled: A Simplified Method to Workflow in which he teaches his innovative approach to post-processing.
Don lives in the Monterey Bay Area with his wife Beri and their sons Rob and Aaron.
February 2015 – We are delighted to introduce our newest Coloratti members:
Michael Clark, Clay Cook, Dixie Dixon and Tony Gale
Michael Clarke is an internationally published Outdoor Photographer specializing in adventure sports, travel, and landscape photography. He produces intense, raw images of athletes pushing their sports to the limit and has a risked life and limb on a variety of assignments to bring back stunning images of rock climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, big-wave surfers and mountain bikers in remote locations around the world. He uses unique angles, bold colors, strong graphics and dramatic lighting to capture fleeting moments of passion, flair and bravado in the outdoors.
Balancing extreme action with subtle details, striking portraits and wild landscapes, he creates images for the editorial, advertising and stock markets worldwide.
As a former physicist Michael has worked on both sides of the technical revolution, helping refine the technology and using it for his current profession. He has worked as a professional photographer since 1996 and added digital photography to his repertoire in 2003. While Michael still shoots some film, mostly medium format, the lions share of his images are now produced with high resolution digital cameras.
Michael’s work has been featured in many publications including Digital Photo Pro, Outdoor Photographer, Nikon World magazine, Digital Photographer UK, Rangefinder magazine and New Mexico magazine for his work with extreme sports. Digital Photo Pro magazine proclaimed Michael a Master of Adventure photographer in their 2011 masters issue.
In addition to shooting still images, Michael has also launched Michael Clark Productions which produces top notch motion and video pieces using state of the art digital cinema cameras.
Clay Cook began his creative career in the music industry, and after 10 years, his passion had leaned towards photography, cinematography and graphic design. Constantly collaborating with designers, national models, filmmakers and other photographers, Clay has built a reputable name as an award-winning internationally published photographer and filmmaker, specializing in editorial and advertising photography.
“I’ve always connected to people through language, art, film, music and creativity. I started performing music with 4 friends on stages and local clubs at the age of 16. By the age of 24, our act “(in the clear)” had grown to sell over 20,000 records and toured all across the nation. Over the course of that musical career, I not only honed the craft of recording and performing live, but also graphic design and video editing. By the time the band split in 2010, I had designed hundreds of flyers, edited many photos and cut up tons of video footage. People started to pay me to do the same for them and my creative career flourished. It wasn’t until December of 2010; I received my first DSLR camera as a gift. My love for photography blindsided me and began to snowball over everything in its path. I began shooting all in sight, from people and animals to beautiful landscapes; I wanted to capture it all. I’ve been blessed to know many creative people from all walks of life and have learned to mold and shape my vision of photography through their inspiration. As well as many late nights on YouTube. Now, with a sharpened eye and field experience, I’ve recognized my natural ability and true passion in advertising, commercial and fashion photography. Using the knowledge I’ve gained, I am not only able to capture the vision, but also manipulate it into art, bigger than life.”
Clay’s work is featured frequently on world-wide photography blogs including Fstoppers, B&H Photo & Video, PetaPixel, SLRLounge, ISO1200 and BorrowLenses among others. Clay has been published in USA Today, First For Women, ProSales Magazine, Modern Salon, American Salon Magazine, Louisville Magazine, The Voice of Louisville, STORY Magazine and Dark Beauty Magazine, among many others.
Dixie Dixon is a Texas born and bred commercial fashion and lifestyle photographer. She was given her first Nikon Camera, the Nikon FG, at just 12 years old, which peaked her curiosity in the field and served as her sidekick in exploring the world. She would continually clock seven to ten hours in the darkroom without even realizing it. While in college she studied in London with a world-renowned fashion photographer and became deeply inspired by the beautiful illusion of fashion and commercial photography.
It has been said that her idealistic vision of the world is reflected into every single frame- full of life, beautiful energy, and most of all, Soul. Her passion has lead her to shoot internationally in places such as Cannes, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Ibiza, and Barcelona recently for various brands, tv shows, commercial campaigns and editorial projects. Just this past year she was named one of sixteen Nikon Ambassadors of the United States.
Sensuous and polished, her images create a dream world in which romance is always alive. Her fresh vision has attracted clients such as Nikon, Disney, Magpul, Florsheim Shoes, Advanced Beauty, Inside Edition, AXS TV, G-Technology, Profoto, MAC Group, Billy Jealousy, Nha Khanh, ProFoods, American Heart Association & Angelberry Organics. Her work has been published in Rangefinder, PDN, Shutterbug, Professional Photographers Magazine, Dapper Magazine, Living Magazine, Beverly Drive Magazine, Nikon World and many others. To view her work and complete client list, visit www.dixiedixon.com.
Tony Gale is an award winning, portrait/lifestyle photographer. Tony was raised in Bellingham, Washington (90 miles north of Seattle) and spent most of his time as a child exploring the woods behind his parents house. At 19 after visiting Bruce Lee’s grave in Seattle, and taking his first photo with a disposable camera, he bought his first camera. He promptly broke it and bought his first SLR. At 21 he moved to Seattle to pursue photography and in fall of 2000 moved to NYC, the center of the world.
Tony taught photographic lighting at Parsons the New School for Design in NYC for four years. He has also taught at SVA in NYC, judged photo contests, and has traveled the country leading workshops for American Photographic Artists.
Tony is a Manfrotto Ambassador, a Sony Associate Artisan of Imagery and an X-Rite Coloratti.
Tony has been featured in All the Photographers, Jasmine Defoore’s blog, the Agency Access Lab, and the Photoshelter Blog, Whohub among others. He is also an avid triathlete, and volunteers with the Brooklyn Tri Club on the events committee.