Never Stop Learning

Never stop learning. September 30, 2015 As a freelancer for the last 25 years, I’ve become accustomed to the cycles of boom and bust. It’s either so busy that you’re turning down work or so slow you are sending yourself test emails to be sure your server hasn’t gone down.  So I try to keep […]

January 2015 Newsletter

Hi there! Hope to see you at one of my upcoming workshops: Nashville Video Workshop— January 31-February 1 Orlando- February 6-7.   Action & People/ Elements of Photography Dallas- February 20-21.  Basics of Camera Control and Exposure/ Action and People/Creative Lighting Atlanta- March 14-15. Action and People/Landscape and Travel/Basics of Exposure and Camera Control […]

March 2014 Newsletter

Really excited about three upcoming workshops. Hope to see you there.  Please contact me with questions. June 22-24, 2014  Mammoth Lakes, Bodie and Mono Lake, California. June 28-29, 2014 Atlanta Botanical Gardens Workshop September 11-14, 2014 Puerto Rico (Video Emphasis) William Albert Allard is one of the best photographers ever.  This is a great interview: […]

January 2014 Newsletter

What happened to our October, November and December newsletters?  We moved! I’ve spent the last 3 months packing, unpacking and re-arranging so I took a hiatus from the newsletter.  Now that I’m back I have lots of news from the photo world to share.  I’ve got two workshops coming up in June, that I’m excited […]

June Newsletter

June Newsletter Great talk by Sebastiao Salgado Photo Cheat Sheets Adobe is moving the Creative Suite to the Cloud Scott Kelby’s perspective on Adobe’s Creative Cloud Hitler’s perspective CNet’s take: Pretty good FAQ on Adobe’s Creative Cloud scheme. Chart explaining Creative Commons Licensing This new documentary on New York’s […]

May Newsletter

Hi There! There were some fascinating things happening in the photo world last month…. Last call for the hands-on workshop that Bill Durrence and I are doing at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens June 1 & 2. Please contact me ASAP to reserve a spot. Normally the Gardens is a great place to be, but for […]

February News

Upcoming workshops: Excited to announce that Bill Durrence and I will host a two-day, hands-on workshop at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, June 1 & 2.  More information will be available in a month or so. Only one more spot available for the April Photo Trek that David Tejada and I are leading on the Northern […]

In Case You Missed It V9.0

Our favorite links from the photo community this week; September 22nd edition. Fun BTS video from Gary Green of the Orlando Sentinel. Cool tutorial on photographing lightning by Jim Reed. Absolutely love this base jumping video. Interesting piece on photographing Horsetail Falls at Yosemite.  It’s an old upload, but thanks to John Omvik for the […]

In Case You Missed It V8.0

Our favorite links from the photo community this week; September 15th edition. The Future Of Art and Commerce, a series of 10 free ASMP sponsored webinars. Fantastic story on NPR about Father Mychal Judge. Jay Maisel shares images from 9/11. Erosion of Photographers’ Rights (tip from Petapixel). Eric Draper, official photographer for George W. Bush, […]

In Case You Missed It V7.0

Our favorite links from the photo community this week; September 8th edition. Very cool BTS video from Gary Land. Gail Mooney on the future of photography. If you’ve ever wondered what protostellar jets looked like, this time-lapse from the Hubble Space telescope is for you.  (tip from Julia Schmalz) John Omvik’s HDR tips. Women Between […]

In Case You Missed It V5.0

Our favorite links from the photo community this week; August 25 edition. Joe McNally’s incredible Faces of Ground Zero project. Don’t miss it. Gerry Melendez of The State (Columbia, SC) created this wonderful video called “Undying Love”. Outrageous! Police confiscate cameras at a public meeting of Ohio Congressman Steve Chabot. Stand up for your rights […]

In Case You Missed It V3.0

  Our favorite links from the photo community this week: August 11 edition Three terrific photographers share a little of their work and themselves… Robert Seale’s Fan Photos Gary Chapman’s photos from Rwanda The life and career of Carol Guzy Salon discusses a controversial photo by Tyler Hicks in the New York Times. Agency Access […]

Why I Photograph

Just posted an article on my motivation as a photographer on my primary portfolio site,  The article is titled “Why I Photograph.” Enjoy! Michael A. Schwarz Photography Michael A. Schwarz Wedding Photography Michael A. Schwarz Digital Photography Training  

In Case You Missed It V2.0

Compelling Links from the Photo Community: August 4, 2011 Zacuto posts part 2 of their Great Camera Shootout. James Estrin posts a touching tribute to Jerome Liebling. The awesome dudes at Photoshelter share this video of Blake Discher talking about negotiating with clients. Selina Maitreya shares her summer reading list. James Pomerantz re-posts this classic […]

In Case You Missed It V1.0

Compelling Links from the Photo Community: July 28, 2011 Very cool 360VR  from the Discovery Flight Deck. Fantastic Presentation from Tim Mantoani at the Sports Shooter Academy Lighting Luau. Petapixel reports on Google adding EXIF search. Microsoft has released their RAW file viewing Codec for Windows 7. Thinking about downloading the new Mac operating System […]


Many years ago, when I was at the Rochester Institute of Technology studying to become a photographer, I used to sneak off to the library in search of inspiration.  This was before the Internet and before the personal computer. One of my favorite things to do was to watch and listen to a series of […]