Learn From These International Professional Photographers
Tim Mantoani — In Memoriam
One of our original “Awesome Bouncers,” sadly Tim Montoani passed on October 7th, 2016, in San Diego after a long battle with cancer. Mantoani was 47 and left behind his wife Lynn, his son Lucas, his sister Beth, and his parents, Ken and Mary Ann. We encourage donations to the Lucas Mantoani College Fund.
Mantoani was an internationally acclaimed photographer who attended Brooks Photography Institute and at one point in his photographic journey he managed the studio for the late and renowned photographic educator Dean Collins. We will continue to honor Mantoani and we leave you with Mantoani’s own words:
“Every one sees the world differently. Through their own lens. I’m lucky that mine happens to be attached to a camera. To me, that’s the most exciting and rewarding thing about photography and film. Capturing a vision that’s uniquely yours and sharing it.” — Tim Mantoani
In 1994 the Dept. of Defense selected Rolando Gomez as one of the “Top Five” military combat photographers worldwide. He later transitioned to fashion, glamour and beauty photography and has authored five photography books. Gomez has traveled on assignment to 44 countries as a photographer and photojournalist. Gomez runs the photography blog Lens Diaries and his fine art blog plus gallery at Americano Dream. In the past 17 years he’s taught over 700 photography workshops worldwide, lectured at major universities and attended major photo industry events as a guest speaker.
Partial credits include Parade (cover story), People, New York Times, Newsweek, Huffington Post, Playboy, Rangefinder (cover story), Maxim, Sports Illustrated, St. Martin’s Press, NBA, Amherst Media, Studio Photography, Digital Imaging, Peterson’s 4-Wheel Drive, Stars & Stripes, Army Times, Airman, Soldiers, San Antonio Express News, Evan Williams Bourbon, AOL/Time Warner, PMA Daily, Leica World News, Shutterbug, Photo Media, D-Pixx (cover story), Zoom NL, Photographie, PROFIFTOTO, fotoMAGAZIN, FOTO-VIDEO DIGITAAL, Camera Magazine, and many nationwide newspapers.
Ever since I first picked up a camera in the 60’s, my main light-source has been the sun. Shooting surf photography all over the world has taught me how to read and manipulate the light that exists. We used to use things like surfboards and white walls to bounce light for beach portraits.
Now, we just use a variety of sunbounce scrims, swatters and reflectors to get soft, magical lighting at any time of day. Shooting beachwear advertisements and catalogs from first light to last light means that something has to be shot in high sun. Sunbounce helps me transform high noon blowouts into soft highlights that compliment the content shot during magic hour.
“I put four sides around an idea.” With a deceptively simple phrase, Nick Vedros sums up three decades of international award-winning photography. Anyone can look through a viewfinder, but there’s nothing simple about Nick’s multi-disciplinary approach for bringing a concept to life:
- Inspired imagination fueled by ingenuity,
- State-of-the-art production resources,
- An innovative studio team of hand-picked professionals, and
- Attentiveness to client satisfaction which is downright addictive.
In the hands of a photographer driven to make every shot his best, it is simple to understand why Nick’s work garners top honors. His award-winning methodology attracts blue-chip clients and keeps them coming back for more. No one is a stronger proponent for using only the latest state-of-the-art equipment. Yet if you ask Nick, he’ll tell you that technology alone can’t bring an idea to life. It’s imagination that transforms a concept into a memorable visual experience. And it’s the ingenuity of Nick’s “can do” drive that injects even ridiculously challenging concepts with his emotional impact. Nick’s dedication to craft may explain his track record for resolving creative challenges-ingeniously. When a solution is evasive, Nick heads for the open road on one of his motorcycles. Inspiration, Nick will tell you, has been known to hitchhike.