Boulder Digital Arts Instructors
Mike Ambroziak is the founding member of Ambroziak Kitto PC, a Denver based business law firm. He specializes in structuring and negotiating intellectual property commercialization and technology transfers. Over the years, Mike has worked with Chicago''s Lawyers for the Creative Arts, the Mass Media Bureau of the Federal Communications Commissions and the legal department of Chicago's PBS Affiliate (WTTW Channel 11). He was selected by the Denver Business Journal "Best of The Bar Awards" as one of Colorado’s top three attorneys in Media and Communications.
Tyler Barnard is the founder of Analog Design Studio in Boulder, CO, a design firm combing the efforts of architecture design, film, 3D modeling and digital graphics. Having graduated with a Masters in Architectural Design from UCL in London, Tyler uses 3D models, CGI and digital graphics to stay on the cutting edge of design and architecture.
As SVP in charge of account services at Location3 Media in Denver, Samantha Bedford plays an active role in keeping the firm on the leading edge. Prior to joining Location3 in 2002, Samantha was a senior media marketer at ForwardSLASH, Inc. in South Africa. She has several industry certifications and recognitions—Google AdWords Professional, Yahoo! Search Ambassador, MSN adCenter member, ClickTracks Pro, WAA Award of Achievement and Google Analytics Individual. Samantha graduated from the AAA School of Advertising with bachelor’s degrees in marketing communications and media management.
Energetic and passionate about all things video, Ethan Benninger works by day as an editor for People Productions in Boulder. He has worked with both national and international clients such as ABC Family, GE, The American Red Cross, Papa John's Pizza and The Food Network. Ethan’s projects include documentaries, TV spots, and everything in between. In addition to being an Apple Certified Pro on multiple applications within Final Cut Studio, he is also an Apple Certified Final Cut Pro Trainer, and teaches at the Art Institute of Colorado in downtown Denver.
Bruce Borowsky has worked with People Productions in Boulder for over ten years as producer, director, cameraman, editor, and lighting director for a wide variety of commercial projects. He turned from professional still photographer to filmmaker in 1988 after working with adventure photographer Galen Rowell. Once in Boulder, Bruce produced the national television series The Climbing Show. His award-winning 2003 documentary, 18 days, 16 hours, detailing his trans-Atlantic race in a 72-foot sailboat, illustrates his vast experience shooting in unlikely places, whether in the midst of a hurricane or hanging off a rock ledge in Yosemite.
Angela Bowman of MoonGooseDesigns.com and AskWPGirl.com has been involved with internet technologies since 1996 when she became a member of the online tech support team at Quark, Inc. After learning about WordPress at BDA, she became a full-time WordPress guru, serving individuals and small- to medium-size organizations. She stretches the boundaries of WordPress by making extensive use of its built-in features combined with judicious use of plugins and creative CSS. Angela will help you think outside the blog box by helping you understand the nuts and bolts of WordPress and to endlessly customize your WP themes.
Brendan Boykin is a trainer, editor, and video production consultant based in Castle Rock. As an Apple Certified Master Trainer and the owner of Creek Mountain Media (a digital video solutions company), Brendan draws on his background in broad and corporate video to provide training to post-production, education, and broad facilities nationwide. A frequent presenter at trade shows and digital video seminars, Brendan is an author, contributing writer, and technical editor/reviewer for numerous Apple Pro Training Series books.
Brian Brown has owned his own full-service video and motion-graphics production business, BrownCow Productions, since 2004. A "one-man show," he scripts, produces, shoots, and edits all of his own content. He regularly creates video for the web, broadcast television, large events, and in-house corporate training. In December 2009, he purchased a Canon 7D video-capable DLSR, and has never looked back, embracing the cinematic look this camera provides his productions. He's shot hundreds of hours of footage with his DSLR.
Based in Boulder, Colorado, Stephen Collector has over 25 years of freelance experience. Originally specializing in tabletop photography, his attention to detail and lighting techniques were applied to working on location for editorial and corporate assignments. Stephen's magazine clients include Esquire, Outside, Men's Journal, Field & Stream, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, and the New York Times. Corporate clients include United Airlines, Ball Corporation, Shell, Hain/Celestial Seasonings, Horizon Dairy, United Technologies, Oracle, and Sears Roebuck & Co., among many others.
Mike Connolly creates and manages direct response marketing systems for fast growing businesses so they can attract their ideal customers, put an iron fence around them and develop an abundant "herd" of customers for life. He has co-created and manages marketing systems using blogs, social networking sites, newsletters, e-letters, video networks, articles, multi-media follow-up systems, direct mail, teleseminars, webinars and affiliate marketing. He’s an experienced teacher, trainer and coach and loves sharing his passion for magnetic attraction strategies with high achieving business owners and entrepreneurs.
Antony Cooper has directed and produced numerous award-winning videos. Several years in music TV production for MTV and Polygram Records include names such as the Rolling Stones, the Who, Elvis Costello and INXS. Other projects include Director of on-air operations for the Denver based Scandinavian Channel, and Director of Photography on the environmental documentaries The Nature of Cities and Transforming Energy. Antony has written and directed videos for Miller Brewing, Olympus Cameras, the pharmaceutical manufacturer Roche, and national 9-1-1 database management company Intrado.
Karen Divine first studied photography in the early 1970’s and went on to study painting, drawing, and alternative photographic processes. While she finds that creating a beautiful single image is crucial to being a fine-art photographer, it is the multi-image that speaks to her heart. She has won numerous awards from international organizations, including the 2011 Discovery of the Year Nominee from International Photography Awards, the Julia Margaret Cameron Award for Women Photographers, the Prix de la Photographie Gold Award, and a first place WPGA Pollux Award.
Tara Dunn is the Web Analytics Manager at Location3 Media in Denver. As a Google Analytics Qualified Individual and a Google AdWords Qualified Individual, Tara has over six years’ experience in web analytics, on everything from solutions for small businesses to large brands and enterprise level clients. She has presented numerous training sessions, leading her company to become a Google Analytics Certified Partner. Her daily activities include strategic applications of web analytics in business settings, providing and troubleshooting analytics implementations, and providing actionable insights to her clients.
Erica Gamet has been involved in graphics and pre-press for nearly 25 years. She is a speaker, writer, and trainer, focusing on Adobe InDesign, Apple Keynote and iBooks Author and other print- and production-related topics. She regularly contributes to InDesign Magazine and Design Tools Monthly, tech edited How To Do Everything with Adobe InDesign CS4 from McGraw-Hill Osborne, and is the leader of the Denver InDesign User Group. When she's not keeping students from their Angry Birds games, Erica can be found propelling herself around Colorado on two wheels or watching campy British sci-fi.
Steve Gandy is an educator, trainer, technology support professional and life-long photographer. Steve has introduced the ins-and-outs of digital photography to students young and old since 1995 and has been involved in education since 1978. His photography is varied but he focuses on nature, travel, and sports. Steve has contributed to training books and websites on Photoshop Elements, StarOffice/OpenOffice and other educational topics. He leads photographic tours to the southern Utah canyon lands.
Beth Hayden is a blogging and social media consultant who specializes in using technology to give women a voice in the world. She is the owner of Blogging with Beth, a WordPress development and social media consulting company. Beth is known for her fun, relaxed, engaging teaching style, and she has provided training, consulting, blog coaching and development services for New York Times bestselling authors, political commentators, artists, and personal development coaches all across the United States. Beth has been a guest blogger with LauraRoeder.com, Problogger.net, and Copyblogger.com.
Kathy Holcombe cofounded Holcombe Photography with the intention of creating a career that supported her and her husband Peter's spirit of travel and adventure. Since then, they have been living the dream of a owning a successful portrait and wedding photography business that specializes in creating images that capture the emotion of people in dramatic environments. Kathy loves teaching other photographers how to build profitable and sustainable businesses and teaches across the country for various organizations, including the Professional Photographers of America and their affiliates and AfterDark Education.
Mark S. Johnson is an Adobe Photoshop luminary, photographer, author, and one of the most passionate instructors you will ever encounter. He has taught countless individuals, including Adobe’s Chief Executive Officers, Jane Goodall, the U.S. Ambassador to Finland, and 2010 Academy Award winning director Louie Psihoyas. His tutorials appear regularly on the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) website, and his imagery and articles have been featured in Photo Techniques, Nature’s Best, and After Capture magazines. Watch Mark's free and entertaining Photoshop tutorials at www.msjphotography.com.
If you’ve used lynda.com or paged through leading Photoshop books and magazines, you probably know Photoshop guru and accomplished photographer Jan Kabili. She has recorded so many Photoshop video training courses for Lynda that she has her own URL there Her books include How to Wow: Photoshop for the Web, Photoshop Hands On Training for the Web, and the Complete Course books for both Photoshop and Elements. She has written many articles for Macworld, Photoshop User, and Mac Design. She's currently authoring Adobe’s Photoshop Certified Expert Exam and beta testing new versions of Photoshop.
Through 21st Century Graphics, Tim Meehan provides design and illustration to a broad range of national and international clients with a focus on productivity, creativity and fun. Tim has over 30 years' experience as a professional graphic designer and trainer, and was one of the first to recognize the computer's design potential. In 1984, Apple hired him to present the Macintosh's capabilities to audiences around the US. Tim has published in various digital topics from QuarkXPress to Photoshop to Final Cut Pro. He was one of the first members of the Apple Consultant Network and continues to be active in the ACN Advisory Council.
Kevin Menzie runs a local web strategy, design, and development agency called Slice of Lime and uses Adobe Illustrator on a daily basis. In his free time, Kevin draws cartoons using a pencil, a scanner, and Adobe Illustrator. Samples of his illustration work can be seen on his website: http://www.kevinmenzie.com/.
Eric Miller has a background in software, architecture, and music, and wowed his friends in high school by playing Tetris with his toes. He has been coding something or other since 1995 and has been creating software for the web professionally since 2007. Eric has a BS from Stanford University, an M.Arch from the University of Colorado, and a black belt in Aikido, but has sadly allowed his mad Tetris skillz to wither.
With 35 years in the film and video production world, Lowel Pierce has done a little of everything and enjoyed the variety. A Colorado native and graduate of CSU in Technical Journalism, Lowel has worked as a TV news photographer, a cinematographer in Saudi Arabia, a partner in a video production company. As both one-man-band and freelance Director of Photography for 22 years, Lowel has worked on indie features, shorts, documentaries, TV commercials, and high-end corporate productions earning a CINE Golden Eagle, Heartland Emmies, and Videographer Awards of Distinction.
Wes Price has over 13 years experience producing illustration and animation for national and community organizations. His clients have included New Life Cinema, Warner Brothers, Buena Vista Games, Simon & Goodman Picture Company and National Geographic. As a board member for ASIFA-Colorado, the local chapter of the International Animated Film Society, he was instrumental in delivering the Animation Station workshops during the 2008 and 2009 Denver International Film Festivals. Wes is a lifelong student of anatomy and holds an MS in Medical Illustration and Animation from the Medical College of Georgia.
Alyssa Reese has worked on UI/UX designs for over 30 startup companies through several agencies, including her own. Alyssa's first company, Plebeian Apps, is still creating mobile apps for Android and iPhone. Alyssa specializes in aiding the learning process of creative individuals as they break into and navigate the often overwhelming world of technology innovation and design. She currently acts as Creative Director of her own firm, fleetCreature, where she organizes a team of project managers, designers and developers to create innovative mobile and web designs for organizations all over the world.
Dana Romanoff is an award-winning photographer and multimedia producer using art as activism to raise awareness of key issues in society. Her clients include National Geographic Society, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado, LifeQuest Transitions, Reportage-by-Getty Images, The New York times and numerous other editorial, commercial and humanitarian-aid organizations. Dana’s work is published and exhibited around the globe and she has received numerous international recognition including the 2011 Blue Earth Alliance Award, shortlist for the 2010 Anthropographia Multimedia and Human Rights Award, and was part of a team of reporters awarded finalist for a Gold Medal Pulitzer Prize in Public Service.
Tracy Malone (Schloss) has been working in the internet world for over 19 years. Her extensive experience as a marketer has molded her into a unique online expert. Starting her career at Priceline.com, Tracy was able to learn marketing and programming from the brightest minds in the industry. Always learning, she enjoys sharing her knowledge so when it comes to web design, WordPress, social media and search engine optimization, she can help you bring it to the next level. Tracy is a co-organizer of the Boulder WordPress Meetup with over 500 members.
Bethany Siegler of UniqueThink helps build your complete online presence and find cost-effective marketing solutions. Bethany has created online marketing campaigns for musical artists as distinct as Frank Black (Pixies) and David Wilcox, software developers as diverse as Wild Divine and OfficeTime, and local independent businesses like The Video Station and Boulder Weekly. She has represented major corporations like SONY and Budweiser, yet prefers to find solutions for smaller companies, often by building sustainable websites and blogs in WordPress.
Photographer Erik Stenbakken shoots for editorial and commercial clients ranging from the obscure to the famous. He's been technical director on shoots for Nikon and Ford Motor Company as well as instructed several National Geographic photographers on technical aspects of artificial light and equipment. Before becoming a photographer, Stenbakken was a teacher and he still loves to teach. No questions are stupid, so come with your questions and frustrations and leave with answers and solutions! You can see his work at www.stenbakken.com or ask pre-class questions, web[at]stenbakken.com. See you in class!
Reese Van Allen and Steve Hall
Reese Van Allen began at Fox in Los Angeles and selling two self-produced/self-directed pieces: the short film Love Leprosy and the music video Stuck in a Stare. Since getting bit by the reality bug in 2004 she has been producing/field directing for Surreal Life (VH-1), My Fair Brady (VH-1), Texas Cheer Moms (TLC), Wave Chasers (Travel Channel), Extreme Dodgeball (GSN), Dr. Phil (syndication), and Destination Wild (Fox Sports). Currently Reese co-executive produces the Total Outdoorsman Challenge (Outdoor Channel) and has many projects in development for major networks.
Steve Hall began his career in the trenches as a Field Director/Editor for the PBS series Georgia Outdoors. But his move to Los Angeles and job at E! Entertainment catapulted his career as a Reality TV Editor. Because of the post-production networking group he began, he's steadily been working since 2000 as both an Offline and Online Editor for shows on ABC, CBS, MTV, VH1, BET, Bravo, TLC, Lifetime and Oxygen and was nominated for an Emmy for his role on NBC's daytime docu-drama Starting Over.
Dave Taylor has been involved with the Internet since 1980 and is widely recognized as an expert on both technical and business issues. He has been published over a thousand times, launched four Internet-related startup companies, has written twenty business and technical books and holds both an MBA and MS Ed. Dave maintains four weblogs: The Business Blog at Intuitive.com, Ask Dave Taylor, Dave On Film, and Attachment Parenting Blog. Dave is an award-winning speaker, sought after conference and workshop participant and frequent guest on radio and pod programs.
Eli Vega is an award-winning, extensively published photo artist with over twenty years of experience in the field of photography. He is a sought-after presenter and art competition judge among Front Range camera clubs. You can see the depth of his art at www.elivega.net. He is known for his mantras: "The best photography is found where technical know-how and creative aesthetics meet," and, "I don’t see with my eyes. I see with my imagination."
John Waugh's commercial and fine art photography includes motor sports, ski industry marketing, sports and action lifestyle, product and studio photography. No stranger to the back of a camera, John built his first darkroom some 40 years ago, and has continually updated his equipment and techniques. From state of the art digital cameras and computer retouching to large format architectural cameras, John is well versed in both the craft of photography and the technical aspects of digital image capture and publishing. He is an Apple Certified Trainer and passionate about teaching the Aperture workflow.
Doug Wray has been working with online information systems since 1984. Starting in science using TeX and LaTeX realtime rendering on Macs progressing to desktop publishing for commercial printing thence into web design. He's used numerous electron-herding methods including HTML and CSS. Sometime in 2001 he broke with conventional wisdom and stopped using tables for structure - following in the footsteps of Eric Meyer and Jeffrey Zeldman. He now builds websites exclusively with CSS and finds it an exciting and challenging pursuit.
Abigail Wright is a professional filmmaker, writer, producer, and information designer. For the independent film company Miranda Productions, Inc., Abigail wrote and produced four environmental documentaries that have accumulated over eighty major awards and have been broadcast all over the world. She is the senior producer of an innovative immersive website soon to be launched, working on a hybrid documentary based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead, and developing a TV series for kids on the wonders of food. Before moving to Boulder in 1994, Abigail acted and directed on stages in New York, Toronto, and Montreal.