And I get to tell my story, my challenges to others, and help them, anyone who is like me, looking for direction, for council, for someone to look ‘em in the eye and ask with strength and conviction: what do you want? who are you? where do you want to go? how much do you want to make? create? let’s go!
Currently, I run a full time portrait and wedding photography business from our home studio location. In spite of many full timers struggling, many failing and packing it in, I can say we haven’t had to pack it.
To the contrary, business is great and I personally believe marketing and personal passion plays a huge role in this.
I am co-founder of No Bs Photo Success Inc™. I am affiliated and have taught many times at Niagara School Of Imaging. I was a writer for shootsmarter.com going on about 7 years so far, maybe more (who’s counting). Traveled to many places on my motorcycle, including Alaska in 2008. Played in a blues band for a while (guitar, sing, harmonica). I’ve the coordinator and master brains behind the Inferno 3 Day Workshop…
I’ve organized and presented at many other workshops. I don’t get out that often to speak, preferring to stay close to home and helping others via the forum or skype and gotowebinar….
life is good. My website HERE
My extendo biography is HERE in case you’re super bored.
Ernie Basciano, “I love photography of any kind…except maybe weddings and newborns. (both because I hate being shit on)
I am also a proud “Cat Daddy”.I have studied graphic design. My thirst for knowledge and ADD combine to take me to some strange places on the internets, some of which kind of scared me. Always striving to improve, I try to be my own harshest critic. Some day I will complete one of the many personal projects I embark on. Ernie”
Bill Guy….He’s the certified, qualified, yodafied photoshop guru in the forum.
He’s so smart we even dedicated a forum with his NoBull Photoshop webinar replays for members to watch at their convenience
Bill has been around since the days of film. For those who don’t know what film is it was a long roll of plastic type material that we would load into the back of cameras and after we shot only about 15 to 36 images had to take it out and hope that we did not misplace it before we mailed it off to a lab. Film cameras were unusual in that we never knew how the images would look before we got small prints called proofs back. There were no images on the back of the camera and in most cases we only had two controls on the camera itself, shutter speed and F stop plus we even had to advance the film to take another shot using a crank or a lever. What this meant was photographers had to understand lighting, posing, and exposure when working with clients. Plus we couldn’t afford to shoot random things because each time we clicked the shutter it cost us money. I don’t think any wedding shooters in the days of yore would ever think about shooting thousands of images so we would just have to be careful and really think about what we were shooting.
After he inhered Arthritis from his mother in his knees (he would have preferred cash) he had to sell his studio in Northern Arizona and become a house husband (or as his kids referred to this as Domestic Dictator) but since his studio was the first in Northern Arizona to start using Digital for copy and restoration he really got into Photoshop and this new world of digital photography. Were other photographers would disregard the new world of digital (“Digital is never going to take the place of film”) Bill was going around and teaching many of these same photographers just what could be done with Photoshop without them admitting to other photographers they have gone over to the dark side.
Bill has been a part of NOBS for a long time, almost as long as Rob and James, as the resident Photoshop Guru. Along with others who share here he is available to answer questions and provide creative ideas to whoever asks.
So why does Bill teach and feel so passionate about Photoshop and Lightroom? Well he love teaching these programs and as he is often heard saying “It is all about the Love”. He has taught in classes ranging from just a few to a couple of hundred. He also offers a One on One class which he does as Computer to Computer lessons. Clients are able to see his screen or with permission he can see the screen of the client. This means that he can teach anywhere in the world where a client has a fast internet connection.
Holy krap! Check this out…from his website: “Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University and is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop. Additionally he has more than 20 years as a professional photographer.“
Some say he’s an old guy. I say he’s wise beyond his years, and has a razor sharp sense of humor. He’s been around the NoBs Photo Success universe a long time and you can rely on answers, in depth ones, on any photoshop, or photoshop related question or challenge
Some backstory….years ago, about 8ish…., Danny made his way from California, (where was the local town chief of police, raised his family of three, happily married to his amazing wife Dianne who was running their own frame shop) and attended a five day workshop we were teaching at Niagara School of Imaging.Danny, was, at that time, a newb.
But he had the right qualities that help skyrocket any newb way up into the stratosphere of success in this crazy field….enthusiasm, eager, ambition….heck, he even got up with us at 6:00AM to join us on our early morning runs.
And he brought that famous 70’s ‘stach (the brunt of a few jokes) of his…..
Fast forward…..Danny and Dianne totally and completely dominate their market area in seniors, families, boudoir and on and on…AND, Danny has become a regular webinar presenter, speaker at our Inferno Workshop series….and HOLY student-becoming-teacher Batman, Danny is now an instructor at Niagara School of Imaging….amazing.
Wait, there’s more…Danny even created his own line of boudoir training HERE
Danny’s website His passion, energy and skills are infectious. He is a major player in the forum, always helping others, sometimes stirring the pot and always eager to share his knowledge….and crazy funny too! I mentioned that already….worth mentioning again….
And from that meeting onward we started calling her a FireCracker….she’s a fireball of enthusiasm and a highly skilled photographer….at the time Judy was a big city wedding photographer, well known in the big city of Toronto….
she’s since moved to smaller quarters and now focuses all her attention solely on shooting her number one passion, boudoir photography.
And she’s good. Dam good. (click her site above and feast your eyes)
Judy has presented several times at the Inferno Workshop and presenting several webinars for our members.
She’s very, very passionate and helpful. She was to me one of the best wedding photographers I’d ever seen, go figure why she quit them. But she certainly knows her stuff and has an amazing track record….
He’s the little dude with a huge lens.
Randy Sartin is a sports photographer and portrait photographer. You’ll see him on the sidelines at many sporting events such as NASCAR races, NCAA Football and Basketball games, NHL matches, and NFL games and a whole lot more….he’s the real deal and big hand in the forum.
Favorite superhero: Iron Man
Favorite quote: “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” Mark Twain
Favorite bands: U2
Randy is a major player in the No Bs Photo Success™ community and a key moderator. He posts a LOT and always offers very valuable insight, thoughts and advice.
He’s crazy funny too…..
He’s known for his vast and extensive experience in the world of Teams and Individuals….hell, he even gave our members a two part series on this topic, sharing openly..amazing.
Neil is also the spelling police. Who’d a thunk? The guy sounds like he ain’t even read a comic book, let alone read, write and spell…..something to do with his years in college…makes him one smart dude with a friendly southern drawl.
He always shows up at the Inferno in Nashville with his super van (same one he uses to haul his serious bad ass collection of equipment he needs to do teams and individuals) and ends up loading it with members for some serious cruising around Nashville whether just having a blast or heading out to our favorite local hangout, Calypso Cafe.
Favorite superhero: Superman (actually, it was Superboy when he was still growing up in Smallville, the comic book version, not the tv version.
Favorite quote: “Things that you do, do with your might, for things done by half are never done right”
Favorite band: The Beatles, followed closely by the Charlie Daniels Band and Santana