Authors & Experts

nicolesysmNicole S. Young | Writer   

Nicole is a professional photographer and author, focusing on food and landscape photography. She writes books about photography, regularly contributes to several podcasts, and writes articles for photography and post-processing magazines. Nicole is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and owns and operates an online store,  where she sells photography-related post-processing tools and eBooks.

Nicole has been blogging about photography for over eight years and currently lives in the Portland, OR area with her husband, Brian, and their dog and cat, Kodak and Fuji. Follow her on Google+ or Twitter.


Levi-Bio-1aLevi Sim | Writer   

Ever heard of a fanatic? Levi is the epitome. He is crazy about photography and learning and helping others better their work. He bought a DSLR in 2009 and it consumed his life to the point that the classes he teaches at the community college, the photography club that he started, and the small business he runs making pictures were taking up more time than his full time job.

Levi is now a full time photographer and it’s the adventure of a lifetime. He loves it, and is so glad to be able to share his passion with others. Whether making landscapes, travel images, or making portraits indoors or out, Levi is most at home with a camera in his hand. There is nothing Levi would rather do than get together with others and make pictures.

He lives with his wife and daughter in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

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pamelaberryPamela Berry | Podcast Producer

Pamela has worked in Film and Radio for over 15 years. She started as a PA on major sets and eventually moved up to script supervisor. From there the roles of producing, directing, editing and camera operator followed.

In college she was recruited right off the air from her college radio station and went on to be on air talent for country, top 40, and alternative radio stations. She just finished a 2 year gig as an Emcee for Radio Disney.

Pamela has tech edited books on Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Illustrator & Motion. She is an editor for ScruffyTV and is co-host podcaster on planet5D. Her main love is being behind the camera whether its doing video or photography. She looks forward to a future teaching and authoring books about photography and film production.

Follow her on Twitter or read her blog.

headshot-bw-sqErik Valind | Writer

Erik Valind is a freelance photographer, born and raised on the Florida beaches, now residing in the heart of New York City. Specializing in commercial lifestyle photography and environmental portraiture – airy and energetic imagery is what defines his style and vision. Inspired by the form, activity and diversity of people, Erik has channeled this to help shape the public image of numerous brands and campaigns.

Erik has been recognized by Westcott as one of their Elite Top Pro Photographers, and shares his visual approach, techniques and passion for photography internationally, speaking at major photo conferences, as an author, and online instructor on educational sites such as a Kelby Training. Between shoots he can found teaching workshops and seminars empowering other photographers to overcome adverse lighting conditions, to conquer off camera lighting, and to get the absolute best from their subjects.

Follow Erik on Twitter and see more of his portfolio here.


Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 8.16.43 PMHoward Pinksky | Writer

Howard Pinsky, an Adobe Community Professional, is an online educator providing content for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. His work can be seen on YouTube and through Adobe’s education portals.

Howard runs a website that provides the art and design community with free video and written training on Photoshop, Lightroom, and more.


To see more tutorials check out and follow Howard on Twitter.


Screen Shot 2013-12-07 at 8.10.51 PMGreg Sims | Writer

Greg Sims was born and raised in the dynamic beach culture of Southern California.  From an early age, Sims was heavily influenced visually by Hollywood cinema, beach life and the incredible visual carnival of So.Cal.  Once considering himself a “photographic purist” Sims mastered the art of manipulating film exposure, development and printing.  With the introduction of digital imagery in the late 90’s, Sims realized that with a highly evolved skill set and enough imagination, any concept could be beautifully produced.  He has tirelessly pursued this idea ever since.

Greg has received numerous awards over his career including two Kodak Gallery Awards, and most recently, the prestigious Photo District News PIX DIGITAL AWARD in 2007 and 2008 in the advertising and travel categories and two PDN Shot Sport awards in 2010.  Greg also has two pieces in the permanent collection at the Epcot Center for Photography.  Sims is an active member of the world photographic community and lives in Boise, Idaho with his family.  He co-owns the commercial photography studio Tri-Digital Group with business partner Jim Armstrong.

Follow Greg on Twitter and see more of his portfolio at



2192-PSW LV lightingKevin Ames | Writer

If photography is life, Kevin Ames is living it to the fullest.  His career encompasses commercial photography, authoring books on photographing women, Photoshop and Lightroom, writing for Photoshop User Magazine, and at speaking engagements across the North America, Europe and Asia at venues like Photoshop World, WPPI and Photo Plus Expo in New York.

Through it all he maintains his studio in Atlanta, Georgia working with clients like AT&T, Westin Hotels and Honda Power Equipment.  His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Time, Atlanta Sports and Fitness and exhibited at Atlanta’s High Museum of Art and on corporate websites.  Kevin is a Sigma Pro, Hoodman RAW Shooter and Dynalite Pro.

Learn more by reading his blogs on:, and