2017 Speakers

We have a winning line up of top notch leaders in their respective fields to bring an exciting series of classes. Check back often for updates.


Tyler Stableford

Tyler Stableford

Tyler Stableford

Canon Explorer of Light, Director/DP and photographer Tyler Stableford has earned a worldwide clientele for his work. At the heart of his ethos, Tyler crafts bold visual stories for TV commercials, print and branded content campaigns. Tyler is one of Canon’s prestigious Explorers of Light, and Men's Journal named him "One of the Seven World's Greatest Adventure Photographers.” His award-winning short films have screened at film festivals around the globe. Tyler’s passion for storytelling extends beyond commercial work—he volunteers to shoot at least one week per year for nonprofits.

Tyler is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has won numerous awards for his print and motion work including:

Communication Arts Photo Annual, Cover
Graphis Photo Annual
Global Art Directors Club Cube
Telly Awards
AME Awards
American Photo, Image Of The Year
International Motion Arts Annual
AdWeek Ad Of The Day
American Photography/American Illustration Photo Annual
Digital Photo Pro, Image Of The Year
Black And White Spider Awards

Capturing The Dramatic Moment: Light, Beauty and Emotion
With Canon Explorer of Light Tyler Stableford

Join award-winning photographer and director Tyler Stableford for an unforgettable afternoon of multimedia storytelling and inspiration. Tyler will take the audience behind the scenes of his latest projects, ranging from fine-art portraiture of American farmers to high-angle adventures, sharing tips and field notes along the way. A teacher at heart, Tyler will help you raise the bar for your own imagery.


Sean Fitzgerald 

Sean took a winding path to photography. He spent 10 years as a left-brained attorney before realizing that his right-brain artistic itch had to be scratched. He is now a Texas-based nature, conservation, and travel photographer who brings an artistic approach to his documentary images. Sean tries to create images that are simple, graphic, evocative, surreal and that in some way evoke a reaction, provoke an emotion, or tell a story. While his photographic subjects are widely varied, he is repeatedly drawn to nature, wildlife and the impact of man on both. 

Sean’s work has been published in a wide variety of Texas and national publications and his fine-art prints are found in private and corporate art collections and  large-scale installations across the country, including hospitals, banks, museums and convention centers.

He has won grand prizes in numerous contests, including the Texas Wildlife in Focus Contest (twice), Texas Tech University’s High and Dry Contest, and PhotoMedia’s World in Focus photo contest, and placed images in PDN and Nature’s Best contests. His career has been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine and CBS News recently named Sean one of the 10 emerging artists in the Dallas area. Sean received the Rising Star Photographer Award at the Fotofusion International Photography Festival and his career has been featured in Professional Photographer Magazine and other publications. The Bravo Network has featured his artwork on several home redesign shows.

Sean is past president and current board member of the North American Nature Photography Association. He is currently working on projects documenting the Great Trinity Forest near his home in Dallas, the endangered Backland Prairie, and Vermejo Park Ranch in New Mexico. He also leads photo workshops with Art Wolfe, Inc. and Ted Turner, Inc. 


Earl Nottingham

Earl Nottingham

Earl Nottingham

For over 35 years, Earl Nottingham has been telling the story of Texas and much of the American Southwest through his photography and is considered one of Texas' preeminent photographers. As an accredited Master Photographer, his work has been featured in numerous regional and national publications such as National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian Guide to America, Texas Monthly, Texas Highways and Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine; as well as gracing the walls of homes and corporations. With an entire state as his studio, he travels to every corner to document its landscape, people and historical treasures. Earl shares his love of photography and its constantly changing technology by teaching workshops to individuals and groups as well as writing about photographic topics.

Trained in traditional film and darkroom methods, Earl still enjoys the organic nature and requisite craftsmanship inherent to shooting with medium and large format film cameras. However, he also embraces the current digital technology for the creative possibilities it affords in sharing his vision.

Born in Marlin, Texas, Earl has lived in Temple, Texas for most of his life. After high school, he attended the Art Institute of Atlanta, worked for the local newspaper and subsequently earned his bachelors degree in Photography from East Texas State University in 1978 where he was honored at the top student cinematography film editor in the country by American Cinema Editors (ACE Eddie Award). After owning a successful freelance business for several years, he took over as chief photographer for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1996, where he currently serve.


Mike Mezeul II

Mike Mezeul II

Mike Mezeul II

I’m Mike Mezeul II and I am addicted to photography and adventure. If you know me… you know I always have a camera in my hand, if you don’t, just think of my camera as that weird sticky feeling you get on your hands after touching year old gum underneath a restaurant table…you just can’t shake it, that’s basically my relationship with my camera, haha. Through the years I’ve photographed in many situations including professional sporting events, live music venues, 5,000′ in the air hanging out of a plane, natural disasters, the tops of volcanoes, and the bottom of the ocean floor and more. I’ve even been known to break it down on the dance floor while photographing at weddings. I’ve been shooting professionally now for six years and have had the honor of working with so many fantastic clients and cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings!

Although I currently live in north Texas, I was originally born in the small town of Rome, New York. I moved to Texas at a young age, but have never worn (and never will) a cowboy hat, cowboy boots, or said, “ya’ll.” I got my first camera at the age of 15. It was a 1975 Yashica MG-1. I had absolutely no interest in photography then, but something about the camera gained my interest. I have been completely self-taught and have learned photography through a ton of trial and error. I took my camera out and shot with it, writing down the conditions and my settings for each frame I took. I then would save up my allowance to get my film (yeah, remember that stuff?) developed. When I got my images back, I compared them to what I wrote down and noted how I could improve my techniques. It was all pretty much downhill from there. Once I got my license I began exploring abandoned places, chasing the clouds, and of course taking photos along the way. When digital came out, I was too poor to afford it so I kept shooting film until I was too poor to afford film, then I made the switch to digital. Let’s see, what else? I graduated from The University of North Texas in 2008 with a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice and obtained my Master’s in Journalism back in December of 2012. When I’m not out with my camera, I enjoy playing hockey. I’ve played for almost my whole life, all the way through the collegiate level, and it’s definitely my biggest stress reliever. I’ve been blessed with an awesome family and I don’t know where I would be without my mom, dad, and brother. Also, a huge thank you to all my friends who have supported me along the way with my photography…there were many days when I was eating Ramon noodles wondering if this was the right career choice. It definitely was.


 David Woo

David Woo

David Woo

David is a 35-year veteran photographer with The Dallas Morning News. He graduated from The University of Texas in Austin in 1976 with a B.A. in Photo-Journalism, and was hired by the newspaper for his first job out of college at the age of 21.
     David was part of The Dallas Morning News staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for news photography in 2005 for their coverage of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
      In 1984, David was a runner-up for the Pulitzer in feature photography for his coverage of the civil wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua. In 1986, he was again runner-up for the Pulitzer, this time for news photography and coverage of the Mexico City earthquake with newspaper colleagues Richard Pruitt and Juan Garcia.
      So far David's career has taken him to over 20 countries. In 2010 he was in Iraq doing a story on his son Jake, who is in the U.S. Army serving our country.
      His first book, "Texas Women,” was published in 1984. It featured portraits of some of the state’s most memorable people by David and Richard Pruitt.  David said that most of the people he photographed for his latest book, "Top Dogs And Their Pets,” were people he met over the years while on assignment for the newspaper.


Matt Short

Filmmaker and Aerial Photographer 

Matt Short

Matt Short

Visual storyteller & aerial photographer, Matt Short, travels the world photographing the most advanced aircraft on the planet. As the son of a Marine Corps fighter pilot, Matt grew up with a natural love for aviation. With 20+ years experience in the production industry, he combines his two life-long passions of aviation and photography. Matt has logged over 750 hours filming from the backseat of F-16s & T-50s, sitting on the ramp of C-130Js, standing on the skids of helicopters, and from the boom pod of KC-10s & KC-135s. Aircrew qualified in F-16s, Matt spent 5 years as a flight test photographer for the F-16, F-22, and F-35 flight test programs at Edwards AFB.

Matt is also a RED Camera instructor and has won numerous Telly Awards for his films and commercial work. His photography can be found in many publications and has garnered several magazine covers, and commercial & marketing campaigns. Matt’s passion for photography and adventure are the fuel for all his creative endeavors.


Rob Hull

Rob Hull

Rob Hull

Rob Hull is a Certified Professional Photographer and owner of Coppell, Texas based GreatPhotography. Rob started GreatPhotography over 20 years ago and in that time has offered commercial, portrait and freelance services to thousands of clients.   

Rob's also been a popular photography instructor with SMU's Continuing and Professional Education. Since 1998 over 3,000 students have attended his classes and programs at the SMU-in-Plano campus.  In addition to classes and seminars, Rob also host photography workshops throughout the world.

Students have enjoyed these workshops in such majestic locals as Banff National Park, Olympic National Park, the Grand Tetons, the desert southwest and the Texas Hill Country.  He’s recently hosted photography programs in the Greek Islands, Columbia, Panama, Costa Rica, Canada and will soon host a group in Ireland.   

For advanced photographers, Rob developed and teaches the Canon Advanced Shooter Workshop - which is now offered within the Tony Corbell Photographic Workshops.  (www.CanonAdvancedShooter.com). 

In 2016, Amherst Media published Rob's first book, How To Take Great Photographs. He's also contributed photographs for publication in Tony Corbell's book, Light & Shadow: Dynamic Lighting for Location Portrait Photography. 

Rob holds two degrees from the Professional Photographers of America. That of Master of Photography (M.Photog.) which is earned for superior photographic skills—demonstrated through the Photographic Open category of PPA International Photographic Competition, advanced education and service to the industry. And that of Master Craftsman (Cr.Photog.) which is awarded for service as an orator, author or mentor. This degree shows the dedication of time to move the industry forward and encourage education.

In addition, Rob hold the certification of Certified Professional Photographer (CPP).  He is a member of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).  Rob has been recognized as PPA Photographer of the Year - Silver. He is a Fellow with the Texas Professional Photographers Association and is President of the Board of Directors of the Dallas Professional Photographers Association. 

As a specialist in digital workflow Rob also earned the title of Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) for Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom product.  

          Rob Hull is a part owner/ partner in Corbell Photographic Workshops


Workflow for the Master Photographer

From the moment you capture a photograph until it is delivered in some final form, your image travels down a path that we call the digital workflow. Defining and working with a concise digital workflow is important if you want to produce high-quality images efficiently.

Like travel directions to your grandmother’s home, your digital workflow must be tailored to fit your specific needs. Too many photographers loose valuable time and even damage their images with poorly defined workflows or by using the wrong tools for the job.    

Learn about setting up a customized workflow for your specific needs with Master Photographer Rob Hull. Rob will help you understand an effective workflow from capture to archive. He’ll discuss importing, backup, tagging, processing and output. Understand how color management integrates with this whole process too. 

This is one event you just don’t want to miss. 

Russell Graves

Russell Graves

Russell Graves

If you've read any Texas-based magazines over the past twenty five years chances are you've seen some of Russell's photos or read some of his words.  Since 1989, he's been traveling the state telling authentic Texas stories with his camera and his words - both written and spoken.

A graduate of Dodd City High School and East Texas State University, Russell was an ag science teacher in Childress, Texas for 16 years where he was named Texas Agriscience Teacher of the Year on three occasions.

After leaving that career in 2009, he continued to photograph, write, and speak about his experiences and the people he meets and in 2010, he began delving into television production.  His first documentary film, Bois d'Arc Goodbye was filmed entirely in Fannin County and chronicled he and his brother Bubba's canoe journey as they traversed the creek before a lake forever changes the landscape.  The film aired three times to a prime-time, national audience.

Recently he's worked with such celebrities as the Robertson Family from Duck Dynasty television show, T. Boone Pickens, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Pat Green, and Tracy Lawrence,  but he insists that regular people are his favorite subjects.

Currently, Russell lives in the country north of Childress, Texas with his wife Kristy and their two children Bailee and Ryan but still manages to spend a considerable amount of time near his boyhood home north of Dodd City.

P. Harold (Hal)  Wallar, MD

 Hal Wallar, MD. is a published and award winning photographer who has had a lifelong interest in photography and art. He obtained his first camera as a kid (an Argus A4) and utilized a “sort of” darkroom that was built in the top of the family garage over the hoods of the family cars. 

During his college years, he was editor/photographer of the college yearbook taking and wet lab printing a number of the photographs for the volume including the setting up and taking of the signature picture of the publication.

Hal was trained as an eye surgeon, and spent his career years in this vocation as well as training other ophthalmologist as a faculty member of the Dept. of Ophthalmology of Loma Linda University in California.  Photography is an easy hobby for many ophthalmologists to identify with as they are trained in optics and deal every day with the ultimate “camera”, the human eye.  

Following his career as an eye surgeon he found additional time to again pursue his passion in photography and image creation the potential of which has only been vastly broadened in scope and artistic possibilities by the advent of the digital age.  He enjoys sharing these new possibilities with other photographers and helping them achieve the image potential that this field now offers.

His photographic pursuits have ranged from technical to fine art photography and he has served as an author, presenter, and judge in regards to photographic topics. 

Presentation:           Compositing with Photoshop

In the past photography was not considered art.  It was invented in the 1820’s, but it wasn’t until after World War I that it was considered an art form.  The pictorialist movement, pioneered by Steichen and Stieglitz, began to do more than just document events etc.  Photography began to involve all the elements of art – technique, emotion, subject, composition, mood, etc.  Along with digital photography came the possibility of “digital art” greatly expanding the photographer’s ability to produce virtually any kind of image imaginable.  The purpose of the talk on “Compositing with Photoshop” is not to diminish any of the beautiful photographic art forms that have been available to the photographer in the past, but to encourage photographers to expand their horizons and to take advantage of the possibilities that are now available to photographer to make the most out of their images and to go beyond to create images of the mind.  Your imagination is the only limit now. 


Drew Hendrix

Drew Hendrix

Drew Hendrix

Drew is the president and owner of Red River Paper.  He has been with the company since 1997 and worked in various capacities throughout the years.  Drew started working with digital photography in 1998 when the company purchased a Kodak DC50.  He currently shoots with both dSLR and micro four-thirds bodies and focuses on sports, nature, and family photography.

Join Red River Paper’s Drew Hendrix and discover what you need to know to make a good inkjet print.  We’ll cover the critical parts of the process from monitor setup to image editing tips to setting your printer up properly.  We’ll even learn one little trick you can do to avoid the dreaded head clog!

Presentation: Photo Printing Tips, Tricks, and More



Mindy Guidry

Mindy Guidry

You could say that photography runs deep in my blood, coming from parents who both had a great deal of passion for photography as well.  Throughout my life, I’ve always had a camera in my hand.  As an amateur, I’ve shot everything from wildlife to weddings.   I currently do freelance work in real estate and also shoot high school seniors for fun every Spring.  However, my love of nature and animals is where I am really passionate concerning the art of photography.  A huge part of my work includes digital artistic expression of animals.  I look for expression and attitude from my subjects, and then transform my subjects into beautiful pieces of art using the many tools available to me inside of Adobe Photoshop.  I have been an avid user of Adobe Photoshop as far back as version 5.0.  What is great about Photoshop for me is that the learning never stops, and the opportunities for creativity are endless.  There always seems to be something with it that keeps me learning and interested.  It is addictive to say the least.

I have displayed and sold my work at a couple of local art galleries and do, every now and then, enter my images in various competitions, which have brought me a few nice awards.   I am an active member of the Louisiana Photographic Society and have done charitable work for both United Way of Acadiana and Louisiana Special Olympics. My future endeavors are currently being mapped out.  My plans include educating others on how to shoot more for artistic expression, and how to bring it all together inside of Photoshop.  I want it to be about becoming a visionary and taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary.

Presentation:  Inspiring the Creative Mind – Photography to Artistry



Andy Lay

Andy Lay

For over fifty years, I have been an amateur photographer.  For the last ten years or so, I have described myself as a serious amateur which I jokingly define as one who invests heavily in their photography but makes little in return.  As an undergraduate at Princeton University, I was taught the importance of precision and excellence in the photographic process, both behind the camera and while in the darkroom.  During these recent years, my technical and artistic photographic skills have developed as a direct result of my association with the Cowtown Camera Club (formerly known as the Lockheed Martin Camera Club) in Fort Worth, Texas.  By far, though, my greatest improvement has come through my wife of 38 years who is a natural-born visual artist.  She has taught me how to find the artistry and beauty in my images and has changed the way I see the world.

I currently compete in the Cowtown Camera Club’s master class and have had the honor of serving as the Club’s president for three years.  I have also benefited by membership in other organizations such as the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).  My photographic interests are quite diverse and as an aerospace engineer, I enjoy post-processing just as much as capturing images.  I enjoying learning and using as many photographic tools as I can get my hands on.  My latest endeavor is expanding into drone photography with the acquisition of my first flying camera.  I’m also hoping this will help me in my most recent challenge of getting serious about starting a photography business that actually makes money and graduating from the amateur to the semi-pro world.


Jay Miller

Jay Miller

Jay Miller

Jay Miller has chased flying machines and vintage race cars with a camera for well over fifty years. He is the author of 36 books, countless magazine and newspaper articles, and the retired director of two major aviation museums. Though aviation and aviation photography have been his life’s work, on the side he has lived and photographed in the peripheral world of race cars. During the summer of 1969 he was employed and befriended by one of the greatest names in US automobile racing history, Jim Hall and his famous Chaparral Cars of Midland, Texas. At a much later date, a similar friendship was developed with Randy Riggs, editor-in-chief of Vintage Motorsport magazine. This resulted in Jay becoming a VM staff photo-journalist. Serendipitously, as a result of his VM work, Jay was befriended by Tony Parella who concurrently became the owner of the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association - the largest such organization in the world. For several years, Jay was chief photographer for the SVRA. Pressures from his aviation photography work led to a pull-back on his SVRA commitments; today he selectively covers only the Indianapolis and Circuit of the Americas SVRA events. 

Presentation: The Art and Science of Vintage Race car Photography.

Jay will discuss technique, equipment (he’s a Nikon guy!), and his somewhat conventional post-production processes. He will also provide a small insight into his aviation photography world for those who might find that subject of interest! Jay is only 69 years old, the father of two wonderful adult daughters, and married to the love of his life and favorite cheerleader, Susan. 

Ryan Brown, M. Photog., M. Artist, Cr. CPP

Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown

Ryan Brown has been a professional photographer in the Kansas City area, photographing weddings and portraits domestically and internationally for 10 years. He is a member of the Professional Photographersof America, and is currently the President of the Missouri Professional Photographers Association. Ryan’s degrees from the PPA include Master of Photography, Master Artist, and the degree of Photographic Craftsmen. Ryan’s certifications include Certified Professional Photographer, Certified Wedding Photographer and Certified Stock Photographer. Ryan has been a Technical Representative for Sigma Corporation since 2012.  Most recently, Ryan has presented programs for professional photography organizations and schools in Arizona, Nevada, Kansas, Montana, Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, and appears frequently at industry trade shows and conventions. Ryan earned a B.S. in Photography from Central Missouri State University.

 Presentation: The Storytelling Portrait 

 Have you wondered how to visualize and create a great environmental portrait? Join Ryan for a session in which he will explore concept to creation steps to a strong portrait in any environment. He will present all of the elements needed to bring out a strong emotional connection in your image between your subject and their environment. In this workshop you will learn lighting concepts, composition techniques and how to choose the correct lens and focal length to effectively define your subject in their environment. He will also discuss how to put these skills into use real-world practice for musicians, commercial clients, and personal projects.