My background is in photography. I was first introduced to photography way back in highschool and have been developing film and making prints ever since. I have had a variety of jobs in the photographic industry ranging from motion picture lab technician to portraits & weddings to commercial studio work to medical photography lab technician to newspaper photographer and most recently shooting virtual tours and panoramic images.
I first started teaching, actually the unofficial teaching assistant, at the School of Modern Photography in Montreal back in the early 70's when I himself was still a student. The lead instructor recognized my ability to explain photographic principals and lighting techniques to other students and asked me to participate as the unofficial teaching assistant. The same thing more or less happened when I studied at Dawson College a number of years later.
When I moved to Toronto in the early 80's, I found employment with a portrait studio company and when I completed my training and probation period I became the new West Toronto Photography Trainer. I also helped develop the corporate training policies & procedures for that company's North American operation.
After working for the Metroland Group of Community Newspapers as a photographer for over 8 years, I began teaching at Humber College and in 2003 he recieved the Digital Imaging Training Centre's "Teacher of the Year" award.
In 2005, I was the first ever recipient of the Dean Collins Photoshop Educator Scholarship Award presented by Scott Kelby, President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), at the PhotoshopWorld Convention in Boston September 2005.