Bob Coates – M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, EA-ASP

Bob Coates started his official pro career in March of 1995 after picking up and putting down a camera for the previous thirteen years. Based in the Caribbean for his first three years of business, Bob concentrated on commercial photography. Upon his move to Sedona, Arizona, to get out of the path of hurricanes, weddings were expanded and mixed with some commercial work. Coming full circle, Bob is back to concentrating on commercial projects, chasing wildlife and creating an art décor line of images as a ‘Lens Based Artist’ combining photographic images with digital artistry.

Articles for magazines and books authored by Bob are part of how he gives back to the photographic community. In addition, Bob has presented programs from Hawaii to the Caribbean including National platforms at Imaging USA and other venues. Judging local and International print competitions is another way Bob has shares his expertise in the industry.

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Fine Art Photo-Synthesis

Taking your images to another level is one way to set yourself apart from other photographers. Bob has chosen to move his images to a more painterly feel. He accomplishes this by fusing many images together utilizing a single subject blended with many textures from nature, decaying made-made items and everyday items found through serendipity. The result is an image that has depth and dimension and will often reveal different things to the viewer no matter how many times it is seen. Coates now refers to himself as a Lens Based Artist as all source material comes through a camera lens then all bets are off.

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Leveraging Todays Technology for More Creative Images

We have more creative tools than ever built into our cameras. Apps to give us info before we get to a location. Weather information to help know where better image possibilities await. Camera gear is becoming lighter, faster and sharper than ever. Technology is making it possible for making more Creative Images than ever before. We can now remotely control the camera via wifi and see what the camera is seeing. Pull large still frames from 4K and 6K video, pick focus after the fact with focus stacking, create time-lapse videos in camera. Capture an image after something has already happened (I know it was hard for Bob to believe too!). Intelligent Auto can determine the subject matter and give pre-programmed settings so you can concentrate on composition. Let’s not forget post-processing techniques to work on the images after capture. It’s a great time to push the envelope! Bob will share how he’s combining the new tech from Olympus Cameras, Adobe Photoshop, NIK Filters, Luminar and Aurora HDR software.

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