Bob Coates

Bob Coates – M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, EA-ASP is a commercial, nature, fine art photographer and photo educator based in Sedona, Arizona.

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 PPA’s Imaging USA and other venues. Judging local and International print competitions is another way Bob has shares his expertise in the industry. Bob has always believed in helping his local community using his photographic skills. Among fundraising projects a couple notable ones were a calendar based on the movie Calendar Girls that raised money and garnered lots of community awareness and National press for the Sedona Arts Center. He also photographed, designed, printed and sold a calendar titled ‘Flowers for Food’ for the Sedona Community Center raising over $15,000.

Bob currently lives and works from his residential studio in Sedona, AZ, with his wife, Holly. Check out Bob’s work at, and

Conference Program:

Nature, Landscape & Wildlife: Pre-Capture to Post-Processing

I’ll be sharing the thought process on how I capture and process Landscapes, Wildlife and Nature images. Starting with the thinking behind gathering images and the final output the conversation will cover gear used and why. I favor micro 4/3rds camera and lens systems of Panasonic and Olympus. (but all techniques shared can be accomplished with any camera system) Camera supports can be of great help when making multiple exposures for panoramic, focus stacking and exposure bracketing image capture. Who knew that a tripod could help with camera artistry?? I’ll be showing how to leverage imaginative uses of Platypod and Fotopro tripod supports. Once images have made it to the sensor more creativity can be applied using software, Adobe Photoshop, NIK and Luminar and other filters and techniques. Discussion of possibilities in processing will wrap up this talk followed by any questions you may have. Note I am a Fotopro Featured photographer and a Platypod Pro.