Creativity demystified

Dave Cross - Photoshop Techniques, Don Komarechka - winter magic (snowflakes, freezing soap bubbles, & more), Mo Devlin - frozen flowers, Padma Inguva - Vertoramas , Polina Plotnikova - still life photography, Rad Drew - creative editing with Topaz, Tony Sweet - Infrared photography an overview, Ilse Beunen - Ikebana, the art of Japanese floral design, Jackie Kramer - shooting and adding textures to your images and Sacred St. Augustine (taking a project from concept to execution, exhibition & publication), Christine Cook - color theory, Dewitt Jones & Flint Sparks will be sharing inspiring thoughts on creativity & community.

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    Social Hour and Words Project Overview

    • Social Hour - Talent Share and Words Overview

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    10/5 - 1pm: ORIENTATION MEETING - Zoom, Accessing Recordings, & Facebook Group

    • Orientation Mtg

    • Orientation to Zoom, the Website to Access Recordings, Facebook Group, and the WORD Project

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    10/7 - 4pm: Dewitt Jones - Opening Inspiration & Interactive Discussion (followed by Craig Strong, Live with Lensbaby)

    • Dewitt Jones - Learn to Photograph with your Soul Camera (followed by Craig Strong, Lensbaby)

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    10/7 - 7pm: Jackie Kramer - Shoot Your Own Textures (Part 1 of 2)

    • Shooting Textures

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    10/09 - 1pm: Jackie Kramer - Add Your Textures in Photoshop (Part 2 of 2)

    • Add your own textures in Photoshop

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    10/09 - 4pm: Mo Devlin - Frozen Flowers

    • Mo Devlin - Frozen Flowers

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    10/10 - 1pm: Polina Plotnikova - Arranging and Shooting Still Life

    • Polina Plotnikova - Still Life Photography

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    10/10 - 4pm - Don Komarechka - Frozen Soap Bubbles, Snowflakes, & more

    • Don Komarechka - Frozen Worlds (Snowflakes, Soap Bubbles, etc.)

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    10/12 - 1pm: Ilse Beunen - Ikebana, The Japanese Art of Flower Arranging

    • Ilse Beunen - Ikebana

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    10/12 - 4pm: Dave Cross - Photoshop (specifics TBD)

    • Dave Cross - Selections in Photoshop

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    11/05 - 1pm: Padma Inguva - Vertoramas

    • Padma Inguva - Vertoramas

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    11/05 - 4pm: Jackie Kramer - Sacred St. Augustine (project overview)

    • Jackie Kramer - Sacred St. Augustine (From Concept through Completion)

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    11/09 - 1pm: Tony Sweet - Infrared Photography; an overview

    • Tony Sweet - An Overview of Infrared Photography

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    11/09 - 4pm: Christine Cook - Beyond the Color Wheel: Bringing harmony to your images

    • Christine Cook - Color Theory

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    11/12 - 1pm: Rad Drew - Creative Editing with Topaz

    • Rad Drew - Topaz

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    11/12 - 4pm: Jackie - Summary of Word Project

    • WORDS PROJECT - A Virtual Photography Exhibit

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    11/16 - 4pm: Flint Sparks - Inspiring Words - The Force & Value of a Creative Community

    • Flint Sparks - The Value of a Creative Community

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    11/19 - 1pm: Image Review Session 1 of 3

    • Image Reviews - Rad Drew & Christine Cook

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    11/21 - 1pm: Image Review Session 2 of 3

    • Image Review Session 2 - Padma, Polina, & Mo

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    11/23 - 1pm: Image Review Session 3 of 3

    • Image Review - 3 of 3

    • Image Review Session 3 - Jackie, Tony, & Don

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    MAP Holiday Party

    • MAP Holiday & Birthday Party


Jackie Kramer

Jackie is known for her floral photography, rich with color and passion. She is a Lensbaby Ambassador & KelbyOne instructor who has received international acclaim for her images. Jackie's true passion is to encourage people to live their legacy which she does through her Facebook group, Phlorography, a supportive community where photography is the common thread and where relationships make a difference.

Dewitt Jones

Dewitt Jones is one of America's top professional photographers with a career stretching over twenty years. As a motion picture director, he had two documentary films nominated for Academy Awards (Climb - Best Live Action Short Film and John Muir's High Sierra - Best Short Subject Documentary) before he was thirty. Turning to advertising, Jones rose to the forefront of corporate creative marketing photographing national advertising campaigns for Dewar's Scotch, Canon, and United Airlines. He has published nine books, including California!, Visions of Wilderness, What The Road Passes By, Robert Frost; A Tribute To The Source, Canyon Country and John Muir’s High Sierra. His most recent book, The Nature of Leadership was created in collaboration with Stephen R. Covey (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People). Dewitt's column, Basic Jones, appears monthly in Outdoor Photographer magazine. He is a cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Drama and holds a Masters Degree in film making from UCLA.

Dave Cross

For nearly 30 years, Dave Cross has been helping photographers and creative professionals get the most out of their software. Starting with Adobe Illustrator classes in 1987, Dave has taught Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to thousands of users around the world. He has a Bachelor of Education, is an Adobe Certified Instructor in Photoshop CC and is a Certified Technical Trainer. Dave has taught at Photoshop World (27 times), spoken at many photography events, written numerous articles and several books, co-hosted Photoshop User TV and has appeared in many DVDs and online courses for Kelby Training and PhotoshopCafe. Dave is a regular instructor for CreativeLive, and in 2016 and 2017 was named a MAX Master instructor at Adobe MAX. In 2009 Dave was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame.

Don Komarechka

Don Komarechka is a nature, macro and landscape photographer located in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. From auroras to pollen, insects to infrared, much of Don’s photographic adventures reveal a deeper understanding of how the universe works. Exploring the world that we cannot see with our own eyes has been a common thread in Don’s career as a professional photographer. Don’s first mass-produced book, Sky Crystals: Unraveling the Mysteries of Snowflakes shows his attention to detail and desire to understand the world around him. He has been featured in an episode of The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. A 2017 limited-edition one ounce pure silver $20 coin produced by the Royal Canadian Mint features one of Don’s snowflake images. His latest publication, Macro Photography: The Universe at Our Feet, is soon to be released and is likely to be the most comprehensive and current book on the subject.

Polina Plotnikova

Polina is Russian-born UK-based photographer. She studied at Moscow State University and in the Christies Education in London/Modern Art studies. She worked with photography in the museums, galleries and image libraries. These days she is teaching Creative Flowers photography and Still Life workshops and visits photography clubs around South East with photography talks. She is also Lensbaby ambassador. She has an FRPS and an EFIAP photography distinctions and a number of photographic awards, including eight Gold and Silver Gilt medals at the RHS photography competitions, category winner of Food Photographer of The Year competition, various distinctions at each of the International Garden Photographer of The Year competitions, and multiple medals and distinctions awarded by various Photography Salons.

Rad Drew

Rad Drew is a photographer, teacher, and tour leader from Indianapolis, Indiana. He makes photographs with mirrorless and infrared cameras, and assorted iPhones, and he loves to teach and inspire others to discover their hidden creative talents. His creative images have been recognized in galleries and photo competitions around the world. He was recognized in the Photography Society of America’s Who’s Who in Photography 2018 in the Editorial Awards category. Learn more on his website

Padma Inguva

In her own words... Who Am I? Age old question, isn’t it? I am Padma, a woman, a mother, a restless soul and lifelong focused student, and a mentor. I am forever seeking things that make me happy. What do I know? Many things... while Photography is my obsession... gardening, reading, jewelry making, soap and lotion making, aroma therapy are some of my other hobbies... I might prefer one over other for a certain period of time but all these activities make me happy. What do I have to offer? A lot of images to show my journey in photography and mentoring in photography and post processing.

Tony Sweet

Tony Sweet is a Nikon Legend Behind the lens and Singh Ray Ambassador. He and Susan Milestone conduct Visual Artistry workshops throughout the US, Canada, Iceland, and Cuba. His work has been published worldwide and used for national ad campaigns (Nikon, SinghRay, Topaz, Exposure, and had a maco article published in the NYT. He is also the author of his Fine Art Photography book series and MasterPhoto educational DVD series.

Mo Devlin

Mo Devlin lives in Northeastern Pa. with his wife. Mo is known internationally for his work photographing tropical fish. He is also known for his frozen flower images, which have been published worldwide. Many of his friends jokingly call him H2Mo, At 82 degrees its fish. At 32 degrees its flowers.

Flint Sparks

Flint Sparks is a Zen teacher and former psychologist dedicated to assisting people in the unending path of growing up and waking up. He is an experienced therapist and a master teacher who assists people in the skillful removal of blocks to love, both inside and outside. He is a clear and caring resource on the path of freedom from unnecessary suffering. Flint has nearly four decades of experience in the practice and teaching of psychotherapy. He is also a Zen teacher who leads retreats throughout North America and Europe.

Ilse Beunen

Ilse left Belgium in 1989, after graduating as a landscape architect. She lived in Japan for 11 years. She became an apprentice of Suzuki Shigeichi (鈴木 重壱), a landscaping architect in Nagaoka. She learned the secrets of designing Japanese gardens and studied many aspects of Japanese culture, including Ikebana. After moving to Yokohama in 1995, she studied under Crivelli Joko and obtained her first Sogetsu teaching license in 1997. During her stay in Yokohama, she taught Ikebana to Japanese and foreigners. She made several ikebana arrangements and installations at the Belgian embassy in Tokyo. Together with her husband, she returned to Belgium in 2000 and started her business as an ikebana teacher and designer of Japanese gardens. Ilse began a Facebook page to raise awareness for Ikebana,, which now has over 20.000+ followers.

Christine Cook

Christine loves to taste all the flavors of life and all the colors of the rainbow and beyond! Her interests in photography are likewise wide-strewn, although any time she can exercise her creative juices, she is all in. She teaches various topics in photography and is very involved in her local camera club and in the state of Florida’s Camera Club Council.