Hello and welcome to my site! My name is John Todd and I am an amateur photographer and over enthusiastic Photoshop and Lightroom user. While I’m not a full-time professional photographer, I did major in commercial photography but after school the idea of being a ski bum sounded better than knocking around in a studio. Instead of pursuing a career in photography I have been in the winter sports industry for the past 30 + years where I am the product manager for Wintersteiger were, among other responsibilities, I teach ski and snowboard tuning across North America. Even though photography was not my chosen profession I am still an internationally published and award-winning photographer. Because of my love of photography I have continued my education by attending countless seminars on technique and post processing. I am a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (now KelbyOne) and teach Photoshop and Lightroom classes locally to groups and individuals. I am the organizer of the Gateway Digital Photography Group and started a smaller group that likes to sit around and drink margaritas and talk Photoshop. I pride myself on continually pushing my processing techniques and trying to define a style that is my own. Please have a look around my site, I hope you enjoy it, and I appreciate you being here! If you have any questions about the site or myself please contact me.

My introduction to Photoshop was in 1998 when I needed to change the color of some numbers in a product shot. During those early years of using Photoshop I was mainly self-taught and struggled endlessly trying to use the program. It took me hours to figure out something as simple as changing the colors of those numbers, but I could see the potental of what Photoshop could offer. I read many books, most written by Scott Kelby, and educating myself watching poorly done online videos and became fairly proficient. In 2009 a friend of mine, Danielle Pandeline, introduced me to the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (now Kelbyone) and the doors were opened to a truly professional education. I attended my first workshop, hosted by Ben Willmore, and after that one class I felt my knowledge was doubled. Since then I have attended 4 Photoshop World Conferences, which are 3-days of intense training, many 1 day workshops, and other classes. I now teach Photoshop and Lightroom to individuals or groups and use both programs daily for work and pleasure. If you find yourself in the same predicament I was in and would like to gain a better knowledge of Photoshop or Lightroom please contact me, I can help you!

Nikon D800
Nikon D700
Nikon P7000
Gopro Hero4

Nikon Fisheye AF Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D
Nikon AF-S Zoom Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 28-70mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 VR Micro

Nikon Speedlight SB-800
Nikon Speedlight SB-910 (2)
AlienBee B800 Studio Flash Unit (3)

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Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Lightroom
MacPhun Creative Kit Plus
Nik Collection
Topaz Labs Collection



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