Instructors

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Stephen Dantzig is a nationally renowned lighting expert and owner of the Hawai’i School of Photography with over 30 years experience behind the camera. He is the author of The Essential Photography Workbook: The Beginner’s Guide to Creating Impressive Digital Photos (with Joan Dantzig), Portrait Lighting for Digital Photographers: The Basics and Beyond, Lighting Techniques for Fashion and Glamour Photography for Film and Digital Photographers, Mastering Lighting Techniques for Outdoor and Location Digital Portrait Photography, Softbox Lighting Techniques for Professional Photographers (Amherst Media) and The Essential Guide to Using Flash: A Beginner’s Tool to Really Understand Flash! (with Joan Dantzig), Photographing Swimwear: Lighting, Composition and Post-production, On the Set and Behind the Scenes, The Making of a Maritime Fashion Shoot, and Professional Make-Over Techniques (with Susan Ko and Sharon Sanchez) (Stephen Dantzig Educational Consulting Services). Stephen has written more than one hundred articles and lessons on photographic lighting and ethics. He wrote a monthly column for the now defunct ProPhotoResource.com for 8 years and was a frequent contributor to RANGEFINDER Magazine. His lessons have appeared in Professional Photographer Magazine, PC Photo Magazine, Studio Photography and Design, ProPhoto West, ShootSmarter.com, the Photoflex Web Photo School. His work has appeared on more than 22 magazine covers including local, regional and national markets. Some of his additional published works have appeared in the Amherst Media’s Portrait Photographer’s Handbook, Group Portrait Photography Handbook, The Best of Portraiture, The Best of Photographic Lighting (First and Second Editions), Lighting and Posing Techniques for Photographing Women, Professional Portrait Lighting Techniques and Images from Master Photographers, 500 Poses for Photographing Women, 500 Poses for Photographing Full-Length Portraits, and Rangefinder’s Professional Photography; This Week Magazine (Hawaii), Pleasant Hawaii Magazine, Doll Reader, Metropolitan Home, Studio City Lifestyles Magazine, Santa Clarita Valley Living, and The Los Angeles Times. Stephen is a twenty-one time Award of Merit recipient from the Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County and has received two Awards of Merit from The Professional Photographers of Hawaii. His specialties include fashion, beauty and corporate photography. Corporate clients in Hawaii include: United Cerebral Palsy Association of Hawaii; State Senator Brickwood Galuteria; Miss Raeceen Woolford (Miss Hawaii 2009), Ms. Alicia Michioka (Miss Hawaii USA 2003); several past and current Miss Hawaii and Miss Hawaii USA preliminary title holders and Miss Hawaii Teen/Miss Hawaii Teen USA preliminary title and title holders. Stephen also holds a Doctor of Psychology degree from the Rutgers University Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. He now works, teaches and resides in Honolulu, HI. More of his online portfolio can be seen at www.dantzigphotography.com. 

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Stan P. Cox II’s career in the arts has spanned several decades and mediums. He started drawing and painting in elementary school and has gone on to become one of Hawaii’s premier photographic portrait artists. His background in the “traditional” arts permeates his photography. A recent visitor to Stan’s studio commented that he felt like he was in an art gallery! One of Stan’s best known project’s was his “Local Heroes” exhibit that featured his interpretive portraiture of local celebrities whose charitable work leave a lasting mark on the community. His main focus is the creation of fine art family portraits, but he has an extensive list of commercial clients as well including: Honolulu Magazine, Hawaii Home & Remodeling, AMD, Bank of Maui, King & Zelko, Girl Scouts of Hawaii, Hawaii Stars TV show, Xango, Ohana Road TV show, Kanekapila – Kaimuki, NIC, Century 21, The Prudential, The Oceanic Institute, Long & Associates, Oceanic Cable, Federal Dept. Of Corrections, Tardus Financial, The Davis Fund, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Helmets to Hardhats, The Executive Chef, Animations, Red Pineapple, Institute of Aeronautic & Astronomics, The Queens FCU, Media Hawaii FCU, Hawaiian Tel FCU, Trump Waikiki Tower and United Cerebral Palsy Association Hawaii. Stan has trained numerous apprentices over the years and runs mini-workshops at local libraries. He has been a guest columnist for www.prohotoresource.com and has numerous other publications to his credit. You can see a partial list of his publications here: http://hawaii-fineart-portrait-photographer.com/Articles%20&%20Links.htm.