By the time Walt had his B. S. in teaching, he had already
gotten quite involved in photography. So, when no teaching jobs materialized, he
took a job printing pictures. He did B&W,
color negative printing, and then Cibachrome (slide printing). He printed up to 4x5" negatives, up to 30x40"
prints, learned roller-transport maintenance, Quality Control, and
negative and slide film. He attended week-long seminars at Kodak (Oakbrook, IL) on
process management and maintenance of automated machine printers. Eventually they
started calling him the "Lab Manager"
period he also started a photo studio with a friend in the smallish town of Washington MO,
about 40 miles outside of St. Louis. They did
many weddings and some portraits. The
"official" studio only lasted a year, but he continued to shoot weddings for a
few years on his own, with Mamiya 645 (medium format) equipment.
He took another job as Lab Manager in a professional photo lab
in Riverside CA. They were printing to 30x40",
doing color proofing, and package printing. With the "Santa" pictures they
processed at Christmas, they did over a million yearly in sales. But, when Walt
learned that the owner was retiring and had put the lab up for sale, he decided to go into teaching!
Photo labs are pretty
high-tech, and Walt soon got the
opportunity to teach computers. He ended up teaching
Computer Literacy for 10 years at a K-8 Catholic school, in St. Louis, MO.
Then belt-tightening time came at the school,
and "Computers" was reduced to part time. Walt got a job at a computer
repair shop; testing returned parts. Three years later, he was a Supervisor,
dangerously close to
becoming a Manager again. That's when he and his wife moved to Indianapolis (due to her
job). In the next few years, Walt taught her much
about photography. They began attending seminars by professional photographers,
joined several photo clubs and societies, started printing their own pictures, competed in
regional photo competitions, and started showing their pictures in galleries and art
In 2002, Walt was a member of
Photographic Society of America
(PSA) and assistant webmaster for the Nature Division.
In 2004 he became a member of Huntsville Photographic Society. In the first 4
competitions, he had taken two Second Places, one Third Place, and three Honorable
Mentions. It didn't take too long to receive his "Master of
He is a contributing member of
In July 2003, his Photoshop article, "Electronic
Imaging: Not for Fantasy Only" was published in the
Photographic Society of America Journal.
In June, 2004, he took Second Place, and Honorable
Mention in the photo contest hosted by the
Botanical Garden. The pictures appeared in the Huntsville Times, as
well as various advertising pieces published by the Garden.
July, 2004 - Accepted as exhibitor at the
Nov., 2004 - Won a Merit Award in the
Decatur Art Guild's "Colors of
the Season" exhibition, shown at the
Visual Arts Center, Decatur, AL.
He and his
wife have participated in Huntsville's Panoply and Monte Sano art shows.
- "How to Photograph Nature" Detroit, MI. Rods images have
appeared in such magazines as Audubon, Sierra, Natural History, Backpacker, Birders
World, National and International Wildlife, and Ranger Rick, and in numerous calendars and
Gerlach; one-week photo workshop - "Nature Photography - Shooting
Wild Animals"; Logging Camp Ranch, Medora, North Dakota. Pat has run a
wildlife photo-art business for 20 years, and is a well known figure at all the Florida
Glenn Ketchum - "Evolution in Landscape Photography" St.
Louis, MO. Named the 2001 Outstanding Photographer of the Year by the North
American Nature Photography Association, RGK has published over 10 books in his 30 year
career. Audubon magazine recognized 100 champions of conservation "who shaped
the environmental movement in the 20th century," and included such names as John
Muir, Rachael Carson and photographer, Robert Glenn Ketchum.
Shaw "Intensive" seminar on Nature Photography and digital
printing, Traverse City, MI. John Shaw has been one of the premier nature
photographers since the early '70's. His photographs have graced dozens of
magazines, and he is the author of six books on field photography which are the
& Barb Gerlach, "How to Shoot Beautiful Nature Photos",
Indianapolis, IN. A tremendously prolific nature photographer, John Gerlach's
pictures have appeared in virtually every nature and photography magazine. Not only
do John and Barb supply images to 14 stock photo agencies, but they host photo workshops
in such locations as the Galapagos, Antarctica, Africa, etc.
12/14/02 - "Epson Print Academy"
(one day seminar) with
02/15/03 - St. Louis, MO, one-day Seminar "With Heart, Soul and Camera: Developing a
Personal Vision" by
Tharp, instructor at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography, who is
published in Outdoor Photographer, etc.
3/15/03 - "Digital Photography" with George Lepp, Illinois Central
College, at Peoria, IL. Digital imaging, scanning, image optimization, printing.
George is an institution at Outdoor Photographer magazine, and when it comes to digital
shooting or printing, George is the "go to" guy.
3/20/04 - "Outdoor & Wildlife Photography" by
Dr. Leonard Rue III
and Len Rue Jr., Peoria, IL. Leonard Lee Rue is THE most published wildlife
photographer in North America. He has sold to 2,000 different companies in 44
countries, and is the author of 26 books on wildlife.
Work Shown at:
-Culver Lake Fest, Culver IN.
8/2002 -Washington Gallery, Goshen, IN
12/2002 -Minneapolis Art/Craft Festival, Minneapolis MN.
3/2003 -Audry Levy Invitational Art Show, Ann Arbor, MI.
6/2004 - Huntsville Art League gallery, Huntsville, AL
Aug-Sept.2004 - Huntsville Times (newspaper) Gallery,
Huntsville, AL. (solo show).
Sept-Dec. 2004 - Prints shown at the "Heritage Club",
Oct 2004 - Prints shown at the Huntsville Home Builder's annual "Providence
Nov. 2004-Feb.2005 - Won a Merit Award and showed juried prints at the Decatur Art Guild's
"Colors of the Season" exhibition, at the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, Decatur,
Jan. 2005 - Won and Award of Distinction in the Huntsville Art
League's Collector's Draw.