Graphic Designer Bob Gillespie Visits Photo 480

Baltimore-based graphic designer Bob Gillespie paid a visit to my Photo 480 class at Stevenson University last night to offer his thoughts on my students' online portfolios and resume designs. Anyone who knows Bob knows his enthusiasm, not only for design but for general excellence, and there's no doubt he brought all of that energy to the room.

Once again, I am humbled by the generosity of professionals who volunteer their time to talk to student makers.

To see some of Bob's amazing design work, visit him at

Graphic designer Bob Gillespie reviews a student resume at Stevenson University April 8.

Getty Images Photographer Patrick Smith Visits SU

Patrick Smith, Getty Images staff photographer and POYi's 2014 Sports Photographer of the Year, paid a visit to my 480 Photo Portfolio Development course at Stevenson University last night to help critique student work. After a talk about his photography and process, he had the opportunity to look at both new and re-worked in-process student projects and was kind enough to offer his insight and suggestions.

It is one of the great joys of being an educator to be able to bring professionals of this caliber to the classroom. Students not only hear about a professional's experiences and see the work with such intimacy, but the students also have the chance to share their work and get feedback from outside of the academic bubble. And let's not forget the extraordinary generosity of these professionals as they give their time and energies to the endeavor of fostering the next generation of makers. It was a great honor having Patrick as our guest, and we thank him for being a part of our classroom experience.

Click here to see Patrick's amazing photography.

Stevenson University VCD senior Michelle Canvisser presents her work to Patrick Smith, Getty Images staff photographer and POYi's 2014 Sports Photographer of the Year, during his visit to the 480 Photo Portfolio Development course April 1.

Student Work #001

During Basic Digital Photography at Stevenson University on Tuesday, we focused on faceless portraits. I kicked the energy up a notch, and once we added in a prop room, a construction site, a studio and a Larry Light, we really got some magic going. These students are all basic photo, all of them are shooting with their cameras set to manual mode, and many of them aren't even pursuing the arts as a career, so it is encouraging to see them exploring and experimenting and getting these kinds of results during just a practice session.

SU students featured in 'Baltimore Jewish Times'

I was pleased to get an e-mail this morning sharing a recent article in the Baltimore Jewish Times which features work and comments by one of my Photo 480 students, Michelle Canvisser. Her work and the work of other SU students is now showing in "E3: Exploring Eastern Europe" at Stevenson University’s St. Paul Companies Pavilion at 1525 Greenspring Valley Road in Stevenson, Md., where it will be exhibited until May 22.

Halt! Stoj!
Michelle Canvisser

Steven H. Silberg Visits SU

My dear friend and colleague Steven H. Silberg visited my 480 Photo Portfolio Development course last night at Stevenson University to talk about his work and offer insight into how he chooses work and presents his own portfolio. In addition to being a prolific cross- and multi-media artist, Steve is a Lecturer in Foundations, concentrating in photography and video, at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and the winner of the Washington Post’s 2010 Real Art DC competition. His work can be found at

UMBC Lecturer Steven H. Silberg shows an example of one of his early-career physical portfolios to students in the 480 Photo Portfolio Development course at Stevenson University Feb. 25.

Stevenson University Students, Photo 141

Found some photos I've taken of students at Stevenson University over the last year. Whenever I let them loose to shoot around campus, I go along and practice right along with them, just so they can see that there are great photos everywhere, and no one is above good practice.