Introduce yourself to our educators...


David Akoubian, Educator

David has been a photographer since 1972 but his career in photography started in 1992. David learned his craft originally as a painter and from his father. Early in his career traveled with, learned from and taught beside some of the masters of nature photography including John Shaw, Art Wolfe, Galen Rowell, Bryan Peterson, Pat O'Hara, and Rod Planck. David has been teaching photography since 1994 in the classroom and leading workshops around the United States. His focus remains on the Southeastern United States, where he calls home.

David's clients have included, but are not limited to Coca Cola, PNC Bank, Tamron, Vanguard Photo, the Mountain Conservation Trust of Georgia, Lensbaby, The Nature Conservancy, and Gibbs Gardens. His photographs and articles have appeared in publications such as Nature Photographer, Audubon Magazine, Blue Ridge Country, Birder's World, Outdoor Photographer, Backpacker Magazine, and many local publications. His work his appeared in several feature books in addition to instructional guides on scenic locations. David has been designated as a Tamron Image Master and a Vanguard Professional.

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Cecil Holmes, Educator

I am an widely published, self taught outdoor photographer and workshop instructor based in North Alabama.  My passion for nature and fine art drive my quest to capture the moods, characters and spirits of some wonderful and amazing locations.  I think photography says as much about the photographer as it does the photograph, so I strive to show you a little about myself and my view of the world in each image I share.

I teach small, field based workshops and also offer classroom based instruction near my home. I come from an IT background and my teaching methods reflect getting a fabulous image at the point of capture and enhancing that in the digital darkroom.