A Day with Bob Coates - Be Inspired! Black and White File Processing and Personal Projects

  • March 22, 2018
  • 10:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Oliver's Carriage House 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia, MD 21044


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Join us for a Day of TWO Programs with Bob Coates!

Now scheduled for Thursday, March 22, 2018   10:30am - 5:00pm

Thursday, March 22nd will be a Bob Coates Day at MDPPA!

Thursday's day program will be held as planned but with a time adjustment to allow for extra travel time: 10:30am-5:00pm.

(note! Wednesday's evening program will now be held Thursday evening, with a time adjustment to allow for earlier travel home: 6:00pm-8:30pm. If you can stay through the evening, you will have enjoyed THREE of Bob Coates' programs!)

If you are attending Thursday's day program, we encourage you to bring a packed lunch, as we will not have a traditional lunch break.  For dinner, if you are staying on for the evening program, we will have the option to order in between 5 and 6! 

If you haven't registered, it's not too late to join us for either program!  www.marylandppa.com

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

Best regards,

Your MDPPA Board of Directors

PPA Members who attend 6.5 hours of instruction will receive 1 PPA merit!

We are also hosting a program with Bob on 3/21 - register for that class here!

Personal Projects – Why, How… And how to make Money by doing them.

You got into photography because you liked it. Enjoyed the challenge of creating new images… Then you turned it into a business and photography wasn’t quite as much fun anymore. Marketing, sales, building websites, printing, framing, retouching started to suck the joy right out of your life.

Personal Projects can get you juiced again and help your business too! Bob will show you how he used these ideas to make photography fun again and earn money while you are at it.

This is a program of creative ideas and techniques along with simple business marketing. They go hand in hand to help put your business back on track to the joy you first felt before you turned photography into a business.

“We welcomed Bob Coates back to PIDE because he was a crowd pleaser. Last year, with 8 or 10 simultaneous classes to choose from, Bob’s room filled up.  This year, with five classes to choose from, once again Bob had a full room. A good communicator, he packs a lot of take-home value into a brief period, neither talking down to – nor above his audience. He clearly has a following in the photo industry. What better reasons are there for bringing back a speaker. . .”        Alice B. Miller Editor, Studio Photography & Design Editorial Director, Cygnus Imaging Group

Inspired by Ansel – Black and White File Processing

Adams would be a fan of digital imaging as evidenced by his quote from his 1985 Autobiography – “If I could return in twenty years or so I would hope to see astounding interpretations of my most expressive images. It is true no one could print my negatives as I did, but they might well get more out of them by electronic means. Image quality is not the product of a machine, but of the person who directs the machine, and there are no limits to imagination and expression.”

We now have tools that allow almost infinite control of every tone in our images. Photoshop and NIK Color Efex and Silver Efex Pro 2 are three of Bob’s favorite software programs for turning pixels to black and white. There are some new capture techniques to add depth to your images too. Join Bob as he shares many techniques to make your black and white prints sing.

“I love the fact that you’re picking up this wonderful holistic feel to each image…it’s appealing in your choice of textures, colors and subject matter. Ernie Brooks once said to me in regards to shooting black white under water, “Only in black and white can you feel the color, not just see it!” Your black and white workhas a sense of drama, even a story line, while your color work has this wonderful almost soothing Asian feel. I’ve seen so much bad fine art in my life where the definition is nothing more than bad photojournalism…with your work it is art. There’s a feel to each image we looked at the other night, a Bob Coates version of Yin and Yang.

You’ve also managed to capture moods and feelings with many of the images just by your choice of colors. While I loved the color work, all of us have our roots in black and white, and I loved the variation, in contrast, tonal range, and composition. Again, each image is a story all by itself.

With The Last Stand, it was the contrast and strength of the image. Also, I love the fact that it’s so different from any of my other black and whites – no two photographers print the same way. With this image, I just loved the power of it and the bigger it gets, the more dramatic it’s going to feel.”          Skip – S. B. Cohen 
President Marketing Essentials International and Founder of Skip Cohen University

About Bob

Bob Coates, M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, EA-ASP 

Bob started taking photographs with an SLR borrowed from a friend for a vacation back in 1983. After successfully managing other peoples businesses for 14 years while photographing on the side, Bob decided to follow the quote "Do what you love and you will become a success."

In March of 1994, he left the restaurant biz and took the leap to become a professional photographer. Bob Says. “At the time I thought I knew something about photography....

Now that Bob has studied hard for the last 20 + years he realizes how much more there is to learn.

“In this business the variety never ceases to amaze me. One day shooting jewelry in the studio, the next day getting images for a brochure and yet another standing in the middle of the desert waiting for the light to get "just so." The changes in software and digital imaging continue to inspire me.”

 Bob Coates Photography "Specializes in not Specializing" this allows Bob to come up with interesting new ways of photographing subjects. Combining the techniques of different types of photography leads to new ways capturing images. People who hire Bob Coates Photography do it not just for the expertise but, for the experience brought to the job.

Bob has presented photography programs from Hawaii to the Caribbean and now resides in Sedona, Arizona with his wife Holly.

Some of the Awards and Accolades and Service Earned by Bob

 • PPA National Award (through AZPPA)

• Twice President of Arizona Professional Photographers Association

• Five Fuji Masterpiece Awards  • Seven Kodak Gallery Awards  

• Arizona Photographer of the Year 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015 

• AZPPA Top 10 Photographer of the Year Seventeen times

• American Society of Photographers State Elite Award six times

• Buddy Stewart Humanitarian of the Year Award 2011 (PPA)

• Seventeen PPA Loan Collection Prints

• Award for Professional Photography Leadership and Excellence AzPPA (APPLE)

• Artisan Award for Service AzPPA

• Unsung Hero Award Yavapai County

• Volunteer of the Month Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

• Approved International Photographic Judge from PPA

• PPA Diamond and Silver Award winner 2014

• American Society of Photographers - Educational Associate 2018

PPA EDU 100 Bar 2018

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