A biased and personal selection of some of the people out there doing amazing creative and inspiring work:

  • Jerry Ghionis – Widely regarded as one of the top five best wedding photographers in the world, Jerry Ghionis is based in Melbourne, Australia and Beverly Hills, California and travels frequently on international photography assignments and speaking engagements. With the flair of a fashion designer and the ingenuity of an architect, his style can be described where vintage glamour meets contemporary fashion. Renowned for his creativity, he not only has the ability to capture the natural magic on your wedding day but he creates magic of his own. His natural love and empathy for people creates powerful visual story telling.

  • Trey Ratcliff is a blogger, author, and photographer from Austin, Texas specializing in HDR photography. He was born blind in his right eye, and he has stated that this fact has likely shaped his interest in photography, specifically HDR. His photography is focused on travel, featuring locations in the United States, Japan, France, Argentina, China, Russia, Iceland and New Zealand. His work has been represented by Getty Images, been featured on the BBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, and NBC.

  • Catherine Hall approaches her work with a fine-arts sensibility, technical mastery, and cultivated creativity. She possesses a cosmopolitan eye and joyous spirit, bringing intelligence and sincerity to her craft. A bi-coastal professional, she divides her time between New York and San Francisco. Throughout the year, she is commissioned as an Editorial Director and Lead Photographer for diverse clientele, including John Deere, Reuters, Credit-Suisse, and News Corp. Catherine’s editorial photography appears in print publications, such as The New York Times, Sydney Morning Herald, and National Geographic Traveler.

  • Rafael “RC” Concepcion is the author of the bestselling book “Get Your Photography on the Web” a step by step book for photographers looking to develop their own websites without code, and “The HDR Book - Unlocking the Pro’s Hottest Post-Processing Techniques” by Peachpit Press. As an Education & Curriculum developer for the National Association of Photoshop Professionals and an Instructor for Kelby Training, RC spends his day working on Photography, Photoshop, and how to get users onto the web. RC is also one of The Photoshop Guys. and the host of DTownTV.

  • Martin Bailey is a professional Nature, Wildlife and Portrait photographer, born in England though now a Japanese citizen, based in Tokyo. Martin releases a weekly photography Podcast available in iTunes and on the blog. He is also a Craft & Vision author and a member of the X-Rite Coloratti, a group of the world’s top professional photographers who understand the importance of implementing color management in their digital workflow. He leads popular wildlife and landscape photography workshops and adventures into which he incorporates color management instruction in collaboration with X-Rite.

  • Frederick Van Johnson is a professional photographer & marketer. He is host of ”This Week in Photography”, one of the world’s most popular photography-related podcasts, and regularly lectures and conducts training classes on topics ranging from business to photographic technique.

  • Ken Rockwell has been running and maintaining his website since 1999, filling it with a large number of articles, many of them reviewing pieces of photographic equipment. Ken seems to be a controversial figure in photography circles, mostly due to the opinions he offers and the contents of his writing pieces – you might want to form your own opinion in this.

… just to name a few …

While all of the above are contemporary artists, there are a few names you will stumble across, as soon as you start digging a little bit deeper:

  • Ansel Easton Adams (February 20, 1902 - April 22, 1984) was an American photographer and environmentalist, best known for his black-and-white photographs of the American West, especially in Yosemite National Park. With Fred Archer, Adams developed the Zone System as a way to determine proper exposure and adjust the contrast of the final print. The resulting clarity and depth characterized his photographs and the work of those to whom he taught the system. Adams primarily used large-format cameras despite their size, weight, setup time, and film cost, because their high resolution helped ensure sharpness in his images.