Bio - Brian J Zwit

Brian J Zwit

Over 40 years ago, Brian discovered that photography provided a powerful means for expressing his vision of the world. Over the years, his love of the outdoors and photography as well as an aptitude for computer technology have morphed into a passion (some would say obsession) for capturing the elegance and majesty of the unique landscapes, wildlife, and flora of the United States. While the pursuit of nature takes him all over the country, he favors the west, northwest, northeast, and mid-Atlantic and, wherever he is, his love of hiking and backpacking takes him far beyond populated areas into settings which few people visit.

Brian’s images are in private residences and corporate offices and have appeared in regional magazines such as Wonderful West Virginia. Corporate clients have also used his images for promotional and internal publications.

Brian has been teaching workshops, field trips, and classes and speaking to camera clubs, schools, and other non-profits as well as for profit entities for over ten years. He recently reached a milestone: He taught Lightroom to his 500th student. Brian is well-known for his ability to distill complex topics to their essence and explain them in simple, easy to understand ways and is a recognized expert in digital workflow with Lightroom, Photoshop, Nik software, and other editing applications.

He generally uses Nikon cameras, Nikon and Sigma lenses, Induro tripods and ballheads, and a variety of accessories. Brian's favorite camera is the full-frame Nikon D750, a great compromise of resolution, noise, and speed, and favorite lens is the Sigma 20mm f/1.4. However, when you see him headed downtown or into the backcountry, he carries a Sony a7r, a mirrorless, 36-megapixel camera, which is much lighter to carry and whose image quality matches that of the Nikon. The occasional use of Zero Image pinhole, Holga, and Lomographic cameras provides him with an expanded array of ways to express himself and a respite from complicated cameras, heavy lenses, and the need for batteries. His favorite assistant is Dingo, his Parson Russell Terrier, who really is not very helpful but is always ready for a walk in the woods.

Brian manages his digital workflow using a MacBook Pro, with most of his images being lightly edited using Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and various plug-ins. He also uses Nik Software’s HDR Efex Pro for HDR imaging, Enfuse for exposure blending, and Photoshop for luminosity masking when faced with a tough exposure and Apple Keynote and Boinx FotoMagico to create multimedia presentations.

Brian has a degree from Purdue University in chemical engineering, the University of Houston Law Center in law, and Northern Virginia Community College in photography. In addition, he has taught himself HTML, PHP, JavaScript, and other computer technologies.

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