who is Kevin Ames?

Kevin Ames is a commercial photographer immersed in creativity.

His photographic fascination started with the gift of a Kodak Starmite 127 camera. On a field trip to Idaho’s Historical Museum, he photographed his classmates. After processing the film and printing it in his parents’ combination darkroom/bathroom; he sold prints for ten cents apiece. At the ripe young age of twelve, his career was born. It’s no surprise that he was the photographer for his high school yearbook. He started doing commercial photography while attending Boise State University and working full time at Idaho Camera. His career continued as part of the first generation of videographers working for the NBC and CBS affiliated television stations in Boise. He has also written, produced, photographed and directed television commercials. During that time he also was the on-air “voice” of one television station while doing a live show on another radio station. His technical skills and knowledge of professional still cameras and retailing them landed him a technical representative position with Osawa Trading Company, then the importer of Mamiya medium format equipment. His success in that endeavor led to a promotion to district sales manager for the Southeastern United States based in his new hometown, Atlanta. He often photographed his sample cameras, lenses, and accessories for newspaper and magazine advertisements. Realizing his undying love was photography he left the company and opened his current business, Kevin Ames Photography, Inc in 1983.

His photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal and on the covers of Professional Photographer, Photoshop User, Jezebel and Atlanta Sports and Fitness magazines. He works for corporate clients including AT&T, Coca-Cola, Carter’s, Honda and Westin Hotels as well as in brochures, annual reports, websites, and trade show graphics.

This February marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the delivery of his first digital photographic job–a calendar for Scientific Atlanta. Kevin and his digital guru Eddie Tapp did the entire project in Photoshop 2.0. That was before layers! Read more about the project on his blog.

Kevin has served as Co-Chairman of the Professional Photographers of America’s (PPA) Digital Imaging Committee. He is a Craftsman, a Certified Professional Photographer, and an Approved Photographic Instructor. These degrees are from PPA. Currently, he is a member and past president of the American Society of Media Professionals (ASMP) Atlanta / Southeast chapter.

Kevin’s teaching credentials include work at the Southeastern Center for the Photographic Arts, the Rocky Mountain School of Photography and the renowned advertising school The Creative Circus where he helped write their digital photography curriculum. He has presented talks and classes at industry events like the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB,) Photo Plus Expo, Photoshop World, PhotoWorld Asia, Orvieto Photo Festival, for the Professional Photographers of Canada and at PPA conventions across the U.S.

Kevin wrote “The Digital Photographer’s Notebook” column for Photoshop User magazine for over eleven years. He authored  “The Photographer’s Lighting Handbook” for the iPad magazine Light It!. He has written four books on digital photography including one for the extremely popular “Dummies” series.

He leads photographic and digital imaging workshops and classes across the United States, Canada, and Europe.

Kevin is a Dynalite VIP photographer and Hoodman RAW shooter and a Drobo Pro Ambassador. He is an avid user of Apple computers,  iPads and iPhone, Really Right Stuff, Drobo protected storage, Chimera Lighting, Wacom graphics tablets and Adobe software.

Kevin continues to write. He is the director of content for photofocus.com, celebrating its 21st year in providing education to photographers from beginners to pros.

His studio and home are located in Atlanta, Georgia USA. Click these links to read Kevin’s blog and see his work.