Parker Pfister

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While other kids dreamed of being firefighters and cowboys, Parker dreamed of being a National Geographic photographer. He started his journey into the art of photography at age six when his grandmother gave him his first camera. Eight years later Eastman Kodak honored him with a silver medallion for second place at the 1982 World's Fair.

He's had a camera in his hands ever since, photographing anything that interests or moves him. Last year he was named one of the "Top 10 Wedding Photographers in the World" by American Photo. He was on the cover of NikonWorld magazine, was seen on the BBC's Style Network, and his work was featured on Keeping up with the Kardashians, Entertainment Tonight and The Food Network, but says his biggest reward of the year was playing with his son, Scout.

Parker's Courses

  • Creative Vision: Photography as an Art Form

    Instructors: Parker Pfister
    Video: Photography is not just pictures; it’s an art, a journey, a chance to tell a story. Listen as Parker Pfister shares his approach and passion for his craft. Walking you through some of his own images, Parker tells the story and inspiration, the imagination and creativity that went into each shot. He discusses perspective and design, and how changing it up is key to fresh, innovative ideas. As always, Pfister encourages his audience to follow his mantra and “see past the obvious.”
  • On Location: Finding the Light

    Instructors: Parker Pfister
    Video: In the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Parker Pfister takes you through his creative process for on location lighting and the mechanics behind making it work. Watch and learn as Parker visualizes and then finds the light he needs at each location. Even better, find out to what to do when the light isn’t there! Parker’s mantra is “seeing past the obvious” and this video will inspire and instruct you to do just that!
  • On Location: Tricking the Light and Other Tangents

    Instructors: Parker Pfister
    Video: Once again, go on location with Parker Pfister to the awe-inspiring mountains of Asheville, N.C. Drawing on his motto of “seeing past the obvious,” Parker teaches you how to manage each shoot so that it yields what you want, not just what is there. You’ll walk away more technically skilled, as well as armed with fun, innovative ideas for capturing amazing (and sometimes unexpected) moments.
  • Parker Pfister: On Being a Photographer

    Instructors: Parker Pfister
    Video: Unlike a typical class, this video gives you a chance to glimpse inside the mind and soul of an artist. Listen as Parker Pfister shares insights on his work and his industry. Rather than spouting details and data, this course educates through inspiration.
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