Daily Archives: July 25, 2012
I would like you to meet a new friend of mine, actually I’ve known Mike Moats for some time and he was very gracious to help me when I did the close-up classes for Kelby training. I want to introduce you to him and his work, and give emphasis to how we, as photographers grow through out associations. If you believe you know everything and need no help, it’s time to get over your delusions!! We all learn from one another and the mark of good shooter is they steal or borrow as much knowledge as they can from others, whose work they admire. I really admire Mike’s work! Before I get into some information about Mike let me take you back about forty years and tell you that I’ve been blessed to get the chance to learn from some of the great masters of close-up shooters past! Greats like John Shaw, Larry West, John Netherton,Tony Sweet, David Middleton, and Bryan Peterson. There were many more including one of my favorite teaching partners of all time, Cliff Zenorl All of these people taught me a lot about close-up work.
When I started to get into close-up photography again I looked at the work of the current masters; the late Nancy Rotenburg, Charles Needles, and Mike Moats. Back to Mike, Mike is a really nice guy and a tremendous close-up artist. One of the things i like most about his work is his utter lack of ego about it! He could easily be egotistical, but he isn’t. When we got to visit at length in Amherst at NECCC he shared with me that he used the D7000 not only because of how capable it was an it’s great advantage with the 1.5 crop factor, but because he wanted his students to see just how good of work you can do without spending thousands for camera body. I was impressed with his philosophy!
Mike is an artist, he makes images that are more than technically perfect, he makes a strong artistic statement. I believe anyone that has watched my Kelby classes and wants to learn more needs to be familiar with Mike’s work, his eBooks and workshops. Here are some links to Mike, followed by some of my favorite Mike Moats images! Enjoy!
I told you, you would love his work!!!
* All images copyrighted to Mike Moats
I can highly recommend his new book below!!!!