Tim Cooper

Tim Cooper

Out of Chicago Instructor

I love photography and I love teaching. Combining these two passions is how I have spent the last 22 years of my life.

Like many people, I’ve always felt I had a creative side. Again, like many folks, that side stayed buried for way too long. Originally from New Jersey, I worked as an electrician for several years before moving to Montana to discover my love of photography. Finally, my creative outlet!
Before long I was teaching for my Alma Mater, Rocky Mountain School of Photography.

It soon became apparent that I also love to teach. I found that sharing my knowledge, watching people grow, and witnessing their excitement as they exercised their creative side was truly satisfying.

While teaching, I also began a career as a commercial and assignment photographer working with clients such as The North Face, The Ritz Carlton, Vasque boots, 3M and The International Heart Institute. My editorial and commercial photographs have appeared in Travel & Leisure, New York Times Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, Fly Rod & Reel, Modern Luxury and Private Clubs as covers, advertising, art and editorial illustration. In addition to commercial photography, I also love to educate by writing and recording.

I am the author of the training videos Perfect Exposure for Digital Photography, Perfect Composition, Magic Light, and DSLR Camera Basics. I was the digital tech for many early Photoshop books and co-wrote three books in the series Complete Photoshop for Digital Photographers. My e-Books include The Realistic HDR Image and The Magic of Light Painting. I was graciously asked by my friend Gabriel Biderman to add a couple of chapters to his Night Photography:From Snapshots to Great Shots, and my latest solo book is HDR Photography: from Snapshots to Great Shots.

Above all, though, I love being out in the field. The inevitable camaraderie that develops during workshops is pure pleasure. And, I can’t imagine a better way to spend time than enjoying the beauty of our natural world, witnessing the magic of the night sky, and sharing my love of photography.

Upcoming conferences

Out of Death Valley

January 26th-30th, 2022

Out of Chicago LIVE! 2021

April 9-11, 2021

Out of Chicago Botanic

August 29-September 2, 2021

Out of Acadia

October 10-14, 2021

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