20 Questions with 2011 Weekends Instructor Tony Rizzuto

Our 2011 Weekends season is underway and we thought we’d give you a quick look into the world of our instructor, Tony Rizzuto. Tony, along with Tim CooperDoug Johnson and administrator Eileen Rafferty are the core of this traveling program. Check out the 2011 Weekends schedule to see if there is an event coming to your area this year.

What courses do you teach during Weekends?
Basic, Beyond Basics, Light, Composition, Video and People.

What is your favorite part of teaching in the Weekends program?
Meeting others who are passionate about photography and helping them past the next hurdle…..or two.

In your years of teaching in the Weekends program, you have traveled with Tim and/or Doug to several locations across the country. Knowing that all three of you have finely-tuned senses of humor, there must be a few hilarious stories from the road. Can you divulge to our readers any practical jokes you have played – or that have been played on you? Or maybe a joke you haven’t yet played on your esteemed colleagues?
To be truthful, neither one of them is very bright. Because of that I can just repeat the same practical joke over and over. If I tell you then I have to think up a new one.

What kind of a photographer are you? (ie: portraiture, landscape, architecture)
People

Where did you get your photographic education?
My father and mother encouraged me a lot when I was young. When I was older I came to RMSP to continue my education and now I spend my free time absorbing as much as I can from blogs and webinars.

If you could be anywhere in the world shooting right now, where would you be?
In a time machine, going back to photograph my mother.

Which photographers do you look up to? Why?
The ones who find a way to make money by making photographs on their own terms

What do you like to do when not shooting or teaching?
Sleep!

What’s your worst horror story related to your camera gear? (lens dropped in a toilet? Run over by charging buffalo?)
I switched camera brands for a year.

Are you exploring video these days?
To find out, you’ll have to read the multi-part blog piece I’m writing for RMSP.

What is the highest high you have had in photography? (ie: cover of a National Geographic? Photographed the president?)
Photographing Tim’s wedding in Bruges, Belgium. Not the shoot itself but the chocolate, beer and french fries.

What’s your dream assignment/job in photography?
Anything that keeps me closer to home.

Do you have a favorite photo that you’ve taken? If so, describe it.
I couldn’t pick a favorite.

Printing. Do it yourself or outsource it?
I started outsourcing years ago to save money and time and I’ve never looked back.

Coffee. Yes or no? Cream, sugar or straight up?
Depends on who’s looking.

Pizza. Deep dish or thin crust?
Deep dish, wrapped in thin crust. Can you deep fry that?

Dog or cat? Or something else?
None of the above? My pet rock would get too jealous.

Blogs. Love ‘em or hate ‘em? Do you have one? Do you use it?
Blogs are great. I read them everyday and will have my own soon.

Movies. Mad Max or a romantic comedy?
Mad Max wasn’t a romantic comedy?

What did you ask for for Christmas? Did you get it?
I had a wonderful Christmas!

Check out Doug Johnson and Tim Cooper’s 20 Questions.


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