A “Pop Quiz” with Photo Weekends Instructor Tim Cooper

With the kick off to our Photo Weekends season just weeks away, we thought we would introduce you, our readers, to the folks who will soon be on the road teaching photography in various cities across the U.S. First up, instructor Tim Cooper.  Tim was kind enough to engage in a semi-facetious “pop quiz.”

1. Where were you born?

TC: New Jersey

2. What got you going in photography initially?

TC: Taking vacation photos of friends and family.

3. The eight reindeer on your sleigh each drink a pint of water for each time zone. How many gallons of water should you plan to take on your sleigh to get around the world?

A. 24
B. 768
C. 64
D. 92
E. 192
F.  Other- Explain:

TC: F: Beer has more carbs.

4. How did you get your start with RMSP?

TC: I took an Adult Education Class many years ago.  It was called Camera I.

5. What’s not in your camera bag right now that you wish was?

TC: Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 lens.  Are you buying?

6. What’s your true passion?

TC: Walking in the mountains with my camera.

7.  OK…It’s time to test your math skills Cooper! Which combination of memory cards holds the most pictures assuming you were shooting low quality jpgs using your very first digital point and shoot?

A. Eight 64 Mb and two 128 Mb cards
B. Three 32 Mb and four 127 Mb memory cards
C. One 1 Gb card and one 8 Mb card
D. Five 64 Mb memory cards
E. 11 128 Mb memory cards

TC: G.  A train heading west at 60mph that departed at 3:15 p.m.

8. HDR is part of a new class you’re teaching for Photo Weekends in 2012. In a nutshell, can you tell us what HDR is and how it can enhance a photograph?

TC: HDR stands for High Dynamic Range.  It is a process and computer program that allows photographers to create images that would otherwise be impossible.  Cameras are unable to capture the brightest highlights and darkest shadows that our eyes can easily detect.  This has been a problem since the first picture was taken.  With B&W film we had a little more flexibility, but the film was still limited.  With our digital cameras we are able to shoot several different exposures of the same scene, load them into an HDR program such as PhotoMatix, and output an image that looks much more like reality.  That being said, the HDR programs also have the ability to create very surreal imagery as well.  My goal is to help photographers use the program to create natural, realistic looking photographs.

9. Besides Photo Weekends, what other RMSP courses are you excited about teaching in 2012? Why?

TC: Well, I love all of my workshops, but I am especially excited about Vegas to Zion: Dusk to Dawn.  It is a new workshop this year that will allow photographers to push the limits of their cameras while shooting city lights, night skies and the sandstone formations of Zion National Park under a full moon.  Its a bit different from our other workshops and should prove to be a ton of fun.

10. In Charles Dickens’ story, A Christmas Carol, three of the primary characters are:

A. Ghosts
B. Musicians
C. Soldiers
D. Children
E. Police
F. Photographers

TC: Oh, that’s easy.  F; Photographers.  Wedding, Portrait and Landscape.

11. Complete the following statement:

“If I had my druthers right now, I would be on a plane going to ________________ to photograph________________.”

TC: New Zealand, Glaciers

In 2012, Tim Cooper will be an instructor at the following Photo Weekend cities:

Minneapolis, MN
Charleston, SC
Sacramento, CA
Birmingham, AL
Bismarck, ND
Albany, NY
Billings, MT
Seattle, WA
Overland Park, KS