A Portrait of the instructor at Michigan State University Radiology Gardens, East Lansing, MI.
I graduated from Michigan State University in 1972 with a bachelors degree in Biological Sciences.Since nature is my favorite subject, my educational background has helped me become a more successful outdoor writer/nature photographer. I worked as a photojournalist with The State News, MSU for three years and learned the newspaper writing trade. After that, I became a free-lance writer/photographer. I have published articles and photo essays in Michigan-Out-Of-Doors, Michigan Living, Michigan Natural Resources, Traverse and Sports Afield magazines. I have also had my photos published in two coffee table books. I have been a frequent contributor to The Jack Pine Warbler, a bimonthly birding magazine published by the Michigan Audubon Society. I was the Glen Arbor Art Association Artist-in-Residence, Summer 2008.
How I Became an Educator
I began helping co-workers learn their film-based cameras at General Motors in 1984. People would ask me questions and I would help them find answers, often in their camera manuals. They gave me the nickname "Camera Man." I became a Lansing Community College photography instructor in 2001. Since then, I have taught hundreds of students how to master their camera and take better photos.
Meet my Wife, Melinda
Melinda Pope is also an LCC photography instructor. She loves to photograph nature, especially flowers and butterflies. With a degree in education from CMU and an MSU master gardener's background, she is skilled at photographing nature and teaching the subject as well.